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Date of Birth
15 April 1933, Hollywood, California, USA

Date of Death
18 May 1995, Los Angeles, California, USA (colorectal cancer)

Birth Name
Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery


5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Biography

Elizabeth Montgomery was born into show business. Her parents were screen actor Robert Montgomery and Broadway actress Elizabeth Bryan Allen. Elizabeth graduated from the Spence School in New York City and attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. After three years intensive training, she made her TV debut in her father's 1950s playhouse series "Robert Montgomery Presents" (1950) and appeared in more than 200 live programs over the next decade. She once remarked, "I guess you could say I'm a TV baby." Notable early film roles included The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955) and Johnny Cool (1963). She is best remembered, however, for her leading role as the witch Samantha in the top-rated ABC sitcom "Bewitched" (1964). Her family - mother Endora (Agnes Moorehead), look-alike cousin (Montgomery) and advertising executive husband Darrin (first Dick York then Dick Sargent) - tried to suppress her supernatural skills but often turned to her tricks to solve problems. The signal of impending witchcraft was a twitch of Samantha's nose. After her first and only TV series ended she turned to made-for-TV movies, many of which won critical praise: A Case of Rape (1974) (TV), The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975) (TV), Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story (1993) (TV). She narrated the movie The Panama Deception (1992) which won an Academy Award in 1993. Reference works showed her as 62 when she died though the family said she was 57. The family did not disclose the type of cancer which caused her death.
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Robert Foxworth     (28 January 1993 - 18 May 1995) (her death)
William Asher     (26 October 1963 - 10 October 1974) (divorced) 3 children
Gig Young     (28 December 1956 - January 1963) (divorced)
Frederic Gallatin Cammann     (27 March 1954 - 9 August 1955) (divorced)

Trade Mark

Nose twitch


She and Robert Foxworth lived together for nineteen years before finally marrying.

Children William Asher: William Jr (b. July 24, 1964), Robert (b. October 5, 1965), Rebecca Elizabeth (b. 17 June 1969).

She died 8 weeks after being diagnosed with colon cancer and was cremated.

Daughter of Elizabeth Allen and Robert Montgomery.

She had an older sister, Martha Bryan Montgomery, (born October 13, 1930) but died of spinal meningitis at the age of 14 months, before Elizabeth was born.

She lost out on the part of Edie Doyle in On the Waterfront (1954) to Eva Marie Saint. Director Elia Kazan, in his autobiography "A Life," says that the choice of an actress to play the part was narrowed down to Montgomery and Saint. Although Montgomery was fine in her screen test, there was an air of finishing school about her. Kazan thought this genteel quality would not be becoming for Edie, who was raised on the waterfront in Hoboken, NJ. Despite qualms about 30-year old Saint playing a teen, she was cast in the part and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 422-423. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Died on the same day as her Johnny Cool (1963) co-star Elisha Cook Jr..

Ranked #52 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women"(1995).

Appeared on an episode of "The Flintstones" (1960), providing the voice of a cartoon version of her famous "Bewitched" (1964) character, Samantha Stevens.

Montgomery spent weekends and summers at the family farm in upstate Patterson, New York. Often referenced in episodes of "Bewitched" (1964) as "Patterson Garage" or "Cushman Cosmetics", Cushman Road is the rural, dirt road on which the several hundred acre Montgomery estate is located.

A 9 foot bronze statue of Elizabeth as Samantha Stephens riding sidesaddle on her broomstick now resides in a downtown park in Salem, Massachusetts, home to the infamous witch trials of the 17th century.

Best remembered by the public for her starring role as Samantha in "Bewitched" (1964). When they were trying to figure out a trademark for the character Samantha, the director William Asher noticed that when she got nervous, she twitched her upper lip, which caused her nose to follow and thus gave the impression she was twitching her nose. Thus, they used that.

Received a posthumous star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on January 4, 2008.

Was a grand marshal with former TV husband Dick Sargent at the 1992 Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade. Elizabeth was a supporter of gay rights and also women's rights throughout her life.

She fell in love with director Richard Michaels during filming of the eighth season of "Bewitched" (1964), and moved in with him when the season was complete. This broke up both their marriages and ended the possibility of a ninth season. The relationship lasted two and a half years.

Turned down the role of "Krystle Carrington" on "Dynasty" (1981).

Was a natural brunette.

Elizabeth Montgomery and Lizzie Borden were sixth cousins once removed, both descending from 17th-century Massachusetts resident John Luther. Rhonda McClure, the genealogist who documented the Montgomery-Borden connection, said, "I wonder how Elizabeth would have felt if she knew she was playing her own cousin.".

Older sister of Robert Montgomery Jr..

Stepmother of Bo Foxworth.

