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    Lauren Pope

    Lauren Pope (born 1983) is a British model and actress. Pope grew up in Torquay Devon with her parents and two sisters. After moving to Cyprus when she was 18, she then came back and relocated to London with her sister. She saw and entered a competition in the Daily Star, then started appearing in Page Three. Pope first made began making headlines when she was seen with British Monarch Prince Harry and was alleged to be his "girlfriend". Since then she has been linked to dating other celebrities, most notably the english soccer player Peter Crouch. Since then she has appeared in publications such as Zoo Weekly and posed for FHM; she is often seen posing in these magazines with Natalie Denning. She has posed for Playboy TV in the UK. Pope is currently filming the movie Clubbing to Death with Nick Moran, Huey Morgan & Dave Courtney, due for release in 2007. Source:Wikipedia
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    Malin Akerman

    Malin Akerman (born Malin Maria Åkerman on May 12, 1978) is an actress, model and singer. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, her family moved to Canada when she was two years old. At the age of 17 she won the Ford Supermodel of Canada search. After a career in modeling, she turned to acting and now resides in California, U.S.A.. She has had roles in several films, including The Utopian Society (2003) with Sam Doumit and Austin Nichols and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004). She has made several TV guest appearances and in 2005 she got the role as Juna in the HBO series The Comeback. She has also appeared on The Showbiz Show with David Spade as a correspondant and in the third season of HBO series Entourage in the role of "Tori." Also, she is the lead singer of a rock band named "Ozono," who later changed their name to "The Petalstones". Source:Wikipedia
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    Diana Gartner

    Born: 22 January Where: Frankfurt, Germany Height: 180 cm Bust: 81 cm Waist: 61 cm Hips: 89 cm Additional information Discovered one day by an agent from Metropolitan Modeling in a pizzeria on Paris, blond hair, blue eyed Diana Gartner decided to take a chance on modeling and her chance paid off. Her first modeling job was in a L'Oreal hair commercial and she has worked steadily since that time. Diana considers an education a top priority and while she appreciates the opportunities that have come her way, she is glad fate presented her career when it did, as she believes modeling before getting an education may have been a mistake. Diana currently resides in Paris where she likes to wander the city. However as the possessor of a motorcycle license, she hopes to someday add riding her motorcycle to her list of things to do in her off-time. For now though, this enthusiastic twenty year old has had to put aside her hobbies which include reading and ballet in favor of spending her all-too-frequent time doing one thing--"just being lazy".
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    Giada De Laurentiis

    Giada De Laurentiis (IPA: ['dʒaːda 'de lau'reːntis]) (born August 22, 1970) is an Italian-American chef and the current host of the Food Network programs Everyday Italian, Behind the Bash and Giada's Weekend Getaways. In addition to her regular shows, De Laurentiis has appeared on several Food Network specials and is the founder of a catering business called GDL Foods. Personal life De Laurentiis was born in Rome, Italy, the daughter of Veronica De Laurentiis and Alex De Benedetti, and moved to Southern California when she was seven. She is the granddaughter of film producer Dino De Laurentiis and Silvana Mangano, a noted Italian actress of her day. She graduated from Marymount High School and holds a bachelor's degree in social anthropology from UCLA (1996). In 2003, she married Todd Thompson, a clothing designer for the Anthropologie company. The two had been dating since 1991. Career De Laurentiis, a self-proclaimed chocoholic, studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France with aspirations of becoming a pastry chef. After returning to the United States, she became a professional chef working in several Los Angeles restaurants, notably the Wolfgang Puck-owned Spago. She later worked in food styling and was contacted by the Food Network after doing a piece in Food & Wine Magazine in 2001. Her cooking program, Everyday Italian, has been broadcast on the Food Network since 2003. She admitted that she did not feel comfortable in front of the camera when she started hosting Everyday Italian, but now enjoys being a television personality. When the show first aired, the Food Network received emails accusing the network of hiring a model or actress pretending to cook instead of a real chef. De Laurentiis began hosting Behind The Bash, in October 2005, which explores the catering process behind big event extravaganzas such as the Grammys. On a November 2006 episode of Iron Chef America, she and Bobby Flay faced off against, and were defeated by, Rachael Ray and Mario Batali. In January 2007, a third De Laurentiis-hosted show, the travelogue Giada's Weekend Getaways debuted on the Food Network. On this show, she travels to a featured locale (such as Seattle, South Beach, San Francisco, Napa or Jackson Hole, Wyoming) and visits her favorite culinary finds. De Laurentiis is the current spokesperson for the pasta manufacturer Barilla. Publications She wrote her first cookbook, Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes, in 2005 to accompany her similarly titled Food Network show, Everyday Italian. Her second cookbook, Giada's Family Dinners, was released on April 4, 2006. She is releasing a third cookbook, Everyday Pasta on April 3, 2007. Source:Wikipedia
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    Taylor Swift

    Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American country music singer-songwriter. At only 16 years of age, she released a self titled album, Taylor Swift. The debut single from this album, "Tim McGraw," peaked at #6 on the Billboard's Hot Country Songs in 2007. She recently released another single, entitled "Teardrops On My Guitar", which debuted at #46 and currently ranks at #26. ==Biography== Swift was born in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania in 1989 and had musical influences in her life from an early age. Her maternal grandmother was a professional opera singer and was one of her key inspirations in her musical career during her early life. At the age of ten, Swift began to perform around her hometown, singing at karaoke contests, festivals, and fairs. Her first exposure to the music business consisted of recording demo tapes at a studio. When Swift was eleven, she sang the national anthem at a Philadelphia 76ers game. At twelve, she gained interest in the guitar and began to write songs. During this time she also took trips with her family to Nashville, Tennessee, to perform her music. In Nashville she wrote songs with local songwriters. Swift moved to Hendersonville, Tennessee with her family in 2003. When she performed at a local restaurant called the Bluebird Cafe, she caught the attention of Scott Borchetta. Borchetta wanted to put her on his new label called Big Machine Records, which is partially owned by country music star Toby Keith. Professional career Swift's first single, "Tim McGraw", was released to radio in Summer of 2006.The video debuted in July 2006 on Great American Country. On October 24, 2006, her self-titled CD was released. The CD, on which Swift wrote or co-wrote all of the songs, peaked at #19 on the sales charts and sold more than 40,000 during its first week. The song "Tim McGraw" peaked at #6 on January 27, 2007. The video set a record by appearing for 30 consecutive weeks on GAC's fan-voted weekly Top 20 music countdown show, and the video reached #1 on CMT's video charts. Her follow up, "Teardrops On My Guitar", debuted at #46 on the February 24, 2007 country charts. Since her success, she has appeared on Good Morning America, and at the 2006 Academy of Country Music Awards. Her pursuit of country music stardom was the subject of "GAC Short Cuts", a part-documentary, part-music video series airing since the summer of 2006 on the country music channel Great American Country. Swift sang the national anthem at the November 12, 2006 Nascar race and at the November 23, 2006 Thanksgiving Day football game between the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions. She also performed at halftime at a recent Pittsburgh Steelers game. She also appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Tuesday February 13, 2007, where she performed her single, "Tim McGraw." Three songs not on her album I'd Lie, Come in With the Rain, and Permanent Marker are playing on YouTube. Source:Wikipedia
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    Carrie Underwood

    Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) is an American country music singer who won the title of the fourth season of American Idol. She has since become a multi-platinum selling recording artist. She debuted at triple platinum with her album Some Hearts, the fastest selling female country album since the introduction of the Nielsen SoundScan in 1991. Underwood has won three Billboard Music Awards, a Dove Award, two Country Music Television Awards and two Academy of Country Music Awards. Underwood was born at Muskogee Regional Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma on March 10, 1983, and grew up on her parents' farm in rural Checotah. She is the third and youngest daughter of Stephen (retired from an industrial plant) and Carole Underwood (retired schoolteacher of Checotah Public Schools). She has two older sisters, Shanna Underwood Means and Stephanie Underwood Shelton, born in 1973 and 1970, both elementary school teachers in Oklahoma. Underwood had performed at Robbins Memorial Talent Show in her childhood. She is a member of Free Will Baptist Church. As a young child, she sang in church, and for Old Settler's Day and Lion's Club, local events in Checotah. At the age of 13 in 1996, her manager at the time tried to get her a recording contract at Capitol Records. However, due to management changes at Capitol, it never materialized. Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as salutatorian and moved on to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and an emphasis in journalism. Underwood is a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. For two years during the summer, she performed in Northeastern's Downtown Country Show in Tahlequah. She also competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004. Underwood finished with a smile on her face as she ended the pageant by falling down the stairs... Carrie Underwood currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, where she owns a two-story home. Underwood's musical influences include pop, but are predominantly country; she stated during Idol auditions that her favorite singer is Martina McBride. Carrie auditionned in St-Louis, 8 hours-drive away from Oklahoma. On the April 20 elimination show, Underwood demonstrated her ability to play the guitar. She can also play piano and yodel, the latter of which was demonstrated on the Tonight Show the night after she won. After her rendition of Tiffany's "Could've Been", Randy Jackson said he could not believe that she was not yet discovered by record producers and music industry executives. On the March 22 show, after a performance of Heart's "Alone", Simon Cowell said, "Carrie, you're not just the girl to beat, you're the person to beat. I will make a prediction, not only will you win this show, but you will sell more records than any other previous 'Idol' winner." Cowell went on to say on the March 30 show that she has the "it" factor that will make her a pop icon. On her last song of the night in the final two, Underwood's performance of "Angels Brought Me Here" had Cowell saying, "I think you've done enough to win the competition." Jackson gave Underwood his second and last standing ovation during the season (the first was given to Vonzell Solomon after she performed 'When You Tell Me that You Love Me'). On May 25, 2005, she became the fourth winner of American Idol, beating Southern rocker Bo Bice, and joining Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken as the only contestants who had never been one of the "bottom three" singers during any week's results. Carrie Underwood also won a blue 2005 Ford Mustang convertible and the use of a Marquis private jet for a year. On May 26 2005, U.S. Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, presented a resolution congratulating Underwood for winning American Idol and for being a positive role model. The resolution thanks her for representing the state of Oklahoma as "an intelligent, kind, considerate young woman" to millions of television viewers around the world. The resolution was submitted to the United States Senate, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. May 25, 2005 was declared Carrie Underwood Day in Oklahoma by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry. As part of her win, Underwood gained a recording contract with Arista Records; her first single, "Inside Your Heaven", was released on June 14, 2005. The single debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with first-week sales of 170,000 copies, and briefly stopped Mariah Carey's run at #1 with "We Belong Together." It became the first song from a country artist to go number one on the Hot 100 since Lonestar's "Amazed" in 2000. Underwood's version was shunned by country radio reaching a peak of #59 on the country charts. The B-side is "Independence Day", a cover of the Martina McBride hit. Less than a year after winning American Idol, Carrie returned to Northeastern University to complete her bachelor degree in mass communications. She graduated magna cum laude on May 5th 2006. Underwood's debut album, entitled Some Hearts, hit store shelves on November 15, 2005, entering the Billboard 200 chart with 315,000 copies sold. The large first week sales of Some Hearts made it #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the biggest debut of any country artist since the advent of the SoundScan system in 1991. Some Hearts has since been certified Triple Platinum by the RIAA, and is the fastest-selling debut country album in the history of the SoundScan era Carrie Underwood's first single, "Jesus, Take The Wheel" was released to radio on October 18, 2005. It received so much airplay that it debuted at #39 on the Billboard Country Chart in its first week, setting a record. It eventually reached #1 for 6 consecutive weeks, and was only two weeks shy of Connie Smith's record of an 8 week run back in 1964-1965. The single also debuted at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it reached a peak of #20. The album's title track, "Some Hearts" was released to pop music and adult contemporary radio. It received moderate airplay and made it to #12 on the Billboard and Adult Contemporary Top 40. "Don't Forget To Remember Me," the third of Carrie Underwood's singles to be released to country radio, peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart, as well as #49 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it did reach #1 for a week on the Radio & Records Country Singles Chart. On May 24, 2006, Underwood returned to guest-perform on the fifth season of American Idol for a second time. She opened the show with the top 12 finalists with "I Made It Through The Rain" and took the stage later on to perform her newest single "Don't Forget To Remember Me". Carrie Underwood also incorporates Christianity in some of her songs. Her singles "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Don't Forget to Remember Me" have earned number one spots in Christian radio countdowns. "Jesus, Take the Wheel" won the Gospel Music Association's award for best country single of the year. Her fourth single released to country radio was "Before He Cheats". It got to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs and top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100. "Before He Cheats" has a big chance of being the 100th number one from an American Idol alumni on Billboard. In 2005, Carrie Underwood starred in television advertisements for Hershey's Chocolate. The commercials have Underwood singing jingles for Hershey's products such as Kit Kat and Almond Joy. She is also wearing vintage Hershey T-shirts that feature Hershey's, Almond Joy, Kit Kat, Reeses and other chocolate brand logos as part of her endorsement deal. Underwood is also the latest spokesperson for Skechers shoes, following in the footsteps of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Underwood appeared in her second Skechers footwear advertisement campaign in fashion and lifestyle publications in June 2006. The new campaign, with was shot in early 2006 in a "behind-the-scenes" style, is reflective of Underwood's busy new life as a multi-platinum recording artist embarking on a summer cross-country tour. Carrie is also one of the celebrity faces of the "Got Milk" ad campaigns for the International Milk Foundation, joining such celebrities as Sheryl Crow, Britney Spears, and Kelly Preston. In her official website, Carrie stated that she loves animals, horror movies, Dallas Cowboys football and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her large CD Collection includes 3 favorite albums: Martina McBride's Greatest Hits, Randy Travis' Always and Forever and Foo Fighters' In your Honor, as well as Music by Green Day, Rascal Flatts and Garth Brooks. Carrie Underwood is a vegetarian and stopped consuming beef when she was 13. She was voted "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" alongside Coldplay frontman Chris Martin in 2005 by animal-rights organization PETA. Carrie Underwood is a supporter of the Humane Society and has done several public service announcements for the organization. A native of eastern Oklahoma, she co-wrote a song dedicated to her hometown, "I Ain't in Checotah Anymore". In December 2005, Underwood was named Oklahoman of the Year by Oklahoma Today magazine. Carrie Underwood also appeared as the featured cover girl for Self magazine, Girl's Life, Teen Vogue, Teen People, Sweet 16, OK!, and Reader's Digest. On her 2006 Tour, Carrie is performing 2 songs by Guns N' Roses entitled "Patience" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" She was an opening act on Kenny Chesney's spring / summer 2006 tour. On some dates, she has performed a duet with Kenny Chesney on a cover of "Drift Away" by Mentor Williams. She also is an opening act for Brad Paisley in the Fall for several dates in major cities that run through December 8th. Carrie performed a duet of the hit song Alone with the band Heart on her 23rd birthday in Atlantic City on March 10, 2006. The concert was taped and shown on VH1 Classic Channel, coming out in DVD for sale this winter. Heart surprised Carrie with a huge birthday cake and had the whole audience at the sold out show sing Happy birthday to her. Carrie was selected in the People Magazine top 100 Most Beautiful People in 2006. She was also selected as one of the top 25 Hottest People under 25 in Teen People magazine. Carrie's Video Don't Forget To Remember Me made history on GACTV 9/15/06 for being the #1 video 10 weeks on the top 20 count down. Prior record was held by Trace Adkins 9 weeks for Honky Tonk Badonkadonk in 2005/2006 Carrie Underwood has performed the "The Star Spangled Banner" during major professional sporting events: Game 4 of the 2005 NBA Finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan 2006 NFL NFC Championship at the Qwest Field in Seattle 2006 MLB All-Star Game at the PNC Park in Pittsburgh
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    Keri Russell

