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Bio on Renee O'Connor, "Gabrielle" (Xena: Warrior Princess)
Universal cHANnEL: Xena: Warrior Princess
Renee O'Connor stars as Gabrielle, a spirited young woman who idolizes
Xena and recklessly follows the warrior princess in search of a more
exciting life, in the new one- hour syndicated series "Xena: Warrior
O'Connor first came to the attention of executive producers Rob Tapert
and Sam Raimi when an audition won her the role of the young Deianeira in
their two-hour "Action Pack" adventure "Hercules and the Lost Kingdom. "
They were so impressed by her performance opposite "Hercules" star Kevin
Sorbo, they signed her for a starring role in "Darkman II: The Return of
Durant," a feature released on home video in July 1995.
Prior to "Darkman II," she co-starred with Ellen Burstyn and Sheryl
Lee in the ABC-TV movie "Follow the River," portraying a young woman
captured by Shawnee Indians. Set in the year 1755, the drama was based on a
true story. In her next role, she starred opposite James Garner as a
self-obsessed actress who hires Rockford as her bodyguard in "The Rockford
Files: A Blessing in Disguise," the second of Garner's two recent
"Rockford" reunion movies for CBS-TV which was broadcast in May 1995.
Born in Katy, Texas, O'Connor began studying acting at the age of
twelve at Houston's Alley Theatre, and later attended Houston's High School
of the Performing and Visual Arts. She made her professional acting debut
in 1989 starring in the "Teen Angel" serial, which was featured on the
Disney Channel's "Mickey Mouse Club," and went on to star in "Match Point,"
another serial for the popular children's show. That same year, O'Connor
moved to Los Angeles and soon landed a featured role in the episode of
"Tales from the Crypt" that marked Arnold Schwarzenegger's directing debut.
O'Connor went on to portray Cheryl Ladd's daughter in Danielle Steel's
"Changes," and starred as one of a group of students whose lives are
suddenly endangered in the NBC movie "The Flood. " Her most recent
theatrical film role was that of Julia Wilkes in Disney's "The Adventures
of Huck Finn," starring Elijah Wood. She also guest- starred as the
daughter of a murdered couple in an episode of the acclaimed television
series "NYPD Blue."
Renee is single and enjoys jazz dancing, horseback riding and many
other sports. When not in Auckland, New Zealand, where the series is
filmed, she makes her home in Los Angeles.
"Xena: Warrior Princess" is exclusively distributed
in domestic syndication by MCA TV and internationally by MCA TV International
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