Novakovic was born on 17 November 1981 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She moved to Australia in 1988, at the age of seven. Novakovic was initially interested in becoming a social worker or doctor, but after a significant set of events, she changed her mind and decided to pursue performing arts. Novakovic studied at The McDonald College in Sydney,(where she was Dux of 1999) and graduated from NIDA with a BA in Dramatic Arts in 2002. She has a younger sister, Valentina, who is also an actress, famous for having performed in the Australian soap opera, Neighbours.
In 2003, Novakovic played Randa in the ABC mini-series Marking Time, a role which won her an AFI Award for "Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama or Comedy". As an actor, Novakovic's film credits in Australia include Blackrock (1996), Strange Fits of Passion (1998), The Monkey's Mask (1999), Thunderstruck (2004), Solo (2005), and the Serbian movies Optimisti (2005) and Skinning (2010). From 2007 to 2009, she played Tippi in TV series Satisfaction for Showtime Australia. Other breakout roles include Drag Me to Hell (2009), Edge of Darkness (2009), Devil (2010), and Burning Man (2011). Generation Um(2012) Theatre credits in Australia include These People, Away and Strange Fruit at the Sydney Theatre Company; The Female of the Species at the Melbourne Theatre Company; Woyzeck (Helpmann award nomination for best supporting actress in 2009), Criminology (Green Room award nomination for best actress 2007), Eldorado (Helpmann nomination for best supporting actress, 2006) and Necessary Targets at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne, Death Variations and Loveplay (Ride On) for B Sharp, Romeo and Juliet with Bell Shakespeare Company and Debris for Ride On Theatre (which received a Green Room nomination for best Independent production and best actress in 2006). Novakovic also runs her own independent theatre company, Ride On Theatre Sydney and Melbourne) with co-director Tanya Goldberg. She was a producer and performer for the 2004 Ride On Theatre sell out season of LOVEPLAY at the Downstairs Belvoir Street Theatre, and the 2006 Green Room nominated production of Debris (in which she was also nominated for best actress). In 2008, she translated, adapted and directed Fake Porno in Melbourne, which was invited to be part of the Powerhouse season in Brisbane in 2009, and also received three Green Room nominations including best production. Outside of Ride On, she wrote and directed with Melbourne's Black Lung Theatre for the critically acclaimed production of Sugar at the 2007 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Novakovic also works as a Serbian translator for theatre and film. She stays in touch with her Australian roots by working extensively with the country's refugees. In 2010, Novakovic received an AFI nomination for International Award for Best Actress for her role in Edge of Darkness.
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. She met psychology student Barry Roberts in New York while waiting in line to see a movie. A few months later, she proposed to him in a subway station, and they were married. She studied acting under Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen. In her early years in New York, she supported herself as an Arthur Murray dance instructor and by modeling. She appeared in off-Broadway productions of "Picnic" and "Antigone", and in television commercials for Ultra Brite, Clairol and Cool Ray sunglasses. In 1977, Tanya and her husband--now a scriptwriter--moved to Hollywood. She began appearing in such made-for-TV films as Pleasure Cove, Zuma Beach and Waikiki. Her film debut was in Forced Entry. After appearing in several minor films, her first big break came when she was selected as an angel (the last) for Charlie's Angels in its final season, and was featured on the cover of "People" magazine (2/9/81). The attention she garnered as the newest Charlie's Angel helped secure her most significant film parts: The Beastmaster (and posed for the cover and an inside spread in "Playboy" to promote the film), the title role in Sheena: Queen of the Jungle and as a Bond Girl in A View to a Kill. She continues to appear in films, though mainly direct-to-video and direct-to-cable features. She is featured in the CD computer game The Pandora Directive and had a recurring lead role in the television series That '70s Show.
|Michael T. Weiss
Michael T. Weiss is a native of Chicago, and studied acting at The Second City. In spring 2010 he starred in The Pulitzer Prize Finalist, "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity." He has appeared on Broadway with Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons in the new play "Impressionism" directed by Jack O'Brien. He received a Drama Desk Nomination for his work at The Atlantic Theater Company's Scarcity by Lucy Thurber. He spent two seasons with The Huntington Theater Company in Boston playing Pale in Landford Wilson's "Burn This" and Valmont in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and in Los Angeles the new work by Tanya Harding "Of Equal Measure" for the Center Theater Group. His Feature Film Credits include: Sex and the City 2, the Oliver Stone produced cult hit film Freeway opposite Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, and Amanda Plummer, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film Jeffrey, based on Paul Rudnick's off-Broadway hit play of the same name, alongside Patrick Stewart, Steven Weber, Sigourney Weaver and Olympia Dukakis and Nathen Lane, the New Line feature film Bones, with Pam Grier and Snoop Dogg; and the independent films Net Worth, Until The Night, Marmalade and Iowa for which he received The Best Actor award at the Midwest Film Festival and it was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival. His Television credits are numerous with many Telefilms, guest stars and lead roles. In 2011 he portrayed a corrupt cop on Blue Bloods for CBS, and another one in Burn This. He is well known for his portrayal of Jarod on the NBC hit The Pretender playing 80 different characters. Weiss is also an artist shown in Los Angeles as well as a playwright; his play Streams of Consciousness was produced at The Met Theater in Los Angeles. As an environmental activist, Weiss served on the board of directors for the Earth Communications Office. Weiss resides in Los Angeles and New York.
Tanya Tate began her career in late 2008. She was born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. Before her starting year in the pornographic industry, she was an office professional. Seeking something far more exciting than work in an office, Tanya thus made a career change. Since then, Tanya has enjoyed a lucrative and fulfilling career in the industry. With her "over 30" age status, Tanya made a pronounced mark with her passionate work in the "MILF" and/or "Cougar" categories of adult filming. Possessing an understanding of the importance of maintaining a glamorous appearance, Tanya says she often goes to the gym, where she works with a personal trainer, to visiting the beauty salon. During her time in the industry, Tanya has amassed over 60 films between 2009-2011 and she is a regular column writer for the British Adult magazine 'Ravers DVD'. During her fast-growing career, Tanya has already become a multiple time award-winner in various award shows including SHAFTA (Soft and Hard Adult Film and Television Awards) and AVN (Adult Video News).
Darcy Donavan was born in Miami, Florida, and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Growing up, she was often found performing her music at children's hospitals and raising money for many charities in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. A born performer, Darcy landed her first major acting role at the age of eight in a national television commercial. She also appeared in many theatrical productions throughout her childhood.
Over the next few years, Darcy moved on to win numerous talent and beauty competitions, including the title of Ms. Nashville, Tennessee. Soon after that, she caught the eye of a renowned agent and was immediately cast in several national commercials, television shows and films. During this time she began her career touring as a singer, opening up for many well-known artists around the country.
With her career growing, she moved to Los Angeles, where she was quickly cast in several top name movies such as "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," directed by George Clooney and "Showtime" with Robert Deniro. She also played the memorable role of "Sherry" in the comedic blockbuster film "Anchorman," starring Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate. During this time, Darcy also landed roles in network television shows such as "Nip/Tuck" on FX, NBC's "My Name is Earl," NBC's "Las Vegas" with James Caan and ABC's soap opera "Passions."
In 2013, Darcy was cast in the Amazon Studios comedy pilot "Browsers," about young hopefuls working at a Huffington Post type website. The show is a musical comedy in the style of Broadway favorite "Rent." Darcy captured the lead role in a soon to be released comedic film project by Leomark Studios in which she embodies several different characters, including undergoing a 6 hour makeup session to become "the Werewolf." Darcy's many acting performances established firmly her talents as a chameleon able to disappear into almost any type of role.
To this day, Darcy still continues to engage in her philanthropic work, speaking strongly in support of several charity causes including the Safe Passage organization supporting awareness of domestic violence. Darcy was recognized as a World Peace Ambassador in 2009 and was featured on the cover and interviewed in the book "Dream Reachers" alongside such names as Clint Eastwood, Tanya Tucker, Jane Russell and Bette Davis.
In addition to being a multi-talented performer, Darcy is an extremely savvy entrepreneur and writer. She has been working on her highly anticipated diet/health book and her spiritual autobiography that studio producers are looking to make into a film. Currently, she is also busy recording her new album, preparing a nationwide music tour and filming for a new action/drama to be released next fall.
Tanya recurs in the role of "Deputy Kenya Jones" on the HBO series True Blood; she will next appear in Why Stop Now, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Academy-Award winner Melissa Leo.
Prior to True Blood, Tanya gained momentum on the small screen by commanding attention with her chameleon-like ability to "absorb" roles. After a summer participating in the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival, Tanya quickly became familiar face to weekly television audiences on various critically acclaimed television shows.
