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Playing a sheltered cheerleader in a small town would have been a challenge for most young actresses, but Minka Kelly’s layered performance made “Friday Night Lights” (NBC, 2006- ) one of the most compelling television shows of its time. Kelly infused her role as the girlfriend of a paralyzed high school football star with emotional authenticity and depth, laying the foundation for a successful acting career, while her high-profile romances with rocker John Mayer and star shortstop Derek Jeter made headlines. Yet it was Kelly’s performance on “Friday Night Lights” that gave the actress a foothold to bigger and better things. Soon Kelly made the leap to the big screen, where she joined an A-list cast in the Middle East war drama “The Kingdom” (2007), proving that her talent went beyond the confines of any small town.
Eliza Dushku was born in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1980, the daughter of an school teacher and university professor. Her acting career began when she caught the eye of casting agents looking for someone to star opposite Juliette Lewis in the 1992 film That Night.
From then on her career began its steady climb. She starred alongside Robert De Niro and Leonardo di Caprio in This Boy’s Life. The following year she was cast as Arnold Schwarzennegger and Jamie Lee Curtis’ daughter in 1994’s True Lies.
An exotic beauty with long, luxurious dark hair, flawless skin and intense eyes, Jordana Brewster spent a peripatetic upbringing bouncing between such far flung locations as NYC, London and Rio de Janeiro. The granddaughter of former Yale president Kingman Brewster and daughter of an investment banker and a model, she began performing as a child, earning her first screen credit as a dancer in a 1988 Brazilian children’s film starring the popular Xuxa. Settling in Manhattan, Brewster ventured into daytime serials in 1995, first briefly playing the youngest member of a Hispanic family on ABC’s “All My Children” before jumping networks to CBS to undertake the teen heroine Nikki Graves on “As the World Turns”. After spending three years (1995-98) on the soap, Brewster left with the intention of attending Yale, but her acting career took off after she was cast as the bitchy cheerleader Delilah in the teen horror flick “The Faculty” (1998). She followed with a strong turn as a teenager who becomes involved in the antiwar movement in the 1999 NBC miniseries “The 60s” before undertaking another feature, playing Cameron Diaz’s sister in “The Invisible Circus” (2000).
Actress Odette Yustman experienced a brief taste of show business before the age of six, when she was tapped to play one of the impossibly cute tots in the Arnold Schwarzenegger fish-out-of-water #92;comedy Kindergarten Cop (1990). Aside from a brief role as a daughter in Garry Marshall’s Dear God (1996), however, she subsequently remained off-screen until her early twenties.
Kaley Cuoco began modeling and acting at the tender age of six, when she was cast in the TV movie Quicksand: No Escape. Growing up in front of the camera, the young actress continued to appear as the requisite little girl in movies like Virtuosity and Picture Perfect until, at 15, she made a serious splash playing Maureen McCormick in Growing Up Brady. Two years later, Cuoco was cast as teenage daughter Bridget on the #92;sitcom 8 Simple Rules. She was voted one of FHM’s hottest women of the 2004, though that same year she gave a performance in which she never showed her hotness off on camera, lending her voice to the cartoon Bratz: Rock Angelz. Cuoco joined the cast of Charmed for its eighth and final season in 2005, playing a witch named Billie Jenkins; meanwhile, she also provided the voice of Brandy Harrington for the Disney Channel’s animated series Brandy & Mr. Whiskers. In 2007, Cuoco joined the cast of the #92;comedy series The Big Bang Theory, as Penny, the hot neighbor of two geeky physicists (Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons). ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide
The only cast member of “The O.C.” to actually hail from the now-infamous county, Melinda Clarke was born in 1969 in the tony town of Dana Point, California. The middle child of ballet dancer Patricia and actor John Clarke, Melinda followed her father into the family business moving to Los Angeles at the age of 18. She famously landed a role just three days after her arrival – on the soap opera her father had starred in since its inception in 1965, “Days of our Lives.” The younger Clarke played the role of Faith Taylor (1989 – 1990), a preacher’s daughter who had lost her sight. Though Clarke has praised the soap as a fantastic place to learn the craft of acting, she has joked about her character’s unfortunate combination of affliction and name: “That’s right, I was Blind Faith,” she has said.
This beautiful, petite actress has played leading lady to some of Hollywood’s top black actors: Wesley Snipes, Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington and director Spike Lee. The Los Angeles native, trained as a dancer and actress, started her career after graduation from Beverly Hills High School. After a few years in music videos, TV commercials and local stage productions, Randle entered films in the late 1980s with small roles in “Maid to Order” and “Near Dark” (both 1987), “King of New York” and “The Guardian” (both 1990) and doing bits on TV’s “A Different World” (1989) and “Seinfeld” (1991). She finally landed a small supporting role in Robert Townsend’s popular “The Five Heartbeats” (1991) and was tabbed by Spike Lee for a supporting role in “Jungle Fever” (1991) and as Denzel Washington’s sweetheart in “Malcolm X” (1992).
Fresh-faced, serenely beautiful actress Tamara Feldman tackled screen assignments from the early 2000s onward, typically in supporting roles. Projects in which Feldman appeared included the 2006 slasher movie Hatchet and the 2007 psychological thriller Perfect Stranger. In addition to the big screen, Feldman took on a succession of television guest parts, including roles on Smallville, Boston Legal, and Monk; she also had a recurring role in fall 2007 on the drama series Dirty Sexy Money.
Gen-X aficionados of B-cinema will invariably associate Betsy Russell with a number of memorable low-budget leads that she tackled in the 1980s.
These included a turn as Jordan in the sex farce Private School (1983), the lead character of Tommy Boyd — a mechanic-turned-racecar driver — in Herb Freed’s sexploitationer Tomboy (1985), and “honor student by day, Hollywood hooker by night” Molly Stewart (aka Angel) in Robert Vincent O’Neil’s lurid crime thriller Avenging Angel (1985).
After similar assignments scattered throughout the late ’90s and early 2000s, Russell rebounded as a scream queen in the torture-themed horror outings Saw III (2006) and Saw IV (2007).
Amanda Righetti was born on April 1, 1984, in Las Vegas, and she is the youngest of eight children. She is most famous for the role of Hailey Nichol on the hit FOX series “The O.C.” Amanda also has had major parts on the television shows “North Shore” and “Reunion.” She married Jordan Alan in 2005.
Actress Amanda Righetti personified the ability had by some to catch the eye of television producers with one small, recurring part and spin that into a more permanent and higher-profile success. A native of St. George, UT (and the youngest of eight children), Righetti grew up in Las Vegas, NV, and enjoyed her first taste of fame with a multi-episode run as Hailey on the Fox network’s prime-time soap opera The O.C.