Full Name: Lucille Francis Ryan
Birth Date: March 29, 1968
Birth Place: Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
Height: 5' 10½"
Quote: “I sang the national anthem at a Red Wings-Mighty Ducks game in Anaheim a couple of years ago. I was wearing a Playboy Bunny-type outfit, and when I lifted my arms to belt out the big finish, out popped [my breasts]. Hockey has never been the same for me since.”
Best known for her role as the fearsome Xena: Warrior Princess in the long-running series of the same name, athletic worldly beauty Lucy Lawless didn't achieve the fame in her native New Zealand that flooded her in the U.S. until much later in her career, due to the fact that the wildly popular adventure series didn't air there until long after it was a staple of American television.
Born into water at her home in Mount Albert, Aukland, New Zealand, in 1968 to the mayor of that city, Lawless began acting early and frequently appeared in school plays in her youth. A active child of diverse interests and with many siblings, Lawless went on to study German, French, and Italian at Aukland University for a year before traveling through Europe with boyfriend and eventual first husband Garth Lawless. They worked odd jobs to finance their trip and eventually ending up in Australia. Working in a gold-mining camp in Kalgoorlie to finance the final leg of their journey, the couple was married in Australia in 1988 and soon returned home to have her daughter, Daisy (born 1989).
Crowned Mrs. New Zealand the following year, the busy new mother got her first acting experience in Funny Business, a popular TV comedy troupe. Studying acting in Vancouver, Canada, at the William Davis Center for Actors Study, Lawless soon landed small roles in films (The End of Golden Weather ) and television (For the Love of Mike ), with her next regular job as of co-host on television's Air New Zealand Holiday. After appearing in The Rainbow Warrior in 1992, Lawless landed the role that would propel her to stardom and become her calling card into the new millennium.
Initially appearing in the role of Lysia in Hercules and the Amazon Women, Lawless went on to appear as Xena in three episodes of Hercules before spinning off into her own series in 1995. It was a physically demanding adventure series in which the sporty actress performed many of her own stunts; Lawless broke her pelvis after falling off of a horse while preparing to make a grand entrance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in 1996. After a quick recovery, Lawless made her Broadway debut as Rizzo in Grease the following year. Her first marriage dissolved, Lawless was remarried to Xena producer Rob Tapert in October 1999, two years before the final episode of Xena. The couple have two children, Judah Miro (born May 7, 2002) and Julius Robert Bay (born October 16, 1999).
Lucy Lawless Filmography
Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight (2007) (voice) .... Goldmoon
- Occupation (2006) TV Episode .... D'Anna Biers
- Downloaded (2006) TV Episode .... D'Anna Biers
- Final Cut (2005) TV Episode .... D'anna Biers
- Donut Run (2006) TV Episode .... Agent Morris
The Darkroom (2006) .... Cheryl
Vampire Bats (2005) (TV) .... Maddy Rierdon
Xena: The 10th Anniversary Collection (2005) (V) .... Xena
Locusts (2005) (TV) .... Maddy Rierdon
"Two and a Half Men"
- It Was Mame, Mom (2005) TV Episode .... Pamela
Boogeyman (2005) .... Tim's Mother
... aka Boogeyman - Der schwarze Mann (Germany)
"Less Than Perfect"
- Ignoring Lydia (2004) TV Episode .... Tracy Fletcher
EuroTrip (2004) .... Madame Vandersexxx
"Tarzan" .... Kathleen Clayton
Spider-Man (2002) .... Punk Rock Girl
Xena: Warrior Princess - A Friend in Need (The Director's Cut) (2002) (V) .... Xena
"The X Files"
... aka The X-Files (USA)
- Nothing Important Happened Today II (2001) TV Episode .... Shannon McMahon
- Nothing Important Happened Today (2001) TV Episode .... Shannon McMahon
"Xena: Warrior Princess" .... Xena
"Just Shoot Me!"
- The Auction (2001) TV Episode .... Stacy
Ginger Snaps (2000) (voice) (uncredited) .... Announcer on School's PA System
"Saturday Night Live"
... aka SNL
... aka SNL 25 (USA: new title)
- Episode 24.3 (1998) TV Episode .... Host
"Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" .... Xena
Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus (1998) (V) (voice) .... Xena
- Dead in the Water (1995) TV Episode .... Sharon List
- Shanghied (1994) TV Episode .... Undercover policewoman
Peach (1995) .... Peach
Hercules and the Amazon Women (1994) (TV) .... Lysia
Typhon's People (1993) (TV) .... Mink Tertius
"The Ray Bradbury Theater"
... aka Monde fantastique de Ray Bradbury, Le (Canada: French title)
... aka Mystery Theatre (UK: rerun title)
... aka Ray Bradbury présente (France)
... aka The Bradbury Trilogy (UK: rerun title)
... aka The Ray Bradbury Theatre (UK)
- Fee Fie Foe Fum (1992) TV Episode .... Liddy Barton
The Rainbow Warrior (1992) .... Jane Redmond
... aka The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior
"The Black Stallion"
... aka Étalon noir, L' (France)
... aka The Adventures of the Black Stallion
... aka The New Adventures of the Black Stallion (USA: new title)
- Riding the Volcano (1992) TV Episode .... Sarah McFee
The End of the Golden Weather (1991) .... Joe's Girl
"For the Love of Mike" .... Helen
- Episode 1.6 (1991) TV Episode .... Helen
Within the Law (1990) .... Verity
A Bitter Song (1990) .... Nurse 1
"Shark in the Park"
- Double or Quits (1990) TV Episode
"Funny Business" (1987) TV Series .... Various (1989)
"Lucie, postrach ulice" (1980) TV Series (uncredited) .... Verkäuferin
... aka Luzie, der Schrecken der Straße (West Germany)
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