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ZOOEY DESCHANEL (Alma Moore) is one of Hollywood's most sought after young actresses. Most recently audiences saw her in the critically acclaimed The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford opposite Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. Other recent roles include Walt Disney Pictures' Bridge to Terabithia and as a surfing penguin in the animated movie Surf's Up for Sony Pictures with Shia LaBeouf and Jeff Bridges. On the small screen, she starred in the Sci-Fi Channel's 2007 mini-series Tin Man, a high-octane rethinking of The Wizard of Oz with Alan Cumming and Richard Dreyfuss; and in 2008 was seen starring as the free-spirited Kat on the acclaimed Showtime series Weeds.

Additionally, Zooey starred in the independent films The Go Getter opposite Lou Taylor Pucci, The Good Life with Bill Paxton, Harry Dean Stanton and Chris Klein, Winter Passing opposite Ed Harris and Will Ferrell, and Live Free or Die with Michael Rapaport as well as Paramount Picture's Failure to Launch with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker. In 2005, Zooey displayed her charismatic screen presence in the box office hit The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with Sam Rockwell, Mos Def and John Malkovich. Prior to that she starred opposite Will Ferrell in Elf directed by Jon Favreau, for which she received critical acclaim for her engaging performance and remarkable singing voice.

Zooey 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. She has also starred in All the Real Girls, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination, 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.

Zooey, 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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