Sunday, 26 February 2012

Jennifer Jason Liegh Biography

Name:Jennifer Jason Liegh 
Date of Birth: February 5, 1962

Jennifer Jason Leigh was literally born into the film industry: the daughter of the late actor Vic Morrow and screenwriter Barbara Turner, she made her film debut in the extremely obscure Death of a Stranger when she was only fourteen. A few years later, Leigh dropped out of high school to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute.

Her first important TV role was as the anorexic heroine of The Best Little Girl in the World (1981), for which she voluntarily went down to 86 pounds before the cameras turned. This "method" approach was typical of Leigh, who, even after obtaining stardom, indulged in intense subtextual preparation, such as writing a diary in the style of whichever character she happened to be playing. A lighter excursion followed with Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), which cast her as Phoebe Cates' sexually curious best friend. But just as Leigh's career was building and she was becoming a star, tragedy struck when her father, who was shooting a role in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), was killed during an accident on the set.

It wasn't until 1990 that Leigh began to win true critical respect —as well as a reputation for taking on dark, difficult roles—as that was the year she starred in both Miami Blues (1990) and Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989). Playing ex-con Alec Baldwin's prostitute lover in the former and yet another lady of the night in the latter, Leigh was rewarded with a New York Film Critics Circle Award for her powerful performances.

More acclaim followed, first for her work as a drug-addicted narcotics agent in Rush (1991) and then for her portrayal of a phone sex worker in Robert Altman's 1993 Short Cuts (1993). As part of the film's ensemble cast, she won a Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for her performance. In later efforts, Leigh demonstrated a fondness for flamboyant, curiously accented characterizations, notably her maniacal "roommate from hell" in Single White Female (1991), her Katharine Hepburn-style comic turn in The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) and her deliberately artifice-laden portrayal of writer Dorothy Parker in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994).

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Laura Prepon Biography

Name:          Laura Prepon 
Date of Birth: March 7, 1980
Place of Birth:Watchung, New Jersey, U.S
Laura Prepon is an American actress, best known for her role as Donna Pinciotti in the long-running Fox situation comedy That '70s Show, for all eight seasons.  Laura Prepon  is also known for the role of Hannah Daniels on the ABC drama October Road.  Laura Prepon  has voiced characters in animated TV series such as American Dad! and King of the Hill, as well as a character in the video game Halo 2.
Following her work on That '70s Show, Prepon worked mainly in television, guest-starring in episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Medium, and Castle. In 2011, Prepon began filming the comedy series Are You There, Chelsea?, based on Chelsea Handler's 2008 book Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. Prepon plays Chelsea in the series, which is scheduled to debut January 11, 2012.
Early Life
Prepon was born in Watchung, New Jersey, the daughter of Marjorie, a high school teacher, and Michael, an orthopedic surgeon. Prepon's father died during heart surgery in 1993 at age 49; Prepon was 13 years old at the time. Prepon is the youngest of five children.  Laura Prepon  attended Watchung Hills Regional High School.  Laura Prepon  studied at Caroline Thomas' Total Theater Lab in New York City.  Laura Prepon  father was of Russian Jewish descent and her mother is of Irish Catholic background.
1995–2004. Prepon appeared in such plays as A Woman of Property and Ascension Day while in New York. In 1996, she studied drama with acting teacher Caroline Thomas at Thomas' Total Theatre Lab. Also in 1996, she appeared in the Sneaker Pimps music video for the song "6 Underground". Later, in September 1997, she premiered on a Levi Strauss-developed show called They Go On, an Internet-based soap opera.Prepon has also worked as a model and has done photo shoots in Paris, Milan, and Brazil.
During her hiatus from That '70s Show, Prepon worked on the independent film The Pornographer: A Love Story. The film tells the story of an obsessive relationship between a director and an actress.  Laura Prepon  was also in the film Slackers, which is about two best friends trying to scam their way through college that eventually get caught.  Laura Prepon  was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in 2002 for her role in That '70s Show. In 2001 she got her first chance to get in front of a movie camera in the independent film Southlander, a comedy/music film by Steve Hanft starring Beck, Beth Orton and Hank Williams, in which she played a young TV telepathic named Seven=Five.
Laura Prepon was a presenter at many different award shows including, Second Annual TV Guide Awards, in 2000, the 2000 Teen Choice Awards, and the 28th Annual American Music Awards in 2001.  Laura Prepon  has graced the cover of Maxim twice — once with red hair and once with her hair dyed blonde — and has done a TV advertisement for Gap clothing, although it was never aired. Prepon was named one of Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" in 2002 and one of Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" in 2005.Prepon also had a cameo voice appearance as a United Nations Space Command marine in Halo 2, which was released in 2004.  Laura Prepon  first notable role came in 2004, with the dark drama Lightning Bug which also starred Bret Harrison, Kevin Gage, and Ashley Laurence. Branching into other arenas than acting, Prepon also served as executive producer of the film.
Laura Prepon has been a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 2003 and 2004, and Last Call with Carson Daly in 2003 and 2005.  Laura Prepon  also appeared on a episode of MTV's Cribs in 2003.
That '70s Show.Prepon is best known for her starring role as Donna Pinciotti on the Fox television series That '70s Show, from 1998 to 2006. That 70's Show is essentially about six friends, Eric Forman (Topher Grace), Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson), Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis), and Donna Pinciotti, who are constantly getting into precarious situations and are always hanging out in Eric Forman's basement.  Laura Prepon  character, Donna Pinciotti, was the girlfriend of the central character Eric Forman as well as his next door neighbor.
2005–2010.Prepon was an executive producer of E! Hollywood Hold'em
In 2005, Prepon starred in the movie Karla, the true story of Paul Bernardo and his wife Karla Homolka – a couple who kidnapped, sexually abused and murdered three young girls – this was in contrast to her usual lighthearted roles.Prepon was a cast member of the ABC show October Road, which debuted March 15, 2007. The show was canceled by ABC on May 12, 2008, despite strong ratings and a grassroots campaign from the show's fanbase to keep the show alive. In April 2007, she starred in a short film, Once Upon a Time.  Laura Prepon  has also appeared in the Oxygen movie, Romancing the Bride.  Laura Prepon  also was the original voice for Hayley Smith on American Dad! and voiced her in an unaired pilot.  Laura Prepon  appeared as Lauren, Mary's long lost sister, on USA network's In Plain Sight in the episode "A Frond in Need."  On February 5, 2010, it was announced that Prepon signed on for Awkward Situations For Men, a pilot on ABC. In 2009 Prepon appeared in How I Met Your Mother as Karen, one of Ted's girlfriends, in the episode "Sorry, Bro."  Laura Prepon  was also in episodes "The Front Porch" in 2009, and "Say Cheese" in 2010. 
2011–present. In early 2011, Prepon was on an episode of Castle, playing an actress studying for the role of Nikki Heat, a character created by Castle. Prepon has been cast as main character Chelsea Newman on Are You There, Chelsea?, based on Chelsea Handler's 2008 book Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea.
Personal Life
Laura Prepon nicknames are Pre, which is short for Prepon, and Snaps.
While on the That '70s Show set, Prepon met Christopher Masterson, who played Francis on the show Malcolm in the Middle and is the brother of Danny Masterson, who played Hyde in That '70s Show. The two started a relationship and eventually moved in together, later separating in 2007.  Laura Prepon  is now dating Scott Michael Foster who played Cappie on Greek.In a December 2007 interview in Women's Health, Prepon stated that she was a Scientologist.
Film and televisionYear Title Role Notes 
1995 MCI Commercial N/A Commercial 
1997 They Go On  Chloe Internet-based soap opera 
1998–2006 That '70s Show Donna Pinciotti Television series 
2001 Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician Seven Equals Five  
2002 Slackers Reanna  
2002 Driven Herself Television series 
2004 Lightning Bug Angevin Duvet  
2004 Pornographer: A Love Story, TheThe Pornographer: A Love Story   
2004 King of the Hill April episode "Talking Shop" 
2005 Romancing the Bride Melissa Television series 
2005 American Dad  Hayley Smith (Voice) Unaired pilot 
2005 E! Hollywood Hold'em  (Executive Producer) TV Series 
2006 Come Early Morning Kim  
2006 Karla Karla Homolka  
2007 Once Upon a Time The Witch Short film 
2007–2008 October Road Hannah Daniels Television series 
2008 The Chosen One Rachel Cruz  
2009 How I Met Your Mother Karen Television series, three episodes - "Sorry, Bro", "The Front Porch" and "Say Cheese" 
2009 In Plain Sight Lauren Television series - "A Frond in Need," strong possibility for future episodes 
2010 Medium Kate Guest star as self-defense instructor (season 6) 
2010 House Frankie Episode: "Private Lives" 
2010 Celebrity Ghost Stories Herself Episode 9 - Laura Prepon, Vince Neil, Connie Stevens, Haylie Duff 
2011 Castle Natalie Rhodes/Nikki Heat Season 3, episode 11 "Nikki Heat" 
2011 Iris Johansen's The Killing Game Eve Duncan Lifetime Network movie 
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Chelsea Newman Television series

