Malibu Strings Competition Winners

Penelope Cruz


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Penelope Cruz
Date of Birth 28 April 1974, Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain Birth Name Penélope Cruz Sánchez Nickname Madonna of Madrid Pe Height 5′ 6" (1.68 m) Mini Biography Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo (a retailer) and Encarna (a hairdresser). As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies...

Shannyn Sossamon


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Shannyn Sossamon
Date of Birth 3 October 1978, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Birth Name Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon Nickname Hot Soss Shan Height 5′ 7" (1.70 m) Mini Biography Shannyn, who credits her striking looks to an eclectic mix of French, Hawaiian, Dutch, Irish, Filipino and German was born Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon in Honolulu, Hawaii. At the age of one, Shannyn and her family moved to a new exotic locale: Reno, Nevada. Her youth was spent at a dance studio. At 17, promptly after high school...

Natalie Portman


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Natalie Portman
Date of Birth 9 June 1981, Jerusalem, Israel Birth Name Natalie Hershlag Nickname Nat Height 5′ 3" (1.60 m) Mini Biography Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981 in Jerusalem, Israel to a Jewish family. She is the only child of a doctor father (from Israel) and an artist mother (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's agent. She left Israel for Washington, D.C., when she was still very young. After a few more moves, her family finally settled in New York,...

Rachel Weisz


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Rachel Weisz
Date of Birth 7 March 1970, Westminster, London, England, UK Birth Name Rachel Hannah Weisz Height 5′ 7" (1.70 m) Mini Biography Rachel Weisz was born on 7th March 1970, in London, England, to Edith, an Austrian psychoanalyst, and George Weisz, a Hungarian inventor. Rachel was a model when she was 14 and began acting during her studies at Cambridge University. While there, she formed a theater company named "Talking Tongues", which won the Guardian Award, at the Edinburgh Festival,...

Leighton Meester


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Leighton Meester
Date of Birth9 April 1986, Fort Worth, Texas, USABirth NameLeighton Marissa MeesterHeight5’ 5” (1.65 m)Mini BiographyLeighton Marissa Meester (born April 9, 1986) is an American actress and singer. Meester first garnered attention for playing Blair Waldorf in the CW television series Gossip Girl. She most recently appeared in the 2010 country drama film Country Strong, the 2011 thriller The Roommate, and the 2011 romantic-comedy Monte Carlo. Early life and personal life Meester was born in Fort...

Jessica Alba


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Jessica Alba
Date of Birth 28 April 1981, Pomona, California, USA Birth Name Jessica Marie Alba Nickname Sky Angel Albz Height 5′ 7" (1.70 m) Mini Biography Born in Pomona, California, on April 28, 1981, Jessica Alba and her family moved to Biloxi, Mississippi, when she was an infant. Three years later, her Air Force father brought the family back to California, then to Del Rio, Texas, before finally settling in Southern California when Jessica was nine. In love with the idea of becoming an actress...

Bar Refaeli


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Bar Refaeli
  At a young age, Bar Refaeli attracted enormous amounts of attention for her stunning beauty and unbelievable ability to make men swoon. She has appeared on several magazine covers and there are very few retail catalogs out there that haven’t requested her services. She was also the cover girl of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in ’09 and also appeared in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, but lost the cover to Brooklyn Decker, aka Mrs. Andy Roddick. That didn’t...

Ginnifer Goodwin


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Ginnifer Goodwin
Date of Birth 22 May 1978, Memphis, Tennessee, USA Birth Name Jennifer Michelle Goodwin Nickname Ginny Gigi Height 5′ 6" (1.68 m) Mini Biography Ginnifer Michelle Goodwin was born on 22nd May 1978, in Memphis, Tennessee. Bright and talented, Ginnifer carried her love for theater and acting through her high school years. She graduated from Lausanne Collegiate School in 1996 and spent a year at Hanover before going to Boston University where she received her BFA in Acting. She went on to...

Freida Pinto


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Freida Pinto
Date of Birth 18 October 1984, Bombay, Maharashtra, India now Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Nickname Fro Height 5′ 6" (1.68 m) Mini Biography Freida Pinto traversed the modeling circuit in Mumbai represented by Elite Model Management India for two years before gaining her big break when director Danny Boyle picked her out in the audition process to play the female lead, Latika, for his project Slumdog Millionaire (2008). In a promo interview, Boyle likened spotting her to his discovery of...

Jessie J


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Jessie J
The Brit behind Miley Cyrus’ ”Party in the U.S.A”, Jessie J, has stepped out into the light to claim her own fame. Born Jessica Ellen Cornish on March 27, 1988, Jessie knew that she had art running through her blood. After attending Colins Performing Arts, Jessie was cast at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End play ”Whistle Down the Wind” at the age of 11. She went through High School and began channeling down her talent again when completing her study at the BRIT school and joining an-all...