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Former Heath high student, actress appearing in Fox TV’s ‘Lie To Me’ Oct. 12, 8 pm

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Allie Gonino

By J.J. Smith. A former Heath High School student, who is now a Hollywood actress and entertainer, will be co-starring in the Oct. 12 epidsode of Fox TV’s “Lie To Me,” which will be broadcast at 8 pm (Central time).

Allie Gonino, 19, is the daughter of Heath residents Dr. John and Linda Gonino, who own and operate the Gonino Center for Healing in Heath

Gonino has recently appeared in five episodes of “10 Things I Hate About You” on the ABC Family Network, plus twice in 2008 as Marissa in “The Suite Life On Deck,” a spinoff of the popular Disney Channel show “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.” 

But these were not Gonino’s first acting appearances, according to her parents and the Internet Movie Database at IMDb. 

In 2007 she appeared as a cheerleader in her first movie ”Love,” as well as Monique in the Disney TV series “Cory in the House.”

Her first TV appearance was in a 2006 episode of the TV series “Unfabulous.”

Her father said Gonino just finished acting in her second movie called “Cougar Hunting,” shot in Aspen CO, which stars Lara Flynn Boyle, Vanessa Angel, Jillian Murray, Matt Prokop and Randy Wayne. The movie is currently in post-production and will be released Nov. 1, 2010.

Gonino is also working hard on her career as a solo singer and as a member of the up-and-coming Columbia Records five teen girl group called “The Stunners,” modeled after the Spice Girls and organized by former pop star “Vitamin C.”

Gonino is a blonde, joining other teens who are Black, Hispanic, Asian and a redhead. The group was created and is directed by  ”Vitamin C,” aka Colleen Fitzpatrick, whose third single “Graduation (Friends Forever)” became one of the most ubiquitous songs of early 2000, pushing her into platinum sales and worldwide fame.

The group recently recorded its first song on video called “Bubble Gum” on Youtube.com.  (Watch the video on our home page)

The Stunners are also contracted with Lionsgate to produce either a movie or TV pilot which may lead to a TV series of their own. The project is co-produced by Dave Broome, who also produces NBC”s “The Biggest Loser” reality show.

According to her father, Allie attended Heath High School into the 10th grade, but then she and her mother decided to move to Los Angeles so the former Cain Middle Schooler could pursue an acting and entertainment career. She has since graduated from high school, obtaining her GED.

She’s always had music in her blood, says her dad.

“When she was six years old, she said she wanted to learn to play the violin. My wife and I thought that was unusal, for such a young child to ask for such an instrument.”

At age seven she began taking classical violin and classical ballet lessons. She quickly grew as a dancer and young musician. When she was 9, she discovered she also had a talent for singing.

“Then one day when she was about 9, as her mom and I were driving down the road, we suddenly looked at each other and asked, ‘Is that our little girl singing?’ 

“She sounded so good that we decided then that we needed to help her explore a professional singing career,” he said.

She soon auditioned at local oprys, where she performed country music, yodeling, singing, and playing fiddle and mandolin, at the Garland Opry, The Johnnie High Country Music Review, Dennison Opry and Grapevine Opry.

As a freshman in high school, Allie took a very strong interest in musical theater, said her father. Her love for acting grew, and it went hand in hand with her other artistic passions.

Dr. Gonino said his daughter now lives in Los Angeles but returns to the Rockwall-Heath area as often as possible to visit family and friends. She still loves to perform country music, as well.

Their family is thrilled for her and believes her future is very bright, he added.

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