But writing was Tanya Wright's first passion-an English major Vassar College, Tanya took a post-college position at The New York Times Magazine. Tanya just completed her directorial debut from her screenplay, Butterfly Rising.
Butterfly Rising is the only transmedia project on the independent film festival circuit written, directed, produced and starring and African-American woman.
The music score for Butterfly Rising was recently named a finalist in the 2011 Jerry Goldsmith Music Film Festival Awards. Butterfly Rising is also a finalist for the HBO Best Feature Film award at the Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival.
Wright's "A Turn to Grace," a script set against the Harlem Renaissance, was a semi-finalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual Nicholl's Screenwriting Competition. Likewise, the Mark Taper Forum's Blacksmyth's Playwriting Program accepted and performed her "Prelude to a Revolution." Tanya recently wrote and produced a Shakespearean-themed AIDS Public Service using African -American film and television talent and wrote/directed a four-part commercial campaign for Genesis Press, the oldest and largest publisher of African-American adult fiction romance. She is the creator of several screenplays, TV shows and plays.
A native of the Bronx, New York, Wright, grew up with her mother who was 15 years of age when she gave birth to the first of four children. While her mother earned graduate degrees and became a healthcare professional, she and her younger sister received scholarships to the George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania-- a Quaker boarding school.
Wright is diligent about maintaining both physical and spiritual balance in her life. She includes in her weekly routine, time for exercise, dance and yoga, social get-togethers, and lending support to mentoring projects for young girls and the Mkapa Foundation-- an organization founded by the former President of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa-- that serves the health needs of rural Tanzanians. She also enjoys playing fetch with her 8 year old Black Lab, Macarena. She speaks at colleges, universities and corporations on topics ranging from artists and entrepreneurship, New Media and her experiences in Hollywood as an actor/writer/director.
Tanya Memme has become the nations "Lifestyle and Home Staging Sweetheart." She is an award-winning actress, a former Miss World Canada and the Host/Producer of the Emmy Nominated TV Show "Sell This House" and "Sell This House Extreme" on A&E. Born and raised in Wainfleet, Ontario, Canada, with a strong Italian Catholic background and a childhood where she grew up on a 200-acre sod farm. Her father Frank Memme is a homebuilder and her mother, Beverley Barber, is a fine artist and teaches at Niagara College in Ontario Canada. Her two brothers Michael and Jeremy are both successful engineers. Tanya is a proud new mother of a baby girl named Ava and lives in Los Angeles.
Some of her past credits include "Move This House" for two seasons on A&E, three seasons of TLC's Robotica, alongside Ahmet Zappa, as well as LA's highest rated magazine show Eye On LA on KABC and 9 On The Town on KCBS. Additionally, she wrote, produced and hosted segments for KCBS's Fan Cam with Jim Hill, and was seen in over 12 million homes world-wide on DirectTV Customer News. As a journalist, Tanya was the international correspondent for Canada's number one entertainment news program, Entertainment Tonight Canada, on Global TV. She covered events such as the Emmys, the Golden Globes, the People's Choice Awards, the SAG Awards and various other high profile movie premieres and red carpet events in NYC, Los Angeles and Toronto. She has interviewed stars such as Jennifer Aniston, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Shirley McLain, Mary J Blige, Dave Navarro, Tommy Lee and many more. She also spent time in Cambodia reporting for the non-profit organization World Vision Canada, on the severity of child labor & child trafficking. Alongside Alex Trebek her segments air on Global TV across Canada. As a guest-host Tanya has appeared on a variety of TV shows, including: Hollywood 411 with Chris Harrison for the TV GUIDE Channel; Reality Remix on Fox Reality; Live on the Red Carpet for Warner Brothers/ Telepictures and CBS's Grammy Special which received an Emmy Nomination. She recently filmed Best Vacations in Los Cabos, Mexico with Hunter Ellis for KTLA's Prime Time Special. As a celebrity guest, Tanya has been interviewed on many talk shows, including: The View, Soap Talk, Life and Style, The View From The Bay, The Vikki Gabereau Show, Fanny Kiefer, Global TV, Much Music, Breakfast TV, Off The Record and The Mike Bullard Show and has graced the inside and the cover of a variety of magazines such as Style Magazine, In Touch, TV Guide, Womans World, Biography Magazine, Psychology Today, Parade, Life Magazine and VU Magazine to name a few. With a degree from the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, Tanya is also a trained actress and performer. She has starred in hit shows such as The Practice, JAG, CSI Miami, Saturday Night Live, The Young and the Restless and various independent films. Cast in the lead role in the movie Terror Inside, she won a "Best Actress Crystal Reel Award" from the Florida Motion Picture & Television Association and was awarded a prestigious "CIBA Award" by the Canadian Italian Business Association for her accomplishments and notoriety in Entertainment and Business. She was also the Key Note Speaker for the Niagara College graduating class of 2010 and received an Honorary Diploma in Broadcasting Radio Television & Film. Tanya is actively involved in helping build wells, homes and communities in Guatemala for the non profit organization Wells Of Hope and Miracles In Action. As an animal advocate she rescues animals from kill shelters and finds them a new home. She also enjoys giving motivational and inspirational speeches to parents and teens. Tanya has a distinct athletic daredevil side to her. From dirt biking and helicopter skiing to stunt car driving, she has an innate interest for living on the edge. Tanya has also cycled in a 420-mile bike ride from Montreal, Quebec to Portland, Maine to raise funds for AIDS.
Tanya Chisholm is blossoming into one of the most sought after young talents in Hollywood.
The actress currently stars as "Kelly Wainwright" on Nickelodeon's hit "boy band" series Big Time Rush.
Before hitting the "big time", Tanya's gift to tell interesting and compelling stories earned her the recurring role of Nancy Cooper on the CW's Veronica Mars as well as memorable guest spots on shows like CBS' Ghost Whisperer, CBS' Cold Case, and Disney Channel's Cory in the House.
Tanya also garnered legions of fans when she shared the screen with Zac Ephron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale as the main Sharpette "Jackie" in the monster hit Disney Channel original movie High School Musical 2. Other TV movie roles include playing Marcie in MGM's Legally Blondes - the third installment of the popular film series, which aired on Disney Channel and ABC Family.
A native of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Tanya graduated from the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. With brains, beauty and outstanding ability, Tanya received the coveted Regent's Scholarship for Academic Achievement as well as the esteemed John and Faith Surabian Award for Musical Theater.
Tanya continues to live in Los Angeles. When not working, she enjoys mentoring young people, volunteering, yoga, hiking, ballet and spending time with friends and family.
Tanya Clarke was raised in Ottawa, Canada and is a recent resident of Los Angeles. She spent many years in New York City performing on Broadway,Off-Broadway and regional stages. She received a Best Actress nomination (L.A. Methodfest) for her performance in the indie feature "Delivery Method" (New Haven Film Fest Grand Jury Prize). She plays Russell Crowe's wife in the soon to be released Lionsgate production of "Tenderness" and Mara's spun out mother in the upcoming feature "Day Zero" starring Elijah Wood. Currently (2007) shooting episode two in the role of Angel Jones for the new series "Canooks" (series regular).
Tanya Allen was born in Toronto in 1975. She developed a love of acting young and at fifteen attended the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She launched her professional acting career in her late teens, and spent several years guest-starring on such series as "the Outer Limits" and "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" before landing leading roles roles in several TV movies. She received Gemini Award nominations (the Canadian equivalent of the Emmys) for playing both period heroine Del Jordan in the adaptation of Alice Monroe's Lives of Girls & Women and punky rock singer Astrid Kirsh in Bruce Macdonald's Platinum. Her career then headed to England when she landed the title role in the CBC/BBC historical drama Lyddie, followed by a lead in the CBC comedy "Newsroom, The" (1996). Her critically acclaimed performance as the rebelliously intelligent intern Audrey in the hit series won her a Gemini Award. Later that year, she traveled to Scotland to film the British-Canadian First World War drama Behind the Lines. Over the next five years, Tanya lived in New York and acted almost exclusively in independent films such as Clutch with Tom Green, Wish You Were Dead ( playing Mary Steenburgen's coked-up daughter) and Fancy Dancing with Dave Foley and Jason Priestly. She jumped back into television for the British-Canadian science fiction series"Starhunter" (2001)_ . Her role as the emotionally stunted but brilliant 'space waif', Percy Montana, made her a firm favorite with SF fans all over the world.
Actress, singer, dancer, model...When you take a look at Nakia's career, it becomes crystal clear that she is a triple threat and entertainment is her passion!
