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Mageina Tovah

Tovah at the premiere of Spider-Man 3, 2007
Born Mageina Tovah Begtrup
July 26, 1979 (1979-07-26) (age 30)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Occupation film/theatre/television actress
Years active 2001 - present
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Mageina Tovah (born July 26, 1979) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Glynis Figliola in the television series Joan of Arcadia and as Ursula Ditkovich in the Spider-Man films.




Early life

Tovah was born Mageina Begtrup in Honolulu, Hawaii, where her father was a US Army psychiatrist in the Green Berets, and her mother was an Army physical therapist. Her family later settled in Clarksville, Tennessee and then moved to Nashville. Mageina attended Martin Luther King Junior Magnet High School in Nashville, Tennessee. She skipped a year of high school, taking both her Junior year of honors English and her Senior year of AP English at the same time. She graduated from high school at the age of 16. For college, Mageina started at The California Institute of the Arts, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the USC in three and a half years. She later moved to New York and Los Angeles.


As well as her recurring role on Joan of Arcadia, Tovah's television work include guest roles on a number of TV shows. These include: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, NYPD Blue, Six Feet Under, The Shield, Cold Case, Crossing Jordan and Private Practice. Tovah's feature film work includes roles in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Dark Heart, Failure to Launch, Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas and a recurring role as Ursula Ditkovich in the films Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.

Tovah also made a memorable appearance in the Jonas Ã…kerlund-directed music video for Christina Aguilera's hit song "Beautiful".

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