ALEXANDRA PAUL Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Alexandra Paul                                                                     
Born: 29 July 1963 New York City                                                         
Alexandra Elizabeth Paul (born July 29, 1963) is an American actress. She is             
probably best known for her role as Lt. Stephanie Holden in the television               
series Baywatch from 1992 to 1997. She has appeared in over 50 movies and               
television programs.                                                                     
Paul was born in New York City, the daughter of Sarah, a social worker, and Mark         
Paul, an investment banker. Paul is married to triathlon coach Ian Murray.               
Paul's identical twin sister, Caroline Paul, was one of the first women to join         
the San Francisco Fire Department and has written a memoir entitled Fighting             
Fire: A Personal Story about her experiences. Her younger brother is Jonathan           
Paul, a well known animal rights activist. Accused by the US federal government         
as an "eco-terrorist", he is serving a sentence of four years three months for           
the 1997 arson of a horse slaughterhouse in Redmond, Oregon, and for the                 
liberation of thousands of animals from testing laboratories. He was a member of         
the underground Animal Liberation Front.                                                 
Apart from Baywatch, Paul is also known for her roles in movies like Christine (1983),   
the sleeper American Flyers (1985), and the movie version of the classic series         
Dragnet. Aside from acting, she has also hosted non-fiction tv shows, including         
WE's Winning Women and southern California local environmentalism show Earth             
Talk Today.                                                                             
Paul also co-wrote and co-produced two documentaries: Jampacked, a documentary           
regarding the world human population crisis, and The Cost of Cool: Finding               
Happiness in a Materialistic World. Jampacked received a Bronze Apple Award and         
first place recognition at the EarthVision Environmental Film and Video Festival.       
The Cost of Cool won a CINE Golden Eagle Award.                                         
Paul is one of only two leading Baywatch actresses without breast enlargements.         
Her character was a competitive swimmer and Olympic swim coach, mirroring her           
own real-life athletic interests.                                                       
She made a cameo appearance in Borat in a deleted scene parodying her Baywatch           
Paul is currently filming a feature length film, "Family of Four" written and           
directed by John Suits and is set to debut later in 2008.                               
Paul is a competitive endurance athlete. She competed at the 1997 Ironman               
Triathlon in Hawaii, a grueling 2.44 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2             
mile marathon, which she completed in 13:18:52. In 2004, Alexandra competed in           
the Bonaire 10k race, a 6 mile swim off the island of Bonaire. In 2006, she             
raced in the Maui Channel Crossing, a 10 mile swim from the Hawaiian island of           
Lanai to Maui.                                                                           
Paul is a very dedicated environmental and political activist. In 2005, she was         
named "Activist of the Year" by the ACLU of Southern California. She avidly             
recycles, and will not use any products tested on animals. She has traveled to           
Nicaragua with a medical aid group and to South Africa to register voters, and           
has been registering voters locally every Wednesday night for the past eighteen         
years. The United Nations honored her in 1997 for her environmental work.               
She has often committed herself to civil disobedience to protest against some           
policy or action that she believes is wrong. She has been arrested over a dozen         
times at the Nevada Nuclear Test site in peaceful protests. On March 19, 2003           
she was arrested for trespassing onto federal property during a protest against         
the Iraq war and spent 5 days in jail. In 2006, Paul donated $250 to the Ned             
Lamont campaign against Joe Lieberman, because Lieberman supports the war in             
Iraq. She supports Representative Dennis Kucinich for President and has                 
donated $2,300 to his campaign, the max allowable.                                       
She was arrested again on March 14, 2005 while protesting the crushing of the           
environmentally friendly electric vehicles (EV), in Burbank, California. This           
arrest was featured in the documentary film Who Killed The Electric Car. As part         
of the protest, she parked her car in the way of the truck carrying the EV1s to         
the junkyard. She personally drives an EV, the fourth one she has owned.                 
Paul is an active member of Plug In America, an advocacy group supporting the           
development and promotion of electric cars.