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Also Known As: Julia O'Hara Stiles Died:
Born: March 28, 1981 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actress, screenwriter

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Having started acting at age 11, Julia Stiles eschewed any semblance of a normal childhood in pursuit of a stage and screen career. After appearing for several years in avant-garde theater productions in her native New York City, Stiles made her first significant film appearance in the politically themed thriller, "The Devil's Own" (1997). But it was her starring turn in the dark and comic thriller about suburban dysfunction, "Wicked" (1998), that served as the young actress' breakthrough performance. From there, she reached mainstream success with the moderate hit, "10 Things I Hate About You" (1999), a contemporary take on William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." In between two more modern adaptations of the Bard's work, "Hamlet" (2000) and "O" (2001), Stiles had a shining supporting performance as a manipulative teenage girl in the laidback show business satire, "State and Main" (2000). She reached new plateaus with "Save the Last Dance" (2001), a rather surprising box office hit that helped expand her fan base exponentially. Though she appeared in all three movies of the "Bourne" franchise, her role as a CIA assistant failed to reach full fruition until the third film, "The Bourne...

Having started acting at age 11, Julia Stiles eschewed any semblance of a normal childhood in pursuit of a stage and screen career. After appearing for several years in avant-garde theater productions in her native New York City, Stiles made her first significant film appearance in the politically themed thriller, "The Devil's Own" (1997). But it was her starring turn in the dark and comic thriller about suburban dysfunction, "Wicked" (1998), that served as the young actress' breakthrough performance. From there, she reached mainstream success with the moderate hit, "10 Things I Hate About You" (1999), a contemporary take on William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." In between two more modern adaptations of the Bard's work, "Hamlet" (2000) and "O" (2001), Stiles had a shining supporting performance as a manipulative teenage girl in the laidback show business satire, "State and Main" (2000). She reached new plateaus with "Save the Last Dance" (2001), a rather surprising box office hit that helped expand her fan base exponentially. Though she appeared in all three movies of the "Bourne" franchise, her role as a CIA assistant failed to reach full fruition until the third film, "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007). Because of her ability to move from light-hearted comedies to biting satires to action thrillers, Stiles made her mark as one of the most versatile young actresses working in the business.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Border Crossing (2016)
2.
 Hits (2014)
3.
 Makeover, The (2013)
4.
 Between Us (2013)
5.
7.
 Stars In Shorts (2012)
8.
 It's a Disaster (2012)
9.
10.
 Moment, The (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

1992:
Began working in avant-garde theater in New York at age 11
1997:
First film, a non-speaking part in "I Love You, I Love You Not"
1997:
Played Harrison Ford's teenage daughter in "The Devil's Own"
1997:
Landed featured role in acclaimed ABC TV-movie "Before Women Had Wings"; aired under the "Oprah Winfrey Presents" banner
1998:
Developed the screenplay "The Anarchist's Daughter" at the Screenwriter's Lab of the Sundance Institute
1998:
Appeared in M. Night Shyamalan's family drama "Wide Awake"
1998:
Breakthrough starring role, the comedy thriller "Wicked"; premiered at Sundance and then screened on the festival circuit
1999:
Featured as a single mother in the NBC historical miniseries "The 60s"
1999:
Co-starred with Heath Ledger in Gil Junger's "10 Things I Hate About You," a modernized retelling of "The Taming of the Shrew"
2000:
Featured as Ophelia in "Hamlet"; co-starred Ethan Hawke as the troubled title character
2000:
Cast as a willful teen who seduces a well-known actor in the comedy "State and Main"
2001:
Played an aspiring ballerina who becomes involved in an interracial romance in "Save the Last Dance"
2001:
Portrayed Desi (the Desdemona character) in Tim Blake Nelson's "O"; film was a contemporary retelling of "Othello" set in a prep school
2002:
Played small but crucial role as Treadstone operative Nicolette Parsons in feature adaptation of Robert Ludlum's "The Bourne Identity"
2003:
Co-starred with Jason Lee and Selma Blair in the comedy "A Guy Thing"
2003:
Starred with Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, and Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Mona Lisa Smile"
2004:
Played a Wisconsin college student who is swept off her feet by a Danish prince in "The Prince and Me"
2004:
Once again co-starred as Treadstone operative Nicolette Parsons in "The Bourne Supremacy"
2004:
Made London stage debut opposite Aaron Eckhart in a revival of David Mamet's "Oleanna"
2005:
Cast in John Turturro's big-screen musical "Romance & Cigarettes" with James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, and Kate Winslet
2006:
Co-starred with Liev Schreiber in the remake of "The Omen"; took over the role originally played by Lee Remick
2007:
Made writing and directing debut with the short film "Raving"; financed by <i>Elle</i> magazine and based on an article in the publication; premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival
2007:
Reprised role as Nicolette Parsons for "The Bourne Ultimatum"
2009:
Cast in David Mamet's Los Angeles revival of "Oleanna"
2010:
Joined fifth season of Showtime series "Dexter" as a young woman who forms a unique relationship with titular character
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television ("Dexter")
2012:
Played supporting role in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook"
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Education

