Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Jake Frost
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Stanton Daily. Posted by Jake Frost
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1996 - 2007
January 22, 1981
“It was an amazing time in my life, to be on a show for 11 years is a once and a lifetime situation. I’m very grateful for the experience… but I still feel like that awkward 15-year-old!” Beverley Mitchell is an actress and singer whose claim to fame came in the late 1990s on the long-running family series 7th Heaven where her performance as Lucy Camden-Kirk earned her three Young Artist Awards before she was even 20 years old. Wrapping up the show after 10 seasons in 2006, Mitchell went on to pursue her dreams of becoming a country music singer with the release of her self-titled debut album later that year. Since then, she’s struggled to find the same level of stardom she enjoyed on 7th Heaven but hasn’t stopped trying as the 36-year-old mother of two joined the cast of The Secret Life of the American Teenager and, in 2017, debuted in her own series alongside child stars Jodie Sweetin and Christine Lakin in Hollywood Darlings.
Long before she ever dreamed of stardom, marriage and motherhood, Beverley Ann Mitchell was born on January 22, 1981 in Arcadia, California where her parents—an auto racing promoter and an office manager—instilled in her a hard work ethic from an early age. She knew early on that she wanted to become an actress and got her start at four years old with her first major acting credit coming in 1990 when, at nine years old, she made her television debut in Big Brother Jake. Months later, she starred in the made-for-television film Children of the Bride and later reprised her role as Jersey in Baby of the Bride in 1991 and Mother of the Bride in 1993.
Getting her feet wet in Hollywood, Mitchell spent the next few years making guest appearances on shows like Quantum Leap, Phenom, Melrose Place, White Dwarf, Baywatch and The Faculty. After a small role in Killing Obsession in 1994, her luck changed for the better in 1996 when she made her feature film debut in The Crow: City of Angels. While she was filming, she auditioned for the role of Mary Camden on the WB’s newest family drama, 7th Heaven. Although her audition didn’t impress the producers, Mitchell refused to give up and returned to audition for the part of Mary’s little sister, Lucy. A perfect fit for the role, Mitchell was cast on the spot as Jessica Biel landed the role of her older on-screen sister with Mackenzie Rosman playing her youngest sister Ruthie, Barry Watson as her older brother Matt, David Gallagher as Simon and Stephen Collins and Catherine Hicks as her on-screen parents. The Camden family was born!
Mitchell and the rest of her on-screen family made their 7th Heaven debut on August 26, 1996 and spent the next 11 years together as the show climbed higher and higher in the ratings and became the most watched television series in The WB Network’s history. Along the way, Mitchell grew up with the world watching as she graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory School in 1999 and went on to study film production at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Even then, her stardom didn’t get in the way of her work ethic and the plans she had for the future as she credited her parents for keeping her grounded. “It is essential when working in this industry to keep your head on straight,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “I was not necessarily the best actress but I was the one that got the opportunity and I worked my butt off. I never gave anyone else a chance to take it away because no matter what, I always showed up and worked harder than anyone else. That is what made me different!”
During the final season of 7th Heaven, Mitchell’s interests and talents as a singer were showcased as the series wrapped up on May 13, 2007 months after she released her self-titled debut country album. Featuring hit singles like “Angel,” “Heaven on Earth Down Here” and “Let’s Dream Like We’re Gonna Live Forever,” the album climbed to the top 30 charts in the United States and showcased Mitchell’s beautiful voice as well as her talents as a songwriter. But, Mitchell’s fairytale didn’t stop there.
On October 1, 2008, Mitchell exchanged vows with her long-time boyfriend, Michael Cameron, on the Amalfi Coast in Ravello, Italy with her 7th Heaven sisters—Jessica Biel and Mackenzie Rosman—by her side. The same year, she starred in I Know What I Saw on Lifetime and, went on to appear in films like Saw II, Extreme Movie and Snowmen before joining the cast of The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Kaitlin O’Malley in 2011. Wrapping up the show in 2013, Mitchell’s timing was perfect as she welcomed her daughter, Kenzie Lynn, into the world on March 28th. Completely embracing life as a new mother, Mitchell told OK! magazine, “Life has been flipped upside down in the most beautiful way. Everything that I thought mattered prior to having Kenzie has little to no significance anymore… I couldn’t be happier. My husband and I pinch ourselves every day because she’s such a gift. She’s brought so much joy and light to our lives.”
Determined to add to that joy, Mitchell and Cameron have done exactly that with the birth of their son, Hutton, on January 28, 2015. Along the way, the former 7th Heaven star proved she could do it all and balanced life at home as a wife and mother while starring in television films like Get Out Alive, A Gift Wrapped Christmas and Deadly Dance Mom. Most recently, she’s returned to the spotlight after teaming up with Jodie Sweetin of Full House and Christine Lakin of Step By Step in their own improv reality series, Hollywood Darlings, which is meant to show the world that they’re more than the child stars of their youth—they’re a sisterhood. “The three of us are all very real,” Mitchell says. “We get all dolled up, but in our everyday lives, we’re moms, we’re running around, we’re lucky if we got a shower.”