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Madsen at the 2009 Academy Awards


Virginia G. Madsen[1]
(1961-09-11) September 11, 1961 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.



Years active



Danny Huston
(m. 1989–1992; divorced)


Billy Campbell (1981–1989; engaged)
Antonio Sabato, Jr.



Virginia G. Madsen (born September 11, 1961) is an American actress and documentary film producer. She came to fame during the 1980s, having appeared in several films aimed at a teenage audience. Two decades later, she had an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated role in the 2004 film Sideways.



Early life

Madsen was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Elaine (née Melson), an Emmy-winning poet, producer and playwright who often works for PBS, and Calvin Madsen, a fireman.[2] Madsen's mother left a career in corporate business to pursue a writing career.[3] Madsen's brother is actor Michael Madsen. Her paternal grandparents were Danish and her mother has Irish and distant Native American ancestry.[4] Madsen is a graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.[5][6]

Her first effort as an actor was as her brother’s assistant in magic shows the two would concoct for their family. She later attended the Ted Liss Acting Studio in Chicago and Harand Camp Adult Theater Seminar in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Of her experience with Liss, she said: "I had wanted to join his class since I was 12. It was well worth the wait because I don't think I could have got that sort of training anywhere else especially in the United States...I always wanted to make a real career out of acting."[7]



Audiences first caught a glimpse of Madsen on film in a bit part she landed as Lisa in the teen sex comedy Class, along with an appearance in Kenny Loggins' music video "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)" from the Footloose soundtrack. She portrayed a cellist named Madeline in Electric Dreams (1984), which was the first film release by Virgin Films Production Company.[citation needed] She was cast as Princess Irulan in David Lynch's science fiction epic Dune (1984).[8]

Madsen first became popular with audiences in 1986 with her portrayal of a Catholic schoolgirl who fell in love with a boy from a prison camp in Duncan Gibbons's Fire with Fire. As beauty queen Dixie Lee Boxx, she was the sexy love interest of minor-league baseball manager Cecil "Stud" Cantrell (William Petersen) in the made-for-cable Long Gone (1987). She played a secretary in the 1988 comedy Hot to Trot and appeared as Maddie Hayes' cousin in the final season of Moonlighting.

She also starred in the 1992 horror film Candyman. During the filming of Candyman, Madsen was hypnotised so that her pupils would remain dilated in certain scenes. The director Bernard Rose wanted the character not to have a typical screaming style when confronted by the villain. Madsen stated in an interview for the DVD in 2004 that there were some days during filming that she did not remember much due to the hypnotism. She told her director that she did not want to be hypnotised after the first few experiences.

A couple of provocative film appearances followed: 1990's The Hot Spot with Don Johnson, directed by Dennis Hopper, and the equally steamy Third Degree Burn with Treat Williams. She was also co-host of the TV series Unsolved Mysteries in 1999, the show's final season on CBS.

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Madsen at the 2006 San Francisco International Film Festival

Madsen appeared in a small but key role in the Francis Ford Coppola drama The Rainmaker (1997) starring Matt Damon. Film critic Roger Ebert said that Madsen had a "strong scene,"[9] while reviewer James Berardinelli noted that "the supporting cast is solid, with turns from... Virginia Madsen as a witness for the plaintiff".[10] Madsen had spent more than twenty years in minor films before her breakout critically acclaimed performance in Sideways (2004). The role catapulted her onto the Hollywood A-list.[11] Her first major role after Sideways was opposite Harrison Ford in Firewall. She later appeared in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, in a key role as the angel. She co-starred with Jim Carrey in The Number 23 and Billy Bob Thornton in The Astronaut Farmer; both films opened in North America on February 23, 2007.

She voiced Queen Hippolyte, mother of Wonder Woman, in the 2009 animated Wonder Woman film.


Madsen has made numerous television appearances including: Star Trek: Voyager, CSI: Miami, Dawson's Creek, The Practice, Frasier, and other series. She starred opposite Ray Liotta in CBS's short-lived crime drama series Smith. She also had a recurring role in the final season of the USA series Monk.

She appeared with Kenny Loggins in the music video "I'm Free", from the Footloose soundtrack (1984).

In 2010, she landed the starring role of Cheryl West in the ABC crime series Scoundrels. In December 2010, it was announced that she will be joining the cast of NBC's science fiction action series The Event.[12]


In 2008, she formed her own film production company called Title IX Prods.[13] Her first project was a film made with her mother called I Know a Woman Like That. The film is a documentary about the lives of older women. On the creation of the film, she said her mother's active lifestyle was an inspiration to start filming.

"My mother’s level of activity, of productivity, was exactly why I thought a project like this would work. Originally, when we put the idea together, she had said, “I’m far too busy. I’m going to Holland, and then I’m going here and there and I’m writing my book.” But that’s really what it’s about."[14]

Her second project is called Fighting Gravity and is about the inability of female ski jumpers to obtain recognition in Olympic competition.[15]

Personal life


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When Madsen arrived in Hollywood, she was engaged to actor Billy Campbell. She married actor Danny Huston in 1989 and they divorced in 1992. Madsen also had a relationship with actor Antonio Sabàto, Jr., with whom she had a son, Jack Antonio (born August 6, 1994).

Madsen has heterochromia, a genetic trait resulting in different pigmentation of the eyes. Madsen has one green eye, and one half-green, half-brown eye.

She was a member of the US Dramatic Jury at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.


Nominations: Academy Awards

  • Sideways (2004) – Best Supporting Actress

Nominations: Golden Globes

  • Sideways (2004) – Best Supporting Actress

Other awards




1.      ^ From the Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005

2.      ^ Bell, Mark (2007-02-23). "METHOD FEST TO PRESENT THE 2007 MAVERICK AWARD TO MICHAEL MADSEN". Film Threat. http://www.filmthreat.com/index.php?section=festivals&Id=2086. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 

3.      ^ Kennedy, Lisa (2007-02-21). "A strong role, an equal partner". The Denver Post. http://test.denverpost.com/movies/ci_5276822. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 

4.      ^ Bray, Tony (April, 2004). "Virginia Madsen". TV Now. http://www.tv-now.com/intervus/vmadsen/index.html. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 

5.      ^ "Virginia Madsen and Suzanne Adams". TeachersCount. 2006. http://www.teacherscount.org/campaign/madsen-adams.shtml. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 

6.      ^ Habermehl, Kris (2007-01-25). "Fire Breaks Out At Prestigious High School". http://cbs2chicago.com/local/New.Trier.High.2.334860.html. Retrieved 2008-06-28. [dead link]

7.      ^ Madsen, Virginia (2007). "Virginia Madsen Biography – Bio – Life History". Virginia Madsen Official Site. http://www.virginia-madsen.com/biography/biography.htm. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 

8.      ^ Madsen's opening monologue from Dune ("In this time, the most precious substance in the universe is the spice melange. The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness.") was later sampled by Israel-based group [[Astral Projection (group)|]] in their tracks "Dancing Galaxy" and "Ambient Galaxy" on their album Dancing Galaxy, and by drum'n'bass artist Aphrodite in his song "Spice (Even Spicier)."