Friday, 20 January 2012

Reese Witherspoon Biography

Name:              Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon
Date of Birth:    March 22, 1976
Place of Birth:   New Orleans, Louisiana,United States.
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon , better known as Reese Witherspoon, is an American actress and film producer. Witherspoon landed her first feature role as the female lead in the film The Man in the Moon in 1991; later that year she made her television acting debut, in the cable movie Wildflower. In 1996, Witherspoon appeared in Freeway and followed that appearance with roles in three major 1998 films: Overnight Delivery, Pleasantville and Twilight. The following year, Witherspoon appeared in the critically acclaimed Election, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
2001 marked her career's turning point with the breakout role as Elle Woods in the box office hit Legally Blonde, and in 2002 she starred in Sweet Home Alabama, which became her biggest commercial film success to date. 2003 saw her return as lead actress and executive producer of Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. In 2005, Witherspoon received worldwide attention and praise for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, which earned her an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Witherspoon married actor and Cruel Intentions co-star Ryan Phillippe in 1999; they have two children, Ava and Deacon. The couple separated at the end of 2006 and divorced in October 2007. Witherspoon married her second husband, talent agent Jim Toth, in 2011. Witherspoon owns a production company, Type A Films, and she is actively involved in children's and women's advocacy organizations. Reese Witherspoon serves on the board of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and was named Global Ambassador of Avon Products in 2007, serving as honorary chair of the charitable Avon Foundation. On December 1, 2010, Witherspoon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Early Life and Education
Witherspoon was born at the former Southern Baptist Hospital (now the Ochsner Baptist Medical Center) in New Orleans, Louisiana, where her parents were living while her father was a student at Tulane University medical school.Reese Witherspoon father, John Draper Witherspoon, Sr., is a Georgia-born otolaryngologist who previously served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army reserves. Reese Witherspoon mother, Mary Elizabeth "Betty" (Reese), is from Harriman, Tennessee, has a Ph.D. in pediatric nursing and works as a professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University.Witherspoon's Scottish-born distant relative, John Witherspoon, signed the United States Declaration of Independence.Because Witherspoon's father worked for the U.S. military in Wiesbaden, Germany, she lived there for four years as a child.After returning to the U.S., she spent her childhood in Nashville, Tennessee.Although she was born to Catholic parents, she was raised as an Episcopalian.
Witherspoon was selected as a fashion model for a florist's television advertisements at age seven, which motivated her to take acting lessons. At age eleven she took first place in the Ten-State Talent Fair.Witherspoon received good grades in school; she loved reading and considered herself "a big dork who read loads of books."On mentioning her love for books, she said, "I get crazy in a bookstore. It makes my heart beat hard because I want to buy everything."Witherspoon attended middle school at Harding Academy and graduated from the all-girls' Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee, during which time she was a cheerleader. Reese Witherspoon  attended Stanford University as an English literature major.After completing one year of studies, she left Stanford to pursue an acting career.
Witherspoon is proud of the "definitive Southern upbringing" she received, which, as she said, gave her "a sense of family and tradition" and taught her about "being conscientious about people's feelings, being polite, being responsible and never taking for granted what you have in your life."Witherspoon is described as a "multi-achiever" and was given the nickname "Little Type A" by her parents.On discussing her early achievements, she told Interview magazine, "I just don't see any of it as that remarkable. Maybe that's the attitude I choose to have to keep me sane and keep my feet on the ground. I grew up in an environment where women accomplished a lot. And if they weren't able to, it was because they were limited by society."
Acting Career
Early work (1990–1998)In 1990, Witherspoon attended an open casting call for The Man in the Moon with some friends, intending to audition as a bit player. Reese Witherspoon  was instead cast in the lead role of Dani Trant, a 14-year-old country girl who falls in love for the first time with her 17-year-old neighbor. Reese Witherspoon performance was regarded as "memorably touching" by Variety magazine,and critic Roger Ebert commented, "Her first kiss is one of the most perfect little scenes I've ever seen in a movie."For this role, Witherspoon was nominated for the Young Artist Award Best Young Actress. Later that year, she made her TV acting debut in the cable movie Wildflower, directed by Diane Keaton and starring Patricia Arquette.In 1992, Witherspoon appeared in the TV movie Desperate Choices: To Save My Child, portraying a critically ill young girl.In 1993, she played a young wife in the CBS miniseries Return to Lonesome Dove and got a starring role as the leading character Nonnie Parker, a South African girl who must cross 1,250 miles (2,000 km) of the Kalahari, in the teen-aimed Disney film A Far Off Place. In the same year, Witherspoon had a minor role in Jack the Bear, which garnered her the Young Artist Award for Best Youth Actress Co-star. The following year, Witherspoon acted in another leading role as Wendy Pfister in the 1994 film S.F.W., directed by Jefery Levy.
In 1996, Witherspoon was offered parts in two major movies. Reese Witherspoon appeared in the thriller Fear alongside Mark Wahlberg (whom she dated[citation needed]) and Alyssa Milano, playing the role of Nicole Walker, a teenage girl with a handsome boyfriend who turns out to be a violent psychopath. Reese Witherspoon  was also the leading actress in the thriller and black comedy Freeway, starring alongside Kiefer Sutherland and Brooke Shields. Reese Witherspoon character, Vanessa Lutz, is a poor girl living in Los Angeles, who, on the way to her grandmother's home in Stockton, encounters a freeway serial killer.The film received positive reviews from the press. Among them was the San Francisco Chronicle, with Mick LaSalle commenting, "Witherspoon, who does a shrill Texas accent, is dazzling, utterly believable in one extreme situation after the other." Witherspoon's performance won her the Best Actress Award at the Cognac Police Film Festival and firmly established her as a rising star.The making of the movie also gave Witherspoon significant acting experience; as she said, "Once I overcame the hurdle of that movie – which scared me to death – I felt like I could try anything." Following completion of Freeway in 1997, Witherspoon took a break from acting in major movies for a year and began dating actor Ryan Phillippe. Reese Witherspoon  returned to the screen in 1998 with major roles in three movies, Overnight Delivery, Pleasantville and Twilight.In Pleasantville, Witherspoon starred alongside Tobey Maguire in a tale about a pair of 1990s teenage siblings who are magically transported into the setting of a 1950s television series. Reese Witherspoon  portrayed the sister Jennifer, who is mainly concerned about appearances, relationships and popularity. Witherspoon's performance received good reviews and garnered her the Young Hollywood Award for Best Female Breakthrough Performance.Director Gary Ross said he firmly believed Witherspoon was going to be an outstanding movie star.
Early Critical Success (1999–2000)
