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Famke Janssen

Real name: Famke Janssen
Birthdate: November 5, 1965
Status: N/A
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Janssen was born in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, the only brunette in a family of blondes. There, besides her native Dutch, she learned to speak English, German, and French. She has two sisters, Antoinette Beumer (director) and Marjolein Beumer (actress). Janssen moved to the United States in 1984 and began her professional career as a fashion model. She was signed with Elite Model Management, and worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Victoria's Secret, although she lost several months due to a car crash which required her to wear a neck brace. After studying writing and literature at Columbia University, she moved to Los Angeles to establish her acting career.

Janssen played superheroine Dr. Jean Grey/Phoenix in X-Men, X2, and X-Men: The Last Stand. Janssen also starred in the movies Lord of Illusions, The Faculty, House on Haunted Hill, I Spy, Rounders, Deep Rising and Hide and Seek. In addition, Janssen had a prominent role in the second season of the popular TV show Nip/Tuck as the seductive and manipulative transsexual life coach Ava Moore.

Janssen has signed on toplining a new police drama for NBC. The show will be created by David Shore, also the creater and executive producer of House. The writer of House - Peter Blake will also help develop the project. The show will be a light drama with procedural elements that center on a female police officer (Janssen).

Janssen lives in New York City, in Greenwich Village. She was married to writer/director Tod Culpan Williams, son of architect Tod Williams, from 1995 to 2000.

First name is pronounced /fɑːmke/ (the 'a' pronounced as in the word 'farm'). The name means little girl in Frisian, the native language of the Dutch province Friesland.

Janssen has a brindle Boston Terrier named Licorice, with whom she frequently travels. The Bronte sisters, Vladimir Nabokov, and Jean Rhys are her favourite writers.


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