The middle child between two sisters, Zachary Levi was born as Zachary Levi Pugh, on September 29, 1980, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Susan (Hoctor) and Darrell Pugh. He uses his middle name as his stage surname, because his birth name, "Pugh", which is of Welsh origin, sounds too much like "Pew". He grew up all over the country before his family put down roots in Ventura County, California. At the early age of six, Zachary began acting, singing and dancing in school and local theater productions.
After graduating from Buena High School, he headed to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of acting. Zachary began acting in theater, performing roles in such regional productions like Grease, The Outsiders, Oliver, The Wizard of Oz and Big River. It was his portrayal of Jesus in Ojai's Godspell that brought him to the attention of Hollywood.
He recently was seen in the television movie See Jane Date on the WB with Charisma Carpenter, Holly Marie Combs, Linda Dano and Rachelle Lefevre. In his spare time, Zachary enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, skydiving and participating in various other sports. He lives in Los Angeles.
Alison Brie was born in Hollywood, California and grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of South Pasadena. Interested in acting at an early age, she began her career performing in community theater shows at the Jewish Community Center in Los Feliz. Her very first role was "Toto" in the Wizard of Oz. After graduating from South Pasadena High School in 2001; Alison attended California Institute of the Arts where she received her BFA in Acting. While there, she was one of the original cast members in the world premiere of The Peach Blossom Fan, performed as the inaugural theater production at Disney's REDCAT Theater in Downtown LA. During that time, Alison also studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.
Since graduating, she has continued to work in all forms of media, including film, television, and theater. She has performed in the Blank Theater Company's Young Playwright's festival and in shows at the Odyssey, Write-Act, and Rubicon Theaters, receiving an Indy Award for her haunting performance as "Ophelia" in the Rubicon's production of Hamlet. She had performed guest spots for Comedy Central and Disney's Hannah Montana as well as leading roles in some independent films before landing her role on Mad Men. Since then, she has continued to work in film and TV.
Alison currently lives in South Pasadena.
Although born in Texas when her mother was serving a jail sentence for her part in a marijuana-smuggling ring, Leighton Meester spent her early years in Marco Island, Florida with her grandparents where she became involved with the local playhouse and made her stage debut in a production of "The Wizard of Oz".
She moved to New York with her mother at the age of 11 and was soon working as a model and appearing in TV commercials. A few years later, at age 14, she and her mother moved again, this time to Los Angeles where she soon began to pick up TV work, making her debut in Disciple.
A steady stream of TV work followed until in 2007 she landed the role in Gossip Girl which made her famous. This led to more TV and movie work, and in 2009 she launched a recording career with a single entitled, "Somebody to Love".
Houston, Texas native Alexis Bledel made her television debut in Gilmore Girls, after spending years in front of the camera as a model. Bledel's parents encouraged her to try community theater in Houston when she was 8 years old, hoping it would help their daughter overcome her shyness. She went on to perform in productions of Our Town, The Wizard of Oz and Aladdin, and later was scouted in a local mall to model. She began her modeling career while still in high school, traveling all over to locations like Tokyo, Milan, New York and Los Angeles. After graduating, she enrolled at NYU as a film major. In the Spring of 2000, Bledel landed a manager through her modeling agency and headed to Los Angeles for her first pilot season, where she quickly landed the coveted role of Rory on Gilmore Girls. When she's not working, Bledel enjoys writing, reading, shooting photography, going to the movies and spending time with her family.
Born in 1967 in Cambridgeshire, England, Guy Pearce and his family traveled to Australia initially for two years after his father, Stuart Pearce, was offered the position of Chief test pilot for the Australian Government. Guy was just 3-years-old. After deciding to stay in Australia and settling in the Victorian city of Geelong, Guy's father was killed 5 years later in an aircraft test flight, leaving his Mother to care for him and his older sister, Tracy.
Having little interest in subjects at school like math or science, Guy favored art, drama and music. He joined local theatre groups at a young age and appeared in such productions as "The King and I", "Fiddler on the Roof" and "The Wizard of Oz". In 1985, just two days after his final high school exam, Guy started a four-year stint as "Mike Young" on the popular Aussie soap Neighbours. At age 20, Guy appeared in his first film, Heaven Tonight, then, after a string of appearances in film, television and on the stage, he won the role of an outrageous drag queen in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Most recently, he has amazed film critics and audiences, alike, with his magnificent performances in L.A. Confidential, Memento, The Proposition, Factory Girl, The Hurt Locker, The King's Speech and the HBO mini-series, Mildred Pierce. Next to acting, Guy has had a life-long passion for music and songwriting.
Guy likes to keep his private life very private. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, which is also where he married his childhood sweetheart, Kate Mestitz in March 1997.
Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television, Agnes Bruckner is quickly emerging as one of Hollywood's most promising new talents. Segueing effortlessly between the big and small screen, she became a series regular at the age of 11 on CBS' daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful as "Bridget Forrester". She then went on to star in the HBO film The Shrunken City. She has also graced the stage as the role of Glinda, The Good Witch, in the N.W. Portland Children's Theatre production of "The Wizard of Oz".
In 2002, Agnes was named "Star of Tomorrow" by the Motion Picture Club. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her family and studies ballet, jazz and hip-hop dance.
Joey King started acting professionally when she was four years old. A national spot for Life Cereal was Joey's first commercial. It has been said that Joey inherited the love of acting from her grandmother who used to perform in live theater.
She has appeared in several television shows and movies of the week, "CSI", "Entourage", "Medium", "The Haunting Hour" and "Avenging Angel", to name a few. Also she has completed three pilots, and was a series regular on the short lived show, "Bent" were she has said, "Jeffrey Tambor made me laugh everyday".
Joey voiced the yellow fur ball Katie, for the animated feature Horton Hears A Who, and Beaver, for Ice Age 3-D. She has also voiced the lead character Jessie, in the book series movie adaptation of "The Boxcar Children", and lastly the voice of China Girl in the much anticipated "OZ The Great and Powerful" a prequel to the the world famous 1939 "The Wizard of Oz". Joey said, "I think it's really neat to hear my voice come out of animal or creature that someone made from their imagination!"
Her first film "Grace", was shot when she was six years old. On the first day of filming Joey had to pretend to almost drown in the ice cold ocean. Joey has said she was completely hooked on making movies after that.
Joey was nine years old when she landed her first lead role in the feature "Ramona and Beezus". Joey played Ramona Quimby, whose character always seems to be in some sort of mischief. Joey has said that the role changed her life and she will always be grateful to, two of the most amazing, talented woman, Liz Allen and Denise DeNovi who are still good friends of Joey's.
In her short years, Joey has worked with some very prestigious directors; Christopher Nolan whom Joey describes as super involved in every detail, including being present when Joey shaved off her hair for her role in "The Dark Knight Rises", Sam Raimi who captured Joey's heart with his gentle and patient demeanor and brilliant vision, while working on "OZ The Great and Powerful", and Roland Emmerich whom Joey has said, is such a gifted director, who I was so lucky to get to work for and will be my friend for life, while filming the action movie, "White House Down".
Joey has spoken to many schools and Boys and Girls Clubs on the importance of making a positive difference in the world, even if you are young. She attends and contributes to many charities and you can often find her helping her grandmother deliver food to the elderly through Meals on Wheels when she is not working.
Joey's performances have earned her outstanding critical reviews from such critics as Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times, and Amy Biancolli of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Joey has said she feels like the luckiest person in the world to be able to do what she loves and be surrounded by people she loves!
Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. He first took the stage as a toddler in his parents vaudeville act at 17 months old. He made his first film appearance in 1926. The following year, he played the lead character in the first Mickey McGuire short film. It was in this popular film series that he took the stage name Mickey Rooney. Rooney reached new heights in 1937 with A Family Affair, the film that introduced the country to Andy Hardy, the popular all-American teenager. This beloved character appeared in nearly 20 films and helped make Rooney the top star at the box office in 1939, 1940 and 1941. Rooney also proved himself an excellent dramatic actor as a delinquent in Boys Town starring Spencer Tracy. In 1938, he was awarded a Juvenile Academy Award.
Teaming up with Judy Garland, Rooney also appeared in a string of musicals, including Babes in Arms (1939) the first teenager to be nominated for an Oscar in a leading role, Strike up the Band (1940), Babes on Broadway (1941), and Girl Crazy (1943). He and Garland immediately became best of friends. "We weren't just a team, we were magic," Rooney once said. During that time he also appeared with Elizabeth Taylor in the now classic National Velvet (1944). Rooney joined the service that same year, where he helped to entertain the troops and worked on the American Armed Forces Network. He returned to Hollywood after 21 months in Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946), did a remake of a Robert Taylor film, The Crowd Roars called Killer McCoy (1947) and portrayed composer Lorenz Hart in Words and Music (1948). He also appeared in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. Rooney played Hepburn's Japanese neighbor, Mr. Yunioshi. A sign of the times, Rooney played the part for comic relief which he later regretted feeling the role was offensive. He once again showed his incredible range in the dramatic role of a boxing trainer with Anthony Quinn and Jackie Gleason in Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962). In the late 1960s and 1970s Rooney showed audiences and critics alike why he was one of Hollywood's most enduring stars. He gave an impressive performance in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film The Black Stallion, which brought him an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor. He also turned to the stage in 1979 in Sugar Babies with Ann Miller, and was nominated for a Tony Award. During that time he also portrayed the Wizard in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with Eartha Kitt at New York's Madison Square Garden, which also had a successful run nationally.
Rooney appeared in four television series': The Mickey Rooney Show (1954-1955), a comedy sit-com in 1964 with Sammee Tong called Mickey, One of the Boys in 1982 with Dana Carvey and Nathan Lane, and the Adventures of the Black Stallion from 1990-1993. In 1981, Rooney won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of a mentally challenged man in Bill. The critical acclaim continued to flow for the veteran performer, with Rooney receiving an honorary Academy Award "in recognition of his 60 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances". More recently he has appeared in such films as Night at the Museumwith Ben Stiller and The Muppets (2011) with Amy Adams and Jason Segel.
Rooney's personal life, including his frequent trips to the altar, has proven to be just as epic as his on-screen performances. His first wife was one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, actress Ava Gardner. Mickey permanently separated from his eighth wife Jan in June of 2012. In 2011 Rooney filed elder abuse and fraud charges against stepson Christopher Aber and Aber's wife. At Rooney's request, the Superior Court issued a restraining order against the Aber's demanding they stay 100 yards from Rooney, as well as Mickey's other son Mark Rooney and Mark's wife Charlene. Just prior, Rooney mustered the strength to break his silence and appeared before the Senate in Washington D.C. telling of his own heartbreaking story of abuse in an effort to live a peaceful, full life and help others who may be similarly suffering in silence.
