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18 July 2011


Even Vampires Give Back!

by Tracie Koziura

Kate Beckinsale - pastels on velourProbably most recognised as Selene, a Death Dealer Vampire from the Underworld movies, Kate Beckinsale is another celebrity who is 'doing good' through her involvement with various causes and charities.

Kate was born July 26th 1973 to actor Richard Beckinsale and actress Judy Loe. Her father, Richard, was a well loved, popular British actor who died unexpectedly from a congenital heart defect at the age of 31 when Kate was just 5 years old.

Her first major role was in one of my all time favourite Shakespeare adaptations, Much Ado About Nothing (a romantic comedy) in which she plays Hero, sweet daughter of Governor Leonato, who is in love with Claudio. The film was adapted and directed by Kenneth Branagh (Benedick) and stars some of my other all-time favourite actors - Keanu Reeves (Don John), Denzel Washington (Don Pedro), Emma Thompson (Beatrice), Richard Briers (Governor Leonato), Michael Keaton (Dogberry), Brian Blessed (Antonio) and Robert Sean Leonard (Claudio)...a truly sparkling (and incredibly funny) cast!

Kate supports a number of causes including At-Risk/Disadvantaged Youths, Creative Arts, Disaster Relief, Human Rights, Mental Challenges, Peace, Poverty and Rape/Sexual Abuse.

She also supports several charities including EB Medical Research Foundation, FilmAid International, Music for Relief and Rape Foundation.

Kate Beckinsale is one of my favourite female actors - a beautiful and talented lady who gives back and helps to make a difference in the world.

Painting details:
"Kate"
Medium: Soft pastels on velour
Size: 12" x 14"
© 2011, Tracie Koziura

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