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Venus Williams

Country: United States
Residence: Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 160 lbs. (72.5 kg)
Plays: Right
Turned pro: October 1994
Highest singles ranking: 1 (February 25, 2002)
Singles titles: 32
Career Prize Money: $14,815,188
Grand Slam Record
Titles: 4
Australian Open F (2003)
French Open F (2002)
Wimbledon W (2000, '01)
U.S. Open W (2000, '01)

Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. 1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams.

Early life

When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. Their father Richard used to take all five of his daughters to the courts in hopes that someday at least one of them would reach sporting glory and move them into a better place.

Venus as a young girl became one of California's top young tennis players, and she and her sister Serena shared the top seed as California's best young players for a long time.

Tennis career

Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. She has garnered many important championships, including two Gold medals at the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000, the Fed Cup, the 1999 French Open doubles (with sister Serena as her partner) and 5 other doubles and 2 mixed doubles grand slams, the Oklahoma City Tennis championship, the Italian Open, and the Hamburg Open. In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena.

When Venus and Serena won the 1999 French Open doubles title, they became the first pair of sisters to win a doubles title in the 20th century.

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6.

Williams' older sister, Yetunde Price, was killed by gunshots in the Compton area as she and a male driver passed by inside a car, on the morning of September 14, 2003.

Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. After finishing an injury plagued 2003 season ranked 11, Williams rebounded into the top 10 for a year end #9 ranking in 2004, but for the first time since 1997, she failed to qualify for the WTA Tour's annual Year Ending Championships in Los Angeles. In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16.

Titles (41)

Singles (32)

Singles Finalist (20)

Grand slam events in boldface.

Doubles (10)

Grand slam events in boldface. Doubles partner sister Serena Williams.


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Doubles partner sister Serena Williams.. However, through interviews such as FHM in November 2004, she indirectly insinuated that the relationship had come to an end. Grand slam events in boldface. Regarding her personal life, Heigl had dated her former Roswell co-star, Jason Behr, for several years. Grand slam events in boldface.. It was a prequel to the movie - Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (which starred Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow). Heigl is currently starring in Grey's Anatomy, a medical drama on ABC. In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16. In 2005 in the movie Romy and Michele: In The Beginning, Heigl was cast in the role of Romy.

After finishing an injury plagued 2003 season ranked 11, Williams rebounded into the top 10 for a year end #9 ranking in 2004, but for the first time since 1997, she failed to qualify for the WTA Tour's annual Year Ending Championships in Los Angeles. Heigl continued her worldwide travels when she was cast as Isabella Linton in MTV's modern 'revamp' of Emily Brontė's classic novel Wuthering Heights. Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. In October 2003, Heigl was cast opposite Johnny Knoxville, as the leading lady in The Ringer, a Farrelly brothers comedy. Williams' older sister, Yetunde Price, was killed by gunshots in the Compton area as she and a male driver passed by inside a car, on the morning of September 14, 2003. She played the role of the professor's assistant, whose intentions are not as clear as the police officer is first led to believe. Love Comes Softly, a telefilm for Hallmark Entertainment in 2003, found Heigl starring in the role of Marty Claridge, a young, pregnant newlywed travelling west. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6. In early 2003, Heigl returned to the horror genre with Evil Never Dies, a modern-day variation on the Frankenstein story co-starring Thomas Gibson.

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. The year 2003 was a busy one for Heigl. When Venus and Serena won the 1999 French Open doubles title, they became the first pair of sisters to win a doubles title in the 20th century. After the 9/11 attacks, Heigl recorded a passionate public service announcement for the American Red Cross in an effort to help raise money for victims. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena. It re-emerged in 2003 under the title "Critical Assembly". Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. Unfortunately, "The Seventh Power", based on the bestseller by James Mills, was shelved when its plot was considered too close for comfort to the terrible events of September 11, 2001.

