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Jaime Ray Newman

Jaime Ray Newman
Born April 2, 1978 (1978-04-02) (age 31)
Farmington Hills, Oakland County, Michigan

Jaime Ray Newman (born April 2, 1978) is an American actress. Newman is best known for starring as Dr. Tess Fontana, a special guest star in Season 3.5 Syfy's Eureka. She is also known for her portrayal of Kristina Cassadine on the American soap opera General Hospital, and alongside Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price and Paul Gross as Kat Gardener in ABC's 2009 serialization of Eastwick.

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Childhood

Newman was born in Farmington Hills, Oakland County, Michigan. She started performing at age 11 in the debut of Israel Horovitz's play, A Rosen by Any Other Name. She worked consistently around Detroit, acting in many of the regional theaters. At 16, while attending the Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills (also the alma mater of actress Selma Blair), Newman founded Apollo Theatre Productions. She rented out a theater, hired a well-known local director, professional actors and an entire crew to put up their first show. She acted as both producer and director, and found such a warm reception that she produced two more shows the following year.

Education

Newman's elementary education took place at Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit where she starred in the role of Ado Annie Carnes in the 8th grade play of "Oklahoma". After Hillel, Jaime attended the Cranbrook Kingswood School and spent her summers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts where she won the Corson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. While in high school at Cranbrook, she won first place in the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association, a state-wide dramatic competition, for three years in a row. Newman graduated from Cranbrook Kingswood in 1996. She then attended Boston University's School for the Arts theater conservatory for two years before transferring to Northwestern University as an English and Drama major.

Early stage work

At Northwestern, Jaime founded the Ignition Festival for Women in the Arts. Through that, she produced and acted in Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, How I Learned To Drive. She also discovered a love for music. While living in Chicago, Jaime performed with her own jazz quartet along with the popular funk band, Sweet Sweet Candy.

Film and television

Jaime officially moved to Los Angeles in September 2000. She earned a living performing with her jazz quartet, as well as landing parts in several short films and an appearance on The Drew Carey Show. But soon after moving to L.A., she landed the role of Kristina Carter Cassadine on the soap opera, General Hospital. While there, she continued with her music career, putting together her current cover band, School Boy Crush. She also landed a part in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, with a scene opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

Critical acclaim

In January 2003 Jaime starred with David Schwimmer, Jonathan Silverman and Tom Everett Scott in the play Turnaround, Roger Kumble's (Cruel Intentions, The Sweetest Thing) dark Hollywood satire. The play caused a tremendous amount of buzz around Los Angeles, and ran to sold-out audiences for almost four months.

Recent appearances

In October 2006, Jaime began a six-episode run in a recurring role in the critically-acclaimed CW show Veronica Mars. She also became a fan favorite with her appearance on Stargate Atlantis as Lt. Laura Cadman. Along with fellow Stargate actor Michael Shanks she appeared in the Christmas 2006 TV movie Under the Mistletoe.

Other high profile guest starring roles include E-Ring, Heroes, Supernatural, Related, CSI, Medium, Eureka and Nip/Tuck.

Music

Jaime and School Boy Crush have played regularly at The Buffalo Club in Santa Monica, California, at Moomba in West Hollywood, Nick's Martini Lounge, Café Cordiale, and the Lux in Beverly Hills, covering a wide variety of music from funk and soul to R&B and blues.

Most recently, they played the ESPN Awards party at The Highlands, the adjoining venue to the Kodak Theatre. The group's musicians include: guitarist Yogi from The Wallflowers; saxophonist/flutist Katisse Buckingham from Herbie Hancock's band; bassist Danny "Creamy Fingers" Dunlap; drummer Aaron Sterling; and pianist Kristopher Pooley from Jane's Addiction.

Filmography

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