actors turned singers

The Australian soap opera Neighbours has given us its fair share of actresses turned musicians including Kylie Minogue, Holly Valance, and Natalie Imbruglia. Imbruglia’s first single, a cover of Ednaswap’s “Torn,” remains her biggest hit. The video ain’t too shabby either.

natalie imbruglia – torn

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Though I prefer her sister, it’s hard to argue against the career Zooey Deschanel has put together in movies as the cool yet quirky indie girl. This isn’t so far removed from her stage presence as one-half of She & Him.

She & Him – Why Do You Let Me Stay Here 3/25/10

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Many know Alyssa Milano from her work on television over the years (Charmed, Who’s the Boss, Melrose Place, and several guest-spots including Spin City and Castle) as well as her forays into film (Commando, Poison Ivy II: Lily, Glory Daze, Double Dragon, Embrace of the Vampire), but many forget Ms. Milano had a career as a teen pop star in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Alyssa Milano – Look In My Heart

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Scralett Johansson has made a name for herself on the big screen in films as varied as Lost in Translation, The Island, The Other Boleyn Girl, Vicky Christina Barcelona, and Iron Man 2. In recent years the actress has moved into music including a cover album of Tom Waits songs entitled Anywhere I Lay My Head (which the following comes from) as well as providing a track for the soundtrack of He’s Just Not That Into You.

Scarlett Johansson – Falling Down

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When I mention Ted Knight I’m guessing the first thing you think of isn’t doo whop. However, the actor did perform “Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)” on his comedy album Hi, Guys. If you don’t believe me have a listen…

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Brittany Murphy‘s solo music career (she was part of the band Blessed Soul in the 1990’s) was still in it’s infancy when the actress passed away at the age of 32. Whether her music career would have ever measured up to her acting credits is anyone’s guess. “Faster Kill Pussycat” did became a club hit in the States and hit number seven in the UK. The actress did also sing in a few of her films including “Nobody Does it Better” in Little Black Book and “Boogie Wonderland” in Happy Feet.

Brittany Murphy , Oakenfold P – Faster Kill Pussycat HQ

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The “Akihabara Majokko Princess” music video, from director McG and starring Kirsten Dunst, isn’t going to jumpstart her career in music, but is an interesting novelty if nothing else. It also started me thinking back on actors and actresses who have tried their hands at a music career (with mixed success).

Kirsten Dunst – Turning Japanese (Akihabara Majokko Princess)

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