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Biography for Keri RusselKeri Lynn Russell (born Mar. 23, 1976 (37 years ago)) is an American actress and dancer. After appearing in a number of made-for-TV movies and series during the mid-1990s, she came to fame for portraying the title role of Felicity Porter on the hit series Felicity, which ran from 1998 (15 years ago) to 2002 (11 years ago), and for which she won a Golden Globe Award. Russell has since appeared in several films, including We Were Soldiers, The Upside of Anger, Mission: Impossible III, Waitress, and Aug. Rush.
Early yearsRussell was born in Fountain Valley, California, the daughter of Stephanie (née Stephens), a homemaker, and David Russell, a Nissan Motors executive. She has an older brother, Todd, and a younger sister, Julie. Russell grew up in Coppell, Texas, Mesa, Arizona and Highlands Ranch, Colorado, moving frequently because of her father's employment. Though she is best known for her acting, she started out at Starstruck dance studio in a suburb of Denver and it was her dancing, not her acting, that earned her a spot on the Mickey Mouse Club.
Career: 1991 (22 years ago) - 2002Russell first appeared on TV as a cast member of the New Mickey Mouse Club variety show on the Disney Channel. She was on the show from 1991 (22 years ago) to 1993 (20 years ago) and co-starred with future pop stars Christina Aguilera (88 walls), Britney Spears (80 walls), JC Chasez, Justin Timberlake (11 walls), and Ryan Gosling. In 1992 (21 years ago), she appeared in Honey, I Blew Up the Kid alongside Rick Moranis and in 1993 (20 years ago) had a role on the sitcom Boy Meets World as Mr. Feeny's niece. Keri had an appearance on Married with Children in a 1995 (18 years ago) episode. Russell subsequently starred in several movie and TV roles, including the 1996 (17 years ago) made-for-TV movie The Babysitter's Seduction. She also had a role on the short-lived soap opera series Malibu Shores the same year. In 1994 (19 years ago), she appeared in Bon Jovi's music video "Always" with Jack Noseworthy. In 1997 (16 years ago), she appeared in two episodes of Roar alongside Heath Ledger.
From 1998 (15 years ago) to 2002 (11 years ago), Russell starred as the title character on the successful WB Network series Felicity; she won a Golden Globe for the role in 1999 (14 years ago). Russell's long and curly hair was one of her character's defining characteristics, and a drastic hairstyle change at the beginning of the show's second season was considered to be the cause of a significant drop in the show's TV ratings. As a result, new policies were enacted at the network requiring hairstyle changes by cast to be approved by the network's executives. Felicity 's ratings drop also coincided with the show's move to a Sunday night time slot, so it is unclear exactly how much effect the hairstyle change actually had. During the show's run, Russell appeared in the movies Eight Days a Week, The Curve and Mad About Mambo, all of which received only limited releases in North America. Her next role was in the movie We Were Soldiers, playing the wife of an American serviceman. The movie was released in Mar. 2002 (11 years ago), two months before the end of Felicity's run.
Career: 2003 (10 years ago) - PresentWhen Felicity ended, Russell took a break from acting. She moved to New York City and took two years off to avoid the business of Hollywood, spending time with friends. Russell subsequently made her off-Broadway stage debut in 2004 (9 years ago), appearing opposite Jeremy Piven, Andrew McCarthy, and Ashlie Atkinson in Neil LaBute's Fat Pig. In 2005 (8 years ago), she returned to TV and film, beginning with an appearance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie The Magic of Ordinary Days, theatrical movie The Upside of Anger (alongside Kevin Costner, Joan Allen and Evan Rachel Wood (14 walls)), and the TV miniseries Into the West.
Although a number of her Felicity co-stars went on to appear in producer J. J. Abrams' series, Alias, Russell declined invitations to be part of the show. In a seminar at the Museum of TV and Radio, Abrams said, "I've asked Keri if she would ever do it, and I usually get this, sort of like, giggle — and then she hangs up". In 2005 (8 years ago), Abrams asked Russell to join the cast of Mission: Impossible III, a movie he directed, and she accepted. The movie was released on May 5, 2006 (7 years ago). In the summer of 2006 (7 years ago), Russell was chosen to be a celebrity spokeswoman for CoverGirl Cosmetics. Before she was in Mission Impossible: III she was screen tested for the role of Lois Lane in Superman Returns (10 walls) but lost the role to Kate Bosworth (17 walls), with whom she co-starred in The Girl in the Park.
