Ali Landry

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Ali Landry
Beauty pageant titleholder
Ali Landry 2.jpg
Landry at the 16th Annual MovieGuide Faith and Values Awards Gala
Born Ali Germaine Landry
(1973-07-21) July 21, 1973 (age 41)
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Louisiana Teen USA 1990
Miss Louisiana USA 1996
Miss USA 1996
Major
competition(s)
Miss Teen USA 1990
(Top 12)
Miss USA 1996
(Winner)
(Miss Photogenic)
Miss Universe 1996
(Top 6)
Spouse Mario Lopez (m. 2004; annulled 2004)
Alejandro Gomez Monteverde (m. 2006)
Children 3

Ali Germaine Landry[1] (born July 21, 1973) is an American former Miss USA (1996), model and actress. She is perhaps best known as the Doritos Girl from her 1998 Super Bowl commercial, for her portrayal of Rita Lefleur on the UPN sitcom Eve, and for being the winner of the Miss USA 1996 pageant. In 1998, she was named by People magazine as one of 50 most beautiful people in the world.[2]

Early life[edit]

Landry grew up in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, the daughter of Renella (Ray) and Gene Allen Landry.[3] Breaux Bridge is referred to as part of "Acadiana", Cajun country. Landry is of French (Cajun) descent.[4][5] She attended Cecilia High School, graduating in 1991. In high school, she was captain of the cheerleaders. She attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and majored in mass communication. She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.

Pageantry[edit]

Her first foray into pageantry came in 1990 when she was crowned Miss Louisiana Teen USA. She represented Louisiana in the 1990 Miss Teen USA pageant held in Biloxi, Mississippi in July 1990, where she placed first in the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions, but was ranked seventh during the final competition and couldn't reach the final 6.

In 1995, Landry won the 1996 Miss Louisiana USA title, becoming the first former Miss Louisiana Teen USA to win the Miss crown. She went on to compete in the 1996 Miss USA pageant, which was broadcast live from South Padre Island, Texas in February 1996 – she placed third highest after the preliminary competition and second highest on average during the final Top 10 competition. She was the highest placed of the Top 6 finalists and eventually went on to win the 1996 title.

She is the first former Miss Teen USA delegate to actually win the Miss USA crown (her predecessor Shanna Moakler, previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA, Miss New York USA and first runner-up to Miss USA Chelsi Smith, only inherited the title after Smith became Miss Universe).

Landry competed in the 1996 Miss Universe pageant held in Las Vegas in May that year. She placed first in the preliminary competition and was ranked second in the evening gown and interview events during the final competition. She was second going into the next round of six delegates, but she was eliminated after the judges' questions.

Until 1999, Landry was the only former Miss Teen USA delegate to compete at Miss Universe. Her record at all three pageants was not surpassed until 2000 when Miss USA 2000, Lynnette Cole made the top 5 at all three pageants.

Post pageants[edit]

Landry has done much modeling for photographers and magazines. As a spokeswoman for the Doritos chips brand, she appeared in celebrated TV commercials airing during the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Super Bowl football games. She was named by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world in 1998.[6] Her house was featured on E!'s celebrity homes and on MTV's Cribs. She has been listed as one of FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World numerous times. She was twice named on Stuff Magazine's 100 Sexiest Women list. Askmen.com has named her one of the 50 Most Beautiful Women and 99 Most Desirable Women in the World.

In 2002, she hosted the second season of the hidden-camera series Spy TV. From 2003 to 2006, she was a regular cast member of the UPN sitcom Eve.

Landry has participated in the show Fear Factor and was runner-up. She is an avid athlete and also participated in the Boston Marathon.

Currently, she hosts the English and Spanish-language versions of Spotlight to Nightlight, an interview show on Yahoo where she talks with celebrity mothers about parenting issues. She also launched a lifestyle line, Belle Parish in 2009. Belle Parish launched with a children's clothing line in September 2009 and will be in stores Spring 2010. The line is inspired by her Southern upbringing and the keepsake items her mother saved from her childhood.

Landry will be starring in (and is the executive producer of) TV Guide Network's upcoming show, Hollywood Moms' Club, which airs in November 2011.[7] For the year 2012 she'll be the new face and spokesmodel of Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula, following in the footsteps of celeb moms Samantha Harris and Laila Ali who've previously posed for Palmer's.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Landry met actor and TV personality Mario Lopez when he presented the Miss Teen USA 1998 pageant and she was a commentator. They were engaged during the summer of 2003 and married on April 24, 2004, in a Roman Catholic ceremony in front of 50 guests at the exclusive Las Alamandas resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.[9] Two weeks later she had the marriage annulled over infidelities by Lopez during the relationship.[9][10]

