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Tale Of Tails actress Blanca Blanco lit up Christmas Eve by sharing several bikini pinup images to her over 100K Instagram followers on Friday morning.

The brunette bombshell – who has been romancing iconic Deer Hunter actor John Savage for the past decade – looked stunning with a deep California tan as she posed in a red two piece on the sandy beach in Malibu.

The Washington state native also held up her new memoir, Breaking The Mold, about overcoming her abusive past in Mexico with an overbearing father to go on to carve out a career for herself as a movie actress with dozens of credits to her name.

Sun time: The brunette bombshell - who has been romancing iconic Deer Hunter actor John Savage for the past decade - looked stunning with a deep California tan as she posed in a red two piece on the sandy beach in Malibu

Beach day: Tale Of Tails actress Blanca Blanco lit up Christmas Eve by sharing several bikini pinup images to her over 100K Instagram followers on Friday morning. The brunette bombshell looked stunning with a deep California tan in Malibu

Blanco clearly has been to the gym during lockdown as her body looked very toned for her beach shoot.

The Mission: Possible star had impressive abs that appeared hard won and she also showed off sculpted legs and toned arms. 

The cover girl wore her dark brown hair down in soft waves and had on pretty frosty makeup that went well with her beach atmosphere.

The star was seen walking on the beach and standing on steps as she enjoyed a break in the rain that Los Angeles has been experiencing this week, which has been welcome after a long drought.

Golden girl: The Washington state native also held up her new memoir, Breaking The Mold, about overcoming her abusive past in Mexico with an overbearing father to shine as a red carpet favorite who models glamorous gowns in Hollywood

Golden girl: The Washington state native also held up her new memoir, Breaking The Mold, about overcoming her abusive past in Mexico with an overbearing father to shine as a red carpet favorite who models glamorous gowns in Hollywood

‘Dear, Santa. You can find me at the beach this year. Have a wonderful Christmas Eve loves and stay safe. Did you finish all your xmas shopping? Check out #BreakingtheMoldBook if you are looking for an uplifting read,’ Blanca wrote in her Instagram caption as she plugged her book which goes on sale on January 2 but can be pre-ordered now on barnesandnoble.com.

The siren also noted that she had a glam team get her look together with her hair done by Rene Cortez, makeup by Akemi and a spray tan by Golden Glo Tans. 

Blanca broke the news about her book exclusively with DailyMail.com in October.

Workout queen: Blanco clearly has been to the gym during lockdown as her body looked very toned for her beach shoot. The Mission: Possible star had impressive abs that appeared hard won and she also showed off sculpted legs and toned arms

Workout queen: Blanco clearly has been to the gym during lockdown as her body looked very toned for her beach shoot. The Mission: Possible star had impressive abs that appeared hard won and she also showed off sculpted legs and toned arms

Sandy shore: The star was seen walking on the beach and standing on steps as she enjoyed a break in the rain that Los Angeles has been experiencing this week, which has been welcome after a long drought

Sandy shore: The star was seen walking on the beach and standing on steps as she enjoyed a break in the rain that Los Angeles has been experiencing this week, which has been welcome after a long drought

The beauty’s early years were a 180 where she had to suffer physical abuse from her father and also live a life of poverty in Washington state that saw her reside in a garage for years. 

‘I wrote ‘BREAKING THE MOLD’ during the COVID lockdown, as I felt my story could help others because poverty and abuse has been increasing. I will take you on my journey from poverty to success and how I made it happen,’ the Mission: Possible actress told DailyMail.com.

‘I share and provide tools and techniques that worked for me,’ she said about her book which is coming out from Briton Publishing.

Lean lady: 'Dear, Santa. You can find me at the beach this year. Have a wonderful Christmas Eve loves and stay safe. Did you finish all your xmas shopping?' she asked in her caption

Lean lady: ‘Dear, Santa. You can find me at the beach this year. Have a wonderful Christmas Eve loves and stay safe. Did you finish all your xmas shopping?’ she asked in her caption

Glam for the beach: The siren also noted that she had a glam team get her look together with her hair done by Rene Cortez, makeup by Akemi and a spray tan by Golden Glo Tans

Glam for the beach: The siren also noted that she had a glam team get her look together with her hair done by Rene Cortez, makeup by Akemi and a spray tan by Golden Glo Tans

The Cannes Film Festival favorite added, ‘My book is an autobiography and I share about childhood poverty, abuse, and how I overcame it. I feel it will motivate readers if they are caught in a bad situation.’

