Hayden Panettiere (pronounced "pan-eh-tee-air") was born in Islip, New York to Leslie Vogel and Skip Panettiere. Hayden began appearing in commercials at just eleven months old, before landing a role on the television show Guiding Light when she was four years old. Panettiere remained on the cast until 1997. Since that time, she has appeared in over a dozen full-length feature films, as well as several made-for-TV movies. She has also had recurring roles on FOX's Ally McBeal and Malcolm in the Middle.
Panettiere recently appeared on an episode of Punk'd, as an
accomplice in punking her then boyfriend, Stephen Colletti.
Panettiere will star as Claire Bennet in the upcoming NBC series
Heroes. Hayden also has guest starred in Law & Order: SVU.
Neutrogena decided to make her the cover girl for their new worldwide ad campaign; in this regard Panettiere followed in the footsteps of actresses Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mandy Moore, Kristin Kreuk, Mischa Barton and Jennifer Freeman. Panettiere also provided the voice of Kairi, one of the main characters of Square Enix/Disney's Kingdom Hearts series.
Another current project for Hayden Panettiere is a music album. She has recorded several singles for various films such as Disney's Ice Princess and the Disney Channel Original Movie Tiger Cruise. She recently recorded a song for "Girl Next", a compilation album of various up and coming female singers, the song is called "Your New Girlfriend". Her debut album is set for a 2007 release.
Hayden Panettiere currently lives in Palisades, New York with her parents and younger brother, Jansen, though she travels frequently for movies and other projects. She also resides in Los Angeles, California.
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