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Alison Doody

Alison Doody was born in Dublin in 1966, in a well-off family. She is the youngest of three children. She was educated in a convent, where she gained a passion for the arts. She later studied at the National College of Fine Arts in Dublin, but left because she lacked the motivation and thought she would take a year off to think it out. Meanwhile, while sitting in a café with friends, she was approached by a still photographer who asked her if she would be interested to model. Thinking she could use the pocket money, she said yes. Modeling proved to be both fun and lucrative, and very soon she did it professionally. Her modeling contracts led to commercial work, which would take her around the world. One day, a casting director saw her work and suggested she try acting instead. She was sent to London at age 19, where she quickly won an audition to appear in the new James Bond film, Dangereusement vôtre (1985). She so loved acting that she pursued a career in that direction. After her first film, she shot a few TV dramas in London and in Dublin, but her big break came when she was cast as Aryan seductress Dr. Elsa Schneider in Indiana Jones et la dernière croisade (1989). Apparently she made a huge impression on Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, who loved her great sense of humor and her Grace Kelly looks. After Indiana Jones, which introduced her to Hollywood and to the United States, she was chosen to replace Cybill Shepherd as spokeswoman for L'Oréal. After that she shot a few B-movies in the United States, but at one point felt she missed Ireland too much, so she went back to Dublin. In 1994, she put her career on hold to spend more time with media heir Gavin O'Reilly, whom she had been dating for two years. In 1996 they married, and later had two children. In 2002, she was asked to cameo in the 'Michael Caine (I)_ comedy Les acteurs (2003), and there she regained a lust for the movie industry. The following summer, she shot Allan Quatermain et la pierre des ancêtres (2004) with co-starPatrick Swayze, and it's then that the whole ball started rolling again. In 2005, she and her husband divorced and she decided to re-launch her stalled career, but she quickly realized how difficult it was to break into this kind of business for a second time, especially after ten years away from the camera. Recently she appeared in the short film Benjamin's Struggle (2005), directed by newcomer James Breese, and played a role in the well-known British series Meurtres en sommeil (2000). In a recent interview, she said she was thrilled to be acting again, but added that she wasn't willing to accept anything for the sake of working. She is determined to find the right part, but she also wants to do different things: "I'm fed up playing the nasty Nazi. I'd like to do something quite extreme." - IMDb Mini Biography

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Nov 11, 1966 In Dublin, Ireland
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In the series Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951-12-24
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Movie Brother 2016-01-20
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Poster of Brother
Poster of Temptation
Movie Brother Grace 2016-01-20
Movie We Still Kill the Old Way Susan Taylor 2014-12-12
Series King Solomon's Mines Elizabeth Maitland 2004-06-13
Movie Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy 2003-10-21
Movie Temptation Lee Reddick 1994-10-19
Movie Ring of the Musketeers Ann-Marie Athos 1992-12-01
Movie Selling Hitler Gina Heidemann 1991-06-11
Movie Taffin Charlotte 1988-02-26
Series The Storyteller Sapsorrow 1988-05-15
Movie A Prayer for the Dying Siobhan Donovan 1987-09-11
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
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