Catherine Lisa Bell is a British-born American actress probably best known for her roles on “Army Wives” and “JAG.”
Catherine Bell is a mix of Scottish and Iranian descent. She is fluent in Farsi. Her parents divorced when she was a little girl, and she moved with her mother to Los Angeles at three years old. At 12 she became a naturalized citizen of the U.S.
Growing up, she acted in TV ads. She was a tall, skinny kid who got good grades and even programmed a computer game.
Catherine Bell attended UCLA with the intent of becoming a doctor or biomedical engineer, but dropped out to become a model, where her first extended assignment was in Japan. She said anorexia and bulimia of other models began to rub off on her. “People were showing you how to throw up. You’re taking diet pills. Everyone’s partying, so you start drinking a lot, and drugs. A couple of years messed me up for a while.”
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She felt that shyness was holding her back and she hired an acting coach to get her over it and fell in love with acting. Back in Los Angeles, she worked as a massage therapist where one of her clients included Peter Gabriel.
One of her first appearances on film was as a body double in “Death Becomes Her” from 1992.
She survived thyroid cancer and had her thyroid removed in her 20s. She still bears the scar on her neck.
Though she was raised Roman Catholic, she is now a member of Scientology and has attested to attaining the state of Clear. She has a heart tattoo with the word “love” inside of it on her right ankle. She also has a tattoo of each of her kid’s names.
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Aside from acting, Catherine Bell is active in motorcycling, kickboxing, skiing and snowboarding. She is a self-described tomboy and is “seriously addicted to technology.” She has also taken a ride in an F-16. “It was amazing – my favorite ever.”
She was married to Adam Beason from 1994 to 2012, whom she met on the set of “Death Becomes Her.”
As to getting older, Catherine Bell said, “I think every decade has gotten better.”