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Linda Blair
Actress, The Exorcist
From the age of five, Linda Blair had to get used to the spotlight, first as a child model and then as an actress, when out of 600 applicants she was picked for the role of Regan, the possessed child, in The Exorcist. Linda quickly rose to international fame, won the Golden Globe, and seemed to be set to take the Academy Award for that role...
 
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Shannon Whirry
Shannon Whirry is not just a talented actress with girl-next-door looks, she captured a generation of viewers' imaginations by wishing that she actually was the girl-next-door. Born in Green Lake County, Wisconsin, Whirry graduated from high school and packed her bags for New York. She trained at the...
 
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Rosalind Allen
Rosalind Allen (born Rosalind Ingledew) hails from New Zealand and studied acting there before coming to the United States. Her movie debut was in the film, Perfect, and she continues a long career in television & film. Famously remembered as the "It girl" in the Seinfeld episode, The Marine Biologist...
 
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Bobbie Phillips
Actress, Showgirls
Bobbie Phillips is an actress, animal advocate, and a true Chameleon; both on screen and off. Bobbie has portrayed a variety of characters in various genres throughout her career. Perhaps most widely recognized for her award winning role as sexy entomologist, Dr. Bambi Berenbaum on War of the Coprophages;...
 
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Tatyana Ali
On January 24, 1979, Tatyana Marisol Ali was born to Sonia, who was a nurse from Panama, and Sheriff Ali, a retired police officer from Trinidad. At the age of four she started singing and got a taste of fame when she begged her mother to take her to an audition for Sesame Street. She went on to perform in many productions in her native city...
 
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Angell Conwell
Born in the tiny town of Orangeburg, South Carolina, Angell Conwell began her journey at a very young age. After winning countless awards locally, she signed with Wilhelmina's Kids Division in New York at the age of 10. Always one to challenge herself. She begged for her parents permission to audition for August Wilson's highly acclaimed...
 
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Pam Grier
Actress, Jackie Brown
Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, NC, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched her with The Big Doll House...
 
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Tiffani Thiessen
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen was born on January 23, 1974, in Long Beach, California, USA, to Frank Thiessen, a park designer, and Robyn Ernest, a homemaker. She grew up in Long Beach with her parents and her brothers, professional cyclist Todd (born August 1, 1968) and Schuyler (born May 10, 1977). When Tiffani was 8...
 
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Stacey Dash
Actress, Clueless
Stacey Dash was born in the Bronx, New York. Stacy knew that she wanted to act, and from an early age began to act professionally. She made regular appearances on The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and also St. Elsewhere. At 21 she made her feature film debut in Enemy Territory, which was quickly followed by Moving...
 
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Sofía Vergara
Actress, Modern Family
Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia. Her mother, Margarita Vergara Dávila de Vergara, is a housewife. Her father, Julio Enrique Vergara Robayo, provides cattle to the meat industry. She has five siblings. She was educated at a private bilingual Spanish/English school...
 
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Salma Hayek
Producer, Frida
One of Hollywood's most dazzling leading actresses, Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1966, in the oil boomtown of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Hayek has freely admitted that she and her brother, Sami, were spoiled rotten by her well-to-do businessman father, Sami Hayek Dominguez, and her opera-singing mother...
 
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Penélope Cruz
Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance...
 
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Ashley Judd
Actress, Divergent
American actress and political activist Ashley Judd was born Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968, in Granada Hills, California. She grew up in a family of successful performing artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynonna Judd. While she is best known for an ongoing acting career spanning more than two decades...
 
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Sherry Stringfield
Actress, ER
Sherry Stringfield was born in Colorado Springs as the oldest of three children, but mainly raised in Spring, Texas. In high school, she did both athletics and acting. Later, she attended the Acting Conservatory of the State New York at Purchase, from which she graduated in 1989 with a B.F.A. While attending the State University of New York at Purchase...
 
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Janet Gunn
Over the years, Janet Gunn has become quite an American success story. After graduating from Boswell High School in Saginaw, Texas, where she was a cheerleader for four years and the Homecoming Queen, she has worked at a variety of jobs, including stints as a car saleswoman, a personal assistant...
 
