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Overview (4)

Born in Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
Birth NameLucille Francis Ryan
Nicknames Unco, short for Uncoordinated
Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (1)

New Zealand icon Lucy Lawless is most known for her role as "Xena the Warrior Princess". Lucy is married to producer Rob Tapert (Robert Gerard Tapert) and resides in New Zealand. They have two sons, Julius Robert Bay Tapert and Judah Miro Tapert, who were both born in New Zealand. Lucy also has a daughter, Daisy Lawless, from her first marriage to Garth Lawless.

Lucy was born Lucille Frances Ryan in Mount Albert, Auckland, to Julie, a teacher, and Frank Ryan, a banker and the city's mayor. She was awarded an Order of Merit in the New Zealand Queen's Birthday Honor List in June 2004. Lucy, whose role as "Xena in Xena: Warrior Princess" made her a cult television star, has been involved with the Starship Foundation and has held a role on its board of trustees. She was awarded the Order of Merit for services to entertainment and the community.

In 1995, Lucy landed the role of "Xena: Warrior Princess" in the show, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995), in a three-story arc, that led to her own spin-off show, Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), for six seasons.

Whilst she has been primarily known for her role on "Xena: Warrior Princess", Lucy has also appeared in the classic TV series, Battlestar Galactica (2004), in the semi-regular role of "D'anna Biers", among her other many and varied roles, including the hit Adam Sandler movie, Bedtime Stories (2008). Lucy was also in several made-for-TV movies including: Locusts (2005) and Vampire Bats (2005). She also lent her voice to the straight-to-video movies: Justice League: The New Frontier (2008) and Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight (2008). During 2011, Lucy appeared in the "No Ordinary Family" as the mysterious "Mrs. X" and also appeared in the prequel to Spartacus (2010), Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011) and "Spartacus Vengeance" as "Lucretia".

Her most recent role was "Caroline Platt" in Jane Campion's Top of the Lake (2013), a BBC Mini-Series in New Zealand, with Holly Hunter and Elisabeth Moss.

She played the recurring character of "Diane Lewis" on NBC's Parks and Recreation (2009), and "Velma Kelly" in the Auckland Theatre Company's adaptation of "Chicago: The Musical", the latter from 1-24 November, 2013.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Valeo Entertainment

Spouse (2)

Rob Tapert (28 March 1998 - present) ( 2 children)
Garth Lawless (1988 - 1995) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Silvery blue eyes
The role of Xena in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995) and Xena: Warrior Princess (1995)

Trivia (22)

In 1997 was chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
In October 1996 she fractured her pelvis after falling from a horse while practicing a scene for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) .
In 1991 studied drama at the William Davis Center for Actors Study under William B. Davis.
Suffered a miscarriage immediately following the filming of the last episode of Xena: Warrior Princess (1995). She considered canceling the appearance she was going to make with her "Xena" partner, Renée O'Connor (Gabrielle), at a fan convention. However, she decided to show up despite the tragic event just a few days earlier, even though Renee was six months pregnant with her first baby.
Sister-in-law of Mary Beth Tapert.
Wanted to be an opera singer until she was 16, then learned they have a strict diet and were not allowed to stay out all night. After that she changed her mind, but still sings. Her vocal range was alto.
Speaks German, French, some Italian.
Owns a holiday house at Taupo on the shores of Lake Taupo, New Zealand.
Asked by Peter Jackson to audition for the role of "Galadriel" in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), but declined because her pregnancy would stall production.
A natural ash blonde, she colored her hair black for Xena: Warrior Princess (1995).
Said that her partner at Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), Renée O'Connor, has been one of the few people who have joined her true friends from youth. As an example, she invited her to her wedding with Rob Tapert. They also act together on conventions stages.
Was offered the role of "Ellen Tigh" in Battlestar Galactica (2004), but refused. That role was played by Kate Vernon and the scriptwriters created another role for her, the evil "D'anna Biers".
Awarded the New Zealand Order Of Merit (NZOM), Queen's Birthday Honours 2004, for services to NZ entertainment and the community.
Member of the Starship Foundation board of trustees since 2000. Starship is NZ's main children's hospital.
A vocal supporter of gay rights, she is considered something of a gay icon. After the cancellation of Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), she said she considered her character a lesbian. Since that time she has also worked to support equal protections for gay and lesbian couples, including protesting Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian couples of the right to wed in California.
The dwarf planet Eris was originally informally named Xena, with its moon nicknamed Gabrielle (after Xena's sidekick). The official names, Eris and Dysnomia, refer to Greek goddesses associated with lawlessness.
Gave birth to her first child at age 20, daughter Daisy Lawless, on July 15, 1988. Child's father is her first husband, Garth Lawless.
Gave birth to her second child at age 31, son Julius Robert Bay Tapert ,on October 16, 1999. Child's father is her second husband, Rob Tapert.
Gave birth to her third child at age 34, son Judah Miro Tapert, on May 7, 2002. Child's father is her second husband, Rob Tapert.
Says she had "no regrets" about boarding and preventing an oil-drilling ship from leaving a New Zealand dock in 2012, for which she was arrested. She pleaded guilty on June 14, 2012, to trespass charges.
Sadly suffered a miscarriage between her second and third child.
According to the book "The Evil Dead Companion", she was horrified by The Evil Dead (1981) and wondered what kind of people could make such a movie. Not only did she end up working with these same people, since Sam Raimi later created Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995) and Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), she ultimately married one of them, producer Rob Tapert.

Personal Quotes (8)

Treat everyone the same until you find out they're an idiot.
Usually? I don't even consider myself usually. Soccer mom, that's what I consider myself. Yeah, I think I'm a funny person. I started out in comedy. You know, I remember the moment I realized the value of comedy [ . . . ] I was eight years old and I was sitting in class and I realized that if I just acted really stupid, I could get away with a lot of stuff. And it would defuse a lot of tension and the teachers would focus on you. I just found out the value of being a funny dunce at times.
I don't take business seriously, I take acting seriously. I take my job really seriously, but a lot of the job is not about acting, but I don't take business seriously.
We live at the edge of the world, so we live on the edge. Kiwis will always sacrifice money and security for adventure and challenge.
My plan is to shock people with what I can do, because I've got a few sides to me that I've never used on screen.
I am waiting for a sign that will indicate to me what meaning I must give to my life, but right now my existence is satisfactory.
For the first time in my life, I put my body and reputation on the line to stand up for my beliefs and do the right thing. I hope I've encouraged other people to do the same.
I was black-and-blue for about two years, but it's paid off tremendously. You know, if you get enough whacks, your reflexes pick up, and I've become quite good--if somebody throws keys or something, I can catch them.

Salary (1)

Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) NZ$1.5M/Episode

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