This Sunday on Who Do You Think You Are? (March 22, 2015 at 10/9c on TLC), Angie Harmon — who always thought she was Greek, Irish and Native American — makes some surprising discoveries about the Harmon branch of her family tree.
Her 5th great-grandfather, Michael Harmon, emigrated from Germany as an indentured servant and wound up serving as a soldier in George Washington’s regiment at Valley Forge. After a bleak season in hell, he and others mutinied against the Continental Congress in protest for basic rights of food, clothing and shelter … and won! Michael went on to become a well to do land owner in Kentucky where Angie pays her respects at land that remains in the Harmon family today.
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Angie Harmon will be on the Today Show on NBC on June 17, 2014 at 9am EST time!
(9-10 a.m.) Angie Harmon on Rizolli and Isles.Tricks of the trade school: Fitness certifications. What’s hot in health.
Agie Harmon is in full confession mode when it comes to her online obsession. “I have an unnatural addiction to Pinterest,” she reveals. “I love recipes and home design, and the creativity out there is so inspirational. All of a sudden an hour has gone by!” When she’s not pinning up new ideas, Harmon, 41, puts on her detective badge for Rizzoli & Isles, returning for its fifth season on TNT June 17. She films in L.A. but makes her home in Charlotte, N.C., with her husband, former NFL cornerback Jason Sehorn, and their daughters, ages 10, 8, and 5. “One of my happiest moments is seeing my girls play dress up in Mommy’s closet,” she tells Erin Hill.
PARADE What do you love most about playing Jane Rizzoli?
It’s fun to play a tomboy with no reference for fashion. She’s the opposite of me; I’m a fairly girly girl.
So you enjoy getting glammed up for the red carpet?
Absolutely! It’s one of my favorite parts of the job. I also have three little girls, so I can justify any expense because it’s an investment! I look at fashion the way an art collector considers art, and I have quite an impressive collection. We basically gutted the master bedroom and turned it into my closet.
What are your memories of your modeling career in the early 1990s?
I had a fabulous time. Well, I wasn’t loving it when I was in a bikini and heels on an iceberg, but I look back with a big smile. The fashion world seems like such a business now, and you hope [the models] are having as much fun as we did. Back then, there weren’t paparazzi who would get you falling out of a car if you had too much to drink. The consequences weren’t as steep.
Is it true that David Hasselhoff helped you transition from model to actress?
It is! He discovered me on a plane and offered me a role on Baywatch Nights, but I said, “No, thank you,” because I’d never had an acting lesson. Oddly enough, my friend who was with me went on an audition for him two weeks later and he said, “You were with that girl!” That’s where it all started; the opportunity came back, and I will always be thankful to David for believing in me.
What’s your perfect Sunday?
In North Carolina we go to church, but I don’t really have a church in L.A. so these days we get up, put on our swimsuits, and hang out by the pool. It’s very restful. We have Sunday night dinner with friends and their kids and some of the cast. I just got this fabulous outdoor dining table that lights on fire down the middle. I just love that I’ve got people around that table every Sunday.
Your husband played for the New York Giants and now does commentary for college games. Is football big around the house?
It’s on all the time. I love it because I’m from Texas and just the sound of it in the background is fantastic. It triggers memories of home and great smells. Football season is a family- and friend-centered time for me. My middle daughter loves to go out and throw the football around with her dad.
Jason proposed to you on The Tonight Show in 2000. Have you shown that clip to your daughters?
I don’t think they have seen it, but they’re just now getting to the age where they would get it. For a long time I didn’t tell the girls what I did for a living; they found out through school. I’m very self-conscious about the whole “Hi, look at me, I’m on TV!” thing, but it was an incredible moment. I should show it to them—that’s a good idea!
Angie will be doing a Twitter Chat on Monday, June 16th, at 2 pm ET. Use #ParadeChats to join in!
Rizzoli & Isles – Season 5 Premiere: Tuesday, June 17, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
TNT’s blockbuster hit Rizzoli & Isles, which stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as Boston’s top crime-solving duo, has ranked as one of basic cable’s Top 3 original dramas for each of the past four years. Harmon plays Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Alexander is Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry, an authentic and deep friendship and a unique working relationship that together, helps them to solve the most complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston. Rizzoli & Isles also stars Jordan Bridges, with Bruce McGill and Lorraine Bracco. Developed by Janet Tamaro and based on a series of novels by best-selling crime writer Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles is produced for TNT by Warner Horizon Television and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions. Haber, Michael Katleman and showrunner Jan Nash serve as executive producers.
Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) will hold his Sixth Annual Women’s Conference at 9:00am on Saturday, March 15 at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Student Union.
The conference’s keynote speaker is Angie Harmon. A full list of speakers is available online.
The conference will also feature informative breakout sessions including seminars on how to keep your personal information safe online, savvy financial planning, work-life balance tips, and nutritional advice.
Additional information about the conference can be found at: royce.house.gov/womensconference.
Rep. Ed Royce’s Sixth Annual Women’s Conference
Angie Harmon, actress and UNICEF Ambassador to fight human trafficking
California State University, Fullerton
Titan Student Union Center
800 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834
Saturday, March 15th
9:00 am – Program Begins
11:45 am – Keynote by Angie Harmon
12:15 pm – Media availability with Rep. Royce and Angie Harmon
“I’m excited to be part of Recycle Across America’s PSA campaign, because it isn’t just about awareness it’s about a simple yet powerful solution. Standardized labels can increase recycling levels and significantly reduce the amount of trash currently being thrown in recycling bins.”
Recycle Across America® Launches National Celebrity PSA Campaign Introducing Standardized Labels for Recycling Bins and Importance of Recycling Right Television, film, music, sports and fashion industry notables participate in national multimedia “let’s recycle right”™ PSA Campaign
Today (February 18, 2014) Recycle Across America (RAA) launched a national celebrity-driven PSA to introduce society-wide standardized labels for recycling bins — a simple solution that can increase recycling levels by more than 50% and significantly reduce the amount of trash currently being thrown in recycling bins. The “let’s recycle right” campaign focuses on the impact of the standardized labels and the importance of recycling right.
The first three celebrity ads releasing this month include: Kristen Bell, Angie Harmon, and Gabby Reece, which are appearing on billboards and in consumer and business media across the country. Every month three new celebrities will be featured in the ongoing campaign; celebrities include award winning actors, tv personalities, top models, professional athletes, platinum musicians, comedians and political figures.
“We are incredibly honored to have celebrity support on this important initiative. The power of their influence through these ads and through their vast social media following is undeniable,” said Mitch Hedlund, founder and executive director of RAA. “We’re equally grateful to Roger Moenks – founder of i am eco warrior Media, Candida Brady – international award winning filmmaker of the documentary Trashed, and celebrity photographer Timothy White, for their contributions in creating the campaign, and to the national media leaders who are communicating it.”
“Recycling benefits every facet of society from conserving the environment to improving the economy— but only when it’s done right” says Bell. “I’m proud to join forces with Recycle Across America to promote the standardized labels and help educate others about the impact of proper recycling. Recycling is far too important to be confusing. It’s time to get it right.” The ads have launched throughout the U.S. on billboards donated by Lamar Advertising and in various national publications, including magazines published by Niche Media.
RAA’s standardized labeling system for recycling bins is already being adopted by Fortune 500 companies and is showing to significantly improve recycling levels and the quality of materials captured.
Although recycling is the #1 action society can do to help the environment and the economy, U.S. recycling levels are approximately 35% and have barely improved in over 15 years, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This isn’t for lack of interest from the public, but rather it stems from millions of inconsistent labels on recycling bins and general confusion about recycling. The public’s confusion at the bin results in mistakes, apathy, skepticism and ultimately tons of trash being thrown in recycling bins every day. The enormous amounts of trash in the recycling stream, also known as contamination, often cripples the economics and viability of recycling and makes the quality of the materials undesirable or too costly for manufacturers to choose. Therefore, many companies continue to use finite natural resources in the manufacturing of their products and packaging.
“Recycle Across America’s society-wide standardized recycling labels have already had a profound impact and as they continue to be adopted by businesses, schools and organizations throughout the U.S., there will be significant improvements to air, land, water usage, conservation of limited natural resources, job growth and the overall economy,” Hedlund said.
According to the Tellus Institute and EPA, if recycling levels reach 75% in the U.S. it will generate 1.5 million new jobs (net) and it will be the CO2 equivalent of removing 50 million cars from U.S. roads each year.
Hedlund continues, “The standardized labels not only help people recycle more but they also help people recycle right, subsequently improving the quality of the recyclables being captured and dramatically reducing costs associated with removing contamination. So as this initiative grows, more manufacturers will be able to commit to using recycled materials in their products and packaging versus depleting precious finite resources,” Hedlund said. “Sometimes the simplest solutions can have the greatest impact.”
In 2011, RAA introduced the society-wide standardized labels for recycling bins and to date the solution has been adopted by some of the world’s most notable corporations and institutions. Today approximately half a million of RAA’s standardized labels are now in use throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. For more information, please visit www.letsrecycleright.org.
