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Renee Olstead
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Rebecca Renee Olstead is an American actress and singer. Active since childhood as an actress, she is best known for her roles in the TV sitcoms Still Standing as Lauren Miller and The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Madison Cooperstein. In addition, she has recorded five studio albums, primarily of jazz music.

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Empathy, Apathy and the Categorical Imperative

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 4:47 PM

The world will never be perfect, as adults we accept this. It's unlikely any of us will live to see an end to world poverty, hunger or the ills of man. However, what I often find myself most astounded by is the lack of human empathy displayed by those of...

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Delicious Dames: A Field Guide to Living and Loving Your Body

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 11:03 AM

I sat down across from Revecka Natalia in a Los Angeles diner this morning, eager to speak privately with a woman who's online presence I'd been following for some time. After first stumbling upon a gallery of her work, I soon realized that there was quite a bit more to...

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War on International Sex Trafficking Isn't a War on Sex

(8) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 1:36 PM

Let's be clear here, the 'war on international sex trafficking' isn't a 'war on sex.' I personally believe that the war on sex trafficking would receive more support from the public if they truly knew the atrocities committed against the world's women and children, and could see that this great...

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Waking Up to the Abuse of Our Oceans

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 10:18 PM

Last night my eyes were opened. I attended a gala for a cause I had only recently learned about, a cause that I now count close to my heart. I learned about the atrocities that have happened to our ocean, about how polluted our world is becoming, the harmful overfishing...

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Running with the PETAPack

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 9:11 AM

It's just after one o'clock in the afternoon in Los Angeles and I'm on a treadmill again. The good news is that I've started my training a month ahead of schedule; the bad news is that my calves are beginning to hate me and I'm barely to four miles. It's...

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4 Secrets to Making It in Show Business

(4) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 8:00 AM

I've had a lot of girls and guys ask me what it takes to get started in the entertainment industry. Their questions got me thinking and I decided to get to work on a how-to guide to getting started.

1. Find a team of people who believe in you. Open...

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Best Friends Forever

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 8:43 AM

A lot of people who watch Secret Life know that Madison and Lauren are nearly inseparable, but not nearly as many people know that Camille Winbush and I have been best friends since the age of 12. We first met in 2000 on the set of a movie of the...

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Why I Decided To Go Vegan

(209) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 8:59 AM

A few days ago, I had the honor of speaking at the "PETA2 Experience" conference in Los Angeles. The day started early at the new PETA Los Angeles headquarters, with hundreds of kids and young adults filling the first floor of the building. I was so excited that I had...

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The College Professor I'll Never Forget

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 9:06 AM

I've drawn a lot of inspiration in life from music, books, and art, but lately the greatest inspiration I've found is from a college professor who challenged me to really think. I've never been the perfect student. I've been known to occasionally miss class for work or hand in a...

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My Life Before 'Secret Life'

(27) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 9:30 AM

Growing up in the entertainment industry, I've had a lot of people tell me I'm not good enough. When I was young, I was teased mercilessly by my classmates for being a redhead. I wasn't particularly well coordinated either, which made me a bit of a liability in P.E. My...

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