Rooney requested through the Superior Court to permanently reside with his son Mark Rooney, who is a musician and Marks wife Charlene, an artist, in the Hollywood Hills. Ironically, after eight failed marriages he has never looked or felt better and has finally found happiness and peace in the single life. Although Rooney has been separated since 2012, a settlement was reached in the Superior Court in Los Angeles on January 10th 2014 making the split official and permanent. Mickey, Mark and Charlene have focused on health, happiness and creative endeavors and it shows. Mickey Rooney has once again landed on his feet reminding us that he is a survivor. At 93 years young he shows no signs of slowing down or retiring.
Kathleen Robertson launched her career in her native Toronto in the George Lucas-produced Maniac Mansion and continues to work with prolific teams to this day. She transitioned from David E. Kelly's acclaimed Girls Club into Gus Van Sant's Golden Globe-winning Starz political drama Boss with Kelsey Grammar, and now is the lead of Steven Bochco's TNT drama Murder In The First opposite Taye Diggs which is set to launch next summer. She's simultaneously enjoying an arc on A & E's acclaimed Bates Motel, and just wrapped Lakeshore Entertainment's feature Vatican Tapes with Jean Reno and Michael Pena. Also percolating is the series Your Time Is Up about a wildly successful, yet deeply troubled psychologist for which she will write, produce, and potentially star as the lead. This marks Robertson's second produced script within a year as the indie feature Gravity Pulls in which she stars and co-wrote is also in the can. Robertson headlined IFC's Gemini Award-winning mockumentary style comedy series The Business for which she also serves double duty as Executive Producer. The six-hour mini-series take on "The Wizard of Oz" called Tin Man in which she starred as the wicked sorceress sister to Zooey Deschanel, recently garnered Sci Fi's highest ratings in the network's history along with multiple Emmy-nominations. She most recently starred in Weinstein Co.'s Seal Team Six from the producers of "The Hurt Locker" which follows Osama Bin Laden's demise. No stranger to the big screen, she starred alongside Academy Award-winners Ben Affleck and Adrien Brody in the dramatic thriller Hollywoodland which chronicled the mysterious death of George Reeves, TV's Superman. Robertson starred opposite Mark Ruffalo in IFC Films' sexual drama XX/XY that was in dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival. In direct contrast, she also starred for Keenen Ivory Wayans in the sequel to Dimension Films' blockbuster, Scary Movie. Previously, she collaborated with writer/director Gregg Araki on the films Splendor in which she starred as Veronica, a girl caught in the middle of a love triangle and Nowhere in which she portrayed the overbearing, purple-haired lesbian "Lucifer." Additional feature credits include Beautiful with Minnie Driver for director Sally Field, Bruce McCulloch's Dog Park, and Sundance favorite Psycho Beach Party. Robertson has also co-starred with Bill Murray in director John McNaughton's comedy Speaking of Sex; starred as notorious Canadian murderer Evelyn Dick in the grizzly 1946 true story Torso for which she garnered her third Best Actress Gemini Award nomination (Canadian Emmy); and had a coveted cameo opposite Sean Penn in New Line Cinema's I Am Sam. In addition, she appeared in the Adam Goldberg helmed I Love Your Work with Giovanni Ribisi and Franke Potente, the dramatic thriller Static, the romantic comedies Not Since You and Losing Control, TIFF's A Night for Dying Tigers, and the sequel to Writer/Director Don Shebib's 1970 Canadian classic Goin' Down The Road, fittingly titled Down The Road Again. Robertson's film resume also includes the dramatic thriller Last Exit for which she received her second Gemini Award-nomination, Player 5150 and The Hill. Other credits include In The Dark opposite Charlotte Rampling; Until The Night with Norman Reedus; director Tim Hunter's Control alongside Willem Dafoe and Ray Liotta; and Mall Cop which marks director David Greenspan's first full-length feature after winning the Cannes Film Festival's coveted Palm D'or for his short Beancake. A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Robertson currently resides in Los Angeles.
Born June 28, 1971, Aileen was introduced to show business by her mother Helenann who was doing theater when Aileen was growing up. Aileen begged to audition too, and she began to get parts near her home of Yardley, Pennsylvania.
Aileen's first movie part was one line in _Paternity_ (cv), starring Burt Reynolds. At the time Aileen was picked for the movie, she was on Broadway with Allison Smith playing the Swing Orphan in 'Annie'. The Swing essentially understudied various Orphan roles in the show and knew all their parts and had to go on stage at a moment's notice if one of the actors was sick and couldn't perform. Or, if the Orphan acting as Annie's understudy had to go on as Annie, Aileen went on as the understudy to the understudy.
She was chosen to be Annie in the film version from 8,000 girls. The announcement was made in January 1981 by director 'John Huston' (cv), who introduced Aileen as his Annie to the world on nationwide TV. _Annie 1982_ (cv) was filmed from April to September 1981. Aileen starred in one more movie after Annie, - _The Frog Prince_ (cv) - when she was about 14, but it was never released in theaters, only on video. Meanwhile, she continued to do theater. A family member was running the theater at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on the Army base there, so Aileen was invited to star in several productions there. In 1985 she was Dorothy in 'The Wizard Of Oz', and in 1986 she was Annie once again, except this time it was the stage musical. Opposite her as Daddy Warbucks was Harve Presnell, who had played the role for years on Broadway and in one of the National Tours. When Aileen was a senior in high school, she starred in 'A Day In Hollywood, A Night In The Ukraine' in Bristol, Pennsylvania.
Aileen graduated in the spring of 1989 and did one year at Pitzer College in southern California before transferring to Drew University nearer home in New Jersey. (B.A. with honors in Spanish from Drew University) Like numerous child stars before her, Aileen chose not to study show biz in college; instead she took a few years away from it and studied languages, especially Japanese and Spanish. She spent six months with a family in Chile as part of an exchange program in college and considered it one of her life's most rewarding experiences.
After graduation from Drew, Aileen once again took to the stage and in 1994 she played Bette in 'Oliver!' at the famous Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. And at the end of 1995 she went out on tour in 'Fiddler On The Roof'. In 1997 Aileen was in two off-Broadway shows, 'Dreamstuff' and 'Yiddle With a Fiddle'. In 1998 she was on Broadway in 'Peter Pan', but in early 1999, Aileen left the show and moved to Los Angeles for a couple of years.
In addition to the "Annie" movie soundtrack album--which went platinum in the summer of 1982--Aileen recorded an album of her own. This album is extremely rare; there are probably fewer than a dozen copies of the LP in existence in the hands of Orphan Annie collectors, and even fewer cassettes.
|Bethany Joy Lenz
Bethany Joy Lenz was born in Hollywood Florida, an only child of Robert George Lenz (a history teacher and therapist) and Catharine Malcolm Holt Shepard (a personnel manager and entrepreneur). She is best known for her role on - the WB hit One Tree Hill - as "Haley James Scott", wife to James Lafferty's "Nathan" and childhood mate of Chad Michael Murray's "Lucas".
Prior to One Tree Hill, Bethany spent most of her acting career on the stage. She has called Musical theater her passion, and has performed in various productions of "Annie", "The Wizard of Oz", "Gypsy", "Cinderella", "CATS for Cats" etc...
After moving from Texas to New York, Bethany portrayed "Michelle Bauer Santos" on CBS's Guiding Light. When her two year contract ended there, she left New York and moved to Los Angeles and guest starred on shows like Charmed, Felicity and The Guardian. She also appeared in Los Angeles stage productions of "The Outsiders" - directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman and "Happy Days" (as Pinky Tuscadero) - directed by Garry Marshall.
After moving from North Carolina (One Tree Hill), Bethany spent a year raising her daughter Maria before taking any more roles. Although she started an internet rotating novel 'Diamond Gothic' with 'Abigail Spencer' and 'JC Coccoli' on 'Hello Giggles.
Bethany came back strong and guest starred on shows like Men at Work and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, joined the cast on Sock Monkee Therapy and Dexter, and got her own TV show Songbyrd. She also joined and performed original songs on Rock the Schools Concert (2012) and recorded several songs in 2012 (Album: 'Then Slowly Grows') and 2013 (Album: 'Your Woman').
She is an accomplished singer with an four-octave range, trained in New York by Richard Barrett, the director of the Brooklyn College of Opera, and in Los Angeles by renowned voice teacher Eric Vetro (Jennifer Garner, John Stamos and Ewan McGregor).
Jamie-Lynn Sigler has been acting and singing since the age of 7. She got her start in New York regional theater, and has since starred in over two dozen theatrical productions including "Annie," "The Wizard of Oz," "The Sound of Music," "The Wiz," and "Gypsy." In the summer of 2001, she starred in the touring production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Cinderella," playing the lead opposite Eartha Kitt. Jamie made her Broadway debut starring as Belle in Disney's Broadway production of "Beauty and the Beast" from October of 2002 through February 2003.
Beyond her theatrical appearances, she starred as Meadow Soprano in the critically acclaimed HBO original series The Sopranos. For her work on the show, she received the 1999 and 2000 Hollywood Reporter Young Star Awards for Best Young Actress in a Dramatic Television Series and both 2001 and 2002 ALMA nominations. She also has a SAG Award for The Sopranos Best Ensemble Cast.
Jamie has also starred as former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss in the USA Network's two-hour original movie Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss. She recently completed her first feature film, Extreme Dating, and starred in the music video for Mariah Carey's single, "Through the Rain."
Jamie, who battled an eating disorder in the late 1990s while starring on The Sopranos, is now a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org). In 2002, she published her revealing autobiography, "Wise Girl" (Pocket Books) to rave reviews. A few years ago, she was paralyzed from the waist down for several days with Lyme Disease. Her recovery has given her a fresh outlook on her work and her life.
Jamie is originally from Jericho (Long Island, New York) and currently resides in New York City. She married her manager, A.J. Discala, in July of 2003. However, that marriage has since ended.
Keith David was born in New York City's Harlem district and raised in East Elmhurst, in the Queens section of the city. As a child, he realized he wanted to act after playing the cowardly lion in his school's production of "The Wizard of Oz." He later enrolled in New York's High School of the Performing Arts and continued his studies at Juilliard. After graduation, he was hired as an understudy for Tullus Aufidius in William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus." In 1992, he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role in the Broadway play "Jelly's Last Jam."
Roseanne Barr, one of America's funniest comedians, has another side that not many people have seen. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. During her teenage years, she worked as a dishwasher at a local restaurant. She married Bill Pentland and they had three children together. They remained married for sixteen years, until Roseanne found her place as a comedian. She worked doing stand-up comedy until her 8/23/85 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson thrust her into the limelight. In 1987, HBO offered her a show of her own, On Location: The Roseanne Barr Show. It was canceled after a short time. In 1989, Roseanne starred opposite Meryl Streep and Ed Begley Jr. in She-Devil. Though her first picture wasn't as successful as she might have hoped, her sitcom, Roseanne, ran for nine seasons on ABC. During the show, Roseanne fell in love with fellow cast member Tom Arnold and divorced her husband Bill after nearly 20 years of marriage in order to marry Arnold.
