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Name: Vanessa Hudgens
DOB: 14 December 1988
Birth Place: Salinas, CA, USA
Claim to fame: Ex-High School Musical star
- Vanessa sang for George Bush and his family at a 2007 Christmas event
- She has appeared in People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People list in 2008 and 2009
- Vanessa is 5’ 3” tall
- In 2007, Vanessa won the Choice Female Breakout Singer Award at the Teen Choice Awards
Former Disney starlet Vanessa was born into a middle class Roman Catholic family in California, her dad a fireman and her mum an office worker. She began acting onstage at the age of eight in local and school theatre productions.
After attending the Orange County High School of the Arts, Vanessa landed roles in commercials, on TV and in the 2004 Thunderbirds movie before getting her big break in 2005. That year Vanessa was cast as Gabriella Montez in Disney’s smash hit High School Musical. She became an instant tween idol and went on to star in all three High School Musical films, as well as launching a pop career.
To date she has released two albums, but has taken a break from music to concentrate on her acting career. As far as shaking off her High School image goes, Vanessa’s done a pretty good job. She appeared in fetish gear in 2011’s all-girl action fantasy Sucker Punch, as well as all over the internet in a bunch of leaked private nude photos and a sex tape. And in the classic serious-actress move she’s undergone a dramatic makeunder for her role in the forthcoming teen pregnancy drama Gimme Shelter.
Vanessa dated her High School Musical co-star Zac Efron from 2005 until December 2010. The world wept to see the Disney duo split. Since then she’s been linked to her Journey 2 co-star Josh Hutcherson, but she’s keeping schtum about it.