Diora Baird

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Diora Baird
Diora Baird.jpg
Diora Baird in 2003
Born (1983-04-06) April 6, 1983 (age 31)
Miami, Florida, United States
Years active 2004–present
Partner(s) Jonathan Togo 1 child[1]

Diora Lynn Baird (born April 6, 1983)[2] is an American actress and former model for Guess? who has appeared in films such as Wedding Crashers (2005) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006).

Early life[edit]

Baird was born in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida. Her mother was also a model.[2] She got into acting when her mother enrolled her in an acting class to help her overcome introversion.[2] Later, she became vice president of her school's Thespian Society.[2] At the age of 17, she moved to Los Angeles in hope of pursuing an acting career.[2] To earn money while auditioning, she worked at The Gap as well as a clown at children's parties, caterer, waitress and pre-school teacher until breaking into the modeling industry, most notably with Guess?.[2] Her exposure increased considerably with an appearance on the cover of the August 2005 issue of Playboy magazine.[3][4] She is signed to Elite Model Management in Miami.[5]

Career[edit]

In 2004, Baird also started earning acting roles, such as a guest appearance on the Drew Carey Show and in the low budget film Brain Blockers. Her breakthrough appearance in a major film was in Wedding Crashers in 2005, which she followed up with roles in Accepted and Hot Tamale. In 2006, she appeared in four films, most notably a major role in the horror prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. In 2009, Baird portrayed an Orion Starfleet officer in Star Trek directed by J. J. Abrams but was cut from the final version of the film. She can be seen in the deleted scenes of the home video release.[6]

Baird had featured photo spreads in several magazines including Playboy, FHM, Stuff, Maxim (in which she was ranked #76 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list,[7] #64 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list,[8] #76 on the Maxim Magazine Hot 100 of 2011 list,[9] the #17 spot on FHM's top 100 2010, and the #40 spot in 2011),[10] Toro and Esquire (UK).[11] She lent her voice to the Scarface video game as one of Tony Montana's possible girlfriends.[12]

Baird has also guest starred in episodes of Big Day, Shark, The Loop, and Two and a Half Men (the 2009 episode "She'll Still Be Dead At Halftime"). She starred in the movie 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, directed by Ben Ketai,[13] which is produced by Columbia Pictures and Ghost House Pictures.[14] Baird stars also in the FEARnet webseries Tea Party Massacre, which is part of the series Women in Horror Month.[15] She also starred in the 2009 comedy Stan Helsing.

She starred in a couple of videos for the Funny or Die website, including one with Garfunkel and Oates called "Go Running with Chicken" and "Sexy Dark Ages" with Robert Englund.[16] She starred in another web video with the comedic duo called "This Party Took a Turn for the Douche". In 2010, she appeared in Night of the Demons. In February 2011, she starred in a short musical film called Howlin' for You for the band The Black Keys.[17]

Her latest film Transit was released in January 2012. She co-starred in the 2012 Canadian film "Concrete Blondes".

Personal life[edit]

Baird and her boyfriend Jonathan Togo had a son on December 12, 2012.[18][19]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show Valerie TV series, episode "Drew Thinks Inside the Box"
2005 Wedding Crashers Vivian
2006 Hot Tamale Tuesday Blackwell
2006 Bachelor Party Vegas Penelope Direct-to-video
2006 Fifty Pills Tiffany
2006 Accepted Kiki
2006 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, TheThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Bailey
2006–2007 Big Day Kristin TV series, 3 episodes:
"Boobzilla"
"Last Chance to Marry Jane"
"The Ceremony"
2007 Brain Blockers Suzi Klein Direct-to-video
2007 Shark Nina Lange TV series, episode "Fall from Grace"
2007 Loop, TheThe Loop Cara TV series, 2 episodes:
"Windows"
"The Phantom"
2007 Young People Fucking Jamie
2008 My Best Friend's Girl Rachel
2009 Two and a Half Men Wanda TV series, episode "She'll Still Be Dead at Halftime"
2009 Robot Chicken Fantasia / Spanish Woman / Woman / Lady / Girl (voice) TV series, episodes:
"Please Do Not Notify Our Contractors"
"Especially the Animal Keith Crofford"
2009 Gary Unmarried Redhead TV series, episode "Gary Shoots Fish in a Barrel"
2009 Accidentally on Purpose Andrea TV series, episode "The Love Guru"
2009 Stan Helsing Nadine
2009 Star Trek 'wrong' Orion girl scene deleted[6]
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine Mrs. Steelman
2010 Law and Order: SVU Lainie McCallum TV series, episode "Witness"
2010 Let the Game Begin Kate
2010 30 Days of Night: Dark Days Amber Direct-to-video
2009 Night of the Demons Lily Thompson
2010 Love Shack LaCienga Torrez
2011 Howlin' for You Kelsopher Short film by The Black Keys
2011 Last Call Janine
2011 Psych Nicole TV series, episode "The Tao of Gus"[20]
2012 Transit Arielle
2012 Bent Natalie TV series, episode "Smitten"
2012 Cheat Day Herself Short film by Alex Montilla [21]
2012-2013 Shameless Meg TV series, 4 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://stephanievovas.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/new-work-of-the-beautiful-and-expecting-diora-baird/
  2. ^ a b c d e f Baird at Maxim.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Model of the Week". Askmen.com. April 2007. 
  4. ^ Miska, Brad (October 2005). "Texas Chainsaw Massacre Prequel: Star Diora Baird". Defamer.com. 
  5. ^ Diora Baird's Elite Management Profile
  6. ^ a b Baird Star Trek deleted scene. Diorabairdhq.com (2009-10-31). Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
  7. ^ Maximm Hot 100 2007. Maxim.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
  8. ^ Maxim Hot 100 2008. Maxim.com (2007-09-24). Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
  9. ^ Maxim. "2011 Hot 100". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  10. ^ AdTech Ad FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2010.Fhm.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
  11. ^ FHM. "FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  12. ^ Stahie, Silviu (May 2006). "'Scarface: The World Is Yours' Signs Five Hollywood Beauties". Softpedia. 
  13. ^ "'30 Days of Night Dark Days' Officially Announced", October 22, 2009 Bloody-discusting.com. Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
  14. ^ BD's Got Your '30 Days of Night: Dark Days' Casting!. Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
  15. ^ Creepy, Uncle. (2010-01-28) You're Invited to a Tea Party Macabre. Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
  16. ^ Diora Baird Funny or Die profile page. Funnyordie.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
  17. ^ "Video - The Black Keys "Howlin’ For You"". Kroq.radio.com. 2011-02-11. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  18. ^ "Someone FINALLY decided to make his grand entrance into the world...". Diora Baird official Twitter. December 12, 2012. 
  19. ^ "We'd like to congratulate Diora Baird on giving birth". Official Facebook of the movie Concrete Blondes. December 12, 2012. 
  20. ^ "The Tao of Gus". USA Network. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  21. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2445734/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_1

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