She was isolated during her painful youthful, never having the support system she really needed, especially at school.

‘I never told my classmates about our poverty, living in a garage, because I wanted to be treated just like them – a normal kid! No one knew, not even the teachers.’

She wrote a book during lockdown: Blanca broke the news about her book exclusively with DailyMail.com in October

She also shared an excerpt with DailyMail.com about the abuse she endured: 'It happened when we were living in Mexico as children but the abuse continued throughout the years.

She wrote a book during lockdown: Blanca broke the news about her book exclusively with DailyMail.com in October

She also shared an excerpt with DailyMail.com about the abuse she endured.

‘It happened when we were living in Mexico as children but the abuse continued throughout the years.

Her father was not loving, she said, and instead he was an ‘abusive father and husband.’ 

‘He used to beat us and used a “Chicote” a type of switch or whip used to control horses to beat us with,’ she shared.

She overcame the pain: The Cannes Film Festival favorite added, 'My book is an autobiography and I share about childhood poverty, abuse, and how I overcame it. I feel it will motivate readers if they are caught in a bad situation'

She overcame the pain: The Cannes Film Festival favorite added, ‘My book is an autobiography and I share about childhood poverty, abuse, and how I overcame it. I feel it will motivate readers if they are caught in a bad situation’

The book will be out in early 2022

The book will be out in early 2022

‘He even held his gun to our mother’s head and threatened to shoot her right in front of us. We were all scared of him, especially our mother. We were all crying and trying to protect our mother who he had pushed into the bed and we were surrounding her and begging him not to shoot. 

‘His rage and uncontrolled anger was all because she was asking him to give her money to buy us food when he suddenly snapped.

‘This continued even when we were older. He went to attack me when our mother was dying but that time I squared up to him and dared him to touch me. Now I was older and not afraid of him any more. He backed down, shocked that I challenged him!’ 

Blanco was born in Watsonville, California.

At three-years old, her family moved to Southwest Mexico. 

Her father was a police officer there and was shot twice forcing the family to return to the U.S., to, hopefully, live the American Dream. Blanca was nine-years-old. 

A graduate even though her dad was abusive: 'He used to beat us and used a “Chicote” a type of whip,' she said

A graduate even though her dad was abusive: ‘He used to beat us and used a “Chicote” a type of whip,’ she said

Her family of seven lived in poverty for her entire childhood, residing in a small garage with no hot water, no shower and no heat while facing the frigid winters of Washington State. 

They then moved into a tiny trailer in a small trailer park, often with unsafe water causing sickness.  

She attended Chelan High School where she became determined not to remain in poverty. 

Upon leaving school she became the school’s role model for younger graduating students and made a motivational video to help them.  

With the help of her guardian angel, a teacher who cared, she said, she achieved ‘full ride scholarships enabling her to continue on to college then to university.’ 

She became the first Latina woman in the area to go to college working hard in order to graduate and continue her full ride scholarships, where she took an associate of science degree from Spokane Falls Community College. 

She then went on to Washington State University achieving a 4.0 grade average and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology followed by master’s degree in social work from Eastern Washington State University. 

Her first job after receiving her Master’s in Social Work degree was working in hospice care. Deciding to follow her dreams, she moved to Los Angeles where she became an actress and studied under Gordon Hunt (Helen Hunt’s father). 

She immediately landed many roles in film and television. The star achieved a Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Melanie in the movie Betrayed.   

The foreword is by Edward I. Byrnes, Ph.D. Professor of Social Work – Eastern Washington University.

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Dear Amy: I was troubled by your response to Cathy S., who told her family to leave all their old hurts and issues at home for the holidays.

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20 Best New Year’s Eve Movies of All Time

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The spirit of reflection and resolution is a popular theme when it comes to a lot of Hollywood classics. So it’s no surprise that a holiday marked by such sentiments has been featured across so many films. Perhaps your resolution this New Year’s resembles the hero’s journey: a call to action and commitment to change against all odds. Maybe you’re more of the rom-com type, just focused on securing that midnight kiss with the one that got away.

