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Kim Darby is an American actress, probably known best for her portrayal of Mattie Ross in the movie “True Grit (1969)”.  Her acting career slowed down in the 1980s as she made only minor appearances in movies and TV shows.

Early life, family, educational background

Kim Darby (birth name Deborah Zerby) was born on 8 July 1947, in Los Angeles, California USA to parents Jon Zerby and Inga Wiere, who were famous dancers known as The Dancing Zerbys back in the ’40s and ’50s. Inga was from Budapest, Hungary, the younger sister of comedians Harry, Herbert, and Sylvester Wiere who were known as the Wiere Brothers.

When Kim was three years old, she started performing on stage, at a time her parents Jon and Inga were participating in a Las Vegas showroom. She continued playing on stage until she went to school.

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Kim’s father Jon nicknamed the young girl Derby, thinking that Derby Zerby would be a catchy stage name for her, and she initially appeared on stage under that name, but soon she realized that she wouldn’t land any serious roles with that nickname. She transformed Derby into Darby and adopted the name Kim after a popular girl she admired at school.

Kim attended Van Nuys High School. At the age of 14, the young actress was admitted to the adult acting workshop led by the famous director and producer Tony Barr, which took place at Desilu Studios on the Paramount Pictures lot.

Career

Career as an actress

Kim debuted in acting when she was 15 years old, and debuted as a dancer in the movie “Bye Bye Birdie” in 1963. It was followed by her episodic role as Julie Dean in 1963 and 1965 in the TV series “Mr. Novak” which starred James Franciscus, Dean Jagger and Burgess Meredith. Meantime, in 1964 she portrayed Patsy in an episode of the NBC TV medical drama series “Dr. Kildare”.

In 1965, she played the minor role as Gussie in the movie “Bus Riley’s Back in Town” opposite Michael Parks and Ann-Margaret. During the same year, she appeared as April in the film “The Restless Ones”, and in the following year she made three episodic appearances in the TV series “Run for Your Life”, “The Fugitive”, and “Star Trek”.

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After a year, Darby appeared in three episodes of the TV series “Gunsmoke”, portraying Carrie Neely in “The Lure” and Angel in “Vengeance, Part 1 &2”. She made her breakthrough in 1969, when she was cast for the role of Mattie Ross in the movie “True Grit”, portraying the 14-year-old daughter of Frank Ross who gets murdered and robbed. The movie follows the story of Mattie who attempts to catch the killer by hiring  US Marshal Reuben “Rooster” J. Cogburn played by John Wayne. In an interview with Los Angeles Times, Kim admitted that she’d love to redo certain scenes, because she was distracted as she was thinking about her newborn baby. In other sources, she mentioned that she was also going through a divorce while filming the movie, which made it harder for her to focus on the role. Concurrently, she portrayed Doris Bolton Owen in the comedy film “Generation”, directed by George Schaefer.

From 1970 to 1973, Kim made several appearances, in movies such as “The Strawberry Statement”, “The Grissom Gang”, and “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”. She also played episodic roles in several TV series, including “The Streets of San Francisco”, “Circle of Fear”, and “Police Story”. In 1976, Darby appeared as Virginia Calderwood in the miniseries “Rich Man, Poor Man” which received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

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The actress’ career started slowing down significantly in the 1980s as a result of her amphetamine addiction and eating disorder. She was criticized for her weight by her agent, manager, and directors, forcing her to take fewer roles. She did, however, appear in movies such as “The Capture of Grizzly Adams (1982)”, “First Steps (1985)”, and “Teen Wolf Too (1987)”. She was also seen in single episodes of the TV series “Fantasy Island (1982)”, “Murder, She Wrote (1984)”, and “Scarecrow & Mrs. King (1985)”.

In 2001, Kim played the role of Louise Standon in the movie “Mockingbird Don’t Sing” which she describes as a challenging project because the director wasn’t co-operative and she had to figure out the character she was playing for herself. In 2007, the actress portrayed Barbs in the movie “Dead Letters”, and in 2017 she appeared in the horror film “The Evil Within”, which was directed by Andrew Getty.

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In one of her interviews, Darby mentioned that her career would have been different if she had made different choices after “True Grit”. She trusted her managers, who didn’t take into account her personality, and she failed to take responsibility for her future roles. Even though she doesn’t regret her journey, she admits her personal problems and the harshness of the industry led her to take a step back from acting. Kim is currently retired.

Career as a teacher

In 1990, Kim started teaching acting at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). In 1992, she began teaching the course “Kim Darby’s Acting for Film” which included intensive private group classes and focused on scene work and performance analysis. In 1993, she became the instructor in the Extension Program at UCLA, leading a required course entitled “Acting for Film from the Actor’s Point of View: A Workshop with Kim Darby”. She subsequently worked as a teacher for over 17 years.

