Diora Baird in 2003
April 6, 1983 |
Miami, Florida, United States
Diora Lynn Baird (born April 6, 1983) 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 
Baird was born in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida. Her mother was also a model. She got into acting when her mother enrolled her in an acting class to help her overcome introversion. Later, she became vice president of her school's Thespian Society. At the age of 17, she moved to Los Angeles in hope of pursuing an acting career. 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 in to the modeling industry, most notably with Guess?. Her exposure increased considerably with an appearance on the cover of the August 2005 issue of Playboy magazine. She is signed to Elite Model Management in Miami.
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.
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, #64 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list, #76 on the Maxim Magazine Hot 100 of 2011 list, as well as scoring the #17 spot on FHM's top 100 2010, and the #40 spot in 2011), Toro and Esquire (UK). She lent her voice to the Scarface video game as one of Tony Montana's possible girlfriends.
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, which is produced by Columbia Pictures and Ghost House Pictures. Baird stars also in the FEARnet webseries Tea Party Massacre, which is part of the series Women in Horror Month. 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. 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.
Her latest film Transit was released in January 2012.
|2004||The Drew Carey Show||Valerie||TV series, episode "Drew Thinks Inside the Box"|
|2006||Hot Tamale||Tuesday Blackwell|
|2006||Bachelor Party Vegas||Penelope||Direct-to-video|
|2006||The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning||Bailey|
|2006–2007||Big Day||Kristin||TV series, 3 episodes:
"Last Chance to Marry Jane"
|2007||Brain Blockers||Suzi Klein||Direct-to-video|
|2007||Shark||Nina Lange||TV series, episode "Fall from Grace"|
|2007||The Loop||Cara||TV series, 2 episodes:
|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||Star Trek||'wrong' Orion girl||scene deleted|
|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||Psych||Nicole||TV series, episode "The Tao of Gus"|
|2012||Bent||Natalie||TV series, episode "Smitten"|
|2012-2013||Shameless||Meg||TV series, 4 episodes|
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- Baird at Maxim.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.[dead link]
- "Model of the Week". Askmen.com. April 2007.
- Miska, Brad (October 2005). "Texas Chainsaw Massacre Prequel: Star Diora Baird". Defamer.com.
- Diora Baird's Elite Management Profile
- Baird Star Trek deleted scene. Diorabairdhq.com (2009-10-31). Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
- Maximm Hot 100 2007. Maxim.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
- Maxim Hot 100 2008. Maxim.com (2007-09-24). Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
- Maxim. "2011 Hot 100". Retrieved 4 August 2011.
- AdTech Ad FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2010.Fhm.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
- FHM. "FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011". Retrieved 4 August 2011.
- Stahie, Silviu (May 2006). "'Scarface: The World Is Yours' Signs Five Hollywood Beauties". Softpedia.
- "'30 Days of Night Dark Days' Officially Announced", October 22, 2009 Bloody-discusting.com. Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
- BD's Got Your '30 Days of Night: Dark Days' Casting!. Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
- Creepy, Uncle. (2010-01-28) You're Invited to a Tea Party Macabre. Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
- Diora Baird Funny or Die profile page. Funnyordie.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.
- "Video - The Black Keys "Howlin’ For You"". Kroq.radio.com. 2011-02-11. Retrieved 2012-11-15.
- "The Tao of Gus". USA Network. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
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