In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. The bomb ends up in the hands of a terrorist following betrayal by a fellow student. She has garnered many important championships, including two Gold medals at the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000, the Fed Cup, the 1999 French Open doubles (with sister Serena as her partner) and 5 other doubles and 2 mixed doubles grand slams, the Oklahoma City Tennis championship, the Italian Open, and the Hamburg Open. She co-starred as a brilliant and politically-concerned college student who helps to build a nuclear device to illustrate the need for a change in national priorities. Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. In the spring of 2001, Heigl accepted a role in Ground Zero, a two-hour, original television thriller scheduled to be telecast that fall. Venus as a young girl became one of California's top young tennis players, and she and her sister Serena shared the top seed as California's best young players for a long time. Katherine played Shelley, a medical student, foreshadowing her appearance in Grey's Anatomy.

Their father Richard used to take all five of his daughters to the courts in hopes that someday at least one of them would reach sporting glory and move them into a better place. The second film, Valentine, was a horror film starring David Boreanaz and Denise Richards. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. She played Arlene the Competitive Tomboy in that film. When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. The first film, 100 Girls, was an independent film released in 2001. She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams. Whilst Roswell was in production, Heigl worked on several films.

1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. She later appeared in the FHM and Maxim calendars and FHM's annual 100 sexiest women in the world. Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. To publicize her role on Roswell, she appeared on the covers of magazines such as TV Guide, Maxim, and Teen as well as appearing in FHM. 2003: Australian Open. Heigl's role was expanded in the second and third season to showcase her talents. 2002: Wimbledon. In 1999, Heigl turned her attention to television when she accepted the role of Isabel Evans on Roswell.

2001: Australian Open. Later in 1998 Heigl was featured in: Bug Buster (1998) and Bride of Chucky (1998). 2000: Summer Olympics-Sydney. In 1998 she co-starred with Peter Fonda in a re-working of the classic Shakespearian play The Tempest, themed around the American Civil War. 2000: Wimbledon. Heigl's mother then became her manager. Open. After her high school graduation in 1997, she and her mother moved into a 4-bedroom house in Malibu Canyon, Los Angeles.

1999: U.S. It was also 1996 that Heigl's parents divorced. 1999: French Open. She took the lead role in Disney's Wish Upon a Star in 1996. 1999: Hannover. Despite an increased focus on acting, she still modeled extensively, appearing regularly in magazines such as Seventeen. 1998: Zurich. The following year, she played opposite Steven Seagal in the role of Sarah Ryback in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory.

1998: Oklahoma City. During this time, Heigl continued to attend New Canaan High School, balancing her film and modeling work with her academic studies. Heigl then appeared in Steven Soderbergh's depression era drama King of the Hill before landing her first leading role in My Father The Hero (1994). After meeting such fast success and enjoying her new found career, she then realized that acting was indeed her life-long passion. It was not long until she landed her first 'big-screen' debut in the movie That Night (1992).

Television jobs soon followed, the first in a national spot for Cheerios breakfast cereal. Almost immediately, a client slated her for use in a magazine advertisement. Within a few weeks, Heigl had been signed as a child model. After returning to her home in New York, the aunt sent the photos to a number of modelling agencies, all with the permission of Katherine's parents.

When she was nine years old, an aunt visiting the family decided to take a number of photographs of the young Heigl. Despite their grief, the family decided to donate his organs. This has motivated Katherine to become a strong proponent of organ donation. He had been thrown from the back of a pickup truck, and doctors determined Jason was brain-dead. Her older brother Jason died in 1986 of brain injuries suffered in a car accident.

Her family life was not without its tragidies, however. Although she was born in Washington, D.C., her parents, Nancy and Paul, moved the family to New Canaan, Connecticut a short time later. November 24, 1978) is an American actress who currently stars on the show Grey's Anatomy. Katherine Marie Heigl (b.

That Night 1992. King Of The Hill 1993. My Father The Hero 1994. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory 1995.

Wish Upon A Star 1996. Prince Valiant 1997. Stand-Ins 1997. Bug Buster 1998.

Bride Of Chucky 1998. The Tempest (TV) 1998. Roswell (TV) 1999. 100 Girls 2000.

Valentine 2001. Critical Assembly (Ground Zero) (TV) 2001. The Twilight Zone (TV) 2002. Love Comes Softly (TV) 2003.

Descendant 2003. Evil Never Dies (TV) 2003. Wuthering Heights (TV) 2003. Love's Enduring Promise (TV) 2004.

Romy & Michele: In The Beginning (TV) 2005. Grey's Anatomy (TV) 2005.

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