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CEO: Love Is In the Accent Celebs Sean Connery, Ewan McGregor, Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell: Hot. Elizabeth Hurley, Kate Beckinsale, Keira Knightly, Catherine Zeta Jones: Also hot. What do these hunks and hunkettes share in common, other than sex appeal? Their accents, of course. All speak their lines in the kind of British, Welsh or Scottish accents that many Americans find irresistible. Perhaps most surprising, Brits are equally charmed by American accents, though one assumes exceptions are made for the cast of Jersey Shore. The London native and current resident of Windermere, Rochelle Peachey hopes to turn this somewhat “fetishy” obsession into a successful international business with I Love Your Accent (iloveyouraccent.com), which is a matchmaking website where the goal is to meet someone whose verbal tones make you tremble. “Almost every day, someone tells me they love my accent,” says Peachey, 47. Indeed, to American ears, Peachey’s witticisms seems just a bit funnier and her pronouncements a bit weightier because of her sophisticated and slightly clipped dialect. “People in America ask me if I know the Queen. Why would I know the Queen? Does every American 20 ORLANDO HOME & LEISURE know President Obama?” Of course, there are regional accent variations in the U.K. just as there are in the U.S. But Peachey says most of what people in other countries know of accents is derived from pen name Rochelle Morton, she wrote a book called Eat Your Lonely Heart Out, a book based on 700 blind dates she accepted via a personal ad in a London newspaper. The book was so successful will make no effort at pairing people based on such factors as interests, personalities and values. “I’m very happily married, but no site would have matched my husband and me,” she says. “We’re very shared television programs, which often reflect a generic ideal. “Still, the fact that accents are exotic and interesting is what counts,” she notes. As of January, Peachey’s site had only a landing page with links to press coverage of her venture and a signup form. The official launch is set for sometime in the first quarter of the year. For now, signup is free but fees will be implemented when the site is fully functional. Peachey knows something about dating. She knows quite a bit, actually. Under the that Random House, Inc. approached her about doing a similar project in the U.S. The result was My 1,000 Americans: A Year-Long Odyssey Through the Personals. “That was before Internet dating became so popular,” says Peachey, now married to U.S.- born Phil Peachey, a real estate broker who sells vacation homes to U.K. customers. “That’s changed everything. If I were dating today, I would definitely use the Internet.” But unlike such nationally advertised sites as Match. com, Peachey says her site different and have different interests. If there’s chemistry, it will develop.” The I Love Your Accent site will also include dating tips and columns written by Peachey, who is already something of a relationship guru in England. “This site encourages people to think outside the box about meeting someone,” she says. “Our members can choose to meet someone in their respective cities, or the site opens the possibility for singles in the U.K. and the U.S. to find love across the Atlantic.” – Randy Noles FEBRUARY 2010 PHOTO: C. JORDAN HARRIS

Ceo: Love Is In The Accent

Celebs Sean Connery, Ewan McGregor, Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell: Hot. Elizabeth Hurley, Kate Beckinsale, Keira Knightly, Catherine Zeta Jones: Also hot.<br /> <br /> What do these hunks and hunkettes share in common, other than sex appeal?<br /> <br /> Their accents, of course.<br /> <br /> All speak their lines in the kind of British, Welsh or Scottish accents that many Americans find irresistible.<br /> <br /> Perhaps most surprising, Brits are equally charmed by American accents, though one assumes exceptions are made for the cast of Jersey Shore.<br /> <br /> The London native and current resident of Windermere, Rochelle Peachey hopes to turn this somewhat “fetishy” obsession into a successful international business with I Love Your Accent (iloveyouraccent.com), which is a matchmaking website where the goal is to meet someone whose verbal tones make you tremble.<br /> <br /> “Almost every day, someone tells me they love my accent,” says Peachey, 47. Indeed, to American ears, Peachey’s witticisms seems just a bit funnier and her pronouncements a bit weightier because of her sophisticated and slightly clipped dialect. “People in America ask me if I know the Queen. Why would I know the Queen? Does every American know President Obama?” Of course, there are regional accent variations in the U.K. just as there are in the U.S. But Peachey says most of what people in other countries know of accents is derived from shared television programs, which often reflect a generic ideal.<br /> <br /> “Still, the fact that accents are exotic and interesting is what counts,” she notes.<br /> <br /> As of January, Peachey’s site had only a landing page with links to press coverage of her venture and a signup form.<br /> <br /> The official launch is set for sometime in the first quarter of the year. For now, signup is free but fees will be implemented when the site is fully functional.<br /> <br /> Peachey knows something about dating. She knows quite a bit, actually. Under the pen name Rochelle Morton, she wrote a book called Eat Your Lonely Heart Out, a book based on 700 blind dates she accepted via a personal ad in a London newspaper.<br /> <br /> The book was so successful that Random House, Inc. approached her about doing a similar project in the U.S. The result was My 1,000 Americans: A Year-Long Odyssey Through the Personals.<br /> <br /> “That was before Internet dating became so popular,” says Peachey, now married to U.S.- born Phil Peachey, a real estate broker who sells vacation homes to U.K. customers.<br /> <br /> “That’s changed everything.<br /> <br /> If I were dating today, I would definitely use the Internet.” But unlike such nationally advertised sites as Match.<br /> <br /> Com, Peachey says her site will make no effort at pairing people based on such factors as interests, personalities and values. “I’m very happily married, but no site would have matched my husband and me,” she says. “We’re very Different and have different interests. If there’s chemistry, it will develop.” The I Love Your Accent site will also include dating tips and columns written by Peachey, who is already something of a relationship guru in England.<br /> <br /> “This site encourages people to think outside the box about meeting someone,” she says.<br /> <br /> “Our members can choose to meet someone in their respective cities, or the site opens the possibility for singles in the U.K. and the U.S. to find love across the Atlantic.” – Randy Noles

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