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Oscar®-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 Tom Arnold.

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 Award®.

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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