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AnnaLynne McCord

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AnnaLynne McCord (born July 16, 1987) is an American actress. Known for playing a range of vixen-type roles,[1] McCord first gained prominence in 2007 as the scheming Eden Lord on the FX television series Nip/Tuck, and as the pampered Loren Wakefield on the MyNetworkTV telenovela American Heiress. In film, she has appeared in the action feature Transporter 2, as well as the thriller Day of the Dead.



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In 2008, she was the second actor to be cast in the CW series 90210, portraying antiheroine Naomi Clark. Initially, the part of Clark was conceived as a supporting role. By the end of the first season, however, various media outlets had begun referring to McCord as the series' lead.[2][3] Apart from acting, she has also contributed to charities in her free time, and has been labeled by the Look to the Stars organization as "one of the strongest young female philanthropists standing up in Hollywood and fighting for the charities she believes in."[4] In 2009, McCord was nominated for a Teen Choice Award, and received the Hollywood Life Young Hollywood Superstar of Tomorrow award. For the role of Naomi Clark, she won a Breakthrough of the Year Award in the category of "Breakthrough Standout Performance" in 2010. She recently has been nominated for VH1′s DO SOMETHING Award in the category of “TV Star”![5]

Early life and career

AnnaLynne McCord was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She was home-schooled and graduated from high school at the age of 15, after which she joined the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency and appeared in ads for various brands, including Estee Lauder, and also briefly modeled for Seventeen.[6]

McCord appears in the 2005 Italian film Natale a Miami and 2007 horror film remake Day of the Dead. In addition to appearances on Close to Home and The O.C., she played rebellious Loren Wakefield on the MyNetworkTV limited-run serial American Heiress.[7] She was also cast as the star in another MyNetworkTV telenovela, Rules of Deception, but the show never aired, due to a change in the network's programming strategy away from telenovelas. In addition, she has guest-starred in episodes 119 and 120 of Ugly Betty, an episode on the first season of Greek, and an episode of the fourth season of Cold Case.

She participated in Mexican artist Thalía's videoclip "Baby, I'm in Love".[8]

McCord portrayed Eden Lord in the fifth season of the FX series Nip/Tuck. She reprises her role as a guest star in several season 6 episodes. McCord said in an interview with fearnet.com that it was "fun to play a bad girl."[9]

In 2008, she joined the debuting series 90210 as Naomi Clark, a part which media outlets have since referred to as the central role.[10][11] In 2009, McCord was the recipient of the Hollywood Life Young Hollywood Superstar of Tomorrow award.[12] She was also nominated for a Teen Choice Award for her portrayal of Naomi.[13] McCord was being considered for the role of Heidi in New Moon, the sequel to the 2008 film Twilight, according to E! Online. However, she did not get the role. According to McCord herself she turned the part down because she was "in need of some R&R."[14] The role went to Noot Seear.[15] In 2010, McCord won a Breakthrough of the Year Award, in the category of "Breakthrough Standout Performance", for her work as Naomi Clark.[16] She accepted a role in the Off Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore for an April 27 through May 29, 2011 run with Conchata Ferrell, Minka Kelly, Anne Meara, and B. Smith.[17]

Personal life

During her free time, McCord has contributed to various charities, stating that she is a "strong believer in working with organizations and giving back."[4] She is a big supporter of the St. Bernard Project,[18] a rebuilding organization dedicated to assisting victims of Hurricane Katrina. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the Blind Project. McCord is the cover model for the July 2009 issue of Signature magazine, a Los Angeles regional magazine. The cover story highlights her dedication to The Blind Project, "a charity organization that builds factories in third world countries to educate and employ victims of human trafficking." According to the article, she moved her sisters from Atlanta to Los Angeles so they would be able to help her with this cause. The sisters created a clothing line, The Sisters 3, to donate to the charity.[19]

In 2009, McCord joined the faculty and students at Woodland Regional High School, located in Beacon Falls, CT, for the inaugural race for Woodland for Women Worldwide, a grass roots organization which supports Somaly Mam and CAMFED, two international organizations which fights the exploitation of girls and women worldwide and provides them with opportunities and education. Screenwriter and playwright, Susan Cinoman also serves Woodland for Women Worldwide who was founded by Deb Flaherty, Lisa Olivere, Joelle Kilcourse, Meghan Hatch and Danielle Shove in addition to the students at WRHS. McCord was awarded Woodland for Women Worldwide's highest humanitarium award as she became their spokesperson.

McCord began dating actor Dominic Purcell in 2011[20].

Filmography

Film

Year

Title

Role

Notes

2002

The Middle of Nowhere

Cassandra

 

2005

Transporter 2

Car Jacking Girl

 

Natale a Miami (Christmas in Miami)

Susy

 

2007

Mysterious

Morning/Simone

 

2008

Day of the Dead

Nina

Direct-to-DVD

The Haunting of Molly Hartley

Suzie Woods

 

2009

Fired Up

Gwyneth

 

2010

Amexica

Woman

 

Gun

Gabriella

 

2011

Blood Out

Anya

 

2012

Excision

Pauline

Post-production

Officer Down

Zhanna Dronov

Filming

Television

Year

Title

Role

Notes

2006

The O.C.

"Hot Girl"

Episode 3.23: "The Party Favor"

Close to Home

Sara

Episode 1.22: "Hot Grrrl"

2007

Cold Case

Becca Crossan

Episode 4.20: "Stand Up and Holler"

Ugly Betty

Petra

Episode 1.19: "Punch Out"
Episode 1.20: "
Petra-Gate"

CSI: Miami

Sherry Williamson

Episode 5.23: "Kill Switch"

American Heiress

Loren Wakefield

Series regular (2007; 61 episodes)

Greek

Destiny/Patty

Episode 1.06: "Friday Night Frights"

2007–2009

Nip/Tuck

Eden Lord

12 episodes

2008

Head Case

Tard's Date

Episode 2.03: "A Tard for All Seasons"

2008–present

90210

Naomi Clark

Main cast (Seasons 1–present)
Nominated –
2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Star: Female

Music video

Year

Title

Artist

Notes

2003

"Baby, I'm in Love"

Thalía

 

References

1.                               ^ "AnnaLynne McCord:Overview". msn.com. http://movies.msn.com/celebrities/celebrity/annalynne-mccord/. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 

2.                               ^ "AnnaLynne McCord". InStyle. http://www.instyle.com/instyle/package/summertrends/photos/0,,20278636_20278389_20617282,00.html. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 

