Best Television Actresses Whose Faces You Know But Names You Might Not Pt. 1

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Rena Sofer
Rena was born in Arcadia, California, to Susan (Franzblau), a psychology professor, and Martin Sofer, who was a Conservative Jewish Rabbi. She moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when her parents divorced. She was discovered at age 15 by a New York talent agent and started modeling before turning to acting...
 
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Cady McClain
Cady's documentary "Seeing is Believing: Women Direct" won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the SOHO International Film Festival in NYC. The short version won a Jury Award in the Best Documentary category at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Other directing recognitions include Best Comedy/Drama Short from the Ohio Indie Gathering for her second short film...
 
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Sprague Grayden
The daughter of two school teachers, Grayden was born and raised in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, and began performing at age five. After graduating cum laude from Barnard College where she majored in American Studies, she worked as a performing member of the 'Drama Department' in New York City...
 
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Leslie Hope
Actress, 24
Leslie Hope was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada as Leslie Ann Hope. She is an actress, director, and producer. As an actor she is known for Never Back Down (2008), 24 (2001) and Talk Radio (1988). She directed and wrote 'Gaykeith' and produced and directed the award-winning documentary 'What I See When I Close My Eyes'...
 
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Molly Hagan
Actress, Sully
Molly Hagan was born the seventh child of Jack and Betty Hagan in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the age of 4 the entire family moved to Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She grew up among cornfields and limestone quarries. Molly always wanted to be an actor. She toiled with her sister, Lucy Hagan, to create the best living room theatre a family could watch...
 
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Lori Loughlin
Actress, Full House
Lori Loughlin is an American actress who was born on July 28, 1964 in Queens, New York, USA. She was a junior lifeguard before becoming an actress. Lori began her career at the age of 12 as a print model. During her early teen years she appeared in television commercials and was frequently seen in national print advertisements...
 
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Jamie Luner
Jamie Michelle Luner was born on Thursday, May 12, 1971 to Stuart and Susan Luner in Palo Alto, California. She grew up with her older brother, David Luner, and her mom Susan in California. Before landing her roles on Just the Ten of Us as dizzy "Cindy Lubbock", Jamie began her career in front of the cameras at the tender age of three doing TV commercials...
 
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Lauren Graham
Actress, Gilmore Girls
Lauren Graham was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Donna Grant and Lawrence Graham, a candy industry lobbyist. Her father was from New York and her mother was from the American South, and Lauren has Irish, British, and Scottish ancestry. She grew up in Northern Virginia, USA (Fairfax, Arlington, and Great Falls...
 
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Jenna Elfman
Actress, Dharma & Greg
Jenna Elfman was born in Los Angeles, California, and began her career appearing in commercials. She studied with Milton Katselas, the renowned acting teacher. She then began appearing in TV shows before landing the role of Dharma in the hit ABC television show Dharma & Greg. Her first starring role in a film was in Krippendorf's Tribe...
 
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Melinda Clarke
Actress, The O.C.
Born in Dana Point, California, Mindy Clarke was raised by her ballet dancer mother Patricia and actor father John. At the age of 18 she moved to L.A. and launched her career in acting and modeling.
 
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Melanie Lynskey
Actress, Togetherness
At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey captivated audiences with her explosive debut in Peter Jackson's Academy Award-nominated Heavenly Creatures, achieving worldwide acclaim and a Best Actress prize for her portrayal of an outcast teen whose relationship with her best friend (Kate Winslet) spirals dangerously out of control...
 
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Clare Carey
Actress, Coach
 
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Mädchen Amick
Born and raised in Sparks, Nevada, Madchen Amick was encouraged by her parents to follow her own creative instincts where she learned the skill of playing the piano, bass, violin and guitar as well as being able to do tap, ballet, jazz and modern dancing. In 1987 at the age of 16, she traveled to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting
 
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Ali Larter
A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Ali began modeling at age 13 and traveled the world before moving to Los Angeles to study acting. Her first professional acting job was a role on the television series Chicago Sons. She received her breakthrough in the high school football drama Varsity Blues which included her infamous whipped cream bikini scene...
 
