Ashley Tisdale

12 Sep

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Ashley Michelle Tisdale (born July 2, 1985) is an American actress and singer who rose to prominence portraying the candy-counter girl Maddie Fitzpatrick in Disney Channel‘s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and the female antagonist Sharpay Evans in the High School Musical film series. The High School Musical series became a successful franchise which included two television films, a feature movie, a spin-off and numerous soundtrack albums. The popularity earned by Tisdale in High School Musical led her to sign a solo record deal with Warner Bros. Records in 2006. Her debut album Headstrong, was released in February 2007, and debuted at number five in the U.S. chart and sold 64,000 copies in the first week. It was later certified Gold by theRecording Industry Association of America. A second studio album, Guilty Pleasure, was released in 2009.

Tisdale owns a production company and has worked as an executive producer in movies which included theABC Family television film Picture This. Tisdale has a prominent voice role as Candace Flynn in Disney Channel’s Phineas & Ferb, a cartoon which became television’s most-watched animated series among kids and tweens and had been met with acclaim by critics.[2][3][4] In 2009, she was cast in her first major broadcast role in The CW‘s television series Hellcats as Savannah Monroe, an intense and very religious cheerleader.

Tisdale was born in West Deal, Monmouth County, New Jersey on July 2, 1985,[5] to Lisa (née Morris) and Mike Tisdale, the manager of a construction company. Her elder sister, Jennifer Tisdale, is an actress, and her maternal grandfather, Arnold Morris, developed the Ginsu Knives. Through her grandfather, Tisdale is related to businessman Ron Popeil.[6] She grew up in Ocean Township. She is Jewish on her mother’s side and was raised with “a little bit of both” of her parents’ religions.

At the age of three, Tisdale met her current manager, Bill Perlman, at a New Jersey mall. He sent her to numerous auditions for commercials, resulting in her placement in more than 100 national network TV ads as a kid.[9] She began her theatrical career by appearing in Gypsy: A Musical Fable and The Sound of Music at Monmouth County’s Jewish Community Center.[5][10]

At the age of eight, she was cast to play the part of Cosette in a national touring production of the musical Les Misérables. “When I was little, I saw the play Les Misérables on Broadway, I thought it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen so I went to my manager and told him I wanted to be in it”, said Tisdale in an interview to Newsday in 2007.[8] She also claims to have had only a single singing lesson before landing the role.[8] Tisdale toured for two years on Les Misérables[11] before landing a role in an international touring production of Annie[9] in Korea.[12] At the age of twelve, Tisdale sang at the White House for President Bill Clinton.

2010 onwards

During 2010, Tisdale has been linked to numerous projects, including leading roles in future films such as Sleepless Beauty,[45][46] The Last First Time[47] and a remake of 1989 Teen Witch.[46][48] Tisdale and her production company signed a multiyear production deal with Relativity Media in 2010, to create, develop and executive produce a series.[29] Her company has been working in projects for Disney and Nickelodeon,[49] a Bravo TV reality show titled Miss Advised[50] and an upcoming television series based on Laurie Faria Stolarz‘s book Blue Is for Nightmares.[51]

During 2010, Tisdale had vocal roles in several TV cartoons including The Cleveland Show,[52] Family Guy[53] and Glenn Martin, DDS.[54] Her involvement in The CW Television Network drama series Hellcats was announced in March, when The Hollywood Reporter reported Tisdale had signed on to co-star on her first major broadcast series role as Savannah Monroe, the peppy and fiercely intense captain of the Hellcats.[55] The series had its script based on the book Cheer: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders by journalist Kate Torgovnick and was described as “Election meets Bring It On” by critics.[56][57] Hellcats, however, had one full season as it was cancelled by The CW in 2011.[58]

High School Musical spin-off entitled Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, released directly in DVD, featured Tisdale reprising her role as Sharpay Evans and also serving as the executive producer.[59][60] The Disney Channel Original Movie captured 5 million viewers on its premiere night on Disney Channel.

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