Ricki Noel Lander
|Ricki Noel Lander|
December 14, 1979|
Salt Lake City, Utah
|Education||B.A. & B.S. Florida International University|
Ricki Noel Lander (born December 14, 1979) is an American actress, designer, entrepreneur, and model.
Early life and education
Lander grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a child, she was active in dance, musical theater, and acting. When she was 15, she moved to Los Angeles, California, and trained with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet and later toured Japan as a dancer. She graduated cum laude with Honors while attending on Academic and Artistic scholarships from Florida International University in Miami with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications. She later studied at Mike Nichols' New Actor's Workshop in New York City and at Uta Hagen’s HB Studio also in New York City.
She has appeared in the television shows CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Ugly Betty, Dirt ,The Class and Prison Break. In 2011, she played a goblin in disguise as a faerie in the fourth season opener of the HBO series True Blood alongside Anna Paquin. She completed an episode of CBS series Unforgettable and guest starred on the season 5 opener of Blue Bloods. In 2008, she was in the blockbuster movie Iron Man alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Terrence Howard. Later in 2008, she starred as the lead character in The Harsh Life of Veronica Lambert (also known as 5 Nights in Hollywood) with Ed O'Ross, Bart Johnson, and Elena Satine. In 2013, she appeared in Farrelly Brothers Comedy Movie 43, where she was cast in the segment 'Truth or Dare' playing the nurse to Halle Berry's character. Her most recent role was in Ant-Man (film) with Paul Rudd.
She works as correspondent for the exploration series The Travel Detective alongside travel guru Peter Greenberg. In 2014 she served as a correspondent and producer on the PBS documentary Israel: The Royal Tour, filming and narrating behind-the-scenes footage with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and First Lady Sara Netanyahu.
While pursuing her acting career, Lander spent several years under contract with Ford Models, shooting for a variety of brands and publications.
After attending several college and professional sporting events, Ricki noticed a gap in the market for the more contemporary, stylish female fan. She brought the idea to Fanatics, where they also recognized the need, and struck a deal to create a collection of casual and chic fan gear called Let Loose by RNL. Starting in January 2014, sports e-commerce conglomerate Fanatics and FansEdge  began retailing a collection of women's fangear for College, MLB, NHL, NBA, and NFL designed by Lander called Let Loose By RNL.
Combining her love for the arts and community, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the New York City Ballet and the Board of Trustees for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. In 2016 she co-chaired the New York City Ballet Fall Fashion Gala along with fellow hosts Sarah Jessica Parker and Daisy Maeda.
Since 2012, she has been dating the American billionaire and business magnate Robert Kraft, the chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group,. In July 2012, Kraft assisted Lander in creating an audition video for a role in The Internship, a Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson film. Kraft later apologized for the video.
Lander gave birth to a child in the fall of 2017. While there was speculation that Kraft was the father, he denied paternity of the child when the birth was announced in May 2018.
- 5 Nights in Hollywood Cast: "Ricki Noel Lander" retrieved October 18, 2012 Archived
- True Blood News: "Ricki Noel Lander" retrieved October 18, 2012
- The Harsh Life of Veronica Lambert Website: Cast - Ricki Noel Lander Archived 2013-02-04 at Archive.is retrieved October 18, 2012
- Shanahan, Mark; Goldstein, Meredith (January 24, 2013). Boston Globe: "Bob Kraft's girlfriend at premiere of 'Movie 43'". The Boston Globe.
- Daily Mail: "Meet Ricki Lander, 73-year-old Patriots owner Bob Kraft's bombshell girlfriend of three years - a dancer turned actress who is half his age" By Annabel Fenwick Elliott 30 January 2015
- Fanatics website: "LET LOOSE BY RNL IS A CONTEMPORARY WOMEN'S FANWEAR LINE DESIGNED BY AMERICAN ACTRESS, MODEL AND DESIGNER RICKI NOEL LANDER" retrieved August 8, 2016
- Daily Mail: "Meet Ricki Lander, 73-year-old Patriots owner Bob Kraft's bombshell girlfriend of three years - a dancer turned actress who is half his age" By ANNABEL FENWICK ELLIOTT 31 January 2015
- New York City Ballet Board of Directors retrieved August 23, 2016
- Alvin Ailey Dance Company Board of Trustees retrieved August 23, 2016
- The New York Times: Gala Season Begins at Lincoln Center
- Wall Street Journal: At New York City Ballet’s Fall Gala, Fashion Is On and Offstage
- "Diddy Praised by Patriots' Owner 'I'm a Big Fan of His'". TMZ Sports. December 19, 2017.
- Shanahan, Mark; Goldstein, Meredith (September 10, 2012) and owner of the NFL's New England Patriots. "Bob Kraft, Ricki Noel Lander hit US Open". The Boston Globe.
- Shanahan, Mark; Goldstein, Meredith (July 12, 2012). "Robert Kraft and girlfriend Ricki Noel Lander arm in arm Thursday at Sun Valley media conference". The Boston Globe.
- "Toucher & Rich: Robert Kraft Helps Ricki Noel Lander With Audition Video". CBS Radio. July 11, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
- "Patriots Owner Robert Kraft 'Thrilled' Girlfriend Welcomed Baby 'Last Fall' but Denies Paternity". People Magazine. May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 9, 2018.