Alexandra Paul

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Alexandra Paul
Alexandra Paul Photo.jpg
Alexandra Paul in 2012
Born Alexandra Elizabeth Paul
(1963-07-29) July 29, 1963 (age 50)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Ian Murray (2000-present)
Website
Official website

Alexandra Elizabeth Paul (born July 29, 1963) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Lt. Stephanie Holden in the television series Baywatch from 1992–97. She has starred in over 70 movies and television programs.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Paul was born in New York City, and was one of the three children (specifically, one of the two identical-twin daughters--see below) of Sarah, a social worker, and Mark Paul, an investment banker.[2] Paul is married to triathlon coach Ian Murray and has competed in triathlons.

Alexandra's identical twin sister, Caroline Paul, became one of the first women to join the San Francisco Fire Department and later wrote a memoir, titled Fighting Fire: A Personal Story, about her experiences. Her younger brother Jonathan Paul, a lifelong eco-animal activist, was released in 2011 from a federal prison after a 4 year 3 month sentence for the 1997 arson of a horse slaughterhouse.[3] Alexandra, educated at the Cornwall Consolidated School in Connecticut, was first in her 8th grade class there. She went to Groton School in high school and graduated with honors.

Acting career[edit]

Alexandra has starred in over 70 films and television shows. Apart from Baywatch, Paul is known for movies such as Paper Dolls (1982) with Daryl Hannah, Christine (1983), based on the book by Stephen King; the bicycle-racing film American Flyers (1985) with Kevin Costner and the film parody of the classic television series Dragnet starring Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd. She has also hosted non-fiction TV shows, including WE's Winning Women and a southern California local environmentalism show, Earth Talk Today.

She made a cameo appearance in Borat in a deleted scene parodying her Baywatch role. She remains in the DVD specials.

Alexandra has starred in 2 films with Pierce Brosnan, Death Train and Nightwatch. She played Andy Garcia's and Jeff Bridges' lover in Eight Million Ways to Die, directed by Hal Ashby. Since 1999, she has starred in 14 films for Lifetime Network. She has also starred in the Fox TV series Fire Company 132 and appeared in the last 8 episodes of Melrose Place. She guest starred on the TV series Mad Men in 2008.

Paul co-wrote and co-produced two documentaries: Jampacked, a documentary on the world population crisis, and The Cost of Cool: Finding Happiness in a Materialistic World. Jampacked received a Bronze Apple Award and first place recognition at the EarthVision Environmental Film and Video Festival. The Cost of Cool won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. In 2011, she was a spokesperson for the Chevy Volt, a plug in car. Alexandra has been driving electric cars since 1990, and was featured in the documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car", most notably getting arrested.

Athletic Achievements[edit]

Paul is a competitive endurance athlete. She competed at the 1997 Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, a 2.44-mile (3.93 km) swim, 112-mile (180 km) bike ride, and 42.195-kilometre (26.219 mi) marathon, which she completed in 13:18:52. In 2004, Alexandra competed in the Bonaire 10k race, a 6-mile (9.7 km) swim off the island of Bonaire. In 2006, she raced in the Maui Channel Crossing, a 10-mile (16 km) swim from the Hawaiian island of Lanai to Maui. In August 2009, she participated in a Fiji swim from Denarau to Beachcomber Island, an 11-mile (18 km) race. In June, 2012, she swam 12.5 miles around Key West in just under 6 hours.

Political activism[edit]

Paul is a dedicated environmental and political activist. She is a vegan. In 1997, the United Nations honored her for her work on overpopulation, after she spoke to thousands of LA schoolchildren on the issue through a curriculum she designed. In 2005, Alexandra was named "Activist of the Year" by the ACLU of Southern California. She composts and recycles.[citation needed] She has traveled to Nicaragua with a medical aid group and to South Africa to register voters, and has been registering voters weekly since 1988.

In 2006, Paul donated $250 to the Ned Lamont campaign against Joe Lieberman, because Lieberman supports the war in Iraq.[4] She supported Representative Dennis Kucinich for President and had donated $2,300 to his campaign, the maximum allowable.

Paul is a founding board member of Plug In America, an advocacy group supporting the development and promotion of electric cars. She is also active with Population Media Center and a supporter of many animal rights organizations. An article on her veganism appeared on the PETA website in 2011.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baywatch Nights'Baywatch's model keeps a lookout for not-so-wholesome role". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  2. ^ "Alexandra Paul Biography (1963-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  3. ^ Paul, Alexandra. My brother is in prison. He is my hero.... Retrieved 2012-05-10
  4. ^ Home - The Advocate[dead link]

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