Personal Quotes

The minute someone says, "Oh God, you could never do that; you can't get that kind of stuff on the air!" . . . that's the kind of stuff I want to do.

Like most people, I secretly hope that it's true - that there are witches like Samantha, and that families like hers really do exist.

Date of Birth
25 November 1971, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Biography

Christina is the daughter of record producer Robert Applegate and singer-actress, Nancy Priddy. Her parents split-up shortly after her birth. She has two half-siblings from her father's re-marriage - Alisa (b. 10 October 1977) & Kyle (b. 15 July 1981). Alisa and Christina are best friends and even lived together while Alisa was going to college. Christina's mother took her along on all of her auditions and acting jobs. She made her acting debut at age five months, when her mother got her in a commercial for Playtex nursers. Her mother never remarried, but kept company with Stephen Stills. Christina still cherishes a guitar Stephen gave her when she was young. She played in a number of TV series before landing her breakout role in "Married with Children" (1987) in 1987. Christina still studies jazz dance.
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Johnathon Schaech     (20 October 2001 - 10 August 2007) (divorced)


Supports People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Enjoys books about spirituality.

Has one half-brother and one half-sister from her father's subsequent marriage after he and Christina's mother, Nancy Priddy, divorced.

Passed the GED with flying colors toward the end of her Junior year.

Chosen as one of People Magazine's, "50 Most Beautiful People, 1999"

Married longtime boyfriend Johnathon Schaech on October 20, 2001, in a small Palm Springs ceremony, attended by immediate family and friends.

Co-wrote "The Penis Song" with The Sweetest Thing (2002) co-stars Cameron Diaz and Selma Blair.

First appeared on television as an infant in a commercial for disposable diapers.

Friend of Nicole Eggert.

While filming View from the Top (2003), she met Gwyneth Paltrow. They are now good friends.

Referred to in the 1991 song "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" by PM Dawn.

Went to high school with Milla Jovovich.

Met her ex-husband, Johnathon Schaech, through director Gregg Araki.

Finds Al Green's song "Simply Beautiful" one of the sexiest songs she's ever heard.

On Friday 11 March 2005, while on stage in Chicago in the Broadway-bound revival of the 1966 musical "Sweet Charity", she broke a bone in her right foot. On Friday 25 March 2005, in Boston with Charlotte d'Amboise in the titular role, its producers officially canceled the production, announcing it would close after its last regularly scheduled try-out performance, the Sunday 27 March 2005 matinée. On Tuesday 29 March 2005, the production was officially resurrected with a revised Broadway preview and opening schedule. Although Ms. d'Amboise continued in the lead role for the first week of Broadway previews, on Monday 18 April 2005, Applegate made her Broadway debut as Charity Hope Valentine. On Wednesday 4 May 2005, the second Broadway revival of "Sweet Charity" opened officially with Ms. Applegate as its star. She has been nominated for a 2005 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Her mom wrote a song for her. She also sang the song. It is called "Christina's World".

Grew up near the site of the notorious 1981 Wonderland (or Four-on-the-Floor) murders involving John Holmes. She later played "Susan Launius", the sole survivor of the murders, in the movie Wonderland (2003).

Is referred to in the movie Donnie Darko (2001) by Jake Gyllenhaal's character while visiting the psychiatrist.

Is a Vegetarian.

Daughter of Robert Applegate and wife Nancy Priddy, of remote Dutch American ancestry.

Has three cats and a turtle named Tibbell.

In an interview on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993), she mentioned that though she has green eyes on one magazine cover picture, her eyes were changed to blue.

Diagnosed with breast cancer (3 August 2008).

She and Bruce Willis are the only two actors to have guest starred in "Friends" (1994) and win an Emmy for their performance.

Underwent double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer to prevent the illness returning.

Her love of the video-game Guitar Hero (2005) (VG) gave her a two-week migraine headache. She had to go to the doctor for treatment of the headache, taking time away from her TV series. Has not played the game since [April 15, 2009].

Was hired by Jodie Foster to star as Paula Olsen in Nell (1994) but was let go after Foster was replaced by Michael Apted as director. Applegate was replaced by Natasha Richardson.

Born at 5:45 PM.

Lives in Los Angeles, California.

Became engaged to Martyn LeNoble, having been in a relationship with him since July 2008, after he proposed to her on a beach in Palm Springs (14 February 2010).

Chosen the most beautiful person in the world by People Magazine's, "100 Most Beautiful People, 2009".

Christina and her fiancé, Martyn LeNoble, are expecting their first child [July 21, 2010].

Is close friends with her former "Samantha Who?" (2007) co-star Melissa McCarthy.