Personal life

As of late 2022, Kim Darby appears to be single, having been married four times in total. According to the New York Times, from 1968 to 1969 she was married to James Stacy, a famous American actor whom she met on the set of “Gunsmoke”. They had a daughter Heather Elias in 1969, shortly before divorcing. From 1969 to 1970, Kim dated Pete Duel whom she always remembered with affection, but in 1970 Darby was married the successful actor James Westmoreland for only two months. In 1978, Kim married Jack La Rue Jr. but whom she divorced in 1981. Shortly after, Kim married the producer William Tennent with whom she stayed until 1990. In one of her interviews, the actress mentioned that William didn’t want her to work, so she had to take an almost 10-year break from acting, making it hard for her to return to the job.

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Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts

  • Darby has dyslexia;
  • Kim grew up with her grandparents since her parents had to travel a lot as dancers. Later, her father returned and started raising her;
  • Her father and grandparents wanted her to be a dancer, but she didn’t like dancing so she chose acting instead;
  • She was raised to be a lady by her grandparents who were quite strict;
  • Throughout her acting career, Kim always felt the pressure to be someone she wasn’t. In the interview for “Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict” entitled “Truth and Grit: A Conversation with Kim Darby”, the actress admitted that she allowed the agents and filmmakers to turn her ‘inside out like a pretzel’, forcing her to be a glamourous woman whom she couldn’t relate to;
  • According to Getty Images, Kim attended Golden Boot Awards with Johnny Crawford;
  • She believes being old in Los Angeles is equal to having a disease, which is why she wanted to move to another city or even state.
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Appearance, clothing style

Kim Darby is 75 years old. She has short brown hair and brown eyes, and wears. She is 5ft 4ins (163cm) in height and weighs approximately 123lbs (56kgs). The actress doesn’t make public appearances frequently, so it’s unclear what clothing style she has currently., but during the 2010s, she wore blazers, long skirts, shirts and pullovers/sweaters.

Net worth and salary

As of late 2022, Kim Darby’s net worth is estimated at close to $500,000, most of which she accumulated through her teaching and acting endeavors. The actress hasn’t revealed where she lives, and whether she owns any real estate properties.

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How old is Miya Cech? Age, Height, Parents, Net Worth, Dating

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Who is Miya Cech?

Miya Cech is a teen actress and model, who rose to fame with her roles in “The Darkest Minds”, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”, and “Always Be My Maybe”. She was born under the Zodiac sign Pisces on 4 March 2007, in Tokyo, Japan. As of 2021, she is 14 years old and holds Japanese and American nationality.

Family, Bio, Wiki

She has been raised by her American adoptive parents ER. Cech and G.Cech in Northern California alongside three siblings Emi Marie, Kai Marie, and Nikko J, who are also adopted. Her older sister, Kai Marie, followed in Miya’s footsteps and launched an acting career as well, so far appearing in “So Close”, Rickard Lovely”, and “Marvelous and the Black Hole”.

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While some children like to keep this type of personal information away from the public eye, Miya is far from that mindset. In her opinion, the fact that she was adopted allows her to use her voice and social platforms to support the adoption community, and reach out to other adopted children. In an interview, she disclosed: “I want adoption to be normalised, some kids need help and homes and families and that is super important for me. Everyone deserves to be loved and have a family and I want to be able to share that and represent that and you know inspire other families to adopt and that’s why it’s big for me.”

Rise to Stardom

She launched her career as a model at the age of four through her parents, featuring in various ads and on catwalks.

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In an interview, she talked about the experience of having started a career at such a young age, Miya saying: ”My parents sacrificed a lot over the years, including just driving me everywhere. For school, though, we have teachers on set in both the modeling world and the acting world. “

She made her TV debut at the age of eight in 2015, appearing in an episode of the action crime series “Hawaii Five 0”. During the same year, Miya guest-starred in the comedy series “The Thundermans” and crime drama series “Hand of God”.

In 2016, Miya portrayed Amy Chen in two episodes of the horror/supernatural series “American Horror Story”, followed by a minor appearance in the short movie “Angeltown”. After starring in the short fantasy movie “Unbound”, she was cast as the recurring character Marigold, in the drama series “American Housewife”, appearing in three episodes.

In 2018 Miya joined the cast as Suzme – “Zu” – in the dystopian superhero film “The Darkest Minds” starring Amandla Stenberg and Harris Dickinson. While many had high expectations considering the popularity of superhero movies in general, it appeared that those expectations weren’t met, as the film opened to an overwhelmingly negative reception and reviews, with criticism aimed at the generic, derivative, and predictable plot. Additionally, it poorly performed at the box office, grossing only $41 million against the $35 million production budget. Despite the movie’s negative reception, Miya’s convincing performance as Zu did not go unnoticed, and she finally started attracting recognition and exposure.

