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Born: December 23, 1978 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Peterborough, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, model, synchronized swimmer

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A blonde, blue-eyed beauty with an improbable pout and a voluptuous figure likened to that of Swedish siren Anita Ekberg, Canadian import Estella Warren began modeling at age seventeen, after earning three national championships as a synchronized swimmer. A top model who has appeared on the pages of nearly every fashion magazine, Warren was discovered when a Polaroid of her taken at a high school fashion show generated interest with New York agents. Leaving behind the swimming and a possible spot in the Olympic games, Warren headed to NYC to pursue a modeling career. She soon landed career-making campaigns with Perry Ellis and Chanel, appearing in print wearing nothing but a man's white oxford shirt for the former and playing an unaffectedly seductive Red Riding Hood as the new face of Chanel No. 5. Though her image seemed to exist within the limiting range of wanton damsel to cheeky sexpot, Warren emerged in interviews as a well-spoken and genuine young woman with her eye on the future. While flesh-fixated men's magazines like Maxim honored her with the top spot in their "Hot 100" and Sports Illustrated featured her prominently in their swimsuit issue, Warren was already branching out into acting....

A blonde, blue-eyed beauty with an improbable pout and a voluptuous figure likened to that of Swedish siren Anita Ekberg, Canadian import Estella Warren began modeling at age seventeen, after earning three national championships as a synchronized swimmer. A top model who has appeared on the pages of nearly every fashion magazine, Warren was discovered when a Polaroid of her taken at a high school fashion show generated interest with New York agents. Leaving behind the swimming and a possible spot in the Olympic games, Warren headed to NYC to pursue a modeling career. She soon landed career-making campaigns with Perry Ellis and Chanel, appearing in print wearing nothing but a man's white oxford shirt for the former and playing an unaffectedly seductive Red Riding Hood as the new face of Chanel No. 5. Though her image seemed to exist within the limiting range of wanton damsel to cheeky sexpot, Warren emerged in interviews as a well-spoken and genuine young woman with her eye on the future.

While flesh-fixated men's magazines like Maxim honored her with the top spot in their "Hot 100" and Sports Illustrated featured her prominently in their swimsuit issue, Warren was already branching out into acting. In 2001, she made her big screen debut in the fashion industry-set "Perfume," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her first mainstream break came with the Renny Harlin car race action flick "Driven," playing Sophia, the beauty who drives two competitors (Til Schweiger and Kip Pardue) to distraction. That summer, she was featured in Tim Burton's revisit to "Planet of the Apes" as a scantily-clad fighter in the human rebellion force. Additional supporting roles in the romantic thriller "Tangled" (lensed 2000) and the action comedy "Kangaroo Jack" (2003) would give her further opportunities to prove her skills.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Nocturna (2015)
2.
 Undateable John (2014)
3.
 Deadly Visions (2013)
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 Irreversi (2009)
8.
 Lies and Crimes (2007)
10.
 Shooting Gallery (2005)
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Began synchronized swimming at age eight
1991:
Moved to Etobicoke, Ontario at age twelve to train with the national swim team at Olympium Synchro Club (date approximate)
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Competed in national and world levels as a synchronized swimmer
1996:
Photos taken at her high school fashion show caught the attention of a New York City modeling agency
1996:
Pursued a career in modeling, leaving behind a possible spot in Olympic competition
1998:
Replaced Vanessa Paradis as the face of Chanel No. 5 with a Red Riding Hood-inspired commercial directed by Luc Besson
2001:
Acted in the fashion industry-set feature "Perfume"; premiered at Sundance
2001:
Played the woman who adds fuel to the rivalry between two top race car drivers (Kip Pardue and Til Schweiger) in Renny Harlin's "Driven"
2001:
Co-starred in Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes"
2003:
Co-starred in the romantic thriller "Tangled"
2003:
Featured in "Kangaroo Jack", an action comedy set in Australia
2003:
Featured in "The Cooler", with William H. Macy
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Will play a trial attorney and potential love interest opposite Jon Bon Jovi in "National Lampoon's The Trouble With Frank" (lensed 2005)
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Notes

Warren was a champion synchronized swimmer, taking three Canadian national champ titles in the mid-1990s. In 1995, she also took the solo bronze medal at the Junior World Championships.

"I always think of life as being a circle. Maybe I did swimming for ten years to prepare me for what I'm doing now and maybe what I'm doing now will prepare me for what I'm doing five years from now." --Warren to Ottawa Sun, February 1999.

Estella Warren on modeling: "It's a very naked industry, and coming from a barely clothed childhood as a swimmer makes me really comfortable with my body. But a nude photo has to be taken in good taste, not like, 'Hey, here's my breast!'" --quoted to Maxim, September 1999.

"Sometimes I feel self-indulgent. There's so much else that's so much more important to do on earth. And I feel that I'm an intelligent young woman with potential." --Warren quoted in GQ, May 2000.

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companion:
Michael Burns. Executive. Born c. 1959; worked for Lions Gate Entertainment; involved c. 2000 to 2001; Warren claims they broke up because of their age difference.
companion:
Jerry O'Connell. Actor. Appeared together in "Kangaroo Jack" ; reportedly dating in early 2002; no longer together.
companion:
Peter Berg. Director. Dating as January 2003.

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father:
Don Warren. Manager, former used car salesman. Managed Warren's modeling career.
mother:
Esther Warren. Retired elementary school principal.
sister:
Elaine Warren. Born c. 1968; married and the mother of two; as of 2001 was living in Pennsylvania.
sister:
Julia Warren. Synchronized swim coach. Born c. 1976.
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