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Kari Wuhrer
Kari Samantha Wuhrer was born on April 28, 1967 in Brookfield, Connecticut, the daughter of Karin, a payroll officer and Andrew, a former police officer and car salesman. Kari has three siblings. She studied acting at age 13 at the Wooster School, and headed to New York City to do rounds of auditions...
 
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Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is Danish. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter Johansson, born three minutes after her, and a paternal half-brother, Christian. Her grandfather was writer Ejner Johansson...
 
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Eva LaRue
Actress, CSI: Miami
Eva LaRue grew up in California. At the age of 6 she began her show-business career. She starred in television commercials and sang many "jingles" for them. She still often sings at sports events and any other opportunities that arise. Eva likes to ride horses and has shown horses for over a decade...
 
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Emily Procter
Actress, CSI: Miami
Emily Procter is a native of Raleigh, N.C. who attended East Carolina University. "I tried to get in the theatre department", she says, "but it was full." After graduation, however, she moved to Los Angeles and landed a number of small roles in films such as Jerry Maguire. "Then I got the chance to audition for The West Wing and I got the part", she says.
 
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Elisabeth Shue
Elisabeth Shue was born in Wilmington, Delaware, to Anne Brewster (Wells), who worked for the Chemical Banking Corporation, and James William Shue, a lawyer and real estate developer. She is of German and English ancestry, including descent from Mayflower passengers. Shue's parents divorced while she was in the fourth grade...
 
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Genie Francis
Genie Francis was born on May 26, 1962 in Englewood, New Jersey to actors Ivor Francis and Rosemary Daley. She grew up in Long Island, New York and California. She has an older brother, Ivor Francis, and a younger brother, Kenneth Francis, and a half-sister, Shelley Francis. The attractive, blonde Ms...
 
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Britney Spears
Soundtrack, Bridesmaids
Born to parents Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears, Britney is their second child of three. Her older brother, Bryan Spears, was born in April 1977 and her younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, was born in April 1991. They later moved to Kentwood, Louisiana. From a young age, Britney was always fixing to be a star with idols such as Madonna...
 
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Krista Allen
Krista was born and raised in Ventura, California, until she relocated to Austin, Texas, to attend College. She ultimately graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in education. Krista was one step away from pursuing a teaching career when she decided to come back to California to accomplish her dream of becoming an actress...
 
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Karri Turner
Actress, JAG
Karri was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended college in Tulsa before moving to Southern California to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After graduating from AADA, she performed with the famed "Groundlings" comedy troupe (Sun Co) and the West Coast Ensemble theater company. Karri is best known for her role on the hit CBS series JAG...
 
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Faye Grant
Actress, V
Faye Grant was born in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, in 1957, and was involved in theater as a teenager. She left home at 18, hitchhiking throughout Mexico, the U.S., and Canada. After living in Mexico City, where she did Spanish commercials, she moved to Los Angeles. She played the role of Rhonda on The Greatest American Hero...
 
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Jane Badler
Jane Badler, the American and Australian actress best known for her role as the evil reptilian Visitor leader "Diana" in the NBC mini-series V, its sequel V: The Final Battle, the subsequent TV series V, and the last season of the latest series V, was born on the last day of 1953 in Brooklyn...
 
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Rosa Blasi
A native of Chicago, Rosa comes from a strong theater background, having performed in more than 40 professional productions beginning at age eight; ranging from comedy at the esteemed Piven Performance Company, as well as Second City, to starring in numerous musicals and touring with Kenny Rogers. Blasi's television debut was a recurring role on the CBS soap opera...
 
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Jacqueline Obradors
Born in the San Fernando Valley on 6th October 1966, Jacqueline Obradors began her television career with several impressive appearances on many popular series such as Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Diagnosis Murder and Murder, She Wrote as well as NBC's Battery Park with Elizabeth Perkins. Jacqueline's first film role came in the form of 1993's Red Sun Rising...
 
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Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's agent. She left Israel for Washington...
 
