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Melissa George Topless

melissa-george-naked-breastsNickname: Mel, Gorgeous George, Roo

Birth Date: August 6, 1976
Birth Place: Perth, Western Australia
Parents: Glenn and Pamela George
Siblings: Marnie, Kate, Brett
Spouse: Claudio Dabed (2000 – 2011) separated
Height: 5′ 7-1/2″ (1.71 m)

Biography
Melissa Suzanne George (born 6 August 1976) is an Australian American film and television actress who has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. George is perhaps best known for her role as Angel Parrish on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. She appeared in episodes of such American television series as Charmed, Alias, Friends, Lie to Me, Grey’s Anatomy, and In Treatment.
She made her film debut in the neo-noir science fiction feature Dark City (1998), and later was cast in supporting roles in the films The Limey (1999) and Mulholland Drive (2001). Other film appearances include the remake of The Amityville Horror (2005), the thriller Turistas (2006), and the vampire horror film 30 Days of Night (2007). She garnered critical acclaim for her starring role in Triangle (2009).
Fluent in Spanish, and has adopted the perfect British and American accent.

Early Life

Melissa George was born in Perth, Western Australia. . The second of four children of Pamela, a nurse, and Glenn George, a construction worker. She developed an interest in dancing and began studying jazz, tap, ballet, and modern dance at the age of seven and studied at Warwick Senior High School. Her enthusiasm for dance eventually evolved into a passion for artistic roller skating. She is an Australian national roller skating champion and won bronze medals in the National Championships in 1989 and 1990. She won a silver medal at the Junior World Championship in 1991.

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

Career

Early work (1992–1998)
George began modeling in her early teens, and in 1992 she was named Western Australia’s Teenage Model of the Year. At the age of sixteen she met casting agent Liz Mullinar and won the role of Angel Parrish on the popular Australian soap Home and Away.
Her role earned her five consecutive Logie Award nominations, of which she won two. She moved to Sydney to start her acting career. She made a health and fitness video, Mind, Body and Soul(1996), created a sleepwear line called “An Angel at My Bedside”, posed naked for Playboy magazine and had a recurring role on the short-lived Fox Broadcasting Company television fantasy drama series Roar (1997), opposite Heath Ledger, before leaving Australia to move to Los Angeles to try her luck in Hollywood.
She scored a small role in the critically favored thriller film Dark City (1998).

Career breakthrough (1999–2007)
The early 2000s would have George playing bit parts in several American television shows, including “Friends” (1994) and “Monk” (2002), ultimately landing the role of Lauren Reed on the hit “Alias” alongside Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan.
After a supporting role in Steven Soderbergh’s 1999 neo-noir crime film The Limey, she was cast in a supporting role, Cleo Miller, in the 2001 black comedy Sugar & Spice and had a minor role in David Lynch’s critically acclaimed Mulholland Drive, which opened at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. She starred in several unaired TV pilots, such as Lost in Oz. She starred in the short-lived ABC drama-comedy Thieves, co-starring John Stamos. She starred in the sixth season premiere of the WB series Charmed, and had a minor role opposite Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregorin the 2003 romantic comedy Down with Love.

Her first starring role in a feature film was Kathy Lutz in the 2005 remake of the 1979 horror film, The Amityville Horror. The film was not well received by critics, but was a major success at the worldwide box office, grossing over $108 million. Despite bad and unfavorable reviews, Film Threat praised George and her co-star Ryan Reynolds’s performances, stating that they “make a striking couple. Both young and extremely attractive” and that she “does an impeccable American accent, but otherwise she is unremarkable as Kathy Lutz. Her physical beauty is sometimes distracting, but not enough to keep the audience awed by her acting.” That same year, she played Deanna Schine in the thriller Derailed, co-starring Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston. In 2006, she filmed the horror-thriller Turistas with Josh Duhamel and Olivia Wilde.
In 2007, she landed the lead role, Christine, in the drama Music Within, opposite Ron Livingston. The film had a limited release. In an interview, she said that she “knew that Christine’s a true character, and the woman responsible for Richard Pimentel’s sort of success in a way. She was the driving force behind him and behind every good man is a good woman, and Christine was that woman.” She starred in the British horror thriller WΔZ, and had a prominent role in the film adaptation of 30 Days of Night, directed by David Slade and co-starring Josh Hartnett. The film was a modest success with a over $75 million worldwide gross.

Recent Roles (2008 – present)
George returned to television in 2008 in the HBO half-hour drama In Treatment, co-starring Gabriel Byrne and Dianne Wiest, receiving a 2009 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, and also received a nomination for “Best Actress” at the 2009 Australian Film Institute Awards.
In September 2008, it was announced that George was joining the cast of Grey’s Anatomy for eleven episodes as Sadie Harris, a bisexual intern, but in January 2009 it was released that she was leaving the show in a mutual agreement with the producers. In 2008, she starred in the film The Betrayed, which was released at the San Diego Film Festival, and was released direct-to-video in the United States on 30 June 2009.
On 9 November 2009, it was announced that George would guest-star in at least two episodes of Fox’s Lie to Me playing Clara Martin. George also received the lead role in the Australian-British mystery thriller by Chris Smith titled Triangle. which opened to highly positive reviews. George also stars in the British thriller film A Lonely Place to Die, directed by Julian Gilbey.
In November 2010, George was named the new face of L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
In recent weeks George was quoted on air by the toughest critic as the actress of her generation for her controversial lead role on BBC 4′s The Slap based on the award winning book. The series, also starring the Oscar nominated actress Sophie Okonedo, has given BBC 4, 3 times the ratings than any show to date. George has relocated to London after being offered the title role in the untitled upcoming British espionage series for the BBC from the creator of the X Files, in association with HBO. Melissa will star as Samantha an MI6 operative.

George has graced the cover of Vogue, GQ, and recently Anna Wintour, editor of US vogue shot Melissa for both Men’s vogue and American Vogue. George was also invited to sit at the vogue table for the coveted MET gala in NYC.

The year 2011 has been incredibly successful for Melissa, she starred as one of the leads in the British comedy Swinging with the Finkels opposite Martin Freeman. A Lonely Place to Die, released in the UK in September, just took home best film and best direction at the 2011 Action festival in the UK, as well as best film, and direction at the Toronto film festival. In May George finished filming the title role with Julia Stiles in the screen adaptation of the comedy Between Us based on the Broadway play.
Though a veteran of television in both Australia and the United States, George has achieved considerable success in her film career, which has hardly spanned over a decade.

Personal Life

George married Chilean film director, Claudio Dabed, on 22 September 2000. She became a naturalized American citizen in 2008. In 2011 she and Dabed announced their intention to divorce and George began dating hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. George is the cousin of the opera singer Taryn Fiebig.

Filmography

2012 Hunted (TV series)
Sam Hunter

2011 Bag of Bones (TV mini-series)
Mattie

2011 The Slap (TV series)
Rosie

2011 Swinging with the Finkels
Janet

2011 A Lonely Place to Die
Alison

2010 Lie to Me (TV series)
Clara Musso

2010 Second Chances (TV movie)
Kate Fischer

2009 U.S. Attorney (TV movie)
Susan Shelle

2009 Triangle
Jess

2008-2009 Grey’s Anatomy (TV series)
Dr. Sadie Harris

2009 Devil’s Eye (short)
Melissa

2008 The Betrayed
Jamie

2008 In Treatment (TV series)
Laura Hill

2007 30 Days of Night
Stella Oleson

2007 Home Sick
Call Girl #2 (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

2007 The Killing Gene
Helen Westcott

2007 Music Within
Christine

2006 Turistas
Pru

2006 Two Twisted (TV series)
Mathilda Banks

2005/I Derailed
Deanna Schine

2005 The Amityville Horror
Kathy Lutz

2003-2005 Alias (TV series)
Lauren Reed

2003 Charmed (TV series)
Freyja

2003 L.A. Confidential (TV movie)
Lynn Bracken

2003 Monk (TV series)
Jenna Ryan

2003 Down with Love
Elkie

2003 Friends (TV series)
Molly

2003 Coupling (TV series)
Susan

2002 Lost in Oz (TV movie)
Alex Wilder

2001 Thieves (TV series)
Rita

2001 New Port South
Amanda

2001 Mulholland Dr.
Camilla Rhodes

2001 Sugar & Spice

2000 Tales of the South Seas (TV series)
Kat

1999 The Limey
Jennifer ‘Jenny’ Wilson

1999 Silk Stalkings (TV series)
Fiona Grant

1998 Dark City
May

1998 Hollyweird (TV movie)
Caril Ann

1997 Fable (TV movie)
Rex Fable

1997 Murder Call (TV series)
Petra Salinis

1997 Roar (TV series)
Molly

1993-1996 Home and Away (TV series)
Angel Brooks / Angel Parrish
Awards and Nominations
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

2004
Won Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award
category Female for Alias (2001) (TV)
Australian Film Institute

2009
Got nomination for AFI International Award
category Best Actress for In Treatment (2008) (TV)
Golden Globes, USA

2009
Got nomination for Golden Globe
category Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for In Treatment (2008) (TV)
Logie Awards

1996
Got nomination for Gold Logie Award
for Home and Away (1988) (TV)
1996
Got nomination for Silver Logie Award
category Most Popular Actress for Home and Away (1988) (TV)
1995
Won Silver Logie Award
category Most Popular Actress for Home and Away (1988) (TV)
1995
Got nomination for Gold Logie Award
for Home and Away (1988) (TV)
1994
Won Logie Award
category Most Popular New Talent for Home and Away (1988) (TV)

