Lucy Lawless

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Lucy Lawless
Born Lucille Frances Ryan
March 29, 1968 (1968-03-29) (age 46)
New ZealandAuckland, New Zealand
Other names Lucy Tapert
Years active 1989–present
Spouse Garth Lawless (1988-1995)
Robert Tapert (1998-present)
Website
Lucylawless.info

Lucille Frances Ryan (born March 29, 1968 in Auckland)[1] is a New Zealand actress. When she was twenty years old, she got her first acting job in the TV program Funny Business. In 1995, she starred in her first television series, Xena: Warrior Princess, becoming in an international star in this role.[2]

Lawless is also known for her role as D'anna Biers in the TV series Battlestar Galactica between 2005 and 2008.[3] During a break in 1997 between filming seasons on Xena, Lawless made her onstage debut singing songs on Broadway as Rizzo in the remake of the musical play Grease.

Since her role as Xena, Lawless has pursued a new career in singing after being a contestant on Celebrity Duets. She sang at the Roxy in Hollywood in 2007, and has since performed regularly in concerts and released several CDs.[4] She has a contralto singing range.

Early life[change | edit source]

She was born in Auckland on 29 March, 1968. Lawless' mother, Julie, was teacher, and her father, Frank, was mayor.[5] She has 6 brothers. She had bulimia and Depression.

Lawless began acting in secondary school, attending Marist College, New Zealand, in Mount Albert. She studied foreign languages at Auckland University for a year[6] before dropping out and leaving for Europe with her boyfriend, Garth Lawless, to travel to Germany and Switzerland.[7] The couple then moved to Australia, where she worked briefly as a gold miner.[5]

Career[change | edit source]

Lawless wanted to act since she was five. She took her first acting class at the school. Lawless starred various national television commercials when she was a child. One of these was for McDonald's.[8] She played an Amazon in the TV movie Hercules and the Amazon Women, in 1994, and Lisya in his Spin-off, the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys em 1995.[9] In the same year, she plays Xena in three episodes, returning later.[10]

In September, Xena won her own series, Xena: Warrior Princess, Lawless was the star in the program during 6 years.[10] Lawless first appeared on Broadway in September 1997 in the Grease play remake, as the "bad girl" Rizzo character. She applied to play the squeaky-clean naive blond girl Sandra Dee, but she claimed the producers after Xena had typed her to playing only "bad girls."[11] She said the Sandy character was very similar to her sheltered childhood, growing up in New Zealand with many protective older brothers.

Lawless has since appeared onstage in the Vagina Monologues and as a television guest star in episodes of The Simpsons, The X-Files, Just Shoot Me!, Veronica Mars, Burn Notice, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.[12] She was also featured in the short-lived television series Tarzan. Lawless has made cameo appearances in the movies EuroTrip, Spider-Man and Boogeyman. She returned to television in the TV movie Locusts! and its sequel Vampire Bats.[13]

From 2005 to 2008, Lawless has had a recurring role in the television series Battlestar Galactica. She portrays D'Anna Biers, a reporter with the Fleet News Service who works on a critical documentary about the crew of the Galactica and is later revealed to be a Cylon.[3]

Public image[change | edit source]

In 1997, Lawless was named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by People magazine.[14] Days earlier on 6 May 1997, Lawless inadvertently exposed a breast as she concluded a performance of the US national anthem at an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, California between the Mighty Ducks and Detroit Red Wings.[14] Lawless was quoted in Newsweek as saying:

Obviously, I was mortified....It was quite a bit more exposure than I want...[14]

Lawless has enjoyed a particular cult status in the lesbian community. Some of the lesbian fan base sees Lawless as a lesbian icon.[15] A group called The Marching Xenas has participated in many gay and lesbian pride parades.[16]

Some fans felt that the sexual nature of Xena and the character Gabrielle's relationship was cemented by an interview given by Lucy Lawless to Lesbian News magazine in 2003. Lawless stated that after the series finale, where Gabrielle revives Xena with a mouth-to-mouth water transfer filmed to look like a full kiss, she had come to believe that Xena and Gabrielle's relationship was "definitely gay... there was always a 'well, she might be or she might not be' but when there was that drip of water passing between their lips in the very final scene, that cemented it for me".

Costume donation[change | edit source]

In 2006, Lucy Lawless donated her personal Xena costume to the Museum of American History.[17] In an interview the same year with Smithsonian magazine, she was asked the question "Was the Warrior Princess outfit comfortable?" and she responded:

Not at first, because they would put boning in the corset. It would cover up those little floating ribs that are so important for breathing, so I'd feel like I was having panic attacks. But it just became a second skin after a while. It was very functional, once I got over the modesty factor. I admit to being a little bit embarrassed the first couple weeks because I'd never worn anything so short.
—Lucy Lawless,  Smithsonian, November 2006, page 44

Personal life[change | edit source]

At the age of nineteen, Lawless became pregnant with Garth's child. In 1988, they married in Kalgoorlie, Australia.[18] They returned to New Zealand and had a daughter, Daisy Lawless (born 15 July 1988), who also attended Marist College, New Zealand.[19] The couple divorced in 1995. Lawless married Xena executive producer Robert Tapert on 28 March 1998. Lawless and Tapert have two sons: Julius Robert Bay Tapert[19] (born 16 October 1999) and Judah Miro Tapert[19] (born 7 May 2002), both born in Auckland.

Movies[change | edit source]

The following table shows all the movies she has been in, the role she played and when the movie was released

Title Role Year
Bitch Slap Superior 2009
Bedtime Stories Aspen 2008
Football Wives Tanya Austin 2007
The Darkroom Cheryl 2006
Vampire Bats Maddy Rierdon 2005
Locusts Maddy Rierdon 2005
Boogeyman Marie 2005
EuroTrip Madame Vandersexxx 2004
Spider-Man Gothic 2002
Peach Peach 1995
Hercules and the Amazon Women Lisya 1994
Typhon's People Mink Tertius 1993
The Rainbow Warrior Jane Redmond 1992
The End of the Golden Weather namorada do Joe 1991
A Bitter Son nurse 1990
Within the Law Verity 1990

Television[change | edit source]

Title Role Year # episodes
Burn Notice Evelyn 2007 1
Battlestar Galactica D'Anna Biers 2005-2008 15
Veronica Mars Agente Morris 2006 1
Xena: The 10th Anniversary Collection Xena 2005 1
Two and a Half Men Pamela 2005 1
Less Than Perfect Tracy Fletcher 2004 1
Tarzan Kathleen Clayton 2003 6
The X-Files Shannon McMahon 2001 2
Xena: Warrior Princess Xena 1995-2001 134
Just Shoot Me! Stacy 2001 1
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Xena, Lyla 1995-1998 8
Hercules & Xena: Wizards of the Screen Xena 1997 1
High Tide Sharon List 1994-1995 2
The Black Stallion Sarah McFee 1993 1
The Ray Bradbury Theater Liddy Barton 1992 1
For the Love of Mike Helen 1991 1
Shark in the Park _ 1991 1
Funny Business Varios 1989 _

References[change | edit source]

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  9. "Hercules and the Amazon Women (1994)". Nytimes.com. http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/175773/Hercules-and-the-Amazon-Women/overview. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
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  17. Smithsonian magazine. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution.Page 44: "Lucy Lawless, star of Xena: Warrior Princess, which aired from 1995-2001, has given her signature costume to the Museum of American History."
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