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SARAH VOWELL (Violet Parr) makes her dramatic debut with THE INCREDIBLES and lends her distinctive voice to the Parrs' shy teenage daughter. Violet's ability to become invisible or use a protective force field comes in handy during the heat of battle—or when she simply wishes she could disappear.

Sarah Vowell has turned her gimlet eye—and razor-sharp tongue—toward everything from her father's homemade cannon and her obsession with the Godfather films, to the New Hampshire primary and her Cherokee ancestors' forced march on the Trail of Tears. Vowell is best known for her monologues and documentaries for public radio's "This American Life.” A contributing editor for the program since 1996, she has been a staple of TAL's popular live shows around the country, for which The New York Times has commended her "funny querulous voice and shrewd comic delivery.” Thanks to her first book, Radio On: A Listener's Diary, Newsweek named her its "Rookie of the Year” for non-fiction in 1997, calling her "a cranky stylist with talent to burn.” Reviewing her second book, the essay collection Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World, People magazine said, "Wise, witty and refreshingly warm-hearted, Vowell's essays on American history, pop culture and her own family reveal the bonds holding together a great, if occasionally weird, nation.” Her third book, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, was a national bestseller. (Its audiobook featured the voices of Norman Lear, Paul Begala, Seth Green and Conan O'Brien with original music by They Might Be Giants.) Sarah Vowell's forthcoming book, titled Assassination Vacation and due to be published spring 2005, is about tourism and presidential murder.

Vowell contributed to The Future Dictionary of America (2004); a history of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic” in The Rose & the Briar edited by Greil Marcus and Sean Wilentz (2004); and wrote the introductions to The Berlin Years by artist Marcel Dzama (2003) and Waiting for the End of the World by photographer Richard Ross (2004); and the liner notes to Rhino Records' "Dial-A Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants”— also appearing in "Gigantic,” a documentary film about the band.

Sarah Vowell has written columns for Time magazine, and San Francisco Weekly. As a critic and reporter, she has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines, including Esquire, GQ, Artforum, Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, Spin, and McSweeney's.

Vowell is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU. She is a volunteer at 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring center in Brooklyn. She has appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman,” "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and "Nightline,” and is a regular on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien.”


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