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Willa Ford Biography & Wiki 2017
Amanda Lee Williford was born on 22 January 1981, in Ruskin, Florida USA, and is a singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, model and television personality, but perhaps best known as the self- proclaimed Bad Girl of Pop.
So just how rich is Willa Ford now? According to sources, Ford has earned wealth of over $1 million, as of early 2017, established through her involvement in entertainment industry which began in the late 1990s.
Willa Ford Net Worth $1 million
Ford grew up in Ruskin, where she attended East Bay High School in Gibsonton. Her began her music career singing with the Tampa Bay Children’s Choir when she was eight, and then became a member of a children’s performing arts troupe called Entertainment Revue. She left the troupe at 15, and briefly joined a local band called FLA, eventually moving to Los Angeles, California.
At the age of 18, she began to perform under the stage name Mandah, signing with MCA and releasing her song “Lullaby”, which was put on the soundtrack of “Pokémon: The First Movie”. She went on to land a spot as an opening act for the Backstreet Boys, paving her way to recognition. Her net worth began to rise.
After changing her stage name to Willa Ford, she changed label too, signing with Atlantic Records, and began recording, writing and executive producing most of her material. Her debut album “Willa Was Here” came out in 2001, reaching #56 on the Billboard 200 album chart, becoming a worldwide hit, as did its single “I Wanna Be Bad”, with Ford achieving increased popularity, and a boost to her net worth.
Meanwhile, she was contracted to Pantene Pro-V’s ProVoice campaign as a spokesperson, and as a model for Bongo ads. She went on to appear on the in-concert cable special “Teensation”, and in the music video for the song “In A Little While” by Uncle Kracker. She also served as a guest host of MTVs “TRL” and “Say What Karaoke” numerous times, which led to signing a contract with the network, after which she hosted several MTV shows, such as the 2003 “The Morning After”.
Around the same time Ford appeared in her first reality television series, ” I Bet You Will”, and released the song “A Toast to Men”, from her unreleased second album “Sexysexobsessive”. The song achieved some success, appearing in soap operas promotional ads, so Ford’s net worth rose again.
Showing her versatility, in 2005 she was the host of the first season of Spike TV’s reality television series and fighting competition “The Ultimate Fighter”, after which she appeared as summer’s guest doll for the Las Vegas shows of The Pussycat Dolls. The following year she played quarterback for the Dallas Desires in the Lingerie Bowl III during the half-time of Super Bowl XL, and then appeared in Playboy magazine. Later that year, Ford was a contestant in the third season of the dance competition TV show “Dancing with the Stars”. In 2007 she hosted the third season of the Fuse TV dance contest “Pants-Off Dance-Off”, and she also introduced her home in the shows “MTV Cribs” and “My Celebrity Home”, reinforcing her status in showbiz and increasing her fortune.
Two years later Ford landed the role of Chelsea in the slasher film “Friday the 13th”, followed by then playing Becca in the 2010 film “Universal Squadrons” and expanded her acting resume by appearing in the series “The Glades”, “Magic City” and “Leverage”, and in films including “The Nurse”, “Any Day” and “Checkmate”. Ford’s most recent appearance was in the action film “Submerged”, and in the television film “A Father’s Secret”, in 2016.
Speaking about her personal life, Ford was married to hockey player Michael Mondano from 2007 to 2012. As of 2015 she has been married to former NFL linebacker Ryan Nece, with whom she has one child.