After four years, Roseanne and Arnold divorced. Ratings on her TV show were also down. On Valentine's Day 1995, Roseanne married former bodyguard Ben Thomas. The marriage lasted until 2002. In 1996, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won, but she was not there to accept it. After Roseanne was canceled, she went on Broadway to play "The Wicked Witch of the West" in "The Wizard of Oz" to rave reviews.
Marlee Beth Matlin was born to Don and Libby Matlin; she was their third child. Marlee lost much of her hearing at the age of 18 months. That didn't stop her, though, from acting in a children's theater company at age 7; she was Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." Her deafness never held her back. As an adult she said it so eloquently: "I have always resisted putting limitations on myself, both professionally and personally." Marlee studied criminal justice at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, and maintained her passion for acting after graduating. While performing on stage throughout Chicago and the Midwest, Marlee attracted notice for her performance in a production of the Tony Award-winning play "Children of a Lesser God" and was cast in the movie version, Children of a Lesser God. Although this was her film debut, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. While shooting her next movie, Walker, in Nicaragua, big-hearted Marlee took time to visit both hearing and hearing-impaired children. She continued this tradition of visiting local children throughout her travels to Germany, England, Italy, Australia, Mexico, Canada, etc. Her interest in the criminal justice field played a part in her on screen career; she portrayed an assistant D.A. in the TV series Reasonable Doubts, while off screen she married police officer Kevin Grandalski on August 29, 1993. Marlee was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1994 for her performance as Laurie Bey in the Picket Fences episode "Dancing Bandit." Marlee is also a spokeswoman for the National Captioning Institute. In 1995, she testified at a congressional hearing and helped get a law passed that requires all TV sets 13 inches or larger to be manufactured with built-in chips to provide closed captioning on their screens; this was a godsend for deaf viewers.
Marlee is currently serving as the national spokeswoman for the largest provider of TV closed captioning, and has spoken on behalf of CC in countries such as Australia, England, France, and Italy. She also serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations, including Very Special Arts, the Starlight Foundation, and other charities that primarily benefit children. As someone who loves children so much, it is only fitting that she has four of her own. Professionally, Marlee has even tried producing, being the executive producer for Where the Truth Lies.
Hollywood's most extreme character star.... Randy Quaid has never been timelier. Randy, a man who took a bus to Hollywood with nothing but raw talent, is now a proven and current vast and varied star with that one other sustaining asset - he is a great and much admired actor on the world's stage and television and feature film screens and an actor that has been recognized by Hollywood and the worlds finest directors.
Randy, who earned a Golden Globe portraying Lyndon Johnson, received a nomination in this years race for incarnating another memorable real life character, "Colonel" Tom Parker. The portrait of Colonel Parker, a former carnival barker with a murky past, is dark. The New York Times said "Mr. Quaid is riveting as the bully of Graceland", when he has Elvis firmly under his thumb, he is the L.B.J. of rock 'n' roll - a towering, wheedling, tirelessly self-promoting Southern fox in the rare instances when Elvis defies him, Colonel Parker shrinks into a hand-wringing phony, cajoling his only client in the overly ornate language of Professor Marvel in "The Wizard of Oz".
Quaid stars in and Was nominated for a SAG award for his work in Brokeback Mountain, directed by Ang Lee from a script written by Larry McMurtry, who also wrote The Last Picture Show in which Randy had his first feature film role. Working with McMurtry and supporting his material has become a Randy Quaid career tradition. Quaid's performance in Brokeback Mountain was listed as one of the New York Observer's 2005 Noteworthy male performances.
Randy's upcoming roles on the big screen continue his bold appetite for challenges. He most recently finished filming Goya's Ghosts for director Milos Forman. Forman cast Randy as "King Carlos IV of Spain" after seeing his Golden globe nominated performance as The Colonel. In Last Flag Flying (2010), to be directed by Richard Linklater, he will reprise his Academy award nominated performance in the sequel to The Last Detail.
Allie Gonino is a true triple threat: musician, dancer, and actress. Make that a quadruple threat, and add songwriter to the list as well. Born in Texas as the youngest of four, Allie knew what she wanted out of life, very early on. Although none of her siblings are in creative fields, the arts have always been a strong and varied passion for her. At the ripe age of four, an unexpected encounter with the pre-fame country band, The Dixie Chicks, was the trigger that jump started Allie's move into music. The meeting ignited a spark in her, and after hearing Martie Maguire play the fiddle, Allie asked her mom for violin lessons. Growing up in the Dallas area, as a dancer she studied ballet, hip-hop, and jazz, played violin in the Dallas Youth Orchestra, and regularly performed country music at local opry houses. Music has been Allie's biggest influence in every aspect of life, though it wasn't the only art form that inspired her early on. She credits the classic film, 'The Wizard of Oz', for her love of acting. Her drive and talent grew past her hometown of Heath, and by the time she was sixteen, Allie and her mom made the move to Los Angeles. The Stunners marked the next chapter in Allie's life. In 2007, Allie's rep received a call from Colleen Fitzpatrick, (AKA pop singer Vitamin C), who was looking to start an all-girl pop group. After an audition, Allie agreed to join, and the roller coaster ride began. The Stunners were initially signed to Columbia Records, then later to Universal Republic. During their run, they released an EP and four music videos, (two of which the girls wrote, directed, and produced themselves - sans record label.) They performed their original single "Santa Bring my Soldier Home" on "The Today Show" and "The Wendy Williams Show", contributed to Nickelodeon's "iCarly" soundtrack, and were played on numerous Top 40 radio stations. In summer 2010, they opened for Justin Bieber on his 'My World Tour.' The band parted ways in 2011 when Allie booked the role as Laurel Mercer on ABC Family's original series, "The Lying Game." Though the show was cancelled after a season and a half, she continues to split her time between acting, creating music with her folk band The Good Mad, and playing violin for various artists, and soundtracks. Yoga, reading, writing, dancing, and traveling can be found at the top of her to-do list when she's not working. Allie is also active in raising awareness about the global water crisis, and works closely with The Thirst Project, a non-profit organization that builds wells in developing countries.
Josh Segarra is from Longwood, Florida and is of Puerto Rican descent. He is currently starring as 'Billy Cepeda' in the upcoming series (Sirens) for USA.
Fluent in Spanish, Segarra developed an early passion for theatre starring as the "Cowardly Lion" in the Orlando Youth Theatre's production of The Wizard of Oz. He continued down the musical path and gained accolades in solo performances in his middle school chorus and also received praise for his voice from members of his church. In high school, Segarra played "Harold Hill" (The Music Man), "Ren McCormick" (Footloose), and "Nick Piazza" and "Joe Vegas" (Fame: The Musical). During this time, his musical career blossomed as the lead singer of an a Capella group that sang for the governor of Florida. His numerous theatrical awards included a Best of Show in Duet Musical at the Florida Thespian State Competition. In 2008, Segarra graduated from the Tisch School of Arts at NYU with a degree in Theatre. During his freshman year at NYU, Segarra had a role in the CBS movie, Vampire Bats, starring Lucy Lawless. While at NYU, Josh sang, beat boxed and was the featured rapper for N'harmonics, a premiere a Capella group. He performed on various stages, including at Lincoln Center for the International a Capella Super Finals. In his sophomore year, he performed in the Off-Broadway musical, Fools in Love.
Josh has appeared in a variety of television projects including the Emmy winning Showtime series (Homeland) opposite Claire Danes, The Fox series (The Following), and was a Series Regular on PBS's (The Electric Company). Josh can also be seen recurring on the upcoming season of (Chicago PD) for NBC. Josh's film work includes roles in (The Music Never Stopped), (The Minsters), and (The Narrows).
In the theater world, Josh was seen starring as 'Boland' in The Second Stage Theater's production of (Dogfight), directed by Joe Mantello as well as starring as 'Mick' in the Off-Broadway and Broadway runs of the critically acclaimed production (Lysistrata Jones), directed by Dan Knechtges.
Born and raised in New York City, Charlie has been studying and performing dance, including jazz, tap and ballet, since she was three years old. With a passion for directing and choreographing, as soon as she could figure out how to use a camera, she began making movies and music videos. In the summer of 2002, after an initial class with Kelly Peters in Martha's Vineyard, Charlie was invited to join the KPD hip-hop dance crew and performed at the Agricultural Fair. The following summer, she choreographed and performed musical numbers from Chicago at the Chilmark Community Center where she was immediately cast as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Charlie's Aunt Eileen saw an ad for a Little Manhattan open casting call in the "Kidsday" section of Newsday, and mentioned it to her mom. When she responded to the idea of auditioning, her mom submitted a photo. Charlie was called in for a meeting with the casting directors, then the filmmakers. This was followed by several readings, including one with Josh Hutcherson, to see how the two of them would fit together and get along, and ultimately a screen test.
Clayton was born in Long Beach Memorial Hospital of Long Beach, California. His father Steve Snyder, former VP of Vision Service Plan, is of German descent while his mother Glenda Snyder, homemaker, is of Italian descent. Clayton is the youngest of two half-brothers, Doug and Devin, one from each parent. Arts and athletics were fused together in Clayton's life at a young age. After receiving leading roles in his elementary school plays, playing Mark Twain in Tom Sawyer and The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, Clayton knew he had a passion and talent for acting and entertaining. He also swam for Seal Beach Swim Club, until he joined the Seal Beach Water Polo Club at age 8. He also picked up the alto saxophone for three years, would later pick up guitar, played other sports including soccer, baseball, and basketball, and took lessons for voice, tap and jazz dancing, and cotillion.
Entering McAuliff Middle School, he began auditioning for professional roles in Hollywood. In his second year, he landed the recurring role of Ethan Craft in the hit Disney series Lizzie McGuire. The series ran for two years, while he continued to attend public school in Orange County and play club water polo. During the second season, Clayton was a member of the 2001 Speedo Cup championship water polo team with SOCAL Water Polo Club, being awarded the Jody Campbell Award for skill, sportsmanship, and teamwork. He would miss his freshman water polo season at Los Alamitos High School to film The Lizzie McGuire Movie in Rome, Italy and Vancouver, Canada. It was then he decided to put acting on hold and pursue his academic and athletic careers. His high school team played in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Final the next three years, winning his junior year. He was named All-County in Orange County, MPSF player of the year, and CIF co-player of the year.
Various universities recruited Clayton for water polo including Pepperdine, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Berkeley. Clayton chose to attend Pepperdine University with a water polo scholarship and started all four years and as captain his junior and senior year. The team finished 2nd in the nation his junior year in 2004, and was named All-American Honorable Mention. He performed as a member of the prestige Hosts in Pepperdine's mini-musical competition, Songfest, and also performed in the student-run dance showcase Dance In Flight for three years. He graduated with honors with a BA in Film Studies.
