Best Television Actresses Whose Faces You Know But Names You Might Not Pt. 2

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Jorja Fox
Jorja Fox has become a familiar face by playing major roles in three of the most successful television dramas in history: ER, The West Wing and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. As a teenager, Fox had a career as a fashion model. She then turned to formal study of the acting craft at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York...
 
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Krysten Ritter
Actress, Jessica Jones
Krysten Ritter stars as Jessica Jones in the Peabody, Hugo, and Emmy Award winning Netflix original series, "Marvel's Jessica Jones." Her performance, which earned her a prestigious Critics Choice nomination, a Saturn nomination, a Webby Award and a Glamour Best International TV Actress Award, has received...
 
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Jane Sibbett
Actress, Friends
The youngest of five happy children, Jane Sibbett was born in Berkeley, California to William Ryan Sibbett IV and social butterfly "Sis" Gaines Sibbett. After a few years in Orinda, California, the Sibbett family moved to the idyllic island of Alameda where destiny bellowed at her daily in the form of a gruff neighbor...
 
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Yeardley Smith
Actress, The Simpsons
Comic actress and voice specialist Yeardley Smith has made a virtue out of her odd looks, small figure and distinctive, child-like nasal tones. Lending vocal life to the animated role of "Lisa Simpson" - the intelligent, caring, saxophone-droning, vegetarian member of the Simpson family - has been her bread-and-butter job for over 20 years...
 
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Catherine O'Hara
Born March 4, 1954 in Ontario, Canada. Attended Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute. Began career with starring on television series SCTV. Notable films roles include: the over-dramatic and self-centered Delia Deetz in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, Kate McCallister, Macaulay Culkin's on-screen mother in Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York...
 
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Sherrie Rose
Actress, Me and Will
Sherrie Rose is an award winning and critically acclaimed filmmaker, actress and writer. She studied writing at UCLA and previously electrical engineering and theatrical performance as dual majors on the Dean's list at USF. She has starred in over 60 films and television shows and is best known for...
 
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Cynthia Gibb
Actress, Youngblood
Cynthia Gibb was born in Bennington, Vermont, USA on December 14, 1963 to a ballet dancer and teacher. Gibb's early dance training lent grace to her fresh-faced beauty, qualities which won her a modeling contract with New York's Eileen Ford Agency at age 14. Within a year she was on the cover of "Vogue" and "Young Miss." Spotted in a magazine by Woody Allen...
 
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Lindsay Sloane
Admitting to her own lively nature as a child, Sloane took up acting as an outlet for her energy. She developed a real love for the art and signed with an agent at the tender age of 8. Sloane was a television series regular on Mr. Rhodes and had a recurring role on The Wonder Years. She has also appeared on Dharma & Greg...
 
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Karina Logue
Actress, Argo
She made her screen acting debut with a role in the film Liar in 1997. In 1998 she had roles in television feature A Bright Shining Lie and the series Brimstone. In 1999 she appeared in two episodes of The Practice. In 2001 she had roles in the series Strong Medicine and The Guardian, the television features Just Ask My Children and Stranger Inside and the film Cowboy Up...
 
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Missy Doty
Actress, Sideways
Grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she attended Princeton High School. Attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO. and graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre. First play in LA was "Miss Pell is Missing" at the Long Beach Playhouse where she won the Ethel Case Award for Major Supporting Female. Was a member of the Blue Sphere Alliance theatre company...
 
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Patricia Clarkson
This remarkable, one-of-a-kind actress has, since the early 1990s, intrigued film and TV audiences with her glowing, yet careworn eccentricity and old world-styled glamour. Very much in demand these days as a character player, Patricia Clarkson nevertheless continues to avoid the temptation of money-making mainstream filming while reaping kudos and acting awards in out-of-the-way projects...
 
