Jordan Ladd

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Jordan Ladd
Jordan Ladd cropped.jpg
Ladd at the premiere of Grindhouse, March 2007.
BornJordan Elizabeth Ladd
(1975-01-14) January 14, 1975 (age 39)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationActress
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Conor O'Neill (2001–2005)
 
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Jordan Ladd
Jordan Ladd cropped.jpg
Ladd at the premiere of Grindhouse, March 2007.
BornJordan Elizabeth Ladd
(1975-01-14) January 14, 1975 (age 39)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationActress
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Conor O'Neill (2001–2005)

Jordan Elizabeth Ladd (born January 14, 1975) is an American scream queen actress, who has appeared in several horror films. She began taking small film roles before landing her first high-profile role in Never Been Kissed (1999). Since then, Ladd has portrayed supporting as well as lead roles in films, including Cabin Fever (2002), Club Dread (2004), and Death Proof (2007). She has also earned acclaim for her lead role in the horror film Grace (2009).

Early life and family[edit]

Ladd was born in Hollywood, California, the daughter of Charlie's Angels star Cheryl Ladd and David Ladd, a producer and former actor. Her parents divorced in 1980. Her paternal grandfather was actor Alan Ladd,[1] and her paternal grandmother was Sue Carol (née Evelyn Lederer), a Hollywood talent agent and actress. She has a stepsister, Lindsay Russell, an aspiring actress. Her cousin is Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Ashley Marie. She attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas for one year before dropping out.

Career[edit]

At the age of two, Ladd began appearing in commercials. Her first commercial was for Polaroid. She began acting in film and television while in school, working with her mother in films such as The Girl Who Came Between Them (1990) and Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back (1993). After graduating high school, she took up acting professionally.

In 1994, she guest appeared in the NBC series Saved by the Bell: The New Class episode "The Return of Screech", and followed that appearance with a role opposite Alyssa Milano in the horror-thriller feature Embrace of the Vampire. She was going to play the role of Amy Blue in the teen drama film The Doom Generation (1995), until her mother vetoed her playing the role at the last minute. She spent the majority of the 1990s appearing in a variety of independent films, including Inside Out, Nowhere, Stand-ins, and Taking the Plunge. In 1999, she landed her first high-profile role as a popular teenager who tortures Drew Barrymore's character in the teen comedy Never Been Kissed, during its filming, Barrymore – who also produced the film – asked Ladd if she would like to appear in her film adaptation of Charlie's Angels (2000), but Ladd turned it down.[2] She was voted one of the "100 Sexiest Women In The World" by Stuff magazine.[citation needed]

She appeared in The Specials (2000), a comedy about a group of superheroes on their day off; in the film she played a neurotic named Nightbird. That year, she had the starring role as an actress who vying for an Academy Award in E! first original film Best Actress. Ladd established herself as an independent film actress, appearing in Boys Life 3 and David Lynch's short film Darkened Room.[2] She starred as the lead role in Eli Roth's 2002 horror film Cabin Fever, which was a moderate success at the box office. In 2004, she won the role of Penelope in the horror film Club Dread, and starred in the direct-to-video horror Madhouse. Ladd appeared opposite Anna Faris, Ryan Reynolds, and Justin Long in the independent romantic comedy Waiting..., which opened in the U.S. on October 7, 2005.

After a small role in the film Inland Empire (2006), she was cast as Shanna in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, a segment of the film Grindhouse.[3] She won acclaim for her performance as the character Madeline Matheson in the horror film Grace. It was screened at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[4] In 2010, she starred as Cynthia in Wishing Well, a made-for-television film about a journalist from New York City who gets sent to a small town in Illinois to report on a legendary wishing well.[5] She also stars in a project entitled First Dates, playing the character Joanna.

Personal life[edit]

She married her longtime boyfriend, singer-songwriter Conor O'Neill, in 2001. They met on a blind date.[citation needed] The couple divorced in July 2005.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1994Embrace of the VampireEliza
1997Inside OutSummer
NowhereAlyssa
Stand-insMonica-Bette Davis
1999Taking the Plunge
Never Been KissedGibby Zerefski
2000Specials, TheThe SpecialsNightbird/Shelly
Boys Life 3SummerShort film
2001PuzzledSkye
2002Crazy Little ThingDanaAlso known as The Perfect You
Darkened RoomGirl 1
Cabin FeverKaren
2004Club DreadPenelopeAlso known as Broken Lizard's Club Dread
JunkedNikki
MadhouseSaraDirect-to-video
Dog Gone LoveArianna
2005Waiting...Danielle
2006Inland EmpireTerri
2007Hostel: Part IIStephanie
GrindhouseShannaDeath Proof segment
2009GraceMadeline Matheson
2011Last Best Place, TheThe Last Best PlaceWendypre-production
2012AwakenRachel Arai
2014Down AngelSara/Kelly Winters
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1978Charlie's Angelsyoung Kris Monroe in flashbacksEpisode "Angel on my Mind"
1990Girl Who Came Between Them, TheThe Girl Who Came Between ThemWaitressTV movie
1993Broken Promises: Taking Emily BackWaitressTV movie
1994Love StreetBordello PlayerEpisode "Bordello"
1994Saved by the Bell: The New ClassDebbieEpisode "The Return of Screech"
1997Weapons of Mass DistractionLetitiaTV movie
1997Total SecurityFiona RichardsEpisode "One Wedding and a Funeral"
1998Every Mother's Worst FearMartha HoaglandTV movie
2000Best ActressAmber LyonsTV movie
2000Deadly Look of Love, TheThe Deadly Look of LoveJanet FlandersTV movie
2001Six Feet UnderGinnieEpisode "An Open Book"
2005–2007Robot ChickenVarious characters5 episodes
2007It Was One Of UsAvis MonroeTV movie
2009The Wishing WellCynthia TamerlineTV movie

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