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Jeri Ryan
Jeri Ryan was born Jeri Lynn Zimmerman on February 22, 1968 in Munich, West Germany, to Gerhard Florian Zimmerman, a Master Sergeant in the United States Army, and his wife Sharon, a social worker. She and her older brother Mark grew up on several military bases, including Kansas, Maryland, Hawaii, Georgia and Texas...
 
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Julie Ann Emery
Actress Julie Ann Emery is best known for her breakout recurring role in "Better Call Saul," AMC's highly buzzed about prequel to "Breaking Bad." She can currently be seen as a series regular in AMC's fan favorite, "Preacher." Julie Ann takes on the important role of Lara Featherstone, one of the Grail's best operatives, and reports to Herr Starr...
 
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Paige Turco
Actress, The 100
Paige Turco was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on May 17, 1965. As a child she studied to become a ballerina. She performed as a soloist with the New England Dance Conservatory, The Amherst Ballet Theatre Company and the Western Massachusetts Ballet Company, but her dreams were shattered when an ankle injury terminated her career as a dancer at the age of 14...
 
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Clea DuVall
Actress, Argo
Clea DuVall was born in Los Angeles on September 25, 1977, to Rosemary (Hatch) and actor Steph DuVall. DuVall's teenage years presented her with many challenges. Her parents divorced when she was twelve, and, when her mother remarried, DuVall moved out because she did not feel at home in the newly-reconstituted family...
 
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Sarah Polley
Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her sensitive portraits of wounded and conflicted young women in independent films...
 
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Shawnee Smith
Actress, Saw II
Shawnee Smith has consistently put her versatile talents to use in the film, television, theatrical and musical arenas with much success. Her impressive career includes a co-starring role on an award-winning television show, which is now strong in syndication, and a variety of memorable roles in hit feature films...
 
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A.J. Cook
Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, to Michael and Sandra Cook, Andrea Joy Cook began acting at the age of 17. She has appeared in nearly a dozen films and several TV shows before the age of 25. Before taking up acting, she was a dancer, having started dancing competitively at age 4 in the styles of tap...
 
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Moira Kelly
Actress, The Lion King
Born March 6, 1968 in Queens, New York, she is the third of six kids. Her father, Peter, was trained as a concert violinist. Her mother, Anne, is a nurse. Both are Irish immigrants. Moira was raised in Ronkonkoma, NY. She attended Connetquot Senior High School and graduated in the class of 1986. Later Moira attended Marymount Manhattan College...
 
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Audrey Marie Anderson
Actress, The Unit
Audrey Marie Anderson born March 7, 1975 is an American actress and model.In the early 1990s, Anderson began a modeling career, being featured in advertisements for brands such as Armani, Gap, Biotherm, Target and American Eagle Outfitters over the course of it, before having a recurring role in ABC drama series Once and Again...
 
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Terry Farrell
Terry Farrell was born on November 19, 1963 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At age 15, she became a foreign exchange student to Mexico, and, from that experience, she decided she would like to live a more adventurous life in the big city. She sent several photos to a modeling agency and then, at age 17, dropped out of high school and became a model in New York...
 
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Kimberly McCullough
Kimberly McCullough has been a working actor since the tender age of seven months. She made her first TV appearance in a diaper commercial opposite 'Juliet Mills'. She attended NYU's Tisch School for the Arts in 1996-97. McCullough's mother, a dance instructor, fostered her daughter's love of dance and...
 
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Christine Elise
Christine Elise McCarthy was born in Boston, Massachusetts - the daughter of artists. She has been acting professionally since 1988 and is recognized primarily for her roles as U4EA-popping bad girl, Emily Valentine, on Beverly Hills, 90210, as Harper Tracy on ER, and as Kyle, the gal who killed Chucky in Child's Play 2...
 
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Sheryl Lee
"Dead, wrapped in plastic" is how Sheryl Lee entered onto the scene as Laura Palmer, the doomed homecoming queen on the cult TV series Twin Peaks. Lee was born April 27, 1967 in Germany. She grew up in Boulder, Colorado, spending much of her youth studying dance before knee injuries ended her hope of becoming a dancer...
 
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Mireille Enos
Actress, World War Z
Mireille Enos was born in Houston, Texas, to Monique, a teacher, and Jon Goree Enos. Her Texas-born American father, and French mother, met while her father was serving on a Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is the fourth of five children and grew up in Houston, Texas...
 