Either way, if you’re already imagining the trailer of the coming year, or reminiscing on the highlight reel of years past, there’s a perfect New Year’s movie out there for you. Whether you’re looking for some festive film to play post-ball drop during your New Year’s Eve celebrations, or scrolling for some hungover inspiration on New Year’s Day, the possibilities are endless. So, grab your champagne (or Pedialyte) and ring in the new year with these New Year’s movies.

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Phantom Thread

Daniel Day-Lewis stars as an acclaimed London dressmaker who must tailor his lifestyle to fit in his newfound muse. One of the most gorgeous sequences of the film occurs amidst the aftermath of a wild New Year’s Eve party.

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The Godfather II (1974)

It’s at a New Year’s Eve party in Cuba that Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone plants the kiss of death on Fredo and tells him: “I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart.”

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Trading Places (1983)

Two brothers who run a commodities brokerage in Philadelphia try some light social engineering when they switch the identities of their employee, Louis Winthorpe III, played by Dan Aykroyd, and a hustler, Billy Ray Valentine, played by Eddie Murphy. Jamie Lee Curtis is there to help them sort it out and get even. Undeniably a classic comedy, this is also a holiday movie, because one of the film’s most crucial scenes takes place at a New Year’s Eve party aboard a train.

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Carol

If its lead lovers meeting during December can make Carol a Christmas movie, then surely their first kiss happening on December 31st can make it a New Year’s Eve film. Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 romance novel Salt, Carol stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women in 1950s New York who become enveloped in a forbidden love affair.

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Sleepless in Seattle

Few arcs capture the holiday’s spirit of hope quite like Sam Baldwin transitioning from a heartbreaking scene about talking to his deceased wife on New Year’s Eve to seeking new love on Valentine’s Day. This classic rom-com starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan will have you running to the Empire State Building to profess your feelings for the one you love.

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About Time

When 21-year-old Tim Lake, played by Domhnall Gleeson, learns that he has inherited the ability to time travel and can do anything so long as it doesn’t alter history, his plan is simple: Get the girl. Of course, winning the heart of the love of his life, played by Rachel McAdams, proves to be the last of his worries as time unfolds.

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The Gold Rush

Sure, watching Charlie Chaplin get stood up on New Year’s Eve is one aspect of The Gold Rush, but the slapstick charm of this classic silent film is perfect for reflecting on how times have changed. Not to mention, its silent nature makes for perfect background for a New Year’s Eve gathering.

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When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

Probably the greatest romantic comedy of all time, When Harry Met Sally… defined the genre for a generation to come. The dialogue is whip smart; New York shines; Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal charm and delight. The New Year’s connection comes at the end during a New Year’s Eve party.

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The Apartment (1960)

Jack Lemmon is a young man on the make who lets his company’s executives use his apartment for extra-marital affairs. After an office Christmas party, he finds his boss’s mistress, a young woman played by Shirley MacLaine, whom he knows from the office, at his apartment, where she’s tried to overdose on pills. They strike up a complicated relationship with multiple entanglements, both professional and personal. It’s a remarkable movie (and a Best Picture winner) that ends on New Year’s Eve.

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Snowpiercer (2013)

This isn’t just one of the great New Year’s movies, this is one of the best dystopian thrillers in years. Forced to live on a train that circles the world in an endless loop, the back half of the carts, who live in squalor, decide to rise up under Chris Evans’s leadership and take down the wealthy upperclass who’re toasting to another year of splendor.

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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

The ’70s were a golden age for disaster films, and not just for the high stakes either. This Gene Hackman-led drama about a luxury cruise liner that capsizes during a New Year’s Eve party is pure adrenaline.

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Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

In this romantic comedy, Renee Zellweger’s Bridget Jones keeps a diary of a year of romantic misadventures. The movie begins and ends on New Year’s Eve, and it’s delightful as hell.

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An Affair to Remember (1957)

A weepy romance classic featuring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr begins on New Year’s Eve, where the two main characters, engaged to others, promise to meet up in six months atop the Empire State Building. (If you decide to watch this one, considering following it up with Sleepless in Seattle, which references the movie.)

