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The Many Roles of Tony Goldwyn

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57 years ago today, a remarkable man was born. He has done remarkable things and just helped to make the world a little bit better. He has played a doctor, a lawyer, a father, and even President of the United States. He knows how to work behind the camera and knows how to act in front of it. He is Anthony Howard Goldwyn and this is for everything he does.

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A director … Tony has directed quite a few movies and television shows. In fact, that is how Shonda originally knew him and offered him the role of Fitz. He has directed “Grey’s ” “Private Practice” and quite a few episodes of “Scandal.” Here he is on the set . Tony directed the two hour finale in Season Six.

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A musical comedy actor- Tony has been well known for his work in the theatre. Even before his work in the movies, he was trained as a theatre actor. Josh Malina actually told me in an interview that the reason he took “Scandal” was because of Tony’s work in the theatre. Here Tony is in the 2010 revival of “Promises Promises” . He has an incredible baritone voice.

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An animal lover- Tony loves animals especially dogs. He has always been a dog owner , but sadly lost his dog Sandy not too long ago. Currently he babysits his daughter Anna’s dog quite a bit. But Tony is the doggy daddy to Kerry’s fur baby , Josie. She even has a chair with her name on the set.

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An advocate for cancer- Tony lost his mother to lung cancer, so he has decided to stand up in the fight for finding a cure for cancer.  He has appeared on tv on “Stand Up for Cancer” and even appeared in a photo campaign using his mother’s picture. Here he is on the front cover of the popular Parade magazine

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A comic actor- Tony can really make you laugh. Here he is in the indie “The Godfather of Green Bay” . He plays a middle aged man who was a football hero in Wisconsin. Here he is dancing the “Macarena.” Oh and did I mention that he is also a drug dealer that the mob is after.

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A dramatic actor- Tony has played a lot of serious roles. He was a young man who was dying of AIDS on “Designing Women” . He has played a father whose daughter was raped in “The Last House on the Left.”  Tony ‘s best role has to be the man who was President and lost his son on “Scandal.” In this episode, Fitz is helpless as “Peus” detonates the drones.

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A friend … Tony loves all of his cast mates but he has different relationships with some of them. Jeff and him have known each other for about twenty years. He also has special relationships with Tom Verica and Scott Foley. But his closest friend on the “Scandal” set has to be Kerry.

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A Disney cartoon character- In 1990, Tony voiced one of the most successful Disney cartoons of recent years, “Tarzan.” If you notice the “King of the Jungle” , he has Tony’s blue eyes and strong chin. He even has his physique.

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A father- Tony has been a great father to his two daughters, Anna and Tess. He is very proud of them both. Anna is a writer for the show “Supergirl” and teaches a yoga class. Tess is currently attending Northwestern for drama. Frequently he comes to Chicago to visit her, so gladiators you might see him around the Windy City.

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A political mouthpiece-  Tony spent most of the year last year as the surrogate for candidate Hillary Clinton. He also was convincing enough to get people to care about elections through his campaigning for Hillary. Tony has spent most of his career in many roles as a politician. Maybe in the future, he might run for something himself. He’s got my vote.

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A romantic leading man… In the past the couples were Ross and Rachel and Meredith and Derek. For the past six years, Tony and Kerry have burned up TGIT with their passionate roles as Olivia Pope , Political Fixer and Fitzgerald Grant, POTUS. Will there be a  happy ending for these two? We certainly hope so.

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He knows how to make fun of himself- Tony is a joy when he is on a talk show. He charms the audience and a few shows he actually made quite an impression. . On Stephen Colbert’s show, Colbert actually told him to go to hell when he saw a scene from “Scandal” when he saw his shirtless body . But Tony seems to always have a good time when he does Jimmy Kimmel . He usually does some kind of fun skit involving his cast. In “Scandal High,” he was Hunter , the football jock and class President.

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As a model- Tony definitely looks good in everything. He has graced magazines covers and is the one man who can wear a suit. He is constantly dressed in suits and has made a great spokesman for Brooks Brothers.  They actually put a flag pin on suits that are sold in their stores and the label reads Fitzgerald Grant . Take that Kevin Spacey.

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Knows how to enjoy life- Whether he is singing karaoke , or just having a drink, Tony can always be at the center of the fun. He loves meat and yes he does drink scotch.