Upon graduating in 2010, he pursued making the USA National Water Polo Team, training with them during the summer and went on to play professionally in Europe. Clayton played for a year in Italy, a second season in Hungary, and a third in Montenegro that was cut short due to injury. In 2011 he competed in the World University Games in Shenzhen, China placing 4th. Clayton continues to play for recreation in Masters tournaments for International Water Polo Club of Los Alamitos, CA.
Despite turning away from acting in high school, his passion never left. Clayton now continues his acting career working on various projects under the representation of Strong Management, Media Artists Group, Mavrick Artists Agency, and Kazarian Measures Ruskin Talent. He began enrollment in improvisation comedy acting school at both The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade in 2013.
|Nicole de Boer
Nicole de Boer began her acting career as a child in her hometown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A shy child, she one day came home and, to the astonishment of her family, told them she had gotten the lead in the play "The Wizard of Oz". With the blessing of her parents, her grandmother helped her to find an agent and shortly afterward, she made her television debut in a Christmas Special starring Red Skelton and Vincent Price. Throughout her childhood, Nicole was active in commercials and theatre.
At age seventeen, she was cast as a series regular in the CBC drama 9B. Nicole's numerous television credits include: Beyond Reality, First Resort, Catwalk, The Kids in the Hall, The Outer Limits, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, Maniac Mansion and Mission Genesis. On film, she was featured in Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, co-starred in National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Senior Trip with Matt Frewer and Tommy Chong and was in the critically received sci-fi horror film Cube. While filming the series Dooley Gardens in Newfoundland, she got the call and was cast in the seventh and final season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, replacing Terry Farrell as the symbiont host Ezri Dax.
Angel Coulby is an English actress. She made her television debut in the BBC comedy 'Orrible. She is best known for portraying the character of Queen Guinevere "Gwen" Pendragon in the BBC fantasy series Merlin.
Angel grew up in north London, Finsbury Park, but moved to Edinburgh to attend the Queen Margaret University where she studied acting. Angel has always been a fan of the fantasy genre; she counts Labyrinth and The Wizard of Oz among her favorite films. Some of the filming for Merlin takes place in France and Angel loves filming there.
Sheridan Smith was born on 25 June 1981 and grew up in Epworth. While Sheridan was growing up, her parents, Colin and Marilyn, performed as a Country and Western duo called The Daltons and it wasn't long before Sheridan got into it. She was dancing from the age of 4 and singing with her parents when she was about 7. At 14 she made her professional debut in the production of Annie, playing the lead role. She then went on to star in many big stage roles such as: The Go-Between, Little Red Riding Hood in the 1998 Donmar Warehouse production of Into The Woods, Talullah in National Youth Theatre's production of Bugsy Malone, Doll the Moll in Tin Pan Ali, Mrs Hardcastle in The Kissing Dance or She Stoops To Conquer, Pendragon and Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz.
Sheridan appeared on Blue Peter, Newsround, Children in Need, Olivier Awards and Theatreland with the NYMT (National Youth Music Theatre) of which she was a member.
Sheridan's first TV appearance came in 1999 when she played Matilda in ITV's Dark Ages. Since then Sheridan has made many guest appearances, including roles in Wives and Daughters, Anchor Me, Peaches, Hawk, Heartbeat, Doctors, Where The Heart Is, Holby City, Blood Strangers, Fat Friends, The Royal, Mile High and The Bill.
She is perhaps best known for her roles in The Royle Family from 1999-2000 were she played Emma, Anthony Royle's (Ralf Little) girlfriend, Two Pints of Lager, again playing Ralf's girlfriend, and Rudi in three series of Gavin & Stacey.
Sheridan lives in London with flatmate Jason. Her brother Damien is a member of the band Indie Manned.
Sabrina Lloyd was born on November 20th, 1970 in Fairfax, Virginia. At age 12, she started her acting career by appearing in a local theater production of "Annie" as "Pepper". She continued to perform in local theater such as the Baystreet Players in Eustis, and the Ice House Theater in Mt. Dora, appearing in productions of "Grease", "Crimes of the Heart", and "Wizard of Oz". When she was 15, she also participated in a student exchange program which allowed her to spend a year in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. While there, she got some training at the Brisbane Royal Theatre Company. When she was 18, she moved to New York and spent some time as a bartender while knocking on doors and auditioning for roles. Her first big break was a guest appearance on the Law & Order episode Intolerance, which got her a new agent and launched her career. Her first breakout role in feature films was the movie Chain of Desire, followed by a starring role in Father Hood with Patrick Swayze.
Sabrina also made appearances on television, starring in the TV movies More Than Friends: The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter and Love Off Limits. In 1995, Sabrina auditioned for the role of "Wade Welles" in the pilot episode of Sliders. In its third season, Sliders slowly grew to embrace a larger audience, but the series was still canceled by Fox. In 1997, the show was picked up by the Sci-fi Channel, but Sabrina decided to option out of her contract to pursue new roles. She quickly landed a co-starring role as associate producer "Natalie Hurley" in the ABC sitcom, Sports Night, which satirizes sports and news coverage.
Dancer, choreographer and actor Geoffrey Holder was born on August 1, 1930, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, into a middle-class family. One of four children, he was taught painting and dancing by his older brother Boscoe Holder, whose dance troupe, the Holder Dance Company, the young Geoffrey joined when he was seven years old. Geoffrey assumed direction of the company in the late 1940s after Boscoe moved to London.
Holder moved to the US in 1954, two years after being "discovered" by Agnes de Mille, the choreographer daughter of director-producer Cecil B. DeMille, after she saw the Holder Dance Company perform in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Holder, a talented painter, sold a score of his paintings to raise the funds to bring the Holder Dance Company to New York City in 1954 (in 1957 Holder won a Guggenheim Fellowship to study painting). He would appear with his dance company, now titled Geoffrey Holder and Company, in New York through 1960.
On December 30, 1954, Holder made his Broadway debut (as did Diahann Carroll) at the Alvin Theatre in the Caribbean-themed original musical "House of Flowers", with music by Harold Arlen, who also co-wrote the book with Truman Capote. The cast included Pearl Bailey and Alvin Ailey, and the show was directed by Peter Brook. Herbert Ross did the choreography but the "Banda Dance" was choreographed by Holder. The show ran for 165 total performances but, more importantly, Holder met and married fellow cast member 'Carmen DeLavallade', a dancer, and the two had a son together. From 1955 through 1956 Holder was a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
Holder played the role of Lucky in a revival of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" directed by Herbert Berghof on Broadway in January 1957. The all-black cast also included Geoff Searle as Vladimir, Rex Ingram as Pozzo and Mantan Moreland as Estragon. The show only lasted six performances, but it established Holder as an actor, and he made his film debut four years later in All Night Long, a modern gloss on William Shakespeare's "Othello". His most famous role was as the heavy "Baron Samedi" in the James Bond movie Live and Let Die, Roger Moore's first turn as 007.
Holder won the 1975 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for his staging of the Broadway musical "The Wiz" (1975), the all-African American retelling of "The Wizard of Oz." He also won the Tony for best costume design (he would be nominated again for a Tony for best costume design for the original 1978 Broadway musical "Timbuktu!", which he also directed and choreographed). As a choreographer he has created dance pieces for many companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Holder has written two books, one on folklore and one on Caribbean cuisine. In the 1970s and 1980s, he put his striking 6'6" presence and bass voice to good use hawking various products in TV commercials, including soft drinks.
Without question, the most known dog in movie history. Many dogs tried to eclipse Toto's success, most recently, The Men In Black dog. Most don't know that Toto has an autobiography that's available in most stores. She almost lost her life when she broke her foot in The Wizard of Oz. Toto (Terry) appeared in over 10 Hollywood films. The industry took a big blow when she died.
Rebecca Marshall was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.
Rebecca is the youngest of three with older siblings April and Joe. With an Estonian background, Rebecca is 5'8 with green eyes.
At the age of ten Rebecca embarked in her first musical and dance performances. At the age of twelve she wrote and starred as Dorothy in her own production of The Wizard Of Oz.
Rebecca began modeling at the age of 15. After doing numerous print ads, she decided to dedicate herself to the stage and enrolled in acting classes out of both Ryerson University and Actors Studio.
Her career began with starring roles in music videos, "Onion Girl" by Holy Cole "I Waited" by Chris Cummings.
In a career changing move to Los Angeles, Rebecca earned a guest starring role on CBS's Threshold as Emily Biggs/Candy Cane. Roles continued to come her way landing Rebecca on Emmy Award winning The West Wing playing politico Carrie Marino. Rebecca has since been in episodes of CSI Miami and Shark and has worked with such actors as Jim Strugess, James Woods, Dylan McDermott, Peter Dinkledge, Ron Silver, Jeffery Donovan and Sean Patrick Flannery.
Rebecca was in "That's My Boy" Starring Adam Sandler, where she plays the bubbly friend of Leighton Meester and stars as Matt Dallas's girlfriend in the dialogue driven indie "Life Tracker", which she also produced through her production company Moxie Lady Productions. "Life Tracker" is due out later this year in 2012.
Rebecca's latest project is one of the leads in "Raze" Directed by Josh Waller. Starring along side Rachel Nichols, Zoe Bell, Tracie Thompson. An action, thriller about women that are abducted into an underground fighting system and forced to fight each other for their survival.
Rebecca currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog Sophie.
Kyle Orlando Massey was born on August 28, 1991, in Atlanta, Georgia. His first acting job was in "The Wizard of Oz," but his big break came after he was cast in the popular Disney sitcom That's So Raven, where he starred as Cory, the mischievous, money-obsessed brother of the main character, Raven-Symoné. Massey is also the star of the Disney Channel original movie Life Is Ruff, in which his hip-hop single "It's a Dog" is featured. He even starred in a music video of "Yin Yang Yo," which premiered in September 2006. Kyle is now the star of Cory in the House, a spin-off of "Raven."
Ashley Leggat, a twice Gemini nominated actress, was born into a large family in Hamilton, Ontario. She joined her parents, Roy (a car dealer) and Patty (a former Secondary School teacher) and four older brothers -Rob, Brett, and twins Todd and Bram.
Ashley's four brothers, all very athletic, played hockey in the winters and baseball in the summers, meaning she basically grew up in arenas and baseball parks.
Ashley never actually walked -she danced, so when she was two and a half she started Baby Ballet -and she fell in love. This was the beginning of Ashley's passion for dance. Until she graduated from high school, Ashley danced competitively in the top divisions in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, acrobatics, lyrical, musical theatre and hip hop. She was crowned the top soloist awards at all of the major dance competitions including, International Dance Challenge, Showstoppers, 5-6-7-8 Showtime, Flash Dance, and Dance, Dance, Dance to name a few.