She married film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde on April 8, 2006 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.[11][12] They have three children: daughter Estela Ines (born July 2007),[13] and sons Marcelo Alejandro (born October 2011)[14][15] and Valentin Francesco (born July 2013).[16] Valentin's middle name was inspired by Pope Francis, as Landry and Monteverde met him while she was pregnant and he blessed the baby.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Landry and her husband Alejandro Monteverde made the film Bella together. Bella was directed by Monteverde and was produced by their business partners Sean Wolfington, Eduardo Verastegui, Leo Severino, and Denise Pinckley.[17] Monteverde and the filmmakers received honors for Bella from the Toronto Film Festival, the Smithsonian and the White House. The Smithsonian Latino Center honored Monteverde with their "Legacy Award".[18]

The director of the Department of Citizenship also gave Monteverde the "American by Choice" award for Bella's positive contribution to Latino art and culture in the U.S.[19]

US President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush saw the film and invited Monteverde to sit with Laura Bush in her private box during the annual State of the Union speech in 2007.[20]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Beautiful Belindy Lindbrook
2001 Soulkeeper Red Head
2002 Repli-Kate Kate / Repli-Kate
2002 Outta Time Bella
2004 Who's Your Daddy? Elissa Bauer Video
2006 Bella Celia
2011 Me Again April
2011 Crescendo I Teacher Short film
2015 Little Boy Eva Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Clueless Masseur #1 - Tiffany Episode: "Sharing Cher"
1997 Sunset Beach Kenzie (uncredited) 4 episodes
1997 Conan the Adventurer Raina Episode: "The Ruby Fruit Forest"
1998 Prime Time Comedy Host TV movie
1998 Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the Beautiful Amur Episode: "1.2730"
1998 Significant Others Gorgeous Woman Episode: "Pilot"
1998-2000 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Teri 9 episodes
1999 Popular Heather Episode: "Mo' Menace, Mo' Problems"
1999 Malcolm & Eddie Kellie Bradford Episode: "Won't Power"
2000 Two Guys and a Girl Girl at Laundromat Episode: "Bridesmaid Revisited"
2000 Felicity Natalie 4 episodes
2001 Farmclub.com Host TV series
2001 Inside Schwartz Anne Episode: "Event Night"
2003 Fastlane Hillary Episode: "Dosed"
Episode: "Iced"
2003-2006 Eve Rita Lefleur 66 episodes
2008 Criminal Minds Kaylee Robinson Episode: "Masterpiece"

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.alilandry.org/ali-landry-bioghraphy
  2. ^ "Ali Landry," People, May 11, 1998.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Origin of Ali Landry
  5. ^ Christine Fontana (March 1, 2006). "Ali Landry". neworleanscitybusiness.com. Retrieved November 21, 2009. "Born in Breaux Bridge, Landry is a Cajun girl at heart" [dead link]
  6. ^ AliLandry.info – The Official Website of Ali Landry
  7. ^ "Inside Allison Sweeney and Ali Landry's Hollywood Moms' Club!". US magazine. August 6, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  8. ^ "See Ali Landry's Bare Baby Bump". Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Mark Armstrong, Ulrica Wihlborg (May 12, 2004). "Landry, Lopez Split After 2-Week Marriage". People. Archived from the original on July 29, 2010. Retrieved September 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Annulment Information". AskMen.com. 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2007. 
  11. ^ abc.com (February 5, 2007). "In Style: Celebrity Weddings". ABC. Archived from the original on March 17, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  12. ^ Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna (April 9, 2006). "Ali Landry Weds in Mexico". People Magazine. Retrieved March 19, 2007. 
  13. ^ Former Doritos Girl Ali Landry Has a Daughter – Birth, Ali Landry : People.com
  14. ^ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20530609,00.html
  15. ^ http://celebritybabies.people.com/2011/10/10/ali-landry-welcomes-son-marcelo-alejandro/
  16. ^ a b "Ali Landry Welcomes Son Valentin Francesco". People Magazine. July 11, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  17. ^ Hollywood Reporter
  18. ^ Aaron Glickman (March 13, 2007). "SmithsonianHonorsBella". SocialMiami.com. Retrieved March 16, 2007. 
  19. ^ Aaron Glickman (March 1, 2007). "Bella Producer Sean Wolfington". SocialMiami.com. Archived from the original on March 6, 2007. Retrieved March 16, 2007. 
  20. ^ Tomas C. (January 25, 2007). "PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH INVITED MEXICAN FILM DIRECTOR ALEJANDRO MONTEVERDE TO SIT IN THE FIRST LADY’S BOX DURING HIS STATE OF UNION ADDRESS, AS AN EXAMPLE OF THE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS OF IMMIGRANTS TO AMERICAN SOCIETY". HispanicTips.com. Retrieved March 16, 2007. 

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