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Overview (4)

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Birth NameMelissa Suzanne George
Nicknames Mel
Gorgeous George
Height 5' 7¼" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The second of four children, Australian actress Melissa George was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1976. The daughter of Pamela, a nurse, and Glenn George, a construction worker, Melissa initially expressed interest in various forms of dance rather than acting. During her childhood, George studied tap, ballet, and jazz, later transitioning into professional rollerskating - similar to figure skating on ice.

By age 16, George had won several awards at various National Rollerskating Championships in Australia, and subsequently began modeling after dropping out of high school. George met a casting agent while doing modeling work, and was given a role on the popular Australian soap opera Home and Away (1988); George moved to Sydney and worked on the show for three years until deciding to pursue other projects.

In 1996, George left Australia and moved to Los Angeles in search of bigger roles. She garnered various supporting parts in films such as Dark City (1998) and Steven Soderbergh's crime thriller The Limey (1999), before landing a key part in David Lynch's acclaimed neo noir mystery film, Mulholland Drive (2001). While in Bali in 1998, George met future husband, Chilean filmmaker Claudio Dabed; the two were married in late 2000.

The early 2000s would have George playing bit parts in several American television shows, including Friends (1994) and Monk (2002), ultimately landing a recurring role on the hit Alias (2001) alongside Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan. Through the later part of the decade, George had roles in various horror and thriller films, beginning with the 2005 version of The Amityville Horror (2005), as well as the commercially-successful thriller Derailed (2005) alongside Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston and Vincent Cassel.

George finished the decade with several more horror films, including Turistas (2006) and 30 Days of Night (2007), as well as independent horror titles such as The Killing Gene (2007), The Betrayed (2008) and Triangle (2009). George was also active in television work, landing a role on the popular medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2005). Her greatest critical success would come with a role on In Treatment (2008), playing the love interest of Gabriel Byrne, which would garner her a Golden Globe nomination in 2009.

Though a veteran of television in both Australia and the United States, George has achieved considerable success in her film career, which has hardly spanned over a decade.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Claudio Dabed (22 September 2000 - 12 October 2012) ( divorced)

Trivia (31)

Former stepdaughter, Martina Dabed, was born in 1995.
Was an Australian national champion in rollerskating. She won bronze medals in the National Championships in 1989 and 1990 and a silver medal at the Junior World Championship in 1991.
Dropped out of high school at age 16.
Best friends with Rachel Blanchard.
Met her future now ex-husband Claudio Dabed on June 20, 1998, in Bali.
Ex-husband Claudio Dabed is Chilean.
Named Western Australia's teenage model of the year (1992).
Studied in Warwick Senior High School.
She's the second of four children.
Her parents are Pamela (a nurse) and Glenn George (a construction worker).
She has two sisters named Marnie and Kate and one brother named Brett.
Divides her time between New York City and Paris.
Was in a relationship with Jean-David Blanc from 2011 to 2016. They have two sons together.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 37, a son Raphaël Blanc on February 6, 2014. Child's father is her now ex-boyfriend, Jean-David Blanc.
U.S. producers were so taken by her recurring guest role on TV's The Good Wife (2009), that she was asked to stay on during her pregnancy, with the series storyline specifically adapted to accommodate her growing bump.
She describes her French as "passable" - and says it's "getting better day by day".
Returned to work 2 weeks after giving birth to her son Raphael, in order to begin filming an untitled TV pilot, alongside Katie Holmes, which didn't get picked up later.
(June 5, 2015) Expecting her 2nd child with her boyfriend (now ex-boyfriend) Jean-David Blanc.
Became an American citizen in 2008.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 39, a son Solal Samuel Glenn Blanc on November 3, 2015. Child's father is her now ex-boyfriend, Jean-David Blanc.
In 1997, Melissa appeared topless in the Australian Playboy.
Melissa was a huge Grey's Anatomy (2005) fan, even before joining the cast for the show.
Melissa learned a bit of Portuguese for the movie, Turistas (2006).
Melissa claims that she was a class clown in high school.
Melissa is a talented roller skater who took home bronze medals in national competitions in 1989 and 1990 and a silver medal in 1991.
Melissa described her role in the psychological thriller, Triangle (2009), as one of the most difficult roles she has performed.
Melissa made it to the list of Who magazine's World's Sexiest People of 2008.
Melissa George became the first celebrity to imprint her hands into Walk of Fame of Warner Bros. Movie World in Gold Coast, Australia. She signed it "Love always, Melissa George, 2008" in August 2008, while she was filming Triangle (2009).
She watched a 72-year-old man in Paris undergo heart surgery in the lead up to her new role on the NBC medical drama, Heartbeat (2016).
Was named one of People's 2016 World's Most Beautiful.
The only person to appear in both the original Australian version of The Slap (2011) and its American remake, The Slap (2015).