Trivia
• Stepdaughter, Martina Dabed, was born in 1995.
• Was an Australian national champion in rollerskating. She won bronze medals in the National Championships in 1989 and 1990 and a silver medal at the Junior World Championship in 1991.
• Dropped out of high school at age 16.
• Best friends with Rachel Blanchard.
• Met her future husband Claudio Dabed on June 20, 1998, in Bali.
• Husband Claudio Dabed is Chilean.
• Named Western Australia’s teenage model of the year (1992).
• Melissa learned a bit of Portuguese for the movie Turistas.
• Melissa claims that she was a class clown in high school.
• Melissa was a huge Grey’s Anatomy fan even before joining the cast for the show.
• Melissa described her role in the psychological thriller The Triangle one of the most difficult roles she has performed.
• In 2008, Melissa became an American citizen just so she could vote for Barack Obama.
• Melissa George became the first celebrity to imprint her hands into Walk of Fame of Warner Bros. Movie World in Gold Coast, Australia. She signed it “Love always, Melissa George, 2008” in August 2008 while she was filming Triangle.
• Melissa made it to the list of Who magazine’s World’s Sexiest People of 2008.
• Melissa divides her time between Los Angeles, where most of her work is, and Buenos Aires in Argentina, where her home is based. When she can, she visits her family in Australia.
• Two of the directors Melissa would like to work with are Wong Kar-wai, who directedThe Mood for Love and Pedro Almodovar.
• Melissa played herself in the documentary film Jesus Can’t Skate, directed by Jayson Sutcliffe. The film explored the world of roller figure skating featuring world champions and international competitions. Melissa also speaks of her experience as a champion skater during her teen years.
• Melissa appeared on the cover of the following magazines: – Playboy (March 1997) -Men’s Style (2004) – Jezebel (2005) – GQ (Autumn 2006) – Cream (June/July/August 2006) – Vogue (October 2006) – Sunday (February 2007).
• Melissa was cast in Shaun Cassidy’s Hollyweird, but the series was never picked up by networks.
Quotes
• The great thing about film is you start and finish. It’s a journey that lasts so long, TV lasts a long time.
• The part I enjoy about acting is just having that imagination, taking your mind to a place that you wouldn’t normally necessarily go to.
• (On which was the physically toughest and grueling situations when working on the films “30 Days of Night”, “Waz”, and “Turistas”) Turistas, working in the jungle. It was rough. It was rough climates, rough sets, but really realistic.
• (on her film Sugar & Spice) Huge party, from the day we started until we wrapped in Minneapolis. We’d all go to coffee in the morning and we became best friends. We were so excited to be in an all-girl film. It was one big shopping spree. They put us in this hotel across from a shopping mall, and we were often late for work!
• No matter what the character is, I just say to myself “If I, Melissa George, was in that situation, how would I react?” and once you do that you can just go for it, and hopefully the performance comes through.
• (On director David Slade bringing the same vibe he had on his previous film “Hard Candy”) Absolutely. Only because the way he shoots, it’s about the actors. It’s about the acting, and it’s here. [demonstrates a close shot] A 150 lens is a wide shot for David Slade…[As with] Hard Candy, everything was really tight. And what he does is, as the story gets deeper and deeper, he goes closer and closer to the actors’ faces, and then he pulls back. And that’s the scariest, pulling back to a wide. He’s very clever with his lenses and his storytelling, and with his actors.
• (On the story in the film “30 Days of Night” being set in Barrow, Alaska and shooting in New Zealand.) Yeah. We shot in Queenstown in the snow, and all you could see was snow for miles, which is perfect for the beginning of the film. And then we built the Alaskan town of Barrow four times over in Auckland. And it’s fake snow, but you realize you need to work with fake snow because you can’t work in cold temperatures like that.
• (On her acting range comparing the movie Amityville Horror to Turistas) I’m glad you saw that! That’s why I wanted to do it. I wanted to do something young…and I just wanted to sort of mix it up.
• (About her role Sadie on “Grey’s Anatomy”) Sadie gets a job at Seattle Grace due to her father, which is yet to be explored. She’s taking a leadership role at the intern society, which is hysterically funny. I haven’t stopped laughing for six weeks.
• (on Barack Obama, prior to the 2008 presidential election) He’s our Martin Luther King. He represents hope and change – the opposite of where (the US) is now. I would feel very safe living in America if he were president, he is an amazing man.
• The thing is you never know how it’s going to work out. The good thing for me is that because of my husband, my stepdaughter, the fact that I wasn’t caught up 100 per cent in Hollywood, I didn’t obsess about progress or success.
• I just thought doing something tasteful in Playboy would have more of a knock-on effect outside Australia. The whole idea was to do something that resonated in a constructive way. Not just to be famous.
• What my marriage has done when you marry the right person is they want to see you be the best person you can be but when you marry wrongly they want to put you down to make themselves feel better. I’ve married a man that actually wants me to be a great actress and puts that first.
• It’s not difficult finding good roles, it’s difficult getting them. The problem is that other people already have them.
• I love acting. I’m not interested in anything else. Acting is what I love — being on set with great directors and exploring human behavior and telling wonderful stories for the big screen.
• (She played double-agent Lauren Reed on “Alias”) There was something about Alias where I got to be beautiful and loving in the day and evil at night, which was just a character that I did not relate to at all, but it was just such a fun, fun role.
• I like to play different ranges. When you get really deeply involved in the emotional parts, I enjoy that just as much as the fun and laughter.
• I hardly knew anything when I first arrived. I had to learn how to act as I went along. After about a year I got a grip on what acting was all about and it started coming straight from my heart. I wasn’t just saying the words any longer.
• (on her down-to-earth Aussie personality) I think people who meet me just pretty much get what I am about.

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Portia De Rossi Naked

portia-de-rossi-nudeBirth Name:               Amanda Lee Rogers

Birth Date:                 January 31, 1973

Birth Place:                Geelong, VIC Australia

Parents:                      Barry and Margaret Rogers

Spouse:                      Ellen DeGeneres (August 2008 – present)

Mel Metcalfe (1996 – 1999) divorced

Height:                       5′ 7″ (1.70 m)

Trade Mark:               Very long wavy blonde hair

 

Biography

Portia Lee James DeGeneres is an Australian actress, best known for her roles as lawyer Nelle Porter on the television series Ally McBeal and Lindsay Bluth Fünke on the sitcom Arrested Development. She also portrayed Veronica Palmer on the ABC sitcom Better Off Ted and Olivia Lord on Nip/Tuck.

 

Early Life

 

Born Amanda Lee Rogers in Victoria, Australia, she is the daughter of Margaret, a medical receptionist, and Barry Rogers. Her father died when she was nine. She was raised in Grovedale, a suburb of Geelong in Victoria, Australia. As a child, she modelled for print and TV commercials. She adopted the name Portia de Rossi at the age of 15, stating in 2005 that she had intended to reinvent herself, using the given name of Portia, a character from William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and an Italian last name.

 

“When I was 15, I changed it legally. In retrospect, I think it was largely due to my struggle about being gay. Everything just didn’t fit, and I was trying to find things I could identify myself with, and it started with my name. I picked Portia because I was a Shakespeare fan (Portia is the character in The Merchant of Venice). De Rossi because I was Australian and I thought that an exotic Italian name would somehow suit me more than Amanda Rogers. When you live in Australia, Europe is so far away and so fascinating, so stylish and cultured and sophisticated.”

 

After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Melbourne, and studied law. Although she studied diligently, in 1993, Portia found herself giving special notice to a casting director who had seen her in a commercial.

 

 

Career

Her first significant role was playing a young and impressionable model in the Australian 1994 film Sirens, a low budget comedy, starring Hugh Grant. She was cast in the role of Giddy, one of the three gorgeous models in the movie. “It kind of turned my life upside down,” said Portia de Rossi about landing the part. Indeed, it would soon alter her game plan forever.

While on a 1995 trip to Denver — to attend the Telluride Film Festival — Portia, on impulse, decided to switch her return ticket from Sydney to Los Angeles in the hopes of jump-starting her newly discovered passion. She had guest roles on several TV shows, and a permanent role in Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher. It wasn’t until 1997, however, that Portia at last began to attract real attention. She turned an unforgettable role as Murphy in Scream 2. During this time in the United States, de Rossi worked diligently to replace her native Australian accent with her current General American one.

She attracted international attention when she joined the main cast of the Ally McBeal TV series in 1998, playing the “Ice Queen” lawyer Nelle Porter. For de Rossi, it was the role of a lifetime; she had been following Ally religiously since the show’s 1997 debut. She won raves for her performance on Ally McBeal and even shared the 1999 SAG Award for “Best Ensemble in a Comedy” with her costars. She remained with the show until its end in 2002. “She’s very intelligent and that comes across in her acting,” David E. Kelley once remarked in singing Portia de Rossi’s praises.

 

She has also worked on such projects as Stigmata (1999), Girl (1998), and The Invisibles (1999), and she has appeared on several magazine covers, including Sharpe. After more than a decade of hard work, Portia is finally beginning to win real recognition, not only for her long golden tresses, but also for her wonderful talent.

In 2001, she starred in Who Is Cletis Tout? with Christian Slater.

From 2003–2006, de Rossi starred as Lindsay Bluth Fünke on Fox Television’s critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning series Arrested Development.

She also portrayed John F. Kennedy, Jr.’s wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, in the made for TV movie America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story in 2003. In 2005 she portrayed a fortune-teller named Zela in the Wes Craven thriller Cursed. From 2007–2008, de Rossi appeared in Nip/Tuck’s fifth season as Julia McNamara’s girlfriend Olivia Lord.

In 2009 and 2010, de Rossi played the high-strung, oversexual, and controlling Veronica Palmer on the ABC show Better Off Ted. De Rossi will reprise her role as Lindsay Bluth Fünke in 2012’s film adaptation of Arrested Development. In 2011 she appeared in Better Off Ted cast member Malcolm Barrett’s music video for “Revenge of the Nerds”, spoofing her character Veronica in a cameo (alongside other cast members of the cancelled series).

She ranked 69th in Stuff’s 100 Sexiest Women, 31 in Femme Fatales’ Sexiest Women of 2003 list, 24 in Maxim’s 100 Sexiest Women List in 2004, and in late 2006, the magazine Blender listed her as one of the hottest women of film and TV. In May 2007, she was featured as one of 100 Most Beautiful in a People magazine special edition. TV Guide included her and Ellen DeGeneres in their Power A-List couples in 2007.

In February 2012 it was announced that ABC had picked up new drama series The Smart One, executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres which would feature Portia de Rossi in a leading role. The actress will star as a “brilliant and successful woman who begrudgingly goes to work for her less-brainy but more popular sister – a former beauty queen, weather girl and now big-city Mayor.”

Personal Life

De Rossi was married to documentary film-maker Mel Metcalfe from 1996 to 1999, initially part of a plan to get a green card, but she did not go through with it. “I married him for a green card. We had a really great, caring relationship; it just obviously wasn`t right for me.”

In a 2010 interview on Good Morning America, she explained that as a young actress, she was fearful of being exposed as a lesbian.

From 2000 to 2004, de Rossi dated singer Francesca Gregorini, the daughter of Barbara Bach and the stepdaughter of Ringo Starr. She said that most of her family and Ally McBeal castmates did not know she was a lesbian until tabloid pictures of the couple were published. She declined to publicly discuss the relationship or her sexual orientation at the time.

De Rossi and Gregorini broke up in late 2004 because de Rossi began dating Ellen DeGeneres, whom she met backstage at an awards show. In 2005, she opened up publicly about her sexual orientation in interviews with Details and The Advocate. She became engaged when DeGeneres proposed with a 3-carat diamond ring. They were married at their Beverly Hills home on 16 August 2008 (during the brief window wherein same-sex marriage was legal in California), witnessed by their mothers and 19 other guests. On 6 August 2010, Portia filed a petition to legally change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres. The petition was granted on 23 September 2010. She became a US citizen in September 2011.

De Rossi struggled with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa for four years while filming Ally McBeal.

