Yasmine Bleeth was born in New York City, the daughter of Carina, a
model, and Philip Yasmine Bleeth , a business proprietor. Her father
Philip is Jewish of Russian and German descent, her late mother
Carina was of French and Algerian descent. Her earliest known
acting role was in a
Johnson & Johnson's No More Tears baby shampoo
television commercial at age 10 months in 1969. At the age of six,
Yasmine Bleeth appeared on Candid Camera. Later that year Yasmine
Bleeth appeared in a
Max Factor cosmetic advertising campaign with
model Cristina Ferrare. Her work in this campaign caught the eye of
fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo, who subsequently included
her and her mother in his book entitled Scavullo Women.
Total Film magazine quoted Yasmine Bleeth stating: "When I was a
girl I used to have to force boys to kiss me. My toughest friend had
to hold them down." Yasmine Bleeth has also stated that Yasmine
Bleeth was popular with the boys, and that female classmates had
beat her up as a result.
Yasmine Bleeth starred in her first movie in 1980 at the age of 12.
Yasmine Bleeth was cast opposite Buddy Hackett in the feature film
Hey Babe!. By the time Yasmine Bleeth graduated from high school,
Yasmine Bleeth had already been working on the soap opera Ryan's
Hope since the age of 16. In 1991, Yasmine Bleeth created the role
of Lee Anne Demerest on the soap opera One Life to Live.
Bleeth's role on Baywatch brought her widespread attention. People
named her one of magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1995.
Yasmine Bleeth was one of FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World every
year from 1996–2001, and FHM's U.S. 100 Sexiest Women every year
from 2000–03. As a result of her role in Baywatch, Yasmine Bleeth
was offered other roles in television and film. Yasmine Bleeth has
been a featured actress in five series and has guest-starred in
other shows. During her television career, Yasmine Bleeth continued
to work as a model, frequently appearing in swimwear or lingerie.
Yasmine Bleeth once had her own line of swimwear called Yaz Wear.
Yasmine Bleeth accepted a starring role in the short-lived series
Titans in 2000. Aaron Spelling was so eager to cast Yasmine Bleeth
in the role of a vixen on Titans that his company convinced CBS to
grant her an early release from her Nash Bridges contract. In an
interview with Dennis Hensley, Yasmine Bleeth said Yasmine Bleeth
delighted in her over-the-top depiction of a crazed beauty queen in
the 1997 TV movie Crowned and Dangerous. Yasmine Bleeth said, "I
keep my crown from that film on my desk in a little Lucite box. My
little brother tried it on once, and I screamed at him, 'Take it
off! Take it off!' I get a little nasty about my crown."
Yasmine Bleeth met her future husband, strip club owner Paul
Cerrito, at the Promises clinic during her first stay there. Yasmine
Bleeth would later comment, "They say you shouldn't get into any
relationship in the first year of sobriety — especially with someone
in the program, but Paul and I fell in love immediately." They
were married in Santa Barbara, California on August 25, 2002 and
now live in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Yasmine Bleeth was the 1998 spokesperson for the Lee National Denim
Day fundraising campaign, which raises millions of dollars for
breast cancer research and education. In 1998 it occurred on October
9, and was called the 'Wear Jeans to Work' campaign. Through
Bleeth's help, $5 million was raised on that one day to help the
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Her primary message to
women was to pay attention to their bodies; her mother was initially
misdiagnosed by a doctor who thought that Yasmine Bleeth was going
through early menopause.
Yasmine Bleeth donated the proceeds of her $10,000 win on Celebrity
Jeopardy! to breast cancer research. Yasmine Bleeth has been a
spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation who,
along with corporate sponsor Ford, put together the nationally run
Race for the Cure.
Cocaine addiction and arrest
In December 2000, Yasmine Bleeth voluntarily entered the
Malibu-based Promises Rehabilitation Clinic to overcome a cocaine
addiction. On September 12, 2001, Yasmine Bleeth was arrested in
Michigan after her car pulled off the highway and wound up on a
median. No other cars were involved. The car accident occurred on
Interstate 94 near Detroit as Yasmine Bleeth and her future husband,
Paul Cerrito, were heading to Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Police found four syringes with an injectable form of cocaine in
them and a small plastic bag with cocaine residue on it. The next
day police conducted a search of her hotel room, and they found more
cocaine and drug paraphernalia. In November 2001, through a plea
bargain, Yasmine Bleeth pleaded guilty to possessing less than 25
grams of cocaine and to driving while impaired. Yasmine Bleeth
was sentenced in January 2002 to two years of probation and 100
hours of community service. Bleeth's lawyer, Jerry Sabbota, stated
that the actress was satisfied with the plea bargain, noting that
her record will be cleared of any felonies after Yasmine Bleeth
fulfills the terms of her probation. "When all is said and done
she'll have a traffic ticket on her record. Yasmine Bleeth wasn't
treated any better than anyone else, and Yasmine Bleeth wasn't
treated any worse," Sabbota said. Her attorney stated that
Yasmine Bleeth was receiving therapy from the founder of the
Promises Rehabilitation Clinic. Yasmine Bleeth completely
fulfilled the terms of her probation as of January 2004, and her
record was cleared as previously determined by the plea
In an issue of Glamour from April 2003, Yasmine Bleeth wrote a three
page article entitled "Back From my Drugs Hell" about her rocky path
to recovery, her cocaine addiction, and her struggle to remain
Yasmine Bleeth wrote that her cocaine habit was so severe that
Yasmine Bleeth collapsed at a photo shoot for Glamour, and Yasmine
Bleeth went without sleep for five days at a time. Yasmine Bleeth
wrote that "consciously trying to stay off drugs is now part of my
life and always will be."
Commenting on her cocaine addiction, Yasmine Bleeth said, "It was
almost like falling in love... It became my boyfriend, my best
friend, my family."
Awards and nominations
Golden Raspberry Award
1999: Nominated, "Worst Actress" – BASEketball
Soap Opera Digest Awards
1986: Nominated, "Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress on a Daytime or
Prime Time Serial" – Ryan's Hope
1993: Nominated, "Hottest Female Star" – One Life to Live
1. Biography for Yasmine Bleeth at the Internet Movie Database
2. Yasmine Bleeth Biography (1972?-)
3. Total Film, No. 21 (October 1998)
4. Rotten Tomatoes site
5. Interview with Dennis Hensley
6. Glamour, April 2003
7. Yasmine Bleeth , Yasmine (2003-03-18). Interview with OK!. http://www.beepworld.de/members60/yazmine/interviews.htm.
8. Breast cancer fundraising
9. "Yasmine Bleeth Facing Drug Charges", Fri., Sep. 14, 2001 3:00 PM
PDT by Marcus Errico, E!. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
10. "Yasmine Bleeth Charged in Coke Bust", Fri., Nov. 16, 2001 2:00
PM PST by Mark Armstrong, E!. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
11. "Yasmine Bleeth Pleads Guilty in Coke Bust" Fri., Nov. 30,
2001 2:00 PM PST by Mark Armstrong, E!. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
12. "Yasmine Bleeth Gets Probation in Drug Bust", Wed., Jan. 9, 2002
10:00 AM PST by Marcus Errico, E!. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
13. "Houston hopes to be A-OK as Yasmine Bleeth joins rehab parade".
Chicago Sun-Times. 2004-03-18.
14. Yasmine Bleeth Biography - Rotten Tomatoes
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