Thursday, October 17, 2019

Actress Summer Glau

This autumn, I offer a little bit of Summer :-D

Summer Glau is best known for her roles in science-fiction television series.  None of them have made it to the 100-episode mark, the benchmark for success in American television, but her performances have made her popular with fans of the genre.

She got her first big break in "Firefly," a 2002-03 sci-fi/Western series about the colonization of multiple Earth-like planets in the twenty-sixth century after Earth itself is uninhabitable.  She played psychic child prodigy named River Tam.  She later appeared in "The 4400," a series about 4,400 individuals who mysteriously disappear and return decades later, without having aged and remembering nothing about or during their absence.  In "The 4400" - which ran for four seasons for, I kid you not, 44 episodes (one episode for each group of a hundred people, apparently) - Ms. Glau played Tess Doerner, a paranoid schizophrenic in a psychiatric hospital who uses a form of mind control to get the patients, doctors and nurses at the hospital to build an unknown structure (sort of like Richard Dreyfuss build a Devil's Tower model in Close Encounters of the Third Kind).

Ms. Glau is probably best known for her role in the 2008-09 series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."  She played Cameron Phillips, a cyborg sent back to protect protagonists John and Sarah Connor from an artificial general intelligence system.  She also played the cyborg's human  doppelgänger, Allison Young.  She remains a favorite guest at comic-book and sci-fi conventions.

Fun fact:  Summer Glau studied ballet as a girl, and not only did she employ her dancing talents on "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." she played a prima ballerina in her first television appearance - on a 2002 episode of"Angel." 

Monday, October 14, 2019

Actress Jorja Fox

The TV series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" led to a few spinoffs, but Jorja Fox can lay claim to being part of the original show.  "CSI" is what made her a star.   

She played Sara Sidle, a forensic scientist tormented by memories of her past and unsuccessful relationships in her present.  Ms. Fox left the show for two years beginning in 2007, but returned to it and stayed through the end of its run in 2015. ("CSI" debuted in the year 2000.)

In the early nineties, Ms. Fox  got her first break on the ABC police drama "Missing Persons" as a police officer, but it only ran for seventeen episodes.  However, she went on to play a doctor named Maggie Doyle on the NBC hospital drama "ER" from 1996 to 1999. It got her attention.  It got her notoriety.  It got her her "CSI" part. :-) 

Fun fact:  In between "ER" and "CSI," Ms. Fox had a recurring role as Secret Service agent Gina Toscano in the NBC political drama "The West Wing," a show not known by initials.  ;-) 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Actress Nina Dobrev

Thirty years old as of this writing, Nina Dobrev has had a television career more interesting than many actresses twice her age.

The Canadian actress first caught people's attention as Mia Jones, a teenage mother in the second iteration of the Degrassi High School series, "DeGrassi: The Next Generation," which ran from 2006 to 2009.  From there, almost immediately, she gained fame as Elena Gilbert in "The Vampire Diairies," a series based on the eponymously titled young-adult book series about an orphaned girl named Elena Gilbert - played by Ms. Dobrev - who falls in love with a young-looking vampire.  Vampires were the "in" thing in television back then, so Ms. Dobrev's timing was perfect.   

Over the course of eight years, she found herself playing two other roles on "The Vampire Diaries" - seems Elena had two doppelgangers - one named Katherine Pierce, a long-dead vampire, and another by the name of Amara, the world's first immortal woman.  And she played yet another doppelganger in the "Vampire Diaries" spinoff "The Originals."  Needless to say, it would take too long to explain the plot twists here.  But for eight seasons, fans kept watching.

Although she's been in a few movies, such as the 2012 coming-of-age film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Ms.Dobrev's forte remains television. She also starred in "Fam," a 2019 CBS sitcom in which she played a single woman who has to deal with her younger sister moving in, but it didn't make it past its thirteen-episode tryout.  Most likely, though, we haven't seen the last of Nina Dobrev yet.

Fun facts:  Nina Dobrev was born in Bulgaria before her family emigrated to Canada, and she was christened Nina Dobreva, as Slavic women are usually given a feminizing "a" to follow their surnames.  She's also trilingual, speaking Bulgarian as well as the two official Canadian languages, English and French.    

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Television actress Taylor Cole

Taylor Cole is an ubiquitous presence on television, especially basic cable.

