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Born in Montreal, VANESSA LENGIES (Joanne Charis) has been acting since she uttered her first words. Her fresh face and poignant portrayals throughout her career has made her a serious contender in Hollywood.

Lengies film debut was on Showtime Network's "Ratz", in which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award. Acting professionally since childhood, Lengies has been seen on screen on a variety of hit shows such as Arthur, Are You Afraid of the Dark, and Radio Active. Audiences will also remember her as co-host with ElishaCuthbert on the hugely successful Popular Mechanics for Kids.

Lengies was truly announced to the world in 2002 when she was cast as "Roxanne Bojarski" on NBC's major hit American Dreams, which portrayed Philadelphia in the era of American Bandstand. Lengies critically acclaimed Bojarski won the hearts of audiences across America and made her a household name.

Most recently seen in audience favorites The Perfect Man, also starring Hilary Duff and Heather Locklear, and as Natasha in the box office surprise hit Waiting, with Ryan Reynolds and Justin long, Lengies ascension continues on the big screen with her upcoming starring role in Touchstone Pictures' and Spyglass Entertainment's 2006 release of Stick It, which portrays the life, rewards and disappointments of competitive gymnasts She will also be reprising her role as the voice of Emily on the upcoming release of Arthur's Missing Pal set for release early 2006.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Lengies enjoys all things art as well as outdoor life. Though born and raised in Montreal, her culturally diverse background of Egyptian and German have given her a love for travel and education, but she will always call Montreal home.


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