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Garcelle Beauvais
Garcelle was born in Haiti. Her mother, Marie-Claire, was a teacher who moved Garcelle and her six older children to Massachusetts after a divorce from her father, Axel, four years prior. At age 16, the family moved again to Miami. At 17, Garcelle pursued a modeling career in New York. She got a break on Aaron Spelling's TV show...
 
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Charlotte Ross
Actress, NYPD Blue
Born and raised in Winnetka, Illinois to Princeton and Harvard grads, it was expected that Charlotte Ross would follow in her parent's footsteps and continue in the field of education. However, falling in love with acting (and singing) in the tender years of her childhood, Charlotte had other plans in mind and decided at an early age she would follow the "Hollywood" route instead...
 
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Bonnie Somerville
Bonnie was raised by her mother, and her mother's large Irish Catholic family in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Her mother is one of 9 children! Bonnie started acting and singing at a young age, appearing in all the high school plays at Poly Prep Country Day School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She attended Boston College as a Musical Theater major...
 
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Halle Berry
Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American, and worked as a hospital attendant. Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle has an older sister named Heidi Berry...
 
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Bonnie Bedelia
Actress, Die Hard
The native New Yorker was born Bonnie Bedelia Culkin on March 25, 1948, the daughter of Phillip Harley Culkin, a journalist, and Marian Ethel Wagner Culkin, a writer and editor. Trained in ballet, her parents guided all of the children at one time or another into acting (which included Christopher (Kit)...
 
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Lisa Eilbacher
One of five children, Lisa Eilbacher and her family moved to Beverly Hills, California when she was seven. In true Hollywood fashion, she was spotted by a talent agent while out walking with her mother. It wasn't long before the little girl who spoke French began perfecting her English in television commercials and on such TV westerns as Wagon Train...
 
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Saundra Santiago
Actress, Miami Vice
Saundra Santiago is a versatile actress who has worked in television, movies and on the Broadway stage. She holds a BFA from the University of Miami, and an MFA from Southern Methodist University. She is also a member of the Actor's Studio in New York City. She was born and raised in the Bronx. You...
 
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Sheena Easton
Sheena Easton started off as a worldwide sensation in the music industry. Since then she has expanded to movies (All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, Indecent Proposal), Broadway ("Man of La Mancha") and TV (Body Bag, Highlander, Gargoyles, Jack's Place, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Miami Vice). Her albums include "My Cherie" (MCA Records 1995)...
 
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Alexa PenaVega
Actress, Spy Kids
Alexa Ellesse PenaVega née Vega; born August 27, 1988 is an American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids film series and Shilo Wallace in the film Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008). In 2009, she starred as the title character Ruby Gallagher in the ABC Family series Ruby & The Rockits.
 
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Julie St. Claire
Actress, Santa Barbara
Originally from New York, Julie moved to California with her family in 1979. As a child, Julie competed in the U.S. Gymnastic Federation & showed horses, both English & Western. In 1982, Julie made her television debut playing Ricky Schroder girlfriend on NBC's Silver Spoons. This lead to numerous guest star appearances & many film roles...
 
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Renee Props
Actress, Get Shorty
Born in Oklahoma and raised in Arizona. Attended both Northern Arizona University and New York University.Studied with Stella Adler and Harold Guskin.She Has a daughter, Charlee, from her first marriage. She has two grand daughters, Calypso and Helen. She was the Original character of "Erica" in Eric Bogosian's play, SubUrbia.
 
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Julie Michaels
Actress, Road House
Julie Michaels, best known for her role opposite Patrick Swayze in the film Road House, has quite literally fought her way out of the blonde bombshell image. Her graphic fight scene with Keanu Reeves in Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break inspired the New York Times to dub her "The babe who nuked Keanu"...
 
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Kelly Lynch
Kelly Lynch was born in 1959 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She started her acting career with a small job at the Guthrie Theater. She studied under acting teacher Sanford Meisner and became a model for the famous Elite Modeling Agency. She first gained acclaim for acting in the Gus Van Sant film Drugstore Cowboy...
 