Her biggest TV roles have been as Erika Spalding, a surfing instructor who has a relationship with a surf shop owner, in "Summerland," which ran for one season on the old WB network,  and NBC's short-lived "The Event," as an assassin for for a covert organization.

But she's also played a hero as well as a villain - specifically, in NBC's "Heroes," as Rachel Mills, an embittered Marine who discovers that she has the power of teleportation.

Ms. Cole has had too many guest roles on TV hos to count, but recently her forte has been Hallmark TV movies, especially Christmas-themed films. She has recently played a newly created detective character, Ruby Herring, in what looks to be the first of several "Ruby Herring Mysteries" movies - Silent Witness, also on the Hallmark Channel. 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Model Michaela Bock

Michaela Bock is a fashion model from the late 1980s whose expertly coiffed short blonde hair gave her a distinctive look. 

She was represented by two agencies on two opposite sides of the Atlantic, FAM in Paris and Ford Models in New York.  Her soft look and sweet eyes were obviously a big draw for clients.

Although Michaela Bock never became a household name, her beauty is memorable.  And it's never really faded: below is a more recent picture. :-) 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Diahann Carroll: 1935-2019

I need to temporarily interrupt my latest round of A-Z subjects.  It is with great regret and sadness that I announce here the death of actress and singer Diahann Carroll, whom I featured here in May 2018.  A multi-talented woman, she was a perfect addition to this blog.  And while my post of Diahann Carroll will remain, her passing means that I will not feature her here again going forward.  RIP. :-(    

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Claire Atkinson of NBC News

Not to be confused with the Claire Atkinson I've featured on this blog before.

Her name is Claire Atkinson, and she's British, but there the similarities between her and the Paris-based runway model of the same name end.  This Claire Atkinson is a journalist who's now working as NBC News' senior media editor, a position she's held since September 2017.

Ms. Atkinson gained her experience in covering the media as the media reporter for, of all newspapers, the New York Post, where she covered the main media conglomerates and the record business, among other things. Her reporting is less about the product from media companies than the companies themselves, focusing on media mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Atkinson started out as a freelancer back in Britain, writing for The ExpressThe Observer, and the British edition of the American magazine Entertainment Weekly, as well as an associate editor for the British edition of MediaWeek.  She joined advertising Age in 2002 and went on to write for Variety, Broadcasting & Cable, ​ and The Hollywood Reporter, so she brought to NBC News far more experience that working for a rag like the New York Post would indicate. 

Monday, September 30, 2019

The Beauty of Retrospect: Veronica Webb

I last featured Veronica Webb in February 2015, when she turned fifty.  I decided to feature her again as soon as I found another great photo of her.

Of course, I found two.

She continues to be involved in environmental charities, and she also runs her own business mentoring program. 

A hot VW from Detroit never fades away . . . she just keeps on going. :-)

This is my two thousandth post, by the way! :-)

Back soon with more new subjects. 

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Beauty of Retrospect: Carol Alt

I haven't featured Carol Alt here since February 2015, and so there's no better time than the present to revisit her.

Teenage boys in the early 1980s who loved brunettes daydreamed constantly about Carol Alt the way teenage boys in the early 1980s who loved blondes daydreamed constantly about Kim Alexis od Christie Brinkley.  And then there were those of us who didn't give a twit about hair color and daydreamed constantly about all of them.  And if there were some teenage boys who, like the gentlemen they weren't (it was the early 1980s, remember - guys who listened to Rush - the band, that is - and dreamed of owning a GTI or a Trans Am had no time for gentlemanly behavior), preferred blondes, well, they'd likely have made an exception for Carol Alt if they saw her in this!

Lord have mercy, is that dress made of leather??? 

We're getting into Suzi Quatro territory here.

But then, Carol Alt was such a great beauty that she could look great in anything.  And because she was (and always will be) a great model, she could both look like the girl you don't take home to your mother (unless she was one of those cool moms who loved "Can the Can") . . .

. . . and look like the girl with a face a mother could love.  The softer, girl-next-door pose above is from 1982.

See what eating raw food, as Carol Alt is known for, does? :-D  

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Beautiful Women: Year Thirteen

On the thirteenth anniversary of this blog, I offer again a list of all of the women I have featured - excluding retrospectives - in the year gone by.  It's the usual mix of actresses, singers, models and media figures, as well as dancers.  (Another series of dancers is coming in 2020.)  No athletes here, but I hope to have another "Beauty of Sport" series in the year ahead.