3.                               ^ "EXCLUSIVE!". hollywoodlife.com. January 29, 2010. http://www.hollywoodlife.com/2010/01/29/exclusive-annalynne-mccord-is-not-going-to-miss-jennie-garth-on-90210/. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 

4.                               ^ a b Reynolds, Brandy (May 12, 2009). "LTTS Exclusive: An Interview With AnnaLynne McCord". looktothestars.org. http://www.looktothestars.org/news/2508-ltts-exclusive-an-interview-with-annalynne-mccord. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 

5.                               ^ http://www.vh1.com/shows/events/do_something_awards/2011/tv-star/

6.                               ^ "AnnaLynne McCord Star Bio". tribute.ca. http://www.tribute.ca/people/Annalynne+McCord/31668/. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 

7.                               ^ "AnnaLynne McCord". tv.yahoo.com. http://tv.yahoo.com/annalynne-mccord/contributor/2204399. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 

8.                               ^ Koday, Dan. "90210 Girls Get A Style Makeover". Seventeen. http://www.seventeen.com/fashion/makeovers/90210-girls-fashion-pics. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 

9.                               ^ [1], additional text.

10.                           ^ Ausiello, Michael (October 25, 2009). "Fall's best and worst". Entertainment Weekly. http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/10/25/ausiello-fall-2009-best-worst/#more-3535. Retrieved October 29, 2009. 

11.                           ^ Porter, C. Joan (November 17, 2009). "TV's queens of mean". MSN. http://entertainment.ca.msn.com/tv/gallery.aspx?cp-documentid=22632952&page=3. Retrieved August 1, 2010. 

12.                           ^ "AnnaLynne McCord Young Hollywood Awards". sugarslam.com. http://www.sugarslam.com/young-hollywood-awards-adam-lambert-shawn-johnson-and-more/anna-lynne-mccord-young-hollywood-awards/. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 

13.                           ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2009 nominees". Los Angeles Times. June 15, 2009. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/awards/2009/06/teen-choice-awards-2009-nominees.html. Retrieved July 15, 2009. 

14.                           ^ http://www.hotannalynnemccord.com/why-annalynne-passed-on-new-moon

15.                           ^ Malkin, Marc (February 4, 2009). "New Moon Maybe: 90210's AnnaLynne McCord". E! Online. Retrieved on February 8, 2009.

16.                           ^ "Official Website of the Breakthrough of the Year Awards". breakthroughawards.mail.com. August 15, 2010. http://breakthroughawards.mail.com/. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 

17.                           ^ Gans, Andrew (2011-04-14). "Minka Kelly, Susan Sullivan Set for Love, Loss... Off-Broadway". Playbill. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/149900-Minka-Kelly-Susan-Sullivan-Set-for-Love-Loss-Off-Broadway. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 

18.                           ^ www.stbernardproject.org

19.                           ^ http://www.signatureladirect.com/Sections/Fashion/265/AnnaLynne-McCord

20.                           ^ "AnnaLynne McCord, Dominic Purcell Seek Balance". fatherhoodchannel.com. http://fatherhoodchannel.com/2011/07/15/annalynne-mccord-dominic-purcell-seek-balance-715/. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 

 

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Alyson Michalka

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Alyson Michalka in concert, August 2007.

Background information

Birth name

Alyson Renae Michalka

Also known as

Aly, Aly Michalka

Born

March 25, 1989 (1989-03-25) (age 22)[1]

Origin

Torrance, California, US

Genres

Acoustic rock, pop, pop rock, electropop

Occupations

Actress, singer-songwriter, musician, dancer

Instruments

Vocals, guitar, piano

Years active

2004–present

Labels

Hollywood (2004–10)

Website

http://www.78violet.com/
Signature

Alyson Renae "Aly" Michalka (born March 25, 1989), often credited as Aly, is an American actress, singer-songwriter,
and musician. Michalka gained fame for playing the role of Marti Perkins in the CW television drama Hellcats.
She was also known for her roles as Keely Teslow in the Disney Channel original series Phil of the Future, Charlotte Barnes in the film Bandslam, Taylor Callum in the Disney Channel Original Movie Cow Belles, Rhiannon Abernathy in the
Golden Globe-nominated teen film Easy A and as Tracy Morgan in the thriller The Roommate. She is also known as one-half
of the musical duo 78violet (formerly Aly & AJ) with her sister Amanda Michalka.



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Early life

She was born in Torrance, California and grew up in Seattle, Washington and Southern California, with her sister, Amanda.
Her father, Mark, owns a contracting company, and her mother, Carrie, is a musician and performed with the Christian "JC Band".[2][3]

Career

Acting

Michalka made her acting debut as Keely Teslow on the Disney Channel Original Series, Phil of the Future.
She has also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movies Now You See It..., in which she played Allyson Miller,
an ambitious television producer, and Cow Belles, in which she appears opposite her sister. She had a leading role in
the Walden Media film Bandslam, about a group of misfits who form a rock band. The film, which also starred Vanessa Hudgens, was released in August 2009.[4]

Michalka had a main role as Marti Perkins in the CW cheerleading drama series Hellcats, alongside Ashley Tisdale.
The series premiered on September 8, 2010. However, after one season it was announced by the CW that the show will not berenewed for the 2011–12 fall schedule.[5]

On July 28, 2011, it was reported Michalka will guest star in an episode of CSI: NY that will air on September 30, 2011.[6]

Music

Michalka and her sister comprise the musical duo 78violet, and released their first album, Into the Rush, on August 16, 2005.
 The next year, they brought out a holiday album in September, covering 9 tracks, along with two originals, titled
Acoustic Hearts of Winter.
In July 2007, their album, Insomniatic, hit stores, featuring the American top 20 hit single, "Potential Breakup Song".
The two were to release a third album in early 2010,[7] but it has been postponed after they left their label.

Personal life

Michalka has been playing the piano since she was five and started playing the guitar at the age of 13.
She started acting when she was five years old, mostly in church play productions. She was raised as a Christian and
continues to practice the faith.[8][9]

Filmography

Film roles

Title↓

Year↓

Role↓

Notes

Now You See It...