Growing up in Stockton, California, Nakia was introduced to musical theater and performance in elementary school. She began performing acrobatics by the age of five and later ventured into theater, musical theater, dancing, singing and modeling. After graduating from Edison High School in Stockton, California, Nakia auditioned for UCLA's prestigious theater department. She was the only African American female freshman accepted into the theater department that year. By the time she was a junior at UCLA, her professional career had begun. She booked her first role as a series regular on Power Rangers, as Tanya Sloan, the yellow ranger; while simultaneously recording her first pop album with her singing group. After Power Rangers Nakia, continued her successful path of performance in both film and television. She played an array of characters in such shows as Samantha Who, Boston Legal, Nash Bridges, Moesha, Smart Guy and the list goes on. She just completed production on a sitcom pilot that she wrote, produced and starred in titled,Crazy Daze(crazydaze.biz). She is currently in production(as a lead) in the feature film "Between King and Queens," and in post production as the voice over lead, "Fallon" in a straight to dvd movie. Along with her television credits, she has appeared in numerous films, national commercials, and print ads. In addition, her stage performances continue to thrive. She has starred in musicals such as Bye-Bye Birdie, The Wiz, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cinderella and the list goes on. Her resolve to be successful in the entertainment business is relentless. And her will to overcome life's obstacles are incessant. But, her desires do not begin and end with performing. She is determined to reach where it counts the most, the children.
In 2006, Nakia, founded a non-profit corporation, "A Day in the Life". The corporation's goal is to reach inner city children by giving them the opportunity to explore careers, life options and community possibilities through field trips, presentations and field work; opportunities that are not readily accessible to many inner city youths.
Nakia has learned that with every hurdle, God gives her the will power to leap. It is her decision to continue the battle or lie in defeat! She chooses to battle!
Tanya Blount is originally from Maryland.After graduating from high school, she attended Morgan State University, where she majored in psychology. She toured with the MSU choir and even sang for Stevie Wonder in California. She released her first CD Natural Thing which topped the Billboard Music charts at #20. SHe later went on to star in the blockbuster hit Sister Act 2 featuring Whoopi Goldberg. She is best known for her duet singing His Eyes on the Sparrow with Lauryn Hill. Tanya is songwriter as well and most recently wrote for Tyler Perry's -Family that Preys's
Sandra Delgado is a Colombian-American actor and singer born and raised in Chicago. She has built a career working with such writers as Jose Rivera, Tanya Saracho, Luis Alfaro, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Nilo Cruz, and Brett C. Leonard. She is a regular on the stages of the legendary Steppenwolf Theater and the Goodman Theater as well as other prestigious venues including Victory Gardens, Lookingglass , Actors Theater of Louisville and INTAR. She received the prestigious TCG Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship in 2011 and is in residence at the Goodman Theater in Chicago where she is developing her first full length play with music, para mis Madres. She is a founding ensemble member of Collaboraction and an ensemble member of Teatro Vista, where she served as Associate Artistic Director from 2006-2008.
Hailing from Friendswood, a suburb of Houston, Robin Coleman has made a Texas sized impact on the sports and entertainment worlds... You can't have been born that close to petrochemicals and not be a little bionic...
Robin describes herself as 'part Anna Nicole, part Anna Kournikova, and part Queen Latifah'. She explains this as a tall voluptuous blonde athlete who's ridden a 3rd place finish in a world sporting event for all it was worth, while maintaining an intelligent, cynical, and comedic view of the world... and the ability to rhyme, on occasion.
Robin is an actress and athlete, and has worked to combine the two in her profession. In November 2007, she was selected as one of twelve new American Gladiators; a revival of the classic MGM sports classic that landed as a splash hit on prime time NBC in Jan 2008. Using her comedy background and creativity to create Hellga, her uber Nordic Knockout persona, she rocketed to popularity, quickly becoming an easily recognized fan favorite and a part of pop culture. It ain't easy fighting crime in a skirt, but someone has to do it.
Additionally in television, Robin has worked on various scripted shows, playing roles like Polaris on VIP and Tanya on Days of Our Lives. She has also appeared as herself on many reality, talk, and variety shows, including the Carson Daly show, Deal or No Deal, Tabitha's Takeover, and Star Dates, where she went out with Screetch from the 90s show Saved By the Bell. Her first love is comedy, and that very public date proved it.
Robin's work to become a comedic actress is why the call she received in 2008 was so truly exciting - to become part of the Tyler Perry comedy franchise! Madea Goes to Jail is Robin's first feature film (she had previously done several independent / student type films that you've neither heard of nor seen). A big fan of Madea's comedy and positive messages, it was the experience of a lifetime to work with Tyler and the cast and crew in Atlanta this past summer, no matter how much Madea might have roughed her up in the joint. Hallelujer!
While she's been in Los Angeles, Robin has educated herself in many disciplines: she studied method acting at the Baron Brown Institute and Improv comedy at the Groundlings School. She has also trained in pro wrestling, boxing, rowing, and mixed martial arts. Regardless of how this might sound, she swears that she's friendly.
As an athlete, Robin has competed as a bodybuilder, figure competitor, rower, and as a strongwoman the inaugural World's Strongest Woman competition. Robin was one of 8 hand-selected women to compete in this prestigious competition. She placed 3rd in the contest, which became her calling card - because in Los Angeles, the world of size 0, a big 6' girl who can squat a car (and make you laugh) tends to stand out!
Robin Coleman. Larger than Life. Actress, Athlete, American Gladiator.
Bobby Deol (Vijay Singh Deol) is the second son of Bollywood mega-star Dharmendra. His older brother is another Bollywood mega-star, Sunny Deol. Deol began his career as a child artiste in the movie Dharam Veer, playing a young Dharmendra.
He has two step-sisters, namely Bollywood actress Esha Deol and Ahana Deol. His step-mother is the Bollywood "Dreamgirl" Hema Malini. Bobby Deol married Tanya Ahuja and has been blessed with two sons. The second son was born on November 5, 2004 at 5:00 am, and is named "Dharam" after his grandpa. The elder son is named Aryaman.
Ayelet Ben-Shahar was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel and was 12 years old when she joined the Performing Stage of Arts (Bimat-Hanoaa'r)in Rehovot, Israel.
At the age of 20, Ayelet left her home country and relocated herself to Los Angeles, CA. Seeking for an acting career, Ayelet landed her first American TV role in the show '90210' (2010).
More TV work followed and she landed a recurring role on ShowTime series 'Weeds' (2010) playing the role of young Arab Beauty, Adara Mahmud.
On 2010 she was casted for the role of Eva in the pilot 'True Love'(2010)that was successfully picked up by the networks and aired under 'Mad Love' directed by Pamela Fryman.
More TV work followed and she landed her next role on NBC show 'Chuck'(2011)
Working in TV and Film Ayelet lives in Los Angeles,California and on 2012 was casted for the role of Tanya,the love interest of 'Marty Kaan' played by her acting partner Don Cheadle in ShowTime series 'House Of Lies' (2012).
Pia Miranda is an Australian actor who got her start with the popular soap "Neighbours". It's only been recently that larger roles, such as Tanya in "Garage Days" and Leanne in "Travelling Light" have come her way. Pia's role in Looking for Alibrandi inspired many young girls and gave an insight into today's life as an adolescent.
Raspy-voiced singer/songwriter Kim Carnes was born on July 20, 1945 in Los Angeles, California. Kim wanted to become a successful singer and songwriter ever since she was three. Carnes began her music career in the 60s writing songs for other artists while performing at local clubs and working as a session vocalist. In 1966 Kim joined the folk group the New Christy Minstrels, but subsequently left to form the duo Kim and Dave with her husband David Ellingson. Carnes acted in the 1967 motion picture "C'mon, Let's Live a Little." She recorded her debut album "Rest on Me" in 1972. This was followed by a few more albums. Carnes scored her first hit song with "You're a Part of Me," a duet with Gene Cotton. Her duet with Kenny Rogers on "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" and a sensuous, stirring cover of "More Love" by the Miracles likewise did well. Kim enjoyed her most substantial smash with the fantastic and mesmerizing "Bette Davis Eyes," which peaked at number one on the Billboard charts for nine weeks. The song won Grammy Awards for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Moreover, Carnes sang the song live for Bette Davis at a tribute for the legendary actress. In 1985 Kim had the distinction of having singles in three different categories all simultaneously on the pop charts: solo ("Invitation to Dance"), duo ("Make No Mistake, He's Mine," with Barbra Streisand), and trio ("What About Me," with Kenny Rogers and James Ingram). In addition, Carnes sings along with an all-star musical line-up on the song "We Are the World." Kim had her last top 20 hit with "Crazy in the Night." Her songs are featured on the soundtracks to several films which include the cult classic car chase action thriller "Vanishing Point," the blockbuster smash "Flashdance," "Spaceballs," "North Country," and "Heartbreak Hotel." She's the mother of sons Ry and Collin. In 1994 Kim Carnes moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she continues to perform live and has written songs for such popular country artists as Tanya Tucker, Sawyer Brown, Pam Tillis, Reba McIntire, and Deanna Carter.
