Birth Date: January 20, 1976
Birth Place: Brockville, Ontario, Canada
Occupation: TV Host
Quote: "When I interview celebrities, I always try to throw them off balance. My favorite is to ask them about crazy sex stuff like donkey punches and Monroe transfers. Works every time."
Born on January 20, 1976, in Brockville, Ontario, Rachel Perry was a ham as a toddler, always ready to pose for her adoring fans (i.e. her loving family). By the age of 6, she had already made her first appearance on television, in the miniseries Little Gloria... Happy at Last.
Though there was a large gap between this initial acting breakthrough and her next significant role, Perry always held the objective of achieving recognizable success. She was not convinced that television was the right medium, however, and so she concentrated on her studies. While working part-time as an attendant at a gas station, she attended Toronto's York University and then went on to study at the University of Northumbria in England.
The outgoing, sociable young lady went on an adventure, backpacking through much of Europe, Australia and South Africa, often on her own. Returning to Canada with great stories and a new outlook on life, she bit at the chance to audition for the job as a VJ on MuchMusic, the country's popular music television channel. Rachel landed the job and made her real TV debut in 1998. Thanks to her humorous delivery and identifiable persona, Rachel was an instant hit on MuchMusic and rose to become the channel's most popular host. She had the privilege of interviewing the music industry's biggest stars during her stint, including Lenny Kravitz and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
After three years as a top-notch host, Perry left MuchMusic for New York City, with plans of making waves on American television. After only two weeks in the Big Apple, she got a job on a music show called The Daily Beat on the Metro Channel. Within months of her move, however, VH1, who had been courting Rachel for some time, finally made her a concrete offer. She immediately left The Daily Beat for greener pastures.
Rachel was VH1's only female VJ when she debuted in 2001 as host of the Top 20 Countdown. She went on to do a variety of shows for the station, including All Access, VH1 News and Jump Start. In 2003, Maxim magazine took notice of Rachel and featured her in its April issue. She has been included in its "Hot 100" list ever since and has also appeared in Stuff magazine.
Rachel took to the habit of hosting special programs during the little downtime she had from her VH1 responsibilities, emceeing both the WB's Pepsi Smash and the Maxim Hot 100 show. In 2005, she took on hosting duties for yet another VH1 show, the reality show Strip Search. Then, as if her plate wasn't full enough already, the outgoing VJ ventured into acting, appearing in Searching for Bobby D. For those who want to keep tabs on Rachel, she is featured in both the Maxim and Stuff 2005 calendars, and also has plans to polish her own music projects as well.
Rachel Perry Filmography
Body Doubles: International Twins Search (2006) (TV) .... Host
"Heist" .... Cute Waitress (1 episode, 2006)
- Strife (2006) TV Episode .... Cute Waitress
Beyond (2006) (TV) .... Sunny Owens
Maxim Hot 100 (2005) (TV) .... Host
"VH-1 Top 21 Countdown" (1994) TV Series .... Host (unknown episodes)
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