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Ghostbusters II (1989)

It’s a far cry from Ghostbusters, but when the movie came out in 1989—five years after the first one—audiences delighted in seeing Peter, Ray, Egon, and Winston back in action. The movie reaches its conclusion on New Year’s Eve, with a chorus of New Yorkers singing “Auld Lang Syne” in an attempt to defeat an evil spirit terrorizing the city.

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Highball (1997)

The writer and director of this film—in which a group of friends meet at three different parties: on Halloween, a birthday, and New Year’s Eve—is Noah Baumbach, who made Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, and others. It’s one of his earliest films and, as such, it’s rough and feels as low budget as it is. But the movie captures the rhythms and dialogue of young adults simply hanging out.

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Ocean’s 11 (1960)

For a time in the 1960s, the Rat Pack could have released a two-hour film of themselves sleeping and it would’ve made money. Ocean’s 11, which inspired the 2000 remake, is better than that (the team’s 1964 effort, Robin and the 7 Hoods, is not) but it’s not a great film. This is a fun movie, however, with some of the 20th century’s greatest performers clearly having a great time—especially, you can tell, when the cameras aren’t rolling.

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Four Rooms (1995)

A bellhop goes into four different rooms on New Year’s Eve, and each room becomes its own short film, with Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez directing. The stories themselves are based loosely on Roald Dahl’s adult fiction.

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200 Cigarettes (1999)

In this 1999 comedy, a group of people make their way to a New Year’s Eve party in New York in 1981. The best part of the movie—which features an ensemble cast, including Ben Affleck, Paul Rudd, Kate Hudson, Gaby Hoffmann, and Christina Ricci—is the setting: New York in the early ‘80s. That’s worth the price of admission.

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Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! (1986)

Charlie Brown frets over a book report, a New Year’s Eve party, and a red-headed girl. And unlike A Charlie Brown Christmas, in the end, nothing turns out well for Charlie Brown in this 30-minute special.

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New Year’s Eve (2011)

In the pantheon of Gary Marshall films, it may not be his best, but there’s something about ending the year with a feel good movie that features an ensemble cast.

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Wallice, an Indie Pop Sensation from Los Angeles

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Name: Wallice

Age: 23

Hometown: Los Angeles

Currently Lives: In a three-bedroom bungalow house in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles with her longtime boyfriend, Callaghan Kevany, and a friend.

Claim to Fame: Wallice (whose full name is Wallice Hana Watanabe) is a singer-songwriter best known for “Punching Bag,” a song about self-deception in toxic relationships; her follow-up hit, “23,” about the perils of living with her mother during the pandemic, has had three million streams on Spotify. Sample lyric: “I’m terrified of the future/ Scared that I’ll still be a loser.”

“I credit the pandemic to be able to find an audience, because I think a lot of people had time to listen to music and find new artists,” Wallice said.

Big Break: In 2020, shortly after Wallice released “Punching Bag,” Spotify decided to feature the song on its Lorem playlist — an influential list that showcases new artists and now has more than 900,000 followers.

“A lot of my friends are indie artists that are coming up in the scene,” she said. “They kept reposting the song, and that’s how I got Spotify’s attention.” The song took off from there and has been streamed more than four million times.

Latest Project: In October, Wallice signed with Dirty Hit, an independent record label in London that’s also home to the 1975, an English boy band. In November she released the single “Wisdom Tooth,” a bubbly pop tune that was written the night before she went to the dentist. “I was so nervous,” she said. “I had a recording session that day and was like, ‘There’s no way I can write about anything else.’”

Next Thing: In the new year, she’ll join the band Still Woozy on tour. “I’m really excited about going on tour, especially since my bandmates are my best friends,” she said. “My boyfriend is our guitar player, and my bass player I’ve known forever.”

What’s in a Name?: Wallice went without a name at birth because her parents thought they were having a boy. A few days later, her father named her after Wallis Simpson, the American socialite who later became the wife of Prince Edward, after he abdicated the British throne to marry her. “I really like my name, and I love how it is unique,” Wallice said.

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