Aug. 21st, 1989
Palisades, New York, USA
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Hayden Leslie Panettiere (born August 21, 1989) is an American actress, model, singer, voice actress, and activist.
Panettiere was born in and partly raised in Palisades, New York, the daughter of Lesley R. Vogel, a former soap opera actress, and Alan Lee "Skip" Panettiere, a fire department captain. She has one younger brother, fellow actor Jansen Panettiere. Panettiere has Italian and German ancestry. Her surname means "baker" in Italian and her mother's maiden name means "bird" in German. Her mother's family is from Indiana.
Although Panettiere attended South Orangetown Middle School in New York, she was homeschooled from grade nine to the completion of high school.
Panettiere's mom got her started in the business by doing commercials when she was just 11 months old. Then, at only 4 1/2, she was cast on the soap opera One Life to Live (1968), where she remained until 1997. Since then, she has gone on to appear in many feature films and TV movies. But she is probably best known in the United States for her role as "Claire" on the hit TV show Heroes (2006).
As for movies, Hayden starred in Remember the Titans (2000) with 'Denzel Washington' and Joe Somebody (2001) with 'Tim Allen'. When Hayden isn't working, she enjoys singing, dancing, horseback riding, gymnastics, taking piano lessons, and swimming.
She has been involved with many animated movies, beginning with A Bug's Life (1998) as "Dot", later to follow was Dinosaur (2000), the video game Kingdom Hearts (2002), and The Mark of Kri (2002). Her next movie is Racing Stripes (2005), a partly animated film, but Hayden will star in the human role; other cast members include the voices of 'Whoopi Goldberg', 'Dustin Hoffman', 'Joshua Jackson' and 'Mandy Moore'.
In 2003, she joined the likes of 'Jessica Lange', 'Tom Wilkinson', and 'Clancy Brown' in 'Jane Anderson' Normal (2003) a film about a Midwestern husband and father who announces his plans to have a sex-change operation. In July of the same year, Hayden appeared in a 'John Guare' play, "Landscape of the Body", for the Williamstown theater festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Panettiere was nominated for a Grammy in 1999 for A Bug's Life Read-Along (2000). In 2004, she recorded a song entitled "My Hero Is You" with a video for the Disney Channel film she starred in, Tiger Cruise, and "Someone Like You," a duet with Watt White for another film of hers, The Dust Factory (also with an accompanying video). The next year she recorded a song entitled "I Fly" for the Disney film Ice Princess in which she also co-starred. She recorded a song for the Hollywood Records compilation Girl Next (2006) and another song entitled "Go to Girl" for Girl Next 2 (2007). Also in 2007, she recorded a cover for "Cruella De Vil" for DisneyMania 5, "Try" for the Bridge to Terabithia soundtrack and a ballad called "I Still Believe" for Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.
Panettiere dated her Heroes co-star 'Milo Ventimiglia' from December 2007 to February 2009. Panettiere met heavyweight boxing world-champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2009 at a mutual acquaintance's party, and they soon began dating. Panettiere was ringside for Klitschko's knockout victory over Samuel Peter on September 11, 2010. In May 2011, Panettiere announced that she and Klitschko had broken up amicably after two years together. Both cited the long-distance nature of their relationship as the reason, and said they would remain close friends. Panettiere subsequently dated NFL player Scotty McKnight from June 2011 to December 2012. Panettiere confirmed reports that she and Klitschko had resumed their romantic relationship in an April 2013 interview. In October 2013, she announced her engagement to Klitschko, which had been rumored since the summer.
Panettiere told E! News that an arrest warrant has been issued in Japan for her interference in the "dolphin hunt", but her claim was later dismissed by the Japanese Fisheries Agency. In November 2007, she was awarded the "Compassion in Action Award" from the animal rights group PETA for her efforts to stop the "dolphin hunt" in Japan.
On January 28, 2008, Panettiere handed a letter of protest to the Norwegian ambassador in the United States arguing that Norway should stop its hunt for whales. She also delivered a letter to the Japanese ambassador calling for the end of Japan's 'hunting of whales". At a 2007 Greenpeace event in Anchorage, Alaska, Panettiere defended aboriginal whaling, saying that there is a difference between commercial whaling and the whaling practiced by aboriginal tribes in the United States.
- As Lizzie Spaulding on _"The Guiding Light" (1952)_ (qv), Hayden had to deal with difficult story lines in which she shot and killed her mother's abuser, been kidnapped, gone through both of her parents remarrying, and just recently battled leukemia.
- An active supporter of ALF (Animal Liberation Front), she is the second-ever recipient of The Wyler Award (which honors a celebrity who has raised awareness of animal issues) for her on-the-ground work to expose Japan's slaughter of dolphins.
- Ex-girlfriend of 'Milo Ventimiglia' (qv). They were together from 2008-2009.
- Her last name is pronounced "Pan-Uh-Tee-Air-Ee"; the Italian translation is "Baker".
- Ranked #1 on Wizard magazine's "Sexiest Women of TV" list (March 2008).
- Appeared on _"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992)_ (qv) on December 30, 1998.
- Despite impressing producers with her audition, she lost out the role of Ariel Moore in _Footloose (2010)_ (qv) to 'Julianne Hough' (qv).
- Parents are: 'Lesley Vogel (I)' (qv), a former soap opera actress; and Alan L. "Skip" Panettiere, a fire department lieutenant. Coincidentally, Hayden's first rescue on _"Heroes" (2006/II)_ (qv) was from a train wreck fire.