Lauren Lopez is an American actress, singer, dancer and writer.
She is best known for her musical theatre work with Chicago's StarKid Productions, as well as producing and acting in numerous plays throughout Chicago. With StarKid she is best known for her portrayals of Draco ("A Very Potter Musical", "A Very Potter Sequel", "A Very Potter Senior Year"), Taz and Buggette (Starship) and Commissioner Gordon (Holy Musical, Batman!). Lauren was also a part of StarKid's early web series "Little White Lie" in which she played mean girl Tanya Freemont. All StarKid productions are available at www.youtube.com/starkidpotter
Lauren recently starred in "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" in Chicago, in which she played St Monica and Mother Theresa.
Lauren is represented by Big Mouth Talent in Chicago, IL
Yorkshire-born Zoe Lucker has been on our screens a lot in recent years in TV dramas such as "Holby City", Episode #4.1, Barabara, Brazen Hussies and Coronation Street, where she played Sonia Leech, owner of the beauty parlour where Raquel worked.
But it's her role as Tanya Turner in Footballers' Wives that she really loves. She adores her character ("We're both survivors, but I wouldn't use people the way she does to get on in life"), the stunning clothes, the dramatic scenes with screen husband Cristian Solimeno - and she's even learnt to live with her extra-long fake fingernails. The only part she hated was filming the opening sequence in a pool because, probably just like Tanya, she's not keen on swimming and prefers to keep her head above water. However, 28-year-old Lucker really is keen on football, and once bid successfully at a charity auction for a tour of Leeds United football ground.
Tracy Melchor grew up in Pickering, Ontario, and graduated from Seneca College's Radio and Television Program. Melchor is a seasoned entertainment reporter who has interviewed hundreds of stars including Diddy, Denzel Washington, INXS, Mariah Carey, Madonna, John Travolta, Janet Jackson, Paris Hilton, Shakira, and Sheryl Crow. Melchor also spoke one-on-one with Madonna for the TV special Madonna: Confessions.
Melchor began her entertainment career as Host of Rapcity on MuchMusic, before moving to Citytv Toronto as an Entertainment Specialist. In 2000, Melchor relocated to Los Angeles, California where she guest starred on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Lizzie McGuire, and reported from red carpets as the Hollywood Correspondent for Star!. Melchor also hosted Extreme Close Up, F.Y.E. - For Your Entertainment, and Style VIP. Melchor returned to Canada in 2005 to host MuchMoreMusic.
Before joining the cast of etalk as an entertainment reporter in 2008, Melchor contributed to etalk's "T'N'T Report" with Tanya Kim, covering the Oscars® and the SuperBowl, and co-hosted CTV's coverage of Live Earth in London, England in 2007. Melchor is a regular contributor to CTV News Channel and CHUM FM and reports daily entertainment news on CP 24.
When she is not filming entertainment reports, Melchor is busy spending time with her twins Phoenix and Phoebe and supporting numerous charities. In 2009, Melchor walked in the closing night show Dare To Wear Love during L'Oréal Fashion Week in support of The Steven Lewis Foundation. She also supports Covenant House, Sick Kids Hospital, and Fashion Cares. In addition, Melchor is an accomplished writer with articles published in Magazines including Elle, Essence and Source.
Fluent in English, Hindi and Tamil, Scorpion Esha was born on November 2, 1982 to Hema 'Dreamgirl' Malini, and Dharmendra 'He-Man' Deol. She has a younger sister, Ahana, and two step-brothers, Sunny and Bobby, both well-known Bollywood super-stars in their own rights. Bobby is married to Tanya Ahuja, and has a child.
Esha studied in the Jamnabai Narsee School, excelled at football, then went on to attend Oxford University and obtained a Masters Degree in Media Arts and Computer Technology. She also learned classical dance forms from her mom, the daughter of Jaya Chakraborty.
Having Bollywood connections, she did aspire to be an actress and follow in the footsteps of her parents and half-siblings, and landed a lead role in 'Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche' in 2002.
She delivered her very first hit with 'Dhoom' in 2004 and went on to another hit after hit in 'Kaal' 'No Entry', and 'Dus'. She demonstrated her versatility when she accepted a negative character-role in 'Ankaee' in 2006. She has also acted in a Tamil movie 'Aiyatha Ezhuthu'.
Amongst her friends at Bollywood are Kareena Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan. She likes to work out and listen to music.
She will shortly be seen in Just Married, and has started filming in the following movies; Cash, Darling, and Honeymoon.
Jajube Mandiela is a stage, screen and voice actor. She was born, raised, and is based in Toronto, Canada. Best known for 8 seasons as Chantay on Degrassi, she also voiced Pristine on Crash Canyon, was in Disney's Jump In! and feature film Red Lights.
On stage, her acting highlights include Blue Planet and El Numero Uno (Young People's Theatre), critically acclaimed Sia (Pyretic Productions at Fringe, and Cahoots Theatre Company's 2012 mainstage), award winning Summerworks production of Greenland, two summers performing A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park), originating the lead role in Dora Award nominated Binti's Journey (Theatre Direct), and Dora Award nominated Wrecked (Roseneath Theatre).
Jajube is also an emerging director, having directed and co-produced All of Him by Tanya Pillay (in between in association with b current) at Summerworks & Femfest festivals, and TICK by Matthew Mackenzie at the Toronto Fringe and Best of FringeKids.
Jajube is Co-Artistic Director of b current alongside actor/producer/creator Ngozi Paul.
Oliver Litondo was born in Kakamega, Kenya. He went to university in the United States. His career which started in broadcast journalism included as correspondent with BBC and Deutche Welle. He was also anchorman for Voice of Kenya (currently Kenya Broadcasting Corporation--KBC) and anchorman for Kenya Television Network (KTN).
Meanwhile, Oliver developed interest in film acting and theater. One of the major movies in which Oliver acted was the Wilby Conspiracy released in 1974, starring Oscar winners Sydney Poitier and Michael Caine. Previous to that he acted on a British movie, "The Search for the Nile in 1971. Oliver went on to co-Produce with Alakie Mboya, a hit National Theater stage production, "The Muntu", by Joe de Graft, starring Oliver Litondo and Beldina Auma in 1976. In 1978 Oliver starred in the film "The Bush Trackers" produced and directed by the late Gordon Parks, Jr. (who died in a plane crash in Nairobi on his way to a shooting location) and Gary Strieker, completed the movie after Gordon's death.
In 1984 Oliver acted in "Sheena: Queen of the Jungle" Starring Tanya Roberts He also acted in "The Lion Of Africa" in 1988, starring Bryan Danahy, and the "Ivory Hunters" in 1990 starring James Earl Jones and John Lithgo. Oliver's latest movie released in 2010 is "The First Grader", directed by Justin Chadwick and starring Oliver Litondo and Naomie Harris. Oliver is very excited about the First Grader and says "more adults now go to school in Kenya since the movie was released, inspired by Maruge's (played by Oliver)courage to start first grade at age 84". Oliver loves kids and acting in a movie with so many kids was "like fish in water for him", says his wife.
Oliver is married to his long time friend and confidant, Beldina Auma, a communications practitioner, former journalist, former actress (starred with him in "The Muntu") and model. They have four children. One of his daughters, Grace, is an up and coming singer, with a decent following in YouTube.
Lovely and slender blonde model and actress Mary Ann Catrin Stavin was born on August 20, 1957 in Orebro, Sweden. The blue-eyed beauty was crowned Miss World in 1977. Stavin released the disco single "Feeling Good, Being Bad/Headline News" on the Ariola label in 1979. She's featured in the music videos for "Ant Rap" and "Strip" by Adam Ant. Mary appeared in the exercise video "Shake Up and Dance" with George Best in the 80s. Moreover, Stavin has acted in several movies; she has the rare distinction of appearing in two James Bond films in different roles and was especially memorable as William Katt's enticing neighbor Tanya in the delightful hit horror comedy "House." Married to businessman Nicholas Wilcockson, Mary is the mother of daughter Liliana Rose. She served as a judge for the Miss World contest in both 1980 and 2010.
Kim Deal and her twin sister, Kelley Deal, grew up in Dayton, Ohio. When they were teenagers, they formed their own folk-rock duo, The Breeders, playing at local truck stops. In 1986, Kim moved to Boston with her husband, John Murphy. She saw an ad in The Boston Phoenix, looking for a bassist into Peter Paul & Mary and Hüsker Dü. She was the only one who auditioned for this band, who later became one of the most influential alternative rock bands in America, The Pixies. In the seven odd years "The Pixies" were together, they released five albums, with Kim playing bass and singing back-up vocals.
