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Mariska Hargitay
Mariska (Ma-rish-ka) Magdolna Hargitay was born on January 23, 1964, in Santa Monica, California. Her parents are Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield. She is the youngest of their three children. In June 1967, Mariska and her brothers Zoltan and Mickey Jr. were in the back seat of a car when it was involved in the fatal accident which killed her mother...
“ Law & Order :SVU leading lady.
Detective Benson ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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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...
“ CSI :Las Vegas
CSI Willows ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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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.
“ CSI :Miami
CSI Duquense ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Melina Kanakaredes
Actress, CSI: NY
Melina Eleni Kanakaredes was born in Akron, Ohio, to Connie (Temo), who owned a candy company, and Harry Kanakaredes, an insurance salesman. She is of Greek descent. Her love of musical theater, especially the work of Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera, inspired her as a child. She began performing...
“ CSI :New York
CSI Bonasera ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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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)...
“ Bones
Dr. Brennan ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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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...
“ Criminal Minds
Special agent Jareau ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Poppy Montgomery
Poppy Montgomery has found success and prominence by playing the dramatic role of FBI agent Samantha Spade in the popular TV series Without a Trace. Her gorgeous image can often be found in many men's magazines. Montgomery was born Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue in Sydney, Australia, to Nicola (Montgomery)...
“ Without a Trace & Unforgettable
Agent Spade / Detective Wells ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Navi Rawat
Actress, Numb3rs
“ Super computer genius and Charlie's gf/wife from Numbers
Amita ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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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"...
“ In Plain Sight
Marshall Shannon ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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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...
“ The Mentalist
Detective Lisbon ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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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...
“ CSI :Las Vegas
CSI Sidle ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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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...
“ CSI :Las Vegas
Wendy Simms ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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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...
“ CSI :Miami
CSI Boa Vista ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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“ CSI Miami
Dr.Woods ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Grace Park
Actress, Hawaii Five-0
Grace Park (born March 14, 1974) is an American-Canadian actress. She gained recognition as Sharon "Boomer" Valerii and Sharon "Athena" Agathon on Battlestar Galactica, as well as Shannon Ng in the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont. Park stars as Officer Kono Kalakaua in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0...
“ Hawaii 5-o ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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“ Law & Order :SVU ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Marley Shelton
Actress, Planet Terror
Marley Eve Shelton was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Eagle Rock, CA. She is the daughter of Carol (Stromme), a teacher and singer, and Christopher Shelton, who worked as a director and producer. She has three sisters: Koren Shelton, Erin Shelton and Samantha Shelton. Both of her parents were involved in local theater projects...
“ From the short lived but awesome Eleventh Hour ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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“ Past Life , Chase & Law & Order :SVU ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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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...
“ Body of Proof ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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“ Criminal Minds ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Nicki Aycox
Nicki Aycox has lived a full artistic life since the age of nine, when she fell in love with the family piano and began playing music. By the time she had reached her preteens Nicki was performing Beethoven for audiences all around Oklahoma, until her family had a huge financial setback and was forced to sell her piano...
“ Dark Blue ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Stana Katic
Actress, Castle
Stana Katic just completed 8 seasons as Kate Beckett on Castle. The ABC hit series brought in over 10 million viewers weekly and is in the top five syndicated series in Spain, France, the UK, Italy, and Germany. In 2015, Stana completed two feature films - The Rendezvous directed by Amin Matalqa and Sister Cities based on the play by Colette Freedman...
“ Castle ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Anna Torv
Actress, Fringe
Anna Torv (born 7 June 1979) is an Australian actress known for her role as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on the Fox television series Fringe (2008-2013). Torv was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Susan (née Carmichael) and Hans Torv, also grew up in Gold Coast, Queensland. Her father is of Estonian descent, but was born in Stirling, Scotland.[4] Her mother is of Scottish descent.
“ Fringe ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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“ Law & Order ,Women's Murder Club ,Rizzoli & Isles ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Cote de Pablo
Actress, NCIS
Cote de Pablo was born in Santiago, Chile, but was raised in Miami, Florida. She attended Arvida Middle School in Miami and then Carnegie Mellon University. She graduated in 2000 after studying music theater. Whilst at Carnegie Mellon she appeared in several theater productions, including "Indiscretions"...
“ NcIS ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Sasha Alexander
Sasha Alexander began acting by the time she was in the seventh grade when she found herself cast as the lead female in her school's production of "Baby". What she didn't know was that her male co-star would chicken out on her only a few hours before opening night. Determined to let the show go on, Sasha used her comedic skills and threw herself into the role...