In 2010, de Rossi published the autobiography Unbearable Lightness which talks about the turmoil that she has experienced in her life, including suffering from anorexia nervosa and being misdiagnosed with lupus. To promote the book, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

 

Philanthropy

 

De Rossi supports a variety of charitable organisations, including Locks of Love, a group that provides human hair wigs (made from donated ponytails) either free of charge or on a sliding scale based on their own guidelines for kids with alopecia and other medical conditions that cause hair loss. She has also supported fundraising efforts for FXB International, an African AIDS relief organisation, and The Art of Elysium, an art foundation for terminally ill children. An avid animal lover, de Rossi also supports Alley Cat Allies, an organisation dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of cats. de Rossi and wife Ellen DeGeneres have also been vegan since 2008, and are strong supporters of the Gentle Barn, a California-based sanctuary for abused animals.

 

Filmography

 

2011    Revenge of the Nerds (video short)
Principal Palmer

 

2009-2010       Better Off Ted (TV series)
Veronica Palmer

 

2007-2009       Nip/Tuck (TV series)
Olivia Lord

 

2009    The Shift (video)
Denise Moore (as Portia De Rossi)

 

2003-2006       Arrested Development (TV series)
Lindsay Bluth Fünke

 

2005    Cursed
Zela

 

2004    Dead & Breakfast
Kelly – The Bride

 

2003    The Night We Called It a Day
Hilary Hunter

 

2003    I Witness
Emily Thompson (as Portia De Rossi)

 

2003    Mister Sterling (TV series)
Lauren Barnes

 

2003    America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story (TV movie)
Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

 

2003    Two Girls from Lemoore
Blind Woman

 

2002    The Twilight Zone (TV series)
Laurel Janus

 

2002    The Glow (TV movie)
Jackie Lawrence

 

1998-2002       Ally McBeal (TV series)
Nelle Porter

 

2001    Who Is Cletis Tout?
Tess Tobias

 

2001    Women in Film
Gina

 

1999    Ally (TV series)
Nelle Porter

 

1999    Stigmata
Jennifer Kelliho

 

1999    American Intellectuals
Sarah

 

1999    The Invisibles
Joy

 

1998    Perfect Assassins (TV movie)
Lana Collins

 

1998    Astoria (TV movie)

 

1998    Girl
Carla Sparrow (as Portia Di Rossi)

 

1997    Scream 2
Sorority Sister Murphy

 

1997    Veronica’s Closet (TV series)
Carolyn

 

1996-1997       Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher (TV series)
Elana Lewis

 

1996    The Woman in the Moon
Shauna

 

1995-1996       New York Daze (TV series)
Maria Hunter

 

1993    Sirens
Giddy (as Portia De Rossi)

Awards

Satellite Awards

2005

Won Golden Satellite Award
category Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical for Arrested Development (2003)

2004

Got nomination for Golden Satellite Award
category Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Comedy or Musical for Arrested Development (2003) (TV)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

 

2006

Got nomination for Actor Award
category Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Arrested Development (2003) (TV) shared with Will Arnett; Jason Bateman; Tony Hale

2005

Got nomination for Actor Award
category Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Arrested Development (2003) (TV) shared with Jason Bateman; Michael Cera; Will Arnett

2001

Got nomination for Actor Award
category Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Ally McBeal (1997) (TV) shared with Calista Flockhart; Jane Krakowski; Lucy Liu

2000

Got nomination for Actor Award
category Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Ally McBeal (1997) (TV) shared with Calista Flockhart; Lucy Liu; Courtney Thorne-Smith

1999

Won Actor Award
category Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Ally McBeal (1997) (TV) shared with Calista Flockhart; Courtney Thorne-Smith; Jane Krakowski

 

TV Land Awards

 

2004

Won Future Classic Award
for Arrested Development (2003) (TV) shared with Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

 

 

Trivia

  • Got the role of Nell Porter on “Ally McBeal” (1997) after Vanessa Marcil was forced to turn it down, due to signing on to “Beverly Hills, 90210” (1990).
  • Got her role in Who Is Cletis Tout? (2001) after Sarah Michelle Gellar turned it down.
  • Sang backing vocals on now ex-girlfriend’s Francesca Gregorini’s album “Sequel”.
  • Shares a birthday with “Arrested Development” (2003) costar Jessica Walter.
  • Her wedding with Ellen DeGeneres on August 16, 2008, took place at their house in Beverly Hills, California, and was attended by her mother and brother and by Ellen’s parents.
  • Shares a birthday with her grandmother, who was born in 1907.
  • In September 2010, a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner granted Portia’s request to take the last name of her wife, Ellen DeGeneres. Portia is now legally known as Portia Lee James DeGeneres.
  • Turned down a starring role in the 1998 film Gia because of nude lesbian scenes.
  • After years of portraying American characters, had difficulty resurrecting her Australian accent for her role in 2003’s The Night We Called It a Day.
  • Has a passion for playing guitar.
  • Underwent laser treatment to remove the tattooed initials of ex-girlfriend Francesca Gregorini from her wedding finger.
  • Shot a public service announcement TV ad to honor Lawrence King, who was shot to death in the head on February 12, 2008 for being a homosexual, which was debuted on America’s gay TV network Logo on March 10, 2008.
  • Portia and Ellen DeGeneres were ranked 6th on the Forbes Top-Earning Celeb Couples list, with $36 million made in 2009.
  • In the Top 10 Gay wedding list published in 2008, the Telegraph (a British newspaper) ranked the union between Portia De Rossi and her civil partner Ellen DeGeneres at no 6.
  • Portia has the same birthday as her Arrested Development co-star Jessica Walter. Their birthdays are on January 31st.
  • Portia appeared in all 53 episodes of the sitcom Arrested Development before its cancellation in 2006.
  • In 2004 Portia was in the movie Dead & Breakfast.
  • In 2005 Portia and Ellen are reported to have bought Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s Beverly Hills house. It was on the market for $20 million.
  • Portia was involved in a car crash with girlfriend Ellen DeGeneres on September 1, 2005. They were not seriously harmed, and only suffered minor injuries.
  •  In 2006 Portia and Ellen began raising money to help the health crisis in Africa. Through generous celebrity donations they have raised upwards of $400,000.
  • Portia is able to play and enjoys playing the guitar.
  • Portia has a pet dog named Bean.
  •  In 2006 Portia and her girlfriend, Ellen DeGeneres bought a 120 acre ranch in California.

Quotes

  • (on changing her name) It was the most courageous thing I’ve ever done.
  • (on her marriage to Ellen DeGeneres) Marriage is a different way of being together. There’s a peace to (being married) and a sense of togetherness that we just didn’t have before. And I didn’t even realize it would change as much as it has, but it’s so lovely. It’s legal, and it’s real, so there’s that kind of formality to it that makes it very valid.
  • (on the possibility of her and Ellen DeGeneres having children) I don’t know if it’s our immediate future. It’s something we talk about every few months.
  • (on filming a lesbian sex scene with Joely Richardson in ” Nip/Tuck”) I hate gratuitous sex scenes. I’m a prude. I related to Joely’s character so much more than my own. She was having a really hard time with her sexuality, and it was difficult for her to tell people she was gay. To hear her struggle like that was very emotional for me.
  • I love body parts, especially hands.
  • It’s important to me to find music that feels like my own private experience, music that you think not everybody gets.
  • (on changing her name): When I was 15, I changed it legally. In retrospect, I think it was largely due to my struggle about being gay. Everything just didn’t fit, and I was trying to find things I could identify myself with, and it started with my name.
  • I wouldn’t even drive down Santa Monica Boulevard – I’m not kidding – in fear that someone would look in the car window and think I was gay.
  • I’m very excited about the new season of Arrested Development. I think it’s a brilliant show—all the characters are so deplorable, and yet somehow likable. Even scarier, they’re relatable.
  • (on her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres): It’s a very respectful, very loving, peaceful relationship. We have a lot in common; we share the same outlook on life. I really feel not alone for the first time in my life.
  • I ran into Ellen at a photo shoot about a year ago and she took my breath away. That had never happened to me in my life, where I saw somebody and experienced all of those things you hear about in songs and read about in poetry.
  • I had met Ellen about five years ago, and there was definitely a lot of chemistry between us, but I didn’t allow myself to think of being with her just because of the place I was at. I was still on Ally McBeal and still closeted, and this seemed inconceivable. But I really never stopped thinking about her, because I just haven’t felt that kind of energy with anyone in my life.
  • (on her role in Ally McBeal): That character on Ally McBeal was the most difficult one I’ve ever played. I don’t naturally sit or stand or walk or hold my head the way she did. That sounds so actorly, but it’s true—I had to consciously make sure my head was straight, because my natural being is to slouch. It was four whole years of making sure I didn’t shift my weight onto my left leg and put my hand on my hip.
  • I’m very happy. I’m happier than I ever, ever thought I could be.
  • I didn’t choose the fact that I was gay, but I did choose whether to live my life as a gay woman—that was the terrifying thing for me. Especially being a gay actress. I love playing all different kinds of women, and the majority of women aren’t gay, so the majority of characters aren’t going to be gay.
  • David E. Kelley came to my dressing room and wanted to write an arc for my character where she explores having a relationship with a woman. But I said no. I felt that was exploiting me. Here I was really worried that it would be the end of my job on the show, and he was so titillated by it he wanted to write a whole character arc about it.
  • The most important thing for me was to never, ever, ever deny it. But I didn’t really have the courage to talk about it. I was thinking, Well, the people who need to know I’m gay know, and I’m somehow living by example by continuing on with my career and having a full, rich life, and I am incidentally gay, but it’s not a big political platform. I justified it in so many ways. Believe me, I had a very, very long and difficult struggle with my sexuality.
  • (on changing her name): I picked Portia because I was a Shakespeare fan.
  • In high school I had sex with girls quite a few times. They were straight women who I convinced to jump in the sack with me.
  • A lot of models call themselves bisexual, so I just hid behind that title for a very long time.
  • Actually, I came out to my mom three times. First at 16, when she found The Joy of Lesbian Sex under my bed. She was devastated.
  • Eventually I just want to rescue animals and live on that farm.
  • Ellen just bought me a horse, Jones, who’s a beautiful big gray gelding.
  • I just thought, `Oh, okay, what does an actress look like? Well, I guess you get really thin.
  • When I joined the show, I was playing a character that I liked, which was a very professional, focused, kind of icy, interesting woman. Within a few episodes, I was taking my clothes off and having sex with my boss. I wouldn`t have auditioned for that role.
  • I`m having it removed…I`m not saying it`s anything I regret doing, because I don`t. But it just doesn`t make any sense now.
  • I think that if we really look at it and trace it back, I was definitely gay. I didn`t have a lot of relationships with men, but it didn`t occur to me that I could live as a gay woman.
  • I certainly never denied it and I never altered my lifestyle or my life to try and avoid the questions, but I didn`t realize how uncomfortable I was with it until now.
  • The first time I was paparazzi`d I thought I was being investigated for an insurance claim. I just don`t share a lot of my life with close friends, much less strangers.
  • I want to exude strength and intelligence.
  • When I was about 16, I was crazy about this girl. I had a certain amount of money in the bank where I could put a downpayment on a rental, and I went to her with sunflowers.
  • If you`ve looked at all the glamour magazines lately, all the covers are actresses. If they are on those covers, they are going to try to emulate models. That`s just the way it is.
  • When you have the paparazzi hiding in the bushes outside your home, the only thing you can control is how you respond publicly.
  • You live with the fear people might find out. Then you actually have the courage to tell people and they go, I don`t think you are gay. It`s enough to drive you crazy.
  • I try to be feminine, yet intellectual and smart at the same time. You don`t see enough of that.
  • I stumbled into acting and just loved it. I deferred law school-and I`m still deferred.
  • Everyone is their own kind of lesbian. To think there`s a certain way to dress or present yourself in the world is just one more stereotype we have to fit into.
  • I love being able to wear dresses and clothes that make me feel feminine and beautiful, and I love the fact that I don`t have to all the time; I can wear a tank and jeans.
  • I have to be asked, I guess, but I love the idea of marriage. I think it`s beautiful. I`m such a romantic, and I always have been.
  • I don`t even like watching sex scenes in movies. I have a slight prudish side to me.
  • I knew that I was gay, I knew it. I just couldn`t see myself as a gay woman, even though that`s where my heart was.
  • My sexuality is a part of me that I really like. But it`s not the totality of me.
  • I saw Ellen and my knees were weak. It was amazing. And it was very hard for me to get her out of my mind after that. Then when I saw her that night, we started talking, and that`s that.
  • My feelings for Ellen overrode all of my fear about being out as a lesbian. I had to be with her, and I just figured I`d deal with the other stuff later.
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Pita Wilson Nude

peta_wilson-nudeBirth Name:               Peta Gia Wilson

Birth Date:                 November 18, 1970

Birth Place:                Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Parents:                      Darcy Wilson