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One of the titles that Tony has is King of Social Media. He loves to tweet his fans and he also loves to take selfies. He is the best thing to happen to Instagram and Twitter. He always tries to make it point to tweet on Thursday with fans during the show.  If you get a special tweet wishing you a happy birthday or a spoiler about the episode, consider yourself lucky.

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So on this 57th birthday! We your gladiators wish you the happiest of birthdays and hope you enjoy spending the day with the ones you love!!

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The Year of Kerry.. A Tribute to Kerry on her 40th

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Kerry Washington has led a charmed life. Today is a milestone for her as she turns the big 4-0!  She has had an incredible year professionally and personally. She is an icon for the modern woman as an artist, humanitarian, political activist, designer, lover, mother, and spokeswoman. Shonda Rhimes said that her character Olivia Pope has been on a journey .The journey has included her own personal growth as well as her personal relationships. Well, Kerry has been on her own journey.  This year has allowed her to have many firsts as well . Come on the journey that Kerry has come and relive some of her moments.

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In September of 2015, Kerry began her special time with a cover story talking about her Scandal character and her creator, Shonda Rhimes. Here she is pictured with her leading man, Tony Goldwyn and former First Lady Bellamy Young

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Always the fashion icon, Kerry actually has been to the White House many times during the Obama White House. Here she is with Shonda, Guillermo Diaz, (Huck) Cornelius Smith Jr. (Marcus), Scott Foley (Jake) and Katie Lowes (Quinn) The ruffled dress is from Victoria Beckham.

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Wanting to commemorate the famous scene in the Rose Garden on “Scandal” , here is Kerry and Tony as Olivia and Fitz in the White House Rose Garden

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Kerry made her mark on the world of beauty in a big way this year. She worked with the people at Neutrogena to design a make up shade line for women of color. Millions of women now use Neutrogena because of her and not only that, she uses the make up when she walks the Red Carpet .

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She also was responsible for designing and naming  15 new shades for OPI . The nail polish line reflected her “Scandal” character.

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Kerry became her own producer with the HBO movie event “Confirmation”. Her portrayal of the history making Anita Hill who brought down the nomination of Supreme Court judge, Clarence Thomas . The role brought many nominations for Kerry in the course of the year.

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Kerry was nominated for “Confirmation” for an Emmy and it was a fun night when ABC decided to add her co star and friend as a presenter. As you can plainly see, another event this year was when Kerry gave birth to her son Caleb which is why there was a six month hiatus for the “Scandal” crew. Kerry’s dress was designed by Brandon Maxwell.

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Kerry was nominated once again but was defeated by Sarah Paulson for the “OJ” movie. But Kerry was not a loser when it came to her look. That hot gold dress from Dolce and Gabbana.

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Kerry celebrated an anniversary as the spokeswoman for Movado and Elle magazine and Movado threw her a celebratory dinner to commemorate the anniversary.

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Kerry got a chance to be political just like her character this year. All of the “Scandal” cast helped with the election and nomination of Hillary Clinton . Tony spoke at the DNC and Hillary herself showed up on the “Scandal” set when Scott directed.

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Kerry made a politicial statement at last night ‘s Screen Actors Guild awards. It was concerning Trump’s ban on the borders and Muslims. She still looked great in her Cavalli Couture

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Kerry shares her birthday with her castmate , Portia Di Rossi ….they both were born on Jan 31

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But there isn’t anyone that loves Kerry more than her baby , Josie

welll maybe there is….

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HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY Kerry!!!

“Supergirl” Writer Has Hollywood Connections

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“Supergirl” is the perfect example of female empowerment. I have to confess I am not a geek, but I love this show. Kara, Alex , and even the superficial Kat demonstrate that women can be strong and that is an important message in this election year. It would only figure that one of the writers, Anna Musky Goldwyn be all about female empowerment as well. She is one of the author’s of tomorrow night’s episode “Cross fire.” Anna is a fitness enthusiast and has her own blog, she participates in marathons, and she has quite a Hollywood legacy. Her sister , Tess is studying drama at Northwestern . Her aunts and uncles are the children of the late producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr as well as her father.Her Uncle John was the producer of the gory television show ,”Dexter.”  Who is Anna’s daddy? Turn on the television, pick up a magazine cover and see his face, or just look for him on social media campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Anna is the daughter of Tony Goldwyn, the romantic leading man to Kerry Washington on the ABC hit , “Scandal.” It doesn’t stop there. Anna ‘s mother is art director  , Jane Musky , who is most known for her work on the movies “Hitch” and “Ghost.”  Anna’s grandmother was the actress Jennifer Howard , who was the daughter of Sidney Howard , known for his work on the legendary  movie, “Gone With the Wind.” Anna’s great grandfather was the Hollywood mogul and founder of MGM studios, Samuel Goldwyn. So as you can see, Anna is firmly planted in show business.It’s in her blood.