“ NcIS . Rizzloi & Isles ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Daniela Ruah
Daniela was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Portuguese-born parents, Katharina Lia Azancot Korn and Moisés Carlos Bentes Ruah, a doctor. She lived in the US until she was five. Her father's family is Sephardi Jewish, while her mother is of mostly Ashkenazi Jewish, along with Spanish and Sephardi Jewish...
“ NCIS :LA. ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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“ Bones ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Kelli Williams
Actress, The Practice
Kelli Williams was born in California on June 8, 1970. Though she had appeared in commercials since she was a baby, she was discovered by her agent at her high school play ("Romeo and Juliet"), in which she starred as Juliet opposite General Hospital's Steve Burton. In the early 1990s, she appeared with Tony Danza and George C. Scott in the stage production "Wrong Turn at Lungfish"...
“ Lie to me ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Gillian Anderson
Actress, The X-Files
Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. She has English, German, and Irish ancestry. Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. In 1987...
“ The X-Files ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Joanne Kelly
Actress, Warehouse 13
Canadian actor Joanne Kelly was born in 1978 in Bay d'Espoir, Newfoundland and Labrador. She grew up on the south central coast of Newfoundland and Labrador but left to attend Acadia University in Nova Scotia at the age of 17. Her performances include roles in films: The Bay of Love and Sorrows, Crime Spree...
“ Warehouse 13 (soughta a crime drama) ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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“ L & O :Criminal Intent ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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“ Cold Case ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Sarah Shahi
Sarah Shahi was born Aahoo Jahansouz in Euless, Texas, to an Iranian father and Spanish mother. She is a former NFL cheerleader and a descendant of a 19th-century Persian Shah. She attended Trinity High School and Dallas Southern Methodist University, studied opera and majored in English. As a teenager...
“ From Life ....and soughta Fairly Legal ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Jennifer Beals
Actress, The L Word
Jennifer Beals was born in December 1963 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the city. With a life-long desire for acting, Beals first appeared in small high school plays and even got an uncredited bit part in My Bodyguard in 1980. After graduation, she enrolled in college at Yale University, studying American literature...
“ The Chicago Code ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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“ CSI :New York
Aiden Burns ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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“ CSI :New York
Lindsay Monroe-Messer ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Emmanuelle Vaugier
Actress, Saw II
Emmanuelle Vaugier is a Canadian actress, singer, and model. She began acting in grade school, after she was cast as an understudy in a play and had to fill in when the lead actor became ill. She modeled in Japan for three years. She made her acting debut in the 1995 made-for-TV movie drama, A Family Divided...
“ CSI :New York
Jessica Angell ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Kirsten Vangsness
While Kirsten is best known as the bespectacled-brainiac-tech-kitten Penelope Garcia on the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds(and its spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), she has had a long and varied career prior to joining the cast of the hit CBS series. Stage appearances include Perfuct, The Book...
“ Criminal minds
Penelope Garcia ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Tamara Taylor
Actress, Bones
Tamara Taylor's career took off when she landed a series regular role on Fox's Party of Five. Since then she has appeared in Steven Bochco's City of Angels, Hidden Hills, Lost, Numb3rs, CSI: Miami, NCIS, and Fox's hit Bones. She also had a role in Serenity...
“ Bones
Camile Saroyan ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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“ Law & Order :SVU
A.D.A Alex Cabot ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Diane Neal
Diane Neal was born in Alexandria, Virginia. She moved to Littleton, Colorado, when her father was promoted to the position of federal attorney in Denver. She is the youngest of three daughters. Diane was a pre-med major in University, before leaving to pursue modeling, thus allowing her to travel the world.
“ Law & Order :SVU
A.D.A Casey Novak ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Amanda Righetti
Actress, The Mentalist
Amanda Righetti is a Utah-born, Nevada-raised actor/producer and Best Actress Award winner by the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. Righetti began her career at 14, as a young model, but made waves as the trust-fund squandering, world-traveling black sheep, "Hailey Nichol", on Fox's The O.C....
“ The Mentalist
Grace Vanpelt ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Tamala Jones
Actress, Castle
“ Castle
Dr. Lanie Parish ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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Maggie Lawson
Actress, Psych
Maggie Lawson was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. When she was eight, she began appearing in local community and dinner theater productions, and at 10, she earned an on-air commercial gig at a Louisville TV station, which soon led to a steady six-year role as a TV personality who filed news reports targeted for her fellow kids...
“ Psych
Detective Juliet O' Hara ” - forensic_kitten13
 
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“ Without A Trace
Elena Delgado ” - forensic_kitten13