Elisabetta Canalis


Date of Birth
12 September 1978, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy
Nickname
Eli
Height
5' 7" (1.70 m)
Trivia
Known as a "Velina", i.e. a support dancer, who appears for a very short time on a popular Italian TV show called "Striscia La Notizia".
Has a bull terrier called Vittorio
[2002] She is the presenter of a Sports TV show called "Controcampo".
Is a fan of Inter Milan (an Italian soccer club)
Co-owns a Doberman called Andrea along with ex-boyfriend Christian Vieri.
Her hobbies include: kick-boxing and horseback riding
Good friends with Maddalena Corvaglia.
One of her greatest passions has always been horse riding.
Father is a surgeon, mother teaches Literature.
Studied at "Liceo Azuni", in Sassari, during her high school years.
Briefly studied Foreign languages in university.
Father is Cesare and mother is Bruna; she has a brother called Luigi.
Favorite kind of music is Hip hop.
Photographed with colleague (and good friend) Maddalena Corvaglia, for a nude GQ magazine in 2002.
Was photographed for a nude calendar in 2003, by magazine Max.
She was a showgirl on the popular italian show Striscia la Notizia on Italian TV Canale 5 from 1999 to 2002. She featured in the 2003 Max calendar.Canalis had minor roles in the films Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and Virgin Territory. She was also a velina in the television show Striscia la notizia. In 2005, she replaced Michelle Hunziker in Love Bugs 2, the second season of the sit-com Love Bugs.[citation needed] In 2007, she co-hosted the annual italian music festival, Festivalbar.In 2009, she replaced Elena Santarelli on the Italian version of Total Request Live, on MTV Italia.
In 2010, she played a recurring character in season 3 of the TNT series Leverage.
In February 2011, she made a highly critcized apparition on the televised Italian song contest Sanremo Music Festival with Gianni Morandi and Belen Rodriguez.
In June 2011, she appeared in a photoshoot of the Spanish version of Vogue,and in September 2011 in the Arabian version of Harper's Bazaar.Canalis appeared on the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars.She was paired with Valentin Chmerkovskiy and was the second to be eliminated on 27 September 2011. After she will be intervested at The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She posed nude for PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur" campaign in 2011, telling Reuters that, "This is a thing which I personally believe and trust in, so nobody told me to do it. Since I was a little kid, I was against fur, I never wore fur in my life.
Since 2012 she's the new model and testimonial of Pantene.
She co-hosted for the second time the Sanremo Music Festival 2012 and acts with the singer Adriano Celentano in the role of "Italia".
Personal life
Elisabetta's father worked in Sassari’s University clinic and her mother was an Italian teacher.She has a brother named Luigi.She was educated in Sassari, where she attended the classical gymnasium, and then moved to Milan to study foreign languages at “Università degli Studi di Milano”, though she never graduated.because started to work like "velina" at the age of 21.
She dated American actor George Clooney for almost 18 months. The couple split in June 2011.She is now dating Steve-O.
Cinema
2005 - Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
2006 - Natale a New York
2007 - Virgin Territory
2008 - La seconda volta non si scorda mai
2008 - La fidanzata di papà
2010 - A Natale mi sposo
Television
1999/2002 - Striscia la Notizia - Canale 5
2003/2004 - Carabinieri 3 - 4, TV series - Canale 5
2005 - Love Bugs 2, Sit-com - Italia 1
2007 - Artù - Rai 2
2007 - Mai dire martedì - Italia 1
2008 - Medici miei, Sit-com - Italia 1
2009 - TRL - MTV
2010 - Fratelli Benvenuti, TV series - Canale 5/Rete 4
2010 - Leverage - TV series
2011 - Festival di Sanremo - Rai Uno
2011 - Dancing with the Stars - TV series
2012 - Festival di Sanremo - Rai Uno