As with my previous year-end (and before that, half-decade-end) lists, I include the nationalities of each woman, except where that information is unavailable, and their professions as well. There only two women here that I can't identify here - both models, of course - and if  I do learn their names in the future, they will be added to this list.

I'll start a new A-Z round of subjects beginning in October, and before this month is over, I'll have a couple of retrospectives.  In the meantime, here's the complete list of this past year's honorees! :-)

Khadija Adams, Kenyan fashion model
Nina Agdal, Danish fashion model
Julia Ainsley, American television reporter
Lauren Alaina, American country singer
Erica Alvarado, American ballet dancer
Carolyn Ameen, fashion model
Jennifer Berrington, British model and actress
Karla Bonoff, American singer/songwriter
Kathryn Boren, American ballet dancer
Pattie Boyd, British fashion model
Liana Brackett, American on-camera meteorologist (The Weather Channel)
Sharon Bramble, fashion model
Christie Brinkley, American fashion and beauty model
Jacqueline Callahan, American ballet dancer
Belinda Carlisle, American pop-rock singer
Leslie Caron, French/American actress and dancer
Lacey Chabert, American actress
Jackie Congedo, American television reporter
Nancy Cordes, American television reporter
Alex Denis, American television reporter
Mélissa Doucouré, French (Malian-born) fashion model
Eliza Dushku, American actress
Rosie Draughn, American fashion model
Judyann Elder, American actress
Jennifer Ehle, British-American actress
Kerry Ellis, British musical-theater actress and singer
Rachel Fackler, American broadcast journalist
Camila Ferrera, American ballet dancer
Andrea Ford, fashion model
Carol Francis, fashion model
Elizabeth Fraser, British rock singer (Cocteau Twins)
Grace Garland, American jazz singer and actress
Eiza González, Mexican actress
Lani Hall, American jazz-pop singer
Poppy Harlow, American broadcast journalist
Kasey Hott, American broadcast journalist
Nell Hudson, British television actress
Kasie Hunt, American broadcast journalist
Carrie Ann Inaba, American actress, dancer, choreographer and media personality
Nikki M. James, American stage actress
Ingrid Johnson, fashion model
Rosalind Johnson, American fashion model
Ashley Jones, American television actress
Norah Jones, American pop-folk singer/songwriter
Gayeon Jung, South Korean ballet dancer
Ellie Kemper, American television actress
Mina Kimes, American sports reporter and broadcaster
Vendela Kirsebom, Swedish (Norway-based) model and actress
Kristin Kreuk, Canadian actress
Iskra Lawrence, British fashion model
Gunilla Lindblad, Swedish fashion model
Lisa Ling, American broadcast journalist
Kate McKinnon, American comedian and actress
Susan Maris, American actress
Julie McClay, fashion model
Chelsy Meiss, Australian ballet dancer
Idina Menzel, American actress and singer
Alyssa Milano, American actress
Amanda Morgan, American ballet dancer
Tracey Nash, fashion model
Janet Neighbour, British fashion model
Amna Nawaz, American broadcast journalist
Karen Oberlin, American jazz singer
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,  U.S. Representative (D-NY), January 2019-present
Diana Olick, American broadcast journalist
Courtney O'Neil, fashion model
Carla Ossa, Colombian fashion model
Madeline Parrish, American contemporary dancer
Michelle Phillips, American singer/songwriter and actress
Kristina Pink, American sportscaster
Valerie Pritchett, American broadcast journalist
Heidi Pryzbyla, American news reporter
Alison Pugh, New Zealandic broadcast journalist
Kelly Reilly, British actress
Courtney Robinson, American dancer
Nena von Schlebrügge, American (foreign-born) fashion model and Buddhism expert
Sherie Rene Scott, American stage and musical actress
Amanda Seyfried, American actress
Petra Silander, Swedish actress
Pia Sorensen, fashion model
Shoko Tamai, Japanese (U.S.-based) dancer
Chrissy Teigen, American model and television presenter
Linda Tonge, American fashion and beauty model
Alicia Thompson, fashion model
Megan Thompson, American broadcast journalist
Caroline Trentini, Brazilian fashion model
Cicely Tyson, American actress
unidentified CitiBank ad model
unidentified Maybelline model
Veronika Vařeková, Czech fashion model
Erica Villalpando, American dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher
Helle Viuff, fashion model
Bligh Voth, American actress, singer and blog writer
Melissa Ward, fashion model
Rachel Ward, British actress
Florence Welch, British rock singer
Ming-Na Wen, American (Macao-born) actress
Yvonne Westling, fashion model
Margot White, American actress
Chae Eun Yang, South Korean ballet dancer

Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Beauty of Anonymity: Unidentified CitiBank model

I came across this picture of a model in a CitiBank ad, and I found her so attractive, I scanned it directly to my computer.  It's a nice picture to end my latest A-Z round before I list the women I have featured on this blog in the past year, my thirteenth year of running it now coming to a close. 