Ashley excelled in all aspects of her dance career, but another passion had already taken her heart. When Ashley was just eight she heard about a summer school acting program at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton and insisted that she had to attend. Theatre became Ashley's second passion and without hesitation, she auditioned and won the coveted role in her first professional theatrical role of Marta in "The Sound of Music".
Over the next four years, she managed to combine her school work, 30 hours a week of dancing, and continued her acting career by starring in the following plays: "Jekyll and Hyde", "Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang", "The Wizard of Oz", "Anne of Green Gables", "Cinderella", and "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe".
When she was age 13, she won the role of Clara in "The Nutcracker". That same year, the young theatre veteran began to work in television and movies, and quickly discovered this was her third passion. Her first TV role was to star in "Real Kids, Real Adventures". She shone on set and there was no looking back.
By the time she was just age 18, she had recurring roles on: "I was a Sixth Grade Alien", "Ace Lightning", and guest starred in "The Zack Files", and "In A Heartbeat" (Shawn Ashmore).
She appeared in Disney's "Cadet Kelly" (Hilary Duff), "What Girls Learn", (Elizabeth Perkins), ABC's MOW "The Music Man" (Matthew Broderick), and "A Very Married Christmas" (Joe Mategna). Next, she hit the big screen with a lead role in "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" (Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox).
On her 18th birthday she decided she would put her acting career on hold to attend University in pursuit of a teaching degree, but fate had other plans for her. One week after classes began, she got an offer she couldn't refuse. Ashley had won the sought after lead role of Casey in "Life With Derek" and she made the decision to put school on hold. The next four years were an exciting adventure, collaborating with Shaftesbury Productions on this incredibly successful show. "Life with Derek" was ultimately sold to Disney and shown in over 100 countries around the world, breaking records on many networks.
The success of this show led to a movie called "Vacation with Derek" which opened to the highest ratings ever recorded by Family Channel and earned her second Gemini nomination for Best Actress. During breaks from shooting "Life with Derek",
Ashley was a recurring character on "Darcy's Wild Life" (Sara Paxton), a regular on the new genre TV series "11 Cameras", and guest starred on "The Latest Buzz", "Aaron Stone", and "Unnatural History". In 2008, a rare opportunity came to this rising star's lap.
She was asked to play Baby in "Dirty Dancing" at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. Although she hadn't been on stage in nearly ten years, she returned with a vengeance and won critical acclaim for her dead on portrayal of Baby.
Following a year back in the spotlight of the theatre, she returned to the small screen guest-starring in the popular TV show "Murdoch Mysteries". Ashley had a lead role in MTV's "Made, The Movie", the feature film "My Dog's Christmas Miracle" (Cynthia Gibb) and "The Perfect Roommate".
She most recently guest starred on one of her favorite prime time shows "Criminal Minds". She then went on to join the popular Hallmark movie series "The Good Witch's Charm" and the upcoming "The Good Witch's Destiny". Next up, Ashley is very excited for the premiere "The Perfect Boss" which airs on May 24th on Lifetime.
In her personal life, Ashley is heavily involved with children's hospitals, spending her spare time fundraising for McMaster Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto Sick Kids, and Manitoba Hospital for Children.
She is also a huge advocate for anti-bullying, and has toured across Canada to help the cause. She most enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, and her "fur-baby" Teacup Yorkie, Rambo -who has also had cameos in many of her TV shows and movies.
As for her love life, Ashley married her long time boyfriend Jeremy Williams in 2011. Jeremy is a successful hockey player, formerly with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings organization, and New York Rangers organization. Most recently he played in Austria and Germany, and this year he will play in Sweden, where Ashley will join him in her off time.
Paul's career started over a decade ago when his first real love, impersonating Frank Sinatra landed him a few roles in regional theaters across New Jersey. At age 4, he appeared at one of New York's biggest cabaret lounges, "Don't Tell Mama's," singing Old Blue Eye's songs with a fellow Sinatra vocalist. By the age of 10, he had already achieved success on the great white way appearing on stage with such greats as Mickey Rooney in, The Wizard Of Oz, John Davidson in, The Will Rodgers Follies and Stephanie Mills in Stephen Schwartz's, Children Of Eden, at the Paper Mill Playhouse, (which he can be heard on the original cast recording of). His other favorite theatrical roles range from Young Patrick in Mame, opposite Christine Ebersol, (in which Liz Smith gave him rave reviews,) to Alvin Lush, in Noel Coward's Sail Away, playing opposite Elaine Stritch and Marian Seldes, to his most recent portrayal of Donny in John Guare's play, Landscape of the Body, starring Lili Taylor and Sherrie Rene Scott. While pursuing his dreams as a performer, Paul's life took a shocking blow in 1997 when he was diagnosed with Leukemia. Fighting for his life, Paul decided that the show must go on and while battling the cancer, he successfully starred in a number of shows, became the youngest sports announcer on Radio OZ, and was declared the National Spokesperson to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America. After two and a half years of chemotherapy, he triumphed over the adversity and was deemed officially cured. Paul to this day still does much charity work for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as he travels the country and performs at fund-raisers and national marathons. Paul is most widely known for his numerous appearances on The Rosie O'Donnell Show stretching over 6 years. He holds the record for being the only child who has appeared on the show 10 times.
Cozi began her acting career at the age of eight when she was encouraged to audition for Annie at a local theater company in Aliso Viejo, Ca. At the time, Cozi thought it would be more fun to go see the musical than to be in it, but in the end decided to audition. She was cast as Annie and has been hooked on musical theater ever since. She has played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, JoJo in Seussical the Musical, Sally Brown in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Brigitta in The Sound of Music, to name a few. Some time after she began performing in musicals, Cozi turned her attention to TV and film. She has been seen in commercials for Nestlé Water, Trident Layers gum, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, Regions Bank, and Amica Insurance.
Cozi landed her first principal role as Hazel in the movie Dolphin Tale, produced by Alcon Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film stars Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and Nathan Gamble and was released on September 23, 2011, reaching number 1 at the box office in its second week. Cozi has also appeared in the TNT medical drama Monday Mornings as Trisha Miller, a young pianist with a brain tumor. She can be heard singing in many episodes of Sofia the First, as well as an episode of Jake and the Neverland Pirates (both on Disney Jr.), as part of the group vocals.
Cozi lives in Orange County, California with her parents, her older sister, and their dog Bandit. She is a Christian and is home schooled, with a passion for singing, playing piano, working with children and making movies with her friends.
Born Alexandra Ainsworth in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to a dentist father and a school teacher mother, Lexi began dancing on stage by age 6 with the local ballet company. This lead to her appearance in the professional theater production of The Wizard of Oz where she performed as a Lullabye League munchkin. After other musical theater performances she won the lead role of Scout in the Actors Equity production of To Kill a Mockingbird. But it was after attending a film camp in New York that she developed an interest in film and television acting . Furthering this pursuit she attended an acting boot camp in Los Angeles where she caught the attention of an agency who sent her out on her first national commercial audition which she subsequently shot for Barbie. After other commercials and industrials she acquired the lead role of Caroline in the AFI short film Caroline Crossing and Grace Budd, the child lead in the independent film The Gray Man. She has also co-stared in the NBC television series Medical Investigation with Kelly Williams and guest-stared then recurred as Tille on WB's Gilmore girls. Most recently she won the role of Molly in Universal's Feature film Wild Child where she plays Emma Roberts little sister. She was admitted to the Screen Actors Guild in 2005.
Has been dancing since two at the May Downs School of Dance. Thomas has extensive training in hip hop, contemporary, acrobatics, jazz, tap and ballet. He also was trained at Danceworx in Latin, ballroom, vocal, and dramatic training. His professional work started in 2000 with The Magic Faraway Tree for Garry Ginivan Productions and has also been seen in productions of the Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, Oklahoma, The Wizard of Oz, Singing in the Rain, and Oliver. Dance Acadamey is Thomas' first main cast television role, but he has appeared in a variety of television commercials, short films, and a guest role in Southern Star's Blue Heelers.
Ashley Fink was born in Houston, Texas and began acting at a very early age. By the time she reached the age of 2, she was putting on full productions for her parents: she was no dummy, though--she charged them admission. As luck would have it, her family ended up moving to Los Angeles where Ashley began attending a performing arts high school. From there, she began performing for large audiences on national tours as leads in _The Wizard of Oz_ (as the Lion) and _You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown_ (as Lucy), to name just two. Hollywood soon found Ashley when she starred in the Tribeca Film Festival hit, _Fat Girls_. The film won many awards for her, and Ashley enjoyed a international film festival tour. Since that time, Ms. Fink has made multiple TV appearances on many shows such as "ER", "Hung", "Huge", and FOX's "Glee", as Lauren Zizes. She has recurring roles on the Disney Channel series, "Austin and Ally". She has also appeared is in the Walt Disney Pictures film, _You Again_. Some of her personal favorite film credits include the wacky, indie horror, cult hit, _All About Evil_, as well as the _Glee LIVE_ 3D concert film. Ashley has also recently broken into filmmaking herself by producing her first short, titled "Olivia", which just had its premiere at the Frameline film festival in San Francisco. She resides in Los Angeles (within walking distance of a Starbucks) with her cat, Fred.
Manu Intiraymi's interesting name is a combination of Manu (The Incan God of Law) and Intiraymi (The Incan God of the sun). He's not Incan. Born in Santa Cruz CA, he spent most of his childhood traveling around the United States and the world with his parents. At four years old, Manu Intiraymi saw a production of "Peter Pan" at the local community theater and immediately wanted to become an actor. When he graduated high school, he attended P.C.P.A California Conservatory, before moving to Hollywood. Manu began training at the Howard Fine Studio (based on the acting techniques of Uta Hagen) and Playhouse West (a Meisner technique school) and began working in television, film and theater. Manu's theater work includes lead roles in "Waiting for Godot", "Marvin's Room", and "The Wizard of Oz". He made his debut in the movies in the film "Senseless" working with Penelope Spheeris and Marlon Wayans. Other film work includes a starring role in "Whatever It Takes" (Phoenix Pictures), as "Dunleavy", plus supporting roles in "Go" (Sony), "Orange County" (Paramount), "Pearl Harbor", and "J. Edgar." Most recently Manu starred on the final season of "One Tree Hill" as the vicious villain "Billy". In 2012 he played the lead role of "Charlie O'hare" in the breakout indie hit "Fortress" (A WW2 epic from Bayou Pictures and Radical 3D). In 2013 we will see him star in his first Executive produced feature as the lead character "Benjamin Ramsey" in "Benjamin Troubles" (A Dark Comedy from the writer of "Downloading Nancy"). He has also appeared on well-known television series, like "Las Vegas", "24", "King of Queens", "Jag", "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", "Unhappily Ever After", "Smart Guy", and "Pacific Blue". His recurring role as Icheb, on "Star Trek: Voyager" lead to a loyal worldwide fan base. Manu's work as Icheb began in early 2000, in the episode "Collective", and soon transformed into a large recurring role that placed him on the show in season six and through to the final episode of season seven. He will be reprising his role as Icheb in the upcoming "Star Trek: Renegades." He has recently ventured into into writing and producing, and has five lead roles in feature films coming in the next year and a half.