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Here is a picture of Samuel Jr. and Samuel Sr. They are Anna’s grandfather and great grandfather

But Anna has been doing another job this year, she has been helping to get Hillary Clinton elected President. She knew how important it was to help get this woman in the White House. She hadn’t really had that much exposure to politics  and was hoping the trip to Iowa with her father would be worth it. . She was glad she came. Here she discusses why she decided to help Hillary. “One night , some Hillary supporters welcomed us to into their home . In Iowa it is very common to have house parties to talk about issues and give people the information they need. I stood patiently as I watched my dad give his short speech on why he so fervently supports Hillary. Then one of the hosts turned to me and asked me to speak about why I support Hillary. I wasn’t expecting this.”  She continues by saying that she was scared that the country I will raise my future family in will not be the country she had envisioned. There is conflict that is within our country and outside its borders and she wants someone averting that crisis that I can trust. “That someone is Hillary.” she stated. She has been championing the cause ever since that fateful trip to Iowa. She will end this journey when the Clinton team meets in New York on Tuesday. Hillary will be there with her family, as well as Anna’s family, including her father’s castmates.

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Here is Anna helping Hillary in Nashville with her father.

Neither Anna nor her sister Tess are comfortable with her famous father’s sex scenes. As the philandering President of “Scandal”, their father has been party to some of the dirtiest scenes on network television. Often his character appears in scenes shirtless and Anna says that she would give him a hard time and text things like “Ewwww disgusting ” when he would be bedding the fair Olivia Pope. She has always thought of herself as normal ,rather than being surrounded by Hollywood’s elite. This can be difficult when your family is constantly in the spotlight. This is a trait that she shares with her father. Despite being the grandson of Samuel Goldwyn Sr., he was sheltered by his parents from the Hollywood life. Health and fitness are  very important to Anna, she is actually a yoga instructor in Hollywood. Places in her classes are always in demand, especially when Dad decides to sit in  one of her classes. She loves the water and California is the perfect place for jogging and exercising. Another one of her causes is gay rights. She has led spinning classes for the Trevor Project . Her baby is her fur baby , Mika. She can always find a baby sitter for Mika.Mika is also an awesome running buddy.

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Mika makes an awesome training buddy for Anna when she trains for triathalons. Nutrition is very important to Anna as well. That explains her great body. Who is Anna’s favorite baby sitter for Mika? Dad !

This UCLA graduate is proud of her alma mater and the work she has done on “Supergirl.” On Twitter she said , ” So proud of what we’ve done so far and can’t wait for the world to see.” Neither can we Anna. We will also be watching and waiting to see if all the work that Anna and her father have done will have paid off. “Supergirl” airs on the CW on Monday nights.

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Can Kara / Supergirl and James foil a bank robbery ? Find out on “Supergirl” this Monday night on the CW.

I’m Not Really A President-Just Play One on TV-Goldwyn Goes Political

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For months now, Tony Goldwyn , better known as President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant the third, has been on a real life campaign trail. He has crossed this country and spoke about why Hillary Clinton should be President in real life. His passion is contagious and has managed to get a lot of people on Hillary’s band wagon. These include his castmates, his boss, and many of his fans. Hillary has gotten a lot of gladiators on board as well. Tonight, Tony was part of history as Hillary Rodman Clinton became the first woman to accept the nomination of running for President of the United States.Politics has played a huge part in the course of Tony’s career, so it is no surprise that he would have such a huge part in helping this extraordinary woman.

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Tony ‘s first foray into the West Wing was in the thriller “The Pelican Brief” . He was the President’s (Bill Culp Everybody Loves Raymond) Chief of Staff.

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As a CIA operative, Tony’s character is arguing with another man who occupies the Oval. It’s the Battle Royale Grant vs. Underwood  as he stars with “House of Cards” Kevin Spacey.

