Sunday, November 01, 2015

Babe of the Geek: Lucy Lawless!

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Lucy Lawless is the subject of this month's "Babe of the Geek" feature, and why wouldn't she be? She was born on March 29, 1968 in New Zealand, and has four brothers and one sister. She first came to geek attention in 1994's Hercules and the Amazon Women, a made-for-TV movie that was the pilot for Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. In that movie, she played Lysia, an Amazon who hated men. Later, she played Lyla in a first season episode.

Of course, it was in the March 1995 episode "The Warrior Princess" that she took on the role that made her famous, that of Xena. Originally, Xena was supposed to be played by Vanessa Angel, but she ended up being too sick to travel to New Zealand for the filming. To help differentiate between Xena and Lysia, Lucy's hair was dyed black from her usual ash blonde. Xena returned in two more episodes, as she transformed from villainess to heroine. xena
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1070488-xenaOf course, Xena proved popular enough to be spun off into her own series, Xena: Warrior Princess, debuting in September 1995, and lasting six seasons. 

Lucy Lawless is an accomplished vocalist, and performed in a revival of Grease in 1997, playing Betty Rizzo, although she'd hoped to be cast as Sandy, whom she identified with. She made other vocal performances, including a rather infamous one at an NHL Hockey game in Anaheim, CA, when she accidentally exposed her breasts! She was quoted as being "mortified" by this incident, which occurred six days before being named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World."lucy-lawless-romanian-news-blog
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lucy-lawless-sentencedLucy had a recurring role on the revival of Battlestar Galactica, playing reporter D'Anna Biers from 2005 to 2009, and later co-starred in the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, as well as the sequels Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and Spartacus: Vengeance

She later went on to voice Wonder Woman in the direct-to-video animated adaptation of Justice League: The New Frontier (many fans had hoped she'd play Wonder Woman in live-action, but Warner Brothers wasn't able to get a WW movie put together in time for her to be accepted in the role by most moviegoers... at 47, she's probably considered too old for the part now).lucy-lawless-premiere-spartacus-vengeance-03

Lucy Lawless XenaWarriorPrincessMost recently, Lucy's appeared in Agents of SHIELD as Isabelle Hartley, and plays Countess Marburg in the TV series Salem. She's also lined up to play Ruby in the Starz series Ash Vs. Evil Dead.
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601full-lucy-lawlessThanks to the ambiguous relationship between Xena and her sidekick Gabrielle, Lucy became a "lesbian icon," even though she is herself heterosexual. She seems to have embraced this role, however, appearing at several gay pride events.

She's also known for her charity work, especially as a member of trustees for the StarShip Foundation in New Zealand, and has also been a "climate ambassador" for the Greenpeace "Sign On" campaign. lucy-lawless-592x395

lucy-lawless-lucy-lawless-208840070You can learn more about Lucy's career and see additional photos of her at her official website, Lucylawlessfanclub.com.
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