In 1999, Witherspoon starred alongside Alessandro Nivola in the drama thriller Best Laid Plans; she played Lissa, a woman who schemes with her lover Nick to escape a small, dead-end town. In this same year, she co-starred with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe in the drama film Cruel Intentions, a modern take on the 18th-century French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Reese Witherspoon performance as Annette Hargrove was praised by the San Francisco Chronicle: "Witherspoon is especially good in the least flashy role, and even when called upon to make a series of cute devilish faces, she pulls it off."Coincidentally, she appeared in a music video by Marcy Playground for the film's soundtrack. In the same year, Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick starred in the film adaptation of the 1998 novel Election by Tom Perrotta. Reese Witherspoon  portrayed Tracy Flick, a competitive and ambitious over-achiever who runs for student body president. Reese Witherspoon  received vast critical acclaim for her performance and won the Best Actress Award from the National Society of Film Critics and the Online Film Critics Society, a first Golden Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Witherspoon also received a rank on the list of 100 Greatest Film Performances of All Time by Premiere.Academy Award – winning director Alexander Payne praised her: "Reese Witherspoon 's got that quality that men find attractive, while women would like to be her friend. But that's just the foundation. Nobody else is as funny or brings such charm to things. Reese Witherspoon can do anything." In spite of her successful performance, Witherspoon noted in an interview that she struggled to find work after completing the film, due to typecasting. When analyzing the reasons behind her difficulty to find work, Witherspoon commented "I think because the character I played was so extreme and sort of shrewish – people thought that was who I was, rather than me going in and creating a part. I would audition for things and I'd always be the second choice – studios never wanted to hire me and I wasn't losing the parts to big box office actresses but to ones who I guess people felt differently about."
In 2000, Witherspoon received a supporting role in American Psycho and made a cameo appearance in Little Nicky.Reese Witherspoon also appeared as a guest star in season six of Friends, playing the role of Jill Green, Rachel Green's sister. The next year, Witherspoon provided the voice of Serena in the animated film The Trumpet of the Swan, produced by Crest Animation Productions.
Worldwide Recognition (2001–2004)
2001 marked a significant turning point in Witherspoon's career, when she starred in the feature film Legally Blonde. Reese Witherspoon portrayed Elle Woods, a fashion merchandising major who decides to become a law student in order to follow her ex-boyfriend to Harvard University. Speaking about Woods' character, Witherspoon said "When I read Legally Blonde, I was like, 'Reese Witherspoon's from Beverly Hills, she's rich, she's in a sorority. Reese Witherspoon  has a great boyfriend. Oh yeah, she gets dumped. Who cares? I still hate her.' So we had to make sure she was the kind of person you just can't hate." Legally Blonde was a box office hit, grossing US$96 million domestically. Witherspoon's performance earned her praise from critics, as the press began referring to her as "the new Meg Ryan". Roger Ebert commented, "Witherspoon effortlessly animated this material with sunshine and quick wit", and noted that "she [Witherspoon] delineates Elle's character beautifully". Meanwhile, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer concluded, "Witherspoon is a talented comedian who can perk up a scene just by marching in full of pep and drive and she powers this modest little comedy almost single-handedly."For her work, Witherspoon garnered her second Golden Globe Best Actress nomination and an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.
Following the success of Legally Blonde, Witherspoon starred in several roles. In 2002, Witherspoon provided the voice of the animated character Greta Wolfcastle in The Simpsons episode The Bart Wants What It Wants.In the same year, she portrayed Cecily in the comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, a movie adaptation of the play by Oscar Wilde; she received a Teen Choice Award nomination for her performance. Reese Witherspoon next feature film in 2002 was Sweet Home Alabama, a movie directed by Andy Tennant. Witherspoon, alongside Josh Lucas and Patrick Dempsey, played Melanie Carmichael, a young fashion designer who intends to marry a New York politician but must return to Alabama to divorce her childhood sweetheart, from whom she has been separated for seven years. Witherspoon regarded this as a "personal role" in that the role reminded her of experiences she had when she moved from her hometown Nashville to Los Angeles.The movie became Witherspoon's biggest box office hit to date, earning over $35 million in the opening weekend and grossing over $127 million domestically in the US.Despite the commercial success, Sweet Home Alabama was given negative reviews by critics. It was called "a romantic comedy so rote, dull and predictable" by The Miami Herald, and the press widely agreed that Witherspoon was the only factor that helped the movie attract a large audience. When describing Witherspoon's role in the movie, The Christian Science Monitor concluded, "Reese Witherspoon  is not the movie's main attraction, she is its only attraction."
In 2003, Witherspoon followed up the success of Legally Blonde by starring in the sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. Reese Witherspoon  character, Elle Woods, has become a Harvard-educated lawyer who is determined to protect animals from cosmetics-industry science tests. The sequel was not as financially successful as the first movie and it generated mostly critical reviews. USA Today considered the movie "plodding, unfunny and almost cringe-worthy", but also noted that "Reese Witherspoon still does a fine job portraying the fair-haired lovable brainiac, but her top-notch comic timing is wasted on the humorless dialogue." Meanwhile, concluded that the sequel "calcifies everything that was enjoyable about the first movie". Despite being panned by critics, the sequel took over $39 million in its first five days in the U.S. box office charts and went on to gross $90 million in the US. Witherspoon received a $15 million paycheck for the role – a starting point to make her consistently one of Hollywood's highest paid actresses from 2002 onwards.
In 2004, Witherspoon starred in Vanity Fair, adapted from the 19th-century classic novel Vanity Fair and directed by Mira Nair. Witherspoon's character – Becky Sharp – is a woman whose impoverished childhood turns her into an ambitious person with a ruthless determination to find fortune and establish herself a position in society. Witherspoon was pregnant during the filmmaking of this movie and was therefore carefully costumed to conceal her pregnancy.This pregnancy was not a hindrance to her work, as Witherspoon believed the gestation had in fact helped her portrayal of Sharp's character: "I love the luminosity that pregnancy brings, I love the fleshiness, I love the ample bosom—it gave me much more to play with", she said. The film and Witherspoon's portrayal of Sharp received good reviews, as The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Nair's cast is splendid. Witherspoon does justice to the juicy role by giving the part more buoyancy than naughtiness." At the same time, The Charlotte Observer called her work "an excellent performance that's soft around the edges" and the Los Angeles Times concluded that Becky is "a part Reese Witherspoon was born to play".
Walk the Line and beyond (2005–present)In late 2004, Witherspoon began working alongside Mark Ruffalo on the romantic comedy Just Like Heaven. Reese Witherspoon character, Elizabeth Masterson, is an ambitious young doctor left in a coma by a serious car accident; her spirit returns to her old apartment where she later finds true love.
Witherspoon at a promotional event for Walk the Line in 2005Earlier that year Witherspoon was chosen to portray June Carter Cash, the second wife of country music singer and songwriter Johnny Cash, in Walk the Line. Reese Witherspoon  never had the chance to meet Carter Cash, as Witherspoon was filming Vanity Fair at the time Carter Cash died. Witherspoon performed her own vocals in the movie, and her songs had to be performed in front of a live audience. When she learned that she had to perform live, Witherspoon was so worried that she asked her lawyer to terminate the film contract. "That was the most challenging part of the role," she later recalled in an interview, "I'd never sung professionally." Subsequently, she had to spend six months learning how to sing for the role. Witherspoon's portrayal of Carter Cash was well received by critics, and Roger Ebert wrote that her performance added "boundless energy" to the movie. Reese Witherspoon won several awards for her performance, including the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild, the BAFTA and the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role.