Throughout January, Human Trafficking Awareness Month, FieldNotes and the End Trafficking project are running a series of posts on child trafficking.
UNICEF Ambassador Angie Harmon is a passionate spokesperson for UNICEF USA’s End Trafficking Project. She traveled last week to Nicaragua where UNICEF is fighting to protect children from sexual exploitation and keep them out of the hands of traffickers.
UNICEF USA interviewed Ms. Harmon about her visit and UNICEF’s work to prevent child trafficking in Nicaragua.
Was this your first visit to Nicaragua? What were your impressions of the country?
Angie Harmon: Yes, and my impressions are — wow, a beautiful place with incredible people. We traveled all over, Managua, the capital; Bluefields on the Caribbean coast, San Lucas in the north, near the border with Honduras. I encountered the most giving, compassionate people. I was struck by the sheer numbers of young people; nearly half the population is under 23.
Why are children and teens in Nicaragua at high risk for trafficking?
Harmon: Poverty, of course, is always a key. In Mangagua, I saw kids made to work in the street for money. I saw women in Bluefields scouring through landfills, sifting through garbage trying to find food and things to sell.
Half of all children in rural areas are poor, often very poor. And you’ve also got a lack of education and lack of access to information. The country has two borders — children can be transited easily — and a lot of tourists, some of whom sexually exploit children.
These factors combine to make many children and teens vulnerable to the promise of traffickers. Girls are recruited in rural areas to work in urban areas. Then they’re forced into prostitution.
Tell me about the children you met.
Harmon: I met adolescents who lived through some of the most horrific circumstances imaginable, including two 11-year-old girls who had been sexually exploited. But I didn’t see victims, I saw survivors. I was awed by their strength and desire to help not only themselves, but also their peers.
What is UNICEF doing to protect Nicaraguan children?
Harmon: A lot. UNICEF is training teachers and adolescents and church leaders to raise awareness and create protective environments for kids.
UNICEF is also helping Nicaragua get better statistics on the problem and develop a real time monitoring system to respond to commercial and sexual exploitation.
And really, everything UNICEF does to improve children’s lives makes children and families less susceptible to traffickers.
How did the trip leave you feeling?
Harmon: Inspired. Empowered. Energized. It was amazing to watch these Nicaraguan teens taking the lead, mentoring their peers, showing true leadership. We’re making real progress, in Nicaragua and elsewhere, but we’ve got to keep fighting.
Actress and Charlotte resident Angie Harmon lobbied the Charlotte City Council on Thursday to support a proposal to redevelop the Eastland Mall site into movie studios.
Harmon said she is now a board member of Studio Charlotte Development, a group led by local movie executive Bert Hesse that seeks to remake Eastland.
“I can bring insight into the business,” said Harmon, who has been a TV and film star for nearly 20 years. “I begged (Studio Charlotte) them to let me be a part of it.”
Harmon, best known for her role in “Law & Order,” spoke to a handful of council members at an economic development committee meeting. The meeting was designed to give council members an update on several projects, including Eastland.
Studio Charlotte Development has asked the city for the 80-acre Eastland site for free as well as city and county incentives worth $24.7 million. The incentives and the land would be worth about $38 million.
Under the proposal, the city and county would give Studio Charlotte Development property tax rebates for a 10-year period based on new tax revenue the project would generate. One problem, however, is that the developer needs more money for upfront costs than the project will initially generate in tax revenue.
“Even with county participation in the tax increment grant … (it) appears to be insufficient to cover required infrastructure costs,” a city memo said.
Another hurdle is in Raleigh. The state currently has a generous 25 percent tax credit for TV and film productions, but it’s unclear if the General Assembly will vote to continue the incentives.
The city’s economic development director, Brad Richardson, said Thursday that the city is still working with the group, trying to get more details on its financing and needs.
“They have not refined their construction costs so we can’t do any due diligence,” Richardson said.
The committee is expected to hear more about the project in February.
Harmon said she is friends with Barbara McKay, the senior vice president for Studio Development Charlotte and a local television host. Harmon, who said she has lived in Charlotte for four years, said one benefit to the project would be the ability for NASCAR drivers to film commercials and other work locally rather than having to travel.
McKay said the project would generate “jobs, jobs, jobs” for the area.
Council member Vi Lyles said after the meeting she enjoyed meeting Harmon. But she said Harmon’s support of the project doesn’t necessarily mean she is more likely to support the project.
The city bought the mall for $13.2 million in 2012.