Was at the Viper Room the night River Phoenix collapsed on the sidewalk outside of the club. She witnessed the seizure induced by a drug Phoenix had in his system and later re-enacted the seizure at an anti-drugs dance piece.

Gave birth to her daughter Sadie Grace LeNoble, with fiancé Martyn LeNoble, at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, weighing in at 7lbs 8oz (27 January 2011).

Paid tribute to the late Elizabeth Taylor via Twitter, stating that Taylor's film Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) is her favorite movie and Taylor's portrayal of Martha her favorite movie performance (23 March 2011).

Returned to work 4 months after giving birth to her daughter Sadie in order to begin filming "Up All Night" (2011).

Her garage was the birthplace of The Pussycat Dolls.

Applegate is one of 4 actors from the film Hall Pass (2011) to become a first-time parent the same year the film was released, along with her co-stars Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer and Alyssa Milano.

Her personal manager for over 26 years was Tami Lynn, who was also her co-producing partner on her series "Jesse" (1998).

Nominated in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, "Up All Night", at The Women's Image Network (WIN) Awards 2012.

Personal Quotes

[on accepting her role in the sitcom "Jesse" (1998)] This was a major commitment. I really had to sit and think about it. I eventually came to the conclusion that it came into my life for a reason.

There are a lot of sacrifices a mother makes when she's raising a child by herself. I saw it when I was growing up, watching all my mother did for me. But it wasn't until recently that I fully understood the price she paid because of how we had to struggle.

The person who I have my child with is going to be the right person. I don't want to raise a child by myself. I could do it. But I definitely don't want to. I want to be a mother who has the original father there. And I want to be with that person until I'm 80 years old, sitting out on the porch with our glasses of lemonade, laughing about our lives.

[on her sitcom "Married with Children" (1987), which ran from 1987 to 1997] The show definitely shocked and disgusted people. But, privately, they enjoyed laughing at it. I think all too often people look at the perfect families on television and think, "Why can't my family be like that?" In the case of "Married with Children", people were able to say, "Thank God my family's not like that!"

I've always been shy and sort of vulnerable. My mom says that when she would drop me off at school, I'd stand back and check out the situation - see if it was safe before I'd join the other kids.

[on how she coped with being a TV star in her teens] I wasn't one to go out and buy a new car and stereo system and expensive clothes. My mom helped keep me grounded.

[about her husband, actor Johnathon Schaech (they've since divorced)] We're best friends. And that spark is always there. I can't wait to see him, even though I saw him a few hours ago.

I started doing radio commercials for Kmart when I was 4. They had to splice all my consonants together because I couldn't talk very well. But these jobs helped my mother and me put food on the table. It took the two of us working.

It was not easy for my mother, being a struggling actress and raising a child. We were these two sort of vagabonds, never knowing where the money was going to come from. She always says she couldn't afford a babysitter, which is why she put me on the stage.

[on having quit school] It's one of those choices that I can honestly say was a big mistake. I wish I had a better knowledge of history and the other things I could've learned. Of course, nothing is stopping me from learning now. In fact, I'm probably better prepared.

Every single kid in my group of friends at school was from a single-parent family.

[on her work in the 2004 Broadway production of "Sweet Charity"] - The work is really intense. I think working 16 hours a day is harder, but really [I think] my whole soul changed doing that year of Broadway. Your audience every night belongs to you. It's different. You control everything. It's just a beautiful, beautiful thing.

Date of Birth
22 June 1971, Detroit, Michigan, USA


5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Biography

Mary Lynn Rajskub is an American actress, comedienne and singer who is best known as a co-star of Kiefer Sutherland on the popular television series "24" (2001).

She was born Mary Lynn Rajskub on June 22, 1971, in Detroit, Michigan, into a family of Irish, Czech, and Polish ancestry. She was brought up in Trenton, Michigan. In 1989 she graduated from Trenton High School, then attended Detroit's College for Creative Studies, majoring in painting, before she transferred to the San Francisco Art Institute, graduating as a painter. She also studied music and acting, and for a few years she performed as a stand-up comedian at various clubs and restaurants. In 1995, Rajskub made her debut on television, she was cast by David Cross as one of the original cast members of "Mr. Show with Bob and David" (1995). After her split from Cross, she left the show during its second season, and briefly took a job as a coffee brewer at Seattle's Best Coffee. In 1999 she joined the cast of 'Veronica's Closet' TV series, as Cloe, appearing in 15 episodes of the show.

