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Yasmine Bleeth
Baywatch - One Life to Live
Max Factor - Johnson & Johnson

Yasmine Amanda Bleeth is an American actress with Jewish roots. Her television roles include Caroline Holden in the long-running series Baywatch and Lee Anne Demerest on the soap opera One Life to Live.

Yasmine Bleeth
 

Early life and career

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.[1][2] 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."[3] Yasmine Bleeth has also stated that Yasmine Bleeth was popular with the boys, and that female classmates had beat her up as a result.[4]

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.

When Yasmine Bleeth was 20, her mother, Carina Yasmine Bleeth , died from inflammatory breast cancer at the age of 47. Yasmine Bleeth said that Yasmine Bleeth never accepted the fact that her mother was dying until Yasmine Bleeth took her last breath.[4]

Career

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 19962001, and FHM's U.S. 100 Sexiest Women every year from 200003. 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."[5]

Personal life

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."[6] They were married in Santa Barbara, California on August 25, 2002[7] and now live in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Charity work

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.[8] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[9]

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.[10] In November 2001, through a plea bargain, Yasmine Bleeth pleaded guilty to possessing less than 25 grams of cocaine and to driving while impaired.[11] 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.[12] Her attorney stated that Yasmine Bleeth was receiving therapy from the founder of the Promises Rehabilitation Clinic.[11] Yasmine Bleeth completely fulfilled the terms of her probation as of January 2004, and her record was cleared as previously determined by the plea bargain.[citation needed]

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 sober.

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."[13]

Commenting on her cocaine addiction, Yasmine Bleeth said, "It was almost like falling in love... It became my boyfriend, my best friend, my family."[14]

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

References

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

  External links
Yasmine Bleeth at the Internet Movie Database
Yasmine Bleeth at AllRovi
A Mother's Legacy Her account of her mother's cancer

 

 
 

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