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Amy Madigan
In the 1960s, Amy attended St. Philip Neri grammar school and Aquinas High School, both in Chicago, where she performed in school plays and was known as the school tomboy. In the early 1970s, Amy was featured in Playboy Magazine wearing only jelly, to promote her music band, Jelly. Amy is the daughter of John Madigan, a media personality in Chicago, Illinois.
 
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Jane Adams
Jane Adams has performed theatre at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. The plays include "Love Diatribe", "The Nice and the Nasty", and "Greetings From Elsewhere Cabaret". She also performed in "Careless Love" at the Empty Space Theatre, "Candide/Len Jenkin" at the Pioneer Square Theatre", "Talking With" at the Group Theatre and "Camino Real" at the Juilliard School...
 
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Kate Mara
Actress, 127 Hours
Kate Mara is an American actress. She starred in the Netflix political drama, House of Cards, as "Zoe Barnes" and appeared in the Fox TV series, 24 as computer analyst "Shari Rothenberg". She appeared in Brokeback Mountain, We Are Marshall, Shooter, Transsiberian, Stone of Destiny...
 
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Alexis Bledel
Actress, Gilmore Girls
Kimberly Alexis Bledel was born in Houston, Texas, to Nanette (Dozier) and Martin Bledel. Her parents are both Spanish-speakers (her mother was born in Arizona and raised in Mexico, and her father was born in Argentina), and Alexis's ancestry includes Danish, Welsh, English, Scottish, Irish, and French...
 
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Tammy Lynn Michaels
Actress, Popular
Tammy Lynn Michaels was raised in Lafayette, Indiana, graduating from Lafayette Jefferson High School. She grew up with a keen interest and physical gift in the athletic arena (softball-pitcher, catcher, centerfield; basketball-point guard; volleyball-setter) from an early age. She played sports for each of her schools growing up...
 
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Catherine Hicks
Actress, 7th Heaven
Born in New York City and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Catherine Mary Hicks was a cheerleader at Gerard Catholic High School in Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated in 1969. Hicks attended Saint Mary's College-Notre Dame University and studied English literature. Moving east from South Bend, Indiana, she began her acting career at Cornell University...
 
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Beverley Mitchell
Actress, 7th Heaven
Rising to fan-magazine fame through her stint as Lucy Camden on 7th Heaven, Beverley was born in Arcadia, California. Before her most famous role, Beverley started her career off with a well-known temper tantrum, alongside her mother, in the middle of a shopping mall. A talent agent heard the noise and quickly rushed over...
 
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Robin Tunney
Actress, The Mentalist
Robin Tunney studied acting at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, spending her summer performing in such plays as "Bus Stop" and "Agnes of God". She moved to Los Angeles at the age of eighteen and shortly landed roles in such television shows as Life Goes On, Class of '96 (recurring), Law & Order...
 
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Dana Delany
Actress, China Beach
Dana Welles Delany was born on March 13, 1956, in New York City and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. Dana knew early in life that she wanted to be an actress. Following graduation from Wesleyan University, this tall (5'7") beauty moved to New York and developed her skills working in daytime television and theater...
 
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Alyson Hannigan
Alyson Hannigan was born in Washington, D.C., to Emilie (Posner), a real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver. She began her acting career in Atlanta at the young age of 4 in commercials sponsoring such companies as McDonald's, Six Flags, and Oreos. She is a seasoned television actress veteran...
 
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Gretchen Mol
Actress, Rounders
Gretchen Mol was born November 8, 1972, in Deep River, Connecticut, the daughter of a school principal and his artist wife. Deep River is a small community located on the Chester Bowles Highway (Rt. 9), nine miles northwest of Old Saybrook (home of the legendary Katharine Hepburn), within commuting distance of New York City...
 
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Lindy Booth
Lindy Booth was born on April 2, 1979, in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. She played "Riley Grant" on the Disney Channel series, The Famous Jett Jackson (and "Agent Hawk" in the show-within-a-show, "Silverstone"). Other credits include guest-starring as different characters in two different episodes of the A&E Network series...
 
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Brooke Smith
Brooke Smith grew up in New York in the shadow of show business owing to the fact that she is the daughter of powerful publicist Lois Smith. After studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, her "first big thing" was playing Catherine Martin, the abducted young girl in The Silence of the Lambs. She...
 
