Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Ashley Mary-Kate Olsen 2011 Shankbone 2.jpg
Ashley (left) and Mary-Kate (right) at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Mary-Kate Olsen
Ashley Fuller Olsen

(1986-06-13) June 13, 1986 (age 27)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Occupation Actresses, fashion designers
Years active 1987–present

Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Fuller Olsen (born June 13, 1986), also known as the Olsen Twins collectively, are American actresses and fashion designers. The sororal twins made their acting debut as infants playing Michelle Tanner on the television series Full House. At the age of six, they began starring together in TV, film, and video projects, which continued to their teenage years. Through their company Dualstar, the Olsens joined the ranks of the wealthiest women in the entertainment industry at a young age.

Life and career

Childhood and acting career

The twins were born in Sherman Oaks, California to David "Dave" Olsen[1] (b. 1953) and Jarnette "Jarnie" (née Jones;[2] b. 1954). Despite being very similar in appearance, they are not identical, but fraternal twins.[3] They have an older brother, Trent, and a younger sister, actress Elizabeth, as well as a half-sister, Courtney Taylor, and a half-brother, Jake.[4] The twins' parents divorced in 1995; Taylor and Jake are from their father's second marriage to McKenzie.[5] The Olsen twins have, English and Norwegian ancestry.[6]

In 1987, at the age of six months, the twins were cast in the role of Michelle Tanner on the ABC sitcom Full House. They began filming at nine months old. In order to comply with child labor laws that set strict limits on how long a child actor may work, the sisters took turns playing the role. The Olsens continued to portray Michelle throughout the show's run, which concluded in 1995.

In 1992, Mary-Kate & Ashley shared the role of Michelle Tanner when they guest-starred on the Full House crossover episode of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. While starring on Full House, the Olsens also began appearing (as separate characters) in films for video and television. The first such film, To Grandmother's House We Go, debuted in 1992 and featured cameos from several other Full House actors. In 1993, the Olsens established the company Dualstar, which would produce the twins' subsequent films and videos, including that year's Double, Double, Toil and Trouble and 1994's How the West Was Fun. A series of musical mystery videos called The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley premiered in 1994 and continued through 1997.

In 1995, following the end of Full House, the Olsens made their feature film debut in It Takes Two, co-starring Steve Guttenberg and Kirstie Alley. In the same year, they introduced a second video series, You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's..., which continued to release new entries until 2000.

The following year, the Olsens appeared in an episode of All My Children.[7] Also in 1998, the twins returned to series television with another ABC sitcom, Two of a Kind, co-starring Christopher Sieber as their characters' widowed father. The series lasted only one season, but aired in reruns on cable for several years afterward. 1998 also saw the release of Billboard Dad, the first of a new string of direct-to-video films starring the Olsens. The final such film, When in Rome, debuted in 2002.

In 2000, the Olsens appeared in an episode of 7th Heaven as bad-girls Sue & Carol Murphy.[8] The following year, the sisters starred in two new series: So Little Time, a live-action sitcom on Fox Family (later ABC Family); and Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action!, an animated series airing Saturday mornings on ABC. Both shows were cancelled after one season, although Mary-Kate received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her performance on So Little Time.

In early 2004, Mary-Kate & Ashley had a cameo voice role in an episode of The Simpsons as the readers of Marge's book-on-tape, The Harpooned Heart.[9] Also in 2004, the twins starred in a second feature film, New York Minute. It would be their last film together, as well as Ashley's last acting role. Mary-Kate has continued to appear in film and television.

Mary-Kate and Ashley had a fan club until 2000, "Mary-Kate & Ashley's Fun Club", where fans would pay to receive Mary-Kate & Ashley collectibles and photos. Each subscription included an issue of "Our Funzine", Mary-Kate & Ashley's fan club magazine, exclusively available through the club, and a collectibles catalog, where one could purchase T-shirts, posters, baseball caps, key rings, school folders, postcards, and various other items. Subscribers would also receive "surprise gifts" (usually key rings, book excerpts, or back-issues of the Funzine), lyric sheets to Mary-Kate and Ashley's songs, a school folder, a membership card, a full-sized poster, two black & white photos (one of each girl), and a color photo with reprint autographs. The club was advertised at the beginning of Mary-Kate & Ashley movies until 1998.[10]

Mary-Kate and Ashley were popular figures in the preteen market during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Their names and likenesses extended, not only to movies and videos, but to clothes, shoes, purses, hats, books, CD's and cassette tapes, fragrances and makeup, magazines, video and board games, dolls, posters, calendars, and even telephones and CD players—with a market share made up mostly of the tween demographic. Mattel produced various sets of Mary-Kate and Ashley fashion dolls from 2000 to 2005, along with separate outfits and accessory packs.

The sisters became co-presidents of Dualstar on their 18th birthday in 2004. Upon taking control of the company, Mary-Kate and Ashley made moves to secure the future of the company by releasing products that appealed to the teen market, including home decoration and fragrances.[11] The Dualstar brand has been sold in more than 3,000 stores in the United States and over 5,300 stores worldwide.[12] The Olsens have appeared on the Forbes "Celebrity 100" list since 2002; in 2007, Forbes ranked them (collectively) as the eleventh-richest women in entertainment, with an estimated net worth of US $100 million.[13]

Fashion career

As the sisters have matured, they expressed greater interest in their fashion choices, with The New York Times declaring Mary-Kate a fashion icon for pioneering her signature (and now popular among celebrities and fans alike) "homeless" look.[14] The style, sometimes referred to by fashion journalists as "ashcan" or "bohemian-bourgeois",[15] is similar to the boho-chic style popularized in Britain by Kate Moss and Sienna Miller. The look consists of oversized sunglasses, boots, loose sweaters, and flowing skirts, with an aesthetic of mixing high-end and low-end pieces.[15] The twins were tapped as the faces of upscale fashion line Badgley Mischka in 2006.[16]

