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Olsen Twins

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First Name:Olsen
Last Name:Twins
Occupation Category:Actress
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Biography for Olsen Twins

Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Fuller Olsen (born Jun. 13, 1986 (35 years ago)) are American actresses, best known for playing the role of Michelle Tanner on the sitcom Full House. Both have appeared in TV and movies since infancy. Since then, they have continued their celebrity through numerous TV programs, films, interviews, as well as commercial endorsements. They are fraternal twins but prefer the term individual pair.

Early years

The girls were born in 1986 (35 years ago) in Sherman Oaks, California to David Olsen (b. 1953 (68 years ago)) and Jarnette (Jarnie) Fuller (b. 1954 (67 years ago)).

In 1987 (34 years ago), the twins started their acting careers on the TV series Full House. They were hired at the age of six months and filming began when they were nine months old. The show was widely popular during the late 1980 (41 years ago) and early 1990 (31 years ago).

Both sisters played the same character, Michelle Tanner, taking turns during the tapings to do so, in order to comply with strict child labor laws regarding child actors. For the first year, Ashley would cry when she was brought on set to do a scene, so Mary-Kate had more screen time in the first season.

Because the producers did not want viewers to know that Michelle was played by twins, the sisters were originally credited as "Mary Kate Ashley Olsen", but in the last season and most of season one, they were credited as separate people. During the eight year run, Mary-Kate and Ashley made several direct-to-video movies, in addition to Full House, such as To Grandmother's House We Go (1992, 29 years ago).


Shortly after the end of Full House, they began heavily merchandising their image. They established a company called Dualstar in 1993 (28 years ago) and their brand has been sold in more than 3,000 stores in the United States and over 5,300 stores worldwide. Because of this, they have been on the Forbes' "The Celebrity 100 list" since 2002 (19 years ago), and in 2007 (14 years ago), Forbes ranked them, collectively, as the eleventh-richest women in entertainment, with an estimated net worth of $100 million.

Mary-Kate and Ashley were popular figures in the preteen market during the late '90s and early 2000 (21 years ago). Their names became a cottage industry, with their likeness seen in clothes, books, fragrances, magazines, movies and posters. There were even Mary-Kate and Ashley fashion dolls made by Mattel from 2000 (21 years ago) – 2005 (16 years ago).

They starred in the video series The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley and You're Invited To Mary-Kate and Ashley's..., the ABC show Two of a Kind, and ABC Family's So Little Time. However, So Little Time was panned by critics and disappointed fans. Despite this, they were ranked number three on the VH1 program 100 Greatest Child Stars. They also appear in a few direct-to-video movies about twins visiting places in Europe; Passport to Paris, Winning London, and When in Rome.

In 2004 (17 years ago), The Olsen Twins dual-hosted Saturday Night Live and they missed their prom because of it.

Their most recent theatrical venture was in the light-hearted romantic comedy, New York Minute, also starring Eugene Levy. The movie was expected to launch the girls into more serious adult roles, but was a box office flop.

Mary-Kate's first acting appearance without Ashley was in the movie Factory Girl, released in dec. 2006 (15 years ago). Mary-Kate was originally in several scenes, but only appeared in the background in the finished film. Mary-Kate has also a recurring guest role in the season three of the Showtime series Weeds and she is also in the 2008 (13 years ago) independent movie The Wackness starring Ben Kingsley, with whom she shares a passionate kiss.

Personal life

Mary-Kate and Ashley have an older brother, Trent, and younger sister, Elizabeth, as well as two half-siblings, Taylor (b. 1996 (25 years ago)), and Jake (b. 1997 (24 years ago)). The twins' parents divorced in 1995 (26 years ago). Taylor and Jake are the children from their father's second marriage, to Martha Mackenzie-Olsen.

Mary-Kate and Ashley announced in 2004 (17 years ago) that they would be attending college at New York University after graduating high school. In 2005 (16 years ago), Mary-Kate moved back to California. She decided to stay on the West Coast and pursue more individualized work with their company, Dualstar. Ashley, still in New York, remains in close contact with her sister.

In 2004 (17 years ago), Mary-Kate checked into rehab in Utah for six weeks because she was suffering from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. It was rumored that there was also a drug problem, but the Olsens' publicist said, "Mary-Kate was not admitted for drugs. Period." Mary-Kate put on about five to seven pounds immediately after her stint in rehab and pictures (wallpaper) had shown that she may have gained more weight. However, Star magazine has, as of Jan. 2007 (14 years ago), released a cover story article on Mary Kate's, once again, very low weight. They claim she is at 80 pounds. She has been seen wearing baggy clothes and carrying vast purses. Her spokesperson has denied the weight loss claiming "Mary-Kate has not lost weight. She is taking good care of herself."

In 2005 (16 years ago), Mary-Kate ended her romance with Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III. Mary-Kate said that the breakup was one of the main factors in her leave of absence from New York University. "I miss him and I love him," Mary-Kate said, "It's a hurtful and a painful subject." When asked if there was a specific reason for her leaving NYU, she replied, "I think we can all guess." The breakup and Niarchos's subsequent pairing with Paris Hilton (99 walls) led to a rift between Hilton and Mary-Kate. "[Paris and I] always only had nice things to say about each other," Olsen said. "Now I guess you can tell we're not talking."

In 2006 (15 years ago), Ashley filed a $40 million lawsuit against tabloid magazine National Enquirer for printing a headline reading "Ashley Olsen Caught In Drug Scandal," with a story accompanied by an unflattering photo (wallpaper) of Ashley with her eyes half-closed. The lawsuit stated that the photo (wallpaper) was clearly used to create a misrepresentation of Olsen under the influence of drugs. Ashley completely denies the accusations and said that she has not and does not use or sell illegal drugs. The suit consisted of $20 million in libel damages and $20 million in false light invasion of privacy damages. Per her suit, Ashley Olsen and her lawyers believe that "freedom of the press is a valuable right, but it is not a license for gossipy tabloids to tar and feather innocent celebrities and destroy their reputations and businesses for the rag's profits."

In 2008 (13 years ago), Mary-Kate Olsen was caught up in the media-hype surrounding the death of Heath Ledger (5 walls) after Masseuse Diane Lee Wolozin, who had gone to the apartment to give Ledger a 3 p.m. massage and found his naked body in his bed, phoned the 21-year-old Olsen twice before calling the 911 emergency service. There is also speculation that Olsen was having a relationship with Ledger at the time of his death. Olsen released a statement through her publicist stating "Heath was a friend. His death is a tragic loss. My thoughts are with his family."

Mary-Kate Olsen enjoys the sport of rowing in her spare time, and is a coxswain at the Los Angeles Rowing Club.


  • To Grandmother's House We Go
  • Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
  • How the West Was Fun
  • The Little Rascals
  • It Takes Two
  • Billboard Dad
  • Switching Goals
  • Passport to Paris
  • Our Lips Are Sealed
  • Winning London
  • Holiday in the Sun
  • Getting There
  • When in Rome
  • The Challenge
  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
  • New York Minute

TV-shows (series)

  • Full House
  • Two of a Kind
  • Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action!
  • So Little Time


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