Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Kristen Anne Bell

Born July 18, 1980
Kristen Anne Bell is an American actress. She has received a Satellite Award and Saturn Award, and has been nominated for a Television Critics Association Award and Teen Choice Award.

I'm carded for R-rated movies. And I get talked down to a lot. When I try to go rent a car or buy an airplane ticket or other stuff adults do, I get 'Okaaaaaay, honey.' I remember when I was 18, getting crayons in a restaurant."

"I have always been an animal lover. I had a hard time disassociating the animals I cuddled with - dogs and cats, for example - from the animals on my plate, and I never really cared for the taste of meat. I always loved my Brussels sprouts! (on being a vegetarian)"

"(On the best time to be naked) "I rarely wear clothes when I`m home by myself. I love making breakfast naked. But you`ve got to make sure the gardener`s not coming that day."

"I`m not a risk taker. I don`t do plunging neckline
s or really short skirts. I try to stay as classy as possible and provide a little mystery. "

"I pushed myself way too hard during the first year of Veronica Mars and I got moody and run-down. Now I`ll go to bed early instead of going out with friends. It`s not always the most fun option, but I know I need at least eight hours of sleep to feel balanced."
- Kristen Bell

In 1992, Bell went to her first audition and won a dual role as a banana and a tree] in a suburban Detroit theater's production of Raggedy Ann and Andy. Her mother had established her with an agent before Bell was 13, which allowed her to appear in newspaper advertisements for several Detroit retailers and television commercials. She also began private acting lessons. In 1998, she appeared with an uncredited role in the locally filmed movie Polish Wedding.

In 2001, Bell left New York University to take a key role as Becky Thatcher in the short-lived Broadway musical of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. That same year she made her credited film debut in Pootie Tang. However, her one line in the film was cut and her appearance exists only as a scene shown during the credit sequence. Additionally, she auditioned for the television series Smallville for the role of Chloe Sullivan, a part eventually won by Allison Mack. In 2002, she appeared in the Broadway revival of The Crucible with Liam Neeson, Angela Bettis and Laura Linney. Bell then moved to Los Angeles, California in 2002 because of her friendship with writers Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney, and appeared in a handful of television shows as a special guest, finding trouble gaining a recurring role in a television series. Bell had "tested like eight times and booked nothing and every show [she] tested for got picked up," including auditions for Skin and a Norm Macdonald series. In 2003, she landed a role in the Hallmark Channel movie The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay.

In 2004, Bell appeared in the Lifetime television movie Gracie's Choice, which received one of the network's highest ratings. She made her debut in a theatrically released film, with David Mamet's Spartan, as Laura Newton, the kidnapped daughter of a high-ranking U.S. government official, acting alongside Val Kilmer. Bell also guest-starred on the HBO's drama Deadwood in a two-episode story arc ("Bullock Returns to the Camp" and "Suffer the Little Children").

She then won the role of the title character in UPN's drama Veronica Mars, which was launched in the fall of 2004. Created by Rob Thomas, Bell starred as the seventeen year old detective Veronica, which put her alongside actors Enrico Colantoni who played her father, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III and Ryan Hansen. Veronica Mars was described as "a little bit Buffy and a little bit Bogart." Bell noted the parallels between the character of Veronica and her own life - Bell's parents had divorced and her best friend had also died, like that of Veronica. The series earned positive reviews from television critics, as did Bell's performance. Some critics felt that she was overlooked, however, and deserved an Emmy Award nomination. As a writer at the tvaddict.com commented, "[Bell's] complete lack of Emmy recognition proves that voters don’t actually watch the tapes before they vote."

In 2005, Bell starred in Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, reprising the role she played in the short-lived 2001 off-broadway musical. The musical was a spoof of the 1936 exploitation film of the same name. Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical debuted on the Showtime network on April 16, 2005. On September 18, 2005, Bell performed the theme song from Fame on the "Emmy Idol" portion of the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. She and the cast of Veronica Mars were nominated for two Teen Choice Awards in 2005: "Choice Breakout Actress" and "Choice Breakout TV Show"

In 2006, Bell won the Saturn Award for "Best Actress on Television" for her acting on Veronica Mars, while the series was nominated for "Best Network Television Show". Aside from working on Veronica Mars, in April Bell starred as Gracie in Fifty Pills, an entry for the Tribeca Film Festival. She appeared in a short independent film called The Receipt and the horror film Roman, which was directed by her The Crucible co-star Angela Bettis. Released on August 11, 2006, Pulse starred Bell as the lead Mattie. A remake of the Japanese horror film Kairo, the film grossed $27.9 million worldwide, however it garnered negative response from critics. Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter commented, "despite the starring presence of Kristen Bell, [the] young actress has far less interesting material to work with here than she does as [the character] "Veronica Mars.""

In 2005, Bell was named by Jane magazine as "one of the 11 people you'd most like to see naked", and in 2006, Bell was selected "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" on PETA's yearly poll. She was placed #68 on Maxim's 2005 "Hot 100" list, #11 in Maxim's 2006 "Hot 100" list, and #46 in Maxim's 2007 "Hot 100" list in which she was stated to have "single-handedly saved the CW from becoming the worst network ever." In 2006, Maxim also placed Bell at the top of the "Fall TV's Criminally Sexy Investigators" List. In 2008, she was featured at #59 on Ask Men's Top 99 Women of 2008 List. Reflecting on her admitted popularity with "geeks", Bell was voted the fourth sexiest woman on TV by the staff at Wizard magazine

Some women look like scary hags without makeup; Kristen Bell is not one of them. Her skin is fair, but she doesn't look washed-out if she's not wearing much makeup. When she does add some extra color here and there, it basically just adds to what she already has. And what she already has is very good.

Kristen Bell's sex appeal isn't overwhelming. However, few guys would kick Kristen Bell out of bed. The 5'4" starlet is a little spark plug who could probably get things heated up quickly in the bedroom. With a fresh, youthful face, she looks more like a high school girl than an established woman.

KRISTEN BELL Filmography

Fanboys (2006) As Zoe (in negotiations)
Flatland: The Movie (2006) As Hex
Pulse (2006) As Mattie Webber
Roman (2006) As The Girl (attached)
Deepwater (2005) As Nurse Laurie
Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005) As Mary Lane
The Receipt (2005) As Pretty Girl
Veronica Mars (2004) As Veronica Mars (52 episodes, 2004-2006)
Pootie Tang (2001) As Record Executive's Daughter
Polish Wedding (1998) As Teenage Girl (uncredited)


1. "Veronica Mars" (2 episodes, 2005-2007)
- The Bitch Is Back (2007) TV episode (performer: "Bad Day")
- Clash of the Tritons (2005) TV episode (performer: "One Way or Another")
2. The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2005) (TV) (performer: "Fame")
3. Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005) (performer: "Romeo And Juliet", "Down At The Ol' Five And Dime", "Lonely Pew", "Mary Jane/Mary Lane", "Little Mary Sunshine", "Mary's Death", "Murder", "Tell Em' The Truth", "Reefer Madness(reprise)")
... aka Kifferwahn (Germany)
4. "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1 episode, 2001)
- Episode dated 19 April 2001 (2001) TV episode (performer: "To Hear You Say My Name")

Name: Kristen Bell
Birth Name: Kristen Anne Bell
Height: 5' 1''
Sex: F
Nationality: American
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Profession: Actress
Education: Burton Elementary School in Huntington Woods, Michigan Shrine Catholic High School in Royal Oak, Michigan Tisch School of the Arts in New York, New York
Sister: Sara and Jody
Claim to fame: As teen investigator on TV Serie

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