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CONNIE NIELSEN (Lucilla) most recently starred with Gary Sinise and Tim Robbins in the science fiction thriller "Mission to Mars," directed by Brian De Palma.

Nielsen was vaulted to leading lady status with her role as the pioneer woman Sandra who nurses Kurt Russell's character, a veteran soldier, back to health in the futuristic actioner "Soldier." Her breakthrough performance came in 1997 as the Devil's daughter in "The Devil's Advocate," starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves. She will next be seen in "Dark Summer," in which she stars with French actor Jean-Hughes Anglade.

She also made memorable appearances in the offbeat comedy "Rushmore," with Bill Murray, and "Permanent Midnight," opposite Ben Stiller. Her other film credits include "Voyage," with Rutger Hauer and Eric Roberts, and the foreign film "Le Paradis Absolument," with Christopher Malavoy.

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Nielsen began her career at the age of 15, working alongside her mother in local revues and variety shows. At 18, she headed to Paris to pursue her acting career, which led to further work and study in Rome, Milan, South Africa and New York. In addition to her acting, Nielsen is also a trained singer and dancer, and is fluent in English, German, Danish, Swedish, French and Italian.

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