Karlene White-Wilson

Sibling:                        Rob Wilson

Son:                            Marlowe Harris

Height:                       5′ 10″ (1.78 m)

 

Biography

Peta Gia Wilson  is an Australian actress and model. She is best known as Nikita in the television series La Femme Nikita.

 

Early Life

 

Wilson was born in Sydney on 18 November 1970. She is the daughter of the caterer Karlene White Wilson and Darcy Wilson, a former warrant officer in the Australian Army. Being raised in a military family, Wilson’s family moved a dozen times before she was 13. She was raised in Papau, New Guinea.  It was there that Peta developed her initial interest in performing, though at the time it was merely for entertainment’s sake, as there was no television or radio in their living quarters.

 

As she moved around, sports were Wilson’s calling card. In high school, she became the youngest member and “best player” of the Australian national netball team.  She was also an accomplished sailor, having been named Australian Champion Trailer Sailors along with her brother and father.

 

Her mother enrolled her into deportment classes in attempts to discourage the more tomboyish traits that accompanied Wilson’s fondness for sports. It was during these courses that Wilson was spotted by a modeling agent who encouraged her to consider a career on the catwalk.

 

Career

 

Wilson worked first as a model in Australia and in Europe.  She worked as a model for several years and suffered from an eating disorder; she soon grew tired of modeling and decided to try her hand at acting.

Peta moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to study acting with Arthur Mendoza at the Actors Circle Theatre and with Tom Waits at the TomKat Repertory Group. After some education in acting and after her first role in Fool For Love, an Actors Circle Theater production, Wilson was hired for some small roles in independent films, such as in Loser and in One of Our Own. Then, in 1996, Wilson was preparing to continue her studies at an acting school in New York City, but she decided to audition first for a new television show to be produced for the USA cable TV channel in North America. From a field of just over 200 aspiring actresses who auditioned for the starring role, the new program’s producers chose to offer the job to Wilson, and she accepted. This new show was called La Femme Nikita, based on the French movie Nikita. Each episode was one hour long, and the series was produced by a combination of Canadian and American companies. The show ran for five years and 96 episodes on the USA network. There were 22 episodes per season for four years, and another eight episodes in its fifth and final TV year. Most of the episodes of La Femme Nikita were filmed in and around the city of Toronto, Ontario.

Wilson’s co-stars in this TV series were the actors Roy Dupuis, Don Francks, Alberta Watson and Eugene Robert Glazer, and for her acting in La Femme Nikita, Wilson was nominated twice for the annual Gemini Award for “Best Performance by An Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role”, though she did not win.

With her distinctive voice, ultra-intense eyes and statuesque frame, Peta Wilson probably could have carried La Femme Nikita on looks alone. Such was television in 1997. But when viewers realized that this killer-with-a-killer body could actually act, the show became the highest-rated drama on cable. Indeed “La Femme Nikita” was yet more proof that an inexpensively produced series could bypass the traditional TV networks and still make lots of money if it had something special to offer. In this case, Peta Wilson was that “something special.” Producer Joel Surnow, who later went on to produce “24,” said watching Peta Wilson as “Nikita” was “like watching lightning in a jar.” She beat out 200 actors for the role patterned after the female assassin “Nikita” in the dark French film by Luc Bresson. What set her apart from the pack were her ideas on what the Anglo version of the broody French killer should be like. In order to grab and hold an American television audience for the long term, “Nikita” had to become a very different person, Peta told the production team. Her version of “Nikita,” the drop-dead-gorgeous killer with a heart of gold, not only clicked with viewers but transcended the show and has been copied in film and TV ever since.

Unfortunately, even Wilson could not keep “Nikita” afloat, when changes at USA shifted the network’s attention to more lucrative programming like professional wrestling. The show was unceremoniously cancelled in 2000. A massive fan protest brought “Nikita” back for a truncated season of eight episodes, but Wilson, who had relocated to New York in 1999 with her boyfriend, director Damian Harris, was already planning her next career moves.

The 2000 film “Mercy,” directed by Harris, should have propelled Wilson into the movie major leagues. A steamy erotic thriller with Ellen Barkin as a homicide detective whose investigation into a string of brutal murders brings her in contact with a kinky lesbian domme (Wilson), simply suffered from poor distribution.

In 2001 Wilson took part in the International Film Festival in Moscow, where she met with Russian president Vladimir Putin, who confessed to being a fan of hers.

In the realm of major motion pictures, Wilson collaborated with the Scottish actor Sean Connery in 2002–3 during the production of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. She played the role of the vampire Mina Harker, and Connery played Allan Quatermain. She also portrayed real-life actress Anny Ondra in the television movie “Joe and Max” (2002). “Superman Returns” (2006), “Gardens of the Night” (2008) and “Beautiful” (2009) kept her on track.

Personal Life

 

Wilson lived with her long-time boyfriend Damian Harris from the mid-1990s until their separation in 2002. They are the parents of one son, Marlowe Harris, who was born in February 2002.

 

Peta enjoys outdoor activities such as scuba diving, swimming, playing cricket, and gardening, and engages in alternative medicine like yoga and acupuncture.

Peta also funds causes that are important to her; she is presently working on founding a Julliard for disadvantaged children, and is raising money with her company, Psycht, which sells sunglasses, running shoes, watches, and other accessories. Peta has also founded a production company called Sweet Lick Productions.

 

Filmography

 

2012    The Finder (TV series)
Pope

 

2010    CSI: Miami (TV series)
Amanda

2009    Malibu Shark Attack (TV movie)
Heather

 

2009/I Beautiful
Sherrie

 

2008    Gardens of the Night
Sarah

 

2006    Two Twisted (TV series)
Mischa Sparkle

 

2006    Superman Returns
Bobbie-Faye

 

2005    Jonny Zero (TV series)
Aly

 

2004    False Pretenses (TV movie)
Dianne/Dee Dee

 

2003    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Mina Harker

 

2002    Joe and Max (TV movie)
Anny Ondra

 

1997-2001 La Femme Nikita (TV series)
Nikita

 

2001    A Girl Thing (TV movie)
Alex

 

2001    Other People (TV movie)
Harriet Stone

 

2000    Mercy
Vickie Kittrie

 

1998    The Sadness of Sex
Girl of His Dreams

 

1997    Oddville, MTV (TV series)

 

1997    One of Our Own
Cpl. Jennifer Vaughn

 

1997    Vanishing Point (TV movie)
Motorcycle girl

 

1996    Highlander (TV series)
Inspector

 

1996    Woman Undone (TV movie)
Receptionist

 

1996    Strangers (TV series)
Martha

 

1996    Loser
Alyssha Rourke

 

1995    Naked Jane

Awards and Nominations

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

2004

Got nomination for Saturn Award
category Best Supporting Actress for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

1998

Got nomination for Saturn Award
category Best Genre TV Actress for La Femme Nikita (1997)

Gemini Awards

1999

Got nomination for Gemini Award
category Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (for episode “Cat and Mouse”) for La Femme Nikita (1997)

1998

Got nomination for Gemini Award
category Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for La Femme Nikita (1997)

 

Trivia

  • Peta meditates, practices yoga, gets acupuncture and takes all kinds of alternative medicines to keep her body in balance.
  • At age 17, she had a year-long battle with anorexia.
  • In 1999, moved into a Brooklyn Heights, New York, apartment building, which also includes co-op owners such as producer Andrew S. Karsch and O.J. Simpson’s former attorney Barry Scheck.
  • Was a model in Europe.
  • Enjoys scuba diving, horseback riding, swimming, cricket, painting and gardening
  • Attended an all-girls Catholic school in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
  • Appeared in underwear along with Yasmine Bleeth, Alyssa Milano, Melissa Joan Hart, Garcelle Beauvais, Carmen Electra, Jamie Luner, and Jeri Ryan on the cover of, and inside, the October 1997 issue of “Details” magazine.
  • Replaced Monica Bellucci as Mina Harker in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003).
  • She collects vintage cars, and owns a 56 T-bird, a 58 Chevrolet Impala convertible and a 38 Dodge.
  • She decided she wanted to be an actress when she saw Liza Minnelli in the film Cabaret.
  • She had just signed on as a series regular for the 2005 Fox series Jonny Zero when news broke that it had been cancelled. She played a deadly hitwoman on the show.
  • She posed nude for Playboy in July 2004.
  • Peta has her own production company called Sweet Lips Productions, which disbanded in 2002.