The Olsens had a clothing line for girls ages 4–14 in Wal-Mart stores across North America, as well as a beauty line called "Mary-Kate and Ashley: Real fashion for real girls". In 2004, they made news by signing a pledge to allow full maternity leave to all the workers that sew their line of clothing in Bangladesh. The National Labor Committee, which organized the pledge, praised the twins for their commitment to worker rights.[17]

The Olsens have also launched their own couture fashion label, "The Row", named after Savile Row in London.[18] In 2007, they launched Elizabeth & James, a contemporary collection inspired by many of their unique vintage finds and pieces in their personal wardrobes. They have also released a women's clothing line for J.C. Penney, called Olsenboye, and a t-shirt line called "StyleMint".[19] In 2008, the sisters published the book Influence, a compilation of interviews with many of the most prominent people in the field of fashion. In August 2013, the twins launched a new fashion line in Oslo, Norway.[20]

Filmography

This filmography is of the twins as a duo. See Mary-Kate Olsen for other productions in which she has appeared.
Television and Film
Year(s) Title Mary-Kate's role Ashley's role Notes
1987–1995 Full House
Michelle Tanner (shared role)
191 episodes
1992 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
Michelle Tanner (shared role)
Episode: "Hangin' With Michelle" (1.02)
1992 To Grandmother's House We Go Sarah Thompson Julie Thompson TV movie
1993 Double, Double, Toil and Trouble Kelly Farmer & Young Aunt Sophia Lynn Farmer & Young Aunt Agatha TV movie
1994 How the West Was Fun Jessica Martin Suzy Martin TV movie
1994 The Little Rascals Twin #2 Twin #1 Cameo role
1994–1997 The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley Herself Herself Video series, 11 videos
1995 It Takes Two Amanda Lemmon Alyssa Callaway
1995–2000 You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's... Herself Herself Video series, 10 videos
1997 Sister, Sister Herself Herself Episode: "Slime Party" (4.21)
1998 Billboard Dad Tess Tyler Emily Tyler
1998 All My Children Herself Herself 1 episode, October 29, 1998
1998–1999 Two of a Kind Mary-Kate Burke Ashley Burke 1 season
1999 Passport to Paris Melanie "Mel" Porter Allyson "Ally" Porter
1999 Switching Goals Sam Stanton Emma Stanton TV movie
2000 7th Heaven Carol Murphy Sue Murphy Episode: "Gossip" (5.08)
2000 Our Lips Are Sealed Maddie Parker Abby Parker
2001 Winning London Chloe Lawrence Riley Lawrence
2001–2002 So Little Time Riley Carlson Chloe Carlson 1 season
2001 Holiday in the Sun Madison Stewart Alex Stewart
2001–2002 Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action! Misty (voice) Amber (voice) Animated series, 1 season
2002 Getting There Kylie Hunter Taylor Hunter
2002 When in Rome Charli Hunter Leila Hunter
2003 The Challenge Shane Dalton Elizabeth "Lizzie" Dalton
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Future Angel Future Angel Uncredited cameo
2004 The Simpsons Herself (voice) Herself (voice) Episode: "Diatribe of a Mad Housewife" (15.10)
2004 New York Minute Roxanne "Roxy" Ryan Jane Ryan Main roles

See also

References

  1. ^ "Olsen Twins Dad Broke - Dakota Fanning Sports Wish from Mom and Dad". National Ledger. June 27, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Elizabeth Chase Olsen, Born 02/16/1989 in California". CaliforniaBirthIndex.org. 1989-02-16. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  3. ^ Ginia Bellafante (October 24, 2008). "No Labels for the Twins but Their Own". New York Times. 
  4. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/movies/elizabeth-olsen-in-martha-marcy-may-marlene.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
  5. ^ "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Biography". Bio. A+E Networks. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ Mobile Marketing Gets Cool. eventmarketer.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  7. ^ Fanpop, Inc. "1998 - All My Children - Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen Image (20279438) - Fanpop fanclubs". Fanpop.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  8. ^ "7th Heaven with the Olsen Twins - Part 1". YouTube. 2007-01-11. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  9. ^ Caroline Stanley (2010-07-22). "Can a Simpsons Cameo Change Your Public Image? – Flavorwire". Flavorwire.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  10. ^ "Fun Club Stuff". mary-kateandashleyimages.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  11. ^ Hopkins, Jim (May 6, 2005). "Olsens face growing pains". USA Today. 
  12. ^ "Dualstar Press Kit" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  13. ^ Goldman, Lea and Kiri Blakeley. In Pictures: The Richest 20 Women In Entertainment. January 17, 2007.
  14. ^ Hall, Sarah. "Olsen Pad Up for Grabs." (Dead link) March 29, 2005.
  15. ^ a b La Ferla, Ruth. "Mary-Kate: Fashion Star." March 6, 2007.
  16. ^ Hall, Sarah. Olsen Twins Strike a Pose. February 15, 2006.
  17. ^ Grossberg, Josh. "Mary-Kate, Ashley: No Sweat." December 9, 2004.
  18. ^ "Ashley and Mary-Kate's sisterly bond." Times of India. 11 August 2007.
  19. ^ "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Launch New T-Shirts". Contactmusic.com. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  20. ^ "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen bring their twin power to Norway". dailymail.co.uk. 7 August 2013.

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