2005

Allyson Miller

Disney Channel Original Movie

Cow Belles

2006

Taylor Callum

Disney Channel Original Movie

Super Sweet 16: The Movie

2007

Taylor Tiara

TV film

Bandslam

2009

Charlotte Barnes

 

Easy A

2010

Rhiannon Abernathy

 

Roommate, TheThe Roommate

2011

Tracy Morgan

 

 

Television roles

Title↓

Year↓

Role↓

Notes

Phil of the Future

2004–2006

Keely Teslow

43 episodes, main role

Haversham Hall

2006

Hope Mason

Unsold Disney Channel pilot

Punk'd

2007

Herself

Episode 8.8

Hellcats

2010–2011

Marti Perkins

22 episodes, lead role

CSI: NY

2011

Miranda

1 Episode, guest role[6]

Discography

Michalka in concert on June 21, 2008 in Valdosta, Georgia

See also: 78violet discography

Solo

Year

Title

Album

2009

"Amphetamine"

Bandslam

"I Want You to Want Me"

"Someone to Fall Back On"

2010

"Brand New Day"

Hellcats (Music from the Television Series) – EP

Awards and nominations

Year

Award

Category

Nominated Work

Result

2005

Young Artist Awards

Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress

Phil of the Future

Nominated

2006

American Music Awards

Contemporary Inspirational Artists of the Year

Into the Rush

2011

Teen Choice Awards

Choice Female Scene Stealer

Easy A, The Roommate

References

1.                               ^ "Family Tree Legends". Family Tree Legends. March 25, 1989. http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/calbirths?c=search&first=ALYSON+RENAE&last=
MICHALKA&spelling=Exact&4_
year=1989&4_month=0&4_day=0&5=&7=&SubmitSearch.x=47&SubmitSearch.y=18
. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 

2.                               ^ Axson, Scooby (July 7, 2006). "Article: Pop sisters: Better known for their acting, Aly and AJ leap onto music... | AccessMyLibrary – Promoting library advocacy". AccessMyLibrary. http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-15872042_ITM. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 

3.                               ^ "Tweenage Riot". Blender Magazine. May 23, 2006. http://www.blender.com/guide/68270/tweenage-riot.html. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 

4.                               ^ Aly & AJ Writing New Songs, Plot Films. Billboard. January 10, 2008.

5.                               ^ Stanhope, Kate (May 17, 2011). "The CW Renews One Tree Hill and Nikita, Cancels Hellcats". TV Guide. http://www.tvguide.com/news/Tree-Hill-Nikita-Renewed-1033215.aspx. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 

6.                               ^ a b Rice, Lynette (July 28, 2011). "'Hellcats' star to appear on 'CSI: NY'". Entertainment Weekly. http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/07/28/hellcats-star-to-appear-on-csi-ny/. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 

7.                               ^ "New Album Delayed?". Aly & AJ Reaction. November 9, 2008.

8.                               ^ "Aly & AJ, 11/05 – Interviews – Christian Music Today". Christianitytoday.com. http://www.christianitytoday.com/music/interviews/2005/alyandaj-1105.html. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 

9.                               ^ "Grounded in Faith – Today's Christian". Archived from the original on February 17, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070217140513/http://www.christianitytoday.com/tc/2007/001/12.52.html. 

 

 

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Taylor Swift

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This article is about the musician. For her self-titled debut album, see Taylor Swift (album).

 


Background information

Birth name

Taylor Alison Swift

Born

December 13, 1989 (1989-12-13) (age 21)
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, United States

Genres

Country pop,[1] pop,[2] teen pop, country

Occupations

Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, actress

Instruments

Vocals, guitar, banjo, piano,[3] ukulele[4]

Years active

2006–present

Labels

Big Machine

Associated acts

Nathan Chapman, Liz Rose

Website

taylorswift.com

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American country pop singer-songwriter, musician and actress.

In 2006, she released her debut single "Tim McGraw", then her self-titled debut album, which was subsequently certified
 multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. In November 2008, Swift released her second album, Fearless,
and the recording earned Swift four Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, at the 52nd Grammy Awards.
Fearless
and Taylor Swift finished 2008 at number-three and number-six respectively, with sales of 2.1 and 1.5 million.
[5] Fearless topped the Billboard 200 for 11 non-consecutive weeks.[6] Swift was named Artist of the Year by Billboard Magazine in 2009[7] Swift released her third album Speak Now on October 25, 2010 which sold 1,047,000 copies in its first week.



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In 2008, her albums sold a combined four million copies, making her the best-selling musician of the year in the United States,
according to Nielsen SoundScan. Forbes ranked Swift 2009's 69th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $18 million,
[8] 2010's 12th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $45 million[9] and 2011's 7th-most powerful celebrity with earnings
of $45 million, too.[10] Swift was ranked the 38th Best Artist of the 2000–10 decade by Billboard.[11] In January 2010
 Nielsen SoundScan listed Swift as the most successful digital artist in music history with over 34.3 million digital tracks sold.
[12] On June 2011, renowned site The Boot named Swift and Carrie Underwood The Country Royalty, as they were the only
female country artists to be ranked on Rolling Stone's Queens of Pop list.[13] As of March 2011[update], she has sold over
20 million albums and 34.3 million singles worldwide.[12][14]

Early life

Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Andrea Gardner (née Finlay),
a homemaker, and Scott Kingsley Swift, a stockbroker. Her maternal grandmother, Marjorie Finlay, was an opera singer
.[15][16] Swift has a younger brother, Austin.[17]

When Swift was in fourth grade, she won a national poetry contest with a three-page poem, "Monster In My Closet".[16][18]
At the age of ten, a computer repairman showed her how to play three chords on a guitar, sparking her interest in learning
the instrument. Afterwards, Swift wrote her first song, "Lucky You".[19] When Swift was 12, she devoted an entire summer
to writing a 350-page novel, which remains unpublished.[20] She began writing songs regularly and used it as an outlet to
help her with her pain from not fitting in at school. Swift was a victim of bullying, and spent her time writing songs to express
her emotions.[21] She also started performing at local karaoke contests, festivals, and fairs.