Quotes

  • If you’re going to be sexy in a photo, you’d better be thinking about sex rather than about being sexy.
  • (On auditioning for La Femme Nikita) I sort of thought to myself, “I would never let my children watch a character that’s a drug addict cop-killer.” You know, how can someone respect that? Admire? How can you let your kids watch that. So it was my idea that she was a street kid. You know, I told the producers I think it’s better that she’s a victim of circumstance, a street kid, if you wanna do a TV series out of her.
  • (On Nikita) I think Nikita’s a very realistic hero. I mean she’s also totally out there and far-fetched but she’s very much a modern woman. She’s not a little girl.
  • (On preparing for her role as Mina Harker in “The League of Extradordinary Gentlemen”) I read all about Dracula, and then I watched Nosferatu. And then I read anything I could find on vampires. I searched the Internet and went on strange websites. I read about David Icke, the guy that writes all these weird theories and took me to this word of reptilians. I kind of got tripped out by the ideas that royal families have been vampiric, especially the ones in Eastern Europe. They used to think that bathing themselves in human blood would keep them young. So I looked at the narcissism of all that, that insatiable hunger for something.
  • (On what superpower she would like to have) I’d like to have psychic abilities, so I can forsee what is happening. But I would also like the ability to change people’s thinking. That would be my psychic ability.
  • I don’t buy fur coats or jewelry. I have old cars.
  • I never say no.
  • I personally prefer being a blonde, but whatever it takes for the character.
  • I was scared of the dark. Ohhhh, I’d do anything not to have to sleep on my own. I’d get in bed and cover myself with dolls and teddy bears.
  • I’m actually quite conservative.
  • I’m crazy about my father, he’s an amazing man, a real adventurer. He took us with him to travel all over the world. We were in places that were so remote, that white people hardly ever reach them.
  • I’m the Magoo of actresses, very accident-prone.
  • I’ve made a lot of grown men cry with laughter, because I really am quite the joke.
  • You can shave my head if you need to; it doesn’t bother me.
  • My future Plans – Marriage, a villa and 10 kids.
  • I was anorexic-bulimic when I was 16-17. It was a top secret that time, but these things always are.
  • I really want to see Israel. I would like to come and to express my support in the peace process there, and help the war orphans.
  • The boys were so nervous – they were shaking in their shoes. I was like: “Why?” and they said it was because he was Connery and they were all such young actors. If I’d been working with Katherine Hepburn I’d probably have felt really nervous.
  • Well, there are questions. I brought those questions up. I’m not full vampire. I’m half vampire, half human. Dracula loved me and he spared me and he put enough blood in my vein that I’ve got it in me but it doesn’t overtake me as it does real vampires. It overtakes in moments when I get emotional. The questions about the sunrise, all those things, they’re questions you should ask the director. I addressed them with him and they were sort of a can of worms that we just had to work with.
  • Dracula is dead, so obviously they couldn’t use him and so Mina is the closest thing. But she’s not your typical vampire. She’s half and half. She’s really conflicted about it. Alan Moore thought that she was strong enough to include her in his comics though.
  • That’s a great idea. It’s just a shame that they are making it right now with Halle Berry – I would have been a much better Catwoman. But that’s okay I’m a good Mina. Something else will come up – maybe I can be Panther Girl.

 

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Missy Higgins Naked

Missy-Higgins

Birth Name:               Melissa Morrison Higgins

Birth Date:                 August 19, 1983

Birth Place:                Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Occupation:             Singer-songwriter, musician

Genre:                       Alternative, Indie, Acoustic

Parents:                      Christopher and Margaret Higgins

Siblings:                      Nicola and David Higgins

Twitter:                       @missyhiggins

Biography

Melissa “Missy” Morrison Higgins is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician and actress. Her Australian No. 1 albums are The Sound of White (2004), On a Clear Night (2007) and The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle (2012), and her most successful singles are “Scar”, “The Special Two”, “Steer” and “Where I Stood”. Higgins was nominated for five ARIA Music Awards in 2004 and won ‘Best Pop Release’ for “Scar”. In 2005, she was nominated for seven more awards and won five. Higgins won her seventh ARIA in 2007. Her third album, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, was released in Australia in June 2012, and in July 2012 in the U.S.

Alongside her music career, Higgins pursues interests in animal rights and the environment, endeavouring to make her tours carbon neutral. She is also the patron of One in Five, an Australian mental health charity. In 2007, following years of press speculation about her sexual orientation, she came out as bisexual, saying that she prefers interviewers to focus on her music. In 2010 she made her acting debut in the feature film, Bran Nue Dae, and also performed on its soundtrack.

Early Life

Melissa was born 19 August 1983 in Melbourne, Victoria to Christopher Higgins, an English-Australian general practitioner, and Margaret (née Morrison), an Australian childcare centre operator. Missy is the youngest of three children. Her sister, Nicola is seven years older, and brother, David is six years older. Missy was a quiet child, but very mischievous, and a bit of a tomboy. “By the time my parents had me,” she theorizes, “they couldn’t be bothered to enforce the rules anymore.”

She learned to play classical piano from age six, following in the footsteps of Christopher and David, but realised she wanted to be a singer at about 12 when she appeared in an Armadale Primary School production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Bored with practice, she gave up playing piano at that time. Hoping for more freedom, she urged her parents to send her to Geelong Grammar School, an independent boarding school attended by her siblings. At Geelong she took up the piano again, this time playing jazz including performing with David’s group on weekends. She was introverted and found that piano practice helped her cope with living at boarding school.

 

At 15, she wrote “All for Believing” for a school music assignment and completed it just hours before the deadline. The assignment earned an A and she performed her song in front of classmates. She approached a Melbourne record company and was told that they wanted more than one song. She wrote more songs and worked with the Kool Skools project, which enables students to record music. In 2001, Nicola entered “All for Believing” on Higgins’ behalf into Unearthed, radio station Triple J’s competition for unsigned artists. The song won the competition and was added to the station’s play list.

 

After attracting the attention of manager John Watson, she released her first EP with his record label Eleven in November 2003. Her second EP Scar was released in August 2004, debuting at #1 on the Australian charts. Her first album, The Sound of White, was released in September 2004. Many of her songs are based around her performance on the piano and guitar.

 

2003–2005: The Sound of White

 

Higgins was the support act on a 2003 Australian tour by folk rock band The Waifs and rock band george. She travelled to the US to work with producer, John Porter, and recorded her first extended play (EP) entitled Missy Higgins, which was released in November and entered the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Singles Chart Top 50 in August 2004.

 

She toured Australia, supporting both Pete Murray and The John Butler Trio. Her second four-track EP Scar was released in July. The title track “Scar”, co-written with US songwriter, Kevin Griffin, debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Charts. “It’s basically a song about people’s need to pigeonhole things in order to process them”, explains Missy. “It’s about rebelling from the easy path of just going along with everybody else and trying not to stand out. It’s also about realising you’ve trusted the wrong people and finding a way to benefit from the scars they’ve left behind.”

 

Her first album, The Sound of White, was released in September, and debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Also produced by Porter, it sold over 500,000 copies. She was nominated in five categories at the ARIA Music Awards of 2004 for “Scar”: Best Female Artist’, ‘Single of the Year’, ‘Best Pop Release’, ‘Breakthrough Artist – Single’ and ‘Best Video’ (directed by Squareyed Films). At the awards ceremony on 17 October she received the award for Best Pop Release, beating Delta Goodrem, The Dissociatives, Kylie Minogue and Pete Murray. This was followed by her first national headline tour. Her second single “Ten Days” was co-written with Jay Clifford (guitarist in US band Jump, Little Children) and was inspired by Higgins’ 2002 break-up with her boyfriend before she travelled to Europe. Released in November, it peaked at No. 12.

 

On 29 January 2005 Higgins performed with other local musicians including Nick Cave and Powderfinger at the WaveAid fundraising concert in the Sydney Cricket Ground. The concert raised A$2.3 million for four charities supporting the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. In March Higgins performed at the MTV Australia Awards and won the prize for ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’. The following month she released her third single, “The Special Two”, which was a radio hit and reached No. 2. “The Special Two” was released on an EP which included her cover of the Skyhooks song, “You Just Like Me Cos I’m Good In Bed”, recorded for Triple J’s 30th anniversary. The song had been the first track played on Triple J when it launched (as Double J) in 1975. In May, Higgins won the ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Breakthrough’ awards for “Scar” from the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). She continued touring in mid-2005 and released her fourth single, “The Sound of White”, in August. In September she played a sold out performance at the Vanguard in Sydney with the proceeds going to One in Five, her sponsored mental health charity. She was nominated for seven more ARIAs and in October won ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Best Pop Release’, ‘Breakthrough Artist – Album’ and ‘Highest Selling Album’ (all for The Sound of White) and ‘Best Female Artist’ (for “Scar”). She teamed up with fellow ARIA award-winning singer Ben Lee in late 2005 for a national tour.

 

2006–2009: On a Clear Night

 

During 2006, Higgins lived in Broome, Western Australia for six months, away from the entertainment industry. The relaxed lifestyle helped her focus on writing new material. The landscape made a big impression, “It was the first place I’d ever felt honestly connected with my country, with the physical land of my country” and inspired her to write “Going North”. She then toured the United States and South Africa, writing more material on the road. In September she based herself in Los Angeles to record her second album, On a Clear Night, with producer Mitchell Froom. “Steer” was released as an EP, followed a fortnight later by its album on 28 April 2007, both debuted at No. 1 on their respective charts.

 

In February, Higgins had contributed a tribute song to the album, Cannot Buy My Soul, for noted indigenous singer, Kev Carmody, singing “Droving Woman” with musician Paul Kelly and group Augie March. On 7 July, she participated in the Live Earth concert in Sydney, performing her own set before joining Carmody, Kelly and vocalist John Butler on stage for the song “From Little Things Big Things Grow”. Emily Dunn in The Sydney Morning Herald wrote “[the song] could have been the event’s anthem”. Rolling Stone‘s Dan Lander pointed out a highlight, when the “whole crowd sung along – all eleven verses.”

 

Higgins returned to Los Angeles to focus on the US market—she spent September and October touring—where she was still relatively unknown. On 26 October, backed by the Sydney Youth Orchestra, she headlined the annual Legs 11 concert, a breast cancer benefit held in The Domain, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Two days later Higgins performed at the 2007 ARIAs where she was nominated for ‘Best Pop Release’, ‘Highest Selling Album’ and ‘Highest Selling Single’ (for “Steer”) and won ‘Best Female Artist’ (for On a Clear Night)—her seventh ARIA Music Award. On 31 October, she was a guest at television music channel MAX’s inaugural Concert for the Cure, a private concert for people affected by breast cancer. She sang headline act Powderfinger’s “Sunsets” with front man Bernard Fanning and joined in with the encore of “These Days”. She spent November and December on her For One Night Only Tour, taking in Cairns, Sydney and Perth. You Am I lead singer, Tim Rogers, joined her on some shows.

 

On a Clear Night, was released in the US on 26 February 2008, supported by a tour in March. Her ten-month stay in Los Angeles during 2008 promoted her songs for films and television shows. Her first US single “Where I Stood” was featured in US series including Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill and So You Think You Can Dance. During 2008, Higgins supported the Indigo Girls and then Ben Folds on their respective US tours. February and March 2009 saw her co-headlining a US tour with Canadian Justin Nozuka. On 31 March she released an EP, More Than This in Australia featuring cover versions of “More Than This” by Roxy Music, “(I’m) In Love Again” by Peggy Lee, “Breakdown” by Tom Petty and “Moses” by Patty Griffin. “Moses” had been included on Triple J’s 2005 compilation album Like a Version: Volume One and “More Than This” was recorded as part of Covered, A Revolution in Sound, a Warner Bros. tribute album also released in March 2009.

