Born: September 5, 1973 Height: 5' 4"
Rose Arianna McGowan (born September 5, 1973) is an American actress, model, singer, and author. She is best known to television audiences for her role as Paige Matthews in The WB supernatural drama series Charmed
McGowan was born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. McGowan spent her early childhood traveling through Europe with her parents. Through her father's art contacts in Italy, McGowan became a child model and appeared in Vogue Bambini and various other Italian magazines. Her parents returned to the United States when she was 10 years old, and settled in Eugene, Oregon. McGowan had a wayward childhood, living as a teenage runaway in Portland, Oregon and associating with a group of drag queens in the city. When her parents divorced, she lived with her father in Seattle, Washington, attended Roosevelt High School and Nova Alternative High School, and worked at McDonald's. At 15, she officially emancipated herself from her parents and moved to Los Angeles.
McGowan made her film debut in the comedy Encino Man
(1992), wherein she played a small role. Her performance as Amy Blue in Gregg Araki's dark comedy The Doom Generation
(1995) brought her wider attention, and she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance. McGowan appeared as Tatum Riley in the horror film Scream
(1996) and starred alongside Ben Affleck in the coming-of-age feature Going All the Way
(1997). She appeared in several Hollywood films, including Devil in the Flesh
(1999), Ready to Rumble
(2001), and The Black Dahlia
(2006). McGowan played Ann-Margret, alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis Presley, in the CBS miniseries Elvis
(2005). She starred in Planet Terror
(2007) and had a supporting role in Death Proof
(2007), both part of the double-feature film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, Grindhouse
. Next, she starred in the crime thriller film Fifty Dead Men Walking
n 1996, McGowan was the cover model for the Henry Mancini tribute album Shots in the Dark
, and she was the face of the American clothing company Bebe from 1998 to 1999. She has also appeared on numerous magazine covers, including Seventeen
, Entertainment Weekly
, and Rolling Stone
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