Swift began to regularly visit Nashville, Tennessee, and work with local songwriters. When she was 14, her family relocated to
Nashville.[22] Her first major show was a well-received performance at the Bloomsburg Fair.[23] In Tennessee,
Swift attended Hendersonville High School, but was subsequently homeschooled for her junior and senior years. In 2008,
she earned her high school diploma.[24]

Swift's greatest musical influence is Shania Twain.[25] Her other influences include LeAnn Rimes,
 Tina Turner, Dolly Parton,
and Swift's grandmother. Although her grandmother was a professional opera singer,[26] Swift's tastes always leaned
more toward country music. In her younger years, she developed a love for Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton.[27]
She also credits the Dixie Chicks for demonstrating the impact that one can have by "stretching boundaries".[28]

Music career

2000–05: Musical beginnings

At age 11, Swift made her first trip to Nashville, hoping to obtain a record deal by distributing a demo tape of her singing
with karaoke songs. She gave a copy to every label in town,[29] but was rejected.[30] After Swift returned to Pennsylvania,
she was asked to sing at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, where her rendition of the national anthem received much attention.[31]

When Swift was 15, she rejected RCA Records because the company wanted to keep her on an
artist development deal.[32]
After performing at Nashville's songwriters' venue, The Bluebird Café, she caught the attention of Scott Borchetta,[33]
who signed her to his newly formed record label, Big Machine Records. At age 14, she became the youngest staff
songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house.[34]

Swift performing at a café with a koa wood guitar in June 2006. Swift continues to perform with custom-made
 Taylor guitars.[35]

2006–08: Taylor Swift

Swift released her debut single, "Tim McGraw", in mid-2006, reaching No.6 on Billboard magazine's Hot Country Songs
chart.[36] Her self-titled debut album was later released on October 24, 2006.[37] Debuting high on the Billboard 200,
 the album sold 39,000 copies during its first week.[38] It peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and
No.5 on the Billboard 200.[39] Her debut album spent eight consecutive weeks at the top of the Top Country Albums
charts[40] and remained at the top for 24 out of 91 weeks.[41] The only other country artists this decade to achieve the
number-one sales position for 20 weeks or more are The Dixie Chicks and Carrie Underwood.[42] The music video for
 "Tim McGraw" won Swift an award for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2007 CMT Music Awards.[43]
Her pursuit of country music stardom was the subject of "GAC Short Cuts", a part-documentary, part-music-video
series airing since the summer of 2006.[44] On May 15, 2007, Swift performed "Tim McGraw" at the
Academy of Country Music Awards. Swift has been an opening act for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on their
Soul2Soul 2007 tour. She has opened in the past for George Strait, Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts as well.[45]
The second single from the Taylor Swift album, "Teardrops on My Guitar", was released February 24, 2007.
 In mid-2007, the song peaked at No.2 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and No.33 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song was re-released with a pop remix that brought "Teardrops on My Guitar" to No.13 on the Hot 100 and
 No.11 on the Pop 100. In October 2007, Swift was awarded Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville
Songwriters Assn. Intl., making her the youngest artist ever to win the award.[46] Her third song off her debut album,
"Our Song" spent six weeks at No.1 on the Country charts, peaked at No.16 on the Billboard Hot 100, and rose to
No.24 on the Billboard Pop 100. Swift recorded a holiday album,
 Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection, which was released exclusively at Target in late 2007.
Swift was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award in the category of Best New Artist, but lost to Amy Winehouse.
Swift's successful single, "Picture to Burn", was the fourth single from her debut album. The song debuted and soon peaked at
 No.3 on the Billboard Country chart in spring 2008.

Swift performing at Yahoo HQ in 2007.

"Should've Said No" became Swift's second No.1 single. In Summer 2008, Swift released Beautiful Eyes,
an EP sold exclusively at Wal-Mart.[47] In its first week of release, the album sold 45,000 copies, debuting at
No.1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No.9 on the Billboard 200. With her self-titled debut album sitting at
No.2 during the same week, Swift became the first artist since 1997 to hold the Top 2 positions of the
 Top Country Albums chart.[48] In October 2008, Swift performed a duet with best selling rock band Def Leppard
in a taped show in Nashville, Tennessee, and their collaboration was up for both Performance of the
Year and Wide Open Country Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards in 2009.[49]

2008–2010: Fearless and MTV VMA incident

Swift's second studio album, Fearless, was released in the United States on November 11, 2008.[50] The album debuted at
No.1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Its sales of 592,304 were the highest debut of any country artist in 2008.
 This is also the largest opening U.S. sales week in 2008 by a female artist in all genres of music, and the fourth
biggest overall behind Lil Wayne, AC/DC and Coldplay.[51] Its lead single "Love Story" became a hit on both the country
and pop charts. During the first week of release, more than 129,000 of Swift's sales were sold digitally. This gives
Swift the best online start for any country album in history.[52] It also makes Swift the fourth biggest week for a digital
album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking them in 2004.[53] Through its eighth week of release, Fearless has
sold more than 338,467 downloads, making it the bestselling country album in digital history. In second place is
Swift's debut Taylor Swift with sales of 236,046 downloads as of April 18, 2009.[54] In its debut week, seven songs
in total on Fearless were charted on Billboard Hot 100, tying Swift with Miley Cyrus for the most by a female artist
in a single week. With "White Horse" charted at #13, this gave Swift her sixth top 20 debut of 2008, a calendar year
record for any artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. Of the 13 tracks on Fearless, 11 have already spent time on
 the Hot 100.[53] "Change", a song from the album, was selected as part of a soundtrack supporting Team USA's
efforts in the 2008 Summer Olympics.[55] The song was also featured as part of the soundtrack of NBC's broadcast
package of the Olympics. The lead single from the album, "Love Story", was released on September 12, 2008.
The Fearless album includes the "Love Story" music video which is based on Romeo and Juliet. The song has
 reached No.2 on iTunes Store Top Downloaded Songs and No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Fifteen weeks after being
added to pop radio, "Love Story" also became the first country crossover recording to hit number one on the
Nielsen BDS CHR/Top 40 chart in the 16-year-history of the list, as well as number one on the Mediabase
 Top 40 Chart.[56] The second single from Fearless, "White Horse", was released on December 8, 2008.
The music video for the song premiered on CMT on February 7, 2009. Though it missed the
No.1 spot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs as of the week April 11, 2009, "White Horse" claimed the
No.1 spot atop the USA
Today/Country Aircheck chart (powered by Mediabase) in that week.[57] "Forever & Always", another song from the album,
 was based on Swift's relationship with singer Joe Jonas.[58][59] She was the first artist in the history of
 Nielsen SoundScan to have two different albums in the Top 10 on the year end album chart.[5] It also was the first
album by a female artist in country music history to log eight weeks at No.1 on The Billboard 200. In mid-January 2009,
Swift became the first country artist to top the 2 million mark in paid downloads with three different songs.[60]
Swift is Billboard's Top Country Artist and Hot Country Songwriter of 2008; she is also country music's best-selling
artist of 2008.[61] Swift ranked seventh on Nielsen SoundScan Canada's top-10 selling artists across all genres in 2008.
 Fearless and Taylor Swift took the No.1 and No.2 slots on 2008 Year-End Canadian Country Albums Chart.[62]
Swift sang the Star-Spangled Banner at game three of the World Series in Philadelphia on October 25, 2008.

