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Kathleen Robertson Biography

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Birth Name: Kathleen Robertson
Born: 07/08/1973
Birth Place: Hamilton, Ontario, CA

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Robertson began to study acting, voice, and dance at age 10. She was still in her teens when she played Tina Edison, the genius daughter, in "Maniac Mansions", a TV series about a family of inventors which aired in the USA on "The Family Channel" (1990-93). In 1992, Robertson had a co-starring role in the Canadian feature "Lapse of Memory" and when she was invited to Los Angeles for its screening, she decided to remain and try her luck in Hollywood. Although only 19 years old, she acclimated quickly and within less than a year, had played a young woman threatened by the plague in "Quiet Killer" (CBS, 1992) and a young woman who, along with Stefanie Powers, was threatened by a street gang in "Survive the Night" (USA Network, 1993). Robertson was also a girl who catches the eye of a troubled teen in "Liar's Edge" (Showtime, 1992) and a rather seductive young woman in "Blown Away" (HBO, 1993).

But it was the role of the somewhat bitchy Clare Arnold, added in part to fill the void created by the departure of Shannen Doherty, that brought her attention. During her tenure on the show, the character interacted with all the major regulars: she romanced Brandon (Jason Priestley) roomed with Kelly and Donna (Jenny Garth and Tori Spelling) and had liaisons with both David and Steve (Brian Austin Greene and Ian Ziering). Since her decision to leave the series coincided with the release of "Nowhere", undoubtedly Robertson hoped that the film might open new avenues in her career. She did receive additional publicity when she was linked romantically with its director, Gregg Araki, who had previously self-identified as a gay man.

While Robertson's film career did not immediately rocket her into stardom, she enjoyed a steady flow of roles throughout the rest of the nineties and through the millenium. She starred in the Sally Field directed project "Beautiful" in 2000 and co-starred in the teen flick "Scary Movie 2" in 2001. In 2003, Robertson starred in the independent film "XX/YY" which premiered at Sundance. Perhaps signaling a desire to take on more challenging roles, Roberston played a woman who embarks on a three-way relationship with two male college friends, only to find it haunting her ten years later.