    Keri Russell Keri Lynn Russell (born March 23, 1976) is a Golden Globe-winning American actress and dancer. After appearing in a number of made-for-television films and series during the mid-1990s, she came to fame for portraying the title role of Felicity Porter on the series Felicity, which ran from 1998 to 2002. Russell has since appeared in several films, including We Were Soldiers, The Upside of Anger and Mission: Impossible III. She currently lives with her husband Craig Whiteman in London, Canada. Craig is a high profile clown at the London Circus. Early life Russell was born in Fountain Valley, California to David Russell, a Nissan Motors executive, and Stephanie Stephens. She has an older brother, Todd, and a younger sister, Julie. Russell grew up in Dallas, Texas, Mesa, Arizona and Denver, Colorado, moving frequently because of her father's job. Career Russell first appeared on television as a cast member of the New Mickey Mouse Club variety show on the Disney Channel. She was on the show from 1991 to 1993, and in the last year co-starred with future pop stars Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake. Russell subsequently appeared in several film and television roles, including the 1996 made-for-television film The Babysitter's Seduction. She also had a role on the short-lived soap opera series Malibu Shores the same year and appeared in Bon Jovi's music video "Always" with Jack Noseworthy. From 1998 to 2002, Russell starred as the title character on the successful WB Network series Felicity; she won a Golden Globe for the role in 1999. Russell's long and curly hair was one of her character's defining characteristics, and a drastic hairstyle change at the beginning of the show's second season was considered to be the cause of a significant drop in the show's ratings. As a result, new policies were enacted at the network requiring hairstyle changes by cast to be approved by the network's executives. Felicity 's ratings drop also coincided with the show's move to a Sunday night time slot, so it is unclear exactly how much effect the hairstyle change actually had. During the show's run, Russell appeared in the films Eight Days a Week, The Curve and Mad About Mambo, all of which received only limited releases in North America. Her next role was in the Mel Gibson-led film We Were Soldiers, playing the wife of an American serviceman. The film was released in March of 2002, two months before the end of Felicity 's run. When Felicity ended, Russell took a break from acting and even considered quitting the profession. She moved to New York City and took two years off to avoid the business of Hollywood, spending time with friends. Russell subsequently made her off-Broadway stage debut in 2004, appearing opposite Jeremy Piven, Andrew McCarthy, and Ashlie Atkinson in Neil LaBute's Fat Pig. In 2005, she returned to television and film, beginning with an appearance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie Magic of Ordinary Days and in the theatrical film The Upside of Anger, where she appeared alongside Kevin Costner, Joan Allen and Evan Rachel Wood. In the same year, Russell also appeared in the television miniseries Into the West. Although a number of her Felicity co-stars went on to appear in producer J. J. Abrams' series, Alias, Russell declined invitations to be part of the show. In a seminar at the Museum of Television and Radio, Abrams said, "I've asked Keri if she would ever do it, and I usually get this, sort of like, giggle
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    Ivanka Trump