Swift performing as the headlining act at the 2010 Cavendish Beach Music Festival in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

In January 2009, Swift announced her North American Fearless Tour planned for 52 cities in 38 states and provinces in the
US and Canada over the span of 6 months.[63] The tour kicked off April 23 in Evansville, Indiana. In the same month,
Swift made her first musical guest appearance on Saturday Night Live.[64][65] On February 8, 2009, Swift performed her
 song "Fifteen" with Miley Cyrus at the 51st Grammy Awards. As of the week ending February 8, 2009, Swift's single
 "Love Story" became the country song with the most paid downloads in history.[66][67]
Since the release of Swift's second album, Fearless, she has released one new song "Crazier" for the soundtrack of the feature film
 Hannah Montana: The Movie. At the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Swift picked up Album
of the Year honors as a performer and producer for Fearless. Swift is the youngest artist in history to win the
ACM Album of the Year award. The Academy lauded her for career achievements including selling more albums
 in 2008 than any other artist in any genre of music, the breakthrough success of her debut album, and the
worldwide crossover success of her No.1 single "Love Story". The Academy also cited Swift's contribution to
helping country music attract a younger audience.[68] As of late April 2009, Swift has sold more than 14 million
downloads, as well as three Gold Mobile Ringtones.[69] On April 28, 2009, Swift gave a free, private concert
to students at Bishop Ireton High School, a small Catholic school in Alexandria, Virginia after the school won a
national "TXT 2 WIN" contest from Verizon Wireless.[70] The students sent over 19,000 text messages to Verizon
during a roughly one month long contest. Swift played for about an hour during the school's field day, an annual
day-long recess with games and activities. On October 8, 2009 Swift's official website announced that her sold-out
Fearless Tour would return to North America for 37 additional dates in 2010.

West taking the microphone from Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Scheduled to perform on September 13, 2009, Swift attended the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. This was her first VMA
performance, where she became the first country music artist to win an MTV Video Music Award.[71] During the show,
as Swift was on stage accepting the award for Best Female Video for "You Belong with Me," singer/rapper
Kanye West came on stage and took the microphone from Swift, saying that Beyoncé's video for
 "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", nominated for the same award, was "one of the best videos of all time,
" an action that caused the many audience members to boo West.[72][73] He handed the
microphone back to a stunned and reportedly upset Swift, who did not finish her acceptance speech.[72][74] When Beyoncé
 later won the award for
Best Video of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", she called Swift up on stage so that she could finish
her acceptance speech.[72][75] Following the awards show, West apologized for his verbal outburst in a blog entry
(which was subsequently removed).[72] He was criticized by various celebrities for the outburst,[73][76][77][78][79]
and even by President Barack Obama in an "off the record" comment.[80][81][82][83] He later posted a second apology
on his blog and made his first public apology one day after the incident on the debut episode of
The Jay Leno Show.[73] On September 15, 2009, Swift talked about the matter on The View, where she said she was at first excited
to see West on stage and then disappointed once he acted out.[84][85]
She said West had not spoken to her following the incident.[85] Following her appearance on The View, West contacted
her to apologize personally; Swift said she accepted his apology.[71][85] However, on November 8, 2010, in an interview
with a Minnesota radio station, West seemed to recant a bit of his past apologies by attempting to describe the act at
the 2009 awards show as "selfless" and downgrade the perception of disrespect it created.[86][87] Swift would later
perform a song at the 2010 VMA called "Innocent" which is about the incident and in the song she absolves West of his actions.[88]

On November 11, 2009, Swift became the youngest artist ever to win the Country Music Association Award for
Entertainer of the year, and is one of only six women to win the Country Music Association's highest honor.[89]
On the chart week of November 14, 2009, Swift set a record for the most songs on the Billboard Hot 100 by a female
artist at the same time with eight singles from the re-release of her 2008 album Fearless namely five debut new songs
in the top 30: "Jump Then Fall" at #10, "Untouchable" at #19, "The Other Side of the Door" at #22, "Superstar" at
No.27 and "Come in With the Rain" at No.30 and three already-charted songs that were released as singles—
"You Belong with Me" (#14), "Forever & Always" which re-entered the chart at #34, and "Fifteen" (#46).[90]
In addition, the song "Two Is Better Than One" by Boys Like Girls which features Swift, debuted at No.80 in the
same issue. This gives Swift six debuts in one week, the biggest number of debuts by any female artist of all time.
 It also lifts the number of her simultaneously-charting songs to nine, setting another record for the biggest number
of charting songs by the same female artist in the same week.[91] When "Fifteen" reached No.38 on the chart week of
November 21, 2009, Swift became the female artist with the most Top 40 singles this decade, surpassing Beyoncé.
"Fifteen" became Swift's twentieth Top 40 single overall.[92] "Two Is Better Than One" by Boys Like Girls and
 John Mayer's "Half of My Heart" both featured Swift, peaking at No.40 and No.25 respectively. The two songs are
her 21st and 22nd Top 40 singles. Fearless was the best-selling album of 2009 in the US with more than 3.2 millions
 copies sold in that year. Swift claimed both the No.1 and No.2 positions atop Nielsen's BDS Top 10 Most Played
Songs chart (all genres), with "You Belong With Me" and "Love Story," respectively.
She also topped the all format 2009 Top 10 Artist Airplay chart with over 1.29 million song detections,
and the Top 10 Artist Internet Streams chart with more than 46 million song plays.[93]



