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Born: April 26, 1980 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Panama Profession: actress, dancer

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Having emerged from the daytime soap world of "As the World Turns" (CBS, 1956-2010), actress Jordana Brewster rose quickly to mainstream stardom as Mia Toretto in the summertime blockbuster "The Fast and the Furious" (2001). Though she found herself skyrocketing to the top of men's magazines polls, Brewster took time off to complete her studies at Yale University before returning to acting with turns as often feisty supporting characters in films like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" (2006) and "Annapolis" (2006). Well-cast as the brainy ex-girlfriend of series star Zachary Levi on the action comedy "Chuck" (NBC, 2007-2012), Brewster reprised Toretto for the fourth and fifth installments of the popular franchise, "Fast & Furious" (2009) and "Fast Five" (2011), while landing a regular series role as Elana Ramos, daughter of the cook to the notorious Ewing family on the high-profile reboot of "Dallas" (TNT, 2012- ). Thanks to her success in film and on television, Brewster had established herself as a diverse performer of immense intelligence and wit.The granddaughter of former Yale president Kingman Brewster, and the daughter of an investment banker and a swimsuit model, Brewster was born...

Having emerged from the daytime soap world of "As the World Turns" (CBS, 1956-2010), actress Jordana Brewster rose quickly to mainstream stardom as Mia Toretto in the summertime blockbuster "The Fast and the Furious" (2001). Though she found herself skyrocketing to the top of men's magazines polls, Brewster took time off to complete her studies at Yale University before returning to acting with turns as often feisty supporting characters in films like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" (2006) and "Annapolis" (2006). Well-cast as the brainy ex-girlfriend of series star Zachary Levi on the action comedy "Chuck" (NBC, 2007-2012), Brewster reprised Toretto for the fourth and fifth installments of the popular franchise, "Fast & Furious" (2009) and "Fast Five" (2011), while landing a regular series role as Elana Ramos, daughter of the cook to the notorious Ewing family on the high-profile reboot of "Dallas" (TNT, 2012- ). Thanks to her success in film and on television, Brewster had established herself as a diverse performer of immense intelligence and wit.

The granddaughter of former Yale president Kingman Brewster, and the daughter of an investment banker and a swimsuit model, Brewster was born in Panama City, Panama on April 26, 1980. She was raised in London, Rio de Janeiro, and New York, earning her first screen credit in the 1988 Brazilian children's film "Super Xuxa." After settling in Manhattan a few years later, she ventured into the world of daytime serials by appearing as the youngest member of a Hispanic family on "All My Children" (ABC, 1970-2011). Later that year, she was cast as teen heroine Nikki Munson on "As the World Turns" (CBS, 1956-2010), and spent three years (1995-98) on the soap while attending the Professional Children's School. Brewster left the soap with the intention of attending Yale, but deferred her enrollment when her acting career took off; first with her casting as bitchy cheerleader Delilah in Robert Rodriguez' teen horror flick, "The Faculty" (1998). She followed with a strong turn as a teenager who becomes involved in the antiwar movement in the NBC miniseries "The 60s" (1999) before undertaking another feature, "The Invisible Circus" (2000), in which she played Cameron Diaz's sister.

Brewster really hit the big time in the surprise summer blockbuster "The Fast and the Furious" (2001), set in the high-octane world of illegal street racing. With her sexy and powerful performance, Brewster earned legions of male fans, as evidenced by her string of off-screen relationships with the likes of actor Mark Wahlberg and New York Yankee, Derek Jeter. Though the acting offers came pouring in after "Furious," Brewster elected to return to her interrupted studies at Yale; sticking with schooling until she earned her undergraduate degree in 2003. Brewster returned to theaters in "D.E.B.S." (2004), a silly spy comedy about four high school girls who work as top secret agents for the U.S. government, with Brewster playing the sultry villain, Lucy Diamond. She went on to play the title role in "Nearing Grace" (2005), an indie coming-of-age story set in the 1970s that found the actress again cast as a distracting temptress. Donning a uniform and adopting a more serious persona, Brewster appeared with James Franco in the derivative military drama "Annapolis" (2006), however she drew in more audiences with her starring role in the gory prequel, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" (2006), though the film was similarly dismissed by film critics.