As a skilled guitar player, Rajskub has been part of the comic duo called 'Girls Guitar Club' and appeared on the NBC's 'Late Friday' TV show. In the 2000s she has ventured into more dramatic roles, most notably her role as analyst Chloe O'Brian opposite Kiefer Sutherland on the popular TV series "24" (2001). She joined the show in 2003 at the beginning of the show's third season, then returned in the show's fourth season as a recurring cast member. Her character has been a hit with viewers and critics. Rajskub became a main cast member in the show's fifth season, then replaced Kim Raver as a female lead, with top billing second only to Kiefer Sutherland in the season of 2006 - 2007, until her character was arrested and skipped a few episodes in 2007.

While she has been mainly a television star, Rajskub also played bit parts on the big screen in Magnolia (1999), Man on the Moon (1999), Road Trip (2000), among her other works. She offered mesmerizing performances in Mysterious Skin (2004), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), and in Punch-Drunk Love (2002), then played a few more visible roles such as Janet Stone in Firewall (2006), opposite Harrison Ford, and as Pam in Little Miss Sunshine (2006). In 2006 Harrison Ford presented Rajskub with the Female Breakthrough Award for her "high concept comedic stage productions, as well as her TV and film acting skills." She was also nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Awards two times, in 2005, and in 2007.

Besides her work in film and on television, Mary Lynn Rajskub has been performing locally in Hollywood with her Girls Guitar Club show. Outside of her acting profession she is fond of art and is known as a regular visitor of LA's best museums, she also has been writing, painting and exhibiting her works at art shows and art auctions.

Mary Lynn Rajskub is currently residing in Los Angeles, California.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov

Matthew Rolph     (1 August 2009 - present) 1 child

Trade Mark

Deadpan face and comedic delivery


Part of the Girls Guitar Club comic duo, with Karen Kilgariff.

Formerly lived with composer/musician Jon Brion.

Thanked in the liner notes of Fiona Apple's 1999 CD "When the Pawn..."

Has played two different characters named "Chloe": on "Veronica's Closet" (1997) and on "24" (2001).

Her last name is pronounced "Rice-Cub."

Is a stand-up comedian, and performs at comedy clubs around L.A.

1989 Graduate of Trenton High School, Trenton, Michigan.

Attended Detroit's College for Creative Studies, majoring in painting, before she transferred to the San Francisco Art Insitute.

Is an avid and prolific painter.

Owns a poodle named Claire.

Is of Czech and Irish origin.

Named her cockapoo "Emmy" after 24 won the award.

Is currently performing a one woman show called "Complications of Purchasing a Poodle Pillow.".

"24" (2001) co-creator and producer Joel Surnow created the role of Chloe for Mary Lynn after he saw her performance in Punch-Drunk Love (2002).

Wrote and starred in a short film called "The Hitman.".

She auditioned for the part of Pam in "The Office" (2005). The part was later given to Jenna Fischer.

When the producers rebooted "24" (2001) after Day 3, she and Kiefer Sutherland were the only cast members to return as regulars in Day 4. Carlos Bernard, Reiko Aylesworth, and Dennis Haysbert returned during Day 4 as guest stars.

She is thanked in the liner notes of Nina Gordon's 2000 CD "Tonight and the Rest of My Life".

Mary Lynn and her boyfriend, Matthew Rolph, became the parents of a boy, Valentine Anthony Rolph, on July 24, 2008. Val weighed in at 9 lbs. 5 oz.

Though originally hired for only four installments of "24" (2001), her character Chloe ultimately spent six years on the series during which Rajskub married and had her first child.

Personal Quotes

I have to paint at least two times a week, and there's not enough time in the day to do everything. - on art and acting

I'm not married and I don't think that's going to work out for me. I'm not even bitter, I'm just exhausted. - on marriage and relationships

I think that the choice is clear, Oprah Winfrey. You can see a lot of similarities. We're both geniuses, we're both incredibly wealthy, and we've both started schools in Africa (On who would play herself in a movie on her life).

I like America. I think it's pretty cool. I got into acting to avoid politics of any sort so I could remain in a fantasy world.

Date of Birth
13 January 1961, New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name
Julia Elizabeth Scarlett Louis-Dreyfus

Little Yum-Yum (From her Seinfeld co-stars)

5' 2½" (1.59 m)

Mini Biography

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born on January 13, 1961, in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Her parents divorced when she was still young, and she spent her childhood in Washington, D.C., and New York. She met her husband, Brad Hall, while in college.

She made her feature movie debut in the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two children.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Dicker

Brad Hall     (25 June 1987 - present) 2 children

Trade Mark

Frequently plays feisty characters


Met her husband, Brad Hall, while both were attending Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). She graduated in 1982.

Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. [1998]

Both she and her husband, Brad Hall, appeared as part of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (1975) cast in early 1980s. They are the only husband/wife team to do so.

Daughter of Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, a French billionaire.

