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Also Known As: Kimberly Alexis Bledel Died:
Born: September 16, 1981 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA Profession: actor, model

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The always elegant Alexis Bledel proved that Hollywood actresses did not always have to be caught up with paparazzi and partying. The petite and preppy star completed a year as a film major at NYU but had to put her studies on hold after getting cast as Rory in the long-running drama "Gilmore Girls" (WB, 2000-07). Bledel also showed big screen star power, taking on the role of Lena Kaligaris in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (2005) and its 2008 sequel, based on the best-selling novels of Ann Brashares. If Paris Hilton dominated one end of the young Hollywood spectrum, it was a no-brainer that Bledel ruled the other with her naturally born talent, sophisticated taste and intellectual demeanor.Kimberly Alexis Bledel was born on Sept. 16, 1981 in Houston, TX. Family and friends called her by her first name Kimberly, including her Argentinean father Martin, Mexican-American mother Nanette, and younger brother Eric. Growing up, the raven-haired star spoke Spanish primarily and picked up English while attending St. Agnes Academy in Houston. To help her daughter overcome shyness, Nanette encouraged her to act in community theater, where she appeared in productions of "Our Town" and "The Wizard of...

The always elegant Alexis Bledel proved that Hollywood actresses did not always have to be caught up with paparazzi and partying. The petite and preppy star completed a year as a film major at NYU but had to put her studies on hold after getting cast as Rory in the long-running drama "Gilmore Girls" (WB, 2000-07). Bledel also showed big screen star power, taking on the role of Lena Kaligaris in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (2005) and its 2008 sequel, based on the best-selling novels of Ann Brashares. If Paris Hilton dominated one end of the young Hollywood spectrum, it was a no-brainer that Bledel ruled the other with her naturally born talent, sophisticated taste and intellectual demeanor.

Kimberly Alexis Bledel was born on Sept. 16, 1981 in Houston, TX. Family and friends called her by her first name Kimberly, including her Argentinean father Martin, Mexican-American mother Nanette, and younger brother Eric. Growing up, the raven-haired star spoke Spanish primarily and picked up English while attending St. Agnes Academy in Houston. To help her daughter overcome shyness, Nanette encouraged her to act in community theater, where she appeared in productions of "Our Town" and "The Wizard of Oz," as well as did a little fashion modeling, for which she traveled to Tokyo, Milan, New York, and Los Angeles. Bledel went on to Page Parkes Center for Modeling and Acting before enrolling in New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a film major.

The up-and-coming actress had a blink-and-you'll-miss her cameo in the Wes Anderson film "Rushmore" (1998) as a student in a classroom. In 2000, after a year at NYU Film School, the Texas native was cast after her first ever audition as Rory Gilmore opposite Lauren Graham in the series, "Gilmore Girls." The lovely, shy, and Yale-educated character was very similar to the actress, who blossomed into a lady onscreen and inspired millions of adolescent fans to always stay true to themselves. The role also earned Bledel a Teen Choice Award nomination in 2004 for Choice TV Actress: Comedy, an award she won in 2005 and 2006. One of her co-stars - and Rory's love interest - on the show was actor Milo Ventimiglia, whom Bledel dated from 2002 to 2006, before the actor found fame as Peter Petrelli on "Heroes" (NBC, 2006- ).

Just two years after getting the lead role on the show, the actress was included on People magazine's list of "Hottest Stars Under 25." Her promising career took off even further with her first big screen role as Winifred "Winnie" Foster, a young woman who falls for an immortal in 2002's "Tuck Everlasting." Her fairy tale resume also included a role as Goldilocks in 2004's "DysEnchanted," a movie about seven storybook heroines who meet weekly in group therapy.

Bledel shed her good-girl image - at least onscreen - in "Sin City" (2005), where she brought to life one of Basin City's gun-wielding prostitutes in the highly stylized adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novels. Bledel's other high profile project that year was "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," a film based on Brashares' novels about four friends who share a magical pair of jeans. Bledel shared the leading role with other young Hollywood power players, including America Ferrara, Amber Tamblyn and Blake Lively - who went on to star in "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006- ), "Joan of Arcadia" (CBS, 2003-05) and "Gossip Girl" (CW, 2007- ), respectively. All four stars were nominated for Teen Choice Awards in 2005 for their performances, while the movie was nominated for Choice Drama.

Three years later, after rumors swirled that the cast were not interested in making another movie, the foursome reunited in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2." "Part 1 wasn't necessarily big at the box office, but the DVD was huge," Bledel said. "In Part 2, we are all a little older, and we're off to college and new challenges." Having said goodbye to her star-making role of Rory Gilmore after the show's 2007 bow, Bledel filmed "The Good Guy" opposite "Friday Night Lights" (NBC, 2006- ) actor Scott Porter, starring as his character's girlfriend in the 2009 film. She also starred as Ryden Malby in "The Post Grad Survival Guide" (2009), a comedy about a recent college grad who moves back in with her eccentric family and figures out what to do next, in which she co-starred with comic legend Carol Burnett.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Remember Sunday (2013)
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 Conspirator, The (2010)
5.
 Good Guy, The (2009)
6.
 Post Grad (2009)
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 I'm Reed Fish (2006)
9.
 Sin City (2005) Becky
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Milestones close milestones

1990:
Joined a theater group at age eight to overcome shyness
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Began modeling at age 14
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Appeared in local productions of "Our Town" and "The Wizard of Oz"
1998:
Made feature film debut as an extra in "Rushmore"
2000:
Made TV debut, playing breakthrough role of Rory Gilmore on The WB family drama series "Gilmore Girls"
2002:
Feature acting debut, "Tuck Everlasting"
2005:
Featured in "Sin City," the adaptation of Frank Miller's uber-noir series of graphic novels co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez
2005:
Co-starred as Lena in coming-of-age story "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"
2007:
Co-starred in screenwriter Reed Fish's semi-autobiographical tale about seizing the day "I'm Reed Fish"
2008:
Reprised role of Lena in sequel "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2"
2009:
Played a recent college graduate who moves back in with her family in "Post Grad"
2009:
Co-starred in romantic comedy "The Good Guy"
2010:
Cast in supporting role in Robert Redford's historical drama "The Conspirator"
2012:
Guest starred on AMC's "Mad Men" as a frustrated housewife who falls into a fling with Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser)
2012:
Featured opposite Juno Temple and Michael Angarano in fantasy-thriller "The Brass Teapot"
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Education

St. Agnes Academy: Houston , Texas -
New York University: New York , New York - 1999

Notes

"As a kid, I always felt like I was 10 going on 50. Conversations with adults are better than with people my own age." --Bledel quoted in Entertainment Weekly, June 29-July 6, 2001.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Martin Bledel. Born around c. 1949.
mother:
Nanette. Born around c. 1949.
brother:
Eric David Bledel. Born February 27, 1986.

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