Amber Valletta
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Date of Birth: February 9, 1974

Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Occupation: Model/Actress

Height: 5' 8¼"

Measurements: 34B-23-35

Best Known For: The Transporter 2, Hitch

Amber Valletta Biography

Amber Valletta was born on February 9, 1974, in Phoenix, Arizona. She has three half-sisters and two half-brothers, and she is of Italian and Portuguese decent. She was interested in modeling at a young age, and when she was 15 her mother enrolled her in modeling school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the Linda Layman Agency. She later attended Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Linda Layman agency sent Valletta to Milan for her first professional photo shoot, posing for Italian Vogue. Soon afterward, she was seen on the cover of French Elle. Her positive experiences overseas inspired Valletta to relocate to Paris, France.

Valletta has graced the covers of multiple magazines and has been featured in advertising campaigns for top designers including, Versace, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Prada, Valentino, Gucci, Elizabeth Arden, and Chanel. She has posed for many famous photographers including, Steven Meisel, Richard Avedon, Bruce Weber, Patrick Demarchelier, Herb Ritts, Nick Knight, Paolo Roversi, Irvin Penn, Mario Sorrenti and Peter Lindbergh.

Valletta has also had a successful crossover into the film industry. Her first film was Drop Back Ten in 2000, followed by What Lies Beneath with Harrison Ford, and The Family Man starring Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni that same year. After some television appearances and smaller films, Valletta was seen in the comedy Duplex, directed by Danny DeVito and starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore.

In 2004, Valletta acting in the romantic comedy Raising Helen, and won a lead role in 2005's Hitch. Also in 2005, Valletta was seen in the action thriller sequel The Transporter 2. The following year she appeared in the limited release comedy Man About Town alongside an all-star cast. In 2007, Valletta will be seen in the lead role in The Last Time, in the comedy My Sexiest Year with Harvey Keitel, Frankie Muniz, and fellow model Karolina Kurkova, and opposite Sandra Bullock in the drama Premonition.

In addition to modeling and acting, Valletta co-hosted MTV's House of Style with her good friend and fellow model Shalom Harlow. She is also actively involved in charity work; in 1995, she organized a charity called Supermodels Stepping Out Against Hunger, a fashion show that took place in her hometown to benefit the Tulsa Community Food Bank. Valletta also serves as the spokesperson for Oceana’s Seafood Contamination Campaign, where she brings awareness of the dangers of mercury poisoning in various kinds of seafood. The decision to join Oceana's campaign was prompted by the mercury-poisoning experience of a friend.

Valletta was married to Hervé Le Bhihan, whom she met on a Calvin Klein photo shoot in 1994, from 1994 - 1996. She later married Olympic volleyball player Christian "Chip" McCaw, in 2003. She and McCaw have one son, Auden, born in October 2000.
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