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Elizabeth Reaser
Elizabeth Ann Reaser was born June 15, 1975 in Bloomfield, Michigan, to Karen (Weidman) and John Reaser. As the middle child in a trio of sisters, she grew up in rural Milford, MI. Her mother, a homemaker, and her father, an attorney turned restaurateur turned substitute teacher, divorced, and her stepfather was businessman Bill Davidson...
 
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Kate Burton
Actress, 127 Hours
Kate Burton earned her bachelor's degree in Russian studies and European history at Brown University in Rhode Island, where she was also on the board of Production Workshop, one of the university's student theater groups. She furthered her education by studying at Yale University School of Drama, she graduated in 1983...
 
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Samantha Mathis
Samantha Mathis was born in 1970 in New York, to Donald Mathis and Austrian-born Bibi Besch, an aspiring actress at the time. Her maternal grandmother was actress Gusti Huber. Her first acting job was in a commercial for baby products with her mother. Since her parents divorced when she was only three years old...
 
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Alison La Placa
Actress, Duet
Born in New Jersey and raised in suburban Chicago, Alison La Placa received a degree in drama from Illinois Wesleyan University and received extensive training in classical piano and voice. She has starred on stage in regional productions of the musicals "Dames at Sea" and "Company", as well as the Los Angeles Cast Theatre's production of "Strider"...
 
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Chyler Leigh
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina and raised in Virginia Beach and Miami Beach, Chyler began her career in front of the camera at age 12 modeling for magazines and catalogues. Her success in print later led to national commercials for Coca Cola and Wendy's, among others. By age 16, she had already completed several pilots (ABC's Wilder Days and the WB's Saving Graces) at the onset...
 
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Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa grew up in Sayville, New York. Her acting career started at the age of four, when she did a commercial for a bathtub toy called Splashy. Her mother, Paula Hart, has been her agent from the beginning. Melissa is the oldest of eight children, some from her mother's second marriage. Six sisters...
 
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Emily Deschanel
Actress, Bones
Emily Erin Deschanel (born October 11, 1976) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for starring in the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama series Bones as Dr. Temperance Brennan since 2005. Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California, to cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir)...
 
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Elizabeth Mitchell
Actress, Frequency
Elizabeth Mitchell was born in Los Angeles in 1970. Shortly after her birth, her parents moved to Dallas, Texas. She was graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. Later, she earned a BFA degree in acting from Stephens College and also studied at the British American Drama Academy...
 
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Maggie Grace
Actress, Taken
Most recently, Maggie starred opposite Toby Kebbel in "Category 5", out in January. She starred opposite Scoot McNairy in "Aftermath", produced by Darren Aronofsky. Before that, she co-produced "The Scent of Rain and Lightning", in which she also starred alongside Maika Monroe and Justin Chatwin. Maggie reprised her lead role in "Taken 3" opposite Liam Neeson...
 
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Tania Raymonde
Actress, Lost
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Tania Raymonde began her career on Malcolm in the Middle, and is known for her portrayal of Alex Rousseau in the J.J. Abrams series Lost. She played the title role of notorious murderer Jodi Arias in the Lifetime original feature Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, and starred alongside Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt in David E. Kelley's legal drama Goliath for Amazon...
 
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Sela Ward
Actress, The Fugitive
Hallelujah for Sela. Everyone's favorite "Sister" was born Sela Ann Ward, on July 11, 1956, in Meridian, Mississippi. Sela's parents were Annie Kate (Boswell) and Granberry Holland Ward, Jr., an electrical engineer; the three younger children in the family are Jenna (1957), Berry (1959) and Brock (1961)...
 
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Mary Page Keller
Actress, Beginners
Mary Page Keller received formal training at the University of Maryland and the Boston Conservatory of Music, leading to various parts in musical theatre in Washington, D.C. After training in New York, doing everything from Soap Opera to dinner theatre, she relocated to Los Angeles to star in Duet for the Fox Network...
 
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Felicity Huffman
Felicity toiled away for 20 years in ill fated television shows, Broadway plays and independent films in the shadow of her successful husband, actor William H Macy, then she got the part of Lynette Scavo in the television series Desperate Housewives and the film Transamerica resulting in a Golden Globe nomination for both.
 
