Hayden Panettiere may only be 11, but she's not new to acting. Her
mom, Lesley, got her started in the business by doing commercials
when she was just 11 months old. Then at only 4 1/2 she was cast
on the soap opera One Life To Live, where she remained until 1997.
Since then, she has gone on to appear in many feature films and
TV movies. But she is probably best known for her role as Lizzie
Spaulding, whom she has portrayed since 1996, on the daytime drama
Guiding Light. Hayden lives in a suburb of New York City with her
parents, younger brother, and a houseful of animals. When she is
not playing Lizzie or working on one of her many movies, she enjoys
singing, dancing, horseback riding, gymnastics, taking piano lessons,
For Hayden's character Lizzie's battle with leukemia, Guiding Light
received a Special Recognition Award from The Leukemia and Lymphoma
Society for bringing national awareness of leukemia to the attention
of daytime viewers.
As Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light, Hayden has had to deal with
she has shot and killed her mother's abuser, been kidnapped, gone
through both of her parents remarrying, and just recently battled
David Polland, who writes The Hot Button for RoughCut.com, says
Hayden "is like the little girl equivalent of Haley Joel Osment
in terms of poise, but with sass to spare and movie star looks that
probably will not distort with age. I mean, we're talking a little
Ann-Margret here. It may be a good idea for her parents to invest
in one of those house arrest ankle bracelets now. She's gonna be
serious trouble in a few years."
(2000) Was nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for
Children for A Bug's Life Read-Along
Hobbies include singing, dancing, horseback riding, gymnastics,
taking piano lessons, and swimming.
Her last name was printed wrong in an issue of the "Discovery
Girls" magazine where she was considered an "Exceptional
Her mother used to be an actress.
Was originally cast to play Sarah Altman in Panic Room (2002) but
was later replaced by Kristen Stewart.