Thursday, March 22, 2012

Willa Ford

Amanda Lee Modano (née Williford; born January 22, 1981), known professionally as Willa Ford and often as Mandy Modano, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, model, television personality and film actress. She released her debut album, Willa Was Here, in 2001. Ford also has acted in movies such as Friday the 13th, hosted several reality television shows, posed for Playboy and competed on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. In 2005, Ford hosted the first season of the fighting competition reality show The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV.The show aired between January 18 and April 9, 2005. After the show's finale, the 24-year-old singer was contracted as a summer's guest doll performer for the Las Vegas shows of The Pussycat Dolls. Ford was later featured as the June celebrity on FHM's 2005 pin-up calendar.

In early 2006, Ford played as one of the four celebrity quarterbacks for the Lingerie Bowl, which was shown during the half-time of Super Bowl XL. Later that year, she was featured in a nude pictorial in the March 2006 issue of Playboy. Stuff magazine ranked her #48 in the 101 Sexiest Online Women supplement later that year. In fall 2006, Ford competed on the third season of Dancing with the Stars. Ford and her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, were eliminated in the fifth week of competition. She talked about her experience with Maxim in its January 2007 issue; she was featured in a photo shoot.

Ford and hockey player Mike Modano married in a small, private ceremony on August 26, 2007 in Athens, Texas. She also announced to Access Hollywood that she was dropping out of the Dancing With The Stars tour, since Maksim Chmerkovskiy was not signed on.

Ford appeared on an episode of My Celebrity Home on the Style Network, which aired on January 31, 2007. She also hosted the third season of Pants-Off Dance-Off on Fuse TV. On August 23, 2007, Ford and husband Mike were featured in an episode of MTV Cribs.

Willa Ford appeared in the motion picture Friday the 13th. To promote the project, Ford appeared as a guest on E!'s late night talk show Chelsea Lately on February 5, 2009. Ford and Modano also attended the film's Los Angeles premiere

On October 10, 2009, she was cast as Becca in Dreamfly Production's new movie, Universal Squadrons, which was originally titled Minuteman. The movie premiered at the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2010 and the Angelika Theater in Dallas in December. According to the blog of the production, the movie was released for pay per view/video on demand in April, then DVD in June 7, 2011 from Maverick Films. On her facebook page and twitter, she confirmed to appear on 2 TV dramas, 3 episodes of Magic City and an episode of The Glades aired on August 28.

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