Nowadays the resilient George, 25, is kicking derriere on ABC's Thieves as cat burglar John Stamos's karate-savvy partner. Watching George's tough-gal act "is such a funny thing," says husband Claudio Dabed, 36, a Chilean furniture exporter. "In real life she's so soft, she's like a cotton ball." Maybe, but the actress (who also appears briefly in the film Mulholland Drive) holds her own on a set. Stamos relishes their verbal byplay. "It's like music, like jamming with someone you just jibe with," he says. .
Born in Perth, one of four children of Pamela, 47, a nurse, and Glenn, 50, a construction worker, George quit skating—and high school—at 16 to play a runaway on an Australian soap. At 20 she came to the U.S. and got cast in a string of failed TV pilots before nabbing Thieves. Now she and Dabed share their L.A. condo three months a year with Martina, 6, his daughter from a previous relationship. George dotes on her. "I want a lot of kids," she says, "but I can't have a child in this job. When could I see the baby?"
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