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Also Known As: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Rebecca A Romijn, Rebecca Alie Romijn Died:
Born: November 6, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Berkeley, California, USA Profession: model, actress

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When model Rebecca Romijn turned to acting after years on the fashion runways and in the pages of Sports Illustrated, Hollywood attempted in vain to typecast her as a wild heartbreaker. After a few plunges into sexually charged drama, the statuesque beauty surprisingly found a more natural fit in comedies. However, it was Romijn's nearly nude, coated-in-blue portrayal of Mystique in the blockbuster "X-Men" franchise (2000, 2003, 2006) that instantly transformed her into a sex symbol with the comic book crowd and led to a surge in her popularity with the general public. But her continuing struggle against typecasting as one-dimensional eye-candy eventually earned Romijn excellent opportunities on television. With her quick wit and sometimes goofy personality, she proved an appealing supporting comedienne on "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-) and her own unfortunately ill-marketed vehicle, "Pepper Dennis" (WB, 2005-06), both of which helped usher in a new era of comedic television roles for the down-to-earth bombshell who was that rare commodity - beloved by both men and women.

When model Rebecca Romijn turned to acting after years on the fashion runways and in the pages of Sports Illustrated, Hollywood attempted in vain to typecast her as a wild heartbreaker. After a few plunges into sexually charged drama, the statuesque beauty surprisingly found a more natural fit in comedies. However, it was Romijn's nearly nude, coated-in-blue portrayal of Mystique in the blockbuster "X-Men" franchise (2000, 2003, 2006) that instantly transformed her into a sex symbol with the comic book crowd and led to a surge in her popularity with the general public. But her continuing struggle against typecasting as one-dimensional eye-candy eventually earned Romijn excellent opportunities on television. With her quick wit and sometimes goofy personality, she proved an appealing supporting comedienne on "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-) and her own unfortunately ill-marketed vehicle, "Pepper Dennis" (WB, 2005-06), both of which helped usher in a new era of comedic television roles for the down-to-earth bombshell who was that rare commodity - beloved by both men and women.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Good Deeds (2012)
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 Lake City (2008)
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 X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Mystique
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 Man About Town (2006)
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 Punisher, The (2004) Joan
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 Godsend (2004) Jessie Duncan
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 X2: X-Men United (2003) Mystique
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Raised in Berkeley, CA
1991:
Began modeling career after being recruited by a Parisian model scout
1992:
Spent three years in Paris modeling for magazines like <i>Elle, Sports Illustrated, Marie Claire</i>, etc.
1995:
Moved to NYC and divided time between U.S. and Europe
1998:
Made TV acting debut on an episode of "Friends" (NBC); played Ross' (David Schwimmer) messy girlfriend
1998:
Succeeded Daisy Fuentes as host of MTV's "House of Style"
1998:
Landed small but unforgettable part as a drunken, bearded lady in Norm Macdonald's big-screen comedy "Dirty Work"
1999:
Had recurring role as David Spade's model wife on the NBC comedy "Just Shoot Me"
1999:
Made a cameo in the blockbuster comedy "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"
1999:
Portrayed Hugh Hefner's daughter Kimberly in the USA Network TV-movie "Hefner: Unauthorized"
2000:
First major movie role; playing the evil mutant Mystique in "X-Men"
2002:
Played the female lead in "Rollerball," a remake of the 1975 sci-fi film of the same name
2002:
Had a small role as an actress doubling for the computer generated female lead of "Simone"
2002:
Starred as con woman Laure Ash in Brian De Palma's erotic thriller "Femme Fatale"
2003:
Again played Mystique in "X2"
2004:
Starred opposite Thomas Jane and John Travolta in "The Punisher"
2004:
Starred opposite Greg Kinnear as parents who clone their son after he was killed in an accident in the thriller "Godsend"
2006:
Played the series lead on the short-lived "Pepper Dennis" (The WB)
2006:
Reprised the role of Mystique in the third installment of the "X-Men" series, "X-Men: The Last Stand"
2006:
Appeared in the documentary "Wet Dreams" about her attempt to choreograph one of the Bellagio's famous water fountain routines; premiered at the CineVegas Film Festival
2007:
Joined the cast of ABC's "Ugly Betty" as Alexis Meade, a male-to-female transsexual
2009:
Cast as Roxie on the short-lived ABC series "Eastwick," based on the John Updike novel and 1987 feature film
2011:
Made a cameo in the prequel "X-Men: First Class"
2012:
Cast in Tyler Perry written and directed drama feature "Good Deeds"
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Education

Berkley High School: Berkley , California -
University of California, Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz , California -

Notes

"I don't mind doing sort of sexy, raunchy pictures if there's a sense of humor about it." --Rebecca Romijn-Stamos to Detour, September 1998.

"Sometimes I find myself having to try extra hard to be goofy and disarming to prove to people that, yeah, I pick my nose just like you do." --Romijn-Stamos to Movieline, February 2000.

"I grew up in this hippie environment in Berkeley, where they don't really care if you're good-looking . . . It's a very anti-vain place where it's cool to own a progressive bookstore or to work with abused children, but not to want to be in the spotlight or even to pay much attention to your looks. I honestly never even put makeup on or had my hair done until I started modeling in 1991. Neither my sister nor I ever really thought about the way we looked growing up. In our teens, we didn't know or care about makeup or designers or anything like that. We both lucked out in the genes department. In fact, my first agent wanted to hire my mom as a supermodel-making machine. It was like, 'I'll pay you to make more babies'." --From Movieline, February 2000.

On filmmakers' desire to cast her as a sex object: "There are plenty of gay filmmakers out there that aren't interested in you for your sex ... I have no problem with being a talented moviemaker's fag hag." --From Movieline, February 2000.

"The makeup was the most excruciating part of the shoot. Only somebody with modeling experience could have done it."---About her role as Mystique in "X-Men", Romijn-Stamos told Josh Chetwynd of USA Today July 6, 2000

"In some ways, coming from the modeling background that she did, she probably has to work harder to break these preconceived notions...and she worked really hard on this role, but never in a way that looked affected. She has a really strong, natural ability that makes an impact without feeling forced."---Greg Kinnear on working with Romijn-Stamos in "Godsend" Premiere Magazine April 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
John Stamos. Actor, producer, musician. Born in August 1963; became engaged December 24, 1997; married on September 20, 1998; Confirmed separation April 2004, after five years of marriage.
companion:
Jerry O'Connell. Actor. Rumored to be dating August 2004.

Family close complete family listing

sister:
Tamara Romijn. Born in April 1975.
father:
Jaap Romijn. Custom furniture maker. Dutch; divorced from Rebecca's mother.
mother:
Elizabeth Kuizenga. College language teacher. Second generation Dutch American; divorced from Rebecca's father.

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