Her TV series, "Watching Ellie" (2002), was created for her by husband Brad Hall. They originally wanted it to air commercial free, but that idea was rejected by NBC.

In college, she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority.

Performed improv with Chicago's Second City and the Practical Theatre Company, started by her husband, Brad Hall.

Both her parents remarried after their divorce, and she has two half-sisters from her mother's second marriage and two half-sisters from her father's second marriage. She considers both her step-parents to be as important in her life as her biological parents.

Her grandfather, Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, was a member of the French Resistance during WWII, and flew 88 missions for Charles de Gaulle's Free French Air Force.

Fought NBC censors to allow a scene where a man runs around his house completely naked in front of Ellie (Julia's character on "Watching Ellie" (2002)). She won.

Her character on "Seinfeld" (1990), Elaine Benes, did not appear in the original pilot. She has never watched that episode--out of superstition.

Half-sister, Lauren Bowles, acts with her in "Watching Ellie" (2002).

Is included in Richard Roeper's list of actresses who've never done nude scenes in his latest book, "Ten Sure Signs a Movie Character is Doomed, and Other Surprising Movie Lists". When asked about this by Conan O'Brien, Dreyfus stated that she'd never been asked to do one.

It was announced that her TV series, "Watching Ellie" (2002) has been canceled by NBC. Lasting one year, it more than doubled the staying power of fellow "Seinfeld" (1990) alumni Jason Alexander and Michael Richards' TV series, but failed to draw a wide enough audience to warrant renewal. [June 2003]

Was originally slated to play Alison Stern in Private Parts (1997), Howard Stern's biopic. She dropped out to spend more time with her children.

Her second home in Montecito, CA, is solar-powered, radiant-heated, and built from recycled materials.

Is the first, and thus far only, one of the four primary cast members of "Seinfeld" (1990) to have received a Razzie Award nomination. She was nominated for Worst Supporting Actress in 1998 for her performance in the film Fathers' Day (1997). However, she ultimately lost the award to Alicia Silverstone in Batman & Robin (1997).

Chosen by Forbes magazine in 2006 as one of the 10 Hottest Billionaire Heiresses.

She and her future husband, Brad Hall (a year before they were married in 1987) made their feature film debut together as a couple in the fantasy horror movie Troll (1986).

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 4, 2010.

First female guest to appear on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" (2009) after it relocated to Los Angeles (June 3, 2009 / episode 3).

During a visit to "Ellen", Bradley Whitford revealed that his (then) wife, Jane Kaczmarek received a big bouquet of flowers from Julia-Louis Dreyfus the day after the Emmy Awards. Both Jane and Julia were nominated in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Jane had been highly tipped to win for 'Malcolm In The Middle' but the Emmy was given to Julia-Louis Dreyfus for 'The New Adventures Of Old Christine'. With the bouquet was a card with the words 'You Got Screwed'.

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 31, a son Henry Hall on July 1, 1992. Child's father is her husband, Brad Hall.

Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 36, a son Charles Hall on May 30, 1997. Child's father is her husband, Brad Hall.

Nominated in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, "Veep", at The Women's Image Network (WIN) Awards 2012.

Personal Quotes

I'm not somebody who really believes in curses, but curse this baby! [referring to the so called "Seinfeld curse", in which little or no success has come since the show to the four main actors, upon accepting her Emmy award for "The New Adventures of Old Christine".]

I will quote Norman Lear, who said that celebrity is something you can spend. And so I have taken my so-called celebrity and occasionally spent it down on causes or things that I'm passionate about. I'm not running for office. I'm not a scientist. But I'm a concerned citizen.

[on playing the leading character in 'Veep'] Well, let's see. I personally am not the Vice-President of the United States. I want to make sure everyone understands that. But the aspect of presenting yourself in a certain way to the public and be liked - there is a parallel between public life and life as a person in show business, and that's sort of fun to draw on. I'm trying to watch a lot of in-between moments on C-SPAN.

Whenever I felt down, my mom would remind me that sense of humor gets you through just about anything.

"The New Adventures of Old Christine" (2006)     $225,000/episode (2007-08)

Where Are They Now

(August 2004) Appeared in a reading of Arthur Miller's newest play (and first comedy), "Resurrection Blues", in New York.

(October 2005) Appearing on the cover of Home & Country magazine which features an article on homes in Montecito, California where she has a second home.

(2009) Appeared in commercials for "Healthy Choice".

(January 2011) Attached to HBO pilot, "VEEP."

