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Isla Lang Fisher (born 3 February 1976) is a Scottish-Australian actress and author. She began acting on Australian television, on the short-lived soap opera Paradise Beach before playing Shannon Reed on the soap opera Home and Away. She has since been known for her comedic roles in Wedding Crashers (2005), Hot Rod (2007), Definitely, Maybe (2008) and Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009).

Early life

Fisher was born in Muscatmarker, Omanmarker, to Scottish parents from Bathgatemarker and Stranraermarker. They resided in Muscat because of her father's job as a banker for the United Nations. Her name, after the Scottish island of Islaymarker, is pronounced eye-la; she has four brothers. Fisher spent her early years in Bathgate before moving with her family to Perthmarker, Western Australiamarker, when she was six years old. Fisher has said that she had a "great" upbringing in Perth with a "very outdoorsy life". She began appearing in commercials on Australian television at the age of nine, before going on to win roles in popular children's television shows Bay City and Paradise Beach. She attended Methodist Ladies' Collegemarker and appeared in lead roles in school productions.

Career

Early career

At the age of 18, with the help of her mother, she published two teen novels, Bewitched and Seduced by Fame. From 1994 to 1997 she played the role of Shannon Reed on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. After leaving the soap, Fisher enrolled at a theatre and arts training school in Parismarker and went on to appear in pantomime in the United Kingdommarker. She also toured with Darren Day in the musical Summer Holiday and appeared in the Londonmarker theatre production, Così.

Breakthrough

In 2002 she had a part in the film version of Scooby-Doo as Mary-Jane, Shaggy's love interest (wearing a blonde wig) who is allergic to dogs. Subsequently, Fisher was taken on by an Americanmarker agent. A larger role in Wedding Crashers, alongside Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, in 2005 won her the Breakthrough Performance Award at the MTV Movie Awards. While promoting Wedding Crashers, she was officially crowned the 1000th guest on Australian talk show Rove on 2 August 2005. She entered the set ahead of Owen Wilson, winning the title by two metres. In 2006, Fisher starred as Becca, a Manhattanmarker party host, in the relationship drama London co-starring Jessica Biel, Chris Evans and Jason Statham.

Mainstream success

In 2007, she appeared in The Lookout, a thriller co-starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Matthew Goode, and Hot Rod, opposite Andy Samberg. She was scheduled to appear in The Simpsons Movie, although her appearance was cut from the final version. In 2006, she starred in Wedding Daze with Jason Biggs. In 2008, she starred in Definitely, Maybe, with Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, and Abigail Breslin, and had a voice role in Horton Hears a Who! Fisher has also co-written a script entitled Groupies with Amy Poehler, as well as another project entitled The Cookie Queen. She starred in the movie adaption of the book Confessions of a Shopaholic, which opened on February 13, 2009. In the film, Fisher played a college graduate who works as a financial journalist in New York Citymarker to support her shopping addiction.

Fisher has spoken out against the lack of opportunities for comediennes in Hollywoodmarker.

Personal life

Fisher lives with her fiancé, Englishmarker comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, and daughter, Olive, in Londonmarker and Los Angelesmarker. She met Baron Cohen at a party in Sydneymarker, Australia. Fisher converted to Judaism after three years of study, completing her conversion in early 2007 and taking on the Hebrew name Ayala (איילה), the Hebrew word for Doe; she has described herself as "quite observant". As of June 2009, the couple have not set a date for their wedding. On October 19, 2007, Fisher gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Olive, in Los Angelesmarker.

Fisher has said that her "sensibility is Australian" and that she has a "laid-back attitude to life" that she feels "very Australian." Her mother and siblings live and work in Athensmarker, Greecemarker, while her father lives in Frankfurtmarker, Germanymarker.Fisher is allergic to cats, pollen and butterscotch. While filming Scooby Doo, her character was to sneeze while Scooby was around, therefore to make the sneezes believable, the crew would spray pollen up her nostrils and she would sneeze believably on screen. This also caused lots of problems as they had to take frequent breaks and she would sneeze in the wrong takes frequently.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1994-1997 Home and Away Shannon Reed Nominated - Most Popular Actress (1996 and 1997 Logies)
1999 Oliver Twist Bet
2001 Swimming Pool - Der Tod feiert mit Kim
2002 Scooby-Doo Mary Jane
2003 The Wannabes Kirsty
Dallas 362 Redhead
Spyz - A short film for Da Ali G Show
2004 I ♥ Huckabees Heather
2005 Wedding Crashers Gloria Cleary MTV Movie Awards for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Movies - Choice Breakout Female
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Movies - Choice Hissy Fit

London Rebecca
2006 Wedding Daze Katie
2007 The Lookout Luvlee
Wedding Daze Katie
Hot Rod Denise
2008 Definitely, Maybe April Hoffman
Horton Hears a Who Dr. Mary Lou Larue voice only
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Rebecca Bloomwood Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Actress - Comedy
2011 Rango Voice


Bibliography

  • Seduced by Fame, 27 June 1996, Puffin Books, ISBN 0-14-025431-5
  • Bewitched, 5 September 1996, Puffin Books, ISBN 0-14-025575-3


References

  1. http://video.stv.tv/bc/entertainment-film-interviews-20090218-isla-fisher/
  2. It's a baby girl for Borat, Herald Sun, 20 October 2007.


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