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She was a regular cast member in the fifth season of the ABC sitcom Spin City from 2000 to 2001.
She ( later )guest-starred in Boomtown (2002-2003), Windfall (2006), Swingtown (2008) and as Doctor Eva Zambrano in the short-lived medical drama Miami Medical (2010). She also played the role of Sarah Gavin on the season four of Fox series 24 in 2005. In 2011, Parrilla began starring as The Evil Queen/Regina Mills in the ABC fantasy drama series, Once Upon a Time.
Parrilla was born in Brooklyn. Her father, Sam Parrilla (1943–94), was a Puerto Rican-born baseball player who played professionally for 11 seasons (1963–73), including one season with the Major League Philadelphia Phillies in 1970 as an outfielder.
Her mother is an American painter of Sicilian descent who works in banking. Parrilla has one older sister, Deena, and a nephew named Sammy.
She is also the niece of character actress Candice Azzara. Parrilla’s parents legally divorced when she was four years old. She spent her first ten years living with her mother, and then lived with her father. During the time she lived with her father, he was too protective to allow her to attend a performing arts school, which delayed her acting career.
Parrilla lived with her father until his murder in 1994, when she was 16 and he was 50. Her father was shot once in the chest by a 15-year-old female assailant at point blank range and later died from the wound.
After the death of her father, Parrilla moved in with her mother in Burbank, California. Parrilla visited Granada in 2007 to learn Spanish. After high school she moved to Los Angeles and attended Beverly Hills Playhouse to study acting. She also studied voice for ten years. Parrilla then began to be cast in small parts and later on, larger ones.
In her early career, Parrilla appeared in several movies, including Very Mean Men (2000), Spiders (2000), Replicant (2001) and Frozen Stars (2003). She made her television debut in 1999, on the UON sitcom Grown Ups.
In 2000, she joined the cast of the ABC comedy series Spin City, playing Angie Ordonez for one season. She left the show in 2001.
After that she joined Donnie Wahlberg and Neal McDonough in the 2002 critically acclaimed but short-lived crime drama Boomtown, for which she received the Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her portrayal of Teresa, a paramedic. Initially a success, Boomtown began to struggle, and Parrilla’s character became a police academy rookie, to tie her more closely to the rest of the show. “Boomtown” was cancelled just two episodes into its second season.
Parrilla guest-starred in a number of television dramas, including JAG, Six Feet Under, Covert Affairs, Medium, The Defenders and Chase. She had a recurring role in 2004 as Officer Janet Grafton in NYPD Blue.
In 2005, Parrilla took a recurring guest role on the fourth season of the Fox series 24 as Sarah Gavin, a Counter Terrorist Unit agent. After just six episodes, Lana was made a regular cast member; but in the thirteenth episode, her character was written out after she tried to thwart another character’s promotion from temporary to permanent CTU head Michelle Dessler (Reiko Aylesworth).
In 2006, Parrilla starred in the NBC summer series Windfall alongside Luke Perry, fellow former 24 cast member Sarah Wynter, and Parilla’s former Boomtown castmate Jason Gedrick. In 2007, she guest starred as Greta during the third season of ABC’s Lost in the episodes “Greatest Hits” and “Through the Looking Glass” In 2008, she had a leading role on the Lifetime movie The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall, in which she played Nellie, a divorcee whose identity has been stolen.
Also in 2008, she starred in the CBS summer series Swingtown as Trina Decker, a woman who is part of a Swinging couple. In 2010, Parrilla had a female lead role in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Miami Medical on CBS, which had a short run towards the end of the 2009–10 television season before it was canceled in July 2010.
Windfall, Swingtown and Miami Medical were all canceled after 13 episodes.
In February 2011, she was cast as Mayor Regina Mills/The Evil Queen, the main antagonist in the ABC adventure fantasy drama pilot, Once Upon a Time created by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.
The series debuted in October 2011.
The pilot episode was watched by 12.93 million viewers and achieved an adult 18–49 rating/share of 4.0/10 during the first season, receiving generally favorable reviews from critics.
Parrilla’s performance also received positive reviews from critics. In 2012 and 2013, she was regarded as a promising contender for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category, though she did not receive a nomination.
She won the TV Guide Award for Favorite Villain and the ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series in 2012.
