A former model, Heather Mills now campaigns for a variety of causes: She is currently a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations. Mills also recently separated from singer and songwriter Paul McCartney.
Daughter of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali jumped into the women's boxing ring in 1999. After a string of high-profile wins, the 29-year-old retired from boxing earlier this year.
Musician Billy Ray Cyrus poses backstage at the 6th Annual New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend at The Graduate Center of Cuny on January 6, 2007 in New York City.
Beverly Hills 90210" fans will remember Ian Ziering as the affable Steve Sanders, the TV character Ziering played from 1990 to 2000. Since the end of the show, Ziering has acted in a variety of television and film roles.
Here's a bet there won't be any Beatles songs on the next "Dancing With the Stars." ABC announced Wednesday that Paul McCartney's estranged wife, Heather Mills, will be among the competitors.
Mills will be the first contestant with an artificial limb to compete on the series, which returns for its fourth season March 19. She lost the leg in a motorcycle accident in 1993.
Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno, boxer Laila Ali, former basketball star Clyde Drexler and actor Vincent Pastore, who played gangster Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on "The Sopranos," are also in the cast.
Jerry Springer, one of last season's competitors, teased ABC's "Good Morning America" audience before tossing out Mills' name.
"She may be a sentimental favorite," said Springer, even though Mills has Yoko Ono-like favorability ratings among many Beatles fans. Her selection delivers a message that whatever challenges people face in life, they can dance, he said.
Mills is an activist for animal rights and elimination of the use of land mines.
"Dancing With the Stars" has proved to be a substantial hit for ABC, although this is the first time it will air when a season of Fox's "American Idol" is under way. ABC will air its dancing competition on Monday and Tuesday nights to avoid going head-to-head with "American Idol."
Actor and former country star Billy Ray Cyrus, former 'N Sync member Joey Fatone, Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey, former "Entertainment Tonight" host Leeza Gibbons, model Paulina Porizkova and former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Ian Ziering round out the cast.
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