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10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz 2010

Ali Adler

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Ali Adler




"It is incredible to be thought of as an amazing gay in showbiz. Until this honor, I have only considered myself a mediocre gay. Thank you!"



Ali Adler graduated from UCLA with a degree in Creative Writing . 2011 marks her twenty year writing career that began on the original “Beverly Hills, 90210”. She has also written and produced “Just Shoot Me,” “Family Guy” and was Executive Producer on “Chuck” for three seasons and has developed numerous TV projects over the years. In June 2010, she began her most recent endeavor with Greg Berlanti and Jon Feldman on “No Ordinary Family”, where she currently serves as Co-Executive Producer.
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Tabatha Coffey

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Tabatha Coffey



"As a relative newcomer to the entertainment business, I am honored to be nominated for this award because I have always been out in my life and in my career and think visibility is so important to our community."


Tabatha Coffey has devoted her entire professional life to achieving excellence in hair design and education. She now brings her years of hands-on experience to help struggling salon owners turn around their businesses in her Bravo series Tabatha's Salon Takeover. From the beginning of her career when she was 14 in her native Surfer's Paradise, Australia, to her appearance as the "Fan Favorite" on Bravo's hit series Shear Genius, Coffey has devoted her life to the art of hair. Throughout her successful career, Coffey has worked with a who's who of the industry in Australia, Great Britain and the United States and has continuously developed and fine-tuned her skills as an artist, educator and business owner. Throughout her career, and now as a public personality in television and fashion, Tabatha has been out and proud, including being featured in the NoH8 PSA and campaign. Most recently, she was awarded HRC’s Visibility Award. In 2001, Coffey opened Industrie Hair Gurus, a successful east coast salon, where she continues to lead a staff of hairstylists and colorists servicing a large and loyal clientele. Coffey also styles clients at the Warren-Tricomi salon in West Hollywood on a regular basis. From 1997 to 2008, Coffey represented an intern ational product company as a key member of the Artistic Team. In addition to traveling around the world to educate stylists and represent the company at hair shows, Coffey created incredible hairstyles featured in national advertising and trend collection imagery. Coffey also works regularly as an editorial stylist for top fashion and beauty publications, including Seventeen, Marie Claire and various other publications, and she has worked backstage during New York's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. With her signature edgy style, youthful energy and exceptional skills as an artist and educator, Tabatha Coffey is without question the industry's leader and golde n girl. And as such, has never shied away from being an outspoken gay woman. Her life memoirs will be published by Harper Collins in Spring 2011, when season 3 of Tabatha’s Salon Takeover premieres on Bravo.

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Savannah Dooley

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Savannah Dooley



"I am honored to be on this list among such awesome women!"



Savannah Dooley grew up in Los Angeles and attended Bennington College, where she studied screenwriting. She is a writer/producer on ABC Family’s Huge, a drama focusing on teens at a weight-loss summer camp. She also wrote and co-produced Snapshot, a queer short that premiered at Outfest 2010. Dooley currently lives in LA and is working on several projects, including a feature.

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Clementine Ford

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Clementine Ford Actress and daughter of Cybill Shepherd. She has appeared in the films American Pie and Bring it On. She also had roles in the independent film Last Goodbye and the slasher flick Cherry Falls. She was on The L Word and is currently on The Young and the Restless. She is starring in POWER UP’s upcoming feature film Girltrash: All Night Long.

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Tracy Gilchrist

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Tracy E. Gilchrist


"I couldn’t be more honored than to be nominated by POWER UP, an organization I’ve admired and supported since my cub reporter days for regional LGBT papers back in Connecticut and since my time serving on the programming committee of the Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Film Festival when I discovered the groundbreaking, positive images of LGBT people POWER UP was creating with its whimsical and poignant short films."

Tracy E. Gilchrist, a self-confessed cinephile with a degree in film theory from Mount Holyoke College, has acted as SheWired’s Editor in Chief since its 2008 inception. Formerly, she worked as Senior Editor for Here Media’s pioneering Lesbiannation.com. With SheWired, Tracy has spearheaded expanding the site’s video offerings including bringing on new episodes of the popular series Cherry Bomb, launching the live-streamed call-in talk show The Gloves Are OFF! with Cathy DeBuono and Jill Bennett, developing an interview series featuring gay women in the business and creating and hosting her Lesbian Film School series. New to Los Angeles in 2006, she landed a job reporting for the now, Pulitzer-nominated, The National Enquirer, but soon moved on. Prior to moving to LA from Connecticut Tracy honed her interviewing style covering celebrities and community pioneers as a frequent contributor to Curve and regional LGBT publications including Boston’s In Newsweekly and New England’s Metroline magazine. She has also contributed entertainment pieces to The Advocate, Advocate.com, Los Angeles magazine and In Los Angeles.