Swift performing in Los Angeles during the Fearless Tour in 2010

Swift released the track "Today Was a Fairytale" as a digital download on iTunes on January 19, 2010. The song was
featured on the soundtrack for the film Valentine's Day, in which she made her feature-film acting debut.
 The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 2,[94] becoming her sixth Top 10 and 23rd Top 40 single on that chart.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, with sales of "Today Was a Fairytale" more than 325,000 in its first week,
Swift has broken the record for first-week download sales by a female artist.[95] The song also debuted at
number one on the Canadian Hot 100, making it Swift's first number one hit in Canada. In February 2010,
Swift brought her Fearless Tour to 5 cities in Australia. Opening acts included Gloriana.[96] In mid-July 2010,
Billboard
revealed that Swift's new album is called Speak Now. It was released on October 25, 2010.[97] She has
written the album completely by herself in Arkansas, New York, Boston and Nashville with Nathan Chapman serving
as co-producer. On Wednesday, August 4, 2010, the lead single from the album, "Mine," was leaked onto the internet.
Big Machine Records decided to rush the release of the song to counteract the leak. Swift appeared at the 44th
Annual Country Music Awards on November 10, 2010.[98] In 2011, Swift visited Singapore as the first stop of the
Asian leg of her first world tour.[99] Hong Kong is the last stop of the Speak Now World Tour and Swift will begin
 the European and American leg afterwards.[100] Many dates on the Speak Now World Tour were cancelled due
to Swift suffering from bronchitis and was told she is unable to perform.[101] Taylor Swift sold approximately 4,470,000
albums in the US in 2010 (more than any other artist) and sold 9.9 million digital tracks.[102] She was ranked 2nd on
Rolling Stones
Magazines lists of Top 16 "Queen Of Pops" of the decade.[103] Swift recently appeared on the
 Hamish & Andy show where she performed a new song called "Chaperone Dads", which is dedicated a select
group of her fans.[104] The week following the release of her "Sparks Fly" video Swift jumped from nineteen to
ten on the Billboard's Social 50.[105]

Songwriting style

Swift's lyrics are highly autobiographical; she has said that "If you listen to my albums, it’s like reading my diary."[106]
For example, the song "Forever & Always" was inspired by her relationship with Joe Jonas,[58][59] while the song
"Hey Stephen" was written about a boy whom she toured with in the past.[106] "Fifteen" was written about her freshman
year of high school. It has been said that her lyrics "can be tinged with acid: the quiet loner girl getting one over on the
cheerleaders, or a caustic payback for the boy who dumped her."[107] She has also indicated that she tries to write so her
fans can relate to the lyrics, saying "My goal is to never write songs that my fans can't relate to."[108] She parodied
her confrontational style of songwriting during her appearance on Saturday Night Live; during her opening monologue,
she performed an original song that featured lines such as "You might think I'd bring up Joe, that guy who broke up with
me on the phone/ Hey, Joe, I'm doing real well, tonight I'm hosting 'SNL'" referring to her highly publicized
 relationship with Joe Jonas.[109]

The intensely personal nature of the songs has drawn her attention in the music industry.
Swift once said, "I thought people might find them hard to relate to, but it turned out that the more personal my songs were,
the more closely people could relate to them."[110] Due to the autobiographical nature of her songs, some fans have
researched the songs' origins. Swift once said, "Every single one of the guys that I’ve written songs about has
been tracked down on MySpace by my fans."[111] The New York Times described Swift as "one of pop's finest songwriters,
country’s foremost pragmatist and more in touch with her inner life than most adults".[112]

Other work

Acting

In 2008, Swift made her acting debut in Brad Paisley's music video "Online". In that same year Swift filmed a documentary
for MTV entitled MTV's Once Upon a Prom and a documentary with Def Leppard for CMT entitled CMT Crossroads,
which premiered on November 7, 2008.[113] Swift collaborated with the Jonas Brothers in their 3D Concert Film,
Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. The film was released on February 27, 2009 in North America and
brought in $12.7 million on its opening weekend.[114] Swift made her primetime television acting debut on
CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation "Turn, Turn, Turn" as Haley Jones on March 5, 2009 in the U.S. and Canada.
The episode was watched by 20.8 million viewers.[115] Swift made a cameo appearance in Kellie Pickler's music video
"Best Days of Your Life". Swift also appeared in Hannah Montana: The Movie credited as herself. The film was
released on April 10, 2009 in North America.[116] The television show Dateline NBC showcased an hour on Swift on
May 31, 2009. The episode titled Dateline NBC: On Tour With Taylor Swift included scenes from her tour bus,
concert footage, and rehearsals.[117] Swift both hosted and performed as the musical guest for the November 7, 2009
episode of Saturday Night Live.[118] In 2010, Swift made her feature film acting debut as
Felicia in the film Valentine's Day.
For this role she won the Teen Choice Award for Movie Female Breakout.[119] She has been cast to voice the role of
Audrey in the animated film The Lorax, set to be released in 2012.[120]



 

Cover model and recognition

Swift has been featured on the cover of a number of magazines. She has been a cover girl for Blender, for which she was one of two country artists during the magazine’s fifteen year run to be a cover subject.[121] She was included in People's annual "100 Most Beautiful People" 2008, 2009, and 2010 lists.[122][123] Additionally, she was named number fifty-seven on Maxim's sexiest women of 2008, number fifty on the 2009 list[124] and number thirty-one on the 2010 list.[125] CosmoGirl voted Swift as the "2008 Girl of the Year".[126] Swift was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of "The RS 100: Agents of Change".[127] She was nominated as a candidate for TIME's "2009 The Time 100 Finalists" list, which is determined by online voting.[128] People magazine named Swift one of 25 Most Intriguing People of 2009.[129]

Merchandise

akks Pacific released a celebrity doll of Swift in late 2008.[130] Swift has been the face of L.E.I. Jeans (Life Energy Intelligence) since 2008.[131] Swift and the L.e.i. Clothing Line made a deal to create a line based on Swift's style of dressing, which will appear in Wal-Mart in the coming months.[132] However, Swift said she does not want to be called a designer. Instead, she says she will inspire the clothing company's dress line based on her own style. "I don't look at it like I'm branching out as a designer... It's not the Taylor Swift designer line."[133] In 2009, Swift became the National Hockey League's newest celebrity spokesperson. She appears in commercials for the Nashville Predators.[134]

In May 2009, Swift filed a lawsuit (kept sealed until August 2010) against numerous sellers of unauthorized counterfeit merchandise bearing her name, likeness, and trademarks, where she demanded a trial by jury, sought a judgement for compensatory damages, punitive damages, three times the actual damages sustained, and statutory damages, and sought for recovery of her attorney's fees and prejudgement interest.[135] Nashville's U.S. District Court granted an injunction and judgment against the sellers, who had been identified at Swift's concerts in several states. The court ordered merchandise seized from the defendants to be destroyed.[136][137][138] On July 15, 2011, Swift's official website announced that she had partnered with Elizabeth Arden to launch a fragrance, which is to be released in October 2011. The fragrance's name, "Wonderstruck", is a reference to the song "Enchanted" featured on her Speak Now album.[139]

 

J

Philanthropy

Swift at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Movie, April 2009

 

