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Pauley Perrette Bio
Pauley Perrette (born March 27, 1969) is an American actress, best known for playing Abby Sciuto on the U.S. TV series NCIS. She is also a published writer, a singer and civil rights advocate. Perrette also co-owns the “Donna Bell’s Bake Shop” in Manhattan, which is named after her late mother.
Perrette has worked for years in television and film, mostly doing commercials, voice-overs, music videos and short films, and worked as a bartender in New York City. It was while working odd jobs in New York that a friend introduced her to an advertising agency director. From then on, according to Perrette, “I started booking commercials like crazy!” This prompted her move to Los Angeles, where she had a variety of bit parts and made several guest appearances. In 2001, as a recurring character introduced in season two of Special Unit 2, she played Alice Cramer, the Unit’s public relations person. She then landed her current role, playing Abby Sciuto, an eccentric forensic scientist, on NCIS, a TV series based on the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Perrette’s initial appearances as the character were on two episodes of JAG aired in spring of 2003 that served as a backdoor pilot and introduced the characters. She has since appeared as Abby in two 2009 episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles. As of August 2011, she had the highest Q Score (a measurement of the familiarity and appeal) of any actor on a U.S. prime time show.
She also appeared as a waitress at Cafe Nervosa in Frasier during season four (in the episode “Three Dates and a Break Up”), and later guest starred in season one of 24. She has made appearances in several films, including The Ring and Almost Famous.
In addition to acting, Perrette is a published poet, writer (her short story “Cheers…” appears in the anthology Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person), photographer, and spoken-word artist, a lover of music of all kinds, and a passionate advocate for civil rights. In 2007, she began production on a documentary about U.S. civil rights attorney and author Mark Lane. Entitled “Citizen Lane”, it was completed in 2013.
In an 2005 interview with Craig Ferguson, the host of The Late, Late Show, Perrette said she has a lifelong crime obsession. She was an undergrad student in sociology, psychology, and criminal science. She started her master’s degree in criminal science before ending up in the entertainment industry. She now plays a forensic scientist, her former career goal.
Perrette recorded her song, “Fear” (co-written with Tom Polce) under the name “Stop Making Friends”. The song was recorded for NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack which was released on February 10, 2009. “Fear” was featured in a season-six episode of NCIS titled “Aliyah”, according to the soundtrack’s website.
Prior to this, Perrette was the lead singer in the Los Angeles-based, all-female band Lo-Ball, using the stage name “Pauley P.”. A song by Lo-Ball, “Can’t Get Me Down”, can be heard during the movie Legally Blonde. Perrette appeared in “The Unnamed Feeling” video for heavy metal band Metallica from their album St. Anger. In 2011, Perrette was the featured vocalist on a song called “Fire in Your Eyes” by B. Taylor, a Las Vegas-based hip-hop artist.