In this picture, the model looks pleased and content. This is likely no accident; a bank is always going to show someone in blissful state to sell its products and services. :-D

As always, anyone who can identify this model is encouraged to leave a comment on this post with her name and background information. 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Actress Ming-Na Wen

Ming-Na Wen is on one of the hottest shows on American television.

She plays agent Melinda May on ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," about a spy agency that helps keeps world peace.  The acronym stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division.  Debuting in 2013, it's been a hit with fans of the Marvel Comics Universe.

Born in Macao in 1963, Ms. Wen emigrated to the U.S. with her mother and her stepfather when she was four years old (Macao, now a special administrative region of China, was a Portuguese colony in the sixties), and she embarked on an acting career at 22 ears of age in the Pittsburgh area, where her family settled. Specifically, she had a bit part on Fred Rogers' PBS show Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood."  Before "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," she played Dr. Jing-Mei Chen on the NBC hospital drama "ER." Originally a medical student and a one-shot role, Dr. Chen would return later in the show's run, and Ms. Wen played her both times.

Ms. Wen has been in many moves as well, but her best-known role is as June Woo in the 1993 adaption of Amy Tan's novel The Joy Luck Club.  June, a Chinese-American, travels to China to meet her long-lost sisters, and the plot partly revolves around her journey.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Model Melissa Ward

 Melissa Ward is a model from the mid-eighties - my favorite time of the modeling profession. :-)

She was based in London and represented by the Laraine Ashton and Models1 Elite agencies.  At the latter agency, Claire Atkinson and Maria Johnson, both earlier honorees on this blog, were among her peers.   

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Model Caroline Trentini

Caroline Trentini is pat of a seemingly never-ending cavalcade of Brazilian models.

An Italian ethnic, Ms. Trentini was discovered while walking down the street in her hometown Panambi, Brazil by the same modeling scout who discovereed Gisele Bündchen.  Beginning her career in São Paulo, Brazil's largest city, she soon found herself in the modeling mecca of New York City.  Almost immediately she was working for prestigious designers and in equally prestigious magazines.

She became a muse for designer Marc Jacobs and also would represent Oscar de la Renta, Gucci Cruise and Dolce & Gabbana, and she went on to appear  appeared on the covers of magazines such as Elle, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, among others. 

Ms. Trentini also took to the runaways in fashion shows, leading one fashion-show casting director to declare of her, "Perfect body. Always full of energy, always happy, and I have not met a better walker since Carmen Kass. She can model anything."

High praise!

Caroline Trentini is 32 years old as of this writing.  And she's not going anywhere. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Actress Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried is an actress who made a successful transition from television to the movies.

Although she had a notable part in Tina Fey's movie Mean Girls as a not-so-bright teenager., it was TV that raised her profile, as she starred in the teen detective series "Veronica Mars" as Lily Kane, the best friend of the show's character, and she also appeared in "Big Love," as a daughter in a polygamous fundamentalist Mormon household.

Two movie roles propelled Ms. Seyfried to the toppermost of the poppermost - the aspiring bride Sophie in the 2008 movie version of the Abba musical Mamma Mia!, and Anita, a young girl trying to stop her best friend from going on a killing spree in 2009's Jennifer's Body.  By the time she followed that up playing another character named Sophie, an American magazine editor in Italy, in the 2010 romantic drama Letters To Juliet, she was a bona fide star.

Since then, she's had several roles in movies, including the romantic horror film Red Riding Hood (from 2012) and the romantic comedy The Big Wedding (from 2013).  Spins on romance are obviously her forte, but she's also proven to be a solid musical actress, having played Cosette in the 2012 movie version of the musical redo of Les Misérables.

And yes, she reprised her role as Sophie in the 2018 Abba musical sequel Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again.

Amanada Seyfried is only 33 years old as of this writing, so expect another post from me in the future to update her career. :-)

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Musical actress Sherie Rene Scott

Sherie Rene Scott has been a mainstay in New York musical theater since the early 1990s.

