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Ashley Michelle Tisdale (born July 2, 1985) is an American actress and recording artist. During her childhood she appeared in more than 100 national TV advertisements and had roles in Broadway productions as well as minor roles in television shows. In 2004, she was cast as Maddie Fitzpatrick in Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and rose to prominence in 2006 with her role as Sharpay Evans in the television film High School Musical. The High School Musical series became a successful franchise that included two television films, a feature film, a spin-off and numerous soundtrack albums. Tisdale's resultant popularity led her to sign a solo record deal with Warner Bros. Records in 2006. Her debut album Headstrong (2007) was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and includes her most successful single "He Said She Said". Two years later, Tisdale began to cultivate an adult image and mainstream pop sound and released her second studio album Guilty Pleasure.
Tisdale has a main voice role in the Disney Channel's three-time Emmy Award's winning animated series Phineas & Ferb as Candace Flynn. The cartoon quickly became television's most-watched animated series among kids and tweens and received very positive reviews. Her other notable roles include Savannah Monroe in The CW's television drama series Hellcats (2010-11) and Jody Sanders in Scary Movie 5 (2013). Tisdale worked as the executive producer on films and television series including the ABC Family television film Picture This and the Bravo's 2012 unscripted series Miss Advised.
Life and career
Tisdale was born in the West Deal section of Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey on July 2, 1985, to Lisa (née Morris) and Mike Tisdale, the manager of a construction company. Her elder sister, Jennifer Tisdale, is also an actress. Through her maternal grandfather, Tisdale is related to businessman Ron Popeil. Her father is Christian and her mother is Jewish; she was raised with "a little bit of both" of her parents' religions.
At the age of three, Tisdale met her 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 advertisements as a child. She began her theatrical career by appearing in Gypsy: A Musical Fable and The Sound of Music at Monmouth County's Jewish Community Center.
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. She also claims to have had only a single singing lesson before landing the role. Tisdale toured for two years on Les Misérables before landing a role in a touring production of Annie in Korea. At the age of twelve, Tisdale sang at the White House for President Bill Clinton.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tisdale had minor roles in television shows including The Hughleys, Smart Guy, 7th Heaven, Boston Public and Bette, and in the feature films A Bug's Life and Donnie Darko; at the same time she worked as a model for Ford Models. For her role as Carol Prader in Boston Public, she received a 2000 Young Artist Award nomination for "Best Guest Performance In a TV drama".
In 2004, she was cast as the teenage candy-counter girl Maddie Fitzpatrick in the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, which premiered in March 2005 and ended in 2008. For this performance she won her first award at the UK Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for "Best TV Actress" in 2008.
Although the producers of the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical did not initially consider her because of her "good-girl image" on The Suite Life, Tisdale was eventually cast as the popular, narcissistic high school student Sharpay Evans in the 2006 film. High School Musical became Disney Channel's most watched movie that year, with 7.7 million viewers in its US premiere broadcast. The soundtrack, to which Tisdale lent her vocals for several songs, became the top-selling album in the United States in 2006 and she also became the first female artist to debut with two songs simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "What I've Been Looking For" and "Bop to the Top", both from the film's soundtrack. High School Musical was nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards, winning two of them.
Her popularity gained through High School Musical led Warner Bros. Records to sign her for a recording contract in July 2006.
Tisdale's first album Headstrong, released in February 2007, debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 with 64,000 copies sold in the first week. "Be Good to Me" was released as the album's first single in December 2006 and "He Said She Said" followed in 2007. A documentary about the album's creation featured on a music DVD titled There's Something About Ashley, along with a three-song music video trilogy. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales exceeding half a million copies in the United States.
The success of the first High School Musical film led Tisdale to reprise her role in the 2007 sequel High School Musical 2. She lent vocals for several tracks on the film's soundtrack and her performance in High School Musical 2 received critical acclaim. Even more successful than the first film, High School Musical 2 became the most-watched cable-television movie, with 17 million viewers on its premiere. The same year, Tisdale was given the voice role of Candace Flynn, the series' secondary antagonist, in Phineas and Ferb, which became television's most-watched animated series among kids and tweens, had very positive reviews and won three Primetime Emmy Awards.
In 2008, she formed her own production company and named it Blondie Girl Productions. The 2008 ABC Family Original Movie Picture This marked Tisdale's debut as an executive producer and also as an actress in a leading role; she played Mandy Gilbert, an unpopular and bullied teenager. The film premiered with 4.3 million total viewers.
The same year, Tisdale starred in High School Musical 3: Senior Year, the first film of the series to be released in theaters. It earned $42 million in its domestic opening weekend, the biggest opening for a musical film as of 2013 and grossed a total of $255 million worldwide. Her performance in the film earned her an MTV Movie Award for "Breakthrough Performance Female" in 2009 and acclaim by critics including Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly, who labeled her one of film's breakout stars and said her portrayal of Evans makes "narcissism a goofy, bedazzled pleasure", and Mark Kermode, who said Tisdale was 2008's "best supporting actress".
