Who is Melissa George?
Melissa Suzanne George is an actress, businesswoman, inventor, and model from Australia. After starting her career in her native country, she eventually made her way to Hollywood and has found significant success there. A native of the city of Perth, George was initially interested in dancing and artistic roller skating. She started her modelling career in her early teens and earned the title Western Australia's Teenage Model of the Year in 1992. She made her screen debut the following year in an episode of Seven Network’s soap opera ‘Home and Away’. She had her big-screen debut in the mystery thriller ‘Dark City’ and essayed various supporting roles in projects like ‘Alias’, ‘The Limey’, and ‘Down with Love’ before making her first appearance as the female lead in a mainstream Hollywood project in the 2005 remake of ‘The Amityville Horror’. At present, she is one of the most sought-after Australian expatriates in the American entertainment industry. As an entrepreneur, George has introduced her own invention Style Snaps into the market.
Childhood & Early Life
Born on August 6, 1976, in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Melissa George is the second of four children of Pamela and Glenn George. Her father was a construction worker while her mother was a nurse. She has one brother, Brett, and two sisters, Kate and Marnie.
While studying at Warwick Senior High School, she developed a deep passion for dancing. She subsequently started taking jazz, tap, ballet, and modern dance classes. At the time, she was only seven years old.
Her love for dancing ultimately led her to artistic roller skating. An Australian national roller skating champion, she won bronze medals in the National Championships in 1989 and 1990 and a silver medal at the Junior World Championship in 1991.
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Melissa George started working as a model in her early teens and found some success in the profession. In 1993, she made her first on-screen appearance, portraying Angel Parrish in the series ‘Home and Away’. She played the role for over three years, eventually departing from the show in August 1996. For her performance, George received two Logie Awards.
In 1997, she shared screen space with Heath Ledger in Fox’s short-lived fantasy adventure series ‘Roar’. Later that year, she moved to Los Angeles from Australia. Her big screen debut came about in 1998 when she essayed the role of May in the mystery thriller ‘Dark City’.
In 1999, she portrayed Jennifer 'Jenny' Wilson in Steven Soderbergh’s critically acclaimed mystery drama ‘The Limey’. She then worked with David Lynch in his 2001 neo-noir mystery film ‘Mulholland Drive’. That year, she also appeared in the teen crime comedy film ‘Sugar & Spice’.
Between 2003 and 2004, she played Lauren Reed in the ABC spy thriller ‘Alias’. For her performance as Laura Hill, an anaesthesiologist who is sexually attracted to the series protagonist Dr Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne), in the HBO drama ‘In Treatment’ (2008), she was nominated for a Golden Globe award.
She portrayed surgical intern Dr. Sadie Harris in the fifth season of the ABC medical drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in 2008-09.
She essayed the roles of espionage operative Samantha "Sam" Hunter in the BBC spy series ‘Hunted’ (2012), political campaign staff Marilyn Garbanza in the CBS legal and political drama ‘The Good Wife’ (2013-14), and Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Alexandra Panttiere in the NBC medical drama ‘Heartbeat’ (2016). At present, she is portraying Charlotte in Nine Network’s ‘Bad Mothers’ (2019).
After making her successful transition into a lead actress by playing Kathy Lutz in the remake of ‘The Amityville Horror’ in 2005, she has portrayed various important characters in films like ‘Derailed’ (2005), ‘Turistas’ (2006), ‘WΔZ’ (2007), ‘30 Days of Night’ (2007), ‘Triangle’ (2009), ‘A Lonely Place to Die’ (2011), ‘Felony’ (2013), and ‘Don’t Go’ (2018).
Melissa George won a Logie Award and an Equity Ensemble Award for her portrayal of Rosie in the ABC1 miniseries ‘The Slap’ (2011). In 2015, She reprised her role in the US version of the show.
Style Snaps, a device created by George, are used to change the hem of jeans, skirt or slacks to fit the need of the wearer. According to her, she earns more money through the product than her acting career!
Family & Personal Life
Melissa George began a relationship with Chilean furniture designer and film director Claudio Dabed after meeting him in Bali in 1998. They exchanged wedding vows on September 22, 2000. The couple formally divorced on October 12, 2012.
In 2011, she became acquainted with French entrepreneur and investor Jean David Blanc, who is credited to be the founder of AlloCiné. Their oldest son, Raphaël, was born on February 6, 2014. The couple welcomed their second son, Solal Samuel Glenn, into the world on November 3, 2015.
In September 2016, George and Blanc parted ways after an incident of domestic violence that reportedly took place at their Paris home. George was admitted to a hospital with head and neck injuries. Blanc insisted that it was George who started the dispute. The court told him that he had to pay €1,000 in damages to her. She, in turn, was ordered to pay him €1. At present, they share the custody of their children.