Yasmine Bleeth

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Yasmine Bleeth
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Born Yasmine Amanda Bleeth
(1968-06-14) June 14, 1968 (age 46)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980–2003
Spouse(s) Paul Cerrito (m. 2002)

Yasmine Amanda Bleeth (born June 14, 1968) is an American former actress. Her television roles include Caroline Holden in the long-running series Baywatch and Lee Anne Demerest on the soap opera One Life to Live.

Early life and career[edit]

Bleeth was born in New York City, the daughter of Carina, a model, and Philip Bleeth, a business proprietor.[1]Her father Philip is of Russian and German extraction, her late mother Carina was of French and Algerian descent.[citation needed] Her earliest known acting role was in a Johnson & Johnson's No More Tears baby shampoo television commercial at age 10 months in 1969. At the age of six, she appeared on Candid Camera. Later that year she appeared in a Max Factor cosmetic advertising campaign with model Cristina Ferrare. Her work in this campaign caught the eye of fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo, who subsequently included her and her mother in his book entitled Scavullo Women.

Total Film magazine quoted Bleeth stating: "When I was a girl I used to have to force boys to kiss me. My toughest friend had to hold them down."[2] She has also stated that she was popular with the boys, and that female classmates had beat her up as a result.[3]

Bleeth starred in her first movie in 1980 at the age of 12. She was cast opposite Buddy Hackett in the feature film Hey Babe!. By the time she graduated from high school, she had already been working on the soap opera Ryan's Hope since the age of 16. In 1991, she created the role of LeeAnn Demerest on the soap opera One Life to Live.

When Bleeth was 20, her mother, Carina Bleeth, died from inflammatory breast cancer at the age of 47. Bleeth said that she never accepted the fact that her mother was dying until she took her last breath.[3]

Career[edit]

Bleeth's role on Baywatch brought her widespread attention. People named her one of magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1995. She was one of FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World every year from 1996–2001, and FHM's U.S. 100 Sexiest Women every year from 2000–03. As a result of her role in Baywatch, Bleeth was offered other roles in television and film. She has been a featured actress in five series and has guest-starred in other shows. During her television career, she continued to work as a model, frequently appearing in swimwear or lingerie. She once had her own line of swimwear called Yaz Wear.

Bleeth accepted a starring role in the short-lived series Titans in 2000. Aaron Spelling was so eager to cast Bleeth in the role of a vixen on Titans that his company convinced CBS to grant her an early release from her Nash Bridges contract. In an interview with Dennis Hensley, she said she delighted in her over-the-top depiction of a crazed beauty queen in the 1997 TV movie Crowned and Dangerous. She said, "I keep my crown from that film on my desk in a little Lucite box. My little brother tried it on once, and I screamed at him, 'Take it off! Take it off!' I get a little nasty about my crown."[4]

Personal life[edit]

Bleeth dated Matthew Perry in 1996.[5] She met her future husband, strip club owner Paul Cerrito, at the Promises clinic during her first stay there. Bleeth would later comment, "They say you shouldn't get into any relationship in the first year of sobriety — especially with someone in the program, but Paul and I fell in love immediately."[6] They were married in Santa Barbara, California on August 25, 2002,[7][8][9][10] and now live in Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Arizona.[11]

Charity work[edit]

Bleeth was the 1998 spokesperson for the Lee National Denim Day fundraising campaign, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer research and education. In 1998 it occurred on October 9, and was called the 'Wear Jeans to Work' campaign. Through Bleeth's help, $5 million was raised on that one day to help the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.[dead link][12] Her primary message to women was to pay attention to their bodies; her mother was initially misdiagnosed by a doctor who thought that she was going through early menopause.[citation needed]

Bleeth donated the proceeds of her $10,000 win on Celebrity Jeopardy! to breast cancer research. Bleeth has been a spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation who, along with corporate sponsor Ford, put together the nationally run Race for the Cure.[citation needed]

Cocaine addiction and arrest[edit]

In December 2000, Bleeth voluntarily entered the Malibu-based Promises Rehabilitation Clinic to overcome a cocaine addiction. On September 12, 2001, Bleeth was arrested in Romulus, Michigan after her car pulled off the highway and wound up on a median on Interstate 94 as she and her future husband, Paul Cerrito, were heading to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. No other cars were involved.[13][14] Police found four syringes with an injectable form of cocaine in them and a small plastic bag with cocaine residue on it. The next day police conducted a search of her hotel room, and they found more cocaine and drug paraphernalia.[15] In November 2001, through a plea bargain, Bleeth pleaded guilty to possessing less than 25 grams of cocaine and to driving while impaired.[16] She was sentenced in January 2002 to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service. Bleeth's lawyer, Jerry Sabbota, stated that the actress was satisfied with the plea bargain, noting that her record will be cleared of any felonies after she fulfills the terms of her probation. "When all is said and done she'll have a traffic ticket on her record. She wasn't treated any better than anyone else, and she wasn't treated any worse," Sabbota said.[17] Her attorney stated that Bleeth was receiving therapy from the founder of the Promises Rehabilitation Clinic.[16] Bleeth completely fulfilled the terms of her probation as of January 2004, and her record was cleared as previously determined by the plea bargain.[citation needed] In an issue of Glamour from April 2003, Bleeth wrote a three page article entitled "Back From my Drugs Hell" about her rocky path to recovery, her cocaine addiction, and her struggle to remain sober. Bleeth wrote that her cocaine habit was so severe that she collapsed at a photo shoot for Glamour, and she went without sleep for five days at a time. She wrote that "consciously trying to stay off drugs is now part of my life and always will be."[18] The incidents more or less ended her career, as she has not been active in the entertainment industry since 2003.