Tisdale said she had been involved in every aspect of the production of her second studio album, from its "guitar-driven" sound to much of the writing process. Guilty Pleasure was eventually released in June 2009. Described by Tisdale as a "rocker and edgier" album, it generated mixed reviews, with a 54% rating on Metacritic. Guilty Pleasure debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200, selling 25,000 copies in its first week, achieving a low commercial performance in comparison with her first album. The song "It's Alright, It's OK" was released as the album's lead single in April.
She starred in the 2009 20th Century Fox family film Aliens in the Attic as Bethany Pearson, the elder sister of the family. Although she is credited as one of the main characters, The New York Times said Tisdale "spends much of the film off screen". The film was a minor success in box offices, grossing $60 million worldwide.
Tisdale's return to broadcast television was announced in 2010; she co-starred in The CW Television Network drama series Hellcats as Savannah Monroe, the peppy and fiercely intense captain of a cheerleading team. This was her first major broadcast series role. The series based its script 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. Hellcats, however, ran for only one season before being cancelled by The CW in 2011.
A High School Musical spin-off titled Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, released directly in DVD in 2011, featured Tisdale reprising her role as Sharpay Evans and also serving as the executive producer. The Disney Channel Original Movie premiered with 5 million viewers on Disney Channel.
During 2011, Tisdale started focusing on her career as a television and film producer. Her production company Blondie Girl Productions signed a multiyear production deal with Relativity Media in 2010, to create, develop, and produce a series. Tisdale has been working on a film for Disney Channel titled Adventure Quest, a project for Nickelodeon, a Bravo TV reality show titled Miss Advised, an upcoming television series based on Laurie Faria Stolarz's book Blue Is for Nightmares, three digital series, and a drama project for ABC Family.
In June 2012, The Weinstein Company announced Tisdale was given the leading role in Dimension Films' Scary Movie 5. Starring alongside Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, she portrayed Jody, a dancer in her late-20s. The film was released in April 2013 and grossed $15 million on its first weekend, making it the lowest-grossing weekend for a Scary Movie film; it was also a critical failure. Tisdale has a recurring role in ABC's sitcom Super Fun Night; she portrays Jazmine, an engaged young woman.
Four years after the release of her second studio album Guilty Pleasure in 2009, Tisdale, during an interview to MTV in April 2013, said she was inspired to make music again and also confirmed she has been recording for her third studio album since the year before. She hopes to "surprise people a little bit, [with] something different from what [she has] done before".
In 2007, Tisdale appeared in promotional campaigns for Staples Inc.'s "Geared 4 School" sweepstakes, T-Mobile, Toys "R" Us. and Eck? Red clothing brand. Her deal with Eckõ included a mall tour in the US with performances in fashion shows hosted at each. In 2008, she was the face of Degree Girl in the U.S.; to promote the deodorant, she shot several commercials and covered five hit singles from the 80's, including Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time". In 2009, Tisdale became a volunteer for the "Get on the Bus" charity campaign hosted by the television series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and in 2011 she joined the Got Milk? campaign.
Tisdale is a sex symbol, ranking in the Maxim's Hot 100 list of sexiest women and hottest celebrities in the 2008 list (at number ten) and in 2013 (at number seven). She appeared topless on the cover of Maxim's May 2013 issue and posed nude for the May 2011 issue of Allure magazine. She was quoted as saying that "being in this shoot was me saying, "I"m not just the young girl everybody thinks I am. I"m actually a woman.""
She was ranked number 94 on Forbes' 2008 Celebrity 100 list. That same year, Tisdale was ranked number 17 in "Forbes' High Earners Under 30" list after earning $2.8 million from High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
In March 2007, Tisdale told Blender she was drug and alcohol-free, and did not smoke. She added that her mother "really instilled confidence in [her], so [she is] not somebody who'd be under peer pressure". Tisdale underwent a septoplasty procedure in November 2007 to correct her partially deviated septum. According to Tisdale, it was done for "health-related reasons and not out of a belief in plastic surgery". The procedure corrected two small fractures in her nose which were interfering with her breathing. She spoke to People magazine about the surgery, saying that it was important to her to be honest with her fans.
Tisdale met dancer Jared Murillo in 2006 on the set of High School Musical and they were romantically involved from 2007 until March 2009. From 2009 to 2011, she was in a relationship with director Scott Speer. The two reconciled in 2012 but have since ended their relationship again. In December, 2012, she began dating musician Christopher French; they became engaged in August 2013.
List of works
For a full chronology of Tisdale's film, television and video work, see Ashley Tisdale filmography.
For a full chronology of her music work, see Ashley Tisdale discography and List of songs recorded by Ashley Tisdale.