Elisabetta Canalis is one of the celebrity contestants on Season 13 of ABC's ballroom competition series "Dancing with the Stars." She is paired with Val Chmerkovskiy, who is making his series debut as a professional partner.

Known for her gorgeous figure and striking expressions, Elisabetta Canalis became an instantly recognizable figure in the world of high fashion and advertising.

Elisabetta has worked with some of the world's greatest fashion icons, including Roberto Cavalli, and has graced numerous magazine covers such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ and Cosmopolitan. Born in Sassari, Sardinia, Italy, her mom and dad enrolled Elisabetta in the elite school Liceo Azuni where she studied throughout her high school years.

After graduating, Elisabetta moved to Milan to study foreign languages at the prestigious Universita Statale. It was there Elisabetta made the bold career decision to pursue acting rather than foreign languages studies, and her passion for her craft landed her a series regular role on the infamous Italian television drama Striscia la Notizia for three years. Sounds like that bold career choice was for the best.

The exposure and critical acclaim she received presented Elisabetta the opportunity to work in American and Italian film and TV. She has since appeared in the comedies "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalo" and "Virgin Territory." In Italy, she appeared in the films "La Seconda Volta Non Si Scorda Mai," "La fidanzata di papa," "A Natale mi Sposo," as well as "Christmas in NY."

On television, Elisabetta has appeared in Italian series "Carabinieri" and the sitcom "Love Bugs." Elisabetta has also demonstrated her impressive dramatic capabilities in America with a recurring role on TNT's smash hit "Leverage." Her drive for success and passion for music united when she hosted the Italian version of "Total Request Live" as well as Italy's annual music festival, Festivalbar 2007. Recently, she co-hosted the 61st edition of the Sanremo Music Festival, which is considered to be the most prestigious television event in Italy.

Elisabetta is also known for her great philanthropic endeavors. Combining her deep love of animals and her passion for modeling, Elisabetta recently participated in an upcoming anti-fur campaign with PETA. An avid equestrian for the past 10 years, she says that her opposition to animal cruelty began as a young girl. Her work with PETA solidifies her determination to end all forms of animal abuse and neglect.

Elisabetta currently resides in Los Angeles and Milan but she loves returning to Sardinia, the island she was born and where part of her family lives.

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How tall is she? How old is she? Where does she live? Who is she dating? Find out here.

Age: 39 years old
Birthday: September 12, 1978
Height: 5' 7"
Nickname: Eli
Birthplace: Sassari, Sardinia, Italy
Current Residence: Milan, Italy and Los Angeles, CA

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