In 1988, Kim try reviving her childhood band. She and her friend, Tanya Donelly (of Throwing Muses and Belly) recorded some demos together with David Lovering (Pixies drummer) and David Narcizo (Throwing Muses drummer). They later recruited Josephine Wiggs (British bassist for "Perfect Disaster", who once opened for Pixies) and Slit drummer Britt Walford. With their collective bands still together, The Breeders recorded their debut album, "Pod", in 1990. Kelley Deal was supposed to play guitar for them, but she couldn't get the time off work to record. "The Pixies" broke up in 1993, leaving Kim with her "Breeders". Kelley replaced Tanya as lead guitarist, and The Breeders went on to record their second album, "Last Splash", released that year. In 1994, The Breeders, now with drummer Jim McPherson, played "Lollapolooza".
1995 was a rough year for the band. Josephine unofficially quit to be with her girlfriend and Kelley was sent to rehab for her heroin addiction, leaving Kim and Jim, by themselves. While all this was going on, the two formed a side project, Tammy and the Amps, later reduced to The Amps. With a new guitarist and bassist, they released one album, in 1995, titled "Pacer". The Amps disbanded in 1997. Kim and Kelley tried getting The Breeders back together. They recorded demos with them playing all the instruments.
In 2000, The Breeders officially reformed with a new line up: Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Richard Presley Jr. on lead guitar, Mando Lopez on bass, and Jose Mendles on drums. The new Breeders released the wonderfully lo-fi "Title TK" in 2002. Kim is now back with the Pixies for a very successful reunion tour. It has been rumored The Pixies will release a new album. But it is confirmed The Breeders will be back in the recording studio.
Tanya's first experience in front of the camera was as a toddler featured in promotional materials for a day care center. Her first experience with acting was in elementary school and she enjoyed it so much so, that she chose to attend high school at the Walkersville Centre for the Creative Arts in Windsor, Ontario. Being a 'triple threat performer' she appeared in a number of musical productions at 'WCCA', and as a member of Theatre Alive, and Windsor Light Music Theatre.
Her most memorable stage performance was as 'Bombalurina' in the musical CATS. Tanya fractured her foot seven weeks out to opening night but with the support of modern and holistic therapy, coupled with personal perseverance and a good walking cast, she made every rehearsal and healed in time to open the show AND with a good review!
Tanya's first Toronto feature film experience was "The Rocker" with Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate, and Emma Stone. She's earned credits along-side of Alexz Johnson and Laura Vandervoort (Instant Star), Ephraim Ellis (Family Biz), Evan Williams and Holly Deveaux (BAXTER). Most recently, she participated in SNOOP LION's first Reggae music video - "La La La", through personal invitation of Eli Roth.
Buxom, leggy, and shapely 5'5" blonde bombshell Tanya Danielle was born Helen Elizabeth Cooper on December 3, 1976 in Palo Alto, California. Tanya was raised in Atherton, California. Her father was a civil engineer. At age 17 Danielle began studying for a Bachelor's Degree in Art History at the University of California. During her second year in college Tanya started working as an exotic dancer in a strip club in order to raise money to pay for college. Danielle eventually dropped out of college and began performing in explicit hardcore movies in 1999; she has worked for such top companies as Vivid, VCA, Wicked, Metro, Rain Productions, Sin City, Totally Tasteless, Evil Angel, and Bizarre Video. Although Tanya specializes in lesbian scenes in her adult features, she prefers male partners in her private life. Moreover, Danielle has continued to tour the country as a stripper. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
Extremely busty and shapely African-American stunner Vanessa Blue was born Tanya M. Faulkner on May 27, 1974, in Long Beach, California. She was raised in Beaumont, Texas, and Omaha, Nebraska. She was an only child until age 15 and at 23 lost her virginity to a 23-year-old phlebotomist.
She started out in the adult industry as a bikini dancer at the The Fun House club in Orange County, Nebraska. She subsequently went on to become a nude dancer at the club Shakers in Nebraska and befriended porn starlet Kitten, who convinced her to go to California and pursue a career in explicit hardcore fare. Vanessa made her porn debut in Black Snatch. Her second hardcore film appearance was in a picture with porn actor/producer Ed Powers. After working in hardcore features for about a year, Blue took a three-year hiatus and moved back to Nebraska to be with her family. She returned to the adult entertainment industry full force in 2000.
Vanessa has the distinction of being the only African-American to hold contracts with both Playboy and Hustler. Moreover, she worked for Mercenary Pictures for several years and even directed several films for them. Her directorial efforts in the popular "Black Region" series won the AVN Award for Best Ethnic-Themed Series in 2005. Vanessa has also directed female dominance pictures under the pseudonym "Domina X", and has worked as a contract director for DVSX and Adam & Eve. She has starred on Playboy TV and hosted "Private Calls" and "Night Calls" on Playboy Radio until 2008. Blue won the Urban X Award for Videography in 2008 and was inducted into the Urban X Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2010 she was nominated for an X Fanz Award for Ebony Performer of the Year. That same year she also signed a distribution deal with Justin Slayer International.
Lara Heller is a film and theatre actress. She performs in 4 languages fluently; English, German, French and Persian. Heller is known for playing a wide range of roles due to her broad repertoire of accents. The UK casting body CCP awarded her first prize from amongst 35,000 members for her accent, dialect and speech ability. Heller is one of the lead female protagonists in Fatih Akin's feature film The Cut.
Lara Heller started on the stage in Belgium and Luxembourg where she found a haven in classical plays. Her theatrical debut was at the Old Theatre London, playing the lead role of Goneril in King Lear. She subsequently scored critical success with her portrayal of Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
With a string of Shakespearian plays to her name, Heller was accepted into the prestigious Arts Educational Schools where Julie Andrews trained.
Heller made her film debut starring as Anne in the BAFTA screened short film Lillie. She was then cast as Tanya in the feature film Dumar. She earned particular favour at Cannes Film Festival with her performance of Sylvie Attontoni in the 1960's French play Chez Jacque. The sell out production had over 500 people on its opening night.
Lara Heller's 'appetite' for action roles and sport stunts keep her fit. Water sports include trick-wake boarding, water skiing, surfing, swimming and diving. Winter sports include 13 years of competitive figure skating and skiing. She is trained in dance, specifically; contemporary, jazz, waltz and Persian dancing.
Born in Brighton and raised in a mountain village in Germany, Switzerland and then Luxembourg, Lara Heller now splits her time between London and LA.
Always delighted by the prospect of an especially demanding role, Heller tackled "The Set Menu", a film which is screening internationally in Soho House cinemas. It has already garnered international acclaim and was well received by the producer of The Lord Of The Rings; Harvey Weinstein, the director of The Bourne Ultimatum; Paul Greengrass, the director of Anna Karenina; Joe Wright and the writer of Casino Royale; Paul Haggis.
Tiny (only five feet), but busty, sexy, and petite brunette Sativa Rose was born Tanya Macias on January 21, 1984 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She's of Latin/Mexican descent. Sativa started out in the adult entertainment industry as a nude model and exotic dancer. Rose first began performing in explicit hardcore movies at age 19 in 2003. Sativa has been nominated for several AVN Awards that include Best Group Sex Scene - Video in 2005, Best Oral Sex Scene - Video in 2006, Female Performer of the Year in 2007, and Best Tease Performance in 2008. Moreover, Rose has not only produced X-rated films for the top company Naughty America, but also has appeared in numerous S&M videos for various bondage-themed adult websites.
Born in Montreal Quebec, Ben Mulroney is the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Mulroney has a law degree from Laval University and a history degree from Duke University.
Ben Mulroney began his career as an entertainment reporter as the Quebec City Correspondent for The Chatroom in 2000 and became a co-host on the show in July 2001. Following his role on The Chatroom, Mulroney became an entertainment reporter for CTV's Canada AM in October 2001 before becoming the Host of etalk in 2002.
As the host of etalk, Mulroney reports from the red carpet at major industry events including the Oscars, Golden Globes, and the JUNO Awards and travels around the world to interview celebrities. Mulroney, along with etalk co-host Tanya Kim, have hosted Free The Children's We Day youth empowerment events in Toronto and Vancouver. In February 2010, Mulroney reported for on entertainment news for CTV from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. He also hosts etalk 20, a weekly two-hour radio show that airs on 11 CHUM radio stations across Canada.
Chistine is the oldest of five children born to Mark and Wendy Berry. She was born at Campbell River General Hospital on Valentine's Day in 1984. Her siblings are Jennifer (born in 1990), Shane (born in 1993), Mark and Candance (twins born in 1994). She attended Robron Middle School prior to moving to Vancouver so she could focus on her acting career. She can been seen in the action film 'Underworld Evolution' as a Vampire, and as a teenager named Tanya in the film 'In the Land of Women'. She has also appeared recently on the CW series Aliens in America, and an upcoming MOW 'The Room a the End of the Hall.