 

2010–present: The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle

 

Higgins started writing music for her third album in 2009.After about seven years of touring and recording she took a break from the music industry to pursue other interests. In 2010 she enrolled in a course in Aboriginal Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her acting debut was as Annie in 2010 film Bran Nue Dae directed by Rachel Perkins. The film is an adaptation of the 1990 musical, Bran Nue Dae, “Australia’s first Aboriginal musical”. Although Higgins would consider future acting projects she has no plans to actively pursue it as a career.

 

In July and August 2010, Higgins played several dates of Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair tour in the US. At Lilith Fair, she met Australian musician Butterfly Boucher and they decided to work together. In 2011, Higgins travelled to where Boucher was living in Nashville to record her third album, which is co-produced by Boucher and Brad Jones. Titled The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, the album was released on 1 June 2012. Its first single, “Unashamed Desire”, co-written with Boucher, was released on 23 April. In November 2011, at the ARIA Music Awards, Higgins performed a duet with Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.

 

“The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle” album debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart the week of 12 June 2012. It is now Higgins’ 3rd straight number one album. Higgins now ties Delta Goodrem, Olivia Newton-John and Kylie Minogue for the 2nd most Australian number one albums by an Australian female artist. Only Kasey Chambers has done better at 4 number one ARIA albums.

 

Musical Influences and Technique

 

Higgins grew up in the 1980s and 1990s listening to artists that her older siblings liked—Nicola played Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, while David favoured Queen and Kiss. Departing for boarding school at age 13, she was exposed to alternative artists like Nirvana and Courtney Love and started teaching herself guitar and writing her own music. She also began singing with David’s jazz group on weekends. As an adult she prefers Nina Simone and Ray Charles to “poppy dance music”. She has cited Patty Griffin, Ron Sexsmith, Rufus Wainwright, Paul Kelly and Sarah McLachlan as influences. Material from her third album is influenced by ambient music from Low, Jon Hopkins, Icelandic band Sigur Rós and Estonian classical composer Arvo Pärt.

 

Higgins’ song writing grew out of a desire to express her emotions when she was at school and her lyrics describe her feelings about her own life and relationships. The piano was the first instrument she learned to play, and she continues to use it as well as digital pianos including a Roland RD-300SX, RD-700 and KR-15. She also uses guitars extensively in her music particularly when touring, due to their portable nature and favours the Australian brand, Maton. On occasion she plays keytar, xylophone and melodica during performances.

 

On 7 September 2012, Higgins recorded a cover version of Gotye’s “Heart’s A Mess” for the “Like a Version” segment, explaining “on-air” that the song is her favourite Gotye composition. Higgins had traveled with Gotye previously and referred to him as “an incredible singer” in the interview prior to the rendition.

 

Political Activism

 

As a vegetarian, Higgins promoted the health benefits of not eating meat in a 2005 advertising campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA); and has supported their anti-fur stance. She is interested in environmental issues and is involved with the Sierra Club, a grassroots organisation based in California. She has protested against the proposed industrialisation of the Kimberley region of Western Australia and donated the royalties from her 2009 EP More Than This. Since early 2007, Higgins has tried to make her tours carbon neutral, she purchases green energy to power venues, uses hybrid cars where possible and purchases carbon offsets.

 

On 5 October 2012, Higgins performed alongside The John Butler Trio and Clare Bowditch at the Save the Kimberley concert held at Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia. In relation to the Kimberley region and campaign, Higgins stated:

 

Apparently scientists are still discovering hundreds of new plant and animal species there every year, which goes to show that there is still so much we don’t know about the region. I just fell in love with it; it gets under your skin. Woodside Petroleum are planning to build one of the world’s biggest LNG (liquified natural gas) processing plants on the Kimberley coast, just north of Broome. They would be drilling for the gas out at sea and bringing it onshore at this plant, which would just be devastating for the region. The question everyone is asking is, why not process it offshore or pipe it to one of the mining towns down south that already have the infrastructure in place? Why ruin the Kimberley if there’s an alternative?

 

As of 2012, Higgins is one of numerous publicly known advocates for the ‘Oscar’s Law’ campaign. The campaign, launched in 2010, protests the existence of “puppy factories” in Australia, whereby animals are factory farmed. One of the campaign’s slogans is “Break the Puppy Trade—Don’t buy puppies from pet shops” and the list of notable advocates includes Paul Dempsey (musician), Kate Ceberano (singer) and Mick Molloy (comedian).

 

Personal Life

 

From 2004 to 2007, Higgins’ sexual orientation was the subject of media speculation based partly on interpretations of her lyrics and her interviews. In an October 2007 interview with Australian lesbian magazine Cherrie, she was asked if she fell under the moniker of “not-so-straight” girls. She replied “Um, yeah, definitely. … I think sexuality is a fluid thing and it’s becoming increasingly more acceptable to admit that you’re that way.” In November her MySpace page reported, “I’ve been in relationships with both men and women so I guess I fall most easily under the category ‘Bisexual'”. She went on to say that she wanted future interviews to focus on her music rather than her sexuality. In a March 2008 interview with AfterEllen.com, Higgins said that her song “Secret” was written about an ex-girlfriend who was not comfortable, at first, about going public with their relationship; “I was so head over heels in love with her I kind of wanted to shout it out to the world, so it was just a song about keeping something under the covers … keeping it away locked in a little room.”

 

Higgins has been a patron of Australian mental health charity One in Five since 2003. She described her younger self as “a bit of a depressed child” and “introverted”, and that she had “experienced various degrees of depression”. Prescribed antidepressant medication while in high school, she learned to channel low moods into song writing, calling music her “emotional outlet”. In a 2006 interview she said that her songs were “coming from more of a happier place”. While recording her second album she discovered a passion for rock climbing, as a “meditative pursuit” and that, “It’s the first thing I’ve had—other than music—that I’m passionate about.”

 

Discography

 

  • 2004: The Sound of White
  • 2007: On a Clear Night
  • 2012: The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle

 

Filmography

 

2009    Bran Nue Dae
Annie


 

 

Awards and Nominations

 

APRA Music Awards

 

2005

 

  • Won APRA Breakthrough Award
  • Won APRA Music Award – category Song of the Year for “Scar”

 

ARIA Awards

 

2007

 

  • Won ARIA Award – category Best Female Artist for “On a Clear Night”
  • Got nomination for ARIA Award – category Best Pop Release for “On a Clear Night”

 

2006

 

  • Got nomination for ARIA Award
    category Best Music DVD for “If You Tell Me Yours, Ill Tell You Mine”

 

2005

 

  • Won ARIA Award – category Breakthrough Artist – Album for “The Sound of White”
  • Won ARIA Award – category Best Female Artist for “Scar”
  • Won ARIA Award – category Album of the Year for “The Sound of White”
  • Won ARIA Award – category Best Pop Release for “The Sound of White”
  • Won ARIA Award – category Highest Selling Album for “The Sound of White”
  • Got nomination for ARIA Award – category Single of the Year for “The Special Two”
  • Got nomination for ARIA Award – category Highest Selling Single for “The Special Two”

 

2004

 

  • Won ARIA Award – category Best Pop Release for “Scar”
  • Got nomination for ARIA Award – category Single of the Year for “Scar”
  • Got nomination for ARIA Award – category Breakthrough Artist – Single for “Scar”
  • Got nomination for ARIA Award – category Best Video for “Scar”
  • Got nomination for ARIA Award – category Best Female Artist for “Scar”

 

ARIA Music Awards

 

2012

 

  • Won ARIA Music Award
    category Best Adult Contemporary Album for “The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle”
  • Got nomination for ARIA Music Award
    category Album of the Year for “The Ol’ Razzle Dazze”
  • Got nomination for ARIA Music Award – category Best Video for “Everyone’s Waiting”
  • Got nomination for ARIA Music Award – category Best Female Artist

 

MTV Australia Video Music Awards

 

2006

 

  • Got nomination for MTV Australia Video Music Award
    category Best Female Artist for “The Special Two”

 

Nickelodeon Australian Kids’ Choice Awards

 

2007

 

  • Got nomination for Nickelodeon Australian Kids’ Choice Award
    category Fave Female Singer

 

Quotes

 

  • I didn’t want to be a one-hit wonder. I’d seen all these other girls who’d left the music industry almost as soon as they’d entered it. I had too much respect for myself — and for music — to let that happen. To do that, I had to grow up a little bit. I had to experience life.
  • You get the amount of success you dream of and it doesn’t bring the happiness you thought it would. You have an existential crisis – how do I become happy? If this doesn’t give you fulfillment, what does? And when it’s caused by something you’ve always attached as being your identity, what do you do? I’ve always been the singer or the musician or the songwriter. And when I quit music that was terrifying. Who am I? It was scary but it was also important to find out.
  • By the end of touring the last album in late 2008 I was in this place where I felt I was part of a production line. I was the product. It had just lost the purity and the romance for me. I really wanted to get back to that and I didn’t know how. So after much tossing and turning I threw in the towel and said I’m gonna try something else.
  • I thought I wouldn’t be able to get through the writer’s block until I wrote about it. Ironically music is the only thing that can save me from a musical block. I was emerging out of that period, out of the darkness at the time I was writing that song. I was getting my passion for music back, it was a like an old friend I hadn’t seen for so long. I was overwhelmed by the joy of having the love for it back.
  • Performing has always been my most favourite part. I’m most excited about playing new songs, that’s the best part of playing live.
  • I’ve taken a long time off, I’ve grown up, I have a new sense of appreciation of all I’ve achieved and how lucky I have been to be in this position. Before it had all happened so quickly, it was so full on for six years it was hard to gain any perspective. Now I’ve got a sense of my place in the world and who I am. I just want to do things that make me feel happy and inspired. Keeping inspired is a huge thing for me. If I’m not being inspired or creative I don’t feel like my blood is flowing properly.

 

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Bec Hyatt Nude

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Birth Name:               Rebecca Rawlings

Nickname:                Bec, Rowdy

Birth Date:                 February 11, 1989

Birth Place:                Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spouse:                      Dan Hyatt

Children:                    Zake and Enson Hyatt

Twitter:                       @RowdyBec

Biography

Rebecca “Bec” Hyatt (née Rawlings) is an Australian professional MMA fighter born on February 11, 1989 at Launceston, Tasmania, and grew up playing basketball and participating in gymnastics. She is currently based in Brisbane, Queensland.  Hyatt is the very first ever Australian to be signed by the world’s premier female fighting organization, North America’s Invicta Fighting Championships, and sports a professional MMA record of 4 wins and 1 loss. She originally started training in order to get active and lose weight. Hyatt is married to Australian lightweight fighter and promoter Dan “The Riot” Hyatt, and is also a mother of two.

Bec earned the nickname ‘Rowdy’ because of her willingness to say what’s on her mind and to stand out from the crowd.

An avid video game player in her spare time, Hyatt is already arguably the most successful female combatant in Australian MMA history, despite only beginning her martial arts journey less than three years ago. With a fan base of over 23,000 people worldwide throughout social media, and having already appeared over 100 times on or in television, newspapers, magazines, radio or internet articles, Hyatt is quickly rising as one of the most recognizable figures in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts today!