9.      ^ Ebert, Roger (1997-11-21). "The Rainmaker". RogerEbert.com. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19971121/REVIEWS/711210304/1023. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 

10.  ^ Berardinelli, James (1997). "The Rainmaker". ReelViews. http://www.reelviews.net/movies/r/rainmaker.html. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 

11.  ^ Tarshis, Joan (September, 2005). "Virginia Madsen’s Vintage Year". Smoke Magazine Online. http://www.smokemag.com/0905/cover.htm. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 

12.  ^ Ausiello, Michael (13 December 2010). "Virginia Madsen Joins NBC’s ‘The Event’". Deadline.com. http://www.deadline.com/2010/12/virginia-madsen-joins-nbcs-the-event/. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 

13.  ^ Tatiana Siegel, "Virginia Madsen added to 'Amelia'." Variety, April 21, 2008. Retrieved: December 26, 2009

14.  ^ "Ability Magazine: Virginia Madsen and Elaine Madsen Interview" (2010)". http://www.abilitymagazine.com/virgina-madsen.html. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 

15.  ^ IMDB, Title IX Prods

16.  ^ Exclusive: 'Monk' welcomes Virginia Madsen

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Katy Perry: Part of Me on July 2, 2012.

Background information

Birth name

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

Also known as

Katy Hudson


(1984-10-25) October 25, 1984 (age 27)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.


Pop, rock, dance, gospel


Singer-songwriter, actress


Vocals, guitar, piano

Years active



Red Hill, Island, Columbia, Capitol

Associated acts

The Matrix



Katy Perry's signature

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson[1] (born October 25, 1984), known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Perry grew up around gospel music. During her first year of high school, she pursued a music career as Katy Hudson, releasing her first studio album, called Katy Hudson, which failed to chart. She recorded a solo album later, which was never released. After signing with Capitol Music Group in 2007, her fourth record label in seven years, she adopted the stage name Katy Perry.




She first gained recognition with the release of her first mainstream album, One of the Boys in 2008, which spawned three Billboard Hot 100 top-ten songs—"I Kissed A Girl", "Hot n Cold" and "Waking Up In Vegas". Perry supported the album with her Hello Katy Tour. In 2010, Perry released her third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010), which topped the Billboard 200 chart, and spawned five number one singles—"California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T." and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)". Teenage Dream became the first and so far only album (after Michael Jackson's Bad)—to do so, and Perry became the first female in history to achieve this milestone. She embarked on the California Dreams Tour, which grossed nearly $60 million worldwide.[2] Perry re-released the album under the name of Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection on March 26, 2012, and the re-release has already spawned the number-one single "Part of Me" and top three single "Wide Awake".

Perry is the only artist to spend over 52 consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, and has since extended this to 69 weeks.[3] As of 2012[update], Perry has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year (Teenage Dream) and Record of the Year ("Firework"). She was named 2011's "Artist of the Year" by MTV.[4] She has sold 37.6 million digital tracks in the United States and 11 million albums worldwide,[5] and sold over 74.6 million digital tracks worldwide.[6] Perry was a guest judge on the seventh series of The X Factor UK and the ninth season of American Idol. She has released fragrances "Purr" and "Meow". She ventured into film, voicing Smurfette in the 2011 film The Smurfs and being spotlighted in the 3D biopic-concert film Katy Perry: Part of Me. Perry was married to British comedian Russell Brand from 2010 to 2012. In 2012, Perry was ranked at number fourteenth on Billboard's list of top moneymakers of 2011, grossing more than $11 million.[7]

Early life

Perry was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in Santa Barbara, California[8] to Keith, a West Coast scenester in the 1960s,[9] and Mary Hudson (née Perry), an evangelist who grew up in Southern California, attended Berkeley, and had a "tempestuous" first marriage in Zimbabwe.[9] Perry has Portuguese, German, Irish, and English ancestry.[10][11][12] She is the second child of two pastors.[13] She has an older sister named Angela Hudson and younger brother named David Hudson.[14] Perry's uncle was director Frank Perry.[9]

Perry was incorporated into her parents' ministry[13] and sang in their church between the ages of 9 and 17.[15] She grew up listening to gospel music,[16] was not allowed to listen to what her mother called "secular music",[15][17] and attended Christian schools and camps.[13] As a child, Perry learned how to dance in a recreation building in Santa Barbara. She was taught by seasoned dancers and began with swing, Lindy Hop, and jitterbug.[18] She took her GED after her first year at Dos Pueblos High School and decided to leave school in the pursuit of a career in music.[19] Perry initially started singing "because [she] was at that point in [her] childhood where [she] was copycatting [her] sister and everything she [would do]."[19] Her sister practiced with cassette tapes, while Perry took the tapes herself when her sister was not around. She rehearsed the songs and performed them in front of her parents, who suggested she take vocal coaching. She grabbed the opportunity and began taking lessons at the age of nine and continued until she was sixteen. She later enrolled in at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and studied Italian opera for a short period of time.[19]


1999–2006: Career beginnings

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Perry performing on her guitar, an instrument she learned to play when she was just starting her recording career

When Perry was 15, her singing in church attracted the attention of rock veterans from Nashville, Tennessee, who brought her there to polish her writing skills.[20] In Nashville, Perry started recording demos and was taught by country music veterans how to craft songs and play guitar.[15][17] Perry signed to the Christian music label Red Hill, under which she recorded her first album at the age of 15.[21] Performing as Katy Hudson, she released a self-titled gospel rock album in 2001.[20] She supported this album with The Strangely Normal Tour, accompanied by Phil Joel, LaRue, Luna Halo, Earthsuit and V*Enna.[22] The album was unsuccessful as the label ceased operations at the end of 2001.[21] She later changed her surname to Perry, her mother's maiden name, because "Katy Hudson" was too close to film actress Kate Hudson.[20][23]

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Perry performs at the 2008 Warped Tour

At the age of 17, Perry left her home for Los Angeles, where she worked with Glen Ballard on an album for Island Records.[24] Growing up listening to mostly gospel music, Perry had few references when she began recording songs.[15] Asked by the producer with whom she would like to collaborate, Perry had no idea. That night, she went with her mother to a hotel. Inside, she turned on VH1 and saw producer Glen Ballard talking about Alanis Morissette;[15] Ballard produced Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, which had a "huge influence" on Perry.[20] She expressed interest in working with Ballard to her initial collaborator, who arranged a meeting for her with Ballard in Los Angeles. Perry presented one of her songs to Ballard. Ballard then helped Perry develop her songwriting over the next few years.[15] The album was due for release in 2005,[20][21] but Billboard reported it also went nowhere.[21] Perry was dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group.[9] Some of Perry and Ballard's collaborations included "Box", "Diamonds" and "Long Shot", were posted on her official MySpace page. "Simple", one of the songs she recorded with Ballard, was released on the soundtrack to the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.[25][26] "Long Shot" and "I Do Not Hook Up" was later recorded by Kelly Clarkson for her 2009 album All I Ever Wanted.[27]

Perry signed to Columbia Records in 2004. However, the label was not amenable with her vision, not putting her in the "driver's seat".[21] Instead, one of Columbia's ideas was to pair Perry with the record production team The Matrix, who was working on an album, to serve as its female vocalist. Although the album was later shelved,[28] she caught the attention of the music press: Her burgeoning music career led to her being named "The Next Big Thing" in October 2004 by Blender magazine.[21] With no album project ongoing, Perry began recording her own. Eighty percent completed, however, Columbia decided not to finish it and dropped her from the label.[21] While waiting to find another label, she worked in an independent A&R company called Taxi Music. In 2006, Perry was featured in the tail-end of the video to P.O.D.'s single "Goodbye for Now".[29] She made a cameo appearance in Carbon Leaf's video, "Learn to Fly".