She taped two episodes as a guest character on the NBC show Scrubs in 2007 (6 years ago). She played Melody, a sorority sister and good friend of Elliot Reid played by Sarah Chalke. The first episode aired on Apr. 26, and the second on May 3. She starred in Waitress, a well-reviewed independent movie in which she played Jenna, a pregnant waitress in the American South; it was the fourth movie in a row in which Russell had played a pregnant woman. The movie opened on May 4, 2007 (6 years ago) and Russell's performance was positively received by critics, with Michael Sragow of The Baltimore Sun writing that Russell's performance had "aesthetic character" and "welds tenderness and fierceness with quiet heat". In the summer of 2007 (6 years ago), Russell appeared in The Keri Kronicles, a reality show/sitcom sponsored by CoverGirl and airing on MySpace; the show was filmed at Russell's home in Manhattan and spotlighted her life.
Russell next appeared in Aug. Rush, a drama released in Nov. 2007 (6 years ago). She also appeared on the cover of the New York Post's Page Six magazine on Nov. 11, 2007 (6 years ago). She has completed roles in Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story (titled Rohtenburg for its German release), in which she plays Katie Armstrong, a graduate student who writes a thesis paper on an infamous cannibal murder case, and the thriller The Girl in the Park, opposite Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth (17 walls) and Alessandro Nivola.
Russell recently appeared in Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler playing the lead. In an appearance on The View on dec. 15, 2008 (5 years ago), Russell said she got the part because Sandler's wife Jackie had seen Russell in Waitress and suggested her for the movie.
Russell portrayed Wonder Woman in a direct-to-video animated feature released Mar. 3, 2009 (4 years ago).
Russell has signed to star alongside Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford in the Tom Vaughan-helmed untitled Crowley project for CBS Films. The drama, which starts lensing 6 Apr. 2009 (4 years ago), will be the first movie to go into production for the new company. Russell will play Aileen Crowley, a mother who tries to build a normal home life for her sick children while her husband, John (Fraser), and an unconventional scientist (Ford) race against time to find a cure. Robert Nelson Jacobs (The Water Horse) penned the screenplay, which was inspired by a Wall Street Journal article and subsequent book, The Cure, by Geeta Anand. Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher are producing alongside Carla Shamberg. Ford is an executive producer.
Personal lifeIn 2005 (8 years ago), several reports claimed that Russell was set to adopt Scientology, after working with actor Tom Cruise (12 walls), who is a Scientologist, on Mission: Impossible III. Russell's representative subsequently threatened to sue the reporter who first made the claim. Stories about the incident had noted that Russell is of Jewish heritage; older reports, which had originally suggested her conversion to Scientology, had mentioned that she was once a member of the Mormon church.
As of 2007 (6 years ago), Russell resides in Brooklyn.
Russell and Shane Deary, a carpenter she met through mutual friends, became engaged in 2006 (7 years ago) and were married on Feb. 14, 2007 (6 years ago) in New York. Russell gave birth to a boy, named River Russell Deary, on Jun. 9, 2007 (6 years ago) in New York. Russell had a midwife-assisted hospital birth; she has described her pregnancy experience as "real great and easy".
Prior to her marriage, Russell had once dated her Felicity co-star Scott Speedman during the show's run. She also dated her Mickey Mouse Club and Malibu Shores co-star Tony Lucca who accompanied her to the Golden Globe and Emmy awards in 1999 (14 years ago). Russell remains friends with a handful of her Mickey Mouse Club costars, including Ilana Miller, who she took to the 1999 (14 years ago) MTV Movie Awards, and Lindsey Alley, who she mentioned on the red carpet of the Oscar ceremony in 2008 (5 years ago).
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