Besides critical success in the movie industry, Witherspoon and her co-star in Walk the Line, Joaquin Phoenix, received a nomination for "collaborative video of the year" from the CMT Music Awards. Witherspoon expressed her passion for the movie: "I really like in this film that it is realistic and portrays sort of a real marriage, a real relationship where there are forbidden thoughts and fallibility. And it is about compassion in the long haul, not just the short easy solutions to problems."Reese Witherspoon also spoke about June Carter Cash, stating that she believed Carter Cash was a woman ahead of her time: "I think the really remarkable thing about her character is that she did all of these things that we sort of see as normal things in the 1950s when it wasn't really acceptable for a woman to be married and divorced twice and have two different children by two different husbands and travel around in a car full of very famous musicians all by herself. Reese Witherspoon didn't try to comply to social convention, so I think that makes her a very modern woman."
Witherspoon's first post-Oscar role came in the modern-day fairy tale Penelope, co-starring Christina Ricci. Witherspoon played the supporting role of Annie, the best friend of Penelope, a girl who has a curse in her family. The film was produced by Witherspoon's company Type A Films and premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.
Witherspoon was back in front of the camera again in November 2006, as shooting began for the political thriller Rendition. Reese Witherspoon  starred alongside Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin, Peter Sarsgaard and Jake Gyllenhaal, playing Isabella El-Ibrahim, the pregnant wife of a bombing suspect. Rendition was released in October 2007 and marked Witherspoon's first appearance in theaters in two years, since the 2005 release of Walk the Line.The movie received mostly negative reviews and was generally considered a disappointment at the Toronto Film Festival. Witherspoon's performance was also criticized: "Reese Witherspoon is surprisingly lifeless", USA Today wrote, "Reese Witherspoon customarily injects energy and spirit into her parts, but here, her performance feels tamped down." In December 2007, Witherspoon began filming the holiday comedy Four Christmases, a story about a couple who have to spend their Christmas Day trying to visit all four of their divorced parents, and in which she stars alongside Vince Vaughn. The film was released in November 2008. Despite only receiving average reviews by critics, the movie became a box office success, earning more than 120 million US dollars domestically and US$157m worldwide.Witherspoon next provided the voice for Susan Murphy, the main character of the computer-animated 3-D feature film Monsters vs. Aliens, which had a March 27, 2009 release from DreamWorks Animation. In 2009, she also produced a spin-off film of Legally Blonde called Legally Blondes, featuring Camilla "Milly" Rosso and Rebecca "Becky" Rosso.
Witherspoon at the White House in 2009With the exception of this animated role, Witherspoon did not appear in a live action film for two years following the release of Four Christmases. Witherspoon told Entertainment Weekly that the "break" was unplanned, stating that, "I just didn’t read anything I liked...There are a lot of really, really, really big movies about robots and things- and there’s not a part for a 34-year-old woman in a robot movie." Witherspoon returned with three films in late 2010 and 2011, all centered around Witherspoon as a woman caught in a love triangle between two men.
The first was James L. Brooks's romantic comedy How Do You Know,which starred Witherspoon as a thirty-something former national softball player who struggles to choose between a philandering baseball star boyfriend (Owen Wilson) and a business executive being investigated for white collar crime (Paul Rudd). The movie was filmed over the summer and fall of 2009 in Philadelphia and Washington, DC,and released on December 17, 2010. The movie was both a critical and box office failure. Despite an over $100 million budget, the film earned only $7.6 million in its opening weekend, leading the Los Angeles Times to call it "one of the year's biggest flops". The movie earned mainly negative reviews from critics, scoring 35% on Rotten Tomatoes with 111 reviews as of late December 2010.
Next up for Witherspoon was a second movie based on a love triangle, the film adaptation of the 1930s circus drama Water for Elephants. Witherspoon began circus training in March 2010 for her role as Marlena, a glamorous performer stuck in a marriage to a volatile husband (Christoph Waltz) but intrigued by the circus's new veterinarian (Robert Pattinson). Filming for the movie took place between late May and early August 2010in various locations in Tennessee, Georgia and California. It was released on April 22, 2011, and received mixed critical reviews, with many citing a lack of chemistry between Witherspoon and Pattinson.
In September 2010, Witherspoon began principal photography in Vancouver for the third film, This Means War, a 20th Century Fox spy comedy directed by McG, in which Witherspoon stars as a woman at the center of a battle between two best friends (played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) who are both in love with her. The film is scheduled to be released on February 17, 2012.
Nearly a year after completing work on This Means War, Witherspoon began filming Jeff Nichols's coming-of-age drama Mud in Arkansas in September 2011. Witherspoon will star as the former girlfriend of a fugitive, played by Matthew McConaughey, who enlists two teenage boys to help him escape capture and rekindle his romance with Witherspoon's character. It is slated for a 2013 release.
It has been announced that Witherspoon will produce (under the Type A banner) and star in both Pharm Girl, a film about a woman who takes on the pharmaceutical industry, and a Peggy Lee biopic to be directed by Nora Ephron.Witherspoon's name has also been attached to a number of other possible future films, including a Universal Pictures remake of the 1939 comedy Midnight, scripted by Michael Arndt, and the horror film Our Family Troubles, which she would produce through Type A with Jennifer Simpson, co-producer of Legally Blonde 2. Witherspoon is also rumoured to be taking on a role alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming film based on the history of Scientology, tentatively titled The Master. Witherspoon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 1, 2010 at 6262 Hollywood Blvd.
Witherspoon is set to star alongside Jason Segel in the upcoming Sony Pictures film "Sex Tape". The film was written by writer and producer Kate Angelo.
Other projects Witherspoon owns a production company called Type A Films. The company was at first believed by the media to have been named after her childhood nickname "Little Miss Type A."However, when asked about the company by Interview magazine, she clarified the name's origin: "... people think I named it after myself ... It was actually an in-joke with my family because at [age] 7 I understood complicated medical terms, such as the difference between type A and type B personalities. But I just wished I'd named the company Dogfood Films or Fork or something. You carry that baggage all your life."
haritable work Witherspoon is actively involved in children's and women's advocacy organizations. Reese Witherspoon is a long-time supporter of Save the Children, an organization that helps children around the world through education, health care and emergency aid. Reese Witherspoon also serves on the board of the Children's Defense Fund, a child advocacy and research group. In 2006, Witherspoon was among a group of actresses who went to New Orleans, Louisiana in a CDF project to bring to light the needs of Hurricane Katrina victims. In this trip, she helped open the city's first Freedom School, as she met and talked with the children. Witherspoon later called this an experience that she would never forget.
