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Swift to voice a character in 'Lorax'

Swift to voice a character in 'Lorax'

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., March 17 (UPI) -- U.S. country music star Taylor Swift has joined the voice cast of the upcoming animated film, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," Universal Pictures said Thursday.
Vanessa Hudgens window shops gowns

Vanessa Hudgens window shops gowns

NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Actress Vanessa Hudgens says when she gets married, she wants designer Marchesa to put together her gown.
Efron-Hudgens romance seems on again

Efron-Hudgens romance seems on again

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Young U.S. actors Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, who officially broke up in December, may be back together.
Stars lining up for People's Choice show

Stars lining up for People's Choice show

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Malin Akerman, Julie Bowen, Michael Chiklis and Miranda Cosgrove are confirmed to attend the People's Choice Awards show in Los Angeles, CBS said.
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Report: Hudgens and Efron break up

Report: Hudgens and Efron break up

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Hollywood couple Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron, who starred in the "High School Musical" franchise, have broken up, sources told E! News.
Efron filming 'Lucky One' in New Orleans

Efron filming 'Lucky One' in New Orleans

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Principal photography has begun in New Orleans on the big-screen adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's novel "The Lucky One," Warner Bros. said.
Newcomer to star in 'Footloose' remake

Newcomer to star in 'Footloose' remake

HOLLYWOOD, June 22 (UPI) -- Newcomer Kenny Wormald has been cast in the upcoming remake of "Footloose," Hollywood's Paramount Pictures said Tuesday.
Cyrus, Stewart to be Oscar presenters

Cyrus, Stewart to be Oscar presenters

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart have signed on to be presenters at the 82nd Academy Awards show in Los Angeles.
Efron says new film was 'step forward'

Efron says new film was 'step forward'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- "High School Musical" star Zac Efron said he views his role in the independent U.S. film "Me and Orson Welles" as a "step forward" in his acting career.
Report: Efron and Hudgens still dating

Report: Efron and Hudgens still dating

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A source close to Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens says the U.S. celebrity couple's relationship isn't on the rocks, contrary to a tabloid report claiming it is.
Applegate, Obama make 'Beautiful' list

Applegate, Obama make 'Beautiful' list

NEW YORK, April 29 (UPI) -- U.S. television actress Christina Applegate appears on the cover of People's annual Most Beautiful issue this year, the magazine announced Wednesday.

'17' comes out No. 1

LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- Americans flocked to the movie theaters to see the second-chance comedy "17 Again," making it No. 1 in its debut weekend, Box Office Mojo said.
Efron to make 'SNL' debut

Efron to make 'SNL' debut

NEW YORK, April 6 (UPI) -- Film actor Zac Efron has agreed to serve as guest host of "Saturday Night Live" in New York for the first time, NBC announced.
Efron seeks variety in his roles

Efron seeks variety in his roles

LOS ANGELES, April 3 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Zac Efron says he changed his mind about starring in the big-screen musical remake of "Footloose" because he wants to try his hand at other genres.
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Zac Efron appears backstage with the award for best male performance for "High School Musical 3: Senior Year", at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on May 31, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Zachary David Alexander "Zac" Efron (born October 18, 1987) is an American actor, singer, and dancer. He began acting professionally in the early 2000s, and became known to young audiences after his roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, the WB series Summerland, and the 2007 film version of the Broadway musical Hairspray. In 2007, before the release of High School Musical 2, Rolling Stone declared him the "poster boy for tweenyboppers" and featured him in their late August 2007 issue. Efron has since starred in the films 17 Again, Me and Orson Welles, and Charlie St. Cloud, and is due to star in New Year's Eve and The Lucky One.

Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California, and later moved to Arroyo Grande, California. His father, David Efron, is an engineer at a power plant, and his mother, Starla Baskett, is a former secretary who worked at the same power plant. Efron has a younger brother, Dylan, and had a self-described "normal childhood" in a middle class family. He is an agnostic, having never been religious. His surname, "Efron", means "lark" in Hebrew (his paternal grandfather was Jewish).

Efron has said that he would "flip out" if he got a "B" and not an "A" in school, and has also described himself as having been a class clown. Efron's father encouraged him to begin acting when Efron was 11 years old. He subsequently appeared in theater productions at his high school, worked in a theater called The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, and began taking singing lessons. Efron performed in plays such as Gypsy; Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up; Little Shop of Horrors; and The Music Man. He was recommended to an agent in Los Angeles by his drama teacher, Robyn Metchik (the mother of actors Aaron Michael Metchik and Asher Metchik). Efron was later signed to the Creative Artists Agency.

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