Filmography[edit]

Feature films
Year Title Role Notes
1980 Hey Babe! Theresa O'Brian
1994 Force, TheThe Force Coral Wilson Direct-to-video
1998 BASEketball Jenna Reed
1999 Heaven or Vegas Rachel
1999 Coming Soon Mimi
1999 Undercover Angel Holly Anderson
2003 Game Over Jo Direct-to-video; Bleeth's parts were filmed in 1996
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1985–1989 Ryan's Hope Ryan Fenelli
1991–1993 One Life to Live LeeAnn Demerest Buchanan
1993 Herman 's Head Linda Episode: "An Actor Prepares"
1993–1997 Baywatch Caroline Holden 72 episodes
1995 Baywatch the Movie: Forbidden Paradise Caroline Holden TV movie 1995 Boy Meets World Episode: The Thrilla in Phila herself
1996 Baywatch Nights Caroline Holden Episode: "The Curator"
1996 Face To Die For, AA Face To Die For Emily Gilmore TV movie
1996 Talk to Me Diane Shepherd TV movie
1997 Naked Truth, TheThe Naked Truth Natalie Episode: "The Dating Game"
1997 Crowned and Dangerous Danielle Stevens TV movie
1998 Lake, TheThe Lake Jackie Ivers TV movie
1998 Veronica's Closet Katerena Episode: "Veronica's a Drag"
1998–2000 Nash Bridges Inspector Caitlin Cross 26 episodes
1999 Ultimate Deception Terry Cuff TV movie
1999 It Came from the Sky Pepper Upper TV movie
1999 Road Rage Ellen Carson TV movie
2000 Goodbye Casanova Lavinia TV movie
2000 Hidden War Alexia Forman TV movie
2000 V.I.P. Kristen Grayson Episode: "Miss Con-Jeanie-Ality"
2000–2001 Titans Heather Lane-Williams 14 episodes
2003 Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding Caroline Holden TV movie
Video games
Theatre
  • Welcome to My Life (October 1991). Starring role; a series of three one-act plays written by Charlie Loventhal (Second Stage Theater, New York, New York, USA)
Music videos
  • Bleeth appeared in The Rembrandts' video This House is Not a Home, a follow-up song to their theme song for Friends.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Golden Raspberry Award

  • 1999: Nominated, "Worst Actress" – BASEketball

Soap Opera Digest Awards

  • 1986: Nominated, "Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress on a Daytime or Prime Time Serial" – Ryan's Hope
  • 1993: Nominated, "Hottest Female Star" – One Life to Live

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yasmine Bleeth Biography (1972?-)
  2. ^ Total Film, No. 21 (October 1998)
  3. ^ a b Rotten Tomatoes site
  4. ^ Interview with Dennis Hensley
  5. ^ Hello "Matthew Perry" Retrieved October 22, 2010
  6. ^ Glamour, April 2003
  7. ^ Susman, Gary (August 28, 2002). "Bleeth Spirit". Entertainment Weekly.
  8. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (August 27, 2002). "Yasmine Bleeth Ties the Knot". People.
  9. ^ Callan, Jessica; Simpson, Eva; Kerins, Suzanne (August 2002). "3am: Yasmine Bleeth." The Free Library. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  10. ^ "Former Baywatch babe Yasmine Bleeth reportedly marries boyfriend Paul Cerrito", Hello. August 27, 2002.
  11. ^ Lane, Laura (March 26, 2012). "Baywatch: The Oral History". Esquire.
  12. ^ Breast cancer fundraising[dead link]
  13. ^ Errico, Marcus (September 14, 2001). "Yasmine Bleeth Facing Drug Charges". E!. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
  14. ^ Buchanan, Jason. "Yasmine Bleeth Biography". Rotten Tomatoes.
  15. ^ Armstrong, Mark (November 16, 2001). "Bleeth Charged in Coke Bust". E!
  16. ^ a b Armstrong, Mark (November 30, 2001). "Bleeth Pleads Guilty in Coke Bust". E!
  17. ^ Errico, Marcus (January 9, 2002). "Bleeth Gets Probation in Drug Bust". E!
  18. ^ "Houston hopes to be A-OK as she joins rehab parade". Chicago Sun-Times. 2004-03-18. 

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