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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 21, 1984 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sparks, Nevada, USA Profession: actor

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Independent film ingénue Jena Malone began her career at age 12, but avoided the path of preciousness in favor of emotionally challenging roles in often-bleak stories of families in crisis. Her film debut in the gritty memoir of childhood abuse, "Bastard out of Carolina" (Showtime, 1996) immediately earned critical notice and led to a string of acclaimed cable television movies showcasing Malone's remarkably mature performances as resilient young girls. Following a few mainstream offerings including the chick flick "Stepmom" (1998), Malone spent her teens amassing an impressive resume in independent films like the psychedelic "Donnie Darko" (2001), the satirical "Saved!" (2004) and Sean Penn's lauded "Into the Wild" (2007). With "Pride and Prejudice" (2005) and the military drama "The Messenger" (2009), Malone wisely explored her range and made a relatively seamless transition from her troubled onscreen childhood to versatile young adult roles.

Independent film ingénue Jena Malone began her career at age 12, but avoided the path of preciousness in favor of emotionally challenging roles in often-bleak stories of families in crisis. Her film debut in the gritty memoir of childhood abuse, "Bastard out of Carolina" (Showtime, 1996) immediately earned critical notice and led to a string of acclaimed cable television movies showcasing Malone's remarkably mature performances as resilient young girls. Following a few mainstream offerings including the chick flick "Stepmom" (1998), Malone spent her teens amassing an impressive resume in independent films like the psychedelic "Donnie Darko" (2001), the satirical "Saved!" (2004) and Sean Penn's lauded "Into the Wild" (2007). With "Pride and Prejudice" (2005) and the military drama "The Messenger" (2009), Malone wisely explored her range and made a relatively seamless transition from her troubled onscreen childhood to versatile young adult roles.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Angelica (2014)
3.
 Time Out of Mind (2014)
4.
 Ten Cent Pistol (2013)
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 Doll's House, A (2012)
6.
 In Our Nature (2012)
7.
 Sucker Punch (2011)
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 Messenger, The (2009)
9.
 Soloist, The (2009)
10.
 Ruins, The (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

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Appeared in Michael Jackson's music video "Childhood"
1996:
Made screen debut in Anjelica Huston's "Bastard Out of Carolina" (Showtime); earned nominations for an Independent Spirit Award and a SAG Award
1996:
Cast as Beau Bridges' daughter in the Showtime movie, "Hidden in America"
1997:
Played a young Jodie Foster in the Robert Zemeckis film, "Contact"
1997:
Appeared in Goldie Hawn's directorial debut, "Hope" (TNT); nominated for a Golden Globe Award
1998:
Played Susan Sarandon's daughter in the family drama, "Stepmom"
1999:
Cast as Kelly Preston's daughter in "For Love of the Game"
2001:
Starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in "Donnie Darko"; screened at the Sundance Film Festival
2001:
Acted opposite Mary Stuart Masterson in the drama, "The Book of Stars"
2001:
Co-starred as a precocious teenager in "Life as a House"
2003:
Portrayed Geli Raubal in the television movie, "Hitler: The Rise of Evil"
2004:
Co-starred with Ryan Gosling and Kevin Spacey in "The United States of Leland"
2004:
Starred as a girl attending a Baptist high school who becomes pregnant in "Saved"
2005:
Cast as one of five sisters, opposite Keira Knightley in "Pride and Prejudice"
2006:
Made her Broadway debut as Sister James in John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt"
2007:
Portrayed the sister of Emile Hirsch's Christopher McCandless in Sean Penn's adaptation of the non-fiction book, "Into the Wild"
2008:
Co-starred in the horror film "The Ruins," along with Shawn Ashmore and Johnathan Tucker
2011:
Co-starred in "Sucker Punch," an action-fantasy film written and directed by Zack Snyder
2012:
Appeared in the TV miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys"
2013:
Featured in the blockbuster sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
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Education

Professional Children's School: New York , New York -

Notes

"I'm psyched that I've been able to find projects that I really love. There were times when I was younger that I worked for the sake of working, but I think since I've been living on my own, and since I've been fully in control of my decisions and the choices that I make, that I've been really conscious in knowing that I don't want to work in everything, and I don't want to do every project out there. Also, I don't feel at this point in my career... I don't want the starring vehicle. I don't think I could carry a film. I've been able to find smaller, interesting roles where you could take more risks, you don't have to carry the film on your shoulders. I hope I can continue!"---Jena Malone to Bill Chambers of Film Freak Central June 12, 2002

"I've always been interested in images and just being able to take something and make it your own, let other people view it, and see their own thing. Abstract photography really interests me. I've been inspired by a lot of cinematographers, too, because what you can do with a camera is amazing"---Malone to Venice Magazine 2001

"As long as there's truth and it's a script that I respond to and that's beautiful and that's wonderful. It's also getting to work with people that you really respect. I think the script definitely comes first and it's not even necessarily about the role, because it can be one scene in a really incredible script that's funny, but it's not the most incredible scene. You can still love it and want to do it because the script is so great. That's where everything starts from.---Malone on her priorities for choosing roles to Rebecca Murray of About.com March 29, 2004

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Deborah Malone. Actor, manager. Born in 1961; in fall 1999, Jena Malone filed a lawsuit claiming "excessive spending and mismanagement" by her mother, as well as breach of contract; suit settled allowing Malone to become an emancipated minor with Deborah Malone forgoing claims to any and all of her daughter's earnings.
half-sister:
Madison Mae Malone. Born in August 1997.

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