Kristen Bell was born on July 18, 1980. She got the acting and singing bugs in high school when she joined the drama club and performed in class musicals. Bell even secured an agent, as a teen, for local work in the Detroit area. She went on to major in musical theater at NYU before dropping out in 2001 when she landed a role in a Broadway production of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
Bell then made her way to Los Angeles, where she scored bit parts in television and film productions before winning the title role in the UPN series “Veronica Mars.” Both Bell and the series received critical acclaim, though it was repeatedly overlooked at awards shows. The show eventually transferred to The CW, and was canceled in 2007 after four seasons. Bell continued to work with the network, however, going on to voice the titular “Gossip Girl” for the drama’s entire run.
Bell played the lead in 2008’s “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” which was her biggest movie role to date, at the time. Additional films that followed included “When In Rome,” “Couples Retreat,” “You Again,” and “Burlesque.” In 2012, Bell was cast as the female lead on Showtime’s “House of Lies,” which is currently in its fourth season. The following year, she and the “Veronica Mars” crew launched a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign to fund a movie sequel, which was released in theaters in 2014. She also voiced the role of Anna in the universally-loved “Frozen” movie.
Bell was engaged to producer Kevin Mann before they split in 2007, the same year she began dating eventual husband Dax Shepard. The stars became engaged in 2010, but famously refused to wed until gay marriage was legalized. In 2013, a few months after the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down, Bell and Shepard got married. They welcomed daughter Lincoln earlier that year, and a second daughter, Delta, in December 2014. Bell is well-known for her activism, and started the #NoKidsPolicy with her husband to boycott media outlets that use photos of children taken by paparazzi.
WATCH: Spirit Awards 2015 Opening Video Is Hilarious Birdman Spoof With Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell & Miles Teller
February 14th, 2015
Kristen Bell takes vaccination seriously. In fact, she won’t let people touch her children if they’re anti-vaxxers. “When [daughter] Lincoln was born [in March 2013], the whooping cough epidemic was growing, and before she was 2 months old, we simply said [to friends], ‘You have to get a whooping cough vaccination if you are going to hold our baby,'” Bell tells The Hollywood Reporter. And the actress has the same policy with her new infant daughter Delta: “It’s a very simple logic: I believe in trusting doctors, not know-it-alls.”Read more...
VIDEO: Dax Shepard Explains Why He and Kristen Bell Named Baby Delta, Relives Horrors of Seeing C-Section on Ellen
January 15th, 2015VIDEO
Dax Shepard explained how he and Kristen Bell decided to name their baby daughter Delta because of a joke, and described in alternately horrifying and hilarious detail Bell’s 33-hour labor and C-section, during a Thursday appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Watch the video here.Read more...
December 19th, 2014
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have welcomed their second child, a daughter named Delta. The proud new father announced the news on Twitter on Friday. He wrote, “Delta Bell Shepard is here. She doesn’t look like either @IMKristenBell or me, but we’re gonna keep her anyway. #christmascameearly.”Read more...
December 2nd, 2014VIDEO
The music video for Kristen Bell’s modern-day Christmas song, “Text Me A Merry Christmas” has been released, and it features the actress as an animated version of herself, texting and taking selfies by a roaring fireplace and her Christmas tree, as well as with Santa after he comes down the chimney.
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November 17th, 2014VIDEO
Kristen Bell teamed up with a capella group Straight No Chaser for a new modern day holiday song, “Text Me A Merry Christmas,” which debuted on Monday. The tune captures what it is like to celebrate the holiday season in our cellphone-obsessed world.
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September 16th, 2014PHOTOS
The small bell inked on his wedding finger pays tribute to his wife’s last name.
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