Paul at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival
|Born||Alexandra Elizabeth Paul
July 29, 1963
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Spouse(s)||Ian Murray (2000—present)|
Alexandra Elizabeth Paul (born July 29, 1963) is an American actress, activist, and former model. Paul began her career modeling in New York before landing her first major role in John Carpenter's horror film Christine (1983). This was followed with prominent roles in American Flyers (1985), 8 Million Ways to Die (1986), and Dragnet (1987).
Paul was born in New York City to Sarah, a social worker, and Mark Paul, an investment banker. Paul's mother was originally from England. Paul was raised alongside her identical twin sister, Caroline, and younger brother, Jonathan, in the rural town of Cornwall, Connecticut. According Paul, her mother was "a very liberal Democrat and [her] father was a very conservative Republican." She attended the Cornwall Consolidated School, and the Groton School in Massachusetts. Paul was accepted into Stanford University, but chose not to attend so that she could focus on an acting career.
Paul began her career working as a model in New York City, and later moved to Los Angeles when she decided to pursue a career in acting. Her first role was in the television film Paper Dolls (1982), followed by a role in the independent Canadian horror film American Nightmare (1983). Paul then landed a leading role in John Carpenter's horror film Christine (1983), opposite Keith Gordon, followed by a supporting role in the comedy Just the Way You Are (1984).
She later appeared in the sport drama American Flyers (1985) with Kevin Costner, 8 Million Ways to Die (1986), and in the comedy Dragnet (1987), opposite Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd. Paul worked prominently in television from the late eighties onward, perhaps being most remembered for her role on Baywatch, from 1992 to 1997. Additionally, she also starred in the films Death Train (1993) and Nightwatch (1995) opposite Christopher Lee and Pierce Brosnan, as well as the horror films The Paperboy (1994) and Spectre (1996).
Since 1999, she has starred in 14 films for Lifetime Network. She has also starred in the Fox TV series Fire Company 132 and appeared in the last 8 episodes of Melrose Place. She guest starred on Mad Men in 2008. She hosted non-fiction TV shows, including WE's Winning Women and a southern California local environmentalism show, Earth Talk Today. She made a cameo appearance with Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan in a deleted scene parodying her Baywatch role.
Paul co-wrote and co-produced two documentaries: Jampacked, a documentary on the world population crisis, and The Cost of Cool: Finding Happiness in a Materialistic World. Jampacked received a Bronze Apple Award and first place recognition at the EarthVision Environmental Film and Video Festival. The Cost of Cool won a CINE Golden Eagle Award.
Paul is an outspoken animal rights, environmental, and gay rights activist. Paul been arrested for civil disobedience over a dozen times at the Nevada Test Site between 1987 and 2000. She was arrested twice in 2003 for civil disobedience protesting the Iraq War and spent five days in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center after refusing to pay the $50 fine. In 2005, she was arrested for protesting the crushing of the EV1, and performed 100 hours of community service. Paul's younger brother, Jonathan, is also an activist, who served 51 months in prison for his role in the arson of a slaughterhouse.
She has traveled to Nicaragua with Operation USA and to South Africa to register voters. In 2006, Paul donated $250 to the Ned Lamont campaign against Joe Lieberman, because Lieberman supported the war in Iraq.
Paul is a founding board member of Plug In America, an advocacy group supporting the development and promotion of electric cars. In 2012, she gave a TEDx talk on overpopulation. She received the 2014 Vegan of the Year by Last Chance for Animals, and in 2007 received a United Nations Environment Programme honor for her contribution to overpopulation issues.
In discussing her political activism, Paul said:
I am sure there are some who do not like me for my outspokenness and my views, and I totally respect their right to boycott my projects. I actually respect folks who stand up for their beliefs – even if I disagree with them- than the folks who do not care, are afraid to “get involved”, or who cannot be bothered. I admire passion and commitment. A woman once told me she could not watch those slaughterhouse videos because she “loves animals so much” and it would upset her. I would prefer to hang out with a hunter who believes he is doing the right thing, than a wuss like her.