In 2007, Witherspoon made her first move into the world of endorsements, as she signed a multi-year agreement to serve as the first Global Ambassador of cosmetic company Avon Products. Reese Witherspoon acts as a spokeswoman for Avon's cosmetic products and serves as the honorary chair of the Avon Foundation, a charitable organization that supports women and focuses on breast cancer research and the prevention of domestic violence.Witherspoon is also committed to participating in cosmetics product development and appearing in commercial advertisements. Explaining her motives for joining the foundation, she said, "As a woman and a mother I care deeply about the well being of other women and children throughout the world and through the years, I have always looked for opportunities to make a difference."
In the mediaFollowing the successful release of Legally Blonde, Witherspoon hosted Saturday Night Live on September 29, 2001, which was the first episode to air after New York City was devastated by the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11. In 2005, she was ranked No. 5 in Teen People magazine's list of most powerful young Hollywood actors. In 2006, Witherspoon was listed among the Time 100, a compilation of the 100 most influential people in the world, as selected annually by TIME magazine. Reese Witherspoon featured article was written by friend and fellow co-star in the two Legally Blonde films, Luke Wilson. In the same year, she was also selected as one of the "100 Sexiest Women In The World" by the readers of FHM.Witherspoon has appeared on the annual Celebrity 100 list by Forbes magazine in 2006 and 2007, at No. 75 and No. 80, respectively. Forbes also put her on the top ten Trustworthy Celebrities list, according to the characters she had played on the screen. Reese Witherspoon was listed among CEOWORLD magazine's Top Accomplished Women Entertainers.
In 2006, Star fabricated a story saying Witherspoon was pregnant with her third child, which led to Witherspoon suing the magazine's parent company American Media Inc in Los Angeles Superior Court for privacy violation.Reese Witherspoon  sought unspecified general and punitive damages in the lawsuit, asserting that the claim harmed her reputation because it suggested she was hiding the news from producers of her upcoming films.
Witherspoon has been featured four times in the annual "100 Most Beautiful" issues of People magazine.In 2007, she was selected by People and the entertainment news program Access Hollywood as one of the best dressed female stars of the year. A study conducted by E-Poll Market Research showed that Witherspoon was the most likable female celebrity of 2007. That same year, Witherspoon established herself as the highest-paid actress in the American film industry, earning $15 to $20 million per film. In April 2008, Witherspoon appeared as a guest star at the 2008 charitable campaign Idol Gives Back.
At the 2011 MTV Music Awards while receiving the MTV Generation Award, Witherspoon criticized stars who have produced sex tapes and explicit photos. Witherspoon was quoted to have said "I get it, girls, that it’s cool to be a bad girl but it is possible to make it in Hollywood without doing a reality show. When I came up in this business, if you made a sex tape, you were embarrassed and you hid it under your bed.” 
In April 2011, she once again appeared in People's annual Most Beautiful issue and ranked 3rd.
Personal Life
Witherspoon met American actor Ryan Phillippe at her 21st birthday party in March 1997. The couple became engaged in December 1998,and married in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 5, 1999, at Wide Awake Plantation.They have two children: a daughter named Ava Elizabeth, born September 9, 1999,and a son Deacon Reese, born October 23, 2003.In October 2006, Witherspoon and Phillippe announced that they had decided to separate formally after seven years of marriage. The following month, Witherspoon filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. In her petition she sought joint legal custody of their two children and sole physical custody, with full visitation rights for Phillippe. The couple had no prenuptial agreement and the couple would be entitled to half of all assets gained during the marriage under California law, with Witherspoon's being the more significant. Witherspoon requested that the court grant no spousal support for Phillippe, which he did not contest. On May 15, 2007, Phillippe filed for joint physical custody of the couple's children and made no motion to block Witherspoon from seeking support from him. Witherspoon and Phillippe's final divorce documents were granted by the Los Angeles Superior Court on October 5, 2007.
Throughout 2007, there was persistent speculation in the mass media about a romantic relationship between Witherspoon and her Rendition co-star Jake Gyllenhaal. After the finalization of Witherspoon's divorce in October 2007, Gyllenhaal and Witherspoon became more open with their relationship, particularly due to the release of paparazzi pictures that showed the couple vacationing together in Rome. In March 2008, Phillippe was the first to confirm the relationship in interviews conducted during the promotion of his latest film.The couple was reported to have split in December 2009.
In early February 2010, it was reported that Witherspoon had begun dating Jim Toth. Witherspoon and Toth announced their engagement on December 28, 2010, and married on March 26, 2011 in Ojai, California at Witherspoon's country estate.
Year Title Role Notes 
Actress 1991 Man in the Moon, TheThe Man in the Moon Dani Trant Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture 
1991 Wildflower Ellie Perkins  
1992 Desperate Choices: To Save My Child Cassie  
1993 Far Off Place, AA Far Off Place Nonnie Parker  
1993 Jack the Bear Karen Morris Young Artist Award for Best Youth Actress Co-Star 
1993 Return to Lonesome Dove Ferris Dunnigan TV miniseries 
1994 S.F.W. Wendy Pfister  
1996 Freeway Vanessa Lutz Cognac Festival du Film Policier Award for Best Actress 
1996 Fear Nicole Walker  
1998 Twilight Mel Ames  
1998 Overnight Delivery Ivy Miller  
1998 Pleasantville Jennifer/Mary Sue Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Funniest Scene 
1999 Cruel Intentions Annette Hargrove Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Sexiest Love Scene
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress 
1999 Election Tracy Flick Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated – American Comedy Award for Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
Nominated – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Hissy Fit 
1999 Best Laid Plans Lissa  
2000 Little Nicky Holly Cameo appearance 
2000 American Psycho Evelyn Williams  
2001 Trumpet of the Swan, TheThe Trumpet of the Swan Serena Voice 
2001 Legally Blonde Elle Woods MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
MTV Movie Award for Best Dressed
MTV Movie Award for Best Line
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Performance – Female
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy 
2002 Importance of Being Earnest, TheThe Importance of Being Earnest Cecily Cardew Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress 
2002 Sweet Home Alabama Melanie Carmichael Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Performance – Female
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress 
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Elle Woods Executive Producer 
2004 Vanity Fair Becky Sharp  
2005 Walk the Line June Carter Cash Academy Award for Best Actress
Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Actress
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Performance 
2005 Just Like Heaven Elizabeth Masterson  
2006 Penelope Annie Also producer 
2007 Rendition Isabella Fields El-Ibrahimi Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress 
2008 Four Christmases Kate  
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Susan Murphy / Ginormica Voice 
2010 How Do You Know Lisa  
2011 Water for Elephants Marlena Rosenbluth Nominated - People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress - Drama 
2012 This Means War Lauren Scott  
Year Title Notes 
Producer 2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Executive Producer 
2006 Penelope  
2008 Four Christmases  
Year Title Role Notes 
Television 2000 King of the Hill Debbie 2 episodes
2000 Friends Jill Green 2 episodes 'The One With Rachel's Sister' 'The One Where Chandler Can't Cry'
Nominated – American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Guest Appearance in a TV Series 
2002 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Greta Wolfcastle 1 episode
2003 Freedom: A History of Us Various roles 3 episodes 
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space Susan Murphy / Ginormica Halloween TV Special
2011 After Lately Herself 1 Episode 

