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OscarÂ®-nominated actress MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL
(Mrs. Green) is one of
the great young talents of
today. After receiving rave
reviews at the 2002 Sundance
Film Festival for her starring
role, opposite James Spader,
in Lions Gate's Secretary, she
went on to receive a Golden
Globe nomination for Best
Performance by an Actress in
a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy, an
Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best
Actress, a Chicago Film Critics Association Award
for Most Promising Performer, a Boston Society of
Film Critics Award for Best Actress, a National Board
of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance and
an IFP/Gotham Breakthrough Performance Award for
her role in the film.
Years later, Gyllenhaal starred in SherryBaby, in
which she played a mother struggling to overcome her
drug addiction and regain custody of her daughter.
The film was well received by critics and garnered her
a second Golden Globe nomination, this time for Best
Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—
Drama. Gyllenhaal was also nominated for a 2006
Film Independent Spirit Award for her role in Don
Roos' Happy Endings, opposite Lisa Kudrow and
Gyllenhaal was recently seen as Rachel Dawes in
the Warner Bros. box-office hit The Dark Knight,
directed by Christopher Nolan, and the dramatic film
Crazy Heart, starring alongside Jeff Bridges and
directed by Scott Cooper, for which she was nominated
for an Academy AwardÂ®.
In August 2006, Gyllenhaal was seen in Trust the
Man, with Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup and David
Duchovny, and in Oliver Stone's World Trade Center,
with Maria Bello and Nicolas Cage. She also starred
in Marc Forster's Stranger Than Fiction, with Will
Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah and Emma
Thompson. In the past few years, she 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. Gyllenhaal was also seen in
Criminal, with Diego Luna and John C. Reilly, and
Spike Jonze's Adaptation.
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
previously appeared at the Berkeley Repertory
Theatre. She has also appeared in Antony and Cleopatra
at the Vanbrugh Theatre in London. In 2004,
she starred in Tony Kushner's play Homebody/Kabul,
which ran both in Los Angeles and at the Brooklyn
Academy of Music (BAM), and she was recently seen
alongside Peter Sarsgaard and Mamie Gummer in
Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.
Gyllenhaal made her feature film debut in 1992,
alongside Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke, in Waterland.
This was followed by a memorable performance as
Raven, the Satan-worshipping makeup 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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