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Jessica Cauffiel

Jessica CauffielJessica Cauffiel, born March 30, 1976 in Detroit, Michigan is an American actress and singer. Her mother is a social worker and her father is Lowell Cauffiel, a true crime author, screenwriter and television documentary producer. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre and Vocal Jazz at the University of Michigan School of Music. She performed in several bands, including Jazodity and Tribe of Zoe. Before graduating college she sang on a cruise ship and in jazz and blues clubs.

She was born and raised around the theater and began her career in New York City in off-Broadway and regional theater productions. Among these are the Tony Award winner Robert Lopez's 1001 Nights, City Of Angels, Antigone, Assassins, Cowboy Mouth, Cabaret, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Company, Baby, Music Man, Shoppers Carried By Escalators, and Grand Hotel, amongst several others. She attended the University of Michigan where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre. Jessica's debut film role was playing the daughter of Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn in the 1999 remake of the The Out of Towners, and her debut television role was in Law & Order. That same year Jessica played the role of Kit, Niles Cranes' girlfiend, in the situation comedy Frasier.

Jessica CauffielIn 2000, she appeared in the hit comedy Road Trip and Urban Legends: Final Cut with Eva Mendes, and had a lead in the 2001 film, Valentine, co-starring Katherine Heigl. That year, Maxim Magazine featured her in their publication and included her in their online Girls of Maxim gallery. Cauffiel subsequently appeared in several more films aimed at a young audience, including box-office hits such as both Legally Blonde films and the 2004 comedy, White Chicks. She also co-starred in the independent romantic comedy You Stupid Man alongside Milla Jovovich, which was directed by Brian Burns.

She followed a 2 year recurring role on The Drew Carey Show with featured roles in several studio films, like the Farrelly Brothers' Stuck On You and Guess Who, and in 2005, co-starred in the Burt Munro biographical period drama called The World's Fastest Indian with Sir Anthony Hopkins. She followed that with a lead role playing both a young actress and an elderly pancake maven (Mother Paula) in the 2006 feature film adaptation of the award-winning novel Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen, and a 2006-2007 recurring role on the hit NBC series My Name Is Earl.

Jessica CauffielAfter taking an almost two year break from acting, she landed the lead role in the Hallmark Channel TV movie Drama Ice Dreams, in which she plays Amy Clayton, a former Olympic figure skater who begrudgingly agrees to coach a teenage girl, and must confront her demons in the process. Jessica just wrapped the comedic film short Bed Ridden, which she produced and starred in alongside Joel David Moore, Alan Tudyk, and Garreth Morris. It was written as well as produced by her father, Lowell Cauffiel, and director Jonathan Heap, who was nominated for an Oscar for his short 12:01 PM. Of which all proceeds benefit The Clare Foundation in order to raise awareness for drug and alcohol recovery for the homeless and those in need of treatment.

As of 2012 it seems she is on another break from acting but is at work producing the documentary The Original Mind. Jessica can speak with a Russian accent and has played a Russian in the movie D.E.B.S. as an assassin and also in episodes of My Name Is Earl as a mail order bride called Tatiana with a large mole. She portrayed a redhead for the first time in the movie White Chicks in 2004. She audtioned for a role in Stuck on You in 2003 that ended up going to Wen Yann Shih, but the Farrelly brothers liked her so much they asked her to do a cameo as the girl Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear hit on in a bar in the film.

Jessica CauffielCauffiel is a trained singer, and has studied and performed for over 14 years in the Western Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, Blues, and Eastern Devotional vocal mediums. She also plays piano, guitar and percussion. She and renowned Bollywood percussionist from Slumdog Millionaire and composer Sivamani, with whom she is currently writing an album, performed live in Dharamsala, India for the 14th Dalai Lama and approximately 20,000 other monks and visitors from around the world, on the occasion of the March 10th, 2004 anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising Day.

This was the first time in the 45 year history of this event, that any musicians or entertainers had performed. Sivamani has played with thousands of diverse artists, ranging from Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z and jazz great John McLaughlin - to revered Indian Maestros Zakir Hussein, tabla; mandolin Maestro U. Srinivasan; El Shankar, and Shankar Mahadevan of the famous Shankar/Ehsaan/Loy Bollywood writing team. She also sang on the World Music Grammy finalist album, Shanti, by Snatam Kaur and Grateful Ganesh by Guruganesh Singh Khalsa.

Jessica CauffielJessica loves to travel the world and study its diverse cultures, traditions and mythologies. She has traveled several times to India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Peru as well as throughout Europe and the Americas. She has spent extensive time in the great mountain ranges of the Himalayas and the Andes, as well as the Amazon Basin. She speaks several languages, including Hindi, French, Indonesian and Thai. She is active in several non-profit, NGOs that serve the many cultures and spiritual orientations of the world. Jessica is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation instructor, healer and consultant who practices and teaches earth-based energy medicine traditions of the Americas interwoven with indigenous modalities of India and East Asia. Her left eye is half brown. She is also a writer, sings, and plays the piano and the guitar.

According to Jessica: "Life is funny - I just translate."

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Year Title Role Notes
2009 Ice Dreams Amy Clayton TV Movie
Bed Ridden Kai Short Film
2006–2007 My Name Is Earl Tatiana 3 episodes
2006 Hoot Kimberly
2005 The World's Fastest Indian Wendy
Guess Who Polly
Cuts Missy Drubman 1 episode
2004 D.E.B.S. Ninotchka Kaprova limited release
White Chicks Tori
2003 Stuck On You Bar Hottie
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Margot
2002–2003 The Drew Carey Show Milan 6 episodes
2002 You Stupid Man Diane
2001 Legally Blonde Margot
Valentine Lily Voight
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut Sandra Petruzzi
Road Trip The Wrong Tiffany
1999 Stark Raving Mad Maddie Keller Unaired Pilot, replaced by Heather Paige Kent in the show.
Frasier Kit 2 episodes
The Out-of-Towners Susan Clark Debut film role
1998 Law & Order Kelly 1 episode
Guiding Light Unknown Role Debut TV role
1992 Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Choir Singer

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Worlds Fastest Indian
The Worlds Fastest Indian is about a delightful character from New Zealand named Burt Munro, played by Anthony Hopkins. He is a Kiwi with an obsession: he's been tinkering with his 1920s Indian motorcycle for years, pushing it to ever-faster speeds. In the 1960s, and Burt has the utterly mad idea of taking the bike to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, site of world records for speed racing. Jessica Cauffiel is more beautiful and appealing than ever in this true story made into a movie.
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Yabanci is a book by a Dutch woman who moved from Holland to Turkey to start a new life in a Turkish village overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A great read for those who are considering a move abroad or have lived in a different culture. Available in English as an ebook or in Dutch in both print and popular ebook formats... take a look

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