Hayley Marie Norman

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Hayley Marie Norman
Born (1989-03-03) March 3, 1989 (age 25)[1]
Agoura Hills, California, U.S.
Education American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Occupation Actress/Model
Years active 2001—present

Hayley Marie Norman (born March 3, 1989[1]) is an American actress and model. She first came to public attention as case model #25 on NBC's game show Deal or No Deal, where she stood out as one of the most recognizable briefcase models[2] and became a fan favorite due to her energetic and outgoing personality as well as her curly hair.[3] She has appeared in numerous films including Fired Up, Hancock, Trailer Park of Terror, and Norbit. Aside from features films, she has also landed roles on several television shows including the Starz cable network series Crash in which she acted opposite Dennis Hopper, the soap opera The Young and The Restless, the critically acclaimed Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Bones, and The New Girl, amongst numerous others.

On Deal or No Deal, Hayley statistically had the Million dollar case more than any other model on the show. She was such a fan favorite and featured so heavily that the Producers wrote an entire episode around her signature hair. This episode was titled, "the Fro show". Other episodes include Hayley making a special appearance as the infamous Banker. There was another episode where the contestant requested that Hayley be the only model on stage and had her open all 26 cases.

Hayley has studied at several respected institutions such as The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Groundlings, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles.

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Agoura Hills, California, she is of Russian, German, and African American descent.[4] Her father, Greg Norman, was a professional baseball player and was drafted out of UCLA in 1982 by The Detroit Tigers to play on several Minor League affiliate teams including the Birmingham Barons and St. Petersburg Cardinals. Her great uncle is prolific film director William Beaudine.[1] Hayley began her career as a child, signing with her first agency at seven years old after being spotted in a restaurant by supermodel Cindy Crawford.[5] As a youth, she traveled extensively pursuing modeling and acting and even modeled regularly for Mattel doing a series of ads for the African American Barbie doll.[6]

For two years she attended Louisville High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, then transferred to a performing arts high school.[7] She studied at California Institute of Arts during summer vacations, where she became a two-time prestigious California Arts Scholar and was presented with a Governor's medallion, the highest distinction in California for artistically talented students,[8] two years in a row.[citation needed] After high school, she was accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Film and television career[edit]

Norman started her career doing commercials as a child. She then guest starred on the David E. Kelley created show Boston Public. After that she made guest appearances on Shark, Brothers & Sisters, and The Young and The Restless.


Norman joined the hit television show Deal Or No Deal as Case Model #25. She appeared on the show for two seasons, while taking time off to shoot film and television projects.


Norman had a recurring role as "Kaylee" on the soap opera The Young and The Restless.

She appeared in her first feature film, Norbit, alongside Eddie Murphy and Cuba Gooding, Jr.


Norman appeared alongside Will Smith in the box office hit Hancock, which was directed by Peter Berg.

She portrayed the lead role of "Amber" in the horror film Trailer Park of Terror.

She had a recurring role opposite Dennis Hopper on the first original series produced by the Starz cable network, Crash playing Jocko Sims' character's love interest in the first season. Based on the Academy Award winning film, the show was executive produced by Academy Award winner writer Paul Haggis.


Norman played "Angela" in the Screen Gems high school comedy Fired Up. Roger Ebert raved about Hayley Marie Norman's performances as Angela, saying she "has the nicest smile and the best personality." He stated that she was "the most intriguing member of the cast"[9] and that the movie's biggest flaw was to not utilize her better. He continued by saying, "You've got a problem when you allow the most intriguing member of the cast to appear in that many scenes and never deal with her."[9]


Norman appeared in the comedy Our Family Wedding, alongside Forest Whitaker, America Ferrara, and Lance Gross.

Later that year, she starred alongside Elliott Gould and Sara Rue in the comedy Dorfman.

She also guest starred on CSI: NY and CSI: Miami, both of which air on the CBS network.

