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Lucille Frances Ryan
Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
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Lucy Lawless Fast Facts:
Childhood nickname was "Unco," short for uncoordinated.
Dropped out of college to travel; worked as a grape picker in Germany and as a gold miner in Australia.
Speaks German, French and Italian.
Crowned Mrs. New Zealand in 1989.
Attended the William Davis Centre for Actors' Study in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 1991.
Thrown from a horse and broke her pelvis while taping a skit for
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Awarded New Zealand's Order of Merit in 2006.
Her singing career includes the song
on the 2006 album
Unexpected Dreams: Songs From the Stars
, a 2007 single called
Come to Me
and live concert performances at venues such as the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood.
In 2009, she costarred in the Web series
Angel of Death
with Zoe Bell, the woman who was her stunt double on
Xena: Warrior Princess.
Embraces her gay fans, who consider her character Xena a lesbian icon, as well as her geek fans, explaining that "geeks have given me my career."
Described her role of Lucretia on
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
as "challenging" because she tends "to go in a comedic direction" when acting.
Is a board member of the Starship Foundation, which raises funds for the Starship Children's Hospital in her hometown of Auckland, New Zealand; in 2010, she donated several of her
Xena: Warrior Princess
outfits to an auction to raise money for the foundation.
Lucy Lawless Relationships:
Frank Ryan - Father
Julie Ryan - Mother
Robert Tapert - Husband
Daisy Lawless - Daughter
Garth Lawless - Ex-husband
Judah Miro Tapert - Son
Julius Robert Bay Tapert - Son
Attended University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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