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Also Known As: Died:
Born: July 22, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Anchorage, Alaska, USA Profession: actor, playwright

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This lithe, strikingly attractive performer of stage and screen achieved celebrity with her fine speaking voice as Disney's animated "Pocahontas" (1995). Prior to that highly touted hit, Bedard drew upon her Native American heritage--she's the daughter of a French Canadian/Cree and an Inupiat Eskimo--to make a powerful impression starring as Mary Crow Dog in the made-for-cable telefilm "Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee" (TNT, 1994). Bedard won raves and several awards for her portrayal of a woman whose spiritual awakening is linked to the violent events of the 1973 siege at the Wounded Knee Reservation in South Dakota. She donned 17th century period garb to play a supporting role in her feature debut, Disney's live-action adventure "Squanto: A Warrior's Tale" (1994). Though proud of her heritage and cognizant of the importance of role models, Bedard has relished opportunities to play roles where her ethnicity was not an issue.

This lithe, strikingly attractive performer of stage and screen achieved celebrity with her fine speaking voice as Disney's animated "Pocahontas" (1995). Prior to that highly touted hit, Bedard drew upon her Native American heritage--she's the daughter of a French Canadian/Cree and an Inupiat Eskimo--to make a powerful impression starring as Mary Crow Dog in the made-for-cable telefilm "Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee" (TNT, 1994). Bedard won raves and several awards for her portrayal of a woman whose spiritual awakening is linked to the violent events of the 1973 siege at the Wounded Knee Reservation in South Dakota. She donned 17th century period garb to play a supporting role in her feature debut, Disney's live-action adventure "Squanto: A Warrior's Tale" (1994). Though proud of her heritage and cognizant of the importance of role models, Bedard has relished opportunities to play roles where her ethnicity was not an issue.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
3.
 Tortilla Heaven (2007)
4.
 Cosmic Radio (2006)
5.
 New World, The (2005)
6.
 Your Guardian (2001) Katherine 'Kat' Damon
7.
 Lost Child, The (2000) Grace
8.
 Song of Hiawatha (1999) Minnehaha
9.
 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998) Voice Of Pocahontas
10.
 Two for Texas (1998) Sana
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Grew up in the suburbs of Anchorage, Alaska
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Worked in theater
1994:
TV acting debut, starred in "Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee", a TNT TV-movie
1994:
Film acting debut, Disney's "Squanto: A Warrior's Tale"
1995:
First TV guest shot, "The Marshall"
1995:
Hosted the TV special "The Making of Pocahontas: A Legend Comes to Life" on the Disney Channel
1995:
Provided the speaking voice of Disney's "Pocahontas" for the animated blockbuster
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Co-founded the Chuka Lokali theater ensemble in NYC
1998:
Had featured role in "Smoke Signals"
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Notes

Bedard was invited by Robert Redford to participate in the 1994 Director's Workshop at the Sundance International Film Festival along with such established performers as Sally Fields, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman

Bedard serves her community as a storyteller to Native American children.

Bedard has formed a production company called The Half Moon.

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husband:
Denny Wilson. Musician. Married 1993.

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