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Willa Ford Quick Facts
|Birth date:||January 22, 1981|
|Birth place:||Ruskin, Florida, United States|
|Height:||5 ft 7 in (1.702 m)|
|Profession:||Singer, Songwriter, Record producer, Presenter, Actor, Dancer|
|Education:||East Bay High School|
|Spouse:||Ryan Nece (m. 2015), Mike Modano (m. 2007–2012)|
|Children:||Elijah Everett Mandel Nece|
|Parents:||Donna Sweat Willford, Ralph Everett|
|Siblings:||Aleece, Heather, Marcus|
|Albums:||Willa Was Here|
Willa Ford Interesting Facts
|1||She's filming the movie based on the life of former playboy model Anna Nicole Smith. [April 2007]|
|2||Currently performing in Las Vegas with The Pussycat Dolls. [August 2005]|
|3||Separated from her husband Michael Modano just before their 5th wedding anniversary. [August 2005]|
|4||Married NHL Hockey star of the Dallas Stars Michael Modano in Athens, Texas.|
|5||She was June on FHM magazine's 2005 pin-up calendar (2005).|
|6||Ranked #71 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.|
|7||Her smash hit "I Wanna Be Bad" is featured in the movies: Undercover Brother (2002), What a Girl Wants (2003), Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), and on the various artist compilation discs and soundtracks "Totally Hits 2001", "Best of MTV TRL Pop" (2002), "What Girl Wants" (2003)", "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" (2004).|
|8||She is her own manager as well as being for herself and other artists, a singer, songwriter, producer, vocal arranger, beat/music creator, choreographer, publisher/runs her own publishing company - "MandahME Music Publishing," TV host, supermodel, spokesperson, and upcoming actress.|
|9||Sang lead for The Pussycat Dolls lounge at PURE Nightclub in Las Vegas from late Spring to the entire Summer of 2005, as well as early February. All shows were sold out.|
|10||Appears on the cover and inside the March 2006 issue of Playboy Magazine.|
|11||Ranked #60 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" (2002)|
|12||Former girlfriend of NHL star and Dallas Stars captain Michael Modano.|
|13||While using the name 'Mandah', Willa released a song on the 1st pokemon soundtrack.|
|14||She wrote "Lullaby" in approximently 30 minutes (on the 1st pokemon soundtrack)|
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Willa Ford Filmography
|A Father's Secret||2016||TV Movie||Carrie Evans|
|Leverage||2012||TV Series||Tabatha Delavega|
|Magic City||2012||TV Series||Janice Michaels|
|The Glades||2011||TV Series||Shelby Adams|
|Friday the 13th||2009||Chelsea|
|Anna Nicole||2007||Vickie Lynn / Anna Nicole|
|Raising Dad||2002||TV Series||Edie|
|Barbershop 2: Back in Business||2004||performer: "A Toast to Men" / writer: "A Toast to Men" - as Amanda Williford|
|Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star||2003||performer: "I Wanna Be Bad"|
|What a Girl Wants||2003||performer: "I Wanna Be Bad" / writer: "I Wanna Be Bad" - as Amanda Williford|
|Undercover Brother||2002||performer: "I Wanna Be Bad"|
|The Challenge||TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2002 writer - 1 episode, 2002|
|Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin||2012||TV Series||Herself - Panelist|
|Hacking Back/Slashing Forward||2009||Video short||Herself|
|The Rebirth of Jason Voorhees||2009||Video short||Herself|
|Chelsea Lately||2009||TV Series||Herself|
|Arby's Action Sports Awards||2006||TV Special||Herself|
|75th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade||2006||TV Special||Herself|
|Dancing with the Stars||2006||TV Series||Herself / Herself - Musical Guest|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live!||2006||TV Series||Herself|
|Pants-Off Dance-Off||2006||TV Series||Herself - Host (2007)|
|Lingerie Bowl||2006||TV Special||Herself|
|The Ultimate Fighter||2005||TV Series||Herself - Host|
|The Greatest||2004||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|The Miss Teen USA Pageant||2002||TV Special||Herself - Host|
|I Bet You Will||2002||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|MTV New Year's Eve Live 2002||2002||TV Movie||Herself|
|The Mind of the Married Man||2001||TV Series||Herself|
|Pantene Pro-Voice Featuring Jewel||2001||TV Movie documentary||Herself|
|The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||2001||TV Series||Herself - Musical Guest|
|The Test||2001||TV Series||Herself - Panelist|
|Entertainment Tonight||2015||TV Series||Herself|