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Lara Flynn Boyle
Lara Flynn Boyle was born in Davenport, Iowa on March 24, 1970 to 21-year old Sally Boyle. For Sally and young Lara, money was not plentiful so Sally was required to work three jobs in addition to raising baby Lara by herself. Since Lara was mostly around Sally, they developed a bond that still binds Lara and Sally today...
 
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Julianne Nicholson
Nicholson was born and raised in Medford, Massachusetts (outside Boston), and is the eldest of four siblings. She is the daughter of Kate (Gilday) and James O. Nicholson, Jr., and is of Irish heritage. Nicholson moved to New York which led to a modeling career in Paris. She attended Hunter College as a General Studies Major...
 
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Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh was born Jennifer Lee Morrow in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of writer Barbara Turner and actor Vic Morrow. Her father was of Russian Jewish descent and her mother was of Austrian Jewish ancestry. She is the sister of Carrie Ann Morrow and half-sister of actress Mina Badie...
 
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Patricia Wettig
Three-time Emmy Award winner Patricia Wettig made a noticeable dramatic impact on late 1980s TV as wife and mom Nancy Weston on the award-winning series Thirtysomething. Although her husband, actor Ken Olin, also co-starred on the series, they had different spouses on the show. Known for her searching blue eyes...
 
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Nora Zehetner
Actress, Brick
Nora Angela was born and grew up in El Paso, Texas. She spent several years attending elementary school in Richardson, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, before moving back to El Paso. When she was 14 she moved to Dallas where she attended the McKinney High School for several years. She attended the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science for one year...
 
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Gretchen Egolf
Gretchen Egolf grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she began acting in theater as a child. After high school, she attended the Juilliard School for drama in New York and has been living and working in New York and Los Angeles ever since. Aside from her numerous Broadway, off-Broadway, West End...
 
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Jaime Pressly
After growing up in North Carolina, Jaime spent almost 11 years training in gymnastics and eventually entered the modeling world. Jaime can be seen on the cover of an older Teen Magazine, and has modeled throughout the United States, Italy, and Japan.
 
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Amanda Pays
Actress, Leviathan
Born in London, England, Amanda Pays is the daughter of show business agent and actor Howard Pays and former actress Jan Miller. An aunt, Mandy Miller, won fame as a child star of the '50s film Crash of Silence . When she was eight, Pays started school at a nearby convent and it was there that she demonstrated her early skills as an actress...
 
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Susan Dey
Actress, L.A. Law
 
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Nicole Sullivan
Actress, Disjointed
Nicole Sullivan grew up doing theater in NYC, then went on to study theater at Northwestern University. After moving to LA, her career started in 1995 when she got cast on "MADtv" (1995)_. Nicole then joined the cast of "The King of Queens" (1998)_ for 5 seasons, playing opposite Jerry Stiller. She...
 
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Alicia Witt
Actor/singer songwriter Alicia Witt has had a nearly three-decade long career, starting with her film debut, in 1984, as "Alia" in David Lynch's science fiction classic, Dune. Witt was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Diane (Pietro), a high school teacher, and Robert Witt, a photographer and science teacher...
 
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Pauley Perrette
Actress, NCIS
Pauley Perrette is known to millions around the world as "Abby Sciuto", the brilliant but offbeat forensic scientist on CBS' NCIS, the #1-rated drama in the world. Her additional credits include appearances on such shows as Almost Famous, The Ring, 24, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation...
 
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Elizabeth Peña
Elizabeth's love for the arts came naturally, as her father was a well-known playwright, actor, director and novelist, so it is not hard to understand that by the time she was eight, Cuban-American Elizabeth Pena already had designs to become an actress. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and raised in New York...
 
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Aya Sumika
Actress, Numb3rs
 
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Sophina Brown
Actress, Shark
 
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Sabrina Lloyd
Actress, Sliders
Sabrina Lloyd was born on November 20th, 1970 in Fairfax, Virginia. At age 12, she started her acting career by appearing in a local theater production of "Annie" as "Pepper". She continued to perform in local theater such as the Baystreet Players in Eustis, and the Ice House Theater in Mt. Dora, appearing in productions of "Grease"...
 
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