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GINNIFER GOODWIN (Rachel) is a familiar face to both film and television audiences. In 2005, she earned praise for her portrayal of Johnny Cash's first wife in the award-winning biopic "Walk the Line,” with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. Currently, she can be seen in HBO's critically acclaimed dramatic series "Big Love,” produced by Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions. She stars as the third and youngest of three wives in a modern-day polygamist family with Bill Paxton as the patriarch, and Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloe Sevigny as her character's sister wives. Goodwin was recently cast as Snow White/Sister Mary Margaret Blanchard in the ABC pilot "Once Upon a Time,” a fairy tale-style drama written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz of "Lost” fame.

Goodwin's breakthrough role came in her first feature film, Mike Newell's "Mona Lisa Smile,” in which she co-starred with Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst. Soon after, she starred in Robert Luketic's romantic comedy "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!,” with Josh Duhamel, Kate Bosworth and Topher Grace.

Her more recent films include "Ramona and Beezus”; Tom Ford's directorial debut "A Single Man,” alongside Julianne Moore and Colin Firth; "He's Just Not That Into You,” with Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Aniston; Jonathan Kasdan's "In the Land of Women”; and the independent films "Day Zero,” with Chris Klein and Elijah Wood, and "Birds of America,” with Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Goodwin is a classically trained actress who holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University. In 1997, she studied in England at Stratford- Upon-Avon's Shakespeare Institute, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The following year, she earned an Acting Shakespeare Certificate at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She returned to England in 2000 to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. During her senior year at BU, Goodwin performed in a number of student films, and several college and local stage productions. She was presented with the Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award by the Bette Davis Foundation and graduated with honors.

After moving to New York City following graduation, Goodwin landed a guest role on an episode of "Law & Order.” In 2001, she joined the cast of the comedy series "Ed,” playing the bookishly cynical Diane Snyder. She also starred in Comedy Central's telefilm "Porn ‘N Chicken.”


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