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Q&A: 'Glee' actor Lea Michele sings on H-P TouchPad commercial

Who's that behind the H-P tablet?

Who is the woman who sings Let Me Entertain You in the H-P tablet ads? Can you tell me anything about her?

That's Lea Michele holding the Hewlett-Packard TouchPad in front of her face for much of the commercial and singing Let Me Entertain You, a song by Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne from the 1959 Broadway show Gypsy.

Michele, whose 25th birthday was yesterday, is best-known for her role as high school glee club star Rachel Berry in the Fox TV series Glee.

She was born Lea Michele Sarfati in the Bronx. When she was 8, she went with a friend to a casting call. She decided to audition, was offered a part in Les Miserables and made her Broadway debut in 1995. She also worked in Ragtime (1998), Fiddler on the Roof (2004) and Spring Awakening (2006).

She was cast in Glee in early 2009. Show creator Ryan Murphy said he wrote the Rachel Berry role with Michele in mind.

Michele has been in a relationship with Broadway actor Theo Stockman since November 2009. She has two cats, 10 tattoos, enjoys baking and works with animal rights groups, AIDS victims and gay rights and other groups.

You can read more about Michele at leamichele- web.org, or follow her on Twitter at @mslea- michele. And you can see the H-P ad here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_kjnLdJnMw&NR=1.

H-P announced recently it would stop making the tablet.

On dog trainer Victoria Stilwell

Could you please give some information about dog trainer Victoria Stilwell?

Victoria Stilwell is star of the Animal Planet series It's Me or the Dog, which is seen in more than 50 countries. She helps people by training their misbehaving dogs through positive reinforcement techniques.

Stilwell, 42, was born in Wimbledon, England. An aspiring actor (she appeared in Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1992), she found her career path in the 1990s when she started a dog-walking company. She quickly branched into dog training, and wrote two bestsellers: It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet and Fat Dog Slim: How to Have a Healthy, Happy Pet.

In 2005 she took her ideas to television in the U.K., and the show migrated to the United States in 2007. She also has been a judge on CBS's Greatest American Dog, and in 2010 she launched Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training, a network of dog trainers providing humane, force-free training.

She and her husband, actor Van Seiler, live in Atlanta with their daughter and rescued chocolate lab, Sadie. Stilwell is involved with animal rescue groups such as the ASPCA and the American Humane Association. Her website is positively.com.

Update

In Ask the Times on Aug. 12, an answer included a quote from 2005 by Chris McCumber of the USA Network. His title is now co-president.

Q&A: 'Glee' actor Lea Michele sings on H-P TouchPad commercial 08/29/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 29, 2011 9:35pm]
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