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Facts about Catherine Bell
Biography for Catherine BellCatherine Lisa Bell (born Aug. 14, 1968 (45 years ago)) is a British-born Iranian-American actress known for her role of Lt. Colonel Sarah MacKenzie of the TV show JAG from 1997 (16 years ago) to 2005 (8 years ago). Currently she stars in the Lifetime TV hit series Army Wives as Denise Sherwood.
Early yearsBell was born in London, England, the daughter of Mina, a personal assistant and nurse, and Peter Bell, an architect. Her mother is Iranian and her father English. Her parents divorced and she and her mother moved to Los Angeles, California when she was three years old. She became a naturalised citizen of the United States at the age of twelve. A self-described "geek", Bell thrived in math and biology classes in school, and in junior high school once programmed a computer video game.
She acted in various TV advertisements as a child. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with an interest in becoming either a biomedical engineer or a physician but dropped out to become a full-time model.
CareerOne of Bell's first modeling jobs was an extended assignment in Japan. When she returned to California, she studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas. She was a free lance masseuse whose clientele included singer Peter Gabriel. She was on a game show in 1990 (23 years ago) where she mentioned that she was a massage therapist. Her first TV acting role was one line on the sitcom Sugar and Spice (1990, 23 years ago). Her first appearance in a movie was as a body double for Isabella Rossellini in Death Becomes Her (1992, 21 years ago). One of her first TV roles was on the HBO sitcom Dream On in 1994 (19 years ago).
From 1997 (16 years ago) to 2005 (8 years ago), Bell starred as U.S. Marine Corps Major Sarah MacKenzie on the hit TV series JAG as a practicing attorney in the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps. Her earlier TV work also included an appearance in a late night adult series called Hot line. Bell was featured in "The Brunch Club" episode.
In 2003 (10 years ago), she had a supporting role as a TV news anchor, Susan Ortega, in the comedy Bruce Almighty, starring Jim Carrey. She reprised the role with a cameo in the 2007 (6 years ago) sequel Evan Almighty, starring Steve Carell.
Bell appeared in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Triangle, presented in dec. 2005 (8 years ago), playing an ocean engineer. In 2006 (7 years ago), she was nominated in Saturn Award of Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror movies for Best Supporting Actress on TV (The Triangle).
In 2007 (6 years ago), Bell starred in Lifetime's ensemble drama series Army Wives as Denise Sherwood, the wife of a US Army major, who is enduring domestic violence at the hands of her teenage son.
Bell has also recently played the main role in Hallmark's The Good Witch (2008, 5 years ago) and its sequel, The Good Witch's Garden (2009, 4 years ago). She co-executive produced both movies.
Personal lifeBell is fluent in Farsi and English. She is fond of skiing, snowboarding and kick-boxing, which she has been practicing for over 10 years. Her hobbies include cross-stitching and making model cars, which she has done since age 8. She met actor/production assistant Adam Beason on the set of Death Becomes Her in 1992 (21 years ago) (where she was the body-double for Isabella Rossellini), and they were married on May 8, 1993 (20 years ago) They have a daughter, Gemma, who was born on Apr. 16, 2003 (10 years ago).
Bell was the grand marshal of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Jun. 3, 2007 (6 years ago).
In a survey of 70 celebrities by The Sporting News, she correctly predicted that the New England Patriots would beat the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI 20 to 17.
In Aug. 2007 (6 years ago), Bell and her husband put their Calabasas, California, home on the market for $3.25 million and moved to South Carolina.
During the Hollywood writers strike, Bell took flying lessons in a Cirrus SR22.
When she was in her 20s, she had thyroid cancer and had to have her thyroid removed. She doesn't cover the scar on her neck because she "thinks it's kind of cool".
ScientologyBell has attested to attaining the Scientology state of Clear She has supported Scientology's Hollywood Education and Literacy Project. In dec. 2005 (8 years ago), Bell helped promote the gala opening of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" museum.
In Feb. 2006 (7 years ago), Bell appeared in a Scientology music video called, "United." The movie includes cameo performances by Isaac Hayes, Erika Christensen (18 walls), Jenna Elfman (8 walls) and Lynsey Bartilson and promotes human rights with a rap song.
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