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Next Tony took a real life character and made it his own. Both “Nixon” and “Truman” allowed him to take historical figures and portray them. Another note, , Tony would work with Steppenwolf founder, Gary Sinise in “Truman”  He would work with other founder, Jeff Perry as his Chief of Staff , Cyrus Beane on “Scandal”

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Tony would play another elected official on the first season of “The Good Wife” . He would be Judge Henry Baxter , a pal of Will’s and a crooked judge who takes kickbacks.

i'm in love with an incredible woman In 2012, he stands before the American people and declares that he is in love with an incredible woman as Governor Grant running for the Presidency on “Scandal” We soon find out that its not his wife…

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When Tony was directing the movie , “Conviction”he learned about criminals that were unjustly imprisoned  called the “Innocence” project. He has been involved with it for years and made it the basis of his WE-TV series “The Divide” . .Here he is with co -creator Richard LaGravenese

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One of the biggest honors that Tony has had is to be invited to the WHCD . Here he is with the real POTUS and FLOTUS. He is also pictured with his FLOTUS, Bellamy Young. Both Barack and Fitz ‘s days are numbered in the White House.

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Even in the blockbuster hit based on the book, “Divergent” Tony is a political official who is overthrown for a new society. Here he is defending it. Sadly, Tris ‘s father dies fighting for the cause.

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Here is Tony on the road with Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton . He traveled with her to meet the people and help her get the nomination for the Democratic party. Tonight she made history, but the fight is just beginning.

 

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Real Life vs Reel Life-Hillary vs. Mellie

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It is no wonder that Hillary Clinton has drafted Tony Goldwyn to be on her team. Tony has been living her story in real life for almost six years now. He has played a President whose First Lady is now running for his job. Hillary Clinton has made no secret of how she wanted her husband . Bill’s job. She has been biding her time and even had an unsuccessful run back in 08. Scandal’s fictional First Lady, Mellie Grant has succeeded in getting her party’s nomination as well. Bellamy Young has shined in her portrayal of a woman who has had her world turned upside down in the course of a few years. Despite all that has happened, Mellie still has the support of her ex, the President. and the services of the best campaign fixer in the biz. How can you lose when your campaign manager is Olivia Pope!  What really shocked me is how easily she got Ms. Pope. After all for most of her husband’s Presidency , she has called Olivia such names as “slut” “whore”, and “tramp”. But I guess Olivia figured that she could forgive and forget.

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 Both of the women obviously have the support of their husbands. Hillary and Bill have quite a team and their marriage is still strong. This is where the similarities end between the two women. Mellie is now a single woman since her and Fitz divorced. They are still amicable however. Family is important to Hillary, but on the other hand, children have only been seen as photo ops for Mrs. Grant. She has made it well known that she never wanted to have babies. Her children have been shipped off to boarding school and only come home long enough to be photographed. She only had her last child to prevent a scandal for her husband.

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There is another similarity between the two men. Each of them had the power to be brought down by a woman. Monica Lewinsky was not part of the Clinton future. Now in the fictional story, Fitzgerald Grant did divorce his wife and he had every intention of marrying the love of his life, Olivia. She had even gone as far as moved into the White House. As far as we know till the present day, Fitz is still in love with Ms Pope.

Who will be the woman who will make history?  Well time will tell. We will know if Hillary makes history in November. Unfortunately, we won’t know of Mellie’s fate until after Christmas . But each woman has one man in her corner to help her win.

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Happy Birthday to Bellamy Young – “Scandal’s Survivor and Possible POTUS”

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Another one of our Scandal faves is having a birthday. Today we celebrate the wonder and the talent of Bellamy Young. Bellamy plays the ambitious , conniving former First Lady Mellie Grant. Mellie is beginning her quest for the White House with a very unlikely ally at her side.  With Olivia’s guidance , she has almost made itback  to the White House. She has also found love in the guise of Marcus Walker repeating how her ex found love as he ran for President. Now with the death of Frankie Vargas, Mellie and Cyrus battle for the Oval.

Born Amy Marie  Young,  Bellamy is truly a flower of the old South. She was born on February 19, 1970 in Asheville , North Carolina to adoptive parents. Her mother was her teacher from the fifth to the eighth grade. She changed her name to Bellamy when she joined SAG because there was already an Amy Young. Bellamy graduated from Yale Drama in 1991. Following this, she continued her education at Oxford. In 1987, Bellamy won the title of Miss Junior Miss North Carolina.