The Kentucky-born Ms. Scott has starred in some of the biggest Broadway productions in recent history, one of her earliest roles being in the stage version of the Who's Tommy, playing Sally Simpson, the girl who falls for Tommy even though she knew from the start, deep down in her heart, that she and Tommy were worlds apart.

Never mind, Ms. Scott, your part is to be what you'll be. :-)  

And she would be a lot of things, playing a lot of roles, such as Marty Maraschino (like the cherry) in the revival of Grease (well, actually, it had more to do with the movie than with the original 1972 musical), Maureen Johnson in Rent, and Amneris in Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida.  She even played the villainous sea witch Ursula in the stage production of The Little Mermaid.

Sherie Rene Scott continues to be active in New York theater, having recently branched out from musicals to comedy by playing Mollie Mallow in a 2016-17 revival of Hecht and MacArthur's The Front Page. 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

TV newswoman Valerie Pritchett

Tomorrow's big names in broadcast journalism are today's small-time TV reporters and anchors, the folks who deliver the news in markets small enough for the affiliates of national networks to broadcast on UHF stations.  Valerie Pritchett of WHTM-TV, the ABC affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that broadcasts on Channel 27, could be one of those future stars.

She is a reporter for the station and also anchors its 5:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. newscasts.

And while it's not out of the realm of possibility that Ms. Pritchett may one day become a star ABC correspondent, she's undoubtedly satisfied being a big fish in a small pond. She oversees Val’s Kids,  a project that features children in foster care who seek permanent adoptive homes, through Pennsylvania's Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network.  Her "Val's Kid's" news segment, broadcast on WHTM-TV during the 7:00 P.M,. Wednesday report and the  6:00 P.M. Sunday report, promotes prospective adoptions.

Her service on several boards, including the local United Way and Catholic Charities groups, and Harrisburg's Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, and her volunteer work for the local American Cancer Society chapter make her even more of a pillar in the community.

If Valerie Pritchett ever does go national, the people of the Harrisburg area will surely (and sorely) miss her.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

CNBC reporter Diana Olick

Diana Olick is in real estate.

No, she's not a developer like Trump. She covers the real estate makret for the Consumer News and Business Channel, better known as CNBC.

Ms. Olick worked at several local-news broadcasts before joining CBS News in 1994, including stints as a reporter at stations such as WABI-TV in Bangor, Maine, WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, and KIRO-TV in Seattle. As a CBS reporter, she spent a lot of time covering Washington, D.C., major court trials (such as the trial of Oklahoma City bombing accomplice Terry Nichols), and foreign stories like the Kosovo War.

At CNBC, Ms. Olick writes on the Realty Check section of the channel's Web site and contributes real-estate news features to other NBC News programs, such as the nightly newscast and "Today."

Ms. Olick did her undergraduate work Columbia College in New York and earned a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Model Janet Neighbour

Won't you be my Neighbour? :-D

I'm sure a lot of blokes would have loved to have this London-based model as a neighbor.  And Janet Neighbour looks very much like the British equivalent of what Americans call the girl next door. 

She was represented by the Whittaker Enterprises agency in London in the mid-1970s.  

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Model Tracey Nash

Tracey Nash is another model from the 1980s, the glory days of modeling.

She was based in New York, and she was represented by the Wilhelmina agency. 

Friday, August 30, 2019

Two Passings . . .

Two earlier subjects on this blog both died recently, and I need to take this time to note their passings, with the usual declaration that, while their pictures will remain on this blog, as I posted them when both subjects were alive, I will not post any more going forward. :-(

Machiko Kyō, one of Japan's graters actresses, died this past May at the age of 95. Ms. Kyō achieved fame for her role in Akira Kurosawa's classic movie Rashomon, about differing recollections of the killing of a samurai, and she also did comedy in Hollywood as the geisha girl Lotus Blossom in The Teahouse of the August Moon, a film poking fun at American cultural imperialism in Japan after the war.  She was known for many other roles, primarily in Japan where her notoriety was greatest.  I featured her here in August 2018.

Meanwhile, actress Valerie Harper, whom I featured here in April 2012, died today, only eight days after her eightieth birthday.  Best known for playing Mary Richards' wisecracking friend Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," Ms. Harper parlayed that role into the spinoff sitcom "Rhoda," which lasted for four seasons.  She also appeared in several TV shows and movies, and she even played Tallulah Bankhead in the 2008 world-premiere production of Looped, a Matthew Lombardo play how Bankhead needed eight hours to overdub a line in what would be her last movie. Valerie Harper was a unique talent who could pull off anything. 

