RACHAEL LEIGH COOK Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Rachael Leigh Cook                                                                   
Born: 4 October 1979 Minneapolis, Minnesota                                               
Rachael Leigh Cook (born October 4, 1979) is an American actress. She came to             
fame after her role in the 1999 teen romantic comedy, She's All That, and has             
since appeared mostly in lower-profile films.                                             
Cook was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Thomas H. Cook, a social worker and             
former stand-up comic, and JoAnn, a cooking instructor and weaver. Cook                   
attended school at Laurel Springs School and Minneapolis South High School. She           
began working as a print model at the age of 10, most notably in nationwide               
advertisements for Target and appearing on the boxes of Milk-Bone dog biscuits             
for medium sized dogs.                                                                     
At the age of 14, Cook began auditioning for acting work. Her modeling agency             
sent her to read for a short film, 26 Summer Street (1996). She first gained               
national attention when she was featured in a This is Your Brain on Drugs public-service   
television advertisement, in which she proceeds to destroy a kitchen with a               
frying pan as she listed the things that drugs harms (in 1998). Cook began her             
feature film career some years earlier, debuting in The Baby-Sitters Club (1995)           
as shy 13-year-old babysitter Mary Anne Spier. The movie was based on Ann M.               
Martin's book series of the same name.                                                     
Cook's two highest-profile lead roles to date have been in the films She's All             
That (1999) and Josie and the Pussycats (2001). Cook has also appeared in a               
number of independent films and in the 2005 television miniseries Into the West.           
In 2000, she was the cover girl for the premier issue of FHM US (March/April               
issue). Cook also provided the voice for Chelsea Cunningham on the Kids' WB               
animated series Batman Beyond in the episode "Last Resort" and in the animated             
film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. In 2002, she was ranked #26 in Stuff             
magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World".                                               
Cook has provided the voice of Tifa Lockhart in the video games Kingdom Hearts             
II and Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, as well as the CG movie Final               
Fantasy VII Advent Children. She also starred in the video for New Found Glory's           
2002 single "Dressed to Kill". Cook's latest voice-over role is for the video             
game Yakuza where she voices the role of Reina, a beautiful barkeep. She has               
also appeared in Daniel Powter's Love You Lately.                                         
Cook owns her own production company, Ben's Sister Productions (in reference to           
her younger brother, an aspiring filmmaker). Cook eventually stepped away from             
the spotlight to focus on spending time with friends and family. She later                 
returned to mainstream films when she signed on to a new casting agency. Cook             
was later cast in a role in the big screen adaptation of Nancy Drew, the female           
lead in the independent sports drama The Final Season, and playing a small                 
supporting lead in Blonde Ambition.