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Vanessa Hudgens (born 14.12.1988)
Vanessa Hudgens is an American singer and actress. She is perhaps best known for playing Gabriella Montez in High School Musical.
Vanessa Hudgens: Childhood
Vanessa Hudgens was born in Salinas, California, to Gina and Gregory Hudgens. Her mother is an office worker and her father a firefighter. Her younger sister, Stella Hudgens, is also an actress and all of her grandparents were musicians.
As a child, Vanessa Hudgens began performing in musical theatre productions, such as Carousel, Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz.
Vanessa Hudgens: Career
Vanessa Hudgens played a small role in the 2003 film Thirteen, alongside Evan Rachel Wood. The following year, she appeared in the film version of Thunderbirds, but the film was not a success.
2005 saw Hudgens appearing in TV shows, such as Quintuplets, Drake & Josh, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Brothers Garcia. Later that year, she landed her breakthrough role; playing Gabriella Montez in High School Musical, opposite Zac Efron. The role brought her global fame and she reprised the role in 2007 in High School Musical 2 and again in 2009's High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
Later on in 2009, Hudgens also appeared in Bandslam. Her acting in the film earned her comparisons to Thandie Newton and Dorothy Parker.
At the 81st Academy Awards, Vanessa Hudgens performed a musical number, with Zac Efron, Beyonce Knowles, Hugh Jackman, Dominic Cooper and Amanda Seyfried.
Hudgens later performed voices for an episode of Robot Chicken, the animated series created by Seth Green. Also in 2009, Vanessa Hudgens was involved in Beastly - the film based on Alex Flinn's novel of the same name.
Two years later, Sucker Punch was released: an action film directed by Zack Snyder and featuring Hudgens alongside Emily Browning, Jena Malone and Abbie Cornish. Hudgens played the role of Blondie, a girl who has been institutionalised in an asylum.
Hudgens was also announced as one of the actors set to appear in the 2011 remake of Journey to the Centre of the Earth, along with Josh Hutcherson and Dwayne Johnson.
Vanessa Hudgens has also had a successful musical career, signing a contract with Hollywood Records, via whom her debut album, 'V' was released in 2006. The album was certified gold in 2007. At the end of the year, she was invited to sing for then-president, George Bush, at the National Building Museum in Washington DC.
Vanessa Hudgens: Personal Life
Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron became romantically involved around two years after they started to work on High School Musical, though their relationship ended in December 2010.
Vanessa Hudgens relied on her mother's optimism to come to terms with her father's death.
The Spring Breakers star's father Greg lost his battle with cancer in January (16) at the age of 65.
After his death, Vanessa reveals her mother's positive attitude was central to helping her cope with own her grief.
"My mom looks out through such beautiful eyes," she told America's People magazine. "I've learned to follow her lead."
Continue reading: Vanessa Hudgens Relied On Mother's Optimism After Dad's Death
Vanessa Hudgens - Universal Studios Hollywood Hosts The Opening Of "The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood - Universal City, California, United States - Tuesday 5th April 2016
Vanessa Hudgens can escape court if she pays a fine following her alleged defacing of a rock face in Arizona.
The 27-year-old actress came under fire after posting a picture on Instagram of a carving she had made featuring her and boyfriend Austin Butler's name in a heart on a red rock during their romantic trip over Valentine's Day weekend (13-14Feb16).
She quickly deleted the image, but not before it had come to the attention of the Red Rock Ranger District officials, who believed the stone was located in the Coconino National Forest, Sedona.
Under federal law, people are prohibited from "damaging natural surfaces or property of the United States", with punishments including six months behind bars and/or a $5,000 (£3,500) fine.
Continue reading: Vanessa Hudgens To Pay Fine Or Attend Court Over Carving
Vanessa Hudgens - Vanessa Hudgens leaves a hair salon with loose wavy curls, wearing a black jumpsuit an carrying an iced coffee, money and her mobile phone in Beverly Hills. - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Saturday 2nd April 2016
Check out what the original cast is up to as the new sequel is announced.
It's been eight years since the last sequel to Emmy winning Disney Channel original 'High School Musical' and 10 years since the fun began, but it's finally set to return with an all-new cast in the form of 'High School Musical 4', set to be directed by Jeffrey Hornaday.
What are the old cast doing now?
Casting for the film was announced to have started taking place yesterday (March 1st 2016), with director Jeffrey Hornaday ('Teen Beach Movie', 'Shout') announced to replace Kenny Ortega at the helm and also choreograph the movie.
Continue reading: 'High School Musical 4' Is Coming! But Where Are The Original Stars Now?
Vanessa Hudgens is taking the lead in a new superhero-themed comedy, called Powerless.
The High School Musical star is heading back to the small screen for the workplace comedy set at one of the worst insurance companies in America. The quirky show will feature characters from the DC Comics universe.
