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Also Known As: Anna Helene Paquin Died:
Born: July 24, 1982 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA Profession: actor

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It was unclear which fact was more extraordinary about Anna Paquin - that she won an Academy Award at age 11 for her performance in "The Piano" (1993), or after her win, that she had no plans to continue acting. Movieg rs were thankful for her later change of heart, as the Canadian actress continued to give thoughtful, complex and occasionally seductive turns as an adult in a wide variety of projects ranging from big-budget blockbusters like the "X-Men" franchise to independent fare like Noah Bambauch's "The Squid and the Whale" (2005). But it was her foray onto the small screen that allowed for her most compelling performances, particularly as a 19th-century schoolteacher who campaigns for Native American rights in the Emmy-winning miniseries, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" (HBO, 2007), for which she received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Paquin also shined in her first regular series television role, playing barmaid and telepath Sookie Stackhouse on Alan Ball's acclaimed "True Blood" (HBO, 2008- ), which only added to an already impressive career for the young actress.

It was unclear which fact was more extraordinary about Anna Paquin - that she won an Academy Award at age 11 for her performance in "The Piano" (1993), or after her win, that she had no plans to continue acting. Movieg rs were thankful for her later change of heart, as the Canadian actress continued to give thoughtful, complex and occasionally seductive turns as an adult in a wide variety of projects ranging from big-budget blockbusters like the "X-Men" franchise to independent fare like Noah Bambauch's "The Squid and the Whale" (2005). But it was her foray onto the small screen that allowed for her most compelling performances, particularly as a 19th-century schoolteacher who campaigns for Native American rights in the Emmy-winning miniseries, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" (HBO, 2007), for which she received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Paquin also shined in her first regular series television role, playing barmaid and telepath Sookie Stackhouse on Alan Ball's acclaimed "True Blood" (HBO, 2008- ), which only added to an already impressive career for the young actress.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Free Ride (2013)
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 Straight A's (2013)
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 Free Ride (2013)
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 William Tell: 3D (2012)
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 Margaret (2011)
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 Scream 4 (2011)
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 Romantics, The (2010)
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 Open House (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

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First acting experience as a skunk in a school ballet
1992:
Beat out 5,000 girls for the part of Holly Hunter's daughter in Jane Campion's period love story "The Piano"
1993:
Became the second youngest Oscar winner of all time (to date) when she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her big-screen debut in "The Piano"
1994:
Starred in a series of commercials for MCI
1996:
Played foster mother to a flock of geese in the family film "Fly Away Home"
1997:
U.S. TV acting debut, played Frankie in the USA Network remake of "The Member of the Wedding"
1997:
Made cameo appearance as the Queen of Spain in the Steven Spielberg directed "Amistad"
1998:
Co-starred with Kevin Spacey and Sean Penn as a teen vamp in "Hurlyburly"
1999:
Appeared as a rebellious hippie chick in the 1960s drama "A Walk on the Moon"
1999:
Played Freddie Prinze Jr's younger sister in the frothy teen comedy "She's All That"
2000:
Portrayed Rogue, a genetic mutant who can suck the life from any being, in the big screen version of the Marvel Comic adventure "X-Men"
2000:
Played Polexia Aphrodesia, a soulful groupie in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous"
2000:
Appeared in "Finding Forrester" opposite F Murray Abraham and Sean Connery
2001:
Made NYC stage debut in "The Glory of Living," directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman
2002:
London stage debut in "This Is Our Youth"
2002:
Cast in Spike Lee's drama feature "The 25th Hour"
2003:
Reprised role of Rogue in "X-Men 2"
2003:
Cast as the sergeant's daughter in "Buffalo Soldiers"
2005:
Cast as a flirtatious female student in Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale" opposite Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney
2006:
Reprised the role of Rogue in the third installment of the "X-Men" series, "X-Men: The Last Stand"
2007:
Played an Army deserter in "Blue State," a romantic comedy she co-produced with her brother Andrew Paquin
2007:
Portrayed schoolteacher Elaine Goodale in the HBO Films original movie "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee"; earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
2008:
Played telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse on the HBO series "True Blood"; earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2009 for Best Actress in a Drama Series
2009:
Portrayed Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who smuggled Jewish children to safety during World War II, in the CBS movie "The Courageous Heart Of Irena"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a TV movie
2010:
Co-starred in the ensemble romantic comedy "The Romantics"
2011:
Played a young woman who feels certain she caused a tragic car accident in New York City in the drama feature "Margaret"; filming began in 2005 and spent over five years in post-production
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Education

Windward School: Los Angeles , California -
Hutt Intermediate School: - 1994 - 1995
Columbia University: New York , New York - 2000

Notes

"I was the right height." -- Anna Paquin to London's Daily Telegraph about why she beat out 5,000 girls for the role of Flora in "The Piano", November 27, 1999.

"I had no idea what the Oscars were, and I wasn't expecting to have to do anything. I didn't want to go up and talk with all these people staring at me, waiting for me to say something. Those types of things aren't too fun when you're little." --Paquin to Detour, April 1999.

"I asked her to say goodbye to a hotel room she'd stayed in for a few days, where stuff had happened, and I must have watched that tape a thousand times. It was so great." --Cameron Crowe on why he hired Paquin to co-star in his untitled 2000 project, quoted in The Observer, March 5, 2000.

"I don't do parts where I can't find something that I understand about the character. I want to make the character realistic enough that the audience will be able to relate to her. I try to be that character. I will try to react like that character." --Paquin on her acting technique, quoted in Cinefantastique, August 2000.

She was born in Winnipeg, Canada, lived there until she was four and then moved to her mother's native New Zealand. In 2000, she moved to Los Angeles.

As of Spring 2000, Paquin was planning to follow Claire Danes and Natalie Portman into Ivy League education, scaling down her acting work to concentrate on psychology.

She is a vegetarian and very interested in photography.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Brian Paquin. Physical education teacher. Canadian; born c. 1952; separated from Paquin's mother in 1995.
mother:
Mary Paquin. English teacher. New Zealander; separated from Paquin's father in 1995.
brother:
Andrew Paquin. Older; born c. 1977; attended Harvard.
sister:
Katya Paquin. Older; born c. 1980.
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