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Lorraine Nicholson '12 made her breakout film debut April 7 in the box office hit Soul Surfer
. Nicholson plays professional surfer Alana Blanchard, friend of Bethany Hamilton, the real-life teenage surfer who lost an arm to a shark attack six years ago in Kauai, Hawaii. The movie is based on Hamilton's refusal to give up her sport. Nicholson, who is a literary arts concentrator at Brown and daughter of star Jack Nicholson, spent her spring break promoting the film. On The Tonight Show
, she told Jay Leno that she took up surfing about a month before shooting began. Still, the real Alana Blanchard played herself in the surfing scenes.