(February 2011) Filming HBO pilot "VEEP" In Washington DC area

Date of Birth
21 August 1989, Palisades, New York, USA

Birth Name
Hayden Leslie Panettiere


5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Biography

Hayden Leslie Panettiere was born on 21st August 1989 in Palisades, New York to Lesley Vogel and Skip Panettiere, along with younger brother Jansen Panettiere. Her mom got her started in the business by doing commercials when she was just 11 months old. Then, at only 4 1/2, she was cast on the soap opera "One Life to Live" (1968), where she remained until 1997. Since then, she has gone on to appear in many feature films and TV movies. But she is probably best known in the United States for her role as "Claire" on the hit TV show, "Heroes" (2006/II).

As for movies, Hayden starred in Remember the Titans (2000) with Denzel Washington and Joe Somebody (2001) with Tim Allen. When Hayden isn't working, she enjoys singing, dancing, horseback riding, gymnastics, taking piano lessons, and swimming.

She has been involved with many animated movies, beginning with A Bug's Life (1998) as "Dot", later to follow was Dinosaur (2000), the video game Kingdom Hearts (2002) (VG), and The Mark of Kri (2002) (VG). Her next movie is Racing Stripes (2005), a partly animated film, but Hayden will star in the human role; other cast members include the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Dustin Hoffman, Joshua Jackson and Mandy Moore.

In 2003, she joined the likes of Jessica Lange, Tom Wilkinson and Clancy Brown in Jane Anderson's Normal (2003) (TV), a film about a Midwestern husband and father who announces his plans to have a sex-change operation. In July of the same year, Hayden appeared in a John Guare play, "Landscape of the Body", for the Williamstown theater festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
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Trade Mark

Short Stature


Began her acting career at 11 months when she appeared in a commercial for Playskool.

Has appeared in over 50 commercials.

2000:'s Actress of the Year.

Parents are: Lesley Vogel, a former soap opera actress; and Alan L. Skip Panettiere, a fire department lieutenant. Coincidentally, Hayden's first rescue on "Heroes" (2006/II) was from a train wreck fire.

7/21/98: Soap Opera Magazine's star of the week.

Appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) on December 30, 1998.

In "Guiding Light" (1952), for Hayden's character Lizzie's battle with leukemia, the show received a Special Recognition Award from The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for bringing national awareness of the disease to the attention of daytime viewers.

As Lizzie Spaulding on "Guiding Light" (1952), Hayden had to deal with difficult story lines in which she shot and killed her mother's abuser, been kidnapped, gone through both of her parents remarrying, and just recently battled leukemia.

2000: Was nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for A Bug's Life (1998) Read-Along.

Hobbies include singing, dancing, horseback riding, gymnastics, and swimming.

Her last name was printed wrong in an issue of the "Discovery Girls" magazine where she was considered an "Exceptional Tween".

Was originally cast to play Sarah Altman in Panic Room (2002) but was later replaced by Kristen Stewart.

Elder sister of Jansen Panettiere, with whom she co-starred in Tiger Cruise (2004) (TV). She always brought Jansen along, whenever possible, while filming on location.

She has known Spencer Breslin and Abigail Breslin (her Raising Helen (2004) co-stars) before they could talk.

Her last name is pronounced "Pan-Uh-Tee-Air-Ee"; the Italian translation is "Baker".

Had a partnership with United States Postal Inspection Service and the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children in a campaign against online predators, called 2 SMRT 4U.

Is best friends with Daniella Morris.

Has two dogs, named Penny Lane and Madison.

Ex-girlfriend of Milo Ventimiglia. They were together from 2008-2009.

In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $2 million.

She is the second-ever recipient of The Wyler Award (which honors a celebrity who has raised awareness of animal issues) for her on-the-ground work to expose Japan's slaughter of dolphins.

Voted #5 in FHM 100 Sexiest 2008.

Voted #6 in FHM 100 Sexiest 2007.

Ranked #13 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.

Ranked #1 on Wizard magazine's "Sexiest Women of TV" list (March 2008).

Is being considered for the role of Ariel Moore in Footloose (2011) along with Miley Cyrus, Julianne Hough and Amanda Bynes.

Despite impressing producers with her audition, she lost out the role of Ariel Moore in Footloose (2011) to Julianne Hough.

Along with other protesters including Isabel Lucas, Hayden Panettiere paddled out on surfboards to a pod of dolphins off the coast of Taiji/Japan to protest the killing of dolphins on Thursday 1st of November 2007. This action is mentioned in the documentary The Cove (2009).

Was ranked #30 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2010 list.

Ranked #11 in FHM's "Sexiest Women" list in 2008.

Ranked #21 in the 2011 FHM list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".

Ranked #12 in the 2010 FHM UK list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".

Mother, Lesley Vogel-Panettiere, doubles as her manager.

Personal Quotes

When the camera comes on, I am not Hayden any more, I am Lizzie!

I hate how people say I'm growing up fast.