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Katherine Kelly Lang
Katherine Kelly Lang is one of three children in a show business family. Her parents are Olympic long-jump skier Keith Wegeman and actress Judy Lang; her grandfather was Academy Award-winning cinematographer Charles Lang. Born and raised in Hollywood, California, Lang graduated from Beverly...
 
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Jenna Jameson
Jenna Jameson was born and raised in Las Vegas by her father, and by the time she was 18 the bright lights were already drawing her in. She studied ballet, but it was stripping that started her on her road to superstardom. Dancing led to nude modeling, and by her 20th birthday she had appeared in dozens of top men's mags...
 
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Chandra West
Actress, White Noise
Chandra West was born in Alberta, Canada, the youngest of nine children. Growing up in Oakville, Ontario, outside of Toronto, she developed an early interest in the arts. This led to 10 years of intensive ballet training. When she was 16 she enrolled in a summer theater program at Oxford University in England which started her down the path to pursuing a career in acting...
 
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Erika Eleniak
Erika has been teaching acting since 2012 with the Antonio Sabato Jr. Acting Academy, where she serves as Director and to children in recovery for substance abuse and behavioral issues as a form of therapy. In 2016, Erika is very passionate in her many roles as Mom, Actor, Teacher, Coach, Writer and is a SEE (Spiritual Enrichment Education) student.
 
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Katherine Heigl
Katherine Marie Heigl was born on November 24, 1978 in Washington, D.C., to Nancy Heigl (née Engelhardt), a personnel manager, and Paul Heigl, an accountant and executive. Her father is of German/Swiss-German and Irish descent, and her mother is of German ancestry. A short time after her birth, the family moved to New Canaan...
 
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Ashley Laurence
Actress, Hellraiser
Ashley Laurence is an American film and television actress, noted for her appearances in horror films, particularly the "Hellraiser" series. She grew up in the cultural excitement of Southern California. Encouraged to explore every artistic avenue available to her, she soon found her love for acting was equaled by her passion for painting...
 
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Sharon Lawrence
Actress, NYPD Blue
You may know her from multiple nominated and SAG Award winning portrayal of ADA Sylvia Costas Sipowitz in NYPD Blue, as a stay-at-home prostitute in Desperate Housewives and a murderous realtor on Monk, as a serial killer on Law and Order:SVU, coming to terms with her long lost daughter on Rizzoli & Isles...
 
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Rebecca Holden
As a singer, actress, and entertainer, Rebecca Holden's appearances have amassed a fan club with members from around the globe. Television viewers all over the world are familiar with Rebecca through her stint as the computer whiz (and KITT's mechanic) on the NBC series, Knight Rider, which still appears in syndication in most major markets throughout the U.S...
 
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Rebecca Ferratti
Rebecca Ferratti was born in the "Big Sky Country", Montana. She is an active sports enthusiast and has been involved in many professional sports, including the arena of competitive martial arts, and has developed her talents as a weapons, sparring and forms champion. She attributes her positive attitude to setting high goals and achieving success...
 
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Mary McCormack
Actress, K-PAX
Mary McCormack began her acting career performing in a stage production of Gian Carlo Menotti's Christmas opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors". "I was twelve but looked like an eight-year-old boy" she recalls. "As luck would have it, none of the boys in town could sing, so I got the part and wore a hat"...
 
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Barbara Bosson
Barbara Bosson, who earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance on Murder One, was raised in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, a small coal-mining town about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh. When she was a teenager, she and her family moved to Florida, where she attended Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport...
 
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Catherine Bell
Actress, JAG
Catherine was born in London, but moved to California with her Iranian mother at age 2. Her mother still acts as her personal assistant. As a child, she acted in various TV adverts. She went to UCLA to study biology, but dropped out to become a model in Japan. She moved back into acting with a Mexican...
 
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Andrea Parker
Actress, The Pretender
Parker is a native Californian. She began ballet study at age 6, trained with youth programs around the country and, at age 15, joined the San Francisco Ballet. After three years of touring, she switched to contemporary dance and began studying acting while working as a bartender. Shortly thereafter...
 
