43 Facts About Melissa George

1.

Melissa Suzanne George was born on 6 August 1976 and is an Australian-American actress and entrepreneur.

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Melissa George made the transition to leading roles when she appeared as Kathy Lutz in the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror.

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Melissa George followed this with a succession of films in the thriller and horror genres, such as Derailed, Turistas, W?Z, 30 Days of Night, Triangle, A Lonely Place to Die, and Felony.

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On television, Melissa George has had recurring roles on Alias, Grey's Anatomy and The Good Wife, and a starring role on the NBC medical drama Heartbeat.

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5.

Melissa George received a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Laura Hill on HBO's In Treatment.

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6.

Melissa George starred in the Australian miniseries The Slap, for which she received a Logie Award, and in the BBC spy series Hunted.

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Melissa George currently plays Margot on the Apple TV+ drama series The Mosquito Coast.

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Melissa George was born on 6 August 1976 in Perth, Western Australia, to Pamela, a nurse, and Glenn Melissa George, a construction worker.

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Melissa George attended Warwick Senior High School and developed an interest in dancing and began studying jazz, tap, ballet, and modern dance at the age of seven.

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10.

Melissa George is an Australian national roller skating champion and won bronze medals in the National Championships in 1989 and 1990.

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Melissa George won a silver medal at the Junior World Championship in 1991.

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12.

Melissa George began modelling in her early teens, and in 1992 she was named Western Australia's Teenage Model of the Year.

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13.

Melissa George met with casting director Liz Mullinar and was cast in the role of Angel Parrish.

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14.

Melissa George made her first on-screen appearance on 30 March 1993, arriving as a teenage runaway.

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15.

Melissa George's role earned her five consecutive Logie Award nominations, of which she won two.

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16.

Melissa George then made a health and fitness video, Mind, Body and Soul, created a sleepwear line called "An Angel at My Bedside", and had a recurring role on the short-lived 1997 Fox Broadcasting Company television fantasy drama series Roar, which was filmed in Queensland, opposite Heath Ledger.

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17.

Melissa George then appeared on the cover and in a nude pictorial for the March 1997 issue of Australian Playboy.

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18.

In late 1997, Melissa George decided to relocate from Australia to the United States, hoping to establish a career in Hollywood.

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19.

Melissa George starred in several unaired TV pilots, including the lead role in Lost in Oz, an original sequel to The Wizard of Oz, inspired by the Oz books of L Frank Baum.

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However, by then Melissa George's contract had lapsed, and, as she had just moved to America, she didn't want to move back to Australia to shoot it.

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21.

Melissa George starred in the short-lived ABC drama-comedy Thieves, co-starring John Stamos.

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22.

Melissa George starred in the sixth season premiere of the WB series Charmed, had a minor role opposite Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor in the 2003 romantic comedy Down with Love and was originally cast as Susan Freeman in the American series Coupling based on the British series of the same name.

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23.

Melissa George had auditioned to play lead character Sydney Bristow, but lost out to Jennifer Garner.

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24.

Melissa George's first starring role in a feature film was Kathy Lutz in the 2005 remake of the 1979 horror film, The Amityville Horror.

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25.

Melissa George was to play Nico Reilly, the editor-in-chief of Bonfire Magazine.

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26.

Melissa George had been personally cast by Bushnell, but left in early 2007 when she was offered the HBO series In Treatment.

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27.

Melissa George was the driving force behind him and behind every good man is a good woman, and Christine was that woman.

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28.

Melissa George returned to television in 2008 in the HBO half-hour drama In Treatment, co-starring Gabriel Byrne and Dianne Wiest, receiving a 2009 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film, and received a nomination for "Best Actress" at the 2009 Australian Film Institute Awards.

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29.

In September 2008, Melissa George joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy for eleven episodes as Sadie Harris, a bisexual intern, but in January 2009 it was released that she was leaving the show in a mutual agreement with the producers.

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30.

Melissa George received the lead role in the Australian-British mystery thriller by Chris Smith titled Triangle, which opened to positive reviews.

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31.

Melissa George starred in the British thriller film A Lonely Place to Die, directed by Julian Gilbey.

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32.

Melissa George climbed Ben Nevis mountain for her role in the film.

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33.

In November 2010, Melissa George was named the new face of L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

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34.

In 2012, Melissa George appeared as Rosie in the Australian TV series The Slap and as Sam Hunter in the British TV series Hunted, which was filmed over seven months in London, Scotland and Morocco.

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35.

An American adaptation of the series, in which Melissa George again played the character Rosie, premiered on the NBC network in February 2015.

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36.

Melissa George is credited as the inventor of Style Snaps, a device intended to allow changing pant hem length without sewing.

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37.

Melissa George has stated that the invention earns her more money than her acting career.

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38.

In 1998, Melissa George met Chilean furniture designer and film director Claudio Dabed in Bali.

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39.

In 2011, Melissa George met French entrepreneur Jean David Blanc, the founder of AlloCine, at a BAFTA awards party.

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40.

In September 2016, Melissa George separated from Blanc following allegations of domestic abuse that purportedly occurred at their home in Paris.

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41.

Shortly after the incident, Melissa George attempted to fly to the United States with the couple's two sons for a work arrangement, but was prevented from doing so by French authorities after Blanc alleged she was attempting to kidnap their children.

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42.

Melissa George denied this, and said she had intended to return to France with the children after finishing the work engagement.

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43.

Melissa George alleged during the program that she believed Blanc had private detectives hired to follow her around Paris.

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