Edit
Robia Scott Poster

Biography

Jump to: Overview (3)  | Mini Bio (2)  | Spouse (1)  | Trivia (12)  | Personal Quotes (2)

Overview (3)

Born in Queens, New York, USA
Birth NameRobia Brett LaMorte
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Born on July 7, 1970, in Queens, New York, Robia LaMorte was taking dance instruction before she was ten years old. From that moment on she became a workaholic, practicing every day for hours, even in the backyard. Her big break could have come with her role as a young Victoria Principal in Mistress (1987), but the producers edited her part out of the film. Her main breakthrough came in 1991, when she was picked by Prince to dance with him for the "Diamonds and Pearls" album. A single from the album went to #1 and Robia was pictured on the cover.

In 1994 she appeared in the independent feature The Pros & Cons of Breathing (1993). Later on came a role in Spawn (1997) and, even more importantly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: jbjbcme@hotmail.com

Robia LaMorte was born in Queens, New York and grew up in the Florida Keys. At the age of twelve she moved with her family to Los Angeles, California.

Soon thereafter she saw the movie Flashdance (1983), and her life was forever changed. She immediately began to pursue a career as a dancer and began taking jazz, ballet and tap classes after school.

Robia was accepted to attend The Los Angeles County High School For The Arts as a dance major their first year in operation in Los Angeles. She left the school after one year to fulfill a full dance scholarship at the prestigious Dupree Dance Academy in Hollywood.

At the age of sixteen Robia began to work professionally. Her first job was the music video "Shake Your Love" by Debbie Gibson. You can see her looking very "Flashdance-esque" with her big 80s, ala Jennifer Beals permed hair!

Robia went on to appear in more than thirty music videos before Prince pursued her to play the role of "Pearl" on his hit album "Diamonds & Pearls."

She toured Europe with Prince and The Pet Shop Boys and also traveled extensively doing dance fashion shows with companies such as Reebok, Puma and Adidas.

At the age of twenty-two, Robia hung up her dance shoes and retired. She decided the next logical move would be acting. She began by doing television commercials before landing her first role as Jason Priestley's girlfriend on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990).

She went on to guest star on shows like The Sentinel (1996), The Pretender (1996) and Time of Your Life (1999), before she was hired to play "Jenny Calendar" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996).

After three seasons on "Buffy", Robia recurred on the WB show Rescue 77 (1999) and filmed several independent films such as 12 Stops on the Road to Nowhere (1999) and _Pomegranate (2001)_.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: David W. Crenshaw (official bio provided with permission)

Spouse (1)

James Proctor (22 May 2010 - present) ( 1 child)

Trivia (12)

Studied at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts before receiving a full scholarship to study dance at the Dupree Dance Academy in Hollywood. She began dancing at the age of 12 after becoming inspired by the film Flashdance (1983), and was a professional dancer by the age of 16.
Spent several years traveling around the world as a dancer on tour with Prince.
Her surname, "LaMorte", means "the dead one" in French, and, due to its correspondence with the female form of the noun, can literally be translated as "the dead woman".
When she was asked to return to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996) for the season 3 episode Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Amends (1998), she agreed before even reading the script. However, she was unaware that as her character was being used as a pawn by the First Evil, she would essentially be playing a character who was the equivalent of Satan. As a devout Christian, she felt very uncomfortable with this, and though she honored her contract, she does not believe it was her best performance. She has since said that she would have been willing to return to the series again for further episodes, but she was never approached.
She was brought up as a Roman Catholic and spent much of her early adulthood as part of the New Age Movement. However, during the summer of 1997, when Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996) was on hiatus between its first and second seasons, she became a born-again Christian following several life events, which included an encounter with Christian bikers on a California freeway.
Following the death of her character Jenny Calendar on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996), she returned for two more episodes to play other characters manifesting themselves as Jenny. The first was in the season 2 finale, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Becoming: Part 2 (1998), when Drusilla assumes the form of Jenny in order to fool Giles into revealing critical information. Her final appearance was in the season 3 episode Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Amends (1998), when the First Evil takes the form of Jenny, as well as some of Angel's other victims, in order to trick him into murdering Buffy.
She spends much of her time attending fan conventions, as well as ministering and preaching the Gospel. She is still very active in the entertainment business, frequently appearing in television commercials. [October 2004]
Appeared in an informercial for the Voom HD television service. [February 2005]
In April 2006, she appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, where she announced that she has retired from acting and is focusing on full-time Christian ministry and counseling.
After being paired with dancer Lori Werner, the pair became known as "Diamond and Pearl" and were eventually dancers for Prince. She and Werner appear on the cover of Prince's album Diamonds and Pearls, and are featured in the music videos for the album's singles "Cream", "Gett Off", "Strollin'", as well as its title track, "Diamonds and Pearls".
An accomplished dancer, she has appeared in over thirty music videos. The first music video she appeared in was for Debbie Gibson's single "Shake Your Love".
Has a daughter named Gemma (b. 2011).

Personal Quotes (2)

(Regarding her best known role as Jenny Calendar on Buffy the Vampire Slayer): Jenny is such a great role! It's wonderful to play a character who is smart, sexy and funny. Really good writing is so rare and Buffy just gets it all right. It's the kind of role I've dreamed of since I started my career.
I started working professionally at 16 and was blessed to have a great career. I was traveling around the world and working with amazing people when I was far too young to really appreciate it! Working with Prince was the icing on the cake. I realized that I had achieved most of what there was to achieve as a dancer and wanted to leave dance at the top of my game. Acting seemed like the next logical step.

See also

Other Works |  Publicity Listings |  Official Sites

View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro Pro Name Page Link

Contribute to This Page


Recently Viewed