    Ivanka Trump (born Ivana Marie Trump October 30, 1981 in New York, New York) is an American model and businesswoman, best known as the daughter of Ivana and Donald Trump. She attended Choate Rosemary Hall, as well as Chapin. While she was at Choate, her mother only paid for her tuition and Ivanka had to pay for her phone bills. She had to find a job to pay for her other needs, and turned to modeling. Her mother did not want her to become spoiled. After completing two years at Georgetown University, she transferred to and graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 2004, and is currently the Vice President of Real Estate Development at the Trump Organization. Reportedly, Ivanka paid $1.5 million for a two-bedroom apartment at 502 Park Avenue. Ivanka started modelling at 16 years of age while in school and is now represented by Elite Model Management. Her first cover was a 1997 issue of Seventeen and she hosted the Miss Teen USA Pageant that same year. Since then she has made her way down fashion runways for Versace, Marc Bouwer and Thierry Mugler. She has done ad campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and Sassoon Jeans and was featured on the cover of Stuff magazine in August 2006. Trump gained fame in 2003 when she was featured in Born Rich, a documentary about the experience of growing up as a child in one of the world's most affluent families. In 2006 she filled in for Carolyn Kepcher on five episodes of her father's television program The Apprentice 5, first appearing to help judge the Gillette task in Week 2. She appeared on several episodes with her brother, Donald Jr., with Donald Sr. referring to his two children as, though grammatically incorrect,"two true Apprenti". As Kepcher had, like Carolyn, Trump evaluated contestants in the boardroom, pointing out critical errors and picking apart any excuses they had for losing the tasks. Though initially unsympathetic to the contestants, Trump now says, "whenever I see their breakdowns, I understand. They go virtually 24 hours a day, and each task takes about three days. Unless they win, they don
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    Julianne Hough

    Julianne Hough From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Julianne Marie Hough Born: July 31, 1988 Occupation: Professional Dancer/Singer Julianne Marie Hough (born July 31, 1988) is an American professional ballroom dancer, and television celebrity. Dance Biography Julianne moved to London, England at the age of ten during her parents divorce where she trained with dance coaches and studied at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts. She became the youngest and only American to gain the titles of Junior Blackpool World Latin Champion and International Youth Champion. Hough was also trained in singing. When she was 15 years old, Julianne returned to her hometown in Utah. After graduating from high school, she relocated to Los Angeles in the hopes of building her singing, acting and dancing career. Julianne was an Assistant Choreographer on Gwen Stefani's Wind It Up music video. Julianne has broken off her engagement and her August 8, 2007 wedding to former dancer Zach Wilson, People Magazine reported. Julianne's single "Will You Dance With Me" is now available on iTunes. Television appearances Julianne Hough appears in the fourth season of Dancing with the Stars, a televised ballroom dance competition. Her partner is Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno. Julianne also made an appearance on the ABC game show Show Me the Money. Her brother Derek Hough is also a professional dancer.
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    Isla Fisher

    Isla Lang Fisher (born on February 3, 1976) is an Australian actress and author. Fisher was born in Muscat, Oman to Scottish Presbyterian parents, and now resides in Los Angeles with her fianc
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    Danielle Lloyd

    Danielle Lloyd (born 16 December 1983, Liverpool, England) is an English model and former Miss England (2004). She is also the current girlfriend of footballer Teddy Sheringham. On 26 FebFruary 2006, Lloyd was named Miss Great Britain 2006. She also made a memorable appearance on BBC One's Test the Nation. When asked "Who was Winston Churchill - a rapper, US President, the PM or King?", Lloyd answered "Wasn't he the first black president of America? There's a statue of him near me - that's black." Lloyd will pose for the December 2006 issue of Playboy. Birthdate: 16 December 1983 Birth location: Liverpool, England Measurements: 34E-23-34 Height: 5ft 6in Weight: 107 lbs Eye color: Hazel Hair color: Brown Natural bust: No Ethnicity: White British Source:Wikipedia
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    January Jones

    January Jones January Jones (born January 5, 1978 in Brookings, South Dakota, USA) is an actress. She is best known for her role as "Cadence Flaherty" in the 2003 movie American Wedding (also known as American Pie: The Wedding, especially outside the USA), the third movie in the American Pie comedy film series. She has also had supporting roles in Anger Management (2003) and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (also known as Dirty Dancing 2). She had a small role in Love Actually as Jeannie "the American Angel." In 2005, she appeared in the film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones. Prior to her acting career, Jones was an Abercrombie & Fitch model. She dated actor Ashton Kutcher from 1998 to 2001. She also dated singer Josh Groban from 2003 to 2006.
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    Katharine McPhee

