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THE FAMILY STONE

RACHEL McADAMS (Amy Stone), several years ago, was living in Canada trying to launch her acting career. Practically overnight, she captured the attention of Hollywood, landing the starring role in a major studio comedy, "The Hot Chick,” released in 2002.

McAdams landed the female lead opposite Ryan Gosling in "The Notebook.” The film was directed by Nick Cassavettes and also starred Gena Rowlands, Sam Shepard, Joan Allen, James Garner, and James Marsden. Based on the best-selling Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, "The Notebook” is about a young man and young woman who are reunited after World War II. The story of the couple is told in flashbacks by an elderly man (Garner) to the love of his life (Rowlands), who is reading their love story from a cherished notebook.

McAdams starred opposite Lindsay Lohan in "Mean Girls,” written by "Saturday Night Live's” Tina Fey, produced by Lorne Michaels, and directed by Mark Waters (Freaky Friday). McAdams stars in "The Wedding Crashers,” which became one of 2005's biggest hits. Her next project was "Red Eye,” a thriller directed by Wes Craven. "Red Eye” is about a woman (McAdams) who is held captive on an airplane by a stranger (Cillian Murphy) who threatens to kill her family unless she helps him arrange the assassination of a powerful politician.

Other projects include "Perfect Pie,” for which McAdams was nominated for a Genie Award (Canada's equivalent of an Academy Award), and "Slings and Arrows,” for which McAdams received a Gemini award (Canada's equivalent of an Emmy) in 2004.

Born in Canada, McAdams was raised in a small town just outside Toronto. At the age of four, she took up figure skating and skated competitively throughout high school. McAdams always knew she wanted to be an actress, but she found it difficult to pursue her dream in a town without a community theater. When she was 13, a summer theater camp came to town and she was soon performing in productions of Shakespeare. McAdams graduated with honors with a BFA degree in Theater from York University, where she appeared in numerous student films and stage productions.

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