2007–09: Commercial breakthrough with One of the Boys

While in the process of being dropped by Columbia in 2006, the company's publicity executive Angelica Cob-Baehler enthusiastically recommended Perry to Virgin Records chairman Jason Flom.[30] At the time Flom was leading a complete revival in fortunes at the label and looking to crown recent achievements by breaking a global pop act.[30] Despite mixed reactions from fellow Virgin executives, Flom became convinced that Perry could be that breakthrough star, and at the start of 2007 extended discussions with Columbia resulted in Perry signing to the newly created Capitol Music Group, a merger between Virgin and Capitol. As part of the deal, the label secured the masters to the unfinished album, recorded while at Columbia, that would go on to form a significant part of her official mainstream debut album, One of the Boys.[30]

The Columbia recordings were seen by Flom as being "very strong but lacking an undeniable smash or two that would work both at U.S. pop radio and internationally" and so one of the executive's first actions after completing the signing was to set up a collaboration between Perry and the writer-producer Dr. Luke.[30] The results were the songs "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot n Cold". Establishing her image was one of the immediate concerns of her management.[21] A campaign was started in November 2007 with the release of the video to "Ur So Gay", aimed at introducing her to the music market. A digital EP led by "Ur So Gay" was later released to create online buzz and press story.[13][21][31] This was a successful move that resulted in bringing Perry to the attention of Madonna,[21] who mentioned her on KISS FM and KRQ's JohnJay & Rich morning show in Arizona. On March 10, 2008, she appeared as herself on the ABC Family television series, Wildfire, on the episode "Life's Too Short".[32]

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Perry during Hello Katy Tour on March 27, 2009

In the next step of promoting the album, Perry undertook a two-month tour of radio stations. The album's official lead single, "I Kissed a Girl", was released on May 6, 2008. Perry's A&R, Chris Anokute, told HitQuarters the song and its controversial theme had met with strong resistance at the label: "People said, 'This is never going to get played on the radio. How do we sell this? How’s this going to be played in the bible belt?'"[31] Anokute said that they needed the support of one of the label's radio promoters to convince people to believe in the record; otherwise, Perry would have likely been dropped again. Capitol's SVP of Promotions, Dennis Reese, saw the vision and helped push the single on national radio. The first station to pick it up and take a chance was The River in Nashville, which was ironically located in the Bible Belt. After playing it for three days they were innundated with enthusiastic calls.[31] With the song climbing atop the charts, Perry embarked on the annual Warped Tour music festival, which her management used to "establish her as a credible performer and make sure she wasn't seen as just a one-hit wonder."[21] The single was a commercial success, peaking at number one for seven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.[21] It has since become a major worldwide hit, topping charts in 30 countries,[28] including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.[33] On June 12, 2008, Perry appeared as herself on the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless,[32] posing for the cover to the June 2008 issue of the fictional magazine Restless Style.[34] Perry also performed backing vocals on the song, "Another Night in the Hills" from Gavin Rossdale's 2008 solo album Wanderlust.[35]

One of the Boys was released on June 17, 2008, to mixed critical reviews.[36] The album has reached number nine on the Billboard 200,[37] and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[38] Perry released her second single, "Hot n Cold", which became her second top three single in dozens of countries around the world, including the United States where it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100,[21] as well as topping the charts in Germany, Canada, and Denmark. After Perry wrapped up her appearance at the Warped Tour, she went on tours in Europe. She later launched her first headlining tour, the Hello Katy Tour, in January 2009.[21] "I Kissed a Girl" earned Perry a nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards.[39] Perry was nominated in five categories at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Female Video, but lost to Britney Spears.[40] She won Best New Act at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, which she co-hosted,[41] and Best International Female Artist at the 2009 BRIT Awards.[42] On February 9, 2009, both "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot n Cold" were certified three-time platinum by Recording Industry Association of America for individual digital sales of over three million.[43] The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Perry in its 2010 version as the "Best Start on the US Digital Chart by a Female Artist," for having her first two singles sell over two million digital copies.[44]

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Perry during the Hello Katy Tour in June 2009

The Matrix's self-titled debut album, which features Perry, was later released via the team's label, Let's Hear It, during Perry's solo tour. When the release date was scheduled, "I Kissed a Girl" had been charting well. Matrix member Lauren Christy spoke to Perry about the decision, but she wanted to hold the release until the fourth single of One of the Boys had been dispatched. Despite their communication, The Matrix was released on January 27, 2009, via iTunes Store.[45]

In December 2008, Perry apologized to British singer Lily Allen for remarks in which she called herself a "skinnier version" of her, saying she meant it as a joke.[46] Allen retaliated and told a British radio station that she "happen[ed] to know for a fact that she [Perry] was an American version" of her because their record company needed "to find something controversial and 'kooky'" like her.[47] In January 2009, Perry embarked on her first headlining world tour, the Hello Katy Tour, visiting North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Beginning on January 23, 2009, and ending on November 28, 2009, the tour consisted of 89 concerts. During that time, Perry also opened select concerts for the band No Doubt, on their Summer Tour 2009.

On May 16, 2009, Perry performed at the opening ceremony of the annual Life Ball in Vienna, Austria.[48] In June 2009, lawyers acting for Perry opposed the then-recent trademark of Australian fashion designer Katie Perry, who uses her own name to market loungewear.[49] Some media outlets reported this as a lawsuit, which Perry denied on her blog.[50] Katie Perry reported on her blog that at a hearing with IP Australia on July 10, 2009, the singer's lawyers withdrew their opposition to the trademark.[51] During the summer of 2009 Perry filmed a cameo appearance for Get Him to the Greek; her scene, in which she kisses her future fiancé Russell Brand was cut, and does not appear in the final film. Discussing the issue with MTV, Perry hypothesized there may have been some fear that seeing the two make out would have taken viewers out of the experience.[52] In 2009, Perry was featured on two singles: in August, a remix of Colorado-based band 3OH!3's song "Starstrukk" (the idea for the collaboration having come after Perry's tour that featured 3OH!3 as the supporting act, the song being released by iTunes on September 8, 2009); and, thereafter, in December, on "If We Ever Meet Again", the fourth single from Timbaland's album Shock Value II.[53] In October 2009, MTV Unplugged revealed that Perry was one of the artists to perform for them, and that she would be releasing a live album of the performance, including two new tracks, "Brick by Brick" and Fountains of Wayne cover "Hackensack".[54] The album, released on November 17, included both a CD and a DVD,[55] and debuted at No. 168 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

2010–present: Teenage Dream and film debut

Main article: Teenage Dream (Katy Perry album)

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Perry at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

