Jordan Ladd

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Jordan Ladd
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Ladd at the Grindhouse premiere, 2007
Born Jordan Elizabeth Ladd
(1975-01-14) January 14, 1975 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Conor O'Neill (2001–05)

Jordan Elizabeth Ladd (born January 14, 1975) is an American actress. She is known as a scream queen, having appeared in several horror films. She began taking small film roles before landing her first high-profile role in Never Been Kissed (1999). Since then, Ladd has portrayed supporting as well as lead roles in films, including Cabin Fever (2002), Club Dread (2004), and Death Proof (2007). She has also earned acclaim for her lead role in the horror film Grace (2009).

Early life and family[edit]

Ladd was born in Hollywood, California, the daughter of Charlie's Angels star Cheryl Ladd (née Stoppelmoor) and David Ladd, a producer and former actor. Her parents divorced in 1980. Her paternal grandfather was actor Alan Ladd,[1] and her paternal grandmother was Sue Carol (née Evelyn Lederer), a Hollywood talent agent and actress. She has a stepsister, Lindsay Russell, an aspiring actress. Her cousin is Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Ashley Marie. She attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.[2]

Career[edit]

At the age of two, Ladd began appearing in commercials. Her first commercial was for Polaroid. She began acting in film and television while in school, working with her mother in films such as The Girl Who Came Between Them (1990) and Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back (1993). After graduating high school, she took up acting professionally.

In 1994, she guest appeared in the NBC series Saved by the Bell: The New Class episode "The Return of Screech", and followed that appearance with a role opposite Alyssa Milano in the horror-thriller feature Embrace of the Vampire. She was going to play the role of Amy Blue in the teen drama film The Doom Generation (1995), until her mother vetoed her playing the role at the last minute. She spent the majority of the 1990s appearing in a variety of independent films, including Inside Out, Nowhere, Stand-ins, and Taking the Plunge. In 1999, she landed her first high-profile role as a popular teenager who tortures Drew Barrymore's character in the teen comedy Never Been Kissed, during its filming, Barrymore – who also produced the film – asked Ladd if she would like to appear in her film adaptation of Charlie's Angels (2000), but Ladd turned it down.[3]

She appeared in The Specials (2000), a comedy about a group of superheroes on their day off; in the film she played a neurotic named Nightbird. That year, she had the starring role as an actress who vying for an Academy Award in E! first original film Best Actress. Ladd established herself as an independent film actress, appearing in Boys Life 3 and David Lynch's short film Darkened Room.[3] She starred as the lead role in Eli Roth's 2002 horror film Cabin Fever, which was a moderate success at the box office. In 2004, she won the role of Penelope in the horror film Club Dread, and starred in the direct-to-video horror Madhouse. Ladd appeared opposite Anna Faris, Ryan Reynolds, and Justin Long in the independent romantic comedy Waiting..., which opened in the U.S. on October 7, 2005.

After a small role in the film Inland Empire (2006), she was cast as Shanna in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, a segment of the film Grindhouse.[4] She won acclaim for her performance as the character Madeline Matheson in the horror film Grace. It was screened at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[5] In 2010, she starred as Cynthia in Wishing Well, a made-for-television film about a journalist from New York City who gets sent to a small town in Illinois to report on a legendary wishing well.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She married her longtime boyfriend, documentary film editor Conor O'Neill, in 2001.[2] The couple divorced in July 2005.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Charlie's Angels Young Kris Monroe in flashbacks Episode: "Angel on my Mind"
1990 Girl Who Came Between Them, TheThe Girl Who Came Between Them Waitress TV movie
1993 Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back Waitress Movie
1994 Love Street Bordello Player Episode: "Bordello"
1994 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Debbie Episode: "The Return of Screech"
1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction Letitia Movie
1997 Total Security Fiona Richards Episode: "One Wedding and a Funeral"
1998 Every Mother's Worst Fear Martha Hoagland Movie
2000 Best Actress Amber Lyons Movie
2000 Deadly Look of Love, TheThe Deadly Look of Love Janet Flanders Movie
2001 Six Feet Under Ginnie Episode: "An Open Book"
2005–07 Robot Chicken Various characters 5 episodes
2007 It Was One Of Us Avis Monroe Movie
2009 The Wishing Well Cynthia Tamerline Movie

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Embrace of the Vampire Eliza
1997 Inside Out Summer
1997 Nowhere Alyssa
1997 Stand-ins Monica-Bette Davis
1999 Taking the Plunge
1999 Never Been Kissed Gibby Zerefski
2000 Specials, TheThe Specials Nightbird/Shelly
2000 Boys Life 3 Summer Short film
2001 Puzzled Skye
2002 Crazy Little Thing Dana Also known as The Perfect You
2002 Darkened Room Girl 1
2002 Cabin Fever Karen
2004 Club Dread Penelope Also known as Broken Lizard's Club Dread
2004 Junked Nikki
2004 Madhouse Sara Direct-to-video
2004 Dog Gone Love Arianna Direct-to-video
2005 Waiting... Danielle
2006 Inland Empire Terri
2007 Hostel: Part II Stephanie
2007 Grindhouse Shanna "Death Proof" segment
2009 Grace Madeline Matheson
2011 Last Best Place, TheThe Last Best Place Wendy
2012 Awaken Rachel Arai
2012 Murder on the 13th Floor Ariana Braxton
2012 Air Collision Lindsay Bates Direct-to-video

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