Lynsey Bartilson was born in Edina, Minnesota on July 1, 1983, and moved to Los Angeles with her family at four. A dancer from a very young age, Lynsey won her first talent competition at the age of seven, in solo dance. She discovered her love for comedy in a summer drama class, when she was cast as the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, even though she was the smallest child in the class. With a soon-revealed instinct for comedic timing, Lynsey had 'Dorothy' shaking with fear, and the audience roaring with laughter.
Lynsey began acting professionally at the age of 9, with guest appearances on television and video. At the same time, she was performing in professional musical theater productions across Los Angeles. She played Annie in three different productions; starred as Ramona Quimby, and got great notices as Effie Lou in the world premiere of Amelia Bedelia. She won a Dramalogue Award for her performance as Young Maxine in Situation Tragedy. She also continued dancing professionally, appearing twice in the Joffrey Ballet's annual Nutcracker. All of that musical theater experience paid off when CBS began looking for a young triple-threat to star opposite Angela Lansbury in the Hallmark Christmas musical special, Mrs. Santa Claus. Lynsey was chosen from more than 500 girls who auditioned for the part.
Lynsey enjoys helping others achieve their goals. The director and choreographer for Celebrity Centre's Kids on Stage for a Better World, Lynsey works with 40-50 youngsters to create positive-message benefit concerts for the disadvantaged. Under Lynsey's direction, the group was awarded the Young Artists Awards Michael J. Landon Community Service Award. In addition, Lynsey is currently the International Spokesperson for Youth for Human Rights. The purpose of this group is: "To teach youth around the globe about human rights, thus helping them to become valuable advocates for the promotion of tolerance and peace."
Sophie grew up in Tonypandy in the Rhondda Valleys with younger sister Beth and her parents, Michelle and David. Sophie appeared on BBC ones Over the Rainbow, Andrew Lloyd Webber's search for a Dorothy, where she placed runner up. From leaving the Tv search for a Dorothy Sophie attended Arts Educational Schools Chiswick studying musical theatre. She then went on to become Alternate Dorothy performing one show a week at the London Palladium in the UK production of the Wizard Of Oz. After a year as alternate Sophie took on the role full time performing 8 shows a week. Sophie has sung at various venues across the UK including; The Royal Albert Hall The Royal Opera House for the Olivier Awards The Wales Millennium Centre The Millennium Stadium Liberty Stadium Cardiff City Stadium The Motorpoint Arena Cardiff Manchester Bridgewater Hall Headingley Stadium Sophie has featured in numerous television programmes, including a week-long stint on S4C's cariad@iaith/love4language where she learnt Welsh with other Welsh personalties. ITV also followed her for a year during the Wizard of Oz for a documentary called Dare to Dream. Sophie appears as part of The Marmalade Sandwich is Simon Pegg and Nick Frosts - The Worlds End. She has also had her own TV Christmas Show on BBC One Wales where she performed with the BBC National Orchestra and Special guests Michael Ball and Only Boys Aloud.
Christina DeRosa grew up on Long Island, New York, the youngest of two daughters. Her career in Musical Theatre, began at the tender age of eight, singing and dancing as Orphan Annie and also as a munchkin in "The Wizard Of Oz" alongside Natalie Hershlag AKA Natalie Portman. After attending one year at the Boston Conservatory on a scholarship for Musical Theatre, Christina took the expression 'Break a Leg' too seriously and literally fell directly on her knee onstage while rehearsing. The injured knee did not stop Christina's career, In fact, she took it as a sign and moved in a different direction. Upon recovery, she made the move to Los Angeles, where she graduated from UCLA's prestigious School with a BA in Theatre, Film and Television. Since then, she has taken acting classes with all the best of LA and her career has taken off. She has worked on network and cable TV Show, including, Sam & Cat', 'Hart of Dixie', 'Hollywood Heights', 'Worst Week', 'Everybody Hates Chris', 'Reno 911!', 'Dollhouse', 'Entourage', 'The Whole Truth', '1000 Ways to Die' and 'General Hospital', Christina worked in multiple movies, and most recently became a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Something you should know about Christina DeRosa is she strives to be a humanitarian who can leverage her career success to bring more awareness about children in need. What always brings her joy is looking at the picture of the 3 year old boy she sponsors in Vietnam.
Jonathan Crombie was born October 12, 1966, in Toronto, Canada, the baby of the family (he has two older sisters). His parents are David and Shirley Ann. Jonathan never intended on becoming an actor but he was spotted in a high school production of "The Wizard of Oz" by casting director Diane Polley. She recommend him for casting in both A Judgment in Stone and Anne of Green Gables. Needless to say, he won both roles, but it is the role of Gilbert Blythe that won him recognition and is the role for which he is best loved.
Jonathan graduated from the University of Toronto's Victoria College in 1995. His numerous performances at the prestigious Stratford Festival Theatre are a given. His performance in the role of Valentine Coverly at the Canadian Stage Company's Arcadia earned Crombie a 1997 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Outstanding Performance, a well deserved award.
Accomplished dancer, singer and now, actor, Kaitlyn Jenkins is one of those lucky individuals who has beat the odds with her incredible triple threat talents and joined ABC Family's new series Bunheads.
At the age of thirteen, after listening to Kaitlyn's persistent pleas, her mother enrolled her in a local acting class. Kaitlyn's mother, Kathleen Hall Jenkins, was also a professional ballet dancer who studied at the esteemed Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and later wen on to dance professionally with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Los Angeles Ballet. Kathleen had an early influence on Kaitlyn's career as a dancer, enrolling her in creative movement classes at age three at the studio where she taught. While Kaitlyn was already showing strong talent as a dancer and had transitioned into a full time classical ballet-training program, she loved her acting classes and showed great enthusiasm and talent for what she was learning. Wanting to expand her acting and vocal abilities, Kaitlyn auditioned and was cast as an ensemble member in a children's musical production of "The Wizard of Oz."
As high school approached, Kaitlyn auditioned for the prestigious "Orange County High School of the Arts" in Santa Ana, California, and was accepted into both the Classical Dance and the Music and Theatre conservatories. She chose to pursue the Music and Theatre conservatory, but continued to pursue her acting career, and began auditioning for film, television, and commercial projects. She soon booked her first audition, which was for a Nintendo Wii commercial. Since then, Kaitlyn has booked over twenty feature length, short, and student films as well as commercials and television projects. One of these projects, In Small Places, which was an OCHSA student film, garnered her a "Best Actress" award at the Temecula Film Festival for her role as a silent, young girl. Before graduating OCHSA in 2010, she performed the role of the "American Queen" in the school musical "Chess" where she was presented the "M.A.C.Y. Award for Outstanding Special Achievement in a Musical."
During Kaitlyn's time studying acting, she also studied and performed as a trainee ballet company member with the Anaheim Ballet, performing leading roles in The Nutcracker as well as other company repertoire and school performances. She participated in the "Youth America Grand Prix" ballet competition for five consecutive years, receiving regional top twelve honors in 2009 for her Contemporary piece, and again in 2010 for both the Contemporary and Classical categories. Kaitlyn's extensive training also consists of time spent with the American Ballet Theatre in New York, the Boston Ballet, Katsbaan, and The Jillana School. She has danced in several full length ballets including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Alice in Wonderland, and Sleeping Beauty and has also danced excerpts from Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake to name a few.
Now working on the ABC Family series Bunheads, the new show from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, the show premieres in June, and is a coming of age story that centers on the life of a Las Vegas dancer, Michelle, who begins to teach ballet to four little "bunheads" in suburban California. Kaitlyn stars as Bettina Jordan, one of Michelle's precocious students.
While Kaitlyn specializes in Ballet and Contemporary dance, she can perform a broad range of styles including HIp Hop, Tap, Jazz, Ballroom, and Club/Freestyle. In her free time Kaitlyn enjoys working out at the gym, swimming, taking stage combat, and horseback riding. She loves animals and is a pet owner of a cat and two dogs.
|Jo Anne Worley
This tall (with piled-on jet-black hair), attractive, tunnel-mouthed comedienne is a one-of-a-kind commodity and certainly no shrinking violet when it comes to entertaining. Unapologetically, she adores the center stage...and vice versa -- the stage loves her. Like several of her Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In cohorts, Jo Anne Worley zoomed to overnight cult stardom in the late 1960s but, in her case, was able to extend her wild and woolly popularity to several other levels once her "fifteen minutes" of fame was over. Over the years, she has situated herself nicely into night clubs, musical theater productions, game shows, talk shows, commercials, and even cartoons. Four decades plus later, Jo Anne continues to delight and is instantly recognized with a mere raucous laugh and/or trademark pointy digit embedded in her cheek.
The brassy, indefatigable Jo Anne was born in Lowell, Indiana, on September 6, 1937, the third of five children and has always separated herself from the crowd with her distinctively loud voice, whether singing or not. The writing was on the wall when she was crowned "school comedienne" in high school. Following graduation (1955), she traveled east to pursue her dreams and initially apprenticed with the Pickwick Players. After a two-year dramatic scholarship to Midwestern State University, she transferred to Los Angeles City College and also trained at the Pasadena Playhouse. It did not take long before she made her professional debut in a production of "Wonderful Town." In 1961, she garnered some attention in the popular L.A. musical revue "Billy Barnes People," a show that took her all the way, if very briefly, to Broadway.
Performing in assorted musicals and revues over the next few years including "Carnival" (1962), "Second City Review" (1964), and "Hotel Passionato" (1965), Jo Anne's career was given a boost when she co-starred with fellow up-and-comers Linda Lavin and 'Paul Sand (I)'_ in the Mad Magazine-inspired off-Broadway revue "The Mad Show" in 1966. That same year, she received the break she was looking for when she was discovered by talk-show host Merv Griffin while showcasing her nightclub act in Greenwich Village. Griffin took a strong liking to her and gave her a viable comedy platform to play on with approximately 200 appearances in all. Producer George Schlatter caught Jo Anne's zany antics on Griffin's show and invited her to swinging TV stardom in 1968. The rest is history.
It's not always easy to stand out in a large ensemble but Jo Anne did, complete with unabashed manic energy and faux operatic tones on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In as part of the "let it all hang out" generation. In this psychedelic, irreverently political pastiche of comedy slapstick and music, Jo Anne found a perfect forum for her talents. Her bold, infectious comic flair proved a real crowd pleaser, and the big boned brunette became a certifiable TV star. While the show also made stars out of Ruth Buzzi, Henry Gibson and Arte Johnson and superstars out of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin, it also managed to rebuff the somewhat fading stars of co-hosts Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, and singer/actress Judy Carne.