Perry appeared as a guest judge alongside Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh during the Dublin audition stage of the seventh series of the British television show The X Factor on June 28, 2010.[56] She was one of the many celebrities chosen to fulfil the role of judge whilst Dannii Minogue was on maternity leave. In May 2010, Perry released the first single from her second studio album, Teenage Dream entitled, "California Gurls". The single peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks.[57][58] "Teenage Dream" was released as the second single from her album, and it also topped the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her third number one and second from the album. Teenage Dream was released August 24, 2010 and debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart with sales of 192,000 copies in its first week.[59] The album has since sold over two million copies in the US, being certified Platinum by the RIAA. Following the album's release, the third single "Firework" was released and became the third consecutive single from Teenage Dream to top the Hot 100. With this, Perry became the first female in eleven years to have three consecutive number-ones from one album.[60] In February 2011, Perry released the fourth single, "E.T.", a remixed version featuring Kanye West, that peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for five non-consecutive weeks.[61] The music video for "E.T." was directed by Floria Sigismondi and features Shaun Ross as the main love interest. With "E.T." at number one on the chart of May 12, 2011, Perry became the first artist to spend 52 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.[3] In June 2011, Perry released the fifth single, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)". A remixed version featuring American rapper Missy Elliot was released in early August.[62] The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 on August 17, 2011, making Perry the first female and second artist (tied with Michael Jackson) ever to have five No. 1 singles from one album. Also, when the song reached number 1 in the Pop Songs airplay chart, "Teenage Dream" became the first album to have 5 number 1's from the same album on that chart. Additionally, when the song reached number one in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart, the album become the first to have 4 number 1's from the same album on the chart.[63]

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Perry at the American premiere of Katy Perry: Part of Me in 2012

In October 2011, Perry released the sixth single, "The One That Got Away". It reached No. 3 on Hot 100, becoming the third album in history to produce six top five hit singles,[64] and the seventh song from Teenage Dream to reach the top of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs, the most by any album and setting a new record in the chart.[65] Perry released a "The One That Got Away" remix featuring American rapper B.o.B. in December 2011. An acoustic version of the song was released in January 2012.[66] From February 2011 to January 2012, Perry embarked on an extensive world tour in support of Teenage Dream, the California Dreams Tour, playing 124 shows in Europe, Australasia, Asia, North America and South America and earning over $59 million.[2] Perry made her perfume debut, releasing a fragrance named "Purr" in November. It is packaged in a cat-shaped bottle, and is available through Nordstrom stores.[67][68] She followed it up with the fragrance's first flanker, "Meow".[69][70]

In July 2011, Perry made her film debut in the 3D family film The Smurfs as Smurfette. The Smurfs earned $557,771,535 worldwide during its theatrical run. Perry appeared at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2011. She was nominated for ten awards, received the most nominations of the ceremony and was the first singer to have four different music videos shown in various categories, eventually winning three of those, Video of the Year for "Firework", Best Collaboration and Best Special Effects for "E.T.". On September 17, 2011, marked Perry' 69th consecutive week in the Top 10 with single "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)".[71][72] On September 23, 2011, she performed, along with Elton John, Brazilian Claudia Leitte and friend Rihanna, on the opening day of the 2011 Rock in Rio festival, which was extended to October 2.[73] Perry performed for 100 thousand people, a show that received high praise from critics and audience alike.[74] On December 14, 2011, in the annual list by Forbes, Perry was elected the third singer who earned more than US$44 million, behind Lady Gaga (US$90 million) and Taylor Swift (US$45 million).[75] On December 15, 2011, Perry was elected the Artist of the Year by MTV, for their performance on the charts worldwide and won the record during the year.[4] On December 20, 2011, she released a Barbie doll that represents her style in 2012.[76] On January 8, 2012, Perry was named the sixth best-selling digital artist of all time in the United States, having sold 37,620,00 million singles and albums as of 2011, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[77] In the week ending January 15, 2012, Perry became the first artist ever to have five songs sell over 5 million digital copies in the USA.[78] Perry was once again recruited by EA Games to promote their new expansion pack The Sims 3: Showtime for their The Sims game franchise. The game content was based on Perry.[79] Perry became the first person to have six songs top the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart.[80] Perry re-released Teenage Dream under the title Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection on March 27, 2012. The lead single from the re-release "Part of Me", released in February, debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her seventh number one and sixth overall from the album.[81] Perry was spotlighted in a part-biopic-concert film shown in 3D, Katy Perry: Part of Me, released on July 5, 2012, by Paramount Pictures.[82][83]

In April 2012, Perry performed in India for the first time at the opening ceremony of 5th edition of Indian Premier League, cricket match, in Chennai.[84][85][86] She performed her songs "Teenage Dream" and a remix version of "California Gurls".[85][87][88][89] On July 18, 2012 an Indian court said that they will hear accusations of indecency against her along with Amitabh Bachchan, the Hindi film actor, over their performance at the opening ceremony.[90] In April 2012, Perry stated that she is working on new music and changing her musical style, "My music is about to get real f—ing dark. You'd never see my face because my hair would be in it."[91] On June 5, 2012, Perry released her first PC game named The Sims 3: Katy Perry's Sweet Treats in The Sims game franchise (see more here). The game is set around her candy-themed franchise with candy-themed objects, styles, clothes, hair, patterns, and more. The second and final single from the re-release (and eighth and final single from the Teenage Dream era overall) was "Wide Awake", which released in May, reached No. 3 the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it her eighth consecutive single to reach the top five of the chart since "California Gurls".[92] In June 2012, Perry revealed that she is in the process of launching her own record label, which will be an imprint of Capitol Records.[93]


Musical style and themes

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Perry, 2012

Perry has a contralto vocal range.[94] Perry's first album is of the Gospel music genre.[13][21] She related that her perspective in music was "a bit enclosed and very strict", and everything she did was church-related.[13] Her second album, One of the Boys, is described as "secular" and "rock," and reflects a departure from her religious musical roots.[13] Her next album Teenage Dream featured more pop songs in the vein of Boys.[18][95] In her childhood, Perry was introduced to the music of Alanis Morissette and Freddie Mercury, the late frontman of the British band Queen.[28] In her tribute to Mercury on what would have been his 65th birthday, Perry stated; "Without you I wouldn't be making music or doing what I do because your lyrics inspired me as a 15 year old girl."[96] Queen's song "Killer Queen" has inspired her to pursue a career in pop music after her first album.[13] She also described that Morissette's album Jagged Little Pill as having influenced her music profoundly; even going on to work with Morissette's collaborator on the album, Glen Ballard because of that.[20] Influence also came from a number of female pop rock singers, including Cyndi Lauper, Shirley Manson, Pat Benatar and Joan Jett, as "they came out with a vengeance."[97] Perry also cited Madonna as another big influence, saying "I want to evolve like Madonna."[98][99]


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Perry is artistically involved in her projects, especially in the writing process. Since she could play guitar, she would start writing songs at home and present it to her producers. Perry is mostly inspired by specific moments of her life. She said it is easy for her to write songs about heartbreak.[15] Most of the themes in One of the Boys deal with heartbreak, teen adventure, and "puking into toilets".[20] Perry's mother reportedly told British tabloid Daily Mail that she dislikes her daughter's music, calling it "shameful and disgusting".[13][100] Perry said her mother was misquoted and told MTV that it was false information.[100] Her songs "Ur So Gay" and "I Kissed a Girl" have received negative reactions from both religious and gay sectors.[100] The songs have been respectively labeled as being homophobic and promoting homosexuality, as well as "lez ploitational".[13] Musicians Pink, Kathleen Hanna and Beth Ditto criticized "I Kissed A Girl" as offensive to the LGBT community.[101][102][103] MTV mentioned criticism suggesting that Perry is using "bi-curiosity" as a way to sell records.[100] Perry responded to the controversy surrounding "Ur So Gay": "It's not a negative connotation. It's not, 'you're so gay,' like, 'you're so lame,' but the fact of the matter is that this boy should've been gay. I totally understand how it could be misconstrued or whatever ... It wasn't stereotyping anyone in particular, I was talking about ex-boyfriends."[104] Perry has written several songs for other singers, including Ashley Tisdale ("Time's Up"), Selena Gomez & the Scene ("Rock God" and "That's More Like It"), Kelly Clarkson ("Long Shot" and "I Do Not Hook Up"), Jessica James ("Bullet" and "Girl Next Door"), Lesley Roy ("Slow Goodbye"), and Kady Malloy ("Wish You the Worst").