Lacey Chabert Biography

Name:             Lacey Nicole Chabert
Date of Birth:  September 30, 1982
Place of Birth: Purvis, Mississippi, U.S
Lacey Nicole Chabert  is an American actress and voice actress, known for her roles as Claudia Salinger in the television drama Party of Five and as Gretchen Wieners in the movie Mean Girls.Lacey Chabert has also provided the voice of Eliza Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys TV show and two feature films, and Meg Griffin during the first production season of the animated sitcom Family Guy.
Early Life
Chabert was born in Purvis, Mississippi, the daughter of Julie and Tony ChabertLacey Chabert father is a French-speaking Cajun from Louisiana who worked as a maintenance operations representative for an oil company.Lacey Chabert has a younger brother, T.J., and two older sisters, Wendy and Crissy, one of whom owns a restaurant in Purvis.
Chabert made her debut to the big screen in the late 1990s starring as Penny Robinson in the fantasy-space thriller Lost in space (1998). Since then, she has been the voice of Eliza Thornberry in the animated series The Wild Thornberrys, and has voiced Eliza in two movies, The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) and Rugrats Go Wild (2003). Lacey Chabert provided the voice of Meg Griffin for the first production season of the animated sitcom Family Guy (1999), after which Mila Kunis took over the role.
  Chabert played the title role in The Brooke Ellison Story, a made-for-TV movie produced by Christopher Reeve, based upon a real-life quadriplegic woman who overcame many obstacles to graduate from Harvard. Lacey Chabert starred in Mean Girls (2004) and the made for TV movie Hello Sister, Goodbye Life (2006) on ABC Family. Lacey Chabert appeared in a 2006 remake of Black Christmas. Lacey Chabert appeared in an episode of Ghost Whisperer opposite former Party of Five costar Jennifer Love Hewitt. Lacey Chabert  performed the voice of Princess Elise from the game Sonic the Hedgehog for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Lacey Chabert also voiced Gwen Stacy in the animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man.
Chabert won the 2005 MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team for Mean Girls, shared with Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Amanda Seyfried. Lacey Chabert  won both the 1997 and 1998 Hollywood Reporter Annual YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV Series for Party of Five, and had been nominated three other times for work 1999–2000.The YoungStar awards honor the best film, TV and music performances made exclusively by six to eighteen-year-olds.
In 2007, Chabert starred in the pilot episode of the Fox comedy The Hot Years, which revolved around the lives of four female friends who live together. The pilot was not ordered to series by Fox. Chabert was featured as cover girl of the January 2007 issue of Maxim.
Personal Life
Chabert lives in Southern California, where she moved with her family in 1994 when she began work on Party of Five. Lacey Chabert was "World's Baby Petite" in the "World's Our Little Miss Scholarship Competition" of 1985.
Year Title Role Notes 
Film 1991 Little Piece of Heaven, AA Little Piece of Heaven Princess, or 'Hazal'  
1997 Redux Riding Hood Little Red Voice role 
Babes in Toyland Jill 
Journey Beneath the Sea Merla 
Anastasia Young Anastasia Singing Voice Only (Animation) 
1998 Lion King II: Simba's Pride, TheThe Lion King II: Simba's Pride Young Vitani Voice role 
Lost in Space Penny Robinson  
1999 We Wish You a Merry Christmas Cindy Voice role 
2000 An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Tanya Mousekewitz 
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster 
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Amanda Becker  
Tart Eloise Logan  
2002 Hometown Legend Rachel Sawyer  
Balto II: Wolf Quest Aleu Voice role 
Scoundrel's Wife, TheThe Scoundrel's Wife Florida Picou  
Wild Thornberrys Movie, TheThe Wild Thornberrys Movie Eliza Thornberry Voice role 
2003 Rugrats Go Wild 
Daddy Day Care Jenny  
2004 Mean Girls Gretchen Wieners  
Shadow of Fear Allison Henderson  
The Brooke Ellison Story Brooke Ellison Main role 
2005 The Pleasure Drivers Faruza  
Nice Guys Cindy aka High Hopes 
Dirty Deeds Meg  
2006 Be My Baby Tiffany  
Fatwa Noa Goldman  
Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman Crista North Voice role 
Black Christmas Dana Mathis  
Hello Sister, Goodbye Life Olivia Martin  
2007 New Wave, AA New Wave Julie  
Being Michael Madsen Vanessa Rapaport  
2008 Thirst Noelle  
Sherman's Way Marcy  
Reach for Me Sarah  
2009 Lost, TheThe Lost Jane  
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Sandra  
In My Sleep Becky  
2010 Flights of Fancy Sandy Pre-production 
Slightly Single in L.A. Dale Squire  
Elevator Girl Liberty (Libby) Taylor  
Year Title Role Notes 
Television 1991 Star Search with Ed McMahon Jr Vocal Finalist  
1993 All My Children Bianca Montgomery #3  
Gypsy Baby June Television movie 
1994–2000 Party of Five Claudia Salinger  
1996–1997 Hey Arnold! Ruth P. McDougal 2 episodes 
1997 When Secrets Kill Jennie Newhall Television movie 
1998–2004 Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild Thornberrys Eliza Thornberry Voice role 
1999, 2011 Family Guy Meg Griffin Voice role, (Season 1 Production) (Uncredited) 
Rayman: The Animated Series Betina Voice role, 1 episode 
2002 Punk'd Herself  
2003 Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show Grace 1 episode 
2004 The Brooke Ellison Story Brooke Ellison Television movie 
2005 American Dragon: Jake Long Jasmine Voice role, 1 episode 
2005–2006 Bratz Kaycee Voice role 
2006 Hello Sister, Goodbye Life Olivia Martin Television movie 
Ghost Whisperer Donna Ellis 1 episode, Love Still Won't Die 
2007 What If God Were the Sun? Jamie Spagnoletti Television movie 
2008–2009 Spectacular Spider-Man, TheThe Spectacular Spider-Man Gwen Stacy Voice role (main cast) 
2011–present Young Justice Zatanna Zatara Voice role (recurring) 
2011 Allen Gregory Beth Voice role 