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Mae Whitman
Mae was born in Los Angeles, California to Pat Musick, a voice artist, and Jeffrey Whitman, a personal manager and set construction coordinator. She began her career with a voice-over for a Tyson Chicken commercial. Whitman attended Ribét Academy, a private preparatory school in Los Angeles. She was later transferred to Whitefish Bay High School, where she graduated...
 
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Mimi Rogers
It's fair to say that after 20 years and over 50 film appearances, Mimi Rogers should be praised for her variety of roles and acting capabilities, not for a brief marriage to a Hollywood star. In the early 1980s she began to carve a niche for herself in Hollywood, appearing on television and in films...
 
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Margaret Reed
Margaret Reed grew up in Salinas, California before entering the University of California at Santa Cruz where she earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts. Margaret then was awarded her M.F.A. from Cornell University. She then toured the U.S. in John Houseman's The Acting Company, playing many different classical heroines...
 
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Meg Foster
Actress, They Live
Blue-eyed brunette Meg Foster was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on May 10, 1948 to David and Nancy. She has four siblings and grew up in Rowayton, Connecticut. Foster studied acting at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. Foster's first role came about in 1969, when she appeared in an episode of NET Playhouse...
 
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Megan Gallagher
Actress, Suits
Megan Gallagher wanted to act from the time she was five years old. She later took drama lessons when she was in high school. She moved to New York to attend the Juilliard and appeared in the Broadway cast of "A Few Good Men" where she won two theater awards (Theatre World and Outer Critics Circle Award for outstanding debut) for her Broadway performance in "A Few Good Men"...
 
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Ana Alicia
Actress, Falcon Crest
Born in Mexico City, Mexico on December 12, 1956, Ana Alicia became the third of four children to Carlos Celestino Ortiz and Alicia Torres Ortiz. She grew up in El Paso, Texas from age 6 after the passing of her father. There, she lived with her grandmother, widowed mother, her uncle Louie and three siblings in a house her father had purchased for her grandmother...
 
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Mary Ellen Trainor
Actress, Die Hard
Mary Ellen Trainor was born in Chicago, Illinois. She appeared in many feature-films of the 1980s, notable characters include, Elaine, the kidnapped sister of Kathleen Turner and the catalyst for the entire plot in Romancing the Stone, Dr. Stephanie Woods (LA Police Psychiatrist) in in all four Lethal Weapon films...
 
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Yancy Butler
Actress, Kick-Ass
Yancy Butler was born and grew up in Greenwich Village, New York City during the 1970s, so it's not unusual that she chose to be an actor, being third generation showbiz. Her father is Joe Butler, the lead singer and drummer for the reunited Lovin' Spoonful; her step-mother, Kim, was a company manager for Broadway shows...
 
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Nichole Hiltz
Nichole Marie Hiltz (born September 3, 1978) is an American actress. She has appeared in several films, made for TV movies and television series. Her most recent long-running television credit is for USA Network's In Plain Sight from 2008 to 2012 in which she portrayed Brandi Shannon, younger sister of the main character.
 
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Lisa Nicole Carson
Actress, Ally McBeal
Lisa Nicole Carson has the distinction of having simultaneously starred in television's most lauded comedy and drama series. She has both amused audiences as Renee Radick, the D.A. roommate of Calista Flockhart on Fox's Ally McBeal and riveted them as Carla Reese, the mother of Eriq La Salle's son on NBC's ER...
 
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Jenifer Lewis
Jenifer Lewis was born and raised in Kinloch, Missouri. She holds a bachelor's degree in theater arts from Webster University in St. Louis. Jenifer has over 60 films and 200 TV appearances to her credit. Her uniquely recognizable voice is adored by fans, worldwide, in such animated roles as "Flo" in Cars and Cars 2 and as "Mama Odie" in The Princess and the Frog...
 
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Liz Vassey
Liz Vassey was born on August 9, 1972 in Raleigh, North Carolina and was raised in Tampa, Florida. She began acting at the age of nine (portraying Oliver in the musical of the same name) and continued to work extensively on the stage, performing in over fifty plays at regional and professional theaters in the Tampa Bay area...