Public image

Perry is known for her unconventional style of dress.[18] It is often humorous, bright in color, and reminiscent of different decades, and she frequently uses fruit-shaped accessories, mainly watermelon, as part of her outfits.[97] Perry's transformation into an artist began with fashion, inspired by American film actress Dominique Swain's portrayal in the 1997 film Lolita.[20] She defines her fashion style as "a bit of a concoction of different things".[18] Her fashion has caught the attention of designers.[13][97] In June 2008, a publicity photo that showed Perry posing with a switchblade was criticized.[105] The picture was defended as only an effort to give Perry a "sexy, harder edge".[105] The criticism leveled at her was mocked by Perry who subsequently posed with a spoon instead.[106] She was ranked 7th in Rolling Stone's global Queen of Pop poll in July 2011.[107] Perry is also a gay activist. According to Dosomething.org, Perry had stated "I am a gay activist and I say that proudly. I voted no on Prop 8 (California’s Nov. 4, 2008, amendment declaring that marriage is defined as a union solely between a man and a woman), of course."[108]

Personal life

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Russell Brand, Perry's ex-husband

Perry has had relationships with Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy, whom she met in a recording studio in New York,[23] breaking up in December 2008;[109] Relient K frontman Matt Thiessen, with whom she worked on her album Teenage Dream[110] and British comedian Russell Brand.

Perry first met Brand in the summer of 2008 when she filmed a cameo appearance for Brand's film Get Him to the Greek. Although the cameo ultimately did not make it into the final cut of the movie, Perry later noted that the "scene called for me to make out with him...And on the way down the stairs after the scene, I was hopping like a bunny. I hop like a bunny when I'm happy".[111][112] Perry and Brand began dating after meeting again in September 2009 at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, where Brand, as host, remarked, "Katy Perry didn't win an award and she's staying at the same hotel as me, so she's gonna need a shoulder to cry on. So in a way, I'm the real winner tonight."[113] The couple became engaged in December 2009 while vacationing in India.[114][115][116] At the time, Perry stated that she had plans to take dual British citizenship. "One of the first things I'll do is apply for dual citizenship. I'm not too sure if I have to take a test as I've not had time to look into it. But England is like my second home".[117] In an August 2010 interview with Rolling Stone, Perry also noted that, "I am sensitive to Russell taking the Lord's name in vain and to Lady Gaga putting a rosary in her mouth. I think when you put sex and spirituality in the same bottle and shake it up, bad things happen."[118][119][120] Perry and Brand married on October 23, 2010, in a traditional Hindu ceremony near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan, India, the same location where Brand proposed.[121][122]

After 14 months of marriage, Brand filed for divorce from Perry on December 30, 2011, in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences.[123][124] The announcement of the divorce followed media speculation that the couple was having marital problems, including an Us Weekly report that they had got into a "massive fight" and spent Christmas 2011 on opposite sides of the globe, with Perry in Hawaii and Brand in London, both without their wedding rings.[125][126] After Perry and Brand reached an agreement on financial issues, a judge granted the divorce request in February 2012. The divorce became effective in July 2012 following a mandatory six-month waiting period.[127] Perry has hinted that the disagreement over starting a family led to the end of her relationship with Russell Brand.[128]


Main article: Katy Perry discography




Opening act


Films credits






Get Him to the Greek


Deleted scene

Out in the Desert




The Smurfs



The Muppets


Deleted scene


Katy Perry: Part of Me


Main Role
Also co-producer


The Smurfs 2




The Smurfs 3




Television credits






Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the Restless


Episode 8914




"Life's Too Short" (Season 4, episode 8)


American Idol

Guest judge

Season 9, episode 5


The X Factor

Guest judge

Series 7, episode 2


Sesame Street


Online special (deleted from televised episode due to viewer controversy)


The Simpsons


"The Fight Before Christmas" (Season 22, Episode 8)


Extreme Makeover: Home Edition


"Boys Hope/Girls Hope" (Season 8, Episode 1)


Saturday Night Live

Musical Guest

"Amy Poehler/Katy Perry" (Season 36, episode 681)


How I Met Your Mother


"Oh Honey" (Season 6, Episode 15)


50 Greatest Wedding Shockers


TV Documentary


Perez Hilton Superfan


1 episode, aired December 14, 2011


Saturday Night Live

Host (Herself)/Christina Aguilera/Florence Welch/Pippa Middleton/ Kelly O'Donnell/Various

"Katy Perry/Robyn" (Season 37, episode 710)


Raising Hope


"Single White Female Role Model"

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Katy Perry


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76.    ^ "Katy Perry's style shown in Barbie doll". The Belfast Telegraph. Belfast. December 19, 2011. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/woman/fashion-beauty/katy-perrys-style-shown-in-barbie-doll-16092981.html. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 

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81.    ^ Up for Discussion Jump to Forums (September 14, 2009). "Katy Perry's' 'Part of Me' Hits iTunes, Radio Monday". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/news/katy-perry-s-part-of-me-hits-itunes-radio-1006166352.story#/news/katy-perry-s-part-of-me-hits-itunes-radio-1006166352.story. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 

82.    ^ "Katy Perry: Part Of Me' Concert Movie Due This Summer". MTV. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1680699/katy-perry-part-of-me-movie.jhtml. 

83.    ^ "Katy Perry: Part Of Me Official Movie Site". Paramount Pictures. http://www.katyperrypartofme.com. 