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Rachel has appeared in various TV shows such as 'Happy Endings' and 'Don't Trust The B**** In Apartment 23." She has also appeared in several feature films like 'Rampart', 'Last Call' and 'Excision'. She studied fashion merchandising at McKinnely. Due to her passion for fashion brought on by her modeling career that began when she was 12 years old. Working as an international model made for a busy schedule, Rachel has worked in Tokyo, Paris, Milan, London and Rome. Merging her fashion and entertainment skills only seemed natural to her.
Rachel lives in Los Angeles where she wears many hats as an actress, model and business woman. Her most recent TV appearance was her interview at the Sundance Film Festival for the Sundance Channel. In her free time Rachel enjoys outdoor exercise in addition to updating her website and blog
Rachel is an avid designer. Heart Me is her collection of ladies bags that she designs and are sold in stores in California and online. iCarly star Jennette McCurdy as well as Big Time Rush star Tanya Chisholm have been spotted carrying her bags.
Tanya Kim began her television career at MuchMusic. From there she was an interviewer for CTV's the Chatroom and a correspondent for the first two seasons of Canadian Idol. Kim has interviewed top pop culture icons Cher, Coldplay, David Bowie, Diddy, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Kanye West
In Kim's role as host of etalk, she has become known as a top entertainment reporter in Canada. She has had many exciting opportunities including hosting red carpets at the JUNO Awards, the Oscars®, and backstage at Live 8 Canada. In July 2007, Kim reported live from London during both the Concert for Diana and Live Earth and also reported entertainment news from the Vancouver 2010 winter Olympics for CTV. Kim, along with etalk co-host Ben Mulroney, have hosted Free The Children's We Day youth empowerment events in Toronto and Vancouver.
Kim is passionate about charity work. She supports a number of charities in various roles. She is involved in MusiCan, an organization that provides instruments to schools across the country and is also a board member of Blessings In A Backpack, which provides meals for school-aged children in Canada and the US. In 2008, Kim traveled to Zambia as a spokesperson for CARE Canada to launch the I Am Powerful Campaign.
Tanya Alexander, originally from St. Louis, MO is a high school valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa graduate. An award-winning spoken word recording artist, actress, dancer and choreographer, she has graced the stage in over four dozens plays and live shows from New York City to Japan, Venice Beach to Turkey. She's appeared on the big and small screen in such notable productions as The Shield, Law & Order: SVU, Def Comedy Jam, Bones, Half n Half, The Disney Channel, Fit TV, Material Girls, Kai, White Space and many more. Her current EP, Pieces of Tanya, A Spoken Word Project garnered national and international attention when her piece 1 Out of 10 won best music video at the 2009 Hollywood Black Film Festival. She has worked for dozens of repertory companies, recording artists and organizations including Center Theatre Group, New Federal Theatre, Provincetown Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, Jive Records, Elektra Records, Motown Records, Citykids Repertory, Impact Repertory, The Rams Cheerleaders, The Brown Betties, and her own SuperNova Production Group. Tanya was honored with the keys to the city of her hometown (Jennings, MO) for her art and community work with youth, and choreographed the NAACP Theatre Award winning best play "Hattie". Tanya lives by the self-written credo: "Of the Strong &Trustworthy a Champion is Found. My Life, My Way, Unbound".
Consultant, producer, actor, commercial print model Tanya Foster is the multi tasking mom and wife we all know.
A native Texan, Foster originally hails from Houston but has called Dallas her home for more than 25 years.
Whether consulting on various projects or serving full time as President and CEO of the Dallas Film Society from 2009 to 2011, she leaves no stone unturned. Her role with the Dallas Film Society included serving as the Executive Director of the Dallas International Film Festival in 2010 and 2011. It is here that she found her passion for film!
Foster has integrated all of her loves, enabling her to focus on acting and commercial print work. In 2011 she made the natural leap to talent by working on local productions such as TNT's Dallas, commercials and commercial print for clients including Visionworks, Chase Sapphire, Osage Casino and Fit Logic. Her professional approach enables her to see the project as a whole and step in to her role. Tanya's beautiful smile and remarkable charisma makes her a natural!
Uniquely versatile and notoriously hard-working, she is also involved with many leading charitable organizations in Dallas as a volunteer. She has chaired the Junior League of Dallas Ball, the Cattle Baron's Ball, numerous luncheons and galas as well as currently serving as an active member of the Crystal Charity Ball. She also serves on several boards and advisory boards. Giving back to the community continues to be a top priority for Foster.
In 1940, a blonde, sultry-looking model from Fort Worth, Texas,(birth name Marilyn Llewelling)calling herself Marilyn Merrick, was cast in two Warner Bros. features and one short. She also had a role in "Dr. Christian Meets the Women (RKO)", and one of the two leading ladies opposite Johnny Mack Brown in in "Ragtime Cowboy Joe(Universal)." The WAMPAS Baby Stars, a yearly selection of 13 promising starlets, was conducted by the Western Association of Motion Pictures Advertisers from the early 1920s through the mid-1930s. Marilyn was a Baby Star but not during the WAMPAS sponsorship. In 1940, the Motion Pictures Publicist Association selected 13 "Baby Stars", who were featured in a Harriet Parsons-produced, Republic Pictures-distributed series called "Meet the Stars" in a 1941 entry called "Baby Stars." No claim was made that the starlets in this shot were WAMPAS selections. The 13 starlets in this short were: Ella Bryan, Lucia Carroll, Peggy Diggins, Lorraine Elliott, Jayne Hazard, Joan Leslie, Kay Leslie, Gay Parkes, Lois Ranson, Shelia Ryan, Patricia Van Clive, Tanya Widrin...and Marilyn Merrick. Two months later, March 3, 1941, Republic Pictures Corporation signed Marilyn Merrick to a Term Players Contract (with six-months options), changed her name to Lynn Merrick, and this 21-year-old actress made 22 films for Republic until her contract expired on March 30, 1943. She was the leading lady in 17 of those films, opposite Don "Red" Barry in 16 of them. Columbia Pictures then used Lynn Merrick in 17 films over the next three years, primarily as a lead or second lead in the majority of them, especially those from 1943 and 1944.
Al was born in Chicago, and received three degrees in Theatre Arts: Loyola University of Chicago (BA), University of Kansas (MA), and University of Minnesota (PH.D.).
Joined Actors' Equity at age of 20, working with Charlton Heston, Bert Lahr, and Barbra Britton at The Hinsdale Summer Theatre. Has acted in over 200 professional productions, and has directed over 100 others.
Notable stage and film performances have been with many major actors including Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Zoe Caldwell,Linda Darnell, Jack Carson, Margaret O'Brien, Joan Van Ark, Marge Champion, Wendell Corey, Leo G. Carroll,Lillian Roth,Dean Martin, Donald Pleasance, Lynn Redgrave, Wayne Rogers,Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, Blair Underwood, Delroy Lindo, Danny Glover, Sean Cassidy, Paul Winfield, John Ritter, Karen Morrow, John Kerr, Walter Abel,Nina Foch, Tony Plana, Diana Canova, Cindy Williams, Ed Asner, Hugh O'Brien, Tyne Daley, and Steve Allen, among many others.
He has been directed by and/or studied with Sir Tyrone Guthrie, Harold Clurman, Kristin Linklater, Douglas Campbell, Martin Esslin, Gordon Davidson, Bill Bushnell,Ron Sossi,Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, John Hough, Roger Rees,and Ray Danton, among others.
He is a published author of two books about his most influential mentor, Tyrone Guthrie: Minneapolis Rehearsals: Tyrone Guthrie Directs Hamlet, which chronicles the rehearsals of the premiere production of The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and Astonish Us in the Morning: Tyrone Guthrie Remembered, which is a series of interviews with many distinguished actors and others who worked with Sir Tyrone. Some of them are Lord Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Alec Guinness, Dame Sybil Thorndike, Sir Alec McCowen, Sir Anthony Quayle,Sir Robert Morley, Sir John Mills, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Stella Adler,Tanya Moiseiwitsch,Coral Browne, Paul Rogers, Arthur Hill, George Grizzard, and Len Cariou.
Al is the Head of Acting at LACC's Theatre Academy in Hollywood: the oldest continuous professional training program West of the Mississippi.
Tanya Reid was theatrically trained through Vancouver's Gastown Actor's Studio, and the Lyric School of Acting. She started to work professionally when she broke into the commercial and music video scene. When she is not on location, Tanya Reid makes her home in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Tanya Feifel was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She has been recognized with many academic awards and moved to Michigan to attend Law School. Tanya has always had a love for performing. At the age of 3, she began various disciplines of dance and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining people on the stage. She also competed in gymnastics, figure skating, synchronized swimming, and basketball, before moving to a national level in equestrian. Her vigorous athletics and training required a strong work ethic and discipline to be able to succeed in her sports and academics. Tanya also took on any form of public speaking that she could, including giving a speech in both English and French to the Premier of Ontario. She is a very outgoing and compassionate individual, who gets along with everyone and is easy to work with. Tanya made her first film debut in "Swearnet: The Movie," where she realized that her heart belongs on set. She then took on the role as a reporter in "Approaching Midnight" and has decided to pursue her love of acting.