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Her other roles

She made several appearances in 2019, including in the series “Arrow”, the short movie “Viva La Revolucion”, and the comedy romance movie “Always Be My Baby”. She additionally landed the recurring role as Akiko Yamato in the adventure drama series “Are You Afraid of the Dark”, opposite Malia Baker and Bryce Gheisar.

During the same year, she booked the role as Zhen Zhen in the sci-fi adventure movie “Rim of the World”. Even though the movie garnered generally negative reviews, upon premiering it was rated as the most-watched film on the SVOD service in the UK.

Latest roles

In 2020 she was cast in the lead role as “Samantha Sammy” in the space adventure series “Astronauts”, again sharing the screen with Bryce Gheisar.

In an interview, she expressed her excitement over playing Sammy in a series related to space, saying:  “I’ve been really into space ever since I was a little girl, well even younger than I am now, and I’ve kept up with just about every launch that has happened in my 13 years.”

Miya also revealed that the whole crew had the pleasure of talking to the astronaut Chris Cassidy, to prepare for their roles and challenges while filming, she said: ” Chris Cassidy went to the international space station and we got to ask him questions that would help us in the show. We also did movement training; ee had a choreographer and we played this game where we’d push off of each other but we’d have to make it look like we were in zero gravity.”

Despite the positive reviews the series has garnered, it appears that Nickelodeon will not be renewing the show for another season.

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She landed another lead role in 2021, in the coming-of-age drama movie “Marvelous and the Black Hole”, opposite Rhea Perlman. Working with Rhea was a one-of-time experience for Maya, and she has nothing but words of praise.

Additionally, working with the director Kate Tsang gave her insight into the works and process of directing, she said: “I’ve only worked with a couple of Asian-American directors, and because I want to be a director someday, getting to see that and putting myself in their shoes was amazing. It was a really fun project to work on all together.”

She recently partnered with Zigazoo, the fun and social platform for kids, and was featured as a celebrity guest reader of the children’s book entitled “The Eyes that Kiss in the Corners”.

Personal life

Given her young age, it’s too early to talk about any romantic interests.

Physical stats and Hobbies

Her current height is 4ft 6ins (149cm), while her weight is around 78lbs (35kgs). Her natural hair is dark brown, further adorned with brown eyes.

Miya is an active supporter of the Asian-American Girl Club, the fashion and lifestyle brand which aims to redefine the modern Asian-American Woman through normalization and unity. For Miya, it’s highly important to be a part of the club as she aspires to be a role model for Asian American girls, she further explained: “I’m using my voice to inspire people, I’m using my voice to be other people’s voice and reach the hearts of people.

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It’s really just about girl power and Asian-American power and Asian-American girl power.”

What is her Net worth?

Her current net worth is estimated at around $300,000, earned during her career as an actress and model. Given her success in various roles, it’s believed that her wealth will continue to grow.

Is she active on social media?

She is very active on her social media accounts, which are managed by her parents. Her Instagram account has over 400,000 followers, while her Twitter account has nearly 10,000 fans. Miya also uses TikTok, on which she has over 100,000 followers with two million likes.

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Kaitlyn Leeb’s Wiki: Nationality, Husband, Children, Net Worth

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Who is Kaitlyn Leeb?

Kaitlyn Leeb is a model and actress, who rose to fame portraying Jennifer Doolittle in the Canadian teen drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation”. She’s also had notable roles in the popular TV series “Shadowhunters” and “Heartland”. Kaitlyn was born under the Zodiac sign Gemini on 18 June 1988, in North York, Ontario, Canada, of Irish and Chinese descent. As of 2021, she is 33 years old and holds Canadian nationality.

Early life and Family

Not much information is known about her family, except that her mother was a model. Reportedly, she was brought up by her grandparents, who took care of her and her two siblings after their parents divorced.

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She enjoyed performing and dancing from an early age, and even competed in various competitions during her formative years. When it comes to her education, she obtained a degree in Psychology from York University.

Career Beginnings

Kaitlyn stepped into the world of entertainment by working as a model, and appearing in various print ads and advertisements for several companies and brands such as Dentyne Ice, Fuze fruit drinks, and Virgin Mobile. Additionally, in terms of furthering her modeling career, she won the Miss Chin Bikini Pageant.

Having been in the industry for some time, she decided to test the waters and pursue acting, kicking-off with a minor role in the TV series “Beautiful People” in 2006.

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Three years later, she appeared as Valerie in the drama movie “The Jazzman”, followed by a small part in the TV show “Blue Mountain State”. After a guest appearance in the adventure/fantasy series “Aaron Stone” in 2010, she portrayed Trina in the action/thriller “Locked Down”, opposite Vinnie Jones, Rashad Evans and Tony Schiena.