Mixed Martial Arts Career

Australian competition

Known for her aggressive fighting style, unique look and quirky personality, Hyatt began her mixed martial arts journey in Launceston, Tasmania in 2010 before relocating to Brisbane, Australia to further her opportunities and experience in early 2011. A mere ten months after giving birth to her second son, Enson, Hyatt made her professional MMA debut on 15 October 2011 at Brace For War 12 in Hobart, Tasmania. Due to a lack of fight opportunities, and despite her suited weight class being strawweight, Hyatt fought at bantamweight in her debut against a more experienced Rhiannon Thompson. In what was declared “fight of the night” by the promotion, Hyatt lost her debut fight by way of a highlight reel head kick knockout.

Bouncing back and publicly rallying within the Australian MMA circuit for more fight opportunities at her suited weight class, Hyatt secured consecutive victories over Sarah Morrison, Daniela Marjanovic, Rachel Sheridan and Christina Tatnell en route to a perfect 2012 and a four-fight winning streak. This streak, coupled with a noticeable lack of legitimate Australian opponents for Hyatt, caught North America’s Invicta Fighting Championships’ attention in late 2012.

Invicta Fighting Championships

In November 2012, Hyatt signed a three-fight contract with Invicta Fighting Championships, which is regarded as the premier all-women’s promotion in the world, to compete in their strawweight division. She was originally scheduled to fight Joanne Calderwood on the undercard of Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Gadelha, but an injury to Claudia Gadelha resulted in Hyatt being pushed up to a title fight in the main event against Carla Esparza. Hyatt lost the fight via unanimous decision but won over many new fans in the process.

Her first fight outside of Australia, combined with her personality, gave her a lot of coverage in the Australian media. This led Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp to say that she had never seen anything like it, and at the 2012 Women’s Mixed Martial Arts Awards she was voted 2012 Favourite Female Fighter with 265 votes by WMMA fans, 70 more than Ronda Rousey. Hyatt’s next fight within Invicta Fighting Championships is still to be announced.

Personal life

Hyatt was raised in the smallest state of Australia, the island of Tasmania, and frequently played sports such as basketball, gymnastics and athletics during her pre-teens. From her youth, she was used to getting picked on as the youngest of four children and the only blonde-haired, blue-eyed sibling among them. As a teenager, Hyatt experienced rapid weight gain and suffered from a lack of motivation before turning to the sport of mixed martial arts as a way to battle her issues in 2010. This is where she met her husband and fellow Australian professional MMA fighter Dan Hyatt and decided that she wanted to become a prize fighter.

Hyatt has two children: Zake (aged four) and Enson (aged two), who is named after MMA legend Enson Inoue.

Professional MMA Record

6 Fights, 4 Wins, 2 Losses

Rounds Fought: 8

Time In Cage: 16 Minutes, 8 Seconds

Debut: Oct. 15th, 2011

LOSS / January 5th, 2013 / Carla Esparza / 52kg (115lbs / Title Fight)
WIN / October 20th, 2012 / Christina Tatnell / 56kg (123lbs)
WIN / June 9th, 2012 / Rachel Sheridan / 53kg (117lbs)
WIN / April 14th, 2012 / Daniela Marjanovic / 53kg (117lbs)
WIN / February, 18th, 2012 / Sarah Morrison / 56kg (123lbs)
LOSS / October 12th, 2011 / Rhiannon Thompson / 60kg (132lbs)

Trivia

  • Bec has leopard-print tattoos, a tattoo of a cupcake, and a tattoo of a My Little Pony puking out a rainbow.
  • Started training in MMA at age 20; back in January 2010.
  • Fighting styles learnt: Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Freestyle Wrestling
  • Favorite Australian fighter is Adrian Pang
  • Favorite International fighter is Nick Diaz
  • Personal inspirational quote:  Cry in the dojo. Laugh on the battlefield!!
  • Favorite movie is Dirty Dancing.
  • Favorite television show is Blinky Bill
  • Biggest fear:  Feet and spiders
  • Bec once auctioned her bra for charity
  • Bec grew fond of Dr. Pepper when she was in the US

Quotes

  • Sometimes you’re the hammer, and sometimes you’re the nail. I’m at peace with that. Whether you love me and want to see me win, or hate me and want to see me lose, as long as you tune in come fight time, that’s all that matters.
  • That loss made me more determined to prove that I’ve got more to show. My heart was broken that I lost and got knocked out but I had the time of my life in there. I was just excited to get in there and fight and I was throwing everything at her so it was quite exciting. I learned a lot from that loss, I was too eager and I got caught because I made a stupid mistake. I’ve got nothing to be afraid of now, a lot of fighters don’t know what it feels like to lose or get knocked out and I felt that in my very first fight.
  • I think a mix [of good looks and talent] is good. I think that the women who are competing need to look like women, I don’t agree with them coming out and looking like men and all jacked up. They have to look like strong athletic women and I feel that is half the reason why people tune in. Sometimes you’ll watch and go ‘is that a dude or a girl?’ but at the same time it is about our skills and it shouldn’t matter what we look like at the end of the day, so long as we can fight.
  • I’m not much for taking an influence or inspiration from anyone else to be honest. I have my own strengths & weaknesses like anyone else & I try to work to & develop them the best I can!! I don’t see any right or wrong in this sport or life in general… you just gotta use & learn what is good for you, your style & your life!
  • When training for a fight, my diet is very bare. It consists of chicken & broccoli, and more chicken & broccoli. Buuuut when I’m not training for a fight, it’s seefood… I see food & I eat it!
  • (on studying Martial Arts) First class that I went to, I fell in love. I loved the rawness of it. It’s pretty much as real as you can get to a street fight, and that’s what I like about it. I don’t like street fighting, but I like the realness of it. You’ve got free movement to do anything.
  • I’m tired and a little disappointed but a lot of people said I wouldn’t make it through the first round. You better believe the hype. I just went five rounds with the No. 4 [fighter] in the world. Believe it, because I’m coming back to get that belt.
  • People tell me all the time that I am famous. I think I am still that same idiot sitting at home being stupid, it really hasn’t sunk in yet.
  • This was a goal I had been working towards, and to be the first-ever Australian signed by the organization is an honor that I don’t take lightly. If you’re a female in this sport right now, Invicta is the pinnacle and where everyone should be aiming to be. I can’t wait to prove how tough us Aussies really are!
  • (on facing Esparza)There is no doubt that this is the biggest stage I have fought on and my toughest opponent as well. What is different for me is that I don’t feel any pressure coming into this fight, being that I’m the underdog and not many people expect me to win. It’s something I could get used to! I have nothing to lose, everything to gain and I can’t wait to showcase my skills.
    • To be fighting for a world title already—which should be the end goal for all MMA fighters—is amazing and surreal to me. I only started training less than three years ago and had my son Enson in between that time, so to say that I’m only beginning to tap into my potential would be an understatement!
    • I have so much to learn not only when it comes to technique, but about fighting itself, and this is really just the beginning of my journey. A lot of people seem to think I’m a very experienced fighter, but the truth is, I’m not. For what I lack in experience, I make up for with athletic ability and a giant chip on my shoulder.
    • It’s certainly a win-win situation for me, as no matter what, my fight career benefits from this unique opportunity in WMMA history. How many fighters can say that they fought for the inaugural Invicta FC 115-pound title? Only two! This opportunity wasn’t something I was going to turn down under any circumstances, and I would be a fool to take it for granted how dangerous Carla is. Make no mistake though—if you think I have flown halfway across the world, spent over 27 hours in transit and left my two children behind for New Year’s to give Carla an easy night, you obviously don’t know me yet.
    • To bring home a championship title would be a whole other ball game. It would change my life, but I’m not counting my chickens before they hatch. I have to get past a higher-ranked, more experienced and very talented fighter in Carla Esparza before I even start thinking about any of that. I look forward to this exciting challenge!
    • As a child, my brother would stand around with his friends and I would fight my sister for a 50 cent piece! This was a regular thing! Fighting is in my blood. I love the competitiveness and range of techniques you must learn in MMA. Being a mother of two, having a partner who also fights as well as juggling training can be hard sometimes but I love this sport too much to not find a way.
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Rebel Wilson Nude

rebel-wilson-nudeBirth Name:               Rebel Wilson

Birth Date:                 February 3, 1986

Birth Place:                Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Siblings:                      Liberty, Ryot, Annachi

Twitter:                       @RebelWilson

Biography

Rebel Wilson is an Australian actress, writer, and stand-up comedian. She began appearing as Toula in the SBS comedy series Pizza from 2003 and made several appearances in the sketch comedy series The Wedge. In 2008, Wilson wrote, produced and starred in the musical comedy series Bogan Pride. The following year, she won the Tropfest Best Actress award for her role in Bargain and made a guest appearance in City Homicide. Shortly after moving to the United States, Wilson was cast as Brynn in the feature film Bridesmaids. The actress went on to star in A Few Best Men, What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Struck by Lightning, leading Variety to name her one of their “Top Ten Comics To Watch for 2011”. Wilson also appeared as Becky in Bachelorette and became the first actress to be cast in Pitch Perfect. Her role as Fat Amy earned her three award nominations. Wilson is writing a comedy called Super Fun Night for the ABC network.

Early and Personal Life

Wilson was born on February 3, 1986 and raised in Sydney, Australia. Rebel is her real name. Her parents named her after a girl who sang at their wedding. Wilson has three siblings; Liberty, Ryot and Annachi. Liberty and Ryot appeared on the first season of The Amazing Race Australia. Her parents were professional dog handlers, so Rebel grew up going to dog shows every weekend. She helped out her parents by being a junior handler.

Throughout high school Wilson’s first career choice was mathematics. Wilson told The Sydney Morning Herald, “I was very academic at high school and was always good with numbers.” Wilson attended the University of New South Wales, where she studied Law and Arts (Theatre and Performance Studies). She is a former Rotary International Youth Ambassador for Australia and was based in South Africa for one year, where she contracted malaria. Wilson had hallucinations in which she saw herself as an actress who had won an Oscar. This then convinced her to pursue an acting career.

In July 2011, Wilson became a spokesperson for weight loss and nutrition company Jenny Craig in Australia. In January 2012, Wilson revealed to James Wigney and Elle Halliwell of The Daily Telegraph that she had lost 10 kilograms (22 lb) since signing up to the program. She also revealed the producers of Pitch Perfect had refused to let her lose any more weight during filming, as her contract stated she must stay the same size. Wilson said once her film commitments were over, she would start her diet again to reach her target weight of 80 kilograms (180 lb).

Career

Wilson studied at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). In 2003, she went to New York after winning the ATYP International scholarship to train with The Second City. Wilson is a writer, producer and stand-up comedian, and has appeared with the Sydney Theatre Company and performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. She first came to the public’s attention with her stage musical The Westie Monologues which she wrote, starred in and produced in Sydney. Her follow-up stage productions which she wrote, produced and starred in include Spunks and Confessions of an Exchange Student.

