Saturday, July 02, 2011

Lucy Lawless— A Kind-Hearted Soul

It's no secret that Lucy Lawless is an all-time favorite here at UPBEAT Entertainment News Syndicate. She's one of the most dedicated, loyal, sincere, kind-hearted souls we've ever known. Recently, the actress' fan club site reported that Lucy Lawless has returned to her roots. Born in the upscale Mount Albert area of Auckland, New Zealand, the spectacular 5-foot-11-television actress (35-25-36) converted a large part of her tony estate into what has been described as a multi-dollar eco-friendly Garden of Eden. The Xena actress and Greenpeace climate change ambassador converted two of her four consolidated properties— with a total worth of more than $7 million— into a 1600-square-meter garden.

The cost of the garden design alone would probably exceed $10,000, and the final bill could run into hundreds of thousands, an award-winning landscape designer explained. The design will include a large raised stone vegetable garden, poultry house, rainwater tank and rolling lawns, according to architectural and landscape plans lodged with Auckland City Council.

The garden will also feature a conservatory and courtyards from which she, husband, Robert Tapert, and their two sons, Julius and Judah, can enjoy their tranquil green surroundings. The Lawless’ home, complete with swimming pool, spans two front lots, which the couple have owned since the late ‘90s.

The natural ash blonde’s father was mayor of Mount Albert, where little Lucille Francis Ryan was the fifth of seven children: five brothers and a single sister. She was married to Garth Lawless 1988 to 1995 and since 1998 to producer Robert Tapert. Famed for her starring role in the Xena Warrior Princess television series 1995 to 2001, more recently she has portrayed Lucretia in television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010) and this season Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. All of which have yielded ample funds to create new landscapes.

But make no mistake about it, Lucy donates all of her free time to her favorite charity, The Starship Foundation, of which she has been a board member for several years now. The "Starship Foundation" is a New Zealand charity which raises funds for Auckland's Starship Hospital.

Lucy has taken up the role of activist for causes she passionately believes in. In May 2009, Lucy became involved with "Greenpeace" and their Sign On Campaign. Lucy joined other celebrities in launching a petition urging the New Zealand government to sign on to a 40 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Lucy and other New Zealand actors/performers were ambassadors for a campaign by the international environmental group "Greenpeace" aimed at United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen in December.

In April 2010, Lucy and Robyn Malcolm launched Greenpeace's campaign against mining in New Zealand national parks. The New Zealand Government plans to open up 3,000 acres of previously protected land, for mining. Lucy launched the campaign at the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, 50 km. Southwest of the proposed mining sites. She asked tourists what they thought of coal mining in the Paparoa National Park— one said it would completely "ruin" New Zealand's natural legacy.

Lucy Lawless has also confirmed that she will be attending the San Diego Comic Con this year. She'll be part of the Spartacus panel on Friday, July 22nd at 5:45 p.m. in Room 6BCF. Be sure to snag a seat!

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