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Maggie Gyllenhaal

Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Her parents, Naomi Foner (née Achs) and Stephen Gyllenhaal, are both filmmakers, and her brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while her father has Swedish, English, Swiss-German, and German ancestry. Maggie made her film debut in Stephen's film Waterland (1992). She had sporadic roles throughout her teenage years, though she stepped away to receive a degree in literature from Columbia University in 1999. In addition, she studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, which helped with her post-graduation transition back in to acting. Soon after graduation, Gyllenhaal appeared in supporting roles in Cecil B. DeMented (2000) and alongside brother Jake Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko (2001). Her breakout role came a bit later, when she took on the daring, sexy title role in Secretary (2002). That part wound up earning her a Golden Globe nomination, and Gyllenhaal followed that up with supporting turns in 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Adaptation. (2002), and Mona Lisa Smile (2003), among other movies. Gyllenhaal received her second Golden Globe nomination for playing a recent prison parolee in Sherrybaby (2006). She followed that up with roles in World Trade Center (2006) and Stranger Than Fiction (2006), and then replaced Katie Holmes in the role of Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight (2008). In 2009, Gyllenhaal received great acclaim for her role opposite Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart (2009), which earned the actress her first Oscar nomination. Since then, Gyllenhaal has been seen in Nanny McPhee Returns (2010), Hysteria (2011) and Won't Back Down (2012). Gyllenhaal has two children with husband Peter Sarsgaard, whom she married in 2009.

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Nov 16, 1977 In Lower East Side, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series LIVE with Kelly and Ryan 1988-09-05
Latest Project:
Movie Joker: Put on a Happy Face 2020-08-18
Known For
Poster of The New Empress
Poster of Beauty Mark
Poster of Starring Austin Pendleton
Poster of Shattered Mind
Movie The Ben Cobb Show 2020-01-15
Movie Joker: Put on a Happy Face Self 2020-08-18
Movie The Kindergarten Teacher Lisa Spinelli 2018-09-23
Series The Deuce Eileen 'Candy' Merrell 2017-09-10
Movie Starring Austin Pendleton 2016-04-01
Series Chelsea Herself 2016-05-11
Movie Beauty Mark Valerie 2016-07-30
Movie Home Ruth 2016-08-01
Movie The New Empress Olive 2016-08-01
Series Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter Herself 2015-08-02
Movie River of Fundament Hathfertiti 2014-02-12
Series The Honourable Woman Nessa Stein 2014-07-03
Movie Frank Clara 2014-05-02
Movie White House Down Finnerty 2013-06-27
Movie The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy Herself (archive footage) 2013-09-24
Movie BAM150 Self 2012-04-27
Movie Won't Back Down Jamie Fitzpatrick 2012-09-28
Movie Hysteria Charlotte Dalrymple 2011-06-06
Movie Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Isabel Green 2010-03-26
Movie Heath Ledger: A Tribute Herself 2009-06-01
Movie Away We Go LN 2009-06-05
Series Live from Studio Five Unknown 2009-09-14
Movie Crazy Heart Jean Craddock 2009-12-16
Movie The Dark Knight Rachel Dawes 2008-07-14
Series The Graham Norton Show Herself 2007-02-22
Movie High Falls April 2007-05-30
Movie Monster House Zee (voice) 2006-06-30
Movie World Trade Center Allison Jimeno 2006-08-09
Movie Paris, Je T'Aime Liz (Quartier des Enfants Rouges) 2006-06-21
Movie Sherrybaby Sherry Swanson 2006-09-08
Movie Stranger Than Fiction Ana Pascal 2006-09-09
Movie Happy Endings Jude 2005-01-20
Movie Trust the Man Elaine 2005-09-01
Movie The Great New Wonderful Emme Keeler 2005-04-22
Movie The Pornographer: A Love Story Sidney 2004-05-02
Movie Strip Search Linda Sykes 2004-04-27
Movie Criminal Valerie 2004-10-07
Movie Casa de los Babys Jennifer 2003-09-19
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Movie Mona Lisa Smile Giselle Levy 2003-12-19
Movie 40 Days and 40 Nights Sam 2002-03-01
Movie Secretary Lee Holloway 2002-09-20
Movie Adaptation. Caroline Cunningham 2002-12-06
Movie Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Debbie 2002-12-31
Movie Riding in Cars with Boys Amelia 2001-10-19
Movie Donnie Darko Elizabeth Darko 2001-10-24
Movie The Photographer Mira 2000-04-15
Movie Cecil B. Demented Raven 2000-05-17
Movie Resurrection Mary 1999-03-15
Movie Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story Noreen Bixler (Part 1) 1999-11-07
Series Independent Lens Unknown 1999-08-09
Movie The Patron Saint of Liars Lorraine Thomas 1998-04-05
Movie Homegrown Christina 1998-04-17
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Herself 1996-07-22
Movie Shattered Mind Clothes Clerk 1996-05-27
Series Late Show with David Letterman Herself 1993-08-30
Movie A Dangerous Woman Patsy 1993-09-10
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie Waterland Maggie Ruth 1992-08-21
Series LIVE with Kelly and Ryan Unknown 1988-09-05