In 1970, Jo Anne left the celebrated madness at the peak of the show's popularity to pursue a variety of other creative outlets. She made onscreen guest appearances on several TV shows, notably Love, American Style, and was a steadfast presence on the talk show, variety show and game show circuits. Strangly enough, however, she never found a sitcom or another TV vehicle to adequately test-drive her comedy revvings.
With such a high-wattage personality that invites comparisons to Carol Burnett, Carol Channing and Ethel Merman, Jo Anne may have out-sized herself for films but her larger-than-life presence perfectly fit the musical theater bill. For decades she found a vast number of showcases to logically suit her. Her many musical tours have included, notably, "Gypsy" as Mama Rose, "The Wizard of Oz" as the Wicked Witch, and "Mame" as the title socialite. In addition, Jo Anne has found marvelous vehicles in "The Pirates of Penzance," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Anything Goes," "Nunsense," "Grease!," "Call Me Madam," and "Annie". Her non-singing theater resume includes "Luv," "Same Time, Next Year," "Lovers and Other Strangers," "Moon Over Buffalo," "Steel Magnolias," and the female version of "The Odd Couple." Many of these shows co-starred then-husband Roger Perry, whom she married in 1975. The couple had no children and divorced in 2000.
In 1989, Jo Anne returned to Broadway to appear in the original performance of "The Prince of Central Park." Her work over the years has been plentiful, especially for the Disney people, including the movie The Shaggy D.A. and animated features Beauty and the Beast (as the voice of the Wardrobe) and A Goofy Movie.
In other pursuits, Jo Anne has been active on the lecture circuit and has also served on the Board of Directors for Actors and Others for Animals. She also performs in concert, typically offering parodies of well-known songs to suit her man-chasing personality. A culinary enthusiast, she has also been seen whipping up specialties on the Food Network ("Ready Set Cook" and "Chef du jour").
John Rubinstein is an actor, director, composer, singer, and teacher. He was born in Los Angeles, California in 1946, the same year his father, the renowned Polish-born concert pianist Arthur Rubinstein, became an American citizen. He is the youngest of four children. His sister Eva danced and acted on Broadway, creating the role of Margo in the original production of "The Diary of Anne Frank"; she later became an internationally known photographer. His brother Paul recently retired from his career as a stockbroker in New York; his sister Alina is a psychiatrist in Manhattan. John attended St. Bernard's School and Collegiate School in New York City, and then returned to Los Angeles in 1964 to study theater at UCLA. During his college years he began his professional career as an actor, appearing in 1965 with Howard Keel in Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot" in San Carlos and Anaheim; playing a role in the Civil War film "Journey to Shiloh"; and starting his long list of television appearances in shows such as "The Virginian", "Dragnet", and "Room 222". It was also at UCLA that he began composing and orchestrating music: incidental music for theatrical plays, and a musical, "The Short and Turbulent Reign of Roger Ginzburg", with book and lyrics by David Colloff, that won the 1967 BMI Varsity Musical Award as Best Musical.
Rubinstein made his Broadway acting debut in 1972, and received a Theater World Award, for creating the title role in the musical "Pippin", directed by Bob Fosse. In 1980 he won the Tony, Drama Desk, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and Drama-Logue Awards for his portrayal of James Leeds in Mark Medoff's "Children Of A Lesser God", directed by Gordon Davidson. Other Broadway appearances were in Neil Simon's "Fools", and David Rabe's "Hurlyburly", both directed by Mike Nichols; Herman Wouk's "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial", which earned him another Drama Desk nomination; David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly"; "Getting Away With Murder", by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, directed by Jack O'Brien, and the musical "Ragtime", directed by Frank Galati. In 1987 he made his off-Broadway debut at the Roundabout Theater as Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead", with Stephen Lang and John Wood, and subsequently performed in "Urban Blight" and "Cabaret Verboten". In 2005 he received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, as well as nominations for both the Outer Critics' and Drama League Awards, for his portrayal of George Simon in Elmer Rice's "Counsellor-at-Law", directed by Dan Wackerman at the Pecadillo Theatre.
His appearances in regional theaters include the musicals "Camelot" (at various times as Tom of Warwick, Mordred, and King Arthur) and "South Pacific"; the role of Billy in David Rabe's "Streamers", Ariel in "The Tempest", Marchbanks in Shaw's "Candida", both Sergius and Bluntschli (alternating nights with Richard Thomas) in Shaw's "Arms And The Man", several roles in Arnold Weinstein's "Metamorphoses", directed by Paul Sills at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, "Sight Unseen" at L.A.'s Odyssey Theatre, "The Torch-Bearers" and "Our Town" at the Williamstown Theater Festival, Arthur Miller's "Broken Glass" at Monterey Peninsula College, and Warren Smith in "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" (in a 160-city National Tour). In 1985 He starred in "Merrily We Roll Along" at the La Jolla Playhouse, in a version newly re-written by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, directed by James Lapine. He was the original Andrew Ladd III in A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, opened the play in New York off-Broadway, and later performed it on Broadway, in San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. He created the role of Molina in "Kiss Of The Spider Woman", the musical by Terrence McNally, John Kander, and Fred Ebb, directed by Harold Prince, and the role of Kenneth Hoyle in Jon Robin Baitz's "Three Hotels". In 1997, he played Tateh in the American premiere run of the musical "Ragtime", by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty, and Lynn Ahrens, directed by Frank Galati, at the Shubert Theater in Los Angeles, receiving both an L. A. Drama Critics Circle nomination and a Drama-Logue Award as Best Actor in a Musical, and continued in the show both in Vancouver and on Broadway. He appeared opposite Donald Sutherland in Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's "Enigmatic Variations" at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, and at the Savoy Theatre in London's West End; played the Wizard of Oz in the hit musical "Wicked", by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz, directed by Joe Mantello, at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles for 18 months; and starred with John Schuck and Ken Page in the world premiere of a musical version of "Grumpy Old Men" in Winnipeg at the Manitoba Theatre Centre.
His 24 feature films include Atlas Shrugged Part II; Hello, I Must Be Going, which opened the 2012 Sundance Festival; 21 Grams; Red Dragon; Mercy; Another Stakeout; Someone To Watch Over Me; Daniel; The Boys From Brazil; Rome and Jewel; Choose Connor; Sublime; Jekyll; Kid Cop; Getting Straight; Zachariah; The Trouble with Girls; Journey To Shiloh; and The Car. He has acted in over 200 television films and series episodes, including Arthur Miller's "The American Clock" (CableAce Award Nomination), "Mrs. Harris", "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town", "Norma And Marilyn", "The Sleepwalker", "Working Miracles", "In My Daughter's Name", "Perry Mason", "Voices Within: The Lives Of Truddi Chase", "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles", "Skokie", "Movieola", "Roots: The Next Generations", and "A Howling In The Woods". He received an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Jeff Maitland III in the ABC series "Family", a role he played for five years; and he starred for two years with Jack Warden in the CBS series "Crazy Like A Fox". He has played recurring parts on "The Fosters", "Perception", "The Mentalist", "Desperate Housewives", "Parenthood", "No Ordinary Family", "Greek", "The Wizards of Waverly Place", "Dirty Sexy Money", "Day Break", "Angel", "The Guardian", "The Practice", "Star Trek: Enterprise", "Girlfriends", "Robocop: the Series", "The Young and the Restless", and "Barbershop."
Mr. Rubinstein has composed, orchestrated, and conducted the musical scores for five feature films, including Jeremiah Johnson (directed by Sidney Pollack) and The Candidate, (directed by Michael Ritchie), both starring Robert Redford; Paddy (with Milo O'Shea); The Killer Inside Me (with Stacy Keach); and Kid Blue (with Dennis Hopper); and for over 50 television films, among them the Peabody Award-winning "Amber Waves", "The Dollmaker" (starring Jane Fonda), "A Walton Wedding", "The Ordeal Of Patty Hearst", "Choices Of The Heart", and "Emily, Emily", as well as the weekly themes for "Family" and "China Beach".
He spent six years as host for the radio program "Carnegie Hall Tonight", broadcast on l80 stations in the United States and Canada, and two years as the keyboard player for the jazz-rock group Funzone. He has recorded over 100 audio books, including 25 of the best-selling Alex Delaware novels by Jonathan Kellerman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Independence Day" by Richard Ford, Tom Clancy's "Debt Of Honor" and "Op Center", and E. L. Doctorow's "City of God", "World's Fair", and "All The Time In The World".
In 1987, Rubinstein made his directorial debut at the Williamstown Theater Festival, staging Aphra Behn's "The Rover", with Christopher Reeve and Kate Burton; the following season he directed the first American-cast production of Christopher Hampton's "Les Liaisons Dangereuses", with Dwight Schultz and Dianne Wiest. Off-Broadway, he directed the New York premieres of "Phantasie", by Sybille Pearson, and "Nightingale", by Elizabeth Diggs; and the world premiere of A. R. Gurney's "The Old Boy", with Stephen Collins. At the Cape Playhouse in Massachusetts, he staged "Wait Until Dark", with Hayley Mills and William Atherton. For NYU, he directed productions of "The Three Sisters" and "Macbeth"; for UCLA, "Company"; and for USC, "Brigadoon", "Into The Woods", "On The Town", "City of Angels", and "The Most Happy Fella". In Los Angeles, at Interact Theatre Company, of which he has been a member since 1992, he co-directed and starred in the revival of Elmer Rice's Counsellor-At-Law, winning Drama-Logue Awards and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards in both categories, as well as Ovation Awards for Ensemble Acting and Sound Design; the production itself won 22 awards; he also directed and acted in Sondheim and Lapine's "Into The Woods" and "A Little Night Music", and Meredith Willson's "The Music Man", and also directed Sheridan's "The Rivals" and Frank Loesser's "Guys and Dolls". For television, he directed the CBS Schoolbreak Special "A Matter Of Conscience", which won the Emmy Award for Best Children's Special in 1990, an episode of the CBS series "Nash Bridges", the ABC AfterSchool Special miniseries "Summer Stories", and three episodes of the TV series "High Tide".
In 2011, Rubinstein provided commentary for the online web-casting of the XIVth International Tchaikovsky Competition, a classical music competition held in Moscow. He teaches courses in musical theater audition and acting for the camera, and directs the annual spring musical, at the University of Southern California.
His most rewarding experience has been participating in the lives of his five children: Jessica, Michael, Peter, Jacob, and Max.