RIP to both of these great actresses.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Actress Alyssa Milano

There is a rule that child stars become former child stars.  Alyssa Milano proves the exception.

Alyssa Milano first came to our attention at the age of eleven in 1984, when she began her role as Samantha Micelli in the ABC series "Who's The Boss?", about an Italian-American live-in male housekeeper for an Anglo-Saxon family. Conceived as a vehicle for former "Taxi" star Tony Danza, whose character was also named Tony, the show proved to be beneficial to both his and Ms. Milano's careers; she played his character's daughter, and the series lasted eight years.

After several roles in various TV productions, she starred as Jennifer Mancini in the prime-time drama "Melrose Place" for forty episodes over three seasons This led to a plum role in "Charmed," about good witches who use their powers for good to the most extreme. Ms. Milano played Phoebe Halliwell, one of the charmed leading ladies for eight years beginning in 1998.  She was also a producer of the series for the last four seasons.

Ms. Milano has done a few movies, but she remains best known for her work in television. She's also known for her political activism, campaigning for everything for environmental awareness to women's rights to supporting UNICEF.  Anyone who has a trouble with a TV actress being so politically active had better watch out.

Alyssa Milano is not Tony Michelli's little girl anymore. ;-)

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Actress Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk is a Canadian actress who is best known for roles in offbeat television shows and movies.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia to a white father and an Asian mother, Ms. Kreuk has parlayed her exotic looks into choice acting roles.  From 2001 to 2009, she starred in "Smallville," a series about Superman's formative years as the teenage Clark Kent in a rural town named for its founder, Josiah Small.  (Just kidding, it's called Smallville because it is indeed a small ville. :-D)  Ms. Kreuk played Lana Lang, Cark Kent's first love interest.

Her roles in the movies include a woman who has an affair with a musician in the 2004 comedy movie EuroTrip, an Indian teenager affected by the partition of India and Pakistan and who falls in love with a former officer in the British Indian Army in 2007's Partition, and the title character in the martial arts film Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li from 2009.

Ms. Kreuk has committed herself to her television career back in her native Canada, starring in the CBC drama "Burden of Truth," in which she plays a lawyer who returns to her small town to represent a pharmaceutical company against sick girls but realizes she's on the wrong side.

With gutsy roles like that, it's certain that Kristin Kreuk will continue to surprise people. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Model Rosalind Johnson

Rosalind Johnson is another star from the golden age of modeling.

Tall and lean, she was born for the catwalk. She modeled in fashion shows for Givenchy and Pierre Cardin.

She's been called perfection on the runway, and I'm inclined to agree.  Even by just looking at still runway pictures of her. :-)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

TV news anchor Kasey Hott

Not Kasie Hunt. Kasey Hott.

But like Kasie Hunt, whom I've already featured on this blog, Kasey Hott is in fact a TV newswoman.  She co-anchors the 6:00 P.M., 10:00 P.M., and 11:00 P.M. newscasts on WVIR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Charlottesville, Virginia that broadcasts on Channel 29.

Ms. Hott seems to have an affinity for on NBC affiliates broadcasting on UHF. Earlier, she had been the five o'clock news anchor at WGBA-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which broadcasts on Channel 26; she had been there for more than two years. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Mexican actress Eiza González

Eiza González is a young Mexican actress who has made the transition from telenovelas to Hollywood.

She first got noticed in TV dramas set in Mexico, such as the 2007-08 series "Lola, érase una vez" ("Lola, Once Upon a Time") about a plucky but poor Mexican girl fighting to get out of poverty, and the 2011 series "Sueña Conmigo" ("Dream With Me"), in which she played Clara Molina, a girl who wants to be a singer and invents the persona "Roxy Pop."

Her first Hollywood role as as Monica "Darling" Castello in 2017's romantic/outlaw flick Baby Driver, which led to a role in 2018's Welcome to Marwen, based on the real-life story of Mark Hogancamp (played in the movie by Steve Carell), an artist beaten up by bullies who invests his own world with action figures.  Ms. González played Caralala, a coworker of Mark's in a bar.

Though Welcome to Marwen was directed by the esteemed Robert Zemeckis of the Back To the Future trilogy, it was a flop, nixing any hope of Ms. González having a commercial breakthrough in America.  She's young yet; she'll be back.

