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ZOOEY DESCHANEL (Dorothy) was recently seen in "Bridge to Terabithia,” based on the Newberry Award-winning children's novel, and provided the voice of a surfing penguin, alongside Shia LaBeouf and Jeff Bridges, for this summer's animated hit movie "Surf's Up.” She also starred in the independent film "Live Free or Die,” with Aaron Stanford; "Flakes,” also with Stanford, for director Michael Lehmann; "The Go-Getter,” with Lou Taylor Pucci; and "The Good Life,” for writer-director Stephen Berra. Both "The Go-Getter” and "The Good Life” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2007.

Most recently, she completed a starring role in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries "Tin Men,” and is currently in production opposite Mark Wahlberg in "The Happening,” for director M. Night Shyamalan.

Previously, Deschanel starred in "Winter Passing,” opposite Ed Harris and Will Ferrell and in "Failure to Launch,” with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker. Her other feature film credits include starring roles in the box office hit "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,” with Sam Rockwell, Mos Def and John Malkovich, and opposite Will Ferrell in "Elf,” for director Jon Favreau, for which she received critical acclaim for her engaging performance and singing voice. She also starred in "All the Real Girls,” for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Lead Actress, "Abandon,” for director Stephen Gaghan, "Big Trouble,” for director Barry Sonnenfeld, "The Good Girl,” with Jennifer Aniston, and "Eulogy,” alongside Debra Winger and Ray Romano.

Deschanel made her feature film debut in 1999, in Lawrence Kasdan's ensemble drama "Mumford.” She then co-starred with Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous.”

Named Zooey for the male character in J. D. Salinger's novel Franny and Zooey, she spent much of her childhood on location with her actress mother Mary Jo, and her father Caleb, an Academy Award-nominated cinematographer.


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