On September 21, 2007, Swift helped launch a campaign to protect children from online predators.[140] She has teamed up with Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to combat internet sex crimes.[140] The year-long campaign, in partnership with the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, will distribute Internet safety information and materials to parents and students across the state.[140] In early 2008, Swift donated the pink Chevy pick-up truck given to her by her record label to the children’s charity, the Victory Junction Gang; in June, 2008, Swift donated all the proceeds from her merchandise sales at the 2008 Country Music Festival to Red Cross, the Nashville Area Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and the National American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.[141]

Swift donated $100,000 to the Red Cross in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to help the victims of the Iowa flood of 2008.[142] Swift has teamed up with Sound Matters to make listeners aware of listening "responsibly".[143] Swift supports @15, a teen-led social change platform underwritten by Best Buy to give teens opportunities to direct the company's philanthropy through the newly-created @15 Fund. Swift's song, "Fifteen", is featured in this campaign.[144] Swift lent her support to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal by joining the lineup at Sydney's Sound Relief concert,[145] reportedly making the biggest contribution of any artist playing at Sound Relief to the Australian Red Cross.[146] Swift donated her prom dress, which raised $1,200 for charity, to DonateMyDress.org.[147] On November 20, 2009 after a live performance on BBC's Children in Need night Swift announced to Sir Terry Wogan she would donate £13,000 of her own money to the cause.[148]

On December 13, Swift's own birthday, she donated $250,000 to various schools around the country which she had either attended or been involved with.[149] Swift has donated a pair of her shoes – a gently-worn pair of black Betsey Johnson heels with her autograph on the sole – to the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation's Hero in Heels fundraiser for auction to raise money to benefit women with cancer.

In response to the May 2010 Tennessee floods, Swift donated $500,000 during a flood relief telethon hosted by WSMV, a Nashville television station.[150]

On May 23, 2011, Taylor Swift transformed what was to have been the final dress rehearsal for the North American leg of her Speak Now tour into a benefit concert for victims of recent tornadoes in the United States southeast region. The concert in Nashville drew more than 13,000 people and raised more than $750,000 from proceeds from ticket sales, merchandise and other facets of the show.[151] The benefit concert for tornado relief was subsequently honored at the 2011 Do Something Awards.[152] In July 2011, Swift further aided to the cause by donating $250,000 to Alabama football coach Nick Saban's charity Nick's Kids to aid in the tornado relief efforts of West Alabama.[153]

Personal life

In addition to her relationship with Joe Jonas, which ended in October 2008,[58][59][154] Swift's dating history has included other celebrities: Taylor Lautner, for three months in 2009;[155] and Jake Gyllenhaal, from late 2010 to early 2011.[156][157][158][159] Swift has also been romantically linked to John Mayer.[160] There has been speculation that the songs "Dear John" and "The Story of Us" from her album Speak Now are about Mayer.[161]

 

Filmography

Year↓

Title↓

Role↓

Notes

2007

America's Got Talent

Herself

Guest; Episode: Season 2 Finale

2008

CMT Crossroads

Herself

Episode: "Taylor Swift and Def Leppard"

2009

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience

Herself

Cameo

2009

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Haley Jones

Episode: "Turn, Turn, Turn"

2009

Hannah Montana: The Movie

Herself

Cameo

2009

Saturday Night Live

Herself

Host/Musical Guest

2009

Dancing with the Stars

Herself

Guest; Episode: Week 6 results

2010

Valentine's Day

Felicia

Movie acting debut

2010

Taylor Swift: Journey to Fearless

Herself

Main Role

2010

Dancing with the Stars

Herself

Guest; Episode: 200th episode

2012

Lorax, TheThe Lorax

Audrey

Voice only

2012

Bruno the Robot

Various

Voice only PBS KIDS series

Discography

Main article: Taylor Swift discography

·                    Taylor Swift (2006)

·                    Fearless (2008)

·                    Speak Now (2010)

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Taylor Swift

Tours

·                    Fearless Tour (2009–10)

·                    Speak Now World Tour (2011-2012)

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Jennifer Morrison

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Born

Jennifer Marie Morrison
April 12, 1979 (1979-04-12) (age 32)
Chicago, Illinois, US

Other names

Jenny Morrison

Occupation

Actress, model, film producer

Years active

1994–present

Jennifer Marie Morrison (born April 12, 1979) is an American actress, model and film producer. She is best known for her role as Dr. Allison Cameron in House, whom she played for six years, and also as Zoey Pierson in the sixth season of How I Met Your Mother.



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Early life

Morrison was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Her father, David L. Morrison, is a retired music teacher who was named Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2003.[1] Morrison's mother, Judy Morrison, is also a retired teacher. Morrison has two younger siblings, Julia and Daniel Morrison.

Morrison graduated from Prospect High School in 1997, where her parents also worked. She played clarinet in the school's marching band, sang in the choir and was a cheerleader with the school's pep squad. She attended Loyola University Chicago where she majored in Theatre and minored in English, graduating in 2000. She studied with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.

Career

Morrison started her career as a child model, appearing in print advertisements for JCPenney and Montgomery Ward and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo. In May 1992, she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with basketball star Michael Jordan.[2]

She made her film debut at the age of fifteen as the daughter of Richard Gere and Sharon Stone in the 1994 film, Intersection, and later appeared as Samantha in Stir of Echoes with Kevin Bacon in 1999. Her first leading role came in the 2000 film Urban Legends: Final Cut, and she has since gone on to appear in films including Grind with Adam Brody, Surviving Christmas with Ben Affleck and James Gandolfini, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2003, 2004 and 2005, respectively.

On television, she has worked on several hit shows including Touched by an Angel and Dawson's Creek before landing the role of immunologist Dr. Allison Cameron on House in 2004 co-starring alongside Hugh Laurie. In 2006, she starred in and produced the independent film Flourish. Morrison is also one of the producers that found Glee during its early draft and brought it to attention of writer Ryan Murphy, who with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, adapted it into a television series. Morrison did not stay involved creatively, but is credited as an associated producer on the first season for her involvement in finding it and helping it get into the right hands.[3]

In 2007, Morrison appeared as Kirce James in the computer game Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, a character who frequently interacts with the player during the course of the GDI campaign.

Her film projects that year included Big Stan alongside Rob Schneider, and The Murder of Princess Diana, a television movie based on the book of the same name by Noel Botham. Produced by Lifetime and Working Title Television, Morrison portrays an American journalist, Rachel, who witnesses the car crash which took the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.

In 2009, Morrison returned to the big screen, appearing in the opening scene of J. J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot as James T. Kirk's mother, Winona.