    Katharine Hope McPhee (born March 25, 1984) is an American singer who was the runner-up to Taylor Hicks on the fifth season of American Idol. Early years Born in Sherman Oaks (a Los Angeles neighborhood), McPhee has been singing since the age of two. Her mother, Peisha Burch McPhee[1], a vocal coach and accomplished cabaret singer, recognized a talent for music in her daughter and decided to train her. Her father, Daniel McPhee, is a television producer and her older sister, Adriana McPhee (born June 30, 1982) is an aspiring producer as well. McPhee also has a dog named Lilly. Throughout high school, McPhee led an active social life: she was student body vice president, a varsity swimmer, a dancer, and also a thespian, performing in many school plays along with her elder sister Adriana. McPhee graduated in 2002 from Notre Dame High School and afterward attended The Boston Conservatory for three semesters, majoring in musical theater. She left due to her manager's suggestion that she try out for television pilots in Los Angeles. McPhee returned to Los Angeles, working on a television pilot and an independent film which is slated to be released in late 2006. While still in her late teens and early twenties, McPhee focused on an acting career. In a People interview she said that she was rejected in only "195 out of 200 auditions". In spite of the setbacks, the aspiring actress was able to snag a role as "Paramount Girl" in the musical film about the life of Hank Garland, Crazy, set to be released in 2006. Other acting endeavors included lead actress in professional productions of Annie Get Your Gun and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. She was nominated in 2005 for the Theatre LA Ovation Award for her lead role in Annie Get Your Gun. McPhee was also part of a failed mall-based MTV soap opera entitled You Are Here, playing the older sister of a more popular younger sister. American Idol Katharine McPhee's American Idol photograph.McPhee was persuaded by a significant other to try out for American Idol. She auditioned in San Francisco, and sang "God Bless the Child," originally performed by Billie Holiday. Paula Abdul said that McPhee looked beautiful, Randy Jackson hailed her audition as the best so far that season, and Simon Cowell complimented her for being "current" in terms of her appearance. Cowell also noted that McPhee was not the wannabe that he'd presumed she was after learning that her mother was a singer. In the final cut-down show for the Top 24, McPhee was the first to be put through and, in excitement, kissed all three judges on the lips. McPhee listed Whitney Houston and Brian McKnight as her favorite artists in the American Idol interview of the top 24 semi-finalists. In the first round of the semi-finals, she sang Barbra Streisand's version of Buddy Johnson's "Since I Fell for You," again earning high praises. Cowell said that out of the four "very, very good vocalists" of the night, she was the best. During the week leading to the third round of the semi-finals, when McPhee sang Aretha Franklin's "Think," she was rumored to be quitting due to pregnancy. However, during the performance show on March 7, 2006, she denied this accusation, attributing it to a poor choice of clothing. Host Ryan Seacrest, with tongue-in-cheek, later asked about her and fellow Idol contestant Kevin Covais; McPhee playfully denied any relationship. During the week preceding the top three show, McPhee visited her former high school for her hometown celebration. For the top three performance night, McPhee sang a song chosen by Simon Cowell, "Over the Rainbow." McPhee chose to perform Jane Monheit's modern version of the Judy Garland classic. Cowell pegged it as "the single best performance of the competition to date." Elliott Yamin was eliminated the following night, and McPhee advanced to the May 24, 2006 finale along with Taylor Hicks, in which Hicks won the competition. McPhee's run on American Idol led to the popular use of the term "McPheever," coined by Ralph Garman of Los Angeles radio station KROQ's morning show Kevin and Bean. McPhee was congratulated by Congressman Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks, the 27th district of California, who raised a flag in her honor at the United States Capitol on the day of the finale show. During the competition, McPhee roomed with fellow contestant Kellie Pickler, and then Pickler was eliminated, along with Paris Bennett. After coming second to Taylor Hicks, McPhee was quoted in news publications as having said, "I don't need sad faces or anyone to feel bad for me. I have got a record deal, pretty much. It wasn't about winning the title, I just wanted to give the best performance I could," regarding her runner-up status. McPhee's debut single, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny" was released on June 27, 2006 by RCA Records. It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. On June 6, 2006, it was announced that McPhee had signed to American Idol series creator Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings Limited and BMG's RCA Records, which is also the label of former American Idol runner ups Clay Aiken and Bo Bice. McPhee toured with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, performing in three of his concerts during his tour in the United States from June 9 through June 11, 2006, less than a month after the finale. The duo performed "The Prayer" (in which they also sang during Idol's Classic Love Songs theme week) and "Somos Novios"/"It's Impossible". The duo later appeared on JC Penney's Concert for Kids. You start doing something you love doing and the weight just started falling off me. I was still eating... It was a really amazing thing that happened with me and my body has just been kind of falling to its natural state and I don't know if it's finished going where it wants, but it's doing its thing. -- Katharine McPhee, People In June 2006, McPhee revealed to "People" magazine that she previously suffered from bulimia. After a period of about five years, she began treatment after qualifying for American Idol. During her run on American Idol, she lost 30 lbs. In July 2006, McPhee sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" at the debut of the cruise ship, Crown Princess, in New York. McPhee missed the start of the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2006, due to severe bronchitis and laryngitis. She was due to return on July 27, 2006 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ending her three-week hiatus. McPhee commented on her illness in a public interview, and was quoted as, "I just have to sing easily so I can get through the tour... I bruised [my vocal cords] because I was doing so much coughing". McPhee was scheduled to join the tour on July 27 in Pittsburgh, but her flight from New York City was delayed and then cancelled due to inclement weather, so she ended up joining the tour the following day, July 28, in Washington, D.C. McPhee is co-producing Michael Albanese's play Red Herring with her significant other; along with Robert Hawk, Angelina Bruno, and Jeff Kasal. McPhee was quoted in the promo as describing a desire to become involved in theatre, stating that although "audiences know me best from American Idol... my passion has always been theatre." The play will be a part of the 10th Annual New York International Fringe Festival. On August 1, 2006, McPhee suffered a hair-line fracture in her left foot after tripping backstage at an American Idol tour stop in Charlotte, North Carolina. McPhee will continue to perform on the Idol tour, despite the injury. McPhee performed "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" before a live audience for the JAM JCPenney "The Concert for America's Kids", which was hosted by Dr. Phil McGraw and was presented on CBS on August 23, 2006. McPhee later performed with Andrea Bocelli that night. McPhee and her sister appeared on the Keith Ablow Show on September 18, 2006 to discuss her struggles with dyslexia, bulimia, and her childhood fear of her father. McPhee was rumored to be a Scientologist. In the past, McPhee had attended and completed two individual courses in Scientology. However, according to an May 12, 2006 interview on Los Angeles radio station KROQ 106.7, McPhee stated she "dabbled in Scientology" because of a former love interest but is not a Scientologist; according to her, she was "quickly out the door." During a May 26, 2006 interview with Ryan Seacrest on Larry King Live, she once again explained that she is not a Scientologist, and only looked into it because of a former love interest. Trivia McPhee is left-handed. McPhee's height is 5'8" (173 cm). Source:Wikipedia
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    Leslie Bibb

