A Chilean actress and model, Leonor Varela is most popular for her role in the television film Cleopatra and a film titled Blade II, for her role as the vampire princess. She was born in Santiago, Chile, to Leonor Pilme-Keller, who was a massage therapist and Francisco Varela Garcia, who was a biologist and cognitive neuroscientist. Her mother belonged to a family of French, Hungarian and Syrian heritage. She has a sister and two brothers. Her family had to flee from Chile when a military regime took over the place. Although her parents returned to Chile in the 1980s, she remained in Paris where she was studying acting at Niels Arestrup School, L'École du Passage, and Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris. She made her debut into films with a role in Pony Trek in 1995.

She then appeared in Shooting Stars in 1997. However, she started gaining fame only after her performance in Tic Tac Click to look into! >> Read More... , a television soap opera. She had appeared in several televisions series before she landed the lead role in the television film Cleopatra, in 1999. In 2001, she acted in The Traitor of Panama and Texas Rangers, followed by Blade II in 2002. She was also starring in a recurring role in Arrested Development, a Fox Television series. Her role in Innocent Voices, a 2004 film, got her nominated for the Ariel Award in 2005 for Best Actress. Consequently, she appeared in Americano and Goal II - Living the dream, as well as in television series Dallas in 2012. Leonor got engaged to her Cleopatra co-star Billy Zane.

She had her first son with Lucas Akoskin Lucas Akoskin was born on 25 April 1979 in Buenos >> Read More... in 2012 and had a daughter recently in February 2015. She is a vegetarian and a marine life activist, with special concern for the welfare of the whales.

Rene Russo

From a fashion model to a BAFTA award winner, Rene Marie Russo has come a long way. She was born on 17th February 1954 in Burbank, California, United States. Her parents were simple workers who worked hard to run their home. Her father, Nino Russo, who was a car mechanic, left her mother, Shirley, a barmaid, her sister, Toni and her when she was just two years old. Her mother did all she could to give her children a decent life. She attended Burroughs High school but dropped it when she was in tenth grade to help her family. She also did work at an eyeglass factory and as a movie cashier. She is an American beauty. She was signed up by Ford Modeling Agency and started her career as a fashion model in 1970s, during which, she appeared multiple times on the cover pages of Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazines. In the 1980s, she got a golden chance to turn her career towards acting and since then, she has never looked back. In the 1990s, she starred in many of the heavily budgeted flicks. She debuted on television with a short- lived ABC television series, Sable. She is also a producer and director side by side being an actress. She did small theater roles in theaters of California and Los Angeles. ‘Major League’ was her debut movie which came in 1989. She has also acted in flicks like ‘Mr. Destiny’ which released in 1990. Her film ‘ One Good Cop’ came in the year 1991. She has also played lead roles in blockbuster films like ‘Tin Cup, Get Shorty, Ransom, Lethal Weapon 3’ and many more. Rene has done vital roles in many great movies. She played the part of Frigga in two super hit Thor movies (2011 and 2013) and in 2014, she garnered a lot of appreciation. Rene has garnered a BAFTA award for best actress in supporting role for her work in crime thriller ‘Nightcrawler’. Her latest movie released on 25 September 2015 was a comedy movie named The Intern. She has been married to Dan Gilroy, a screenwriter, since 14 March 1992. They have a daughter named Rose, who was born in 1993. They all live in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. Rene’s sister Toni got married to lyricist Bernie Taupin in 1980s, and the two sisters featured together in a video for a solo song by Taupin in 1987.

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Rene Russo English Actress