Famke Beumer Janssen was born on November 5, 1964 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and has two other siblings. She studied economics for a year at the University of Amsterdam, which she has called "the stupidest idea I ever had." Moving to America in 1984, Famke modeled for Chanel in New York City. Later, taking a break from modeling, she majored in writing and literature at Columbia University and studied acting with Harold Guskin. She then went to Los Angeles, California, where she continued to study acting under Roy London.
Her first film was the crime drama Fathers & Sons (1992), where she played the love interest of Jeff Goldblum. Later, she became James Bond's enemy in GoldenEye (1995) opposite Pierce Brosnan. Famke received strong critical acclaim for her electrifying performance as the femme fatale Xenia Onatopp. Her career has bloomed since then with her starring in such films as House on Haunted Hill (1999), a reoccurring role on FX's "Nip/Tuck" (2003) and the blockbuster trilogy X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
|Tod Williams||(1995 - 2000) (divorced)|
Natural brunette hair
Statuesque, model-like figure
Her two sisters are blonde and blue-eyed, while she is the only brunette.
Speaks Dutch, German, English and French.
Offered the lead female role in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), but turned it down.
Wears size 11 shoes. Because of their large size, her shoes had to be especially made for her for the film GoldenEye (1995). In Love & Sex (2000), Jon Favreau's character jokes about how big her character's feet were.
Provides the Dutch-language narration for the Studio Tram Tour at Disney parks.
While appearing on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) to promote her role of the sex-crazed assassin in the James Bond film GoldenEye (1995), Famke gave Conan a first hand experience of her character's signature moves by performing them on him using the top of his desk. When she asked him if he would like the demonstration, Conan responded with "This is what we in the industry call a 'no-brainer'."
Has a Boston Terrier named Licorice.
Ranked #69 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" .
Her sister was visiting Southeast Asia during the Tsunami on December 26, 2004, and had to flee the water to save her life.
Originally, Famke Janssen cast for the "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) series after her work on the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) episode "The Perfect Mate" and was to reprise her role as Kamala. However, she wanted to leave herself open for feature film work and turned the role down. Jadzia Dax's role was created to take the place of this character, performed by actress Terry Farrell.
Ex-sister-in-law of director Joram Lürsen.
Did all her own pool shots in Turn the River (2007).
Used to eat almonds and dried cranberries every day while filming X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
Her favorite horror movie is The Shining (1980).
Is a vegetarian.
Lives in New York City.
I felt different born into a family with two sisters who are blonde and blue-eyed, with me being the only brunette. [interview with People Weekly magazine, July 31, 2000. Volume 54, Number 5]
I would rather not work than play in a movie that nobody watches.
We've always been ready for female superheroes. Because women want to be them and men want to do them.
I don't want to be exploited. That of course, as an actress, is a real challenge, not to be exploited. So I'm just going to keep looking for as many different types of roles as I can find in different genre movies. That's my goal, my aim. I like doing that. I've had a pretty varied career so far.
I don't even like talking about dating. It's like having a stamp on your forehead: 'I'm available and I'm looking'.
I think acting is just like that. There is something childish and fun about it.
[on her character's change in X2 (2003) (aka X-Men United)] I love darkness. I am attracted to the dark side of life! I thought it was really interesting that Jean Grey went through some changes in this film.
Looking back, boy, has there ever been a stigma in being a Bond Girl. That's what my mission in life is, just to prove them wrong. That's why I have such an urge to keep going and proving that. It's so silly. What on earth does the way you look have anything to do with whether you can act or not.
I'm a firm believer in taking risks in life, because you'll never get anywhere unless you do, and the more risk involved the greater the outcome - or the worse, but you never know so you've got to go for it.
As long as corruption exists, human trafficking will likely flourish. I'd like to give something back on an issue that matters to me.
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