In 2011, she starred as Bridget in the film “Wrong Turn: Bloody Beginning”, then the following year, her popularity exponentially grew as she landed numerous roles in various projects. She was cast as Dr. Casandra Lee in the comedy-drama series “Heartland”, appearing in 26 episodes of the sixth through 12th season. During the same year she landed her most famed role as, Jennifer Doolittle in the TV series “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, the fourth series in the popular Degrassi franchise.

The show, created by Linda Schuyler and Kit Hood, was one of the most-watched TV series in Canada, earning various accolades throughout its 14 season run. Kaitlyn also booked some minors roles in short movies and TV series, such as “The L.A. Complex”, “Total Recall”, and “Hail Satan”.

Her other roles

In 2013 she switched from her usual appearances, and starred in two TV movies – “Alive” and “Grave Halloween”. The following year, she scooped various recurring roles in TV series such as “The Republic of Doyle”, “Bitten”, and “Seed”.

After appearing in the movie “Wolves” and “The Hazing Secret” in 2014, she was cast as the recurring character Keira, in the comedy/romance series “Single Ladies”. During the same year, she made a one-episode appearance in the comedy series “Backpackers” and portrayed Lily in the action drama series “Rogue”.

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In 2016 she landed the part of Camille Belcourt, the antagonist in the supernatural drama series “Shadowhunters”, appearing in the seven episodes of the first season. In an interview with a media outlet, she talked about her audition for the show, saying:” I actually auditioned for a couple of roles before landing Camille. As soon as I heard about the show, I was really excited about it. So I prepped her, and I auditioned, and I found out a couple of days later that I booked her. That was the most amazing thing”.

Her portrayal of the former leader of the Brooklyn vampire Clan and Magnus’ ex-girlfriend, earned her exposure and additional popularity among younger audiences. The show, which explores the world of fantasy filled with warlock, shadowhunters and vampires, ran for three seasons, while Caitlyn appeared as a guest in the second season.

She followed up this role by portraying Susan in the horror series “Slasher”, then in 2018 she appeared in several TV movies – “Christmas with a View”, Christmas with a Prince”, and “Christmas with a Prince: Becoming Royal,” and is set to reprise her role as Dr. Tasha in the next installment entitled “Christmas with a Prince: The Royal Baby”.

Her latest roles

In 2020 she was cast as Leah Starnes in the short-lived streaming series “Spinning Out”, followed by one-episode appearances in TV series such as “The Wedding Planners” and “The Crossword Mysteries”. She additionally appeared in the horror movie “Anything for Jackson”, portraying Yolanda opposite Sheila McCarthy and Julian Richings; the film opened to positive reviews from critics.

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Regarding her upcoming projects, she is set to reprise her role as Dr. Tasha in the third installment entitled “Christmas with a Prince: The Royal Baby”.

Caitlyn will portray Jessica in the romance drama “Christmas in the Wilds”, opposite Victor Zinck Jr., which is set to premiere around Christmas 2021. Additionally, she landed another lead role in the comedy-romance “Be Mine, Valentine”, sharing the screen with Brendon Zub which will premiere by the end of 2021.

Personal life

Kaitlyn has been married to the four-year senior equity trader Ted Leeb since 2013. After several years of dating, the couple walked down the aisle on 17 August in a private ceremony. In 2016 they welcomed their daughter named Avery Elizabeth Leeb, and in 2020 another addition to the family, daughter Presley.

Physical stats and Hobbies Charity Work

Kaitlyn is 5ft 4ins tall (164cm), weighs around 120lbs (55kgs) with vital statistics of 32-26-35. Her natural hair is black, further adorned with brown eyes.

She likes to spend her free time with family and friends.

Regarding hobbies, she is a great fan of horse riding and ice-skating.

In the interview with a media outlet, she said that she adores watching documentaries and series about marine life, explaining: I really love that stuff. I don’t know what it is, it is just so fascinating to me that there is this whole other world that we have no idea about. I just like learning about that. I love sharks. Shark week is my favorite week.”

Her favorite show is “River Monsters”.

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Charity Work

With a great passion for philanthropy, Kaitlyn has been serving as the Jakes House National Ambassador since 2018, and often participates in public speaking engagements, as well as communicating with students, families and partners. Jake’s House is a charity that aims to aid and support families living with autism in Canada, by providing various mentoring programs and organizing community events with the goal of bringing people together and socializing. Kaitlyn has been featured in several promotional ads and digital campaigns, and continuously supports the charity’s work, inspiring and motivating others to take action.

What is her net worth?

According to reports, her estimated net worth is around $2 million, acquired largely through her acting career over 15 years.

Is she active on social media?

She is very active on social media; her Instagram account has nearly 80,000 followers, while her Twitter has over 30,000 fans. Kaitlyn often posts family photos, selfies, and news about her current and upcoming projects.

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