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Famke Janssen

Famke Beumer Janssen ( /ˈfɑːmkə ˈdʒænsən/; born 5 November 1964) is a Dutch actress and former fashion model. She is known for playing the villainous Bond girl Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye (1995), Evelyn Stockard-Price in House on Haunted Hill (1999), and Jean Grey/Phoenix in the X-Men film series (2000–2006). Janssen was born in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. Her first name, Famke, means "little girl" in West Frisian, the native language of the Dutch province Friesland. She has two sisters, director Antoinette Beumer and actress Marjolein Beumer. In addition to her native Dutch, Janssen speaks English and French. She also learned German, but has not kept up with it. Following her high school graduation, Janssen studied economics for a year at the University of Amsterdam, which she later called "the stupidest idea I ever had." In the early 1990s, she enrolled at Columbia University to study creative writing and literature. In 1984, Janssen moved to the United States to begin her professional career as a fashion model. She signed with Elite Model Management and worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Victoria's Secret. She starred in a 1988 commercial for the perfume Exclamation by

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Famke Janssen -- The Bicycle Crotch Conundrum

Famke Janssen
The Bicycle Crotch Conundrum

"X-Men" hottie Famke Janssen pulled off a balancing act while bicycling around New York City this weekend ... using her right hand to block any potential crotch shot. Of course, this whole… READ MORE >

Famke Janssen -- Cops: Creepy Book Left by 'Burglar' ... Belonged to Her

Famke Janssen
Cops: Creepy Book From 'Burglar' Belonged to Her

Oops ... Famke Janssen didn't get the world's creepiest gift from a burglar after all -- cops now believe the children's book that was allegedly 'left' in her home ... was hers all along!As TMZ… READ MORE >

- 402 days ago
Famke Janssen -- Cops Investigating CREEPY Incident at NYC Pad

Famke Janssen
Cops Investigating CREEPY Incident at NYC Pad

Famke Janssen -- who famously played Jean Grey in the "X-Men" movies -- claims she's been targeted in a crime so creepy, it will make your skin crawl ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources… READ MORE >

- 439 days ago
Famke Janssen Is on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'?

Famke Janssen Is on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'?

Here's former model turned actress Famke Janssen at some event in NYC (left) -- and Season Two contestant on "RuPaul's Drag Race" Nicole Paige Brooks (right).Only one of them is an "X-Men."We're… READ MORE >

- 1719 days ago
'X-Men' Star's Dog -- Breakin' the Law

'X-Men' Star's Dog -- Breakin' the Law

Famke Jannsen -- who played Dr. Jean Grey in "X-Men" -- is responsible for a New York restaurant breaking the law ... and she can thank her furry little friend for helping her do it.According to… READ MORE >

- 1838 days ago
More Crap on TMZ

More Crap on TMZ

Like everyone else who owns a dog, even mega-hot Famke Janssen has to put up with a lot of s**t. See Also Famke Janssen Is Steaming Hot  READ MORE >

- 2136 days ago
Famke's Dog Is Busted

Famke's Dog Is Busted

Instead of dropping her wonk-eyed dog Licorice into the tote she was carrying, Famke Janssen had her walk all over LAX -- not a problem, until you see the limp the poor pooch was… READ MORE >

- 2299 days ago
Famke Janssen Is Steaming Hot

Famke Janssen Is Steaming Hot

Even X-Men superheroes have to pick up after their dog!With her dry cleaning in one hand and a stinky load of her pup Licorice's poo in another, Famke Janssen kept the streets of NYC clean for… READ MORE >

- 2321 days ago
Gretchen Going "Rounder" the Block

Gretchen Going "Rounder" the Block

Pregnant Nutmegger and former It-girl-gone-nowhere Gretchen Mol, who dumped cardshark Matt Damon in "Rounders," was spotted walking the streets of the West Village with shabby lookin' hubby,… READ MORE >

- 2633 days ago
Bad Hollywood Hair

Bad Hollywood Hair

Summer blockbuster season is upon us with fans lining up to seem some of the most anticipated films of the year. Whether or not the films are good is for you to decide, but one thing that's not… READ MORE >

- 3036 days ago

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