Personal Quotes (9)

The great thing about film is you start and finish. It's a journey that lasts so long, TV lasts a long time.
The part I enjoy about acting is just having that imagination, taking your mind to a place that you wouldn't normally necessarily go to.
[on her film Sugar & Spice (2001)] Huge party, from the day we started until we wrapped in Minneapolis. We'd all go to coffee in the morning and we became best friends. We were so excited to be in an all-girl film. It was one big shopping spree. They put us in this hotel across from a shopping mall, and we were often late for work!
No matter what the character is, I just say to myself "If I, Melissa George, was in that situation, how would I react?" and once you do that you can just go for it, and hopefully the performance comes through.
I don't need credibility from my country any more, I just need them all to be quiet. If they have nothing intelligent to say, please don't speak to me any more. I'd rather be having a croissant and an espresso in Paris or walking my French bulldog in New York City.

I've never spoken out about it because I have to be the loyal good Aussie, who goes away and comes home.

But I'm a really hard-working woman and people have to respect me for what I've done ... my next call will be to Home and Away (1988) to ask them to pay me because nobody does more promotion for that f***ing show than me.
[on her getting back to shape pretty quick after giving birth] This is a good message for women: If you've had a baby, really take time out [and breastfeed]. Not only does it shrink your uterus back into shape very fast, it also keeps a layer of fat around your midriff, which you need to feed. You do not diet when you're breastfeeding. And don't eat for two. That's what a doctor in Paris told me: 'In France, we eat for one, not two.'
I come home and pay my taxes and work - I'm very much a proud Australian. When all this came out, my father called me and said, "That's my girl". He's an amazing man - he raised three very strong girls. That's what I'm defined by - not a payroll I was on in 1993. [Home and Away (1988)] was a difficult time for me. I was very young, I was taken away from my family, barely 16. I was working 20 hours a day, getting paid very little. It was hard. Since then, I've bought my own properties, become an independent woman. And I've made Australian productions every year.
[on her split from previous husband, Chilean director Claudio Dabed] I was the one who went out to work, I was the one who did every single thing in the relationship.
[on watching the heart operation of a 72-year-old man at a hospital in Paris in the lead up to her new role on NBC medical drama, Heartbeat (2016)] Usually you're up in the observation deck but this time the doctor said 'scrub in and come and assist me.' And so I stood on my feet, next to the surgeon, for almost eight hours and the patient was prepped and when they pulled out that saw, I looked at him and said: 'you're not going to cut him open are you?' and he just said, 'well how else am I going to get to the heart?' And it was, you know, spectacular - it made me want to cry. I waited until they closed him up, then had to rush home and shower because I was covered in bone dust and then I had to go from there to the Christian Dior fashion show. I sat there and looked at everyone in the front row and I could see their hearts beating through their shirts. Hours before I had a heart in my hand with this doctor and I thought 'I know what every single one of you looks like on the inside'. If teenagers could watch open-heart surgery and see the beauty of a heart ... to know, if you look after that heart, eating well and exercising, every teenager, every person should see that so they know (hearts) are the most beautiful part of your anatomy ... it's pretty amazing.

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