Actress, dancer and singer Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick, better known as Vitamin C
, was born July 20, 1961 in Old Bridge, New Jersey. She graduated from Cedar High School and made her debut in the music industry when she became the lead singer for the pop rock band Eve's Plum. In 1998, she worked on a dance/pop album, which she called Vitamin C. Eventually, Elektra Records produced her album and it went up to the 29th spot of the Billboard 200. One of her most successful singles was “Graduation (Friends Forever),” which enjoyed much radio play.
Her first big screen appearance was in Hairspray, where she played Amber von Tussle. Other film projects soon followed and she was seen in The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, Dracula 2000, Liar Liar, Rock Star and My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception among many others. Vitamin C also did cameo roles on shows Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Haunted and The Equalizer. She was a judge on WB's Superstar USA and was also part of Celebrity Bootcamp. Her Broadway credits include Passion, Company and Into the Woods.
She was featured in magazines Femme Fatales, Maxim and Teen People. In 2000, she was voted as one of Cosmopolitan's Fun and Fearless Females.
In 2006, Vitamin C starred in the independent TV sitcom THE LEK. It was released on the Internet through YouTube.
She is married to guitarist and composer Michael Kotch.
Vitamin C is one of the three judges on the Lifetime TV reality series Your Mama Don't Dance
. Dubbed as the dance competition with a twist, contestants on the show auditioned without knowing that their dancing partners would be their very own parents. Five male contestants and five female contestants would foxtrot and mambo with their mothers and fathers as they compete to win the title and the $100,000 cash prize.
(Photo courtesy of Lifetime)