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Alice Krige
Alice Maud Krige was born on June 28, 1954 in Upington, South Africa where her father, Dr. Louis Krige, worked as a young physician. The Kriges later moved to Port Elizabeth where Alice grew up in what she describes as a "very happy family", a family that also included two brothers (both of whom became physicians) and her mother...
 
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Meredith Salenger
Meredith Salenger was born and raised in Malibu, California, the daughter of Dottie, an interior designer, and Gary Salenger, a dentist. As a child, she enjoyed performing in front of her family and friends. When she was eight years old, her mother took her to an acting class and Meredith found her calling...
 
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Judy Reyes
Actress, Scrubs
 
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Marg Helgenberger
Marg Helgenberger is an established dramatic actress whose prominence has been steadily increasing. Her work has been noted on stage, film and TV. Most of her career has been spent in dramatic roles on television, but she has also had a noteworthy presence in feature films. Helgenberger earned a degree in drama at Northwestern University...
 
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Arabella Holzbog
Arabella Holzbog was born in Gloucestershire, England, received her B.A. in Art from Pomona College (CA) and studied Performance Art and Movement Theater at Riverside Studios (London). She has played lead and supporting roles in numerous films, television series, miniseries and on stage in both the U.S...
 
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Teri Polo
Teri Polo was born in Dover, Delaware, to Jane (Gentry) and Vincent Polo, a stereo systems designer. Her ancestry includes Italian (from her paternal grandfather), German, and English. She has two brothers, Mike and Steve. Polo studied ballet for twelve years and was a dancer for the Delaware Regional Ballet at age 15...
 
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Elizabeth McGovern
Daughter of a law professor at Northwestern University, she moved with her family to Los Angeles when he transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.). She began acting in school plays at North Hollywood High, graduated from The Oakwood School and then continued her stage training...
 
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Helen Slater
Helen Slater was born in Bethpage, New York, to Alice Joan (Citrin), a lawyer and peace activist, and Gerald Slater, a television executive. She was raised in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, and is of Eastern European Jewish descent. Appearing in many shows as a child, she attended the New York High School of Performing Arts...
 
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Musetta Vander
Actress, The Cell
A Dutch South African, Musetta Vander was raised without that most basic of modern conveniences--television! Radio programming, childhood books and weekend trips to the drive-in introduced her to the magical world of movies. It was not until the mid-'70s that South Africa finally got television, and the big black box in the family living room "miraculously" sprang to life...
 
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Lesley Ann Warren
Actress, Blunt Talk
Lesley Ann Warren started gearing towards a life in show business right off the bat as a child ballerina; little did she know that Hollywood stardom would arrive on her doorstep in the form of a "Cinderella" story -- literally! The New York-born actress (born in 1946) is the daughter of a night club singer...
 
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Margaret Colin
Margaret Colin was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised on Long Island. She graduated from Baldwin Senior High School in 1976. Margaret began acting in The Edge of Night (her character was a heiress and former terrorist, with seven murder attempts), and was employed next on As the World Turns, portraying character Margo Montgomery...
 
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Alberta Watson
Alberta Watson, well known to television audiences for her Gemini award-nominated role as Madeline on La Femme Nikita, enjoys a long and diverse career in television and film. A native of Toronto, Watson began performing with a local theater group as a teenager. She received a Genie nomination for Best Supporting Actress for one of her first movie roles...
 
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Kim Delaney
Actress, Army Wives
Kim Delaney was born on November 29, 1961, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was raised in Roxborough. She is the daughter of Joan and Jack Delaney, who retired from Delphi Automotive, where he served as a committeeman for the United Auto Workers. She has four brothers: Ed Delaney and John Delaney...
 
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Rhona Mitra
Actress, Shooter
Mitra was born in Paddington, London, England, the daughter of Nora Downey and Anthony Mitra, a cosmetic surgeon. She has an older and a younger brother. Her father is of Bengali Indian and English descent, and her mother is Irish. In 1984, when Mitra was eight, her parents divorced, and she was sent to boarding school...
 
