Who is Genevieve Gallen?

Genevieve Gallen is a former American model and Playboy Playmate. However, she is probably best known as the former spouse of the late American actor and comedian Verne Troyer, who came into the limelight for portraying the role of Mine-Me in the spy action comedy movie franchise “Austin Powers”. She is also widely recognized as a certified Iyengar Yoga trainer, and as a fashion designer.

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Early Life and Childhood

Genevieve was born under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius on the 20th December 1972, in Detroit, Michigan USA, and is of American nationality and white ethnicity. She attended College for Creative Studies in her home town, from which she graduated earning her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in graphic design and fashion illustration. Gallen later also obtained her yoga certificate at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, where she also studied breathing exercises known as pranayama as well as physiology and anatomy.

Career

Upon completing her education, Gallen began her career as a freelance model. Due to her ‘stunning‘ appearance and curvaceous body figure, with vital statistics measuring 34-29-36, she quickly came into the spotlight of the modeling world and caught the eye of the world’s most popular men’s lifestyle magazine – Playboy. The peak of her modeling career was crowned with the flattering title of Playboy Playmate.

Genevieve Gallen

She then made a career change, and dived into administration and business, landing the job of a secretary at the Active Real Estate, Inc. After honing her skills, Gallen then moved into the retail business, and began her tenure as the Store Manager for firms such as The Jar, The Bean and The Straw. The next step on her professional path was at the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, for which she was a theatrical artist before Genevieve dedicated herself to Iyengar Yoga, spreading her knowledge and teaching others as a certified instructor.

Marriage with Verne Troyer

Troyer and Gallen first met in 2002 and shortly after began their relationship. Despite a huge height difference between the two – Verne was 2ft 8ins (0.81m) while Genevieve is 5ft 6ins (1.68m), after two years the couple tied the knot on the 22nd January 2004. However, their marriage didn’t last long – according to some les than 24 hours. Apparently, Gallen filed for divorce, claiming that Troyer is an alcoholic and sex addict, citing that he physically abused her.

Verne Troyer

Verne Jay Troyer was born on the 1st January 1969 in Sturgis, Michigan, the third child of a repairman Reuben and a factory worker Susan Troyer, and had two siblings named Deborah and Devon. As an infant he was diagnosed with dwarfism, a rare genetic disorder known as cartilage–hair hypoplasia which caused his small growth. He matriculated from Centreville High School in 1987.

Troyer dived into the moviemaking industry in 1994, when under the patronage of the organization Little People of America, he appeared as a stunt double in the family comedy movie “Baby’s Day Out”. Continuing this line of work, he went on to appear in movies such as “Dunston Checks In” and “Jingle All the Way”.

Verne’s on-camera acting career began in 1996, when he was cast for the title role in Kevin Tenney’s horror fantasy movie “Pinocchio’s Revenge”.

This was followed by a brief appearance in the 1997 Oscar-winning Sci-Fi action comedy film “Men in Black”, after which he appeared in the comedy drama movie based on an eponymous book by Hunter S. Thompson – “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998).

The real breakthrough in Verne Troyer’s acting career occurred in 1999 when he landed one of the most iconic roles of his career – the role of Mini-Me in the Oscar-nominated action comedy film featuring Mike Myers in the title role of “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”. The same role he reprised in the 2002 sequel movie entitled “Austin Powers in Goldmember”.

Throughout the 2000s, Verne added several notable appearances to his action portfolio, by appearing in highly rated movies such as the 2000 Oscar-winning family movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, the 2001 Oscar-nominated fantasy adventure film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, as well as the 2009 Oscar-nominated movie “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”. He also appeared in the 2013 comedy “Convenience”, and was cast to portray the leading role in the critically booed 2015 horror film “Gnome Alone”.

He also made several memorable cameo appearances in TV series such as “Jack of All Trades”, “Boston Public” and “Two and a Half Men”.

Verne Troyer passed away at the age of 49 on the 21st April 2018, due to the consequences of alcoholic poisoning, which were later diagnosed as suicide.

Net Worth

Genevieve Gallen’s net worth revolves around the sum of $500,000 as of early 202,0 and has been acquired not only through her professional endeavors, but from her divorce from Verne Troyer as well.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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