Kristoffer Tabori Biography

Name:              Kristoffer Tabori
Date of Birth:   4 August 1952
Place of Birth:  Malibu, California, U.S
Kristoffer Tabori (born Christopher Donald Siegel) is an American actor and television director.
Early Life
Kristoffer Tabori was born in Malibu, California, the son of director Don Siegel and Swedish-American actress Viveca Lindfors. Kristoffer Tabori appeared in one of his mother's films, Weddings and Babies, as a young boy. Kristoffer Tabori parents divorced in 1953 and Lindfors married Hungarian writer and director George TaboriKristoffer Tabori adopted his stepfather's surname and changed the English spelling of his forename.
Kristoffer Tabori started his career as a stage actor in his teens in the late 1960s, and during the 1970s and 1980s he appeared in many films, including Arthur Miller's A Memory of Two Mondays. The majority of his work, however, was in television drama, and during the latter two decades Tabori appeared in dozens of guest roles in many of the medium's most popular network shows, including Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, Cannon, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Streets of San Francisco, The Rockford Files, and many more. 1988 he also played the part of Sir Henry Baskerville in a television production of The Hound of the Baskervilles next to Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and Edward Hardwicke as Dr. Watson. During the 1990s, Tabori began directing in television and has over forty shows, mostly episode dramas, to his credit. In 2007, Tabori directed the TV film Anna's Storm and episodes of Falcon Beach, and in 2008 directed episodes of The Guard and jPod. Kristoffer Tabori directed the SyFy Channel aliens-Western film High Plains Invaders.
Tabori also has established a career in voice-only work. In 1989, he played Prof. Peter Plum in the first television series of Cluedo, where he was known for his loud protestations of innocence during the studio-based portions of the program. Kristoffer Tabori also voiced HK-47, the assassin droid and comic relief character in the videogames Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, as well as providing the voices for some characters in other Star Wars related products and in the Battlestar Galactica area. Tabori was also featured on the radio program CBS Radio Mystery Theatre. On television, Tabori supplied the voice of War Minister and Emissary in Avatar: The Last Airbender and voiced several characters in The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda as well as the home video series The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible.
Kristoffer Tabori  is an Audie Award-winning audiobook narrator and has performed in audio plays for Yuri Rasovsky. Tabori is also the voice of the narrator, Miles, in the 1976 audiobook "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" by Jack Finney. Kristoffer Tabori father, Donald Siegel, had directed the 1957 film version of the novel. In 2008, he voiced a major villain, The Vulture, in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows.

Kristin Kreuk Biography

Name:           Kristin Laura Kreuk
Date of Birth:  December 30, 1982
Place of Birth: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Kristin Laura Kreuk  is a Canadian actress and producer, known for her portrayal of Lana Lang in the American television series Smallville. Kristin Kreuk was also a regular cast member on the Canadian teen drama Edgemont, and has starred in movies such as Eurotrip and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.
Early Life
Kreuk was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kristin Kreuk father, Peter Kreuk, is of Dutch descent; her mother, Deanna Che, is of Chinese descent, but was born in Indonesia; her maternal grandmother was born in Jamaica of Chinese descent. Both parents are landscape architects. Kristin Kreuk has a sister named Justine, who is about five years younger.Kreuk trained in karate and gymnastics at the national level until high school but quit in Grade 11 due to scoliosis.Kristin Kreuk attended Edith Cavell Elementary School (vide Edith Cavell) and Eric Hamber Secondary School in Vancouver.
Kreuk planned to study psychology, environmental science, or forensic science at Simon Fraser University, when a casting director for the CBC TV series Edgemont contacted her secondary school, looking for an Asian girl to play the part of a Chinese Canadian, Laurel Yeung, on show, which was shot in Vancouver. Kreuk's drama teacher convinced Kreuk, who had no previous acting experience other than in musicals at her high school, to audition for the role, which she won.
Television After shooting the first season of Edgemont (a teenage soap opera set at a Vancouver-area high school) and getting herself an agent, Kreuk landed the lead role of Snow White in a TV movie titled Snow White: The Fairest of Them All. The film, shot in Vancouver, also starred Miranda Richardson and was directed by Caroline Thompson. It aired on ABC, and later released on DVD, in 2002.In 2003, Kreuk ended her role on Edgemont. In the summer of 2004, Kreuk took the role of Tenar for the Sci Fi Channel two-part miniseries Legend of Earthsea. The miniseries was filmed in Vancouver, directed by Rob Lieberman and broadcast on December 13, 2004.
After Snow White, Kreuk's agent sent an audition tape to screenwriters Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who at the time were putting together the cast of a show they had created for the WB Network entitled Smallville. The series, which was slated to be shot in Vancouver, revolves around the life of teenager Clark Kent before he becomes Superman. Gough and Millar called Kreuk to WB's studios in Burbank, California to audition for the role of Clark Kent's first love, Lana Lang. After seven seasons, Kreuk left Smallville in the beginning of 2008, when her character leaves town. Kristin Kreuk returned as a guest star in the show's eighth season for five episodes to conclude her storyline.
In 2009, Kristin Kreuk signed on for a multi-episode arc in Season 3 of Chuck. Kristin Kreuk played Hannah, a computer troubleshooter who joins the Buy More Nerd Herd after being laid off from her previous job.
In 2010, she portrayed Ben Hur's sister Tirzah in the TV movie Ben Hur, which aired in Canada.
Advertising work Neutrogena made her the spokesmodel for their new worldwide advertising campaign; in this role Kreuk followed in the footsteps of fellow teen stars such as Jennifer Love Hewitt and Mandy Moore. In 2005, she renewed her contract with Neutrogena for another two years, making her the company's longest-serving model spokesperson.
In 2003, Kreuk appeared in her first feature film, with a minor role in Eurotrip, starring Scott Mechlowicz and Michelle Trachtenberg. The film, shot in Prague, Czech Republic, also featured cameos by Matt Damon and Lucy Lawless. It debuted in theatres on February 20, 2004.
In early 2005, Kreuk signed on to the independent feature film Partition. Kristin Kreuk plays Naseem, a vulnerable seventeen-year-old whose world is shattered by the trauma of the Partition of India in 1947; she falls in love with ex-British Indian Army officer Gian Singh (played by Jimi Mistry). Neve Campbell also stars. The film is directed by Vic Sarin and is a co-production between Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom. The film was released to Canadian theaters on February 2, 2007, with a subsequent Region 1 (US and Canada) DVD release on June 26, 2007.
In the summer of 2006, Kreuk starred in the short film, Dream Princess by comic book writer/artist Kaare Andrews. The film is a modern sci-punk retelling of the tale of Sleeping Beauty, with a twist.
Kreuk starred in the 2009 film Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, in which she played the title character, Chun Li.The film received generally negative reviews.
In early 2010, Kreuk signed onto the Japanese horror film Vampire. In 2010, Kreuk also starred in the music video "I Heard" by musician "Hill".
Kreuk with Rosena Bhura, of who Kreuk met on the set of Partition, started a production company called Parvati Creative Inc, which focuses on “human-centric films as seen through a female lens”.Parvati's first production is a short film starring Mark Hildreth and directed by Rick Rosenthal called Blink, of which Kreuk is listed as an executive producer.
Kreuk stars as Heather in the 2011 film, Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy, based on Irvine Welsh's novel.
Charity work Along with her friend Kendra Voth, Kreuk established "Girls By Design," a project to empower teenage girls through creative and educational endeavors.
Kreuk is an active member of Team Power Smart, an organization dedicated to promoting energy conservation, and a member of the American Red Cross.
Personal Life
Kreuk resides in her hometown Vancouver with her French bulldog Dublin. As of late 2011, she bought a home in Los Angeles with her actor boyfriend Mark Hildreth. On her blog on the Girls By Design website, she stated that she doesn't eat meat.
Year Title Role Notes 
Film and Television 2001 Snow White Snow White Television movie 
2005 Edgemont Laurel Yeung  
2009 Smallville Lana Lang  
2004 Eurotrip Fiona Cameo appearance 
2004 Legend of Earthsea Tenar Miniseries 
2006 Dream Princess Princess Short film 
2007 Partition Naseem Khan  
2009 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li Chun-Li  
2010 Ben Hur Tirzah Miniseries 
2010 Chuck Hannah 4 episodes 
2011 Vampire Maria Lucas  
2011 Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy Heather  
2012 Space Milkshake Tilda Filming 

