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Brandi Hawbaker (1982 - April 13, 2008) was an American actress and professional poker player. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Hawbaker began her career as an actress in the late 1990's and relocated to Los Angeles, California. She studied at the prestigious Playhouse West, taking classes and studying with Jeff Goldblum and James Franco, and appeared in two short films under the name 'Brandi Rose'. During her poker career, she had four major cash wins for a total of $40,389, with her biggest being win at World Poker Tour's Festa Al Lago V in October, 2006. She was known for her controversial nature.
Hawbaker committed suicide in April 2008. According to friend and former boyfriend Brandon Gerson, she suffered from a "very serious untreatable mental illness" and had visited doctors in several states seeking help within the last year-and-a half of her life.