Lena Cardwell
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Harmony Presence
5 July 1999 to 16 April 2001
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When Lena Cardwell's mother told her that she could not afford acting or singing lessons, Cardwell, who was then only nine years old, begain singing for money at Detroit's Eastern Market to help pay the bills. Realizing that her daughter had serious talent and a desire to be near Broadway, Cardwell's mother took her to New York, where she enrolled at the Professional Performing Arts School. Unable to pay for continuing classes or books and material, Cardwell and her mother were homeless and lived on the streets of New York, while Cardwell sang on the subway platforms and in Times Square to support them. Her talent shone through and she was "discovered."

Cardwell appeared in numerous television series and films including "New York Undercover" and "The Object of My Affection" with Jennifer Aniston. After her audition, "Passions" producers thought she was "perfect" for the role of Simone and immediately signed her to her first television series contract. Fans were dismayed when NBC abruptly let Lena go in the early winter of 2001.

After leaving "Passions", Cardwell became determined to be what no one else had been yet...the first African American country singer. She has released two albums, a hip-hop album in 2001, and a country album in 2002. She is appearing in her first major co-starring role in 2003's "Jeepers Creepers 2." Cardwell's many interests include martial arts, singing, ballet. jazz, hip hop, and gymnastics. Her birthday is February 28, and she currently lives in California.

Acting Portfolio

TELEVISION
Passions

Simone Russell

5 July 1999 to 16 April 2001

Acting Portfolio

GUEST APPEARANCES

Power Rangers Wild Force

Flower Shop Girl

Three's a Crowd

2002


The Nightmare Room

Fear Game

2001


The Steve Harvey Show

Samantha

Last Dance

2001


New York Undercover

Richele

Quid Pro Quo

1998

Acting Portfolio

FILM

Jeepers Creepers II

Chelsea Farmer

2003

The Object of My Affection

Girl at Community Center

1998

Music Portfolio
MUSIC

Black Barbee

2001

Country Angel

2002

Vital Statistics

DATE OF BIRTH: February 28, 1985

PLACE OF BIRTH: Michigan, USA

HAIR COLOR: Black

EYE COLOR: Brown

PARENTS: Callie (mother)

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