Yasmine Amanda Bleeth is a former American actress known for her appearances in ‘Baywatch’, an action drama series, and ‘BASEketball’ a sports comedy film. She was born in New York City. Her parents had connections in the show business which helped her venture into an acting career when she was quite young. She began appearing in advertisements from a very tender age. At the age of twelve, she was cast in her first movie, ‘Hey Babe!,’ where she played the role of an orphan. Bleeth began her TV career with a role in the soap opera ‘Ryan’s Hope’. She came to popularity for her role of Caroline Holden in the popular action drama series ‘Baywatch’. The show, which was about the Los Angeles County lifeguards, was one of the most watched TV shows ever. Also a philanthropist, Bleeth was a spokesperson for the Lee National Denim Day fundraising campaign in 1998. The campaign raises money for breast cancer research and awareness. The cause of breast cancer awareness is very close to her heart as she had lost her mother to the disease. Throughout her life, she has also struggled with drug addiction.
Childhood & Early Life
Yasmine Bleeth was born in New York City, New York, US, on June 14, 1968. Her parents were Carina, a model, and Philip Bleeth, a business proprietor. Her father is of Russian-Jewish and German-Jewish ancestry and her mother was of Algerian descent.
Yasmine started to appear in commercials as a baby. While appearing in a commercial for Max Factor, she caught the attention of fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo, who proceeded to include her and her mother in his book ‘Scavullo Women’.
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In 1980, Yasmine Bleeth was cast in her first film ‘Hey Babe!’ when she was 12 years old. Her character, Theresa O’ Brian, who lives in an orphanage, wants to attend a school for performing arts but does not get the support from the orphanage.
From 1985 to 1989, she appeared in the soap opera ‘Ryan’s Hope,’ playing a supporting role. The show won several Emmy Awards. She was seen in the series ‘One Life to Live’ from 1991 to 1993.
She became popular in 1993, after she took up the role of Caroline Holden in the popular action drama series ‘Baywatch’, which was about the lifeguards at the beaches of Los Angeles County, California. She reprised her character in ‘Baywatch the Movie: Forbidden Paradise’, a 1995 television film, and also in ‘Baywatch Night’, a spin-off series, in a guest role.
In 1994, she played the lead role in the thriller film ‘The Force’. She continued to appear in TV films, such as ‘A Face to Die For’ (1996), ‘Talk to Me’ (1996), and ‘Crowned and Dangerous’ (1997). In 1998, she appeared in the police drama series ‘Nash Bridges’ in a supporting role, portraying Inspector Caitlin Cross.
She had an important role in the sports comedy film ‘BASEketball’ in 1998. The film received average reviews and was a commercial disaster. In 1999, she played the female lead in the romantic drama film ‘Heaven or Vegas’. The same year, she appeared in two more romantic films, ‘Coming Soon’ and ‘Undercover Angel.’
In the ensuing years, she continued to appear in TV movies, such as ‘Ultimate Deception’ (1999), ‘It Came from the Sky’ (1999), and ‘Hidden War’ (2000). In 2000, she played the lead role in the soap opera ‘Titans’.
In 2003, she played the lead role in the TV film ‘Game Over’. The same year, she also acted in the action drama TV film ‘Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding.’ It was based on the TV show ‘Baywatch.’ Bleeth reprised her character of Holden.
After many years of staying away from films and television, she made a comeback in 2017 in the film ‘Beautiful Evil,’ playing the lead role.
The most important role in Yasmine Bleeth’s career is undoubtedly the character of Caroline Holden in the action drama TV series ‘Baywatch’. The show gained much popularity and became one of the most watched TV shows in the world. It revolved around the lives of the Los Angeles County lifeguards, who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles, California.
Another significant work in her career is the police drama series ‘Nash Bridges’. It was about the adventures of two cops of the San Francisco Police Department. Bleeth played the role of Inspector Caitlin Cross. Other main actors in the series included Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, James Gammon and Jeff Perry.
She played the female lead in the soap opera ‘Titans’. Her character, Heather, is engaged to a rich businessman named Richard Williams, who is much older to her. Unbeknown to Williams, she previously had an affair with his son, Chandler.
Family & Personal Life
Yasmine Bleeth married Paul Cerrito in 2002. He is the owner of a strip club. They had first met in December 2000, when she was in rehab.
Throughout much of her life, she has struggled with drug abuse and cocaine dependence.
Bleeth is also a philanthropist. She has helped to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research for the Lee National Denim Day.