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Maggie Gyllenhaal (LN) most recently starred onscreen as Rachel Dawes in Christopher Nolan’s worldwide phenomenon The Dark Knight,with Christian Bale, Aaron Eckhart, and Academy Award winner Heath Ledger.
The native New Yorker’s breakout role was opposite James Spader in Steven Shainberg’s Secretary, which world-premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Her performance earned her Independent Spirit and Golden Globe Award nominations. She won the Chicago Film Critics Association award for Most Promising Performer, in tandem with her work in two other 2002 movies, including Spike Jonze’s Adaptation; the Boston Society of Film Critics award for Best Actress; the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance; and the Gotham Awards’ Breakthrough Award, among other honors.
She returned to the Sundance Film Festival four years later with the world premiere of writer/director Laurie Collyer’s SherryBaby, which brought Ms. Gyllenhaal her second Golden Globe Award nomination. She was also again an Independent Spirit Award nominee, for her performance in Don Roos’ Happy Endings.
Among her other movies are Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko, opposite her brother Jake Gyllenhaal; John Waters’ Cecil B. DeMented; Marc Forster’s Stranger than Fiction; John Sayles’ Casa de los Babys; Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center; Bart Freundlich’s Trust the Man; Mike Newell’s Mona Lisa Smile; Penny Marshall’s Riding in Cars with Boys; and, directed by her father Stephen Gyllenhaal, A Dangerous Woman and Waterland, the latter marking Ms. Gyllenhaal’s film debut. She will soon be seen in Scott Cooper’s Crazy Heart, starring with Jeff Bridges and Robert Duvall.
She works on stage in addition to film, starring as Alice in Patrick Marber’s award-winning Closer at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles for director Robert Egan, and previously at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre; playing in Anthony and Cleopatra at the Vanborough Theatre in London; starring in Tony Kushner’s play Homebody/Kabul, which ran in both Los Angeles and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; and, most recently, starring off-Broadway with Denis O’Hare and Peter Sarsgaard in Austin Pendleton’s Classic Stage Company production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.
Ms. Gyllenhaal is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied Literature.