Rebecca Holden

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Rebecca Holden
Rebecca Holden.jpg
Rebecca Holden in 2009
Born Austin, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Website http://www.rebeccaholden.com

Rebecca Holden (born June 12, 1958 in Austin, Texas) is an American actress and singer.

Early life and education[edit]

In college, Holden was a music major, focusing on voice and minoring in piano.[1] She was discovered in New York City by an agency.[1]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

First discovered by a top talent agent while continuing her voice studies in New York, she became one of New York's top models, landing the prestigious title of "the Breck Girl", which led to magazine covers and other national commercials such as for Ivory Soap, Dentyne, Kellogg's, Chevrolet, Gillette, Playtex, Arrid, and 7 Up,[1] and ultimately a major television and film career in Los Angeles.

She moved to Hollywood where her first appearance on television was a guest spot on Three's Company. She made guest appearances on other shows such as Barney Miller until 1983, when she got her big break starring on the 1982 TV series Knight Rider as supporting character April Curtis during the show's second season (1983–1984).[2]

She gained further recognition from her role as the diabolical Elena on ABC's soap opera General Hospital in 1987, and from guest starring roles on prime-time shows such as The Love Boat, Magnum, P.I., Matt Houston, Three's Company, Taxi, Night Court, Mike Hammer, Remington Steele, Matt Houston, Barney Miller, and many others.[1]

Her movies have appeared at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as festivals in Manila and Japan. In 2015, Holden completed a new feature in which she stars, entitled Hollywouldn'ts (appearing at Cannes in 2016) and also a lead role in a pilot for Comedy Central.

She was co-host of the short-lived TNN dance show Dancin' at the Hot Spots in 1993. She continued to tour the globe with her music, and serve as an emcee and performer for various charitable and corporate events as well as for military and veterans affairs.

In 2009, Holden portrayed the character Beth in the movie adaptation of The Book of Ruth: Journey of Faith.[3]

On May 15, 2017, filmmaker Richard Rossi announced that Holden had been cast in the lead role of Sister Sara Sunday in the independent film Canaan Land.[4][5][6]

Music[edit]

Holden has performed in a diversity of musical styles. Classically trained as a voice major and piano minor in college, she has sung opera, and performed the lead roles in musical theater such as Oliver and Damn Yankees. She recorded a country album for Curb records, and her music videos have appeared on TNN and CMT. She recorded both a country and gospel album for BMG Records in Switzerland, and toured internationally all over Europe and the Far East, also performing for the King of Malaysia. She was the featured performer with the United States Air Force Band at a memorial for WWII veterans for which the President of the United States was the guest speaker. During Holden's service as president of the Music City Christian Fellowship, she performed as singer and mistress of ceremonies for the Christian Country Music Awards and the Sunday gospel shows at the Grand Ole Opry.

Holden charted two singles for TRA-Star Records in 1989: "The Truth Doesn't Always Rhyme" and "License to Steal". She recorded the album The Highway Runs Both Ways for Curb Records and a self-titled album for BMG Europe.[7]

Holden's most recent CD single release is "Dreams Come True", a duet with Tony LeBron. It was released on Silver Blue/Summit Records and produced by the Grammy-winning team of Joel Diamond and Rudy Perez. Even before the release of the official video, it had already surpassed over 17 million YouTube views.

Charity work[edit]

Her charitable work includes Toys for Tots, Feed the Children, Special Olympics, the Music in the Schools program, and Habitat for Humanity. She has served on the board for Operation California, participating in airlifts of medical aid to Ethiopia, as well as performing for Live Aid, and Farm Aid at Texas Stadium along with Willie Nelson. Appointed as the honorary Mayor of Universal City by MCA Chairman Lew Wasserman, Holden served as goodwill ambassador to local and foreign dignitaries. Recent events include the American Legion Event for Families of Military Support, US Super Nationals Chess Tournament, Virginia Governor Inaugural Prayer Breakfast, and the Kids of Honor Gala. She was the featured performer for the Celebrity Center Christmas Celebration and an added attraction in the Tribute Concert for Luther Vandross.

Holden's recording of "Dreams Come True" has been chosen as the inspirational theme for many recent charitable events at which she has performed, including the United Nations Humanitarian Summit, We Care For Humanity, Rhapsody Gala for the YWCA Homeless Shelter, Ventura Animal Rescue Gala Benefit, Family Film Awards, and Soulsational Wellness Festival.

She serves as Mistress of Ceremonies, performer and speaker for many charitable, corporate, church, military, sports and political events, and is in demand for her rendition of the national anthem. In 2014, she was named the spokesperson for Airline Ambassadors, which helps orphans and vulnerable children worldwide by advocating child protection and human trafficking awareness.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1982 Dirty Hero Christene Adams Alternative title: Yogoreta eiyû
1988 The Sisterhood Alee Caged Woman
1989 Loverboy Anchovy woman
1991 Twenty Dollar Star Lisa
1992 The Hollywood Beach Murders Jamie
1999 Foolish Rebecca the Waitress
Lycanthrope Sheila Stein Alternative title: Bloody Moon
2001 Knight Chills Newscaster Direct-to-video release
Outlaw Prophet Molly
2005 From Venus The Avatrix
2009 The Book of Ruth: Journey of Faith Beth Direct-to-video release
2015 The Hollywouldn'ts Lead
2016 Baskets Co-star
2016 All Wrong Lead
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1980 B.A.D. Cats 1 episode
Three's Company Bunny/Twinkie 1 episode
1982 House Calls Jan Howard 1 episode
Happy Days Lola 1 episode
The Love Boat Mona 1 episode
Magnum, P.I. Laura Frasier 1 episode
Enos 1 episode
Barney Miller, 1981 Wendy McWilliams 1 episode: "Paternity"
Taxi Christina Longworth 1 episode
Private Benjamin 1 episode
Too Close for Comfort Susan Andrews 1 episode
Quincy, M.E. Kirsten MacKenzie 1 episode
Police Squad! Stella 1 episode
T. J. Hooker Lynn Hartman 1 episode
1983 Johnny Blue Kathy Weatherby Television movie
Matt Houston Dr. Carol Masters
Sharon Dardis
2 episodes
1983–1984 Knight Rider April Curtis[2] 21 episodes
1984 The Master 1 episode
The New Mike Hammer Barbara Rainey 1 episode
1986 Night Court Mary Korchak 1 episode
Remington Steele Windsor Thomas 1 episode
1987 General Hospital Elena Cosgrove Unknown episodes
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Vanessa 1 episode

Discography[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country[8]
1989 "The Truth Doesn't Always Rhyme" 82
"License to Steal" 78

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bio". RebeccaHolden.com. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b O'Hallaren, Bill (1986-01-04). "Boy, Has She Got Car Troubles". TV Guide. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Book of Ruth". Rebecca Holden.com. 
  4. ^ Heyman, Macie (May 15, 2017). "Knight Rider Star Rebecca Holden Lands Coveted Canaan Land Evangelist Role". Military-Technologies. International Military Press. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Wasserman, Ricky (15 May 2017). "Knight Rider Star Rebecca Holden Lands Coveted Canaan Land Evangelist Role". Standard Newswire. Star. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Rutherford, Tony (May 16, 2017). "Knight Rider Star Rebecca Holden Lands Canaan Land Lead". Huntington News. Huntington West Virginia New. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 191. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2012). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 154. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 

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