    Leslie Louise Bibb (born November 17, 1974 in Bismarck, North Dakota) is an American actress and former fashion model. Early life She was raised in Nelson County, Virginia. Her father died when she was 3. Later she and her mother, along with her three older sisters, moved to Richmond, where Bibb attended an all-girls Catholic high school, St. Gertrude. Career In 1990, The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Elite Agency held a nationwide modeling search; Bibb's mother took photos of her then 16-year-old daughter and sent them in. Although Bibb wasn't impressed with the photos, the judges (John Casablancas, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Iman) were, and they picked her as the winner. After finishing her junior year, Bibb flew to New York City and signed a contract with Elite. She modeled over the summer, and went on a trip to Japan. She returned home for her senior year and graduated in 1991, then decided to forgo a full-time modeling career to attend the University of Virginia. After a single semester, however, she dropped out and moved to New York City. She attended the William Esper acting studio for three years and took nine months off in which she did more modeling in Europe. Her photographs have appeared in such magazine as Maxim and FHM. Bibb had her first film role in the comedy Private Parts (1997), which was followed by her first television series (where she replaced the departed Susan Walters as the female lead) in the second season of The Big Easy (1996) (based on the 1987 movie of the same name) on USA. The show was cancelled just months later. In 1999 she appeared as Brooke McQueen, one of the lead characters on the WB Network television series Popular. The show was a success among teenagers, and led Bibb to film roles such as The Skulls (2000) and See Spot Run (2001). In 2002-2003, she played intern Erin Harkins on ER, and then was a star of the short-lived ABC series Line of Fire. She joined the cast of long-running crime drama Crossing Jordan in 2006 as Detective Lu Simmons. She was married to Rob Born from 2003 to 2004. A natural brunette, Bibb dyed her hair blonde for the role of Brooke McQueen in Popular, but let her hair go back to its natural color for one episode. In 2006, she played Ricky Bobby's (Will Ferrell) wife Carley, in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." Bibb is currently set to guest star in the fourth season of Entourage as the fianc
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    Ana de la Reguera

    Ana de la Reguera (b. April 8, 1977 in Veracruz, Mexico) is a Mexican telenovela and movie actress. Born Anabell Gardoqui De La Reguera, Ana began her performance arts studies in the Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura and was the host of Pasarela on Televisa Veracruz. She left the Televisa's CEA, and then studied with Rosa Mar
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    Brittany Snow

    Brittany Anne Snow (born March 9, 1986 in Tampa, Florida) is an American television and film actress. She is perhaps best known for playing Meg Pryor on television's American Dreams. Snow had a popular role at age 12 as troubled teen Susan Lemay on Guiding Light from 1998 to 2001. Snow had been dating actor Kyle Searles since 2003, but recently said in an interview about The Pacifier that they were no longer together after 2-and-a-half-years. She began modeling at the age of 3. Snow became the sixth victim and the seventh star ever to be featured on Punk'd more than once. Her first appearance is when she was tricked by Ashton Kutcher after she crashed into a portapotty with her car, making one man sick. Her second is when she tricked One Tree Hill's Sophia Bush after Bush pushed a waiter with her butt and crashed into a tank full of lobsters. Snow is a 2004 graduate of Gaither High School in Tampa, Florida. In a 2005 interview, Snow admitted to receiving 8 detentions while in high school. Snow did not receive a single detention during her freshman and sophomore years but she was given 2 during her junior year (for tardiness and talking in class) and 6 during her senior year (passing notes, talking in class, tardiness, skipping a class, unexcused absences). In a 2003 interview on her official website, Snow admitted to her fans of being a notorious blusher as she embarrasses far too easily. To a fan's question of "What makes you blush?", Brittany's response was as follows: Any comments about sexual stuff or bodily functions make me blush. I am a sissy when it comes to that stuff. I also blush when people pay me a compliment. She is currently dating drummer Michael Johnson of The Black List Club. Source:Wikipedia
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    Name 4 things ...

