Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ashley Roberts

Ashley Maria Roberts, born September 14, 1981 is an American dancer, recording artist, model, actress, fashion designer and television personality, best known as a former member of the modern burlesque group the Pussycat Dolls. She left the Pussycat Dolls in 2010, to pursue a solo career in acting.
Roberts was born in Phoenix, Arizona and attended Shadow Mountain High School. She began dancing at the age of three and singing at the age of eight. Her father was a drummer who played for the Mamas & the Papas. He later became a car dealer. Her mother was a Pilates instructor and they both inspired her to be a part of the entertainment industry. Her hair was brunette during her teenage years, as shown in Aaron Carter's "Oh Aaron" and "Not Too Young, Not Too Old" music video.
During high school summer breaks she had traveled to California to study modern dance. After high school, she moved permanently to Los Angeles. She has appeared in television commercials and music videos such as Counting Crows "Accidentally in Love", Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up", Jane's Addiction's "True Nature", Aaron Carter's "Oh Aaron" and "Not Too Young, Not Too Old" and Pink's "Trouble". She has also appeared in the game show Rock and a Hard Place, hosted by Meatloaf, with fellow PCD members, Melody Thornton and Carmit Bachar.

Pussycat Dolls
Within six months of her move she had joined the Pussycat Dolls. After three years of performing with the burlesque group she moved on to join the recording Pussycat Dolls along with members Nicole Scherzinger, Melody Thornton, Jessica Sutta and Kimberly Wyatt. She sang co-lead along with Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta in the "Stickwitu" single b-side, "Santa Baby". She also recorded a song called "Played" for the Doll Domination Deluxe Edition. As with the other group members she is a salaried employee of Interscope Records. Shortly after Kimberly Wyatt's news broke, on February 29, 2010, Roberts made the following announcement on her website in a letter to her fans:
“ Yes, I have left the Pussycat Dolls..I love you all sooo much!!! I am so grateful to have the love and support of all of you. It was an amazing ride and I learned so much! You all mean the world to me and I'm excited to take you all on a new adventure. An adventure full of creativity, inspiration, learning, growing and lots of fun.

Solo career,Acting
She made her debut in the commercial film industry as Brooke in the Dance/Drama/Romance film Make It Happen alongside actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Riley Smith. Production lasted from August 8, 2007 to September 17, 2007, and the film was directed by Darren Grant and distributed by The Weinstein Company. The film premiered on August 8, 2008 in the U.K. to mixed but mainly positive reviews.
On her official blog, she stated that she would work on a number of different projects. She is working on her acting, and she will be a host on Maxim does Spring Break on E!. She has also shot a pilot for MTV with Aubrey O'Day of Danity Kane, Marques Houston, and singer/songwriter Amanda Ghost.

Apart from her acting projects she has launched her first line of lingerie designed for the beach in Sydney, Australia.

She announced that she is in the studio and recording songs for her own music. In 2010 Roberts released her first solo song, a cover of "A Summer Place". The song was released on ITunes on September 28. Roberts also made an appearance in ex-bandmate Kimberly Wyatt's music video for the single "Stars In Your Eyes.

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