Tanya was born and raised in Miami. As a child, it was seeing movies and plays that made her contemplate what being human was all about, and she decided to dedicate her life to becoming a part of these stories. After studying drama at UNC Chapel Hill, she spent time in New York City and London to further understand the craft of acting. In New York, she studied with the Atlantic Theater Company, founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy. In London she found Tom Radcliffe, a devoted student of Sanford Meisner's. It was here that she made her stage debut in a production of Mariana Pineda at the Arcola Theatre. After moving to Los Angeles, Tanya made her national television debut in Cougar Town. Her breakthrough feature film role came in the form of the deadpan Stella Pond in the indie spoof Twiharder. Tanya is currently developing her writing and musical talents while continuing to take part in the exciting acting opportunities Los Angeles has to offer.
Inna Mikhailovna Churikova was born on October 5, 1943, in Belebey, near Ufa, Bashkiria Republic, Russia (at that time USSR). Her parents were from peasant families. Her father, Mikhail Kuzmich Churikov, was a veteran of the Second World War, he worked at Academy of Agriculture. Her mother, Elisaveta Zakharovna (nee Mantrova), was a Ph.D in Biochemistry. Young Inna Churikova was brought up in Moscow by her mother. During her school years she was fond of theatre and attended an acting class at Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow. From 1960 - 1965 she attended Schepkin Theatrical School at Maly Theatre, graduating in 1965 as an actress.
In 1961 Churikova made her big screen debut in 'Tuchi nad Borskom', then she played bit parts in 'Ya shagayu po Moskve' and in several other films. She shot to fame with the leading role as Tanya Tetkina in _V ogne broda net (1968)_ by director Gleb Panfilov. Churikova's next role in Nachalo, as Pasha Stroganova, a provincial amateur actress who is invited to play Joan of Arc in a big film, was arguably her best work in film. After having a big success with 'Nachalo', Churikova and her husband, director Gleb Panfilov, worked on development of an epic film about Joan of Arc, but their work on the project was obstructed by the Soviet officials. However, Churikova continued her successful film career. In 1984 she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival for the leading role as Vera in 'Voenno-polevoy roman', by director Petr Todorovsky. She starred as Vera in 'God Sobaki', and as Asya in Kurochka Ryaba, among her other film works.
Since 1974 Inna Churikova has been a member of the troupe at Lenkom Theatre in Moscow under directorship of Mark Zakharov. There her stage partners were such actors as Nikolai Karachentsov, Gennadi Khazanov, Oleg Yankovskiy, Leonid Bronevoy, Aleksandr Abdulov, Armen Dzhigarkhanian, Aleksandr Zbruev, and other notable Russian actors. Among Churikova's most memorable stage performances were such roles as Sara in 'Ivanov' and as Arkadina in 'Seagull', both plays by Anton Chekhov. She also appeared as Ophelia in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', and as Commissar in Vishnevsky's 'Optimisticheskaya tragedia', among her other stage works.
Inna Churikova has been loved by the public and earned critical acclaim for her range and effortless style. Churikova was designated Peoples Artist of the USSR (1991) and People's Artist of Russia. She was awarded the Golden Mask, and also received the State Prize of Russia (1985) and the Stanislavsky Prize for her contribution to theatre and film. She is residing in Moscow, Russia.
Busty, gorgeous and voluptuous brunette stunner Tanya Beyer was born on June 4, 1971 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Tanya was the Playmate of the Month in the February, 1992 issue of "Playboy." Beyer went on to pose for many "Playboy" special edition publications and was featured in a bunch of "Playboy" videos. An avid world traveler, Tanya has been to such far-flung exotic places as Tokyo, Milan, Paris, Athens, Mazatan, New York, Los Angeles, Rome, Osaka, and Taipei. Tanya Beyer's sole foray into film acting was a non-sex role in the hardcore adult movie "Fantasy Women."
Jeffrey was born July 22, 1982 of a single mother in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Due to the passing of his mother at the age of 8, he was raised by his grandmother Clairona. He led a simple life living with his uncle SonSon who was blind since early childhood and Perilized from waist down, Aunt Titine who could not read or write who's also had two kids of own in the same house, Joram and Bernata. The town was called Saint Pierre, a few hours outside of Port-Au-Prince in the Northern part of the country. The Town had no Electricity or running water. Food was cooked on rocks like modern old days, three rocks with burning sticks in the middle. Food had to be grown in order to eat or sale it at a local market. Water had to be carried by hands in gallons from miles and miles away. He later moved to the United States, at age 12, to live with his father along with three other siblings, Ineldo, Appolinair and Jean in a small 2BR Apt in Stamford, Connecticut. His father Israel at the time was married to Philomena had three other kids together, Emmanuel, Eve, and Moses. Jeffrey graduated from West High School in 2000. Jeffrey joined the United States Marines Corps in 2002. Graduated Recruit Training from Parris Island, SC completed Marine Combat Training than went to MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) 3531- Motor Vehicle Operator's school locating at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Jeffrey was assigned to 1st Battalion 1st Marine 1st Mar Division Headquarters and Supply Company Motor Transportation Platoon. He successfully completed two combat tours in Iraq, Oparation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Endurin Freedom, Operation Unified Assurance Indonisia and Sri Lanka (Tsunami relief). He later relocated in Nov 2005 to a new duty station at CBIRF (Chemical Biological Incidents Response Force) where he finished his remaining tour on active duty than later joined the reserve in late 2009 and on July 2010 Joined Marine Forces Reserve, which is located aboard Federal City in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jeffrey was introduced to acting in 2005 while station in California. He was able to focus more on his acting career shortly after he arrived to New Orleans in 2010. He attended classes at Jaq's Acting Studio where he learned monologue, improvisation, on-camera auditions, scene study, and cold read. Jeffrey featured "1 More Chance"(Featuring Jaqueline Fleming, Clyde Jones), "Santa Claus In Baghdad", "Search Party", "When The Game Stand Tall", "Blu" and the hit TV show "Sell This House Extreme with Charlie Frattini and Tanya Memmy - New Orleans 2013 episode".
Danielle Isaie is as beautiful as she is talented. Her career blossomed at a young age after being spotted by a children's agent at the renowned drama school Anna Schear. Danielle was quickly invited to play Rochelle in the children's program "The Crust" on BBC1, Candice in "Sugar Rush", a popular show on Channel 4, and Tanya in a BBC2's Drama "If.. Drugs Were Legal". To support her passion and drive for her career Danielle decided to enhance her talents by training at London's The Poor School.
Right after graduation, Danielle landed a stand out role in the UK's popular favorite "The Bill" as the small time drug dealer Jade Morris, and Cherice in the award winning BBC 3 comedy, "Gavin and Stacey". Danielle's career quickly flourished with ITV showcasing her first film "Caught in a Trap", playing the feisty Felicia. Audiences fell in love with Danielle's performance and her fan base quickly grew. Danielle was snapped up to be a series regular in the popular children's BBC 1 show "The Legend of Dick and Dom". Danielle soon moved into the world of commercials staring in a Burger King advert, and shined in a role for the high rating medical drama on BBC1, "Casualty". Most recently Danielle heated up the screens playing a sexy fashion student in the up-to-date comedy "Off the Hook" for BBC 3.
Lyubov Orlova was a Russian film star of the 1930s who enjoyed the sympathy of Joseph Stalin.
She was born Lyubov Petrovna Orlova on January 29, 1902 in Zvenigorod, a suburb of Moscow, Russia. Her father, Petr Orlov, was an officer in the Russian Imperial Army, her mother, Evgenia Sukhotina, belonged to Russian Landed Gentry. Through her parents, Orlova was a descendant from the old Russian aristocratic family of Prince Orlov, and was also related to Count Leo Tolstoy, for whom she sang along with the popular Russian basso Feodor Chaliapin Sr. in 1909. From 1919 to 1922 Orlova studied piano and singing at the Moscow Conservatory, but she did not graduate. From 1922-1926, Orlova studied dancing and choreography at the Moscow Theatre College. Then she worked on stage with director Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko at the Moscow Musical Theatre of Stanislavsky.