    Basically, how it will go is I'll say "Name 4 ......" and then the person below me will "name 4 things of whatever topic i choose, and then again state "name 4 things and what-ever-topic they choose". Topics can be about anything and everything. Point in all of this? to have fun, and "maybe" get to know each other more *good things & bad thing* Get it? Ok here goes.. Name 4 things you do on a daily basis.
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    Amber Smith

    Amber Smith (born March 2, 1972 in Tampa, Florida) is an American actress and fashion model. Amber Smith was born in Tampa, the only child of NFL player Russell Smith (of the San Diego Chargers) and professional model Carol Smith. Amber followed in her mother
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    Arielle Kebbel

    Arielle Kebbel (born February 19, 1985 in Winter Park, Florida) is an American actress. She graduated from high school in Crenshaw a year early at age 17. She drove across the country with her mother prior to begin her acting career. Her first major role was a recurring role in the 3rd-5th seasons of Gilmore Girls, playing Lindsay Lister, girlfriend and later wife and ex-wife of Dean Forester (Jared Padalecki). She also has previously guest starred on the series Grounded for Life. She played Elyse Houston in American Pie: Band Camp (2005) and in 2006 appeared in both John Tucker Must Die and the Japan-filmed horror film The Grudge 2; she has described her character in The Grudge 2, who becomes involved with the "Grudge" curse as part of an initiation rite, as "the girl you see in the background of all the pictures that wants to be a part of everything but never really is". Kebbel was featured on Maxim magazine's Girls of Maxim gallery. Source: Wikipedia
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    Meghan Douglas

    Meghan traveled a lot as a child. Her father was in the United States government, and she lived in Germany, Greece, India, and Lebanon. As a high school student in Virginia, she attempted to model part-time at local department stores, but had little luck. After she didn't get into her first choice of colleges, Meghan was offered a contract by Elite Model Management after entering their Model Look contest. As a model, she had a unique ability to change her look. Her hair color is naturally light brown, but she changed it frequently, usually at least one color a year. Upon dying her hair red, Meghan became an unexpected star attraction at the spring 1995 fashion shows. In 1994, Meghan married Liam Dalton, the CEO and founder of Axiom Capital Management, Inc., a large New York-based investment-management corporation. She wore her wedding ring in some fashion shoots. Liam and Meghan appeared together in a spread in the August 1994 American Vogue, entitled "The Weekenders". Her 1995 television and print advertising campaign for Finesse Shampoo and Conditioner put her in the public eye. Meghan missed the spring 1996 shows because of the birth of her first child, who appeared with Meghan in her ads for J.Crew and Ellen Tracy Company. Meghan and Liam are now parents of three children: Kelley, Liam, and Lander. Close friends with Claudia Mason. The two appeared in many fashion editorials together in Vogue (US) in the mid 1990s. A favorite model of photographer Pamela Hanson. Attended James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia. Paulina Porizkova is one of her favorite models, and inspired her to want to model. Loves candy and what she calls "real meals", particularly steak, potatoes, and Indian food. Weighted 125 lbs. in 1991, and 117 lbs. in 1992. Was one of the world's top fashion models in the 1990s. Dated Liam Dalton for two and a half years before they married. Her wedding gown was designed by Michael Kors. Loves scuba diving. Participated in the Elite Model Look contest in 1985. Her father had modeled for Dial soap to pay for school. Her mother was an artist, went to police school, and later worked with emotionally disturbed children. Worked as a switchboard operator in a donut shop while in high school.
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    Gemma Atkinson

    Gemma Atkinson Gemma Atkinson (born 16 November 1984 in Bury, England) is a British actress and glamour model. Early life Originally from Manchester, Atkinson took her GCSEs at Castlebrook High School. Afterwards, she became a model. Acting and Television Career Atkinson rose to fame playing Lisa Hunter on the teenage soap opera Hollyoaks. She and Marcus Patric (Ben Davies in Hollyoaks) subsequently appeared in a spin-off series called Hollyoaks: Let Loose, in which their characters start a new life living together in Chester. This has been followed up with Hollyoaks: In the City, in which their characters return to the UK and set up home in Liverpool. Atkinson also played Goldie Lookin Chain's love interest in their video 'R'n'B'. She also features on the cover of the single. Glamour modelling Since launching her parallel career as a glamour model, Atkinson has appeared in provocative photoshoots in lingerie and swimwear, including non-nude topless shots, for men's magazines such as Arena, FHM, Loaded, Maxim, Zoo Weekly and Nuts. She has declared an ambition to be the new Jordan . In a recent interview with Loaded she even went as far as to exhort male readers to "knock one out" over the photos of her displayed in her calendar. In October 2006 she appeared in three of the aforementioned magazines in one month, becoming one of the most prolific celebrity glamour models in the UK. In November 2006, it was announced by Zoo Weekly that Atkinson had agreed to become their regular "sex and relationships columnist". Personal life After dating former Emmerdale star Cleveland Campbell[citation needed], Atkinson presently shares her Cheshire home with Charlton Athletic striker Marcus Bent. Bent broke off his engagement to fiancee Kelly Clark - mother of his two-year-old daughter - after meeting Gemma at a party just months before a planned wedding. Atkinson and Bent are regular on the Manchester club scene, with numerous tabloid recorded rows over her drinking. In early 2006, Atkinson underwent breast enlargement surgery, which took her chest to a 34D[3]. She has commented in an interview on The Chris Moyles Show that she can no longer see her toes when standing up since she had the surgery. She is currently planning another operation to further increase her chest size in the summer of 2007 . Source: Wikipedia
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    Rachel Blanchard

    Rachel Elise Blanchard (born March 19, 1976 in Toronto, Canada) is a Canadian actress. Her career was launched with a part in a McDonald's commercial, and as an eight-year-old on the Canadian children's show The Kids of Degrassi Street. Blanchard is probably best known for playing the part of Cher Horowitz (originally portrayed by Alicia Silverstone) on the television series based on the 1995 movie Clueless. Her looks are similar to those of other blonde actresses with whom she might be confused, such as Maggie Lawson and Sara Paxton. She bears particular resemblance to Heather Graham. The brave step of performing in a British sitcom paid off in 2004, when she received critical acclaim for her performance in the award-winning second series of Peep Show. Credits War of the Worlds (Debi McCullough) Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Kirsten) 1992-1993 Chris Cross (Dinah McGee) 1993 Young Ivanhoe Iron Eagle IV Clueless television series (Cher Horowitz) 1996 The Rage: Carrie 2 Road Trip (Tiffany Henderson) 2000 The Wild Dogs (2002) 7th Heaven US television series (Roxanne Richardson) 2002-2004 Peep Show UK Television Comedy 2004 Without a paddle (Flower) 2004 Where the Truth Lies (Maureen O'Flaherty) 2005 Snakes on a Plane (Mercedes) 2006 Careless (not yet released) 2006 FHM ranking Rachel Blanchard has been featured as one of For Him Magazine 's "100 Sexiest Women of the Year" on multiple occasions. Her rankings include: 73rd place (2001) 37th place (2002) Source:Wikipedia
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    Marley Shelton

