RENEE O'CONNOR TRIVIA

ORIGINS

The very young Renee O'Connor

O'Connor's first acting experience was at age eight in Katy, Texas with THEATER ON WHEELS. She played a caterpillar. Even made her own costume. Her first paid acting job, if one can call it that, was, at age 16, portraying Porky Pig at a Six Flags amusement park.

TEXAS, 1989

Renee O'Connor wearing WHOLE FOODS sweatshirt in BLACK SNOW

In 1989, O'Connor did a WAREHOUSE SAFETY VIDEO for Randall's Food Market, a chain of 116 supermarkets in Texas. That same year, in BLACK SNOW, she wore a sweatshirt emblazoned with the logo of WHOLE FOODS, another Texas-based food chain.

KIA ORA

O'Connor and her cat, Kia Ora

Renée O'Connor's cat (above) is named Kia Ora, a Maori phrase which translates into English as "shalom".

THE OTHER RENEE FROM KATY, TX

Renee Zellweger

Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born 25 April 1969 in Katy, Texas, the same town in which Renée O'Connor was born 661 days later. While Zellweger went to Katy High School, O'Connor travelled 18 miles to attend Taylor High School and a further 9 miles to attend the Houston High School of Visual and Performing Arts. It is unclear if the two knew each other.

The KATY, TEXAS Page

THE ALMOST GABRIELLE

Sunny Doench

Sunny Doench, pictured above, originally of Dayton, Ohio, was the original choice to play Gabrielle, but declined. Her latest role is that of Rona Samms in the film COFFIN, in which Kevin Sorbo co-stars. The film is available from Amazon on DVD.

GUITAR PLAYING ROC?

Renee O'Connor with guitar

Renée O'Connor has not played the guitar in any of her film or TV appearances. Yet there is evidence that, at least as a teenager, she did have this skill. I cite the photo above, from a Houston newspaper, in which O'Connor is shown with another teen (whose name I cannot make out). The two of them are credited as being named "Most Talented Teens". I presume the guitar is not a prop.

YOUNG WONDER WOMAN?

Young Renee O'Connor as Wonder Woman's sidekick

One halloween in her youth, O'Connor dressed up as what can only be described as Wonder Woman's sidekick (although Wonder Woman had no sidekick). Amazons were very important in the Xenaverse and in Season One of XWP Gabrielle became an Amazon Princess.

SHOE SIZE

Renee O'Connor boot

Renée O'Connor's shoe size is 8N. My source for this is an interview she gave some years ago, but in it she also said that her favourite colour was teal, described her eye colour as "green with a hint of blue" and her favourite birds as ducks (from whence the colour teal was named). So she may not have been entirely serious about that interview.

RENÉE's FAVOURITE BOOKS

O'Connor donated a Kindle Fire containing her 11 favourite books to the 2012 AUSXIP charity auction. It was won by someone named Rosa, who revealed the list of included books:

  1. A New Earth -- Ekhart Tolle
  2. The Alchemist -- Paulo Coelho
  3. An Open Life -- Joseph Campbell
  4. Living Green -- Greg Horn
  5. Women Who Run With The Wolves
    -- Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  6. Outliers -- Malcolm Gladwell
  7. The Prophet -- Kahlil Gibran
  8. Art & Love An Illustrated
    Anthology of Love Poetry
    -- Bulfinch Press
  9. Imagining Ourselves -- Paula Goldman
  10. The Mystic in the Theater, Elenor Duse
    -- Eva Le Gallienne
  11. A People's History
    of the United States

    -- Howard Zinn

RENÉE O'CONNOR'S SIGNATURE

Two Renee O'Connor signatures

The above graphic shows two examples of Renée O'Connor's autograph. In both instances, he accent mark over the second e in her first name seems to be going the wrong way, like è rather than é. It also appears to be over the second e.

PIERCED NAVEL

Renee O'Connor in bikini (November 2009) showing pierced navel

O'Connor has a pierced navel (at least she did in 2009), which is also apparently an "innie". Above is a bikini photo which clearly shows the piercing.

LUCKY NUMBERS

For numerology buffs, there is a website, Celebrities Galore, that will let you know your level of compatibility with Renée O'Connor based solely on your name, sex, and date of birth. I am not sure what one's sex has to do with numerology, but there it is. Numerology is a pseudo-science that deals with the occult significance of numbers.

