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After being prodded by friends to look into modeling at age 16, BROOKLYN DECKER (Samantha) met with Charlotte-based Evolution Talent Agency, which helped her land her first gig in 2002 as the face of prom dress designer Mauri Simone. At 18, Decker moved to New York City and signed with Marilyn Model Agency, the prestigious agency that also represents Adriana Lima and French First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. She quickly rose to stardom within the industry, gracing the pages of magazines, including Vogue, Elle, GQ, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Pop and Teen Vogue.

Decker's big break came in 2006, when she first appeared in the wildly popular Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Her sophisticated, all-American look earned her a recurring spot on the 2007, 2008 and 2009 issues. In 2010, Decker cemented her place in pop culture history by appearing on the cover of the magazine and was consequently named's "Sexiest Woman Alive,” and received the Spike TV's Guys Choice Hotter Than Hell award.

Last year, Decker starred in her first role in a feature film playing a young school teacher romanced by a plastic surgeon (Adam Sandler). In Columbia Pictures' comedy Just Go With It, Sandler enlists his assistant (Jennifer Aniston) to pretend to be his ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. Decker's performance in the film earned her a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout: Female.

The young actress will also appear in Lionsgate's What to Expect When You're Expecting, which is scheduled for release in May 2012. Directed by Kirk Jones, Decker will play the role of Skyler in one of the film's interlocking stories, alongside Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Anna Kendrick. The perennially perky character, who is married to a much older man, sails through her pregnancy with twins much to the consternation of her peers.

Decker has also appeared in NBC's comedy sitcom pilot Lipshitz Saves the World, which led to guest-starring roles on NBC's Chuck and ABC's Ugly Betty, as well as the USA Network hit Royal Pains.

When she is not working, Decker is an avid sports fan, cheering on her favorite teams, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and the Carolina Panthers. Inspired by her love of sports and her aunt's personal struggles from being born with a corpus callosum in her brain, Decker became active in the Special Olympics in her hometown of Charlotte in 2004, and is now a global ambassador for the organization.

In April 2009, Decker married professional tennis player Andy Roddick in a private ceremony in Austin. The couple lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Austin, Texas, with her English bulldog, Billie Jean.


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