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Famke Janssen is a well-known actress.

Though her birthday is disputed, TheOtherWiki cites it as being November 5, 1965, and Janssen was born in UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands. Apart her native Dutch, Famke also speaks English and French, as evidenced by her acting career. Her early career was that of a model, after a failed attempt at an economics degree in Amsterdam (described by the actress as one of her stupidest moves). She also produced several TV commercials. In the 1990s, she moved into acting. Several almost {{B Movie}}-level roles passed, including one with Creator/JeffGoldblum, before she obtained a role in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "The Perfect Mate". This was quickly followed by a role in the Creator/CliveBarker adaptation ''Film/LordOfIllusions''. Her big break came with the ''Film/JamesBond'' revival movie ''Film/GoldenEye'' in 1995. Famke won the role of [[MurderousThighs thigh-crushing assassin]] Xenia Onatopp.

Despite the potential pitfall of being a Bond Girl (there is talk of the curse that condemns many an actress' career, as seen with the output of over 50 percent of the actresses in the series after their Bond role), Janssen was savvy enough to not carve out an acting career based solely on blockbusters. After ''Film/DeepRising'', she established herself as a talented indie actress, though she was notable for appearing in the creepy remake of ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1999''. She then appeared in the three ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' movies as ComicBook/JeanGrey, widely accepted as a decent portrayal of the character, despite the screwover she got during ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' -- when ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' clearly sets up the Dark Phoenix Saga, perhaps the most famed story from the [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} comics]].

Since then, Janssen has been notable for playing transsexual life coach Ava Moore in ''NipTuck'' and for her (finally!) leading roles in movies such as ''Film/OneHundredFeet'' and ''Turn the River'', as well as a role in ''Film/{{Taken}}'' and its sequel.

She also plays the manipulative matriarch Oliva Godfrey in the netflix original Series/{{Hemlock Grove}}

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!!She provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Famke occasionally plays this, in films like ''Deep Rising'' and ''I Spy''.
* CardCarryingVillain: Xenia. Phoenix, and her snippy bitch-wife in House on Haunted Hill.
* DarkActionGirl:
** Memorably done and carrying on the Bond series tradition with Xenia Onatopp.
** As the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Grand High Witch]] in ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'', where she hands the good guys their backsides numerous times, and it takes a RasputinianDeath to finally kill her.
* FakeAmerican: Watch her in ''X-Men'' and you would never guess she was Dutch. In fact, nearly all of her roles have been playing Americans.
* {{Fanservice}}: Her character in ''Film/GoldenEye'' kills during sex. She has had the obligatory sex scene in a number of her movies.
* LadyInRed: Her first appearance in ''Film/GoldenEye'', the smoking number she wears throughout ''House on Haunted Hill'', as Trillian for the first half of ''Film/DeepRising'', and the outfit she wore as Dark Phoenix in ''The Last Stand''.
* MsFanservice
* OlderThanTheyLook: According to TheOtherWiki, she's nearly 50. She could pass for a woman in her late 20s.
* OneOfUs: After the first X-Men movie, Famke did a lot of research on her character and read up on the Dark Phoenix Saga, hoping that the story would eventually take place in the movies. It took two years for Famke to finally speak out against ''The Last Stand'' and she was understandably pissed that her character's role was so diminished.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: She was cast as Serleena (the alien who disguises herself as an underwear model) in ''Film/MenInBlack II'', but had to drop out due to a death in the family.
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