|1982||Paper Dolls||Laurie Caswell||Television film|
|1984||Getting Physical||Kendall Gibley||Television film|
|1984||Just the Way You Are||Bobbie|
|1986||8 Million Ways to Die||Sunny|
|1988||Out of the Shadows||Jan Lindsey||Television film|
|1988||After the Rain||Petra Guera|
|1989||Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin||Amy Hastings||Television film|
|1989||Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder||Amy Hastings||Television film|
|1989||Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson||Amy Hastings||Television film|
|1990||Laker Girls||Heidi/Jennie||Television film|
|1992||Prey of the Chameleon||Carrie|
|1992||Kuffs||The Chief's Wife||uncredited|
|1993||Death Train||Sabrina Carver||Television film|
|1994||The Paperboy||Melissa Thorpe|
|1994||Nothing to Lose||Natasha|
|1995||Cyber Bandits||Rebecca Snow|
|1995||Baywatch: Forbidden Paradise||Lt. Stephanie Holden|
|1995||Piranha||Maggie McNamara||Television film|
|1995||Night Watch||Sabrina Carver||Television film|
|1995||Mixed Blessings||Beth||Television film|
|1995||Daytona Beach||Annie Gibson||Television film|
|1996||Spectre||Maura South||Also known as: House of the Damned|
|1996||Kid Cop||Sarah Hansen|
|1996||Spy Hard||Woman in Murphy Bed|
|1997||Kiss & Tell||Bambie the Manicurist|
|1997||Naked in the Cold Sun|
|1997||Echo||Olivia Jordan||Television film|
|1998||12 Bucks||Epiphany Lovejoy|
|1999||Arthur's Quest||Caitlin Regal||Television film|
|2000||For the Love of May||Emily|
|2000||Green Sails||Laura Taylor||Television film|
|2000||The Brainiacs.com||Kara Banks|
|2001||Above & Beyond||Jill Amorosa|
|2001||Facing the Enemy||Olivia McCleary|
|2001||Danger on Flight 534||Katy Phillips||Television film|
|2001||Diary of a Sex Addict||Katherine|
|2001||Breaking Up Really Sucks||Charlie|
|2001||The Cost of Cool: Finding Happiness in a Materialistic World||Herself||Golden Eagle Award|
|2002||Redemption of the Ghost||Audrey Powell|
|2003||A Woman Hunted||Lainie Wheeler|
|2003||Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding||Allison Ford||Television film|
|2004||Saving Emily||Cheryl||Television film|
|2005||A Lover's Revenge||Liz Manners|
|2006||Love Thy Neighbor||Laura Benson||Television film|
|2006||Who Killed the Electric Car?||Herself||Documentary|
|2006||Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York||Susan||Television film|
|2006||Gospel of Deceit||Emily Wendell||Television film|
|2006||A.I. Assault||Marlon Adams||Television film|
|2007||Demons from Her Past||Allison||Television film|
|2007||Benny Bliss and the Disciples of Greatness||Mall Gal|
|2007||He's Such a Girl||Linda|
|2008||A Date with Murder (Murder Dot Com)||Stacy|
|2008||Family of Four||Janice Baker|
|2009||A Sister's Secret||Katherine||Television film|
|2009||Christmas Crash||Christine Johnson|
|2010||In My Sleep||Roxana|
|2010||The Boy She Met Online||Tori Winters|
|2010||The Frankenstein Brothers||Laurie Martinson|
|2010||What Is the Electric Car?||Herself||Documentary|
|2011||Betrayed At 17||Michelle Ross||Television film|
|2011||Christmas Spirit||Winnie||Television film|
|2012||Love at the Christmas Table||Eve Reed||Television film|
|2013||Mentor||Alexandra||Indie Series Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2014||Firequake||Dr. Eve Carter|
|2014||Dinner at Le Cruel||Wife||Short film|
|2015||The Bride He Bought Online||Det. Kathy Schumaker|
|2015||Dirty||Asst. DA Sara Dunlap|
|1987||The Hitchhiker||Julie||1 episode|
|1993||Johnny Bago||Erica||1 episode|
|1992–97||Baywatch||Lt. Stephanie Holden||66 episodes|
|1997||Baywatch Nights||Stephanie Holden||1 episode|
|1996–97||L.A. Firefighters||Firefighter T.K. Martin||7 episodes|
|1998||The Love Boat: The Next Wave||Gillian Stansfield||1 episode|
|1999||Melrose Place||Terry O'Brien||8 episodes|
|2000||Chicken Soup for the Soul||Leann Richards||1 episode|
|2003||She Spies||Christine Black||1 episode|
|2008||Mad Men||Pauline Phillips||1 episode|
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