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Christine Moore

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Christine Moore


“I am Honored. Thank you.”

Christine Moore is an American director noted for her artfully gritty and unflinching directorial style. Her numerous directing credits include "The Wire", " Treme", "CSI NY", "CSI Miami", "The Beast", "The Cleaner", "Jericho", "Law and Order Criminal Intent", "Three Rivers", and "The Whole Truth". Christine resides in Los Angeles with her wife, Jessica, and their two children, Catherine and Jane.

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Martha Sanchez

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Martha Sanchez

"What an honor to be chosen by the leaders and mentors of our entertainment community, the incomparable, POWER UP! I'm grateful!"

Martha Sanchez is a seasoned talent manager whose client list includes some of the most recognizable names in the GLBT community. Following stints in talent management with respected firms like Envision Entertainment andRigberg/Rugolo, Martha joined Shelter Entertainment Group, where she advises the notable careers of Meredith Baxter, Jessica Clark, Cathy DeBuono, Natalie Garcia, Anthony Pazos and Suzanne Westenhoefer, among others. Marthais also a producer of independent gay film, including the coming of age film “Where The Red Buds Grow.” She is currently producing a feature with the Film Collective and is a member of Women In Film.

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Elizabeth Sarnoff

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Elizabeth Sarnoff

"Thank you POWER UP for this amazing honor and my deepest gratitude for your relentless and unconditional support of us all."

Elizabeth Sarnoff was born in New York City and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She then moved to Los Angeles and was lucky enough to get her first job writing television from the great David Milch in his new hour-long drama series "Big Apple."

After two seasons on NBC’s "Crossing Jordan" she joined Mr. Milch again as a Writer and Producer on his new HBO Western "Deadwood." For the last five years she has served as a Writer and is currently an Executive Producer on ABC's "Lost.”

Her writing credits also include the original plays, "Slow Dance in Midtown" and "Chemo Lounge." In addition she has written various feature films for Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount Pictures.

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Kirsten Vangsness

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Kirsten Vangsness
One of the Entertainment Industry’s most charming performers, Kirsten Vangsness plays the blonde, be-spectacled, brainiac, tech-kitten, “Penelope Garcia” on the hit CBS drama, CRIMINAL MINDS. Originally, the role of “Garcia” was scripted as a one episode guest starring role but due to the overwhelming audience response to Vangsness – who last year was named one of the Top Ten “Scene Stealers by Entertainment Weekly – by the middle of the season, Vangsness was asked to join the show as a series regular: thereby giving “Garcia” free reign to hit on “Derek Morgan” (played by uber-hunk, Shemar Moore) to her imaginary heart’s content.

Additionally, Vangsness has a unique affinity for making and "re-designing" her own clothes. Because her previous day jobs almost always included working with children, Kirsten continues to volunteer at a few elementary schools- reading and teaching after school improvisation and acting classes. She is also passionate about making up really good vegetarian soups, NPR, collecting music, recycling, her nieces, her dog Bastian, and learning new jokes.

 

Kathy Wolfe

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Kathy Wolfe

“I am honored to be acknowledged by POWER UP, an organization that plays such an important role in the development of lesbian and gay film and filmmakers.”

Kathy Wolfe is a successful businesswoman who is as comfortable with 21st century DVD technology as she is collecting artifacts of the Historic West. After getting her Masters degree in art, Kathy founded a specialty graphics and advertising company (which grew to thirteen offices); then, in 1985, established Wolfe Video as a vehicle for community building and social change. Wolfe Video began as a small mail order distribution outlet for LGBT films. In 25 years, Wolfe has grown to be the most successful exclusive distributor of LGBT themed films on DVD and video on demand via the internet and television. This anniversary year, Kathy has received many honors including NCLR’s “Community Partner Award” and Philadelphia Q Fest’s “Barbara Gittings Award.” Of her company’s impact, Kathy says, “When I look at Wolfe, how it began and what it’s become, I am so proud of the way that we’ve made images of our lives visible and accessible to the world at-large; and (even more importantly) in the way that those authentic images have empowered so many individuals to be themselves.”

 

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