Following regional theater appearances in Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Grease, Texas native Ellen Marlow moved to New York City at the age of eleven to create the lead role of Jemima Potts in the Broadway production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In addition to making numerous public singing appearances in support of Chitty such as Broadway on Broadway and Broadway in Bryant Park, Ellen has also performed the National Anthem at various sporting events in Texas and New York. While in New York, Ellen also gained experience in front of the camera when she appeared as "Young Fiona" in the motion picture, Quid Pro Quo which will be released in 2007. At age 13, Ellen relocated to Los Angeles where she continues to develop her career in film, television, theater and music.
Ellen's first love is music and she appreciates a wide range of styles from hip-hop and rock to Broadway show tunes. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys spending time with her older brother J.R. and visiting family, friends and her beloved golden retriever Rudy back in Texas.
Pickering got his first acting role at the of age 8 appearing in "Oliver Twist" as the Artful Dodger in a community playhouse in Garforth, Leeds. He appeared in numerous productions with this amateur company, St Marys Youth Theatre in shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story. Aswell as the amateur company in Leeds, Marc was also a member of the Northern Theatre Company in Hull. This is where he trained in Jazz and Tap. He continued to take part in shows such as Chicago, Rocky Horror Show, The King and I, Little Shop of Horrors, Oklahoma and many more. During his time at Northern theatre, where he continued to take part in productions until he left for drama school, he got accepted into the National Youth Music Theatre. At the age of 10 he traveled up country every year for 4 years performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The shows with NYMT included Tin Pan Ali, The Ragged Child, Wizard of OZ and Bugsy Malone which ended up getting a transfer to the Queens Theatre in London, making it Marcs West end Debut. He then Got offered the part of Young Masbath in Sleepy hollow with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. The producers of the film got in touch with ICM who have been his agent now for 8 years. Marc then went back to school to do his GCSEs and continued to perform for the Northern Theatre company. He then went to College and did his A levels. During College he filmed Calendar Girls and the Queen of Shebas pearls. Marc then went to the Guildford School of Acting and Graduated in July 2006. Since then he continues to performed in Television, Film and Stage.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Katherine "Kate" Kendall spent most of her early life in the South. When she was in the second grade, she and her family moved to Washington D.C., where her parents, Syd and Kay, worked for the Carter Administration. Katherine has three siblings - one brother, Syd, the bassist of Les Savy Fav and "French Kiss" Record Label Director, one half-sister, Mallory, who is 9-years-old, and one half-brother, Shane, who is 3- years-old.
Katherine spent seven years training with the Washington Ballet, where she was "Clara" in the "Nutcracker" and spent her summers in New York, dancing at the School of American Ballet. In 1990, she went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts to study acting. She won the Charles Jellinger Award in 1992. She took on challenging roles in Carol Churchill's "Top Girls" and Marsha Norman's "Getting Out". In 1995, she moved to Los Angeles and studied with Sharon Chatten and Jeffrey Tambor.
Her most memorable roles have been as "Lisa" (the Wizard of Oz Dorothy-themed waitress) in Doug Liman's Swingers, Jason Priestley's "mate for life" in Beverly Hills, 90210, and Blythe Danner's daughter in Marcus Spiegel's The Farmhouse aka "Eye of the Storm" (1998). In 2001, she lived and worked in China for nine months on a series called Flatland, produced by Albert S. Ruddy (Million Dollar Baby). Here, working with Dennis Hopper, she became inspired to pursue photography, which she continues to this day.
Kendall also produced, choreographed, designed, and acted in a musical that her best friend, Heather Reed (Murmurs) wrote and directed called, "Dear Bernard". It ran in Los Angeles in the spring and summer of 2004 to rave reviews.
Kendall currently resides in West Hollywood, where she also teaches dance to children.
Gwynyth Walsh was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada but was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Walsh earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta and started her career appearing on stage, across Canada and in the United States, in many classics, including. For William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing", she won a Dramalogue Award in the Best Actress Category for her portrayal of Beatrice. She is perhaps best remembered for the recurring role of the Klingon B'Etor, sister of Lursa, from the House of Duras in all the versions of Star Trek, except Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. She also appeared in the feature length film Star Trek: Generations. Only in the Star Trek: Voyager episode Random Thoughts, did she not play the Klingon B'Etor. In 1993, Walsh starred in the psychological thriller The Crush, where her husband was played by Kurtwood Smith.
In 1998, Gwynyth began another role she is also well-remembered for, Dr. Patricia Da Vinci (City of Vancouver Coroner's Pathologist), ex-wife of the title character, Dominic Da Vinci, in the award-winning Da Vinci's Inquest. In 2002, she appeared in the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries Taken, with Matt Frewer, Anton Yelchin, Rob LaBelle and Brian Markinson. She has been in many popular dramas and sci-fi series, in Canada and the United States, such as Stargate SG-1, Supernatural and Smallville. In 2006, she played Esther Heyman in the well-regarded A&E film about the ill-fated 9-11 Flight 93. The same year, she played a role in the critically-acclaimed Commander in Chief, starring Geena Davis as The President. The next year, she appeared in the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries Tin Man, a retelling of "The Wizard of Oz". She continues to stay busy, both on stage and on camera and seems to be in demand in Canadian television. She divides her time between Los Angeles and Vancouver.
1994 Olympic GOLD Medalist & 1993 World Champion, Ladies Figure Skating.
When Oksana Baiul was three years old, she received her first pair of ice skates from her Grandfather. By just seven years old, she already won her first competition. The Ukrainian Figure Skating Federation immediately took notice of her unique, natural balletic artistry on the ice.
In 1994, at barely 16 years old, the world watched literally (Oksana Baiul holds the record for most watched Olympic performance in history) as Oksana captivated our hearts & won the Olympic Gold Medal, proving that she is the Best in the World! Contrary to the false tales spun by a former coach and others to the media claiming to have financially supported Oksana prior to 1994, in fact Oksana was by 1993 already unknowingly a very wealthy teenager with her own apartment, having won GOLD at the 1993 World Championship, headlined the ISU European Tour and being contracted by Tom Collins to co-headline his 1993 Tour of World Figure Skating Champions sold out 43 US cities tour. In 1994, Oksana was brought to the United States, was signed to William Morris Talent Agency, turned professional, toured and performed nonstop for 8 years and Barbara Walter's named her "One of the 10 Most Fascinating Personalities of 1994".
Born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, she was an only child of parents Sergei and Marina Baiul who divorced when she was two. Her mother and her grandparents raised Oksana. When Oksana was 10, her grandparents died. Tragically, three years later at 13, her mother died of ovarian cancer.
Prior to and since her victory in Lillehammer, Oksana headlined figure skating tours non-stop from 1993 to 2003 in figure skating tours and competitions in the United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, North Korea, South Korea, China, Ukraine, Russia and many more including AEG's Champions on Ice and Smucker's Stars On Ice.
Oksana's life story was depicted in the Hallmark & CBS produced movie, "A Promise Kept: The Oksana Baiul Story". Oksana has published two NYT Best Selling books, Secrets of Skating/Oksana Baiul; Oksana, My Own Story. Oksana has been profiled in several televised bio specials including Lifetime and A&E's Networks. In 1996, Oksana also launched "OKSANA: Jewels On Ice" and "Oksana: Ice Crystals" her jewelry collections, which sold-out on QVC and in turn was made available with major US luxury department stores. Oksana Baiul has headlined more than 900 live performances touring the globe, a part of over 150 headlining television and movie performances (Nutcracker on Ice, Wizard of Oz on Ice, CBS Sports Olympic Winterfest, Goodwill Games) and more than 300 television appearances.
In 2002, Oksana also launched her clothing line, the Oksana Baiul Collection, the most successful independently owned Figure Skating Apparel line, created and designed by Oksana herself which is re-launching and expanding in 2013. In 2003, Oksana returned to her hometown of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine and her heartfelt story was featured on ABC's 20/20 and featured in People Magazine. During 2005 to 2009 Oksana also headlined a Moscow Red Square TV special, starred in an off Broadway theatrical show "Cold As Ice" earning her performance critical acclaim, while dedicating the majority of her time to philanthropic endeavors benefiting children. Oksana, the only figure skater to become a globally known household name and cross over to be considered a true entertainer, has graced the covers of over 50 media publications globally and endorsed products such as ICON Fitness' HealthRider and Lifeway's KEFIR. During the last seven years Oksana has also taken on a few acting roles making appearances on television series' (Arli$$, Strong Medicine), supporting roles in movies (Cutting Edge II), and stared as lead judge on ABC's prime-time reality show "Master of Champions".
Oksana Baiul, nicknamed the "Queen of the Ice" and the "Swan of Odessa", who partnered with Entertainment Producer, Investor and Philanthropist Carlo J. Farina, can be found on the ice training in Philadelphia preparing for her upcoming return to performing in 2013, writing her highly-anticipated autobiography, developing her first headlining global tour commencing in 2014 and expanding her career as a co-Producer of the tour in addition to two Television specials, while also designing and re-launching the OKSANA BAIUL Collection encompassing figure skating apparel, ready to wear, accessories and her jewelry line.
Nipsey Russell was born in Atlanta Georgia in 1918. Russell got his start in Rock and Roll and other music reviews in the 1950s. In the 1960s Russell achieved his first major role as Officer Anderson in Car 54, Where Are You?. After being on the show for a year Russell was a mainstay on variety shows, appearing on Laugh-In, The Dean Martin Comedy Hour, the Jackie Gleason Show, among many others. Russell also appeared in so many small shows in the 1960s as an always unique personality that would liven up almost any program. As the 1970s approached Nipsey Russell became a popular game show panelist, appearing mostly on To Tell The Truth, Match Game PM, and many others. Nipsey was known as Television's Poet Laurete. On such shows like The Tonight Show, and many other very popular talk shows of the day.
Nipsey's film roles have been remarkably scarce, but will always be remembered for his role of the Tin Man in the 1978 remake of the Wizard of Oz, The Wiz. The movie was a box office failure, but since the movie has been considered a cult classic. But Russell's skill cannot be weighed by his television and movie appearances. He is an accomplished actor and singer on stage. Russell has been on Broadway for many years, and still appears to be going strong on stage.
Aynsley Bubbico was born in Stamford and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. She attended private school in New Canaan, CT where she began acting in school plays, and starred in numerous productions throughout high school. An accomplished singer, upon graduating from high school Aynsley performed as a featured soloist at the "American Singer's Seminar" in Breckenridge Colorado at the Breckenridge Music Festival. Aynsley went on to study acting at Syracuse University, and while still a student, she garnered her membership to the Actors Equity Association in productions of "Amadeus" and "The Wizard of Oz" at Syracuse Stage.
Sarah Patricia Helen Fisher was born January 19, 1993 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Sarah is best known for her role as Becky Baker on Degrassi TNG. She studies acting at the Dean Armstrong School of Acting in Toronto and pursues vocal training with Elaine Overholt and Kim Briggs. Sarah's first roles were in musical productions of Mama Mia, Grease and The Wizard of Oz. Becky Baker was her first television role.