Eiza González is also a singer; she didn't just play one on a telenovela.  She's released two Spanish-language albums, Contracorriente from 2009 and Te acordarás de mí from 2012.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Actress Jennifer Ehle

Jennifer Ehle is a woman of two nationalities, having been born a British mother and an American father.  Her parents are, in fact, actress Rosemary Harris and novelist John Ehle.

She came into her own as an actress early in her career, when, in 1995, she appeared as Elizabeth Bennet in a BBC 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice, which also starred Colin Firth.

Ms. Ehle's best-known roles since then have been on the West End and Broadway, signifying her dual nationality and her comfort on the stage on both sides of the Atlantic.  Her West End roles include Orgon's wife in a 1991 production of Molière's Tartuffe,as well as Calypso in a 1992 production of The Camomile Lawn.  On Broadway, she played Annie in a 2000 production of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, a play that toys with what is reality and what is not, and she won a Tony for Best Actress in a Play for it; she'd already played the role in London. She dazzled New York audiences again the following year in a revival of Noël Coward's Design for Living.  She later played Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, in a 2006 Shakespeare In the Park production in New York's Central Park.

None of this means that Jennifer Ehle turned her back on the movies.  Far from it; she's appeared in many films, her cinematic credits to numerous to list here.  Her best-known roles include as the wife of King George VI's speech therapist in The King's Speech from 2010 and as a CIA analyst in Kathryn Bigelow's 2012 film Zero Dark Thirty.  More recently, Ms. Ehle played Carla Wilks in the risqué Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) and as Emily Dickinson's sister in A Quiet Passion (2016), a biodrama about the famous poet.

Jennifer Ehle will be fifty later this year, but she shows no sign of slowing down.

Fun fact: She played Cynthia Powell - John Lennon's first wife - in BackBeat, a 1994 movie about the Beatles' beginnings in Hamburg and John Lennon's association with original Beatles bassist Stu Sutcliffe in particular. 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Model Mélissa Doucouré

Mélissa Doucouré is one of many top models from African countries formerly ruled by France who made her name in Paris.

Originally from Mali, which was part of the larger colony of French West Africa, she was born in Bamako, the Malian capital, and went to Paris to study foreign languages at the Sorbonne.  Her own foreign aura, signified by her exotic looks, got her into the city's lucrative fashion business as a model.  Soon she became one of the most sought-after models in town, being represented by the Glamour agency for twelve years.

While no longer a model, Mélissa Doucouré remains active in the Paris social scene (the photograph above is form a society event in 2014), and her daughter, Anissa von Busse, has followed her into the profession.  It looks like Mademoiselle Doucouré's legacy as a French fashion icon is quite secure indeed.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Actress Lacey Chabert

Lacey Chabert is an actress who has been equally active in television and film, having appeared in several TV series and movies.

She's also done a lot of voice acting for animated series, including Nickelodeon's "The Wild Thornberrys," about a family of documentary filmmakers.  (She voiced Eliza, the daughter.)  Her best-known roles in live-action movies include Penny Robinson in the 1998 movie adaption of the TV series "Lost in Space" and Gretchen Wieners in Tina Fey's 2004 satire of high school cliques, Mean Girls

More recently, Ms. Chabert has been appearing in TV movies on the Hallmark Channel, including three Christmas movies.  But don't you dare knock her for it; she's proud of her work for the Hallmark Channel.   

Friday, August 2, 2019

Liana Brackett of The Weather Channel

I've featured many an on-camera meteorologist from The Weather Channel - Vivian Brown, no longer with the channel, was the second woman I ever featured on this blog, in fact - and while a few of them besides Vivian Brown have also since left the channel, it's signed on a couple of new weatherwomen since.  Including Liana Brackett.

Originally from Temecula, California, Ms. Brackett started out as an intern for KCRA-TV just before graduating from University of California-Davis with bachelor's degree in atmospheric science in 2009. From there she worked as a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Portland, Oregon, wining numerous awards for her forecasting work.

The glamorous world of television came to call Ms. Brackett again by 2015, when she became an "ocee-em" (OCM, for "on-camera meteorologist") for KPTV-TV in Portland, and just as actors, dancers and writers dream of making it big in New York, OCMs dream of making it big in . . . Atlanta, The Weather Channel's headquarters.  Ms. Brackett fulfilled that dream by joining The Weather Channel in October 2016.