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Blake Lively is an actress notable for her role as Serena van der Woodsen on the CW network's teen drama Gossip Girl.
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Her performance earned her a Teen Choice Award nomination for Breakout Movie Star.
After filming Traveling Pants, Lively returned to Burbank for her senior year and graduated in 2005. After finishing her diploma, she immediately returned to acting, starring opposite Justin Long and Jonah Hill in the 2006 comedy Accepted. A year later, in 2007, Lively landed her most famous role to date on the CW's hit tee- drama Gossip Girl. The show follows a cohort of privileged teenagers on New York's Upper East Side, with Lively playing the lead role of Serena van der Woodsen, a stylish blonde and (somewhat) reformed party girl.
Bolstered by intense media coverage, including a provocative and controversial photo shoot in Rolling Stone magazine, Gossip Girl quickly developed a cult-like fan base. Its young and beautiful cast became nearly ubiquitous on celebrity magazine covers and websites. The fashion-forward show, and Lively's character in particular, also had enormous influence over style trends. Any outfit Lively wears as Serena in an episode of Gossip Girl sells out of stores the day after the episode airs. Gossip Girl is currently in its fourth season, and Lively won the 2008 Teen Choice Award for TV Actress and TV Breakout Star for her performance.
In a case of onscreen romance breeding real-life love, in 2007 Blake Lively began dating Gossip Girl co-star Penn Badgley, who plays Dan Humphrey on the show. Their Gossip Girl characters also date throughout season one. Both the real-life actors and their characters they played on screen later split up.
With her dazzling good looks, natural acting talent, and devoted backing from devoted Gossip Girl fans, Lively seemed to be on the verge of breaking out as a top-flight movie star. In a January 2010 profile, Esquire called Lively "the most promising and interesting and talented young actress of the year." She displayed a grittier side in her role as a young mother in Ben Affleck's crime thriller The Town that same year. Both the film and Lively's performance drew widespread critical acclaim.
The following year, Lively co-starred with Ryan Reynolds in the film Green Lantern, a big screen take on the classic comic book series. While the movie proved to be a critical and commercial disappointment, the on-screen pairing of Lively and Reynolds translated into a real-life romance.
Lively and Reynolds quickly became inseparable. They bought a home together in Bedford, New York, in April 2012. Managing to keep their plans hidden from the media, the pair married in a special ceremony on September 9, 2012, near Charleston, South Carolina. About 70 guests attended the couple's nuptials held at Boone Hall Plantation. Lively's friend, singer Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, performed at the reception. This is Lively's first marriage. Before dating and marrying Reynolds, she had been previously linked to actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
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