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JULIA STILES most recently starred in "Ten Things I Hate About You," a modem retelling of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. In the coming months, she will have leading roles in two additional films based upon the Bard's work. In March 2000, she will share the screen with Josh Hartnett and Mekhi Phifer in Miramax/Dimension's "0," a modern-day adaptation of Othello set in the realm of high school basketball and, in February 2000, she will be seen in a modern adaptation of Hamlet also to be released by Miramax. The film stars Ethan Hawke in the title role, Stiles as 'Ophelia,' Sam Shepard as 'The Ghost,' Diana Venora as 'Gertrude,' and Bill Murray as 'Polonius.'

Stiles was recently seen in the highly rated NBC mini-series "The Sixties," from producer Lynda Obst, and before that opposite Ellen Barkin and Oprah Winfrey in the ABC/Harpo Films special presentation "Before Women Had Wings." Her additional film credits include Alan J. Pakula's "The Devil's Own," with Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt, "I Love You, I Love You Not," with Claire Danes and Jude Law, and "Wide Awake," with Rosie O'Donnell.

Ever since the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, Hollywood has taken a keen interest in the future of this talented actress. Her riveting performance in Michael Steinberg's "Wicked" left many at the festival impressed at the capabilities of this eighteen-year-old. Her talent for writing was also showcased at last year's festival. Her screenplay "The Anarchist's Daughter," was chosen as one of twelve scripts to be included in the Sundance Institute's Writers Lab.

Stiles began her career on the New York stage, appearing in a number of plays at La Mama Theater and the Kitchen Theater, including Every Newt Burman, Matthew: School of Life and most recently in The Sandalwood Box, from Mac Welmann.

Stiles resides in Manhattan where she graduated from the Professional Children's School in May.


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