RENÉE O'CONNOR'S
FAVOURITE CHARITIES

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing services to those who have been affected by a burn injury.

The Richstone Family Center helps parents to strengthen their knowledge, emotional control, and parenting skills to provide a safe environment for children in the home and the community and give children the tools to be healthy physically, socially and mentally.

XENA TRIVIA

GABRIELLE'S SINGING VOICE

Susan Wood

It was Susan Wood who did the singing for O'Connor in "The Bitter Suite".  Wood also sang the song "Peace In the Valley" in the Season Five episode "Lyre, Lyre, Pants on Fire". Her most recent acting role was as Anchor #2 in the 2006 film THE BLACK HOLE, which starred Kristy Swanson (the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer). The Scotch Plains, NJ newspaper ran an article about Wood in 1998 which describes her career in some detail.

PORTUGESE VOICE OF GABRIELLE
(AND BUFFY)

Sylvia Salustti

The dubbing of Gabrielle into Portugese (for the Brazilian market) was done by Sylvia Salustti, who also did the dubbing of Sarah Michelle Gellar's character Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

CZECH VOICE OF GABRIELLE

Sabina Laurinova dubbed Gabrielle's lines for Czech TV. Born 8 April 1972 in Prague, Sabina is the daughter of director Francis Laurin and actress Jane Kasanové She graduated from the Prague Conservatory. (Xena was dubbed by Michela Kuklova.)

Sabina Laurinova - the Czech voice of Gabrielle

ANCIENT GREEK HOLIDAYS

Festival of Thesmophoria

THESMOPHORIA
Pyanopsion (October) 11-13

Thesmophoria was a three-day festival in ancient Greece. Women participating in the autumn sowing (Sporetos) festival had to fast and be chaste for several days. The first day of the Festival was Anodos (the ascent) on which married women took all the supplies they would need for two nights and three days, climbed a hill, and built leafy shelters with couches made of plants and then slept. The second day was the Nesteia or Fast. Besides fasting, they whipped each other with strips of bark. The third day was The Kalligeneia (Fair Offspring) recalling Demeter's torchlight search for her daughter Persephone. There was a torch light ceremony with a feast, and offerings were made to Demeter (usually corn, cakes, and pigs), in the hope of a good harvest.

MORE ANCIENT GREEK HOLIDAYS

TAKLE AND WINSLET

A bit of film trivia: Darien Takle, who was Cyrene in XWP (8 episodes) also was Miss Stewart in the 1994 Peter Jackson film HEAVENLY CREATURES. In the scene below, she introduces Kate Winslet's character. The scene marked Winslet's film debut, though she had four prior TV roles.

JOESPH LODUCA

Joseph Loduca

Joseph Loduca wrote the music for Xena, Warrior Princess, Hercules the Legendary Journeys, Boogeyman 2, Alien Apocalypse, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and Legend of the Seeker. He won an Emmy for the Xena episode "Fallen Angel".

BELINDA BENTLEY

Belinda Bently

The first of May is the birthday of Belinda Bentley. She was one of the townspeople in the first Xena episode and it seems possible that she is related to Anton Bentley who was Perdicas in that episode. She is now known as a "Celebrity Psychic" who offers readings for $70/half hour. (I suggest that you read the disclaimer on her site before purchasing any of her services.)

THAT STORY GABBY TOLD IOLAUS

Aristophanes

Remember the story that Gabrielle told to Iolaus when she was nursing his wound in "Prometheus" (Season 1 Episode 8)? Here is how that story went originally:

The poet Agathon held a symposium (later written about by Plato). A discussion on the theme of love ensued. Aristophanes (446-386 BC), the greatest comic poet of Athens, gave an "explanation" of why people in love feel completed by their mate. He said that in ancient times people had double bodies, with faces and limbs turned away from one another, and these original people were very powerful.

There were three sexes: the all male, the all female, and the "androgynous"(half man, half woman).

They became overconfident and conspired to depose the Gods. Zeus thought about blasting them with thunderbolts, but he decided instead to cripple them by chopping them in half. Ever since, people say they are looking for their other half because they are really trying to recover their primal nature. Those who were originally all male, or all female, sought same sex completion. Some people, said Aristophanes, think homosexuals are shameless, but they are the bravest, most manly of all, and he went on to suggest that heterosexuals are more inclined toward unfaithfulness.

AOTEAROA AWARDS 2011

Xena castmembers were nominees at the
2011 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards

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