84.    ^ "IPL 2012: Katy Perry can't wait to see India | News | NDTVSports.com". Sports.ndtv.com. http://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/news/item/187890-ipl-2012-schedule-katy-perry-cant-wait-to-see-india. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 

85.    ^ a b "Katy Perry turns Bollywood queen - | Photos | India Today |". Indiatoday.intoday.in. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/gallery/katy-perry-turns-item-babe/1/6840.html. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 

86.    ^ "IPL 5 opening ceremony, Photos Gallery: Cricketnext". Cricketnext.in.com. 2012-04-04. http://cricketnext.in.com/photogallery/1648-5.html. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 

87.    ^ IANS Apr 4, 2012, 12.45PM IST (2012-04-04). "Bollywood, Katy Perry open IPL 5 - Times Of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews
/Bollywood-Katy-Perry-open-IPL-5/articleshow/12530252.cms. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 

88.    ^ "Katy Perry gets to grips with cricketer Doug Bollinger at Indian Premier League opening" April 04, 2012, Herald Sun

89.    ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/galleries/gallery-e6frf9bo

90.    ^ "Perry, Bachchan, Shukla accused of ‘indecency’". Wisden India. http://www.wisdenindia.com/katy-perry-bachchan-accused-of-indecency. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 

91.    ^ "Katy Perry Says New Album Will Be 'Real F—ing Dark". http://www.mtv.com
/news/articles/1682914/katy-perry-album.jhtml. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 

92.    ^ Trust, Gary (2012-06-20). "Carly Rae Jepsen Continues New Artists' Dominance Atop Hot 100". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc). http://www.billboard.com/#/news/carly-rae-jepsen-continues-new-artists-dominance-1007376952.story. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 

93.    ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100#/news/katy-perry-to-launch-her-own-record-label-1007385152.story

94.    ^ Miller, Jay M. (Jun 20, 2011). "Katy Perry’s California dreams rock TD Garden". patriotledger.com. http://www.patriotledger.com/entertainment/x536836943/Katy-Perry-s-California-
dreams-rock-TD-Garden. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 

95.    ^ "Katy Perry: No Sex Would Kill Me". OK!. February 6, 2009. http://www.ok-magazine.com/news/view/11723. Retrieved February 28, 2009. 

96.    ^ "Freddie Mercury's birthday tributes". Yahoo. September 6, 2011. http://uk.omg.yahoo.com/news/freddie-mercurys-birthday-tributes-090000561.html. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 

97.    ^ a b c Vesilind, Emili (June 15, 2008). "Singer Katy Perry has the fashion world abuzz". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jun/15/image/ig-katy15. Retrieved February 13, 2009. 

98.    ^ Dinh, James (April 6, 2012). "Katy Perry's 'Part Of Me' Film Inspired By Madonna". MTV. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1682661/katy-perry-part-of-me-movie.jhtml. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 

99.    ^ "Katy Perry reveals 'soppy' new love songs". Metro. http://www.metro.co.uk/metrolife
. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 

100.^ a b c d Vena, Jocelyn (August 20, 2008). "Katy Perry Responds To Rumors Of Parents' Criticism: 'They Love And Support Me'". MTV. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1593166/20080820/katy_perry.jhtml. Retrieved February 16, 2009. 

101.^ "Pink's Gay Pals Not Happy With Perry's Song". contactmusic.com. November 6, 2008. http://www.contactmusic.com/news/pinks-gay-pals-not-happy-with-perrys-song_1085781. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 

102.^ Goodman, Abbey (June 7, 2011). "The original riot grrrl on Katy Perry, '90s revival". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/07/kathleen.hanna.documentary/. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 

103.^ "Talkin' Trash: Rock Star Insults That Still Sting". Spinner.com. May 7, 2010. http://www.spinner.com/2010/05/07/famous-feuds-in-music/. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 

104.^ "Katy Perry: The New Gay Interview". TheNewGay.net. June 10, 2008. http://www.thenewgay.net/2008/06/katy-perry-new-gay-interview.html. Retrieved February 15, 2009. 

105.^ a b Watson, Roland; Costello, Miles; Fleming, Sam (October 22, 2008). "Pop star Katy Perry under fire for posing with a knife". The Times (London). http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article4990823.ece. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 

106.^ Khan, Urmee (October 27, 2008). "Katy Perry, the singer mocks knife picture by posing with a spoon". The Daily Telegraph (UK). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/3267762/Katy-Perry-the-singer-mocks-knife-picture-by-posing-with-a-spoon.html. Retrieved June 20, 2010. 

107.^ "Readers Poll: The Queen of Pop" Queen of Pop pole, Rolling Stone

108.^ "Katy Perry talks about gay rights in interview with CGG". Dosomething.org. November 4, 2008. http://www.dosomething.org/page/katy-perry-talks-about-gay-rights-interview-with-cgg. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 

109.^ Laudadio, Marisa (January 2, 2009). "Katy Perry & Travis McCoy Break Up". People. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20249866,00.html. Retrieved February 13, 2009. 

110.^ Stars, Bryan. "Relient K Interview Matt Thiessen Paramore Tour 2010". Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7Myd3UUY-c. 

111.^ "Katy Perry Explains Why She Was Cut From 'Get Him To The Greek'". MTV. June 5, 2010. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1640830/katy-perry-explains-why-was-cut-from-get-him-greek.jhtml. Retrieved February 18, 2012. 

112.^ "Re What Does Katy Perry See In Russell Brand". Wn.com. http://wn.com/Re_What_Does_Katy_Perry_See_in_Russell_Brand?!?_F11_. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 

113.^ Ziegbe, Mawuse (September 4, 2010). "Katy Perry, Russell Brand's Love Story Began At The VMAs – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1647232/20100904/perry_katy.jhtml. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 

114.^ Clench, James (October 3, 2009). "Brand new lovers". The Sun (UK). http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/2666479/Lovebirds-Russell-
Brand-and-Katy-Perry-pictured-for-first-time-on-date.html. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 

115.^ "Russell Brand proposes to his American girlfriend Katy Perry". Hello Magazine. January 6, 2010. http://www.hellomagazine.com/celebrities/201001062689/russell-brand/katy-perry/engaged-wed/1/. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 

116.^ "Katy Perry And Russell Brand: A Timeline Of Their Love". MTV. January 6, 2010. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1629147/20100106/id_1962774.jhtml. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 

117.^ "Katy Perry looks plastic fantastic in latex as Teenage Dream tops album chart | Mail Online". Daily Mail (London). September 7, 2010. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1309398/Katy-Perry-looks-plastic-fantastic-
latex-Teenage-Dream-tops-album-chart.html. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 

118.^ Dinh, James (August 5, 2010). "Katy Perry Says Mixing Sex And Religion Makes 'Bad Things Happen' – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1645124/katy-perry-mixing-sex-religion-
. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 

119.^ By Rolling Stone (August 3, 2010). "Sex, God and Katy Perry: The New Issue of Rolling Stone | Rolling Stone Music". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/sex-god-and-katy-perry-
the-new-issue-of-rolling-stone-20100803. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 

120.^ "Rolling Stone All Access | Subscribe and Access the Complete Archive Online". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/plus/archive#/2/1174/C1/P. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 

121.^ "News – Katy Perry, Russell Brand Wed in Elaborate Indian Ceremony – Celebrity News". UsMagazine.com. http://www.usmagazine.com/celebritynews/news/katy-perry-russell-brand-tie-the-knot-20102310. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 

122.^ Prithwish Ganguly, TNN, Oct 26, 2010, 12.00 am IST (October 26, 2010). "Katy affirms Brand loyalty". The Times of India. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hollywood/news
affirms-Brand-loyalty/articleshow/6808817.cms. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 

123.^ Russell Brand and Katy Perry are getting a divorce, Sarah Anne Hughes, Washington Post, December 30, 2011 (Retrieved December 30, 2011)

124.^ "Russell Brand files for divorce from Katy Perry". BBC. December 30, 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16369331. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 

125.^ "Exclusive: Katy Perry, Russell Brand Spent Christmas Apart After "Massive Fight"". Usmagazine. December 25, 2011. http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/katy-perry-russell-brand-
spent-christmas-apart-after-massive-fight-20112812. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 

126.^ Luchina Fisher (December 25, 2011). "Katy Perry, Russell Brand Seen Without Wedding Rings". abcnews. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2011/12/katy-perry-russell-brand-not-
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129.^ "The Strangely Normal Tour – Phil Joel, Earthsuit, V*Enna & Katy Hudson". Epinions.com. 2001-02-07. http://www.epinions.com/content_929341572?sb=1. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 

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Mira Katherine Sorvino
(1967-09-28) September 28, 1967 (age 44)
Tenafly, New Jersey, U.S.

