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ZOE SALDANA (Maria) is the epitome of a true star in Hollywood, and has built
her reputation as a versatile and respected actress by choosing roles that she
feels passionately about.
Saldana is well known in her starring role as Neytiri in the blockbuster film,
Avatar, James Cameron's sci-fi thriller, co-starring Sigourney Weaver and Sam
Worthington. Avatar became the highest grossing film of all time and won the
2010 Golden Globe for Best Director and Best Picture. Avatar went on to receive
a total of nine 2010 Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture.
In 2009, Saldana's fame grew to new levels when she starred in J.J. Abrams
blockbuster action-sci-fi film Star Trek, which went on to receive four Academy
Award nominations. Saldana played Nyota Uhura opposite Chris Pine, Zachary
Quinto, Eric Bana and Winona Ryder.
Saldana's other film credits include The Losers, Death At A Funeral, Vantage
Point, Haven, Guess Who, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,
The Terminal, Dirty Deeds, Temptation and Constellation, Get Over It,
Crossroads, Snipes, Drumline and her breakout film role in Center Stage. Her
television credits include appearances on Keeping It Real and Law & Order.
In 2004, Saldana accepted the Young Hollywood One to Watch award, presented by
Movieline magazine, for her performance in The Terminal. She then went on to
grace the cover of ELLE in 2009 as one of the magazines top Women in Hollywood,
as well as the cover of GLAMOUR as one of the magazine's Women of the Year. To
finish off the year, Saldana was named as MaxMara's Face of the Future, Glamour
UK's Film Actress of the Year, and also became the new face of Calvin Klein
Underwear and Calvin Klein Envy. She is currently the face of L'Oreal.
Saldana had a starring role in the action film Colombiana for Sony Pictures,
where she played a young woman who, after witnessing her parents murders,
becomes a stone-cold assassin, and the drama The Words co-starring Bradley
Cooper, Olivia Wilde and Jeremy Irons. Last year, Saldana wrapped shooting the
highly anticipated Nina Simone biopic, Nina. She also starred in the second
installment of the franchise Star Trek 2 directed by JJ Abrams with Chris Pine,
Benedict Cumberbatch and Zachary Quinto, which was a worldwide hit. Last
December Saldana starred alongside Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody
Harrelson and Forest Whitaker in the independent drama, Out of the Furnace,
directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart). She also starred in Guillaume Canet's
drama Blood Ties, co-starring Clive Owen, Marion Cottilard and Billy Crudup, and
the dark comedy Infinity Polar Bear with Mark Ruffalo.
Saldana recently starred in the Marvel blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy for
Disney playing the role of comic book heroine, Gamora, the most lethal assassin
in the galaxy. She also starred as Rosemary in the NBC mini-series Rosemary's
Baby, which she also produced. In addition to her acting career, Saldana is
producing the digital series My Hero for AOL.com and Relativity.
Saldana was born and raised in New York. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
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