On CSI: Miami, she portrayed a roller derby skater and trained alongside the famed Los Angeles Derby Dolls for the role. She took a liking to the sport, and continues to skate with them to this day.


Norman appeared in the pilot episode of the Fox sitcom "New Girl", alongside Zooey Deschanel, as a waitress.


Norman appeared on the BET TV Show The Game.

She has also shot an episode for the new USA Network TV series Common Law, alongside the series stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole. The series will premiere Friday May 11, 2012.[10]

She landed a role playing the love interest to Donald Faison in the TV Land series "The Exes".

She will star in a lead role in the upcoming film, Rodeo Drive Diva, alongside Jackson Rathbone and Sara Paxton.

Norman starred in a five-part British reality television show called Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights.

Norman starred in the Das Racist music video for their song Girl, released on YouTube on October 23.[11]

She starred in the role of "Raina" on the first season of the sitcom Mr. Box Office alongside Bill Bellamy, Vivica A. Fox, and Tim Meadows.

Norman was also pegged as the host for the brand new music show Real Music Live which aired on NBC, following Saturday Night Live. She interviewed various music acts including Faith Evans, Hoobastank, and Chris Rene.


Hayley is set to guest star in an upcoming episode of the ABC sitcom, How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), alongside Sarah Chalke and Brad Garrett. Hayley also guest starred on an episode of the Fox show Bones in an episode entitled "Party in the Pants". She will also appear on the A&E show The Glades as a character by the name of Josie Cruz whose nickname is The Cuban Missile. Hayley is also one of the stars of the hit YouTube webseries entitled Hello Cupid.

In May 2013, Hayley Marie Norman booked a recurring role on the TV Land series The Soul Man starring Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash. Hayley will play Tonya, a love interest to Wesley Jonathan.

In June 2013, Hayley Marie Norman will appear on the cover of Mercy For Animals' popular Vegetarian Starter Guide alongside actress Fiona Gubelmann.

In July 2013 Hayley Marie Norman was chosen as the female lead in L.A. Rangers, a webseries for the CW network. The project was written by and stars Wilson Bethel and will debut in October of this year of CWtv.

In 2013 Hayley Marie Norman also booked the role of Tammy in Finally Famous; a film written by, directed by, and starring Chris Rock. This project also reunites Hayley with Cedric The Entertainer whose show The Soul Man (TV Land) she appeared on earlier in the year. Finally Famous is being produced by Scott Rudin.

In 2013 Hayley Marie Norman also formed a sketch group in which they write and perform all their own material. Their first video was chosen to be featured on the front page of the prolific comedy website Funny Or Die.


Hayley is an animal rights activist and vegan. She also writes as a guest contributor on the vegetarian, eco-friendly, and animal rights website, ThisDishIsVegetarian.com.[12]


  1. ^ a b c IMDb bio
  2. ^ Grosvenor, Carrie (January 13, 2008). "Interview With Hayley Marie Norman, "Deal or No Deal" Briefcase Model". About.com. 
  3. ^ "Miss May 2007 Hayley Marie Norman". CitynetMagazine.com. May 1, 2007. 
  4. ^ "BIOGRAPHY: HAYLEY MARIE". NBC.com. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Interview with actress and TDIV contributor Hayley Marie Norman". ThisDishIsVegetarian. December 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Hayley Marie Norman". DealOrNoDealModels.net. 
  7. ^ "Actress Hayley Marie Norman moving up in the world". Thousand Oaks Acorn. February 14, 2008. "Hayley Marie Norman, 23" 
  8. ^ "What?". California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA). 
  9. ^ a b Ebert, Roger (February 18, 2009). "Review: Fired Up". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  10. ^ "Hayley Marie Norman Talks About Her Beautiful Natural Hair With Mz Mahogany Chic!". Mz Mahogany Chic. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Das Racist - Girl OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO". YouTube. 
  12. ^ "About Us". ThisDishIsVegetarian.com. 

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