Alison Elizabeth Larter is an American actress. She portrayed fictional model Allegra Coleman in a 1996 Esquire Magazine hoax and took on guest roles on several television shows in the 1990s. She made her film debut in “Varsity Blues”, which was followed by the horror films “House on Haunted Hill,” “Final Destination,” and “Final Destination 2”. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Ali Larter.
1. Her role as Clear Rivers in “Final Destination” and “Final Destination 2” earned her a reputation as a scream queen.
2. Larter played major supporting roles in the comedy “Legally Blonde” and the romantic comedy “A Lot Like Love,” as well as lead roles in Bollywood movie “Marigold” and the thriller “Obsessed.”
3. She played the dual roles of Niki Sanders and Tracy Strauss on the NBC science fiction drama “Heroes.”
4. Larter achieved wider fame after her portrayal of video game heroine Claire Redfield in “Resident Evil: Extinction,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife” and “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.”
5. Larter’s presence in the media is reinforced by her appearances in lists compiled by Maxim, FHM, and Stuff, as well as People Magazine’s “Best Dressed List” in 2007.
6. She released her cookbook “Kitchen Revelry: A Year of Festive Menus from My Home to Yours” in September 2013.
7. Larter was born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the daughter of Margaret, a realtor, and Danforth Larter, a trucking executive.
8. She attended Carusi Middle School and later graduated from Cherry Hill High School West during her time as a model, but she didn’t finish her senior year of high school because of modeling.
9. Her mom accompanied her everywhere until she turned 18.
10. Her parents have since moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania.
11. Larter said that she was a tomboy until she turned 13. Suddenly, she sprouted six inches, gained weight and significant curves.
12. The next year, she was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency.
13. Larter began her modeling career at the age of 14 when a modeling scout discovered her on the street and was asked to star in a Phillies commercial; this led to a modeling contract with the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency in New York.
14. Larter subsequently skipped her senior year to model in Australia, Italy and Japan, the latter a country she would temporarily settle in at the age of 17.
15. While modeling in Italy, Larter met fellow model and aspiring actress Amy Smart and the two became instant friends.
16. A modeling job later took her to Los Angeles, where she decided to take acting classes with Smart.
17. The two then moved into an apartment together.
18. In November 1996, Larter portrayed fictional model Allegra Coleman in an Esquire magazine hoax.
19. When speaking about the cover and her subsequent fame, Larter said, “When the door opens for you in Hollywood, you need to run with it. You know?”
20. Larter is currently signed to IMG Models.
21. Larter landed her first professional acting roles in 1997 when she appeared in several television programs.
22. She appeared in an episode of the Brooke Shields television series “Suddenly Susan,” and the short-lived series “Chicago Sons.”
23. In 1999, Larter made her film debut in the coming-of-age drama comedy “Varsity Blues,” which re-united her with “Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beek and close friend Amy Smart.
24. After serving as an associate producer for her 2004 film “Three Way,” Larter commented about future producing endeavors during an interview for “Resident Evil: Extinction,” “I definitely have many ideas and different avenues that I want to take as my career goes on.”
25. In 2010, Larter appeared as the title character in a short film for Absolut Vodka entitled “Lemon Drop.”
26. In June, 2010, Larter was one of thousands of delegates from 130 countries who participated in a United Nations conference, “Women Deliver,” in Washington D.C.
27. Larter, along with her husband Hayes MacArthur, hosted The Art of Elysium Gala in 2013 and are to be recipients of the Spirit of Elysium Award at the January 2014 ceremony.
28. During her time as a model, Larter moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. In 2002, she moved to New York for a period of three years. In an interview with Phillymag, Larter gave reason for the move: “I took some time off to define myself outside the pressures of the industry. Part of me really needed to know if this is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.”
29. In January 2005, she moved to Los Angeles for a role in “Heroes.”
30. In December 2007, Larter and her then longtime boyfriend, Hayes MacArthur, were engaged to marry. They had met on the set of National Lampoon’s “Homo Erectus.”