Maggie Gyllenhaal

Biography

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.

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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Gender Female

Known Credits 50

Birthday 1977-11-16

Place of Birth Lower East Side, New York City, New York, USA

Adult Actor False

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 Home as Ruth
2016 The New Empress as Olive
2016 The Deuce(1 episode) as Eileen 'Candy' Merrell
2014 The Honourable Woman(8 episodes) as Nessa Stein
2014 Frank as Clara
2014 River of Fundament as Hathfertiti
2013 White House Down as Finnerty
2012 Won't Back Down as Jamie Fitzpatrick
2012 BAM150 as Maggie Gyllenhaal
2011 Hysteria as Charlotte Dalrymple
2010 Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang as Mrs. Green
2009 Crazy Heart as Jean Craddock
2009 Live from Studio Five(1 episode)
2009 Away We Go as LN
2008 The Dark Knight as Rachel Dawes
2007 High Falls as April
2006 Stranger Than Fiction as Ana Pascal
2006 Sherrybaby as Sherry Swanson
2006 World Trade Center as Allison Jimeno
2006 Monster House as Zee (voice)
2006 Paris, je t'aime as Liz (Quartier des Enfants Rouges)
2005 Trust the Man as Elaine
2005 The Great New Wonderful as Emme Keeler
2005 Happy Endings as Jude
2004 Criminal as Valerie
2004 Strip Search
2003 Mona Lisa Smile as Giselle Levy
2003 Casa de los Babys as Jennifer
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live!(2 episodes)
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind as Debbie
2002 Adaptation. as Caroline Cunningham
2002 40 Days and 40 Nights as Sam
2002 Secretary as Lee Holloway
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys as Amelia
2001 Donnie Darko as Elizabeth Darko
2000 Cecil B. Demented as Raven
2000 The Photographer as Mira
1999 Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story as Noreen Bixler (Part 1)
1999 Independent Lens(278 episodes)
1998 The Patron Saint of Liars as Lorraine Thomas
1998 Homegrown as Christina
1997 The View(1 episode)
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(7 episodes)
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(1 episode) as Herself
1996 Shattered Mind as Clothes Clerk
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(3 episodes)
1993 A Dangerous Woman as Patsy Bell
1993 Late Show with David Letterman(1 episode) as Herself
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(2 episodes)
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(2 episodes)
1900 Brigsby Bear as Arielle Smiles

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