Born on September 30, 1978, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Candice Beckman is of Panamanian and German origin. After moving to Los Angeles at the age of 19, she adopted her new surname with dreams of beginning a professional model. She had at least one step up on the competition: Candice was a fitness nut who could already boast a sculpted bod as an adolescent.
With the help of such agencies as Brand Model and Talent Agency and Pacific Talent & Models, Michelle was able to score some decent modeling and acting jobs early in her career. Highlights included work for Flex, Hot Rod, Max Muscle, and Low Rider magazines, as well as a cover feature for Mini Truckin’. She also held down appearances on such TV series as Party of Five and 7th Heaven.
This double-threat beauty continued her balancing act between modeling and acting, padding her resume with promotional gigs for Miller Lite, Bacardi and Prolab Nutritional Supplements, and runway work for Elizabetta Rogiani Beverly Hills and Marva Sew Industries.
Candice was also slowly working her way up as an actress, though it was obvious why she was chosen for some of her roles (she wasn’t cast as a “Juggy Girl” on The Man Show for her oratorical skills). Nonetheless, every bit of professional experience helped, whether it was doing commercials for Quaker State or Midas International, or brief appearances on Ripley’s Believe It or Not or NBC’s Hang Time.
As of 2001, Michelle made the move to film work, though her early roles were sometimes hard to spot. She added some serious eye candy to movies like Tomcats (2001), High Crimes (2002), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), and A Man Apart (2003).
She showed plenty more in a 2002 episode of the naughty, softcore porn show Hotel Erotica. In fact, 2002 was a generally revealing year for Michelle, who also appeared in the June Play..boy issue as a Cyber Girl of the Week.
If 2002 was the year that got Michelle exposed, 2004 was the year that the public finally put a name to her already-known face. First, she scored a job as a WWE Diva, a quasi-modeling job that demanded that she stroll around in lingerie and tease thousands of wrestling viewers.
Additionally, she modeled for the 2005 Lingerie Bowl, which aired on pay-per-view. While maintaining her recurring role with the WWE, Michelle also appeared in Dodgeball (2004) with Ben Stiller.
February 6, 2005, was the date that Candice Michelle went from being a successful but unknown model-actress to an in-demand beauty. On that day, a commercial for GoDaddy.com aired during Super Bowl XXXIX. The ad featured Michelle as a woman who suddenly experiences a “wardrobe malfunction” while giving a testimony to Congress. The spot was so steamy that the FOX Network pulled a second GoDaddy.com ad (also starring Michelle) that was slated to broadcast later that evening.
The controversial commercial did plenty for Michelle in the way of exposure, creating as much buzz the next day as the big game itself. In addition to interviews on FOX News and with Howard Stern, Michelle was also cast in the 2005 film Living the Dream.