Monday, November 3, 2008

Kristen Bell

Kristen Anne Bell (born July 18, 1980) is an American actress. Bell was born and raised in Huntington Woods, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. She attended Burton Elementary school in Huntington Woods where she studied singing and tap dancing. Just before her freshman year of high school, Bell's parents decided to pull her from the public school system. She then attended Shrine Catholic High School, where she took part in the drama and music club. In 1998, the year she graduated, Bell was named the yearbook's "Best Looking Girl" by senior class vote.

Shortly after her high school graduation, Bell moved to New York and attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, 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. 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.

In 2002, she appeared in the Broadway revival of The Crucible. Bell then moved to Los Angeles, California. In 2003, she landed a role in the Hallmark 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. Bell also guest-starred on the HBO's drama Deadwood in a two-episode story
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. In 2005, Bell starred in Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, reprising the role she played in the short-lived 2001 off-broadway musical.
In 2006, 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. Pulse starred Bell as the lead Mattie. A remake of the Japanese horror film Kairo, the film grossed
Veronica Mars continued on UPN until the third season, in which the show was renewed and returned on the newly created The CW. On May 17, 2007 they announced the cancellation of Veronica Mars.

In August 2007, Bell was cast in heroes to portray Elle Bishop. Bell also narrates as title character in the CW series Gossip Girl. Bell started filmed on location in Hawaii for her starring role as the title character in the comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. In the spring of 2006, she finished filming the Star Wars-themed comedy Fanboys, which recently had its release date pushed to January 14, 2008. Bell will voice the character of Marybelle in the animated feature Sheepish, which has a 2009 release date. She will also star in the comedy Serious Moonlight, alongside Meg Ryan.

On March 31, 2008 Bell began shooting for the Disney film When in Rome in locations in Rome and New York.On October 15, 2008, TV Guide reported that Bell has signed on to co-star in Couples Retreat, a comedy chronicling four couples who partake in therapy sessions at a tropical island resort.

In 2007, Bell ended a five-year relationship with former fiancé Kevin Mann, and is now dating actor Dax Shepard.

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