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Amy Smart
Amy Smart was born in Topanga Canyon, California, to Judy, who worked at a museum, and John Boden Smart, a salesman. She has German, English, and Irish ancestry. Smart was a relatively new arrival when she first gained notice for her supporting roles in the 1999 hit teen films Varsity Blues and Outside Providence...
 
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Rhoda Griffis
Rhoda holds a BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Acting onstage since the age of 7, she still "charges her batteries" in the theatre where she has conquered such roles as Lady MacBeth, Lady Anne and has appeared in Angels in America, Proof, Intimate Apparel, Collected Stories, Dinner with Friends and Dark at the Top of the Stairs to name a few...
 
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Sarah Burns
Sarah Burns began her professional acting career as America's second favorite purple guy, Barney. These days, Sarah is a resident performer at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre in NYC. Recent TV roles include "Faye" in Cavalcade of Personalities, which was featured on Comedy Central, "N'maia" in the sit-com Windy Acres...
 
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Jessica Morris
Actress, Rosewood
Known for her portrayal of series regular Jennifer Rappaport on ABC's "One Life to Live", Jessica has cultivated her career as the leading lady in various television shows and independent films. Also making a memorable appearance in Universal's theatrical success "Role Models". Jessica has recently...
 
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Cobie Smulders
Cobie Smulders was born on April 3, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and an English mother. As a girl, Cobie had set her sights on becoming a doctor or a marine biologist. In fact, it wasn't until high school that Cobie started to explore acting after appearing in several school productions...
 
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Holly Marie Combs
Actress, Charmed
Holly moved to New York at the tender age of 7. Already her stunning looks had turned heads, resulting in jobs in print ads and commercials. Soon these experiences lead to a desire to act, a dream shared by Holly's mother, who herself was only 24. After a few bit parts, Holly landed a leading role as Kimberly in TV drama Picket Fences...
 
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Megan Mullally
Actress, Will & Grace
Megan is an only child born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Martha, was a model, and her father, Carter Mullally Jr., was a contract player for Paramount. Megan first entered Northwestern University intending to study acting, but switched to English literature. However, she still ended up starring in several campus musicals...
 
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Kristina Klebe
Actress, Hellboy
Actor and director, Kristina Klebe was born in New York City in 1985 and raised between NY, Germany, France and Italy. She is the only daughter of two European immigrants making her first generation American. She speaks four languages fluently, though she didn't speak a single word until she was two...
 
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Milena Govich
Milena Govich is a director, actress, and musician. As a director, she was recently selected for AFI's prestigious Directing Workshop For Women under the mentorship of Paul Feig. Milena made her first official foray into directing with the short film, Temporary, which premiered at the 2017 San Francisco Independent Film Festival...
 
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Ashlie Atkinson
Ashlie Atkinson is an award-winning theatre, film, and television actress. A 2003 graduate of the Neightborhood Playhouse, in 2005 she received the Theatre World Award for Breakthrough Performance for originating the role of Helen in Neil Labute's "Fat Pig"(opposite Jeremy Piven) - which also garnered her Outer Critics' Circle and Lucille Lortel nominations...
 
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Jana Kramer
Actress, Click
 
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Elisabeth Harnois
Elisabeth was born in Detroit in 1979 and grew up in Los Angeles. An actress since the age of 3, she co-starred at the age of 5 in two movies (One Magic Christmas and Where Are the Children?). She did numerous TV commercials until being chosen by Disney Productions to star as Alice in the Adventures in Wonderland series...
 
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Linsey Godfrey
Born and raised in Stuart, Florida, Godfrey started acting in high school and was quickly signed up by a talent agency. In 2005, she moved to Los Angeles to try her luck auditioning. One of her first parts was a recurring role on the TV show Surface. Godfrey's career came to a sudden halt when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2006...
 
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Odette Annable
Actress, Cloverfield
Odette Annable was born Odette Juliette Yustman on 10 May, 1985, in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Lydia Yustman née Nodarse, is Cuban, and her father, Victor Oscar Yustman, was born in Bogotá, Colombia, of French and Italian descent. Odette started her career with a minor role in the movie Kindergarten Cop as "Rosa"...
 