Kristanna Loken Biography

Name:            Kristanna Sommer Loken   
Date of Birth:  October 8, 1979
Place of Birth: Ghent, New York,United States.
Kristanna Sommer Loken is an American actress known for her work in both film and television, and as a fashion model.
Early Life
Loken was born in Ghent, New York, the daughter of Rande (née Porath), a model, and Merlin "Chris" Loken, a writer and apple farmer. All four of her grandparents were born in Norway and emigrated from there to Wisconsin's Norwegian American community. Kristanna Loken grew up on her parents' fruit farm in Upstate New York. Kristanna Loken has a sister named Tanya.
Loken started her acting career in 1994, playing "Danielle 'Dani' Andropoulos #3" on an episode of As The World Turns, and she appeared in several television shows and films, including regular appearances on the television shows Philly, Unhappily Ever After, and Boy Meets World. In 1998 she starred in Mortal Kombat: Conquest as "Taja". Kristanna Loken is probably best known for her performance as the cyborg T-X (Terminatrix) in the 2003 movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. In 2004, she appeared in a German television movie, Die Nibelungen (also known as "Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King" or "Sword of Xanten"), which aired as a 2-part mini-series and set a ratings record. Subsequently, she starred as the leading character in the 2006 film version of the video game BloodRayne, and appeared in director Uwe Boll's film version of the video game Dungeon Siege, called In the Name of the King.
Kristanna Loken appeared in 10 episodes of the fourth season of The L Word, which debuted in January 2007. Additionally, she starred as the title character in the Sci-Fi Channel's series Painkiller Jane which aired from April to September 2007.
Personal Life
Loken stated in an interview with Curve magazine "I have dated and have had sex with men and women, and have to say that the relationships I have had with certain women have been much more fulfilling, sexually and emotionally, than of those with certain men... I connect with an aura, with energy. And if the person with whom I connect happens to be a female, that's just the way it is. That's what makes my wheels turn."
In November 2006, Loken's comments to The Advocate were widely interpreted and reported by the media as an admission that she was in a relationship with her Bloodrayne co-star Michelle Rodriguez, though the relationship was never officially confirmed by either actress.
On January 17, 2008, Loken announced on her Web site that she had become engaged to actor Noah Danby (her co-star in Painkiller Jane). The couple were married at her family's farm on May 10, 2008.
In an interview published on November 16, 2009, she announced that she had separated from Danby and was now in a relationship with a woman.
Year Film Role Notes 
1997 Academy Boyz Linda Baker  
2000 Gangland Angie  
2001 Air Panic Josie  
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines T-X  
2004 "Worn Like a Tattoo" Mary's Mother Dramatic short 
Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King Queen Brunhild  
2006 BloodRayne Rayne  
Lime Salted Love Zepher Genesee  
2007 In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale Elora  
2009 Darfur Malin Lausberg  
2010 The Legend Of Awesomest Maximus Hottessa  
2011 S.W.A.T.: Firefight Rose Walker  
Love Orchard Karen filming 
Naked Before the World Diane in production 
TelevisionYear Title Role Notes 
1994 As the World Turns Danielle Andropoulos #3  
1995 New York Undercover Rena Episode: "Young, Beautiful and Dead" 
1996 Law & Order Sonya Dubrow Episode: "Savior" 
Aliens in the Family Tiffany Kindall  
1996–1997 Unhappily Ever After Sable O'Brien 8 Episodes 
1997 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Penny Barnes Episode: "AKA Superman" 
Star Trek: Voyager Malia Episode: "Favorite Son" 
Just Shoot Me! Kristanna Episode: "In Your Dreams" 
1996–1998 Boy Meets World Jennifer Bassett 2 Episodes: "An Affair to Forget" & "First Girlfriends' Club" 
1997–1998 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Janine Kelly 11 Episodes 
1998–1999 Mortal Kombat: Conquest Taja 22 Episodes 
1999 Sliders Catherine Clark Episode: "Revelations" 
Pacific Blue Officer Claire Keene 2 Episodes: "Blue Hawaii: Part 1" & "Blue Hawaii: Part 2" 
2000 D.C. Sarah Logan 7 Episodes 
2001–2002 Philly A.D.A. Lisa Walensky 8 Episodes 
2007 Painkiller Jane Jane Vasco 22 Episodes 
2007–2008 The L Word Paige Sobel 10 Episodes 
2010 Ties That Bind Hope Webster TV movie 
2011 Burn Notice Rebecca Anderson 1 episode 

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