Bellamy has used her talents in many ways through the years and in many different mediums. She has conquered the stage, the big screen, and the small screen.

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One of Bellamy’s most recent accomplishments was when she was invited to sing at the lighting of the National Christmas tree in Washington DC. She is an accomplished singer as well recently releasing her own album “Far Away So Close”.

 

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Bellamy had a role on “Criminal Minds” as  Beth which made her recurring for six episodes

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Former beauty queen, she was behind the scenes on “Castle” when the duo is solving a murder at a beauty pageant

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Bellamy was hilarious as a surgeon on “Scrubs” Here she is with the cynical Dr Cox (John C McGinley)

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Bellamy would start her education in politics on “The West Wing” with Bradley Whitford

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She had her introduction to Shondaland when she appeared on “Private Practice” as a woman whose husband wouldn’t touch her.

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Here is Bellamy in her current role as Senator Mellie Grant on “Scandal” This has really been a breakout role for her since she was only originally slated for three episodes. In the fifth season, her character has went through a major life change. She won a seat in the Senate as Virginia’s Jr Senator, she has been divorced from her Presidential husband(Tony Goldwyn) , and now she is running for the Presidency herself. Mellie has also found love in the guise of Marcus Walker (Cornelius Walker Jr.)

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 Here is Bellamy with her co star and campaign manager, Kerry Washington (Olivia) These frenemies have been through the ringer. She blackmailed her into being campaign manager and because of releasing her father , Olivia became the former First Lady’s campaign manager in her quest for the Presidency. The girls have had the opportunity many times to discuss the man they shared for four years. Here they dance to victory.

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In real life, Bellamy is pictured with her baby, Bean.She has several fur babies and is an advocate for shelter adoptions. Bellamy has also practiced a healthy lifestyle by being a vegan since 1988.

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Bellamy has been quite a fixture on the talk show and game show circuits. Most notably, she won Celebrity Jeopardy and 50, 000  dollars  for her favorite charity. Operation Blankets of Love.  She dominated the literature category . Not surprising since she and “Scandal ” co star Joshua Malina went to Yale. Go Bulldogs!  Bellamy is passionate to help our furry friends and like the other gladiators, was a huge part of the Hillary campaign last summer. After all, both gals were both former First Lady’s who ran for the White House.

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Bellamy has had many doors open as a result of playing the fictional First Lady. This includes getting a chance to be invited to the White House with other celebrities for the White House Correspondence Dinner. Here she is with former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and her own fictional POTUS ex Tony Goldwyn.

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 Bellamy Young has become quite the cover girl . She has graced fashion magazines , political magazines and was also part of the EW shoot of 2015 Who was she on the cover with? Only her ex and his new girlfriend from “Scandal” , Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn in the tormented love triangle of the ABC hit now in its sixth season. Hurray we get to see Bellamy and the gang for another year as “Scandal” gets another season. Thanks ABC!

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Bellamy has also tried to step out of playing the role of the scorned First Lady and has played many roles in her career. Her latest was a Lifetime movie called “The Night Stalker” . She has also done a lot of indies as well.

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There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the role of Mellie Grant will be her standout role. Mellie made a complete turn as the shrewish First Lady in a historical episode called “Everything is Coming Up Mellie.” In this episode it was revealed that Mrs Grant had been raped by her father in law played by Barry Botswick.This event was a major turning point for the show. “Scandal” prides itself on telling the story with flashbacks. Here she is with her new hubby, “Fitz” (Tony Goldwyn) and the man hired to send him on the road to greatness. Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry)

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The role won her acclaim and also a Television Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.  Not bad for someone who was only supposed to be on three episodes. Like most of her castmates, the Academy has only honored two people from “Scandal” . Bellamy should definitely be honored more for her work.

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But now Bellamy has busted through her own glass ceiling as Mellie tries to be the first woman to be elected as President. With the same woman helping her that helped her ex husband win the White House, she is in the final stretch. But she can’t help but win with a national hero like Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) as a running mate. (But does she know who is really running the show)

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From all of us at Chitownstarconnections Happy Birthday Bellamy…. we love you!