Alexandra Paul

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Alexandra Paul
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Alexandra Paul in 2012
Born Alexandra Elizabeth Paul
(1963-07-29) July 29, 1963 (age 52)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982—present
Spouse(s) Ian Murray (2000—present)

Alexandra Elizabeth Paul (born July 29, 1963) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Lt. Stephanie Holden in the television series Baywatch from 1992–97. She has performed in over 70 movies and television programs.[1]

Early life[edit]

Paul was born in New York City to Sarah, a social worker, and Mark Paul, an investment banker. She attended Cornwall Consolidated School and the Groton School, both in Connecticut.[2] She is one of three children. Her identical twin sister, Caroline, became one of the first women to join the San Francisco Fire Department and later wrote a memoir, Fighting Fire: A Personal Story, about her experiences. Their younger brother, Jonathan, is a lifelong eco-animal activist, who served 51 months in prison for his role in the arson of a slaughterhouse.[3]

Acting career[edit]

Alexandra has starred in over 75 films and television shows. Apart from Baywatch, Paul is known for movies such as Paper Dolls (1982), Christine (1983), American Flyers (1985) and Dragnet (1987).[4] Paul starred in Death Train, Nightwatch, and Eight Million Ways to Die.[5]

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.[5] 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 in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan in a deleted scene parodying her Baywatch role.[4]

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.[5]

In 2011, she was a spokesperson for the Chevy Volt, a plug in car. She has been driving electric cars since 1990, and was featured in the documentary film Who Killed the Electric Car. In 2015, she was awarded an Indie Series Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her work in the web series Mentor.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Paul is married to triathlon coach Ian Murray and has competed in triathlons.[citation needed] She is a competitive endurance athlete. She competed at the 1997 Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, a 2.44-mile (3.93 km) swim, 112-mile (180 km) bike ride, and 42.195-kilometre (26.219 mi) marathon, which she completed in 13:18:52. In 2004, she competed in the Bonaire 10k race, a 6-mile (9.7 km) swim off the island of Bonaire.

In 2006, she raced in the Maui Channel Crossing, a 10-mile (16 km) swim from the Hawaiian island of Lanai to Maui. In August 2009, she participated in a Fiji swim from Denarau to Beachcomber Island, an 11-mile (18 km) race. In June 2012, she swam 12.5 miles around Key West in just under 6 hours. Alexandra swam the 13.7 mile (22k) Reto Acapulco, across Acapulco Bay and back, in November 2014 in 7 hours 20 minutes. She is a vegan. An article on her veganism appeared on the PETA website in 2011. She composts and recycles.[citation needed]

Political activism[edit]

Paul has been arrested for peaceful 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 peacefully protesting the crushing of the EV1, and performed 100 hours of community service.[6] She was arrested in 1990 during a sit-in supporting AIDS patients' fast track access to Compound Q, a potentially lifesaving drug. In 1997, the United Nations honored her for her work on overpopulation after she spoke to thousands of Los Angeles schoolchildren on the issue through a curriculum she designed.[citation needed]

In 2005, she was named "Activist of the Year" by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California.[citation needed] 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.[7] She also supported Representative Dennis Kucinich for US President and had donated $2,300 to his campaign, the maximum allowable. She has given also donated to Edward Snowden's defense team and to Wikileaks.[citation needed]

Paul is a founding board member of Plug In America, an advocacy group supporting the development and promotion of electric cars. In 2012, she spoke about overpopulation, YouTube; accessed July 29, 2015. She received the 2014 Vegan of the Year by Last Chance for Animals.[8]



  1. ^ "Baywatch Nights' model keeps a lookout for not-so-wholesome role". L.A. Times profile of Alexandra Paul. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  2. ^ "Alexandra Paul profile". Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  3. ^ RE Jonathan Paul,; accessed July 29, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "CHRISTINE Revisited, Part Two: A Q&A with Alexandra Paul,; accessed July 29, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Alexandra Paul at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ Profile,; accessed July 29, 2015.
  7. ^ Lockhart, Brian. "70% of donors to Lamont's campaign are from out of state". The Advocate. Archived from the original on July 19, 2006. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ 2014 Vegan of the Year,; accessed July 29, 2015.
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