Yasmine's earliest known acting role was in a Johnson & Johnson's No
More Tears baby shampoo television commercial at age six months at
the end of 1968 or the beginning of 1969. At age six, she appeared
in a Max Factor cosmetic campaign, along with the model, Cristina
Ferrare. Her work in this campaign caught the eye of fashion
photographer, Francesco Scavullo, who subsequently included her and
her mother, Carina, in his book entitled Scavullo's Women.
Total Film magazine, issue number 21, dated (October 1998), contains a two-page interview with Yasmine Bleeth. In the article Yasmine stated, "When I was a girl I used to have to force boys to kiss me. My toughest friend had to hold them down."
Yasmine Bleeth in Hey Babe!, her 1st film at 12-years-oldYasmine attended the United Nations International School in Manhattan, New York, and she received a bilingual (French-English) education since her mother was a French/North African. Although she was very popular among the boys, the girls were frequently beating her up due to jealousy. At one time when Yasmine was 14 years old, she had to be away from school for a few months for her acting career. When she returned to school, she was devastated to learn that the students had been gossiping about her, and how they suggested that she was pregnant, and that was why she was away from school for so long.
Yasmine Bleeth starred in her first movie at the age of 12. She was cast opposite Buddy Hackett in the feature film Hey Babe! in 1980. The movie was also known as Babe! and Rise and Shine. While other children were learning musical instruments or were going to ballet lessons, Yasmine was working as a model and actress.
When Yasmine graduated from high school, she had already been working on the soap opera Ryan's Hope since the age of 16. She won the role of Ryan Fenelli and won the hearts of millions on the ABC soap opera. In 1991, staying in the ABC family, she created the role as the sultry, misunderstood Lee Anne Demerest on the highly acclaimed soap opera One Life To Live.
At the tender age of 20, Yasmine tragically lost her mother, Carina, who suffered from inflammatory breast cancer, the deadliest type of breast cancer. According to Yasmine, her mother had always been very healthy and conscientious about not smoking or drinking, and eating right and exercising, etc. Yasmine stated that her mother was the strongest and bravest woman that she ever knew. Carina even traveled up the Amazon River all by herself, spending nights under the stars. She was Yasmine's hero.
Yasmine Bleeth said that she never accepted the fact that her mother was dying until her mother, Carina, took her very last breath. Just two months after Carina's 47th birthday, her fight with cancer was over.
After Carina died, Yasmine naturally became depressed, and she turned down offers for acting or modeling work for about eight months.
Then Yasmine Bleeth met Ricky Paull Goldin, a soap actor who helped Yasmine with her feelings of depression, and she decided to work on another soap opera, One Life to Live. The two lived in Manhattan, but after Yasmine was cast for Baywatch, she moved to Los Angeles. Yasmine and Ricky Goldin were planning to get married, and the wedding invitations were all made out, but the marriage was called off.
Yasmine was arrested in September 2001 in Michigan after crashing a rental car on Interstate 94 near Detroit. Police found four syringes with an injectible form of cocaine in them, and a baggie with cocaine residue on it. The next day police conducted a search of her hotel room, and they found more cocaine and drug paraphernalia. In November 2001, Yasmine pleaded guilty to possessing less than 25 grams of cocaine, and to driving while impaired. She was sentenced in January 2002 to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service.
Yasmine's lawyer, Jerry Sabbota, stated that the actress was satisfied with the plea deal, noting that her record will be cleared of any felonies after she fulfills the terms of her probation. "When all is said and done she'll have a traffic ticket on her record. She wasn't treated any better than anyone else, and she wasn't treated any worse," he said.
Sabbota stated that Yasmine Bleeth underwent psychotherapy from the founder of the Malibu-based Promises rehabilitation facility, where Yasmine and stars such as Ben Affleck, Charlie Sheen, Paula Poundstone and Tim Allen have all sought treatment. She was treated for a cocaine addiction beginning a few years ago, and she is apparently in remission from cocaine, but her career has suffered from her former unfortunate chemical-abuse behavior.
In an issue of Glamour from April 2003, Yasmine wrote a three page article entitled "Back From my Drugs Hell" about her rocky path to recovery, her drug addiction, and her struggle to stay straight. She wrote that she had a cocaine habit that was so severe that she collapsed at a photo shoot for Glamour magazine, and she went without sleep for five days at a time.
Yasmine Bleeth married former bar owner, Paul Cerrito, on August 25, 2002. They met each other at Malibu, California's rehabilitation facility called Promises. They married in Santa Barbara, California and now live in Los Angeles, California. In the (April 2003) edition of Glamour, Yasmine stated, "They say you shouldn't get into any relationship in the first year of sobriety—especially with someone in the program, but Paul and I fell in love immediately."
Due to her mother's death from inflammatory breast cancer, Yasmine made a decision to become an outspoken advocate of breast cancer research and early detection. She agreed to be a sponsor of the Lee National Denim Day campaign, which raised millions of dollars and which benefits breast cancer research and education. Her primary message to women was to pay attention to their bodies. Her mother was initially misdiagnosed by a doctor who thought that her mother was going through early menopause. Yasmine hoped to use her celebrity status to expand breast cancer awareness, particularly to young women who might overlook what an older woman would not.
Due to her role as Caroline Holden on Baywatch, Yasmine Bleeth was offered many more roles, and it gave her the opportunity to work in films. She continued to work as a model, frequently appearing in swimwear or lingerine, but she refused to ever pose nude even though she had many offers.
Yasmine Bleeth turned down roles in Aaron Spelling's Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) and Pacific Palisades (1997) but accepted the starring role in the short-lived series Titans (2000). Aaron Spelling was so eager to cast Yasmine in the role of vixen on Titans that his company convinced CBS to grant her an early release from her Nash Bridges contract.
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