In 1926 Orlova married Andrei Berezin, a prominent Soviet opposition politician. He was arrested in 1930, and was imprisoned for many years; this tragedy caused Orlova a severe depression and she had problems with alcohol. Orlova was seen on stage by many influential people in Moscow. After losing her husband she had other relationships before she met director Grigori Aleksandrov. He was looking for an actress to co-star opposite Leonid Utyosov in 'Moscow laughs'. The film became a big success in the 30s Soviet Union. Orlova became Aleksandrov's mistress. Eventually Alrksandrov divorced from his wife and married Orlova, who became the leading star of the Soviet film industry before the Second World War.
Joseph Stalin liked Orlova very much and promoted her to the title of Honorable Actress of Russian Federation in January of 1935. Stalin was probably in a good mood, when he offered Orlova to make her wish come true. She asked about the fate of her first husband. Stalin was surprised. Soon Orlova was called to visit the Lubyanka office of NKVD (KGB). There she was told that her ex-husband is alive in prison and that she may see him, and even join him in his cell. She was scared and humbled and left quietly. Later, in 1949 her ex-husband was diagnosed with cancer, released from prison and died in Lithuania at the home of his mother.
Stalin made Orlova the regular guest at his lavish drinking parties in Moscow. She became addicted to alcohol and was severely criticized by the official paper 'Sovetskoe Iskusstvo' (The Soviet Art). Director Aleksandrov managed to save his wife from her alcohol addiction by threatening to abort her film career. She obeyed and quit drinking. Her films 'Tsirk' (aka.. Circus 1936), 'Volga-Volga' (1938), and 'Svetly Put' (aka.. The Shining Path 1940, aka.. Tanya) were hugely successful. 'Svetly Put' was originally titled 'Cinderella' by the author Viktor Ardov, but Stalin ordered the title to be changed to 'The Shining Path'. Stalin's control over the Soviet film industry was absolute. For her leading roles in 'Volga-Volga' and 'Svetly Put' Orlova was personally awarded by Joseph Stalin with the State Stalin Prize.
At the beginning of the Nazi invasion of Russia during the Second World War, both Orlova and Aleksandrov were filming in Riga, Latvia. They narrowly escaped from the advancing Nazi armies and rushed to Moscow. There Aleksandrov served at the regular night watch during Luftwaffe air raids and bombings. He was severely wounded by a bomb explosion in September of 1941, and suffered from spinal trauma for the rest of his life. In the fall of 1941 Orlova and Aleksandrov were evacuated from Moscow to Baku, Azerbaijan. There they made a film 'Odna Semya' (A Family 1943) which was banned by the Soviet Censorship Committee. The official reason for banning the innocent film was its lacking of propaganda about the fight of the Soviet people against the Nazi invasion.
Orlova was known to be immune from gossips and rumors. She was also known as a faithful wife to Aleksandrov. Though she worked mainly in his films, she also occasionally worked in films made by other directors. She was never allowed by her director-husband Aleksandrov to be kissed in a film, with one exception made for actor Andrei Tutyshkin in 'Volga-Volga'. Her characters were sexy in a way acceptable by the rigid Soviet censorship under Stalin. One scene from the film 'Vstrecha na Elbe' (Meeting on the Elbe 1949) was ordered by Stalin to be deleted, because Stalin criticized the half-naked girls dancing to American Jazz music while celebrating the Victory. However, Stalin kept the uncensored original for himself, and later Stalin showed this scene at his home theatre to Aleksandrov and other guests. Stalin liked the scene, but banned it from being seen by millions of viewers in the Soviet Union.
From 1930 to the end of her life, Orlova has a rare medical problem - she suffered from sensitivity to daylight, which she developed after the stressful arrest of her first husband. She also suffered from severe insomnia and depended on various medications. She was spending much time at her home behind shielded windows. Her later work with Aleksandrov, such as in 'Russki suvenir' (Russian Souvenir 1960) was a flop. Her last stage performance was in Leningrad, in 1963, after that she was not seen on stage. Her last film with Aleksandrov, 'Skvorets i Lira' (1973), was not released upon Orlova's insistence, because she was shocked with her own looks in the film.
Lyubov Orlova was the first Russian film star to use plastic surgeries in her later years. At that time she refused to be photographed, and was hiding from public. She died of pancreatic cancer on January 26, 1975, and three days later, on her 73rd birthday, she was laid to rest in Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, Russia.
Dale Resteghini's highly stylized work as a Music Video Director has brought him around the world and to the forefront of his craft as a premier Director.
Resteghini, also known as 'Rage' among his Rock, Hip Hop & Pop Music peers due to his relentless pursuit for achieving the impossible is regarded as the most working Music Video Director of the modern era and is known around the world in industry circles as being the only Music Video Director in the history of the medium to amass over 100 ROCK Videos and over 100 HIP HOP Videos from his total of nearly 700 Music Videos in less than 10 years.
Back when the MTV, BET and FUSE television networks were playing Music Videos, Resteghini's works were constantly found at the top of all of their play lists, and many have been nominated for various awards within the music community. He has worked with a stellar list of diverse artists of today such as Nicky Minaj, Fall Out Boy, Pitbull, Diddy, Soulja Boy, Ice Cube, Flo Rida, The RZA, TI, Gym Class Heroes aka Travie McCoy, Method Man, Redman, Jim Jones, Rick Ross, Guns N Roses, Tyga, Camron, Hatebreed, Mudvayne, Li'l Wayne, Ja Rule, E-40, Lil Kim, The Game, Keyshia Cole, Bun B, Everlast, Chiddy Bang, N-Dubz, Akon, MIMS, Ray J, Birdman aka Baby, Lil Jon, Snoop Dogg, Sizzla, Mohombi, Alexandra Burke, Too Short, Cypress Hill, Ludacris, Trina, Lemar, Three 6 Mafia, Vanilla Ice, Dionne Bromfield, Tinchy Stryder, Juelz Santana, Kottonmouth Kings, Alter Bridge, Saigon, Children Of Bodom, Busta Rhymes, All That Remains, Craig David, Mr. Hudson, Fear Factory, Silverstein, Tanya Stephens, Adelitas Way, Mayday Parade, Hawthorne Heights and many others during his career in videos.
Resteghini has helmed projects as far as Perth, Australia to the United Kingdom, Jamaica, Argentina and Chile as well as many other places around the world and throughout the USA and Canada.
While Resteghini has several filmmaker influences which include Robert Aldrich, Tony Scott, Orson Welles Spielberg, Mann, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, John Huston and some others, he is often known for quoting 'Rocky Balboa' as he feels the essence of the famed fictional character made famous by Sylvester Stallone, represents most of the known world to some degree and it's this blue collar working class attitude and approach he brings to each and every set he works on in order to complete the task at hand.
Long before he managed to start knocking on Hollywood's door, Resteghini who is a native of Boston, moved to NYC with a focus on his craft as an actor but along the way Resteghini found himself drawn away from the front of the camera to behind it where he realized he can create any world he wants. His approach was highly original and bold which allowed him to stand tall in a sea filled with talent who were all starving for their chance to prove themselves. However, it was his very early videos which just exploded on screen which let us see an important new artist burst upon the new Music Video Industry, an industry which has suffered in recent years due to the ever evolving music economy. Due to the accolades of his early work, Resteghini was asked to direct a video for a still unknown, Fall Out Boy and their teen anthem "Grand Theft Autumn." The resulting piece was an instant hit, drawing him immediate and broad video attention and an MTV Award. It served to propel both Fall Out Boy and Resteghini into the forefront of the rock world. Work with other top artists soon followed. In 2004 he became a founding partner of the NYC based music video production company, Raging Nation Films, Inc. with his partner and wife Kim Resteghini.
|Tanya M. Wheeler
Tanya M. Wheeler says she feels like she has lived two lives. The one before she discovered screenwriting as a passion, and the life lived after.
The Before Life included marriage, motherhood, and teaching. Tanya Wheeler was married for thirteen years and is currently separated. Her many years lived overseas in the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and England, were spent travelling, teaching, learning, and growing as a person. Now, all of that life experience is grist for the writing mill, allowing the prolific screenwriter to produce ideas for feature films and TV series.
Pursuing a screenwriting career from New Zealand has not always been easy, but Tanya credits technology with her ability to work with producers in London, Singapore, Sydney, Los Angeles and Wellington without too much difficulty. Nowhere is more than 24 hours' flight away, so work becomes a way to rack up the air miles, while maintaining the day to day lifestyle of New Zealand for the children.
(2012) Tanya is working on a number of projects for Singapore, as there has been much interest in Chinese co-productions in New Zealand in recent years.
Tanya Bettencourt was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on June 15, 1986 to parents Arlindo Fonseca Andrade and Helena Gil Bettencourt, into a family of artists and musicians originating from the Azores, Portugal. Initially, Tanya had little interest in acting, preferring to spend her time in dance and music class, and it wasn't until her mid-teenage years that she discovered her profound love for film and acting.