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Monica Keena
Monica Keena was born in New Jersey on May 28, 1979, to Bill and Mary Keena and was little sister to Samantha, the Keenas' first daughter. Growing up, Monica shone in all things arts. Dance, singing, acting, and drawing. At 13, Keena enrolled in the prestigious LaGuardia school for acting and made it...
 
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Erin Cummings
Actress, Bitch Slap
Erin Cummings is a graduate of the University of North Texas, with a degree in Journalism. Cummings began her professional acting career, when she was spotted by an L.A. talent scout, while performing in community theater near Dallas. Cummings later went on to study Shakespeare at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art...
 
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Katy Selverstone
Katy earned her BFA in acting at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University. She began her career on stage in regional theaters and New York's Off-Broadway where she was privileged to be part of the development and premiere of Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Doug Wright's "Quills" at New York Theatre Workshop and Tony Award winner Steven Sater's "Asylum" at Naked Angels...
 
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Stephanie Erb
Actress, Ray Donovan
Stephanie Erb wanted to be an actress, ever since watching Laurence Olivier's Hamlet on PBS, when she was eight years old. Her training began at The Cleveland Playhouse and continued at SMU's acclaimed Theatre Program. Moving to NY after school led to years of jobs in the regional theatre circuit...
 
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Joanna Going
Actress, Kingdom
Joanna Going was born in Washington, D.C. in 1963 and raised in Newport, Rhode Island. She is the oldest of six children and graduated from Rogers High School in 1981. She attended Emerson College in Boston for two years and then went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. A year later...
 
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Kristen Cloke
Kristen Cloke was born September 2 in Van Nuys, California. She attended California State University, Northridge. Her first feature film role was the female lead in Megaville, opposite Billy Zane. She is best known from her role as Shane Vansen in the television series Space: Above and Beyond. In addition to her acting...
 
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Markie Post
Actress, Night Court
Markie Post grew up in Walnut Creek, California and started her career on films and TV shows, such as Card Sharks and "The New Card Sharks" (1986) and went on to even produce such projects as Double Dare and has made appearances on such television projects as 1st to Die, E! True Hollywood Story and Electra Woman and Dyna Girl...
 
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April Bowlby
April Michelle Bowlby was born on 30 July 1980 in Vallejo, California, USA. She and her family moved to Manteca, California, when she was a small child. April studied ballet, French and marine biology at Moorpark College, before deciding to pursue an acting career. She studied drama with Ivana Chubbuck...
 
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Missi Pyle
Actress, Galaxy Quest
Missi Pyle was born on November 16, 1972 as Andrea Kay Pyle in Houston, Texas and was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. The daughter of Linda and Frank Pyle, she has four older siblings, sisters Debbie and Julie, and brothers Sam and Paul. Pyle attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated in 1995...
 
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Myndy Crist
Grew up in Marin County, California. Graduated from UCLA School of Theater and Film.
 
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Judy Greer
Actress, Archer
Judy Greer was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, as Judith Therese Evans. She is the daughter of Mollie Ann (née Greer), a hospital administrator and former nun, and Richard Evans, a mechanical engineer. She has German, Irish, English, Welsh, and Scottish ancestry. After training for nearly ten years in classical Russian ballet...
 
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Susan Blakely
Actress, Over the Top
She stands out easily in a crowd with her wholesome beauty, knock-out figure and dazzling smile. Ever-radiant TV and film resident Susan Blakely found success on several paths she chose for herself over the years -- first as a model, then as an award-winning actress on TV and, finally, as a jewelry designer...
 
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Mo Collins
Actress, MADtv
Mo Collins was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. She attended Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop, honing her improvisation and sketch-writing skills. After many theater productions, dozens of commercials and two films, including Jingle All the Way, she moved to LA. Within a year, she landed her big break on MADtv. Mo is currently (2010) living with her 15 year old son in Los Angeles.
 
