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Also Known As: Rachel Anne Mcadams Died:
Born: November 17, 1978 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, Ontario, CA Profession: actress

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