Parrilla also received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress on Television from the 38th Saturn Awards.
Parrilla became engaged to boyfriend Fred Di Blasio on April 28, 2013, while in Israel.
The two were married June 5, 2014, shortly before Parrilla began filming the fourth season of Once Upon a Time.”
Parrilla confirmed the news on her Twitter account on August 1. Parrilla is the stepmother to Di Blasio’s three sons: Jack, age 18, Patrick, age 15, and Matthew, age 13.
Lana Parrilla est née d’une mère italienne artiste-peintre et d’un père porto-ricain, Sam Parrilla. Ce dernier fut un joueur professionnel de baseball américain évoluant dans l’équipe des Phillies de Philadelphie dans les années 1970. Il est assassiné en 1994 à la suite d’une altercation qui a mal tourné. Elle a une sœur aînée prénommée Deena et est la nièce de l’actrice Candice Azzara, qui l’a inspirée dans sa carrière d’actrice.
Après le lycée, Lana Parrilla a déménagé à Los Angeles pour commencer sa carrière où elle a étudié à la Beverly Hills Playhouse.
Elle réside à Vancouver avec son mari Alfredo “Fred” DiBlasio. Elle n’a pas d’enfant mais vit avec les trois adolescents de son compagnon ainsi que leurs animaux de compagnie. Elle s’est fiancée en Israël le 29 avril 2013 et s’est mariée le 5 juillet 2014.
Elle développe très jeune un goût pour la comédie, inspirée par sa tante, l’actrice américaine Candice Azzara. Elle suit des cours à Los Angeles avant de débuter dans une série en 1999, Grown Ups durant deux épisodes. Elle enchaîne les séries avec le rôle régulier d’Angie Ordonez dans Spin City en 2000, puis Boomtown en 2002.
Elle joue dans des séries d’action et policier avec JAG en 2000, New York Police Blues en 2004 ainsi que dans une saison de 24 heures chrono dans le rôle de Sarah Gavin.
En 2008, elle incarne Trina Decker dans la série Swingtown. Elle incarne une voisine d’un couple qui va découvrir, grâce à elle, la libération sexuelle.
En 2011, dans la nouvelle série télévisée fantastique américaine Once Upon a Time, elle joue l’un des rôles principaux féminins en incarnant le Maire de Storybrooke, Regina Mills, ainsi que le personnage de la Méchante Reine, belle-mère de Blanche-Neige.
Lana Parrilla a été attaquée à dix ans par un chien, ce qui lui a laissé une cicatrice visible sur le côté droit de sa lèvre supérieure
Elle est également une chanteuse à certaines occasions, prêtant sa voix en fond sonore pour un tube de musique composé par deux des trois fils de son compagnon. Ces derniers forment un groupe de musique appelé 45 Spacer et Lana a contribué à leur tube appelé Naughty Boys, en 2012 ainsi qu’à You and Me en 2013.
Elle a obtenu le rôle régulier d’Angie Ordonez dans la série Spin City en 2000 après avoir dû passer six auditions au total.
Lana Parrilla connaissait toute l’histoire de la Reine Regina dès le pilote de la saison 1 de Once Upon a Time. Les scénaristes Edward Kitsis et Adam Horowitz lui ont révélé le passé du personnage avec Blanche-Neige afin qu’elle incarne au mieux son rôle.
Lana et l’acteur Jorge Garcia se connaissent depuis près de vingt ans. En effet, ils ont débuté ensemble leurs cours de théâtre à Los Angeles et sont devenus très amis. Ils se sont retrouvés lors du tournage de la saison 3 de Lost, en 2006, où Garcia incarnait un survivant alors qu’ils étaient logés dans la même hutte. Ils se sont ensuite retrouvés ensemble dans la saison 2 de Once Upon a Time.
Jack DiBlasio, le fils aîné de son compagnon, a fait une apparition dans le dernier épisode de la saison 2 de Once Upon a Time, dans le rôle d’un des Enfants Perdus du Pays Imaginaire.
Elle a une petite plume tatouée au poignet droit, symbole d’espoir.