After meeting on the set of "Texas Chainsaw," Brewster wed producer Andrew Form in 2007 before returning to series television the following year with a recurring role on "Chuck" (NBC, 2007-2012), where the showâ¿¿s combination of action and offbeat humor proved a fine outlet for her appeal in as the ex-girlfriend of the electronics store employee-turned-CIA agent Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi). After not being included in the two sequels to "The Fast and the Furious," Brewster reprised Mia Toretto for part four, "Fast & Furious" (2009), a massive box office hit that chronologically connected to the original film without reference to the other two films. Naturally, the success led to another film, "Fast Five" (2011), a more heist-oriented thriller that again proved to be a giant financial success that resulted in a sixth installment, "Fast and Furious 6" (2013). In between those films, Brewster landed one of the lead roles on the newly revamped "Dallas" (TNT, 2012- ), playing the educated daughter of the cook to the infamous Ewing family who attracts the amorous attention of cousins Christopher Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe) and John Ross Ewing III (Josh Henderson).

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 North of Hell (2015)
3.
 Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
4.
 Fast Five (2011)
5.
 Fast & Furious (2009)
6.
 Annapolis (2006) Ali
8.
 Nearing Grace (2005)
9.
 D.E.B.S. (2004) Lucy Diamond
10.
 Fast and the Furious, The (2001) Mia Toretto
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Milestones close milestones

1988:
First film appearance, the Brazilian-made "Super Xuxa: Contra Baixo Astral"
1995:
Briefly played the role of Anita Santos on the ABC daytime drama "All My Children"
1995:
Appeared as teen heroine Nikki Graves on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns"
1999:
Cast in featured role in the NBC miniseries "The 60s"
2001:
Co-starred with Cameron Diaz and Christopher Eccleston in "The Invisible Circus"
2005:
Played the title role in "Nearing Grace"
2006:
Co-starred with James Franco in Justin Lin's "Annapolis"
2008:
Made recurring role as the title character's former girlfriend on NBC's "Chuck"
2009:
Reprised role of Mia Toretto in "Fast & Furious"
2011:
Once again reprised role of Mia Toretto in the fifth film "Fast Five"
2012:
Joined cast of the TNT reboot of "Dallas" alongside original stars Larry Hagman and Linda Gray
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Education

Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -
Convent of the Sacred Heart: New York , New York -
Professional Children's School: New York , New York -

Notes

"I'm not fulfilled yet in my acting career, despite all the work I've done. I didn't exactly get a normal high school experience while I was acting on soaps. I still had normal friendships, but I didn't have the kind of life experience I was looking forward to in college." --Jordana Brewster quoted in Boston Herald, December 29, 1998

"I thrive on stress." --Brewster to People, February 8, 1999

"I think L.A.'s just the most appalling scene in the world. Nothing differentiates people from one another. You go out, and it's men with tattoos and girls in polyester and fake boobs. I find that extremely repulsive. You're afraid as an actor that if you stay there long enough, you'll become one of them." --Jordana Brewster to Movieline, December 1998/January 1999

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companion:
Mark Wahlberg. Actor, singer. Began dating in late 1998; Brewster confirmed they were no longer together in June 2001.
companion:
Derek Jeter. Shortstop for the Yankees. Dating as of June 2002.

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grandfather:
Kingman Brewster Jr. Academic. Served as president of Yale University from 1963 to 1977.
grandmother:
Mary Louise Brewster.
father:
Alden Brewster. Investment banker.
mother:
Maria Jaao. Model. Brazilian; appeared in the <i>Sports Illustrated</i> swimsuit issue.
sister:
Isabella Brewster. Model. Younger.
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