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MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL (Ana) is one of the best young actresses of her generation. After receiving rave reviews at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival for her starring role opposite James Spader in Lionsgate's Secretary, she went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress, a Chicago Film Critics' Award for Most Promising Performer, a Boston Film Critics' Award for Best Actress, a National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance and an IFP/Gotham Breakthrough Performance award.

Gyllenhaal was nominated for a 2006 Independent Spirit Award for her role in Don Roos' Happy Endings opposite Lisa Kudrow and Tom Arnold. She recently starred in Trust the Man with Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup and David Duchovny, Oliver Stone's World Trade Center starring Nicolas Cage and Maria Bello and Columbia Pictures' motion capture film Monster House. She will also be seen in the 2006 Sundance hit Sherrybaby as a female convict struggling to overcome her drug addiction and regain custody of her daughter.

In the past few years, Gyllenhaal has appeared in John Sayles' Casa De Los Babys with Daryl Hannah and Lili Taylor and Mike Newell's Mona Lisa Smile in which she co-starred with Julia Roberts, Julia Stiles and Kirsten Dunst. Also accomplished on stage, Gyllenhaal starred as Alice in Patrick Marber's award-winning "Closer” at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles for director Robert Egan, and prior to that at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. In 2004, Maggie starred in Tony Kushner's play "Homebody/Kabul” both in Los Angeles and at Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Gyllenhaal made her feature film debut in 1992 alongside Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke in Waterland. It was followed by a memorable performance as Raven, the Satan-worshipping make-up artist in John Waters' quirky Hollywood satire Cecil B. Demented, which led her to a co-starring role in Donnie Darko, a fantasy-thriller about disturbed adolescence.

Gyllenhaal is a 1999 graduate of Columbia University, where she studied Literature.

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