Olivia Wilde

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Olivia Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn on March 10, 1984) is an Irish-American actress. Coming from a family of journalists, she began acting in the early 2000s, and has since appeared in a number of film and television parts, including her roles on the series The O.C., The Black Donnellys, and House.
Olivia Wilde Wilde was born in New York City. Her mother, Leslie (née Corkhill Redlich), is a 60 Minutes producer and journalist, and her father, Andrew Cockburn, is an Irish journalist, as are her uncles Alexander and Patrick, all of whom are contributors to the political websote CounterPunch.org. Her paternal grandfather was the British novelist and journalist Claud Cockburn.
Wilde has said that as a result of her family background, she has a “strong journalistic streak”, being “really critical and analytical”.She has wanted to become an actress since the age of two. Wilde attended Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C., as well as Phillips Academy, and subsequently moved to Dublin, Ireland, where she attended The Gaiety School of Acting. She initially began working as a casting assistant.
Wilde has appeared in the films The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog, Conversations with Other Women and Turistas. She became known for her recurring role on The O.C. as the bisexual character Alex Kelly. She has also appeared in the Dashboard Confessional music video for “Stolen” and was heavily considered to play Bond girl Vesper Lynd in the 21st Bond film Casino Royale; Eva Green eventually won the role. In 2005, Wilde was ranked #61 on Maxim magazine’s Hot 100. She was also ranked #95 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2006.
She was one of the key models in Abercrombie & Fitch’s “Rising Stars” campaign in summer of 2004.
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In 2007, Wilde was a part of the ensemble cast of the shortly lived NBC midseason drama The Black Donnellys. Her character, Jenny Reilly, was the lone principal female character in the series following the lives of an Irish-American family tied to organized crime in New York City. Also in 2007, Wilde will appear in the play Beauty on the Vine, a political thriller scheduled to premiere in late April and run until June; Wilde will play three different characters.

Olivia Wilde pic 2 Wilde has also joined the cast of the FOX medical drama House in fall 2007 playing a young doctor called “Thirteen” who will work closely with Dr. House. According to E!, she has signed on as a regular on the show.

Wilde is also slated to be the Female lead in the movie titled “TR2N” which is a remake of Tron.

The New York Observer has described Wilde as having a “throaty voice” and the “wide, teal-eyed charisma of Hollywood in the days of yore”. She has cited Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener and Robin Wright Penn as acting inspirations, and also admires playwright Eve Ensler and director and actor Woody Allen.
Wilde married prince Tao Ruspoli, a filmmaker and photographer, on June 7, 2003. Wilde has dual citizenship between the United States and Ireland. Wilde is a natural blonde and has stated that people have been “shocked” that she is a blonde but that “I wasn’t stupid”.

 

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