Amber Valletta

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Amber Valletta
Amber Valletta 2009.jpg
Valletta attending "The 6th Annual Hollywood Style Awards" Beverly Hills, CA, October 10, 2009
BornAmber Evangeline Valletta
(1974-02-09) February 9, 1974 (age 39)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
OccupationActress, model
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Hervé Le Bihan (m. 1994–96)
Chip McCaw (m. 2003)
Children1
Modeling information
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorGreen
Measurements34-23–34 (US)
86.5-58.5-86.5 (EU)
Dress size4 (US); 34 (EU)
 
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Amber Valletta
Amber Valletta 2009.jpg
Valletta attending "The 6th Annual Hollywood Style Awards" Beverly Hills, CA, October 10, 2009
BornAmber Evangeline Valletta
(1974-02-09) February 9, 1974 (age 39)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
OccupationActress, model
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Hervé Le Bihan (m. 1994–96)
Chip McCaw (m. 2003)
Children1
Modeling information
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorGreen
Measurements34-23–34 (US)
86.5-58.5-86.5 (EU)
Dress size4 (US); 34 (EU)

Amber Evangeline Valletta (born February 9, 1974) is an American actress and model. She began her career as a model for fashion agencies, and appeared on cover pages of internationally recognized magazines. She made her film debut in Drop Back Ten (2000). She then starred in the hit film Hitch (2005). She has since appeared in films such as Man About Town (2006), Dead Silence (2007), Gamer (2009), and The Spy Next Door (2010). She's also known for her role as Lydia Davis on the ABC television drama series Revenge.

Early life[edit]

Valletta was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her mother worked at the post office.[1] She attended Booker T. Washington High School. She got her start in the fashion industry when her mother enrolled her in modeling school at the age of fifteen at the Linda Layman Agency. She appeared on the cover of magazines and in advertisements for Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein and Versace and hosted MTV's House of Style with fellow model and friend Shalom Harlow.

Career[edit]

She was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as one of the "Modern Muses".[2] Valletta's first role was in the comedy film Drop Back Ten (2000); Later that year, she played a supporting role in the thriller film What Lies Beneath. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. She appeared alongside Nicolas Cage in The Family Man. In 2003, she played as Celine in Danny DeVito's Duplex, starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore, she also played as Meline in Raising Helen (2004), opposite Kate Hudson, Hayden Panettiere, Abigail Breslin, and Helen Mirren.

Valletta's major role was as Allegra Cole in Andy Tennant's Hitch (2005), for which she gained more attention. The film was released on February 11, 2005 and was a box office and critical success. She also had a role in Transporter 2, playing the mother of the kidnapped kid. She appeared in the comedy The Last Time, costarring Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser. In 2007, she starred in the horror film Dead Silence as Ella Ashen. Later in 2007, she portrayed the character of Claire in Premonition, starring Sandra Bullock.

Valletta appeared as Angie in Gamer, opposite Gerard Butler. The film was released in North America on September 4, 2009. In 2010, she starred in The Spy Next Door, alongside Jackie Chan, George Lopez, and Billy Ray Cyrus; she played Chan's character's love interest,Gillian.[3] Valletta and Chan had numerous kissing scenes,despite the movie being rated PG.

In 2011, she appeared as Lydia Davis on the ABC's television drama series Revenge.[4]

Other projects[edit]

Valletta also serves as the spokesperson for Oceana's Seafood Contamination Campaign,[5] where she brings awareness of the dangers of mercury poisoning in various kinds of seafood. The decision to join Oceana's campaign was prompted by the mercury-poisoning experience of a friend and the fact that she is a mother of two.

Valletta is now a model for Marks and Spencer.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Valletta is married to Olympic volleyball player Chip McCaw with whom she has a son, Auden (b. 2000).[7][8]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000Drop Back TenMindy Deal
2000What Lies BeneathMadison Elizabeth Frank
2000The Family ManPaula
2001PerfumeBlair
2001Max Keeble's Big MoveMs. Dingman
2003DuplexCeline
2004Raising HelenMartina
2005HitchAllegra Cole
2005Transporter 2Audrey Billings
2006Man About TownBrynn LillyDirect-to-video
2006The Last TimeBelisa
2007Dead SilenceElla
2007PremonitionClaire
2007My Sexiest YearMarina
2008Days of WrathJane Summers
2009GamerAngie
2010The Spy Next DoorGillian
2011Girl Walks Into a BarCamilla

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2001Hysteria - The Def Leppard StoryLorelei ShellistTelevision movie
2004LuckySarah1 episode
2005Punk'dHerself1 episode
2011–2012, 2013-2014[9]RevengeLydia DavisTV series; Recurring role, 13 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amber Valletta Biography (1974–)
  2. ^ Lee, Helen (11 April 2007). "Vogue’s ‘World’s Next Top Models’ cover". SassyBella.com. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Shauna Sand Gets Estranged Hubby Arrested". Gossip Girls. 2008-11-26. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  4. ^ riday, September 02, 2011 ABC Television Network PRESS RELEASE - ENTERTAINMENT - REVENGE: Pilot - PREMIERE
  5. ^ Celebrity Supporters: Amber Valletta, Actress, Activist, Oceana
  6. ^ "Amber Valletta: Marks & Spencer's latest top model". Telegraph. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Molly Lopez (February 16, 2005). "Amber Valletta". People.com. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ Maggie Bullock (October 28, 2009). "Fashion Spotlight: Amber Valletta". ELLE. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ Amber Valletta is Returning to 'Revenge'

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Preceded by
Cindy Crawford
Host of House of Style
1995–96 (co-host with Shalom Harlow)
Succeeded by
Daisy Fuentes