Morrison has also appeared in music videos for Nick Lachey ("Shut Up"), and The Donnas ("Too Bad About Your Girl"). She has also appeared on two TV Guide covers with her House co-stars, and has been featured in photoshoots with In Style, Stuff, Entertainment Weekly and Premiere, among others. She is currently represented by Abrams Artists Agency.[4] Morrison landed the cover of Health in the 2009 July/August issue.

After her contract on House was not renewed, it was announced on December 17, 2009 that Morrison had garnered the role of Kate Keller, Helen Keller's mother, in the Broadway-bound revival of The Miracle Worker.[5] However in 2010, she did make a return to House for one last episode during the sixth season, in which she wrapped up her character's storyline.

In 2010, Morrison also appeared in Warrior alongside Nick Nolte and Tom Hardy, a film about a young Mixed Martial Artist. Morrison plays a mother struggling to keep her family together.[3]

In the fall of 2010, Morrison appeared as a guest-star in the fourth episode of NBC's Chase. She will play the role of Faith, a single mother-turned-fugitive who embarks on a bloody killing spree across Texas with her daughter in tow.[6] In addition, she has joined the cast of CBS's How I Met Your Mother as recurring character Zoey Pierson, a mischievous architecture nerd and love interest of main character Ted Mosby, and "the biggest female character we’ve maybe ever added to the show in Ted’s life", according to executive producer Craig Thomas.[7][8][9]

In September 2011, Morrison will have a starring role in ABC's Once Upon a Time. She will play the role of Emma Swan a bail bonds collector who learns that she is the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. She holds the key to saving the real and fantasy worlds.



Jennifer Morrison at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Knife Fight

Personal life

Morrison met her former House co-star Jesse Spencer at Vancouver International Airport in March 2004 when they were on their way to shoot the pilot episode of the series. They started dating in July 2004.

In a post-Golden Globes interview with E!, Morrison revealed that Spencer proposed on December 23, 2006, at the Eiffel Tower. They were featured in "In Style Weddings" in July 2007. Morrison and Spencer also revealed that they were to marry on a private estate in Los Angeles later in 2007. However, the couple announced In August 2007 that they had called off their engagement.

Since July 2008, she has been in a relationship with actor Amaury Nolasco.[10]

Filmography

Film

Year↓

Title↓

Role↓

Notes

1994

Intersection

Meaghan Eastman

 

1994

Miracle on 34th Street

Denice

 

1999

Stir of Echoes

Samantha Kozac

 

2000

Urban Legends: Final Cut

Amy Mayfield

 

2001

Zeros, TheThe Zeros

Joyce

 

2001

Chronicle, TheThe Chronicle

Gwen

Episode: "Let Sleeping Dogs Fry"

2001

Touched by an Angel

Melissa Dunnigan

Episode: "Most Likely to Succeed"

2001

Dawson's Creek

Melanie Shea Thompson

Episode: "The Lost Weekend"

2002

Dawson's Creek

Melanie Shea Thompson

Episode: "Sleeping Arrangements"

2002

Design

Sonya Mallow

 

2002

Any Day Now

Mandy Singer

Episode: "In Too Deep"

2002

Random Years, TheThe Random Years

Megan

Episode: "Pilot"

2002

Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie

Callie

TV movie

2002

Nantucket

Alicia

 

2002

100 Women

Annie

AKA, Girl Fever

2003

Edge, TheThe Edge

 

TV movie

2003

Grind

Jamie

 

2004

Mall Cop

Chris

 

2004

Sure Hand of God, TheThe Sure Hand of God

Lily Bowser

 

2004

Surviving Christmas

Missy Vanglider

 

2004

Lift

Sarah

Short film

2004–2010

House

Dr. Allison Cameron

129+ episodes

2005

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Jade – Associate #2

 

2006

Flourish

Gabrielle Winters

 

2007

Murder of Princess Diana, TheThe Murder of Princess Diana

Rachel

TV movie

2007

Big Stan

Mindy

 

2009

Star Trek

Winona Kirk

 

2009

Table for Three

Leslie

 

2009

Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad Show

Wasp (voice)

3 episodes

2010

Chase

Faith Maples

Episode: "Paranoia"

2010–2011

How I Met Your Mother

Zoey Pierson

12 episodes

2011

Bringing Ashley Home

Ashley Phillips

TV Movie

2011

Warrior

Tess Conlon

Post-production

2011

Once Upon a Time

Emma Swan

Lead role

 

Video games

Year↓

Title↓

Role↓

Notes

2007

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

Kirce James – GDI Intelligence Officer

 

References

1.                               ^ "Band Teacher Marches On As 2003 Teacher of the Year". Illinois State Board of Education. 2003-03-22. http://www.isbe.state.il.us/news/2003/mar22-03.htm. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 

2.                               ^ "Cover Viewer SI For Kids". http://www.sikids.com/cover-viewer. 

3.                               ^ a b "Jennifer Morrison:Answers to Twitter questions...". 2010-04-10. http://www.facebook.com/notes/jennifer-morrison/answers-to-twitter-questions/417153916577. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 

4.                               ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2007-06-07). "Morrison To Star In Lifetime's "Diana"". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.showbuzz.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/06/07/tv/main2896217.shtml. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 

5.                               ^ The Broadway League. "The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=485545. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 

6.                               ^ "House's Morrison To Co-Star With Real-Life Love on NBC's Chase". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Kecks-Exclusives-Houses-1022094.aspx. Retrieved August 20 , 2010. 

7.                               ^ "Jennifer Morrison Joins HIMYM!". CBS. http://www.cbs.com/forum/posts/list/131141.page. Retrieved September 10 , 2010. 

8.                               ^ "'House' Alumna Jennifer Morrison Joins CBS Comedy 'How I Met Your Mother'". Deadline.com. http://www.deadline.com/2010/09/house-alumna-jennifer-morrison-joins-cbs-comedy-how-i-met-your-mother/. Retrieved September 10 , 2010. 

9.                               ^ "Keck's Exclusives: Is Jennifer Morrison HIMYM's Mother?". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Kecks-Exclusives-HIMYM-1023671.aspx. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 

10.                           ^ "Amaury & Jennifer: Hot New Couple?". http://www.okmagazine.com/2008/09/amaury-jennifer-hot-new-couple-8810/. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 

External links

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·                    Jennifer Morrison at the Internet Movie Database

·                    Jennifer Morrison at AllRovi

·                    Jennifer Morrison at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)







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