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Suzanne Ford
Suzanne Ford, seen in "Grace and Frankie" (Netflix) last season as Mary, and in the Duplass brothers' indie hit "Manson Family Vacation" (Netflix) as Janice, appeared this season in "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" as a vulgar New Jersey cougar. She has just completed shooting a recurring guest star role on the 2018 season of the new hit comedy "Swedish Dicks" on PopTV...
 
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Jud Tylor
Jud Tylor (born March 24, 1979 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian television and film actress. She has had recurring roles in a number of television programs and films including the hit series That '70s Show as the sexy Samantha and a supporting lead alongside Academy award winner Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in Charlie Wilson's War...
 
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Annabeth Gish
Actress, Mystic Pizza
A versatile actress, Annabeth Gish weathered the transition from child actor to adult, with a variety of dramatic and comedic roles on film and television. Anne Elizabeth Gish was born on March 13, 1971 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved with her family to Cedar Falls, at the age of two. Her parents were both teachers; her father...
 
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Meggan Anderson
Director, Living LA
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Meggan Anderson grew up in North Carolina. She always loved being in front of the camera and performing for people. At the age of 17, she graduated high school early and moved to southern California. As a trained classical flutist, Meggan studied in San Diego at California State University San Marcos majoring in the flute. It wasn't long before she got noticed...
 
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Catherine Mary Stewart
Catherine Mary Stewart's career has spanned more than 30 years and over 50 different productions, from film to television to theater, in England, Canada and the United States. She was living in London studying dance, acting and singing when she was cast in her first professional acting role as the lead in the rock musical The Apple...
 
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Amanda Wyss
Amanda Wyss was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California. Discovered by an agent who saw her portray Flora, in the "The Innocents" and Rhoda, in "The Bad Seed" at local LA theaters. As a teenager, she appeared in many commercials and landed her first television roles on the science fiction hit "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"...
 
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Kristina Hayes
Actress, Expelled
Kristina was born and raised in Bloomfield, NJ. She attended Emerson college in Boston, MA with an acting scholarship, but dropped out after her freshman year to move to NYC and study with legendary acting teacher Uta Hagen. Kristina has appeared in dozens of commercials and television shows over the years...
 
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Jenny Robertson
Actress, Bull Durham
Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jenny is a 1982 graduate of Oak Hills High School were she got her first taste of acting in Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit. After college at Northern Kentucky University, she joined the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Following a year's apprenticeship there, she moved to New York where she made her film debut in Bull Durham.
 
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Kim Rhodes
Actress, Supernatural
Kim Rhodes grew up in Portland, Oregon. She attended Southern Oregon State College and earned her B.F.A. in Acting and graduated summa cum laude. Kim graduated from Temple University with her Masters in Fine Arts (M.F.A.). She is certified in four kinds of stage combat: hand-to-hand, quarterstaff, rapier and dagger...
 
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Geraldine Hughes
Actress, Gran Torino
Geraldine Hughes (born 1970) is a Northern Irish film, television and stage actress. She was born in West Belfast and lived in the Divis flats for a time. She won a private scholarship and attended university in America. She is best known for her portrayal of "Little Marie" in 2006's Rocky Balboa. Hughes...
 
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Kimmy Robertson
Kimmy Robertson began her career as a ballet dancer but her distinctive sense of humor and quirky style brought her to the attention of an agent who happened to worked in the same office as her ballet company. After at first being unsure about becoming an actor, Kimmy was then hired for the first role she auditioned for in the teen comedy The Last American Virgin...
 
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Tanya Roberts
Tanya Roberts came from modest beginnings in the Bronx, New York, the daughter of a pen salesman (Irish) and a mother (Jewish) who were divorced before she reached high school. Tanya dropped out of high school at age 15, got married and hitchhiked around the country until her mother-in-law had the marriage annulled...
 
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