Alma mater

Harvard University



Years active



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Paul Sorvino
Lorraine Ruth Davis

Mira Katherine Sorvino (born September 28, 1967) is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Mighty Aphrodite (1995) and is also known for her role as Romy White in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.




Early life

Sorvino was born in Manhattan.[1] Her mother, Lorraine Ruth Davis, is a drama therapist for Alzheimer's disease patients and a former actress, and her father, Paul Sorvino, is a character actor and director.[2][3] She has two siblings, Michael and Amanda. Sorvino is of Italian descent on her father's side.[4]

When she was young, Sorvino wrote and acted in backyard plays with her childhood friend Hope Davis, in theater productions at Dwight-Englewood School, and at Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude in East Asian Studies in 1989.[5] She also helped found the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones, one of Harvard's co-ed a cappella groups in 1985.[6] Her solo piece was Yazoo's "Only You".[citation needed]


Sorvino spent the next three years in New York City, trying to make a name for herself as an actress.[citation needed] When the 1993 film Amongst Friends entered pre-production, she was hired as third assistant director, then was promoted to casting director, then to assistant producer, and was finally offered a lead role. Positive reviews[7][8] opened doors for her.[citation needed]

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Sorvino at the 2000 Cannes Festival

After small roles in Robert Redford's Quiz Show and Whit Stillman's Barcelona, she was cast in the 1995 Woody Allen film Mighty Aphrodite. Her portrayal of a happy-go-lucky prostitute made her a star, winning her an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.[citation needed] Other credits include Romy and Michele's High School Reunion alongside Lisa Kudrow, At First Sight with Val Kilmer, and Summer of Sam from Spike Lee. She portrayed Marilyn Monroe for the 1996 HBO film Norma Jean & Marilyn, and the lead role in the 1997 horror movie Mimic.

In recent years, Sorvino has starred in lower-budget and independent films.[citation needed] In 2005, she received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in the Lifetime film Human Trafficking.[citation needed]

In February 2008, she guest starred in the "Frozen" episode of the medical television drama House. There was talk of making her character, psychiatrist Cate Milton, a recurring character; however, the writers strike put a temporary freeze on such discussions.[9]

More recently, she starred in Attack on Leningrad (2009), Multiple Sarcasms (2010) alongside Timothy Hutton and Stockard Channing, and Nancy Savoca's Union Square (release date, July 2012), with Patti Lupone and Tammy Blanchard.[10]

She was considered for the role of video game heroine Jill Valentine in 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse' (2004) before the role was played by British actress Sienna Guillory.[citation needed]

In 2012, the feature film Union Square, co-written and directed by the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Award Winner, Nancy Savoca, was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. In it, Mira co-stars with Patti Lupone, Tammy Blanchard, Mike Doyle, Michael Rispoli and Daphne Rubin-Vega.[11] The movie opened on July 13th, 2012 to packed houses in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto, garnering notice and acclaim from major print sources such as the New York Times[12] and the Los Angeles Times[13], to online sources like Newsday [14], Yahoo Voices [15] and the Pasadena Sun[16].

Mira speaks about the movie.[17]

In 2012, Mira Sorvino plays the Elaine, the mother of the lead, in the film adaptation of Wendy Mass’s popular children’s book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, written and directed by Tamar Halpern. http://www.filmthreat.com/reviews/47040/

Personal life

Sorvino met actor Christopher Backus at a friend's charades party in August 2003. On June 11, 2004, they married in a private civil ceremony at the Santa Barbara, California courthouse, then later had a hilltop ceremony in Capri, Italy. The couple have four children: daughters Mattea Angel (born November 3, 2004)[18] and Lucia (born May 3, 2012)[19] and sons Johnny Christopher King (born May 29, 2006)[20] and Holden Paul Terry Backus (born July 13, 2009).[21]

She has been affiliated with Amnesty International since 2004[22], and, in 2006, was honored with Amnesty International’s Artist of Conscience Award given to those who have displayed longstanding philanthropic and humanist efforts. Sorvino has been a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador since 2009 and has lobbied the Congress to abolish human trafficking in Darfur.[23]

In honor of Sorvino's role as Dr. Susan Tyler, an entomologist who was investigating deadly insect mutations in the feature film Mimic, a compound excreted by the sunburst diving beetle as a defensive mechanism was named "mirasorvone" by Thomas Eisner.[24],[25]







Swans Crossing

Sophia Eva McCormick De Castro

4 episodes


The Obit Writer




Amongst Friends




Nyû Yôku no koppu




Parallel Lives

Matty Derosa



Quiz Show

Sandra Goodwin




Marta Ferrer



The Dutch Master




Mighty Aphrodite

Linda Ash

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated —
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated —
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated —
Screen Actors Guild Award - Best Supporting Actress


Blue in the Face

Young Lady



The Buccaneers

Conchita Closson



Norma Jean & Marilyn

Marilyn Monroe

Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated —
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film


Beautiful Girls

Sharon Cassidy



Tales of Erotica


Segment "The Dutch Master"


Sweet Nothing








Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Romy White

Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Dance Sequence



Dr. Susan Tyler

Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress


The Replacement Killers

Meg Coburn



Lulu on the Bridge

Celia Burns



Too Tired to Die




Free Money

Agent Karen Polarski



At First Sight

Amy Benic



Summer of Sam




The Great Gatsby

Daisy Buchanan



The Grey Zone




The Triumph of Love

The Princess/Phocion/Aspasie




Meg Kennedy



Semana santa

Maria Delgado



Will & Grace


Episode "Last Ex To Brooklyn"


Gods and Generals

Fanny Chamberlain



The Final Cut




Human Trafficking

Kate Morozov

Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film


Covert One: The Hades Factor

Rachel Russell



Reservation Road





Dr. Cate Milton

Episode "Frozen"


The Last Templar

Tess Chaykin



Multiple Sarcasms




Like Dandelion Dust

Wendy Porter

New York VisionFest Award for Acting - Female Lead
Sonoma Valley Film Festival Award for Best Actress
San Diego Film Festival Award for Best Actress


The Trouble with Cali

The Balletmaster



Sweet Flame




Attack on Leningrad

Kate Davis



The Presence

The Woman



Union Square


(A Nancy Savoca film set in New York City co-starring Patti LuPone and Tammy Blanchard.)


Perfect Sisters




1.      ^ interview, 7/10/12 at The Huffington Post

2.      ^ "Mira Sorvino Biography (1967?-)". filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/8/Mira-Sorvino.html. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 

3.      ^ Maria Laurino (August 28, 1994). "FILM; The Many Screen Ethnicities of Mira Sorvino". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9903E6DE1239F93BA1575BC0A962958260. 

