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Celebrity Hairstyles: Amanda Otto - Starter Wife


Miranda Otto as Cricket Starter Wife on USA Network June 4, 2007

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If her face looks familiar but you can't quite place her, you may have previously seen Miranda Otto as the warrior Eowyn in "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" as well as "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King".

I personally became a fan of the Australian actress when she co-starred with one of my favorite actors, Rhys Ifans, in "Danny Deckchair".

I could rave about the quirky and entertaining movie, but you need to watch it and enjoy it for yourself. The only thing I will tell you is that the film is about a man who ties balloons onto his deckchair and travels through the air to a new life.

Miranda and Rhys also worked together in the Charlie Kaufman-written film "Human Nature" which explains their wonderful chemistry.

Miranda co-starred as Cricket in "Starter Wife" on USA and she was simply delightful.

Miranda Otto as Cricket Starter Wife on USA Network June 4, 2007

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Miranda is a highly regarded actress in Australia and has won worldwide respect for her many star turns. Besides Lord of the Rings, she has starred with Dennis Quaid in Flight of the Phoenix and appeared opposite Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's War Of The Worlds.

The red hair actress won a TV Silver Logie Award as Most Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her work in the Australian miniseries "Through My Eyes".

In Australia, Miranda captured rave reviews in 2002 for her portrayal as ‘Nora’ in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Ibsen’s classic “A Doll House.”

The prestigious Australian Film Institute has honored her with nominations for her work on such features as “In the Winter Dark,” “The Well,” “Daydream Believer” and “The Last Days Of Chez Nous.”

The Australian Film Critics Circle also nominated her for her performances in “Last Days of Chez Nous” and “Love Serenade.

Some of Miranda's other portrayals include the title character in “Julie Walking Home” for acclaimed Polish director Agnieszka Holland, which premiered at the 2002 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, as well as her roles in “The Three-Legged Fox” and “Doctor Sleep.”

In addition, Otto starred in the New Zealand film, “In My Father’s Den”

Miranda And Debra Messing: Troubled Friends

Miranda's characterization of Cricket is very realistic. Her best friend, Molly Kagan (Debra Messing) is dumped by her obnoxious husband Kenny which put Cricket into a bind. Her husband wants Cricket to cut all ties with Molly but Cricket feels horrible about turning her back on her best friend in her darkest hour.

Meanwhile Cricket's shallow and judgmental husband get caught sneaking around with the nanny and all bets are off.

Cricket finds Molly, who is holed up in a sumptuous oceanfront house in Malibu and apologizes for her betrayal. From that point on the two Hollywood Wives reconnect and help each other deal with their individual challenges. Of course they manage to sport well coiffed tresses throughout their ongoing trials and tribulations.

Steal Her Hairstyle

Miranda Otto as Cricket Starter Wife on USA Network June 4, 2007

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Miranda's hair color on Danny Deckchair was a rich auburn with hints of lighter highlights.

Follow the steps listed below to recreate Miranda's long lush hair style:

1. Start by selecting a shampoo with a color safe formula to preserve any gorgeous red color or blonde highlights or hues like Miranda's current golden shade.

Otherwise, select a shampoo that works with your current texture, type and condition of hair.

Shampoo products to try: Phyto Colored Hair System, J.F. Lazartigue Micro Pearl Shampoo for Dry hair, Paul Brown Cleanse Balancing Shampoo.

2 Apply a rinse out conditioner that works for your hair's normal texture, type and condition. Consider trying a color co-ordinated mask to intensify your existing color.

Miranda Otto as Cricket Starter Wife on USA Network June 4, 2007

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3. Finish with a cool/cold rinse to close the cuticle and help add natural shine.

4. Towel blot (never rub or rough dry) to remove excess water.

5. Coat damp strands with a customized styling product cocktail containing styling tools such as a defrisant, volume building mousse, gel or other styling products that work best with your hair texture and type.

6. Blow dry using a large round boar's bristle brush (such as the Conair Round Brush) for strong, lasting support. Direct the air flow down from the roots towards the end to build in shine and smooth strands. 7. Use fingers to lightly scrunch near the roots for desired volume and lift.

Miranda Otto The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers Premiere December 15, 2006 All rights reserved

8. Use round brush to lightly roll the ends of the hair under.

9. Finish blow drying with blast of cold air, if possible, which sets the style.

10. When hair is 100% dry separate hair into individual 2" sections and set on medium sized hot rollers, or curl with a medium sized curling iron to add movement to the strands.

11. If curling with a curling iron, after working with each section, roll the newly formed curl with your fingers up towards your scalp and pin into place to allow the curl to cool completely. Work around the entire head until all sections have been curled and pinned to the scalp. Spritz lightly with a soft hold hairspray.

If curling with hot rollers, let the curlers completely cool before removing. Once all the rollers have been released, let new curls dangle free before styling. Spritz lightly with a soft hold hairspray.

12. Use a tail comb or brush to create the desired part.

13. Use your fingers and/or a boar's head brush to lightly break up the curls and arrange into a soft finished halo of bouncy waves that terminate into a slight curl at the tips.

Miranda Otto The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King Premiere December 03, 2003 All rights reserved

14. If desired use a small barrel curling iron to touch up the curls on the ends. Let the curls cool and then tousle lightly with fingers.

15. Apply a small drop of shine serum and lightly brush over the top of the finished style. If you prefer, use a shine spray product and spray into the palms of your hands and then glide over finished style.

16. If desired, finish the look with a long lasting hairspray for a silky shine effect.


After Miranda Otto left "Starter Wife" she went on to play the role of Juliet Draper in "Cashmere Mafia" in the United States. Sadly the series did not last long and was cancelled due to unfortunate ratings.

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- Revised Publication Date: 01/18/10

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