    Marley Eve Shelton (born April 12, 1974) is an American film and television actress. Early life Shelton was born in Los Angeles, California to Christopher Shelton, a commercial director and producer, and Carol Stromme, a teacher and former singer. She has three sisters: Samantha (who is also an actress), Koren, and Erin. Shelton was raised in Eagle Rock and attended Eagle Rock High School. She was a varsity cheerleader and was voted "Prom Queen". Career Shelton began acting in her late teens, and appeared in several television movies and films throughout the 1990s, including the 1993 film, The Sandlot, and 1997's fantasy film Warriors of Virtue, playing a princess. Shelton has since appeared in many films aimed at a teenage audience, including 2001's Valentine, Sugar & Spice and Bubble Boy. Most of her other roles in the 2000s were in lower-budget, independent films, with the exception of her supporting role in 2005's Sin City. Shelton was also originally cast in the role of Annabeth Schott on the television series, The West Wing, but the role was eventually played by Kristin Chenoweth. Shelton in "The Customer is Always Right" story of Sin City, playing "The Customer"Shelton's most recent role is as Dr. Dakota Block in the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino-directed film Grindhouse, appearing in both of the film's segments as the same character. The film is scheduled to be released on April 6, 2007. Personal life Shelton married producer Beau Flynn in July 2001. Source:Wikipedia
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    Unanswered/Weird Questions

    Post unanswered or weird questions here. Let's see if any BZ member could answer them. How old are you before it can be said you died of old age?
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    Mariska Hargitay

    Mariska Magdolina Hargitay (born January 23, 1964), ("mah-RISH-kah") is an Emmy Award-winning American actress best known for her role as Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She began her acting career by appearing on the television series Falcon Crest in 1987. She played a police officer in the short-lived 1992 series Tequila & Bonetti. She appeared during the fourth season of Seinfeld as one of the actors auditioning for Jerry. She displayed her considerable comedic chops as sexy next-door neighbor Didi Edelstein in the short-lived 1995 sitcom Can't Hurry Love, a vehicle for Nancy McKeon. Hargitay had a recurring role during the fourth season of ER, part of a story arc that lasted over a dozen episodes. In 2005 she lent her voice to the video game True Crime: New York City. In 2006, Hargitay won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Detective Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." In the freshman season of SVU (for Special Victims Unit, the subtitle of the series), in 1999-2000, Hargitay earned nominations from the Viewers for Quality Television for Best Actress, from the TV Guide Awards for Favorite Actress in a New Series and from the International Press Academy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series. She was also a 2004 Screen Actors Guild nominee. In addition, she is also a 2005 Screen Actors Guild nominee. Hargitay won a Golden Globe in 2005 in the category of Best Actress in a Drama Series. In 2004, 2005, and 2006 Hargitay's portrayal of Detective Benson on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit garnered her Emmy nominations in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 2006, Hargitay was awarded the Emmy Award. Hargitay was named by People magazine in 2005 as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People, and in 2006 as one of People Magazine's World's Most Beautiful People. Hargitay was awarded the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award at the 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Detective Olivia Benson in SVU. Hargitay is the fourth of Jayne Mansfield's five children. Mansfield had divorced Hungarian-born former Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay (and would again in 1964), yet they were living together when Mariska was born. Italian-American cabaret performer Nelson Sardelli was dating Mansfield at the time of Mariska's conception, and he claims to be her biological father. Mariska has never acknowledged Sardelli's claim (even though she bears a striking physical resemblance to him), always considering Mickey Hargitay her father. On the night of June 29, 1967, Hargitay and two of her brothers were asleep in the back seat of the car their mother and her boyfriend, lawyer Sam Brody, were riding in when it smashed into the back of a tractor-trailer. Hargitay's mother was killed instantly, as was Brody and their driver. Had the children not been lying down, they, too, would have been killed, but they escaped with only minor bruises. Hargitay, who has no memory of the accident, was left with a zig-zag scar down the side of her head. She learned her father's native language, Hungarian, but also speaks fluent French and Italian. Hargitay graduated in 1987 from the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television[1] with a major in theatre. She is also an alumna of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. In April 2004, she announced her engagement to Special Victims Unit actor Peter Hermann. They were married on August 28, 2004, in California. The couple's wedding was in Santa Barbara in front of 200 guests. On November 30, 2005, Hargitay's publicist announced that she and Hermann are expecting their first child, a son, in early June 2006. Mariska stayed on SVU through out her pregnacy. Speaking about her pregnancy, Hargitay said, "I'm LOVING every minute of it and am so excited to be a mom"[2]. During the last few months of her pregnancy, Mariska took a maternity leave from SVU and was temporarily replaced by Connie Nielsen. On June 28, 2006, Hargitay gave birth to her first child, son August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, by caesarean section. He weighed 10 lb. 9 oz., after being six days overdue. August was born at 3:20p.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Hargitay co-founded an organization called the Joyful Heart Foundation to help women who have been sexually assaulted. This charity gives victims an opportunity to swim with wild dolphins in Hawaii as water therapy. In addition to her own Joyful Heart Foundation, Mariska has worked with the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention program, NBC's