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ZOOEY DESCHANEL (Allison) is one of Hollywood's most sought-after young actresses. She recently completed shooting starring roles in the film "Gigantic,” alongside Paul Dano and in the romantic comedy "500 Days of Summer,” opposite Joseph Gordon Levitt.

Most recently Deschanel starred with Mark Wahlberg in the thriller "The Happening” for director M. Night Shyamalan, the hit Sci-Fi Channel Emmy Award- nominated miniseries "Tin Man” and the independent film "The Go-Getter” with Lou Taylor-Pucci.

Last year, Deschanel was seen in the film "Bridge to Teribithia,” based on the Newberry Award-winning children's novel, and provided the voice of a surfing penguin, alongside Shia LaBeouf and Jeff Bridges, in the hit animated movie "Surf's Up.”

She was also seen in a co-starring role in the "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” opposite Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, and in the independent films "Live Free or Die,” with Aaron Stanford; "Flakes” with Aaron Stanford for director Michael Lehmann; and "The Good Life” for writer/director Stephen Berra.

Deschanel's other recent feature film credits include "Winter Passing,” opposite Ed Harris and Will Ferrell; "Failure to Launch,” with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker; a starring role in the box office hit "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,” with Sam Rockwell, Mos Def and John Malkovich; and a starring role opposite Will Ferrell in "Elf,” for director Jon Favreau, for which she received critical acclaim for her engaging performance and remarkable 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.”

In addition to her work on-screen, she has also earned rave reviews for her collaboration with M. Ward on her debut album She + Him Volume 1.

Deschanel, who was named for the male character in J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey, spent much of her childhood on location with her actress mother, Mary Jo, and her father Caleb, an Academy Award®-nominated cinematographer. She credits her father with instilling in her a keen visual sense and great style.


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