Full Name: Vanessa Anne Hudgens
Date of Birth: December 14th, 1988
At the tender age of 23, Vanessa Hudgens has built a varied and comprehensive body of work. A multi-talented peformer, Hudgens has enjoyed noteable successes in the fiercely competitive fields of Music, Film and Television.
Best known for her role as Gabriella Montez in the ever-popular series of 'High School Musical' films, Hudgens enjoyed a less than positive introduction into the world of cinema.
Her first major film: 'Thunderbirds' (2005), was declared a commerical and critical failiure, the movie allegedly suffering from negative internet speculation.
Whilst she would continue to find steady work in TV roles (including 'Quintuplets' and 'The Brothers Garcia'), it was Hudgens' casting as a shy but talented teen in the High School Musical series that would make her a bona-fide star.
Recognising the value of a successful format, Hudgens would reprise her role as Gabriella in two further High School Musical films. In what appeared to be a celebrity gossip column's dream, life would imitate art as Hudgens began a relationship with co-star and Hollywood golden-boy Zac Efron.
Taking advange of her new-found fame, Hudgens would proceed to release two albums: 'V' (in 2006) and 'Identified' (2008). Hudgens' musical talent was duly rewarded after her fans voted her 'Female Breakout Singer of the Year' during the 2007 Teen Choice Awards.
In September 2007 (and again in 2009) Hudgens' career would be unfortunately marked by controversy as self-taken nude photos emerged on the internet. Declared to be a 'lapse of judgement', the FBI would later begin an investigation into the source of the images as part of a wider campaign'.
However, despite these incidental set-backs, Hudgens has received critical acclaim for her supporting role in 2009's 'Bandslam'. 2010-2011 witnessed Hudgens' return to the theatre in the musical 'Rent' and a starring role in Zac Snyder's visually challenging 'Sucker Punch'.
Pencilled in for a number of film roles in 2012 it is clear that Hudgens is a name that will be familiar to both music, theatre and film-goers alike for many years to come.
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