You go on these Internet blogs and people say the meanest things. I'm a normal person. Just because I'm in the spotlight doesn't mean I'm God's gift to the world. I'm learning and making mistakes just like every other 17-year-old girl out there.

The funny thing is that people see one film like Racing Stripes (2005) or Ice Princess (2005) and all of a sudden, slip me into this category of "that's what she's always involved in" but people don't remember that I did Normal (2003) (TV) with Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson for HBO, which was very dramatic. They don't remember that I did Lies My Mother Told Me (2005) (TV) which was the Lifetime film with Joely Richardson and Colm Feore, which was also extremely dramatic. They don't remember that I did Remember the Titans (2000).

I know it's really gory, and a lot of people's stomachs will probably not like me for it, but that is just awesome, just being able to be bloodied up and have different body parts put on. That's right up my alley. It's so awesome.

I think at the age I'm at, it's really hard for a film career, and I'm at a point in my life where I thought it would be a good idea to be a part of a good show and to be able to finish school.

Some people ask me whether I'm a "mama's girl" or a "papa's girl". I'm *nobody's* girl. My brother clings to our parents; I'm the one shoving them out the door.

"Heroes" (2006/II)     $2,000,000
"Nashville" (2012)     $75,000 (per episode)

Where Are They Now

(December 2004) Still living in Palisades, New York, where she grew up.

(2006) Starring in NBC's hit TV show, "Heroes" (2006/II).

(June 2010) Filming Scream 4 (2011) in Ann Arbor, Michigan..

 Date of Birth
16 October 1946, San Bruno, California, USA

Birth Name
Suzanne Marie Mahoney

The Queen of the Jiggles

5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Biography

Suzanne Somers is the third of four children born to Frank and Marion Mahoney. Her father worked loading beer onto boxcars, and her mother was a homemaker. She grew up living in constant fear of being hurt or even killed at the hands of her verbally and physically abusive alcoholic father. She was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was young, and was a poor student. She excelled, however, in the arts and was active in her school's theater program. She won a music scholarship to college, but became pregnant after six months. She married the baby's father, "Bruce Somers", and her only child, Bruce Somers, was born in November 1965. She was unhappy in her marriage and began an affair with her former drama teacher. Her husband found out about it and the marriage ended after just two years, in 1967. A single mom, she turned to modeling in San Francisco to support herself and her son. She also distanced herself from her family because her older brother and sister by then were also alcoholics. In 1968, she won a job as a prize model on a game show hosted by her future husband, Alan Hamel, who was married at the time. The two began dating, and she became pregnant while Hamel was still married. They came to the conclusion that Suzanne should have an abortion, from which she suffered severe bleeding for several days. In 1971, her son Bruce was severely injured when he was hit by a car, and the therapist counseling him only charged the struggling Suzanne $1 per week. Suzanne herself also underwent therapy to overcome the problems of her dysfunctional childhood. In the early 1970s, she landed minor roles in film and TV, and finally won a role on the series "Three's Company" (1976), where she modeled her character after Dick Clark's wife. She married Hamel in 1977. She was fired from the series after she asked for a raise at the beginning of the fifth season. She then headed to Las Vegas, where she performed extensively in the mid-1980s. In 1986, she began writing her autobiography, "Keeping Secrets", which was later made into a TV movie. In 1991, Suzanne landed the role of "Carol Foster", opposite Patrick Duffy, on the TV series "Step by Step" (1991). Since the end of that show, she has begun co-hosting the series "Candid Camera" (1992/I).
IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Alan Hamel     (11 November 1977 - present)
Bruce Somers     (14 April 1965 - 1968) (divorced) 1 child


When she was 16 she hit her father over the head with a tennis racket to stop his abuse during a drunken rage. He suffered a concussion, and did not speak to Suzanne for 2 years.

While performing in Las Vegas, she had to paint one shoe red and the other black in order to learn the choreography of the dance numbers. She could not tell her right from her left because of her dyslexia. In 1990, founded the Suzanne Somers Institute for the Effects of Addictions on Families, in Palm Springs, CA. In 1991, won the Humanitarian Award from the National Council on Alcoholism.

Associated with the Thighmaster exercise device.

At the beginning of the 1980-1981 season of "Three's Company" (1976), she asked for a raise from $30,000 an episode to $150,000 an episode and 10% ownership of the program. Those requests weren't met, and then boycotted the second and fourth shows of the season, claiming false excuses such as a broken rib. ABC forced her to finish out the remaining season on her contract, but decreased her character's role to 1 minute a week in taping. She was escorted by a security guard to a sound stage behind the set, where she filmed her few scenes, because she was no longer allowed on the set with John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt. Somers was then fired after her contract expired, and she sued ABC for $2 million, claiming her credibility in the business had been damaged. The suit was settled for about $30,000.