4.      ^ Sean O'Neal (November 23, 2011). "Mira Sorvino Random Roles". A.V.Club. http://www.avclub.com/articles/mira-sorvino,65618/. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 

5.      ^ "Harvard University Notable Graduates". http://www.harvard.edu/notable-graduates. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 

6.      ^ "The Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones". http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~veritone/?page_id=2. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 

7.      ^ James Berardinelli (1993). "Review: Amongst Friends". http://www.reelviews.net/movies/a/amongst.html. 

8.      ^ Hal Hinson (August 13, 1993). "Amongst Friends". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/amongstfriendsrhinson_a0a841.htm. 

9.      ^ Isabella Vosmikova (2008-01-24). "TV Addict Interview: Mira Sorvino Guest Stars on HOUSE". http://thetvaddict.com/2008/01/24/tv-addict-interview-mira-sorvino-guest-stars-on-house/. 

10.  ^ Union Square at Tiff.net

11.  ^ Union Square at Tiff.net

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13.  ^ [2]

14.  ^ [3]

15.  ^ [4]

16.  ^ [5]

17.  ^ [6]

18.  ^ Mira Sorvino Gives Birth to a Girl - Pregnancy, Mira Sorvino : People.com

19.  ^ http://celebritybabies.people.com/2012/05/04/mira-sorvino-welcomes-daughter-lucia/

20.  ^ "Mira Sorvino Has a Boy", Alison Gee, May 30, 2006, People

21.  ^ "Mira Sorvino Welcomes Son Holden Paul Terry". July 13, 2009. http://celebritybabies.people.com/2009/07/13/mira-sorvino-welcomes-son-holden-paul-terry/. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 

22.  ^ "Mira Sorvino aiding Amnesty International". USA Today. March 10, 2004. http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2004-03-10-sorvino-amnesty_x.htm. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 

23.  ^ "Spotlight on Human Trafficking with Mira Sorvino". National Conference of State Legislatures. August 10, 2011. http://www.ncsl.org/press-room/spotlight-on-human-trafficking-with-mira-sorvino.aspx. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 

24.  ^ Jerrold Meinwald; et al. (March 17, 1998). "Mirasorvone: A masked 20-ketopregnane from the defensive secretion of a diving beetle (Thermonectus marmoratus)". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences) 95 (6): 2733–2737. DOI:10.1073/pnas.95.6.2733. OCLC 1607201. PMC 19637. PMID 9501158. http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/95/6/2733. 

25.  ^ http://www.webofstories.com/play/51826

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Rachael Harris, April 2007


Rachael Elaine Harris
(1968-01-12) January 12, 1968 (age 44)
Worthington, Ohio, U.S.

Other names

Rachel Harris



Years active



Adam Paul (2003–2008)

Rachael Elaine Harris (born January 12, 1968) is an American actress and comedian.


Early life

Harris was born in Worthington, Ohio. She graduated from Worthington High School. She went on to graduate from Otterbein College, in 1989,[1] majoring in theatre.





Harris performed with the Los Angeles, California, improvisational comedy troupe the Groundlings, and taught for a time with the Groundlings school.[2] She debuted on television in a 1993 episode of SeaQuest DSV.

After an appearance on Star Trek: Voyager in 1997, Harris went on to a recurring role in The WB's Sister, Sister. Other television credits include a stint as a correspondent for The Daily Show's 2002–2003 season, as well as roles on The Sarah Silverman Program, Reno 911!, The West Wing, The Good Guys, Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Monk, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and, in November 2008, Desperate Housewives.

Harris played the supporting role of Kevyn Shecket, Kirstie Alley's personal makeup artist, on the Showtime series Fat Actress in 2005. She played Cooper in the ABC sitcom Notes from the Underbelly.

Her film credits include roles in Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, Kicking & Screaming, and Daddy Day Care. In the 2009 comedy The Hangover she plays Melissa, girlfriend to Ed Helms's character Stu. She previously co-starred with Helms on the Daily Show.[3] In 2010, she played Greg's mother in the film Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Harris hosted Smoking Gun TV in 2004, and has made multiple appearances on such VH1 documentaries as I Love the '80s, I Love the '90s, and Best Week Ever.

Off-Broadway Harris has performed in Love, Loss, and What I Wore.[4]

Harris' TV commercial work includes ads for Dinty Moore,[2] Avis,[2] Expedia,[2] Quaker Oats, T-Mobile, Geico, and a Super Bowl commercial for the 2010 Census.[5] She is the voice of turtle Karolyn Slowsky in the Comcast Slowskys television commercials.[6]

Harris has signed on to ABC's Cougar Town, TVGuide.com has confirmed. She will play Shanna, a woman that the network describes as being the "nemesis" of Jules.[7] Also on ABC, she made a guest appearance in the Modern Family episode "Caught in the Act" as a restaurateur.

Harris stars in the indie comedy/drama film Natural Selection which was well received at its 2011 South by Southwest debut, winning both jury and audience awards for best narrative feature, in addition to best screenplay, best editing, and best score/music.[8] Harris received the breakthrough performance award for her role as Linda.








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Star Trek: Voyager


1 episode "Before and After"




1 episode "The One Where Rachel Has a Baby"


The Daily Show




Fat Actress

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Main cast


Alice Westergren

1 episode "Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa"


Reno 911

Debbie Dangle

3 episodes


The New Adventures Of Old Christine


1 episode "My Big Fat Sober Wedding"


Notes from the Underbelly


Main cast


Desperate Housewives

Sandra Birch

1 episode "City on Fire"

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation


"Two and a Half Deaths"


My Boys



Childrens Hospital

Mrs. Throman

1 episode "You Know No One Can Hear You, Right?"

The Good Guys

Mrs. Savage

1 episode "Dan on the Run"


Modern Family


1 episode "Caught in the Act"


Rona Thorne

1 episode "Movie Star"

$#*! My Dad Says

Soledad Cho

1 episode "Corn Star"


New Girl

Tanya Lamontagne

3 episodes


Sheila Sazs

1 episode "Meet the New Boss"


1.      ^ "Rachael Harris Biography". Tvguide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/rachael-harris/bio/193818. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 

2.      ^ a b c d Alper, Aaron. "Rachael Harris Sounds Off", Tampa Bay Times, March 2005, via AaronAlper.com

3.      ^ "lonokenews.net – Archives". Lonokedemocrat.com. http://www.lonokedemocrat.com/articles/2009/06/25/entertainment/ent01.txt. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 

4.      ^ Harris, Malcolm (2010-07-20). "Now Playing: "Love, Loss and What I Wore"". One Dress Project. http://one-dress.ning.com/profiles/blogs/now-playing-love-loss-and-what. Retrieved 2011-07-16. 

5.      ^ "Census 2010 – Ed Begley Jr. | Free Video Clips". SPIKE. 2010-02-07. http://www.spike.com/video/census-2010-ed/3334763. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 

6.      ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006713/otherworks

7.      ^ Mickey O'Connor. "Rachael Harris Signs On to Cougar Town". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Rachael-Harris-Cougar-1010803.aspx. 

8.      ^ "SXSW Film Award Categories". http://sxsw.com/film/film_awards. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 

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