In Australia, Wilson is most known for her roles as Toula on SBS comedy series Pizza and as various characters including Lucy, Fat Mandi and Karla Bangs on the sketch comedy series The Wedge. Wilson played an Australian Idol mad schoolgirl in a series of Telstra advertisements shown during Australian Idol from 2004 to 2005. She also had roles in the feature films Fat Pizza and Ghost Rider. In 2008, Wilson created, wrote, produced and starred in the musical comedy series Bogan Pride on SBS One and also starred in the improvisational Nine Network series Monster House. In 2009, Wilson won the Tropfest Best Actress award for her role in the film Bargain. She has made appearances on the improvisational comedy show Thank God You’re Here and the comedy game show Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation. She also performed stand-up on the television special The Breast Darn Show In Town. Wilson guest starred in the Seven Network drama City Homicide and performed improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles.

Upon moving to the United States, Wilson signed to talent and literary agents William Morris Endeavor. American audiences first became acquainted with the Australian actress, thanks to her breakout role as the interloping sister of Kristen Wiig’s roommate in the 2011 comedy “Bridesmaids.”

Wilson then appeared in the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement and on the Comedy Central series, Workaholics. She co-hosted the 2010 ARIA Music Awards and performed at the inaugural Variety’s Power of Comedy event in Los Angeles with Lucas and Russell Brand. In early 2011, Wilson filmed A Few Best Men at Fox Studios Australia. She also filmed a role in Small Apartments. On 11 July 2011, it was announced Wilson had joined the ensemble comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting as Janice. She has also joined the upcoming Indie film, Struck By Lightning. Wilson was named one of Variety magazine’s “Top Ten Comics To Watch for 2011.”

On 19 August 2011, Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter reported Wilson had replaced Casey Wilson in Bachelorette. Borys also reported Wilson has become the first person to be cast in the romantic comedy Pitch Perfect and she would voice a character in Ice Age: Continental Drift. For her performance as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect, Wilson received various award nominations, including Best Supporting Actress from the San Diego Film Critics Society and Best Actress in a Comedy from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

In January 2012, Michael Ausiello of TVLine announced Wilson would be writing and starring in Super Fun Night, a comedy which follows three friends on a quest to have fun every Friday night. The pilot was picked up by CBS and Conan O’Brien became one of the executive producers. The pilot was later turned down by CBS, but Nellie Andreeva of Deadline.com reported that the ABC network was close to a deal to re-pilot the project. Andreeva revealed Super Fun Night would become a single-camera set up instead of multi-camera. On 27 March 2012, Adam B. Vary of Entertainment Weekly reported Wilson had joined the cast of Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain as Ramona Eldridge. Wilson will host the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.

Filmography

Actress

2012    Pitch Perfect

Fat Amy

2012    Ice Age: Continental Drift
Raz (voice)

2012    What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Janice

2012    Struck by Lightning
Malerie Baggs

2012    Small Apartments
Rocky

2012    Bachelorette
Becky

2011    A Few Best Men
Daphne

2011    Workaholics (TV series)
Big Money Hustla

2011    Bridesmaids
Brynn

2010    Rules of Engagement (TV series)
Sara

2009    City Homicide (TV series)
Sarah Gilbert

2009    Bargain! (short)
Linda

2008    Bogan Pride (TV series)
Jenny Cragg

2008    Monster House (TV series)
Penelope Webb

2006-2007 The Wedge (TV series)
Various Characters

2003-2007 Pizza (TV series)
Toula

2007    Ghost Rider
Girl in Alley

2006    World Record Pizza (TV series)
Toula

2003    Fat Pizza
Toula

Trivia

  • Rebel is a distant relative of Walt Disney.
  • She has two middle names — Melanie Elizabeth. Rebel and each of her siblings have a regular middle name and then a third name after British royalty! Reb got the Queen.
  • A former Youth Ambassador for Australia. She was based in Southern Africa.
  • Has a law degree from the prestigious University of New South Wales, graduating in 2009.
  • Is left-handed.
  • Encouraged her siblings, Ryot and Liberty, to try out for the first season of Amazing Race Australia.
  • She has a little bit of training in martial arts and can toss around nun-chucks like an absolute pro.
  • Trained at the New York Film Academy and the Second City Training Center, after receiving a scholarship via the Australian Theatre for Young People.
  • Rebel can rap! Her alter ego is named Rebelicious, and she’s got a way with words.
  • She lives with her “Bridemaids” co-star, Matt Lucas.
  • ·         She once complimented Nicolas Cage’s hair – before she realized he had on a wig.
  • Rebel loves Ice-cream that has stuff in it, like cookie dough, or chunks of honeycomb.
  • Relaxes by having bubble baths or listening to hardcore rap.

Quotes

  • I went to a hospital in Johannesburg and the way they treat you is with very, very powerful drugs and intensive care. I lost my hearing for two weeks! I was in the hospital bed hallucinating on drugs. I hallucinated that I was an actress and that I won an Oscar and instead of doing an acceptance speech, I did an acceptance rap and the crowd loved it. I can actually kind of remember it. It was like: ‘Listen up y’all, I got something to say, it’s about this award, that I won today…
  • I went for a few auditions for local plays in Australia, but they wouldn’t think twice about casting me. I thought, I’ll write my own play for myself and put myself in it and everyone can see how funny I am. And it worked! The first play I wrote, I wrote in two nights and it was a big hit in Sydney. It had four seasons in the first year.
  • I know, I pick up the roles other actresses don’t want. When there’s movies where there are two sisters and one’s the uglier sister, there’s always no actress that wants to go for it. I’m like, why not! They’re the best roles!
  • I could be a practising lawyer if I wanted to be. I don’t know how seriously people would take me, though.
  • I trained in musical theater when I was training as an actor, and I love it. I’ve done workshops for professional musicals but I’ve never actually had time to do the actual productions, because theater is a big commitment. But I love singing.
  • I dared Daniel Day Lewis to incorporate the word ‘sherpa’ into his speech, and he did!!!
  • One day I was like, why aren’t Americans pissed off that these Australians are taking their acting jobs? Because we’re friends. The countries are friends.
  • I bought ingredients to make pavlova for me and Matt at Christmas. I’m sure you can buy sugar and vanilla essence in America but it might not taste the same. (Airport) customs might not like it but we’ll see what happens.
  • My sister went to the supermarket (in Sydney) and bought a load of chocolate. I’ve got a suitcase full of it to take back with me. It’s so heavy… The chocolate… tastes different in America. It’s just not the same. There’s no Cadbury’s. I miss Cadbury’s Peppermint, Mars Bars, Smarties.
  • I love those Hemsworth brothers. It’s weird, because you kind of know who everybody is, but I’m not shallow enough to say, “We’re best friends!” When I came over another guy came who I knew, Jason Gann, who has a show on FX called Wilfred — we kind of helped each other a bit because we were friends from before in Australia. But it’s not like you can just call up Nicole Kidman. I’d just feel weird about it. But I love that Americans are so accepting of Australians and think we’re really good actors. I have a theory about that: I think in the wars, Australia’s always helped America and we’ve been allies, so I think culturally somehow there’s an acceptance.
  • (on moving to LA) It’s been good but it was really hard at first. Moving to another country where nobody knows you and you don’t know anyone, and trying to basically start from scratch because even though I’d done 13 TV shows in Australia no one knew me here. So you have to prove yourself — and random stuff, you have to find a place to live, you literally come with one or two suitcases and that’s all you have… I underestimated how hard it was going to be. It’s really tough when something bad happens and you don’t have any family members or anyone in this country. But you make friends and you start working here and it becomes so amazing. L.A. has the best weather! I come from culture where you drive everywhere, so I love driving everywhere — and I love that you have valet here, we don’t have that in Australia.
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Lauren Nourse Upskirt

lauren-nourse-upskirtBirth Name:               Lauren Nourse

Nickname:                Loz

Birth Date:                 August 10, 1982

Birth Place:                Loxton, South Australia

Occupation:             Teacher

Sport:                          Netball

Positions:                    Wing Attack, Centre, Goal Attack

Biography

Lauren Nourse is one of Australia’s top netballer, who plays for the Australian national netball team.

Born on August 10, 1982 at Loxton, South Australia, young Lauren loved playing netball in their yard and throwing the ball with her older sister who used to throw the ball at her pretty hard. Lauren learned to catch the ball quickly to avoid the ball hitting her head.

The dynamic wing-attack first rose to prominence in 2003, when she made her debut in the Australian National Netball League for the AIS Canberra Darters. Nourse’s talent blossomed under coach Norma Plummer. Nourse made her debut with the Firebirds in 2004 and has been a stalwart of the team since then.

After leaving the AIS, Nourse went on to join the struggling Queensland Firebirds, where she failed to reach the heights she had in the previous season. The Firebirds were competition cellar-dwellers in 2004 and 2005, until former Australian great, Vicki Wilson, took over the coaching of the side in 2006, and turned their fortunes around remarkably, leading them to the finals for the first ever time. This also turned Nourse’s career around, as she was re-selected for the Australian squad at the end of 2006.

She quickly made a name for herself as an outstanding mid-court player. Nourse has played with the Firebirds since 2004, amounting 104 games with the team, playing 25 Test Caps, as well as captaining the side since 2010.

Nourse was called into the Australian open team in July 2007, as a replacement for injured defender Mo’onia Gerrard. She made her debut against New Zealand on 21 July 2007, and performed admirably. This performance was enough to see her retained in the Australian team for the 2007 World Championships, which Australia successfully reclaimed in November 2007.

She played nine seasons for the Mission Queensland Firebirds and was the team’s captain when they went through the trans-Tasman competition undefeated in 2011, but missed the finals and the 2011 world championships due to a knee reconstruction.

And after nine seasons playing with the Firebirds, Nourse has made the decision to retire.

Nourse is a full-time teacher at St. Peter’s Lutheran College and is also involved in coaching netball there.

Netball Achievements

  • Australian Open Team 2008/2009
  • Australian Team World Championships 2007
  • Queensland Firebirds 2004-2011

Trivia

  • Most annoying habit:  Biting her fingernails
  • Favourite Quote:  The future starts today not tomorrow.
  • Likes to eat KFC.
  • Lauren’s ambition is to set up a netball academy / program and run this full time down the track.
  • Greatest sporting inspiration is Pat Rafter.

Quotes

  • I am now ready to move on to the next stage of my life and hope to always be involved in the Firebirds in some capacity and coaching future up and coming stars in the future.
  • I’ve learnt from my injury there’s a lot of things going on in life, and the people who stand up and support you are so valuable.
  • My job and my employer mean the world to me. They’ve been amazing to let me play netball and fit everything in. If I have a great season then maybe (Australian selection) will happen, but if it doesn’t I won’t be disappointed. I love the Firebirds and that’s my reason for playing.
  • I don’t consider myself a dirty player. I think as you get a bit older you get a bit wiser and maybe you do a few more little things off the ball. Maybe it is (a backhanded compliment).
  • Coming off the bye is always hard, but having a few days off has refreshed us and I am confident we can deliver the result we need.
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