2000 : Spiders de Gary Jones : Marci
2000 : Very Mean Men de Tony Vitale : Teresa
2001 : Replicant de Ringo Lam : Marci
2003 : Frozen Stars de David-Matthew Barnes : Lisa Vasquez
2003 : One Last Ride de Tony Vitale : Antoinette
1999 : Grown Ups de Brian K. Roberts & Richard Correll (Série TV) : Une serveuse
2000 – 2001 : Spin City de Ted Wass (Série TV) : Angie Ordonez
2001 : Semper fi de Michael W. Watkins (Téléfilm)
2002 – 2003 : Boomtown de Frederick King Keller, Jon Avnet (Série TV) : Teresa Ortiz
2002 : The Shield de Scott Brazil (Série TV) : Sedona Tellez
2002 : JAG de Terrence O’Hara (Série TV) : Lt. Stephanie Donato
2004 : Six Feet Under (Six Feet Under) de Peter Webber et Miguel Arteta (Série TV) : Maile
2004 : New York Police Blues (NYPD Blue) de Robert J. Doherty, Mark Tinker & Dennis Dugan (Série TV) : Officier Janet Grafton
2005 : 24 heures chrono de Ken Girotti, Jon Cassar (Série TV) : Sarah Gavin
2006 : Windfall : Des dollars tombés du ciel d’Ellen S. Pressman, Matt Shakman (Série TV) : Nina Schaefer
2007 : Lost : Les Disparus de Stephen Williams & Jack Bender (Série TV) : Greta
2008 : Swingtown d’Alex Zakrzewski, Alan Poul (Série TV) : Trina Decker
2008 : Mon identité volée (The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall) de Richard Roy (Téléfilm) : Nellie
2010 : Médium (série télévisée) (Série TV) : Lydia
2010 : Miami Medical (Série TV) : Dr Eva Zambrano
2010 : Chase (Série TV) : Isabella
2011 : Covert Affairs (Série TV) : Julia Suarez
2011 – en cours : Once Upon a Time (Série TV) : La Méchante Reine / Regina Mills
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The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway musical The Sound of Music, composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The film’s screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, adapted from the stage musical’s book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
Based on the memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp, the film is about a young Austrian woman studying to become a nun in Salzburg in 1938 who is sent to the villa of a retired naval officer and widower to be governess to his seven children.
After bringing love and music into the lives of the family through kindness and patience, she marries the officer and together with the children they find a way to survive the loss of their homeland through courage and faith.
The original Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical score was enhanced by two new songs by Richard Rodgers.
Arranger and conductor Irwin Kostal prerecorded the songs with a large orchestra and singers on a stage prior to the start of filming, and later adapted instrumental underscore passages based on the songs.
Choreographers Marc Breaux and Dee Dee Wood, who had worked with Andrews on Mary Poppins, worked out all new choreography sequences that incorporated many of the Salzburg locations and settings. The Sound of Music was filmed from March 26 through September 1, 1964, with external scenes shot on location in Salzburg, Austria, and the surrounding region, and interior scenes filmed at the 20th Century Fox studios in California.
The movie was photographed in 70 mm Todd-AO by Ted McCord and produced with DeLuxe Color processing and six-track sound recording.
The film was released on March 2, 1965 in the United States, initially as a limited roadshow theatrical release. The critical response to the film was widely mixed, with Bosley Crowther of The New York Times calling it “romantic nonsense and sentiment”, and Philip K. Scheuer of the Los Angeles Times describing it as “three hours of visual and vocal brilliance”.
The film was a major commercial success, becoming the number one box office movie after four weeks, and the highest-grossing film of 1965.
By November 1966, The Sound of Music became the highest-grossing film of all-time—surpassing Gone with the Wind—and held that distinction for five years. The film was just as popular throughout the world, breaking previous box-office records in twenty-nine countries.
Following an initial theatrical release that lasted four and a half years, and two successful re-releases, the film sold 283.3 million admissions worldwide and earned a total worldwide gross of $286,214,076. Adjusted for inflation, the film earned $2.366 billion at 2014 prices—the fifth highest grossing film of all time.
The Sound of Music received five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
The film also received two Golden Globe Awards, for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical.
In 1998, the American Film Institute (AFI) listed The Sound of Music as the fifty-fifth greatest American movie of all time, and the fourth greatest movie musical.
In 2001, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
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