Wednesday, May 13, 2009

TheTVObserver: Hayden Panettiere

TheTVObserver's StarSpread presents Hayden Panettiere. We first noticed her as the incredible member of the Heroes team. But it seems there is more to her than we thought. In this special StarSpread you get to know her better.

The 5' 1" American actress and singer, Hayden Leslie Panettiere, or famously known as Hayden Panettiere, was born on August 21, 1989 in Palisade, New York to parents Skip Panettiere and Lesley Vogel. Her father, Skip, was a lieutenant in a fire department and her mother, Lesley, used to be a soap opera actress. Panettiere has a younger brother, Jansen Panettiere, that also works as an actor.

When Panettiere was 11 months old, her mother introduced her to the showbiz by having her to appear in commercials. Her first appearance was for Playskool's advertisement. Few years later, in 1994, she was cast as Sarah Roberts on the ABC soap opera, "One Life to Live", where she remained until 1997. Panettierre first caught people attention when she portrayed Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Spaulding, an abused girl who battled leukemia, on the CBS daytime-drama, "Guiding Light" (1996-2000).

The show received a Special Recognition Award from The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for bringing national awareness of the disease to the attention of daytime viewers while at the same time scored Panettiere a Young Star Award nomination for the category of Best Young Actress/Performance in Daytime TV Series in 2000.

After successfully portraying Lizzie, this blonde girl continued appearing in numbers of animated movies and feature films. In 1998, she lent her voice to Dot in Pixar animated movie, "A Bug's Life". The following year saw Panettiere being nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, thanks to her serving as narrator in "A Bug's Life Read-Along." After that filling in the voice of Suri in "Dinosaur," a feature film produced by Walt Disney Pictures released to movie theaters in 2000, she as well was cast alongside Denzel Washington in "Remember the Titans" as Sheryl Yoast, a portraying role that led her to be nominated for Young Actress Award in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress.

During the period of 2001 to 2003, Panettiere appeared in TV series "Ally McBeal's" and "Malcolm in the Middle", and in feature film "Joe Somebody". She also filled in the voice of Kairi in a video game entitled "Kingdom Hearts". In addition to those projects, Panettiere was also among the cast for HBO's made-for-TV movie "Normal."

it was not until the year of 2006 that Panettiere saw a big breakthrough in her acting career with her joining the cast of NBC's science fiction drama TV series "Heroes." Starring in as Claire Bennet, a high school cheerleader who has a spontaneous regenerative ability, she admitted that options are sometimes limited because "people look at [her] as either the 'popular cheerleader' type or just 'the blonde.'"

With the TV series becoming a hit among viewers, Panettiere also snagged some more prestigious awards, including Scream Award-Breakout Performance, Teen Choice Award- Choice TV Actress: Drama, and Saturn Award-Best Supporting Actress in a Television Program or Series.

Having a full plate on her agenda, however, doesn't prevent Panettiere from embarking romance. Previously dated actor Stephen Colletti for more than one year before then split in September 2007, she was then romantically linked to "Heroes" co-star Milo Ventimiglia.

Panettiere was nominated for a Grammy in 1999 for A Bug's Life Read-Along

She recorded a song called "My Hero Is You" with a video for the Disney Channel movie she starred in, Tiger Cruise. She recorded a song titled "I Fly" for the Disney movie Ice Princess in which she co-starred. She recorded a song for the compilation Girlnext and another song for Girlnext 2. She also recorded a cover for DisneyMania 5. She recorded a song titled "Try" for the 2007 Bridge to Terabithia soundtrack and a ballad called "I Still Believe" for Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.

Turned handbags designer, designing a handbag for U.S. fashion company Dooney & Bourke

  • Loves singing, dancing, horseback riding, gymnastics, taking piano lessons, and swimming.
  • Her childhood nickname is 'Mushroom'.
  • Has two dogs, named Madison and Penny Lane
  • Likes to get nail art and manicures
  • Learned to ride zebras for the partly animated movie "Racing Stripes" (2005) in South Africa
  • Takes karate and boxing lesson
  • Had been Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher in the show's 8th season premiere
  • Her surname 'Panettiere' is pronounced 'Pan-Uh-Tee-Air-Ee' which means "Baker" in Italian.

Slapped with an arrest warrant issued by Japanese authorities in November 2007 due to her involvement in the Save the Whales protest in the country in October the same year.

Launched a new Website,, which allowed fans to shop online and purchase her clothes with all the money earned will be used to fund her fight to save whales and dolphin.

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1 comment:

Green.arrow said...

...I am simply gooing credit where it is due...this girl is going places....and its gonna take me years to be as rich as she is:(....

U did not mention her most recent song...i think its ok for the market this days, my little sisters would like it...its called Wake up...

I really wish her the best....