Hudgens will portray non-powered insurance claims adjuster Emily Locke who loves her job but gets "increasingly exasperated by the disruptive antics of the various superheroes that proliferate in her city."
Hudgens recently received acclaim for her turn in the Grease: Live TV event, but Powerless will mark her first time starring in a pilot for a potential series.
The actress has apparently broken a national law.
Apparently, just because you're famous doesn't mean that vandalism is okay, no matter how tasteful the graffiti. Consequently, Vanessa Hudgens has found herself under investigation after apparently defacing the precious red sandstone of Sedona rock in Arizona with a Valentine's Day message.
Vanessa Hudgens could be in deep trouble
27-year-old Hudgens posted a photo on Instagram of a jagged heart with 'Austin + Vanessa' inside it etched on the rock surface on Monday (February 15t 2016). Not exactly ambigious, though it's very likely that the she and her boyfriend Austin Butler didn't they were doing anything wrong. Allegedly, it's actually against federal law to cause damage to a protected natural phenomenon such as this, and they are now being investigated because of it according to a public affairs officer for Coconino National Forest.
Continue reading: Vanessa Hudgens Being Investigated For Sedona Rock Vandalism?
Actress Vanessa Hudgens bid a final farewell to her father on Tuesday (09Feb16) as he was laid to rest following his death last month (Jan16).
The High School Musical star's 65-year-old dad, Greg, lost his battle with cancer on 30 January (16), on the eve of his daughter's debut as bad girl Rizzo in the U.S. TV musical event Grease: Live.
Vanessa subsequently dedicated the show to her beloved parent.
"I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer," she wrote on Twitter. "Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers. Tonight, I do the show in his honor."
Continue reading: Vanessa Hudgens Attends Dad's Memorial
Vanessa Hudgens Is Grateful For The Support She Received While Starring In The Grease: Live Tv Event Just One Day After Her Father Passed Away.
The actress played bad girl Rizzo in the U.S. television musical on Sunday night (31Jan16), with the performance taking place mere hours after she revealed her father Greg had lost his battle to cancer.
The show was ultimately dedicated to her 65-year-old dad, and Hudgens won praises for her stunning appearance from critics and fans alike, with co-star Mario Lopez tweeting, "Imagine if you had a day like @VanessaHudgens & performed like that. Wow.What a strong woman.My new hero."
And on Monday (01Feb16), Hudgens took to Twitter to express her gratitude for the outpouring of kind words, writing, "I can't believe @gogrease is OVER! Grand opening and grand closing. Thank you to everyone who watched & supported me last night. Doing #greaselive was one of the most incredible experiences and I'm so glad you guys liked it as much as I did. Till next time Rizz... #pinkladyforlife".
Continue reading: Vanessa Hudgens Thanks Fans For Support After Grease: Live
Celebrities Have Flocked To Social Media To Praise The Stars Of The Grease: Live Tv Event For Their Flawless Performances.
Vanessa Hudgens played bad girl Rizzo in the U.S. TV musical, putting on an impressive show on Sunday (31Jan16) just one day after her father Greg - who the show was dedicated to - passed away from cancer. Her dedication to the show impressed many on Twitter, with a host of big-name stars paying tribute to her and her co-stars including Julianne Hough, Carly Rae Jepsen, Joe Jonas and Mario Lopez.
Mario was particularly impressed with Vanessa's performance, using Twitter to give her a shout out.
"Imagine if you had a day like @VanessaHudgens & performed like that. Wow.What a strong woman.My new hero #GreaseLive," he wrote.
Continue reading: Vanessa Hudgens Praised For Grease: Live
Hudgens played Rizzo in the TV special, which aired live on Fox on Sunday night.
Vanessa Hudgens took part in Fox’s special ‘Grease Live’ event on Sunday evening, just hours after announcing her father’s death. Hudgens played Rizzo in the special, the role made famous by Stockard Channing in the original film, alongside Julianne Hough as Sandy and Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko.
Vanessa Hudgens starred as Rizzo in ‘Grease Live’.
Just hours before the broadcast Hudgens announced on twitter that her beloved father Greg had lost his battle with cancer. "I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer. Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers," Hudgens wrote.
The Grease: Live Tv Event On Sunday Night (31jan16) Was Dedicated To The Show's Star Vanessa Hudgens' Father, Who Died From Cancer On Saturday (30jan16).
The actress, who played bad girl Rizzo in the U.S. TV musical, confirmed the sad news on Twitter early Sunday, writing that her 65-year-old father Greg lost his battle with stage 4 cancer.
She wrote, "Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers. Tonight, I do the show in his honor."
And as the final credits rolled after the Grease: Live aired, one last title read, "In loving memory of Greg Hudgens. June 22, 1950 - January 30, 2016."
Continue reading: Grease: Live Dedicated To Vanessa Hudgens' Late Father
Date of birth
14th December, 1988
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