Professional Children's School: New York , New York - 1999
Columbia University: New York , New York - 2005

Notes

"I tend to gravitate toward the more powerful roles. As opposed to the doe-eyed girl who bats her eyelashes and runs around in towels, you now what I mean? Because that kind of makes me want to vomit." --Stiles quoted in Movieline, September 1998.

"I always loved how people like Jon Voight and Laurence Olivier shocked you every time they came on-screen. They were so different each time. That's what I hope to do with acting -- be the chameleon and not get stuck in a type." --Stiles quoted in Vanity Fair, August 1998.

Stiles on her many Shakespeare roles: "I really like Shakespeare a lot. The characters that he writes for females, I think, are really great and a lot more compelling than what modern writers write, which is weird because they didn't have actresses then." --Stiles to Daily News, April 12, 1999.

"Playing Paula in 'The Business of Strangers' was extremely cathartic and wonderful for me because Patrick Stettner (the director) constantly encouraged me to be un-self aware. The character is very elusive and bold, but my experience of having people confuse bluntness with bitchiness has made me shy away from it, or it has made me too aware of the reactions I get from people. So Patrick undid all that by telling me to ignore what the response might be to Paula. It was almost like being a kid again, and it was a very empowering feeling." --Stiles to MovieMaker, Winter 2001.

Julia Stiles on the fear that taking a career break to attend Columbia University will stall her career to the London Times (March 29, 2001): "I definitely worry about that. I think about it all the time because that's the way Hollywood thinks. It's all about momentum and keeping your name out there, and college certainly takes you away from that. But, if I look at it in the longer term, it's so worthwhile.

"Acting is a wonderful forum to express yourself, but there are things I want to study that you can't learn on a film set."

Stiles on "O" quoted in Details (September 2001): "The way Miramax handled it was B.S. There were a lot of crossing political agendas going on, and the reasons in the press weren't entirely true. It was like 'Are we seeing the same movie here?' I've always thought it's better to get people talking about the issue of school violence as opposed to trying to pretend it didn't happen."

"She's not your typical cheesecake pinup girl. She's beautiful and talented and has the mouth of a truck driver when necessary."- Selma Blair on Julia Stiles US Weekly January 20, 2003

"Being an actor is looked at like a prolonged game of dress-up. America puts movie stars on pedestals. In college, it's the flip side. I sometimes have to justify my job to my professors because they're focused on intellect and ideas."---Stiles People April 6, 2004

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companion:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Actor. Reportedly dated from c. 1998 to 1999.
companion:
Ben Foster. Actor. Reportedly dating as of early 2001; Stiles claims to have never even met him.

Family close complete family listing

father:
John O'Hara. Businessman - sold pottery. Born c. 1946.
mother:
Judith Stiles. Potter. Born c. 1951.
sister:
Jane. Born c. 1990.
brother:
John. Born c. 1992.
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