Graduated from Capuchino High School. Was active in drama.

Initially, got the role of "Jill Munroe" in "Charlie's Angels" (1976), but lost it to Farrah Fawcett.

Announced on "Larry King Live" (1985) that she is battling breast cancer, and that she is undergoing homeopathic treatment against the will of her doctors. She also underwent liposuction in an effort to deal with the effects of the cancer. [28 March 2001]

She was also the brunette walking along the beach of the opening credits of the first 3 seasons of "Three's Company" (1976). She was wearing a wig.

Appeared as a contestant on "The Dating Game" (1965) in 1973.

Was named Las Vegas' Female Entertainer of the Year in 1986.

Was arrested in 1970 for passing bad checks; the charges were dropped when she paid restitution.

Studied Marilyn Monroe's poses from her movies, and then copied them for media photos during her "Three's Company" (1976) days.

She and Joyce DeWitt did not speak for 30 years after leaving the show in 1981. Finally, in February 2012, they reunited after Suzanne invited Joyce to be a guest on her web series "Suzanne Somers: Breaking Through.".

Hired Jay Bernstein to manage her and do for her what he did for Farrah Fawcett.

Stepchildren (from Alan Hamel): Stephen Hamel and Leslie.

Daughter of Marion Mahoney and Frank Mahoney.

Younger sister of Maureen Gilmartin and Daniel Mahoney.

Mother of Bruce Somers.

24 January 2003, Received Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

She was the fourth actress to be hired for the "Chrissy" role on "Three's Company" (1976). Actress Susanne Zenor played "Samantha", a Chrissy type in the first pilot. After being rewritten as "Chrissy Snow", ABC hired then fired Denise Galik, replacing her with Suze Lanier-Bramlett. After ABC reviewed the 2nd pilot, they dropped Lanier and hired Somers.

Irish American

Mother-in-law of Caroline Somers.

In January 2007 her Malibu seafront home was burned to the ground.

According to Somers' second autobiography, when she signed to do "Three's Company" (1976) in the spring of 1977, she was to receive $2,750 per episode - it was (and is) standard practice for a beginner on a series to get "scale plus 10 percent", the 10 percent to go to her agent at the time, Jay Bernstein. Somers says she promised Bernstein *all* of the money if he would book her into every guest appearance he could find for her, which he did.

In 1970, she auditioned for Playboy's Playmate of the Month and got as far as a test series of photos taken in the Mexican jungle. She was fully nude except for a gold chain around her waist. Playboy decided not to use her at the time, but paid her $3,000 for the test. After she became a star on "Three's Company" (1976), Playboy published the entire series of photos and the handwritten Data Sheet that each potential Playmate fills out (in which she gives the year of her birth as 1947). At the time of its publication, she was a popular (and for her, lucrative) spokeswoman in a series of TV commercials for Ace Hardware. Following the publication of the pictures, Ace abruptly fired her, citing the contract's morals clause.

Somers' former "Three's Company" (1976) co-star, Joyce DeWitt, reunited with Somers on her online talk show, "Breaking Trough". It was the first time, that the former friends spoke to each other since Somers' firing from "Three's Company" (1976) in 1981, after she demanded a hefty pay raise.

Personal Quotes

My goal in life is to become the person my dog thinks I am.

American Graffiti (1973)     $1,360.72
"Three's Company" (1976)     $30,000 per episode

Where Are They Now

(2003) Sells her Somersize products (such as pjs, clothes, shoes, kitchen appliances, diet and exercise videos and books, etc.) on The Home Shopping Network (HSN).

(July 2005) Currently starring in her one woman show on Broadway entitled "The Blonde in the Thunderbird"

(July 2005) Closing her one woman show on Broadway entitled "The Blonde in the Thunderbird."

(1988) Release of her autobiography, "Keeping Secrets".

(2006) Release of her book, "Ageless: The Naked Truth about Bioidentical Hormones".

(2007) Host of an infomercial for her "FaceMaster" facial toning system.

(2004) Release of her book, "The Sexy Years: Discover the Natural Hormone Connection: The Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health and Vitality, for Women and Men".

(1999) Release of her book, "Suzanne Somers' Get Skinny on Fabulous Food".

(1997) Release of her book, "Suzanne Somers' Eat Great, Lose Weight".

(2008) Release of her book, "Breakthrough: 8 Steps to Wellness: Life-altering Secrets From Today's Cutting-edge Doctors".

(1998) Release of her book, "After the Fall: How I Picked Myself Up, Dusted Myself Off and Started All Over Again".

(October 2009) Release of her book, "Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who are Curing Cancer and How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place".


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