BiographyKristen Anne Bell was born near Detroit, Michigan, on July 18, 1980. Like her former character Veronica Mars, Kristen Bell knows what it's like to come from a broken home: Her parents split when she was just two years old.
Her mother started checking out modeling agencies after several people said her daughter would look great in pictures. Before her 13th birthday, Kristen Bell had an agent and began to appear in newspaper advertisements for several Detroit retailers, including Kmart. In little time, these snowballed into TV commercials and private acting lessons.
Before she graduated from a Catholic high school near the Motor City, she sang as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. After graduation, Kristen Bell headed to the Big Apple to attend the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Just three years later, in 2001, she made her Broadway debut as Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. In 2002, she appeared on Broadway in The Crucible, opposite Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.
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Kristen Bell took her act to Los Angeles and scored a few guest-starring roles, appearing on Everwood, American Dreams and The Shield in 2003. In 2004, she was in the cable film Gracie's Choice, playing a girl forced to help raise her sickly siblings while her mother tries to overcome a drug addiction. That same year, Kristen Bell played the president's kidnapped daughter in director David Mamet's thriller Spartan.
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Then, Veronica Mars came along with the role that thrust Kristen Bell into stardom. Veronica was a 17-year-old high school student who went from "in crowd" to outcast almost overnight. The show ran from September 2004 to May 2007.
In 2005, Kristen Bell was cast as Mary in the Showtime version of Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, a role she had already played onstage. That same year, she also appeared in the big-screen hits Deepwater and The Receipt.
2006 was an equally busy year for Kristen Bell, as she added the flicks Roman, Pulse and Fifty Pills to her resume.
kristen bell is named no. 59 in 2008 top 99 Kristen Bell's TV stints filled 2007. She became the narrator on the hit show Gossip Girl and she also landed the role of Elle Bishop on the wildly popular TV drama Heroes. You might think that the flame that is Hayden Panettiere would outshine all who stand next to her, but Kristen added her own touch that acted as a beacon for red-blooded men the world over. As if her relatively small but crucial role on the ensemble show Heroes wasn't enough, 2008 also saw Kristen complete work on the Star Wars-driven Fanboys and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a romantic comedy.
And all her hard work paid off when she was voted AskMen.com's No. 59 Most Desirable Women of 2008.
kristen bell in serious moonlightAlthough Kristen Bell's Elle Bishop has been killed off on the Heroes series, her plate was still very full. In 2009, she starred in the comedy Serious Moonlight with Meg Ryan. Her upcoming roles in the dramatic romantic comedy When in Rome with Will Arnett and Josh Duhamel, and the comedy Couples Retreat with Vince Vaughn and Malin Akerman will no doubt solidify Kristen's position as a serious big screen actress, or at least we think so. Kristen Bell jumped from No. 59 on our 2008 edition of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women list to No. 9 on our 2009 iteration.