Josie Maran

Biography: As a young girl attending an all-girls' school in northern California, Josie Maran dreamed of being a model ever since she saw Christy Turlington's work for Maybelline. This dream began to become reality when she was asked to be in a fashion show while at a barbeque. Her stunning girl-next-door looks, a combination of Polish, Russian, Dutch, French, and German heritage, caught the attention of a modeling agent at the show. Her career began to take off, and ever since, she's been one of the most recognizable, beautiful faces in modelling.

Her first cover was Glamour in 1998, and she's been on countless covers and in countless spreads and ads since, in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Shape, Elle, GQ, Maxim, FHM, and Arena. Some of her more notable appearances include Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition, where she was a staple from 2000 to 2002, and a very risqué shoot for Sisley that almost cost her the Maybelline International contract she'd aspired to from the start.
As a young girl attending an all-girls' school in northern California, Josie Maran dreamed of being a model ever since she saw Christy Turlington's work for Maybelline. This dream began to become reality when she was asked to be in a fashion show while at a barbeque. Her stunning girl-next-door looks, a combination of Polish, Russian, Dutch, French, and German heritage, caught the attention of a modeling agent at the show. Her career began to take off, and ever since, she's been one of the most recognizable, beautiful faces in modelling.

Her first cover was Glamour in 1998, and she's been on countless covers and in countless spreads and ads since, in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Shape, Elle, GQ, Maxim, FHM, and Arena. Some of her more notable appearances include Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition, where she was a staple from 2000 to 2002, and a very risqué shoot for Sisley that almost cost her the Maybelline International contract she'd aspired to from the start.

Her highly visible spokemodel work for Maybelline International, along with Guess?, American Eagle Outfitters, Marie Claire, Intimissimi, and most recently Bebe, are among Josie's work in ads. Her good looks and natural charisma enable her to model everything from high fashion to lingerie to swimwear to makeup. Despite her 5'7" stature, relatively small in the modelling world, Josie is currently one of the most sought-after models in the modelling world.

Josie has always been aware that fame is fleeting, especially in the fashion industry, and is eager to branch out her career beyond the fickle world of modelling and into acting. Though she did appear in the Everybody (Backstreet's Back) video for the Backstreet Boys, her first real role was the title character in the 2002 indie flick, The Mallory Effect. The film played at Sundance, but never received distribution. She had a part in another low-budget, non-distributed film, Swatters (2002), but her acting career didn't truly take off until recently, when three consecutive parts in three blockbuster movies brought her to a new level of fame.

Josie played one of Dracula's brides in Van Helsing (2004), a cigarette girl who is seduced by Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator (2004), and Lulu Fritz, the model ex-girlfriend of the main character's boyfriend in Little Black Book (2004). She'll soon be making the leap from bit parts to lead roles in two films, scheduled for release in 2005-2006. In Mike Mendez's The Gravedancers (2005), currently in post-production, Josie stars as one of a group of friends who "desecrate the graves of three very unforgiving ghosts." Up next is the sports film The Final Season (2006), where Josie plays the female lead, a lawyer who falls for Sean Astin's high school baseball coach.

Josie's interest in the arts extends beyond film. When not in acting class, Josie is training herself in "dance classes... violin classes, speech classes, everything. I'm just trying to train myself in the arts, you know? Nobody else is gonna do it so I'm going to. I'm gonna take on the world." Her interest in music led her to play casually in two bands: Darling, with a pre-Hiltoned Nicole Richie, and Hollywood 2000, where she sang and played violin.

Josie currently splits her time between New York and California, and lives with an unnamed love interest and her cats (Ol' Dirty Kitty and Cash Money, to name a few). Ever since she broke up with David Blaine, she's kept her private life just that: private.
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Josie Maran's Scores

Average career score: 35
Highest Metascore: 36 Little Black Book
Lowest Metascore: 35 Van Helsing
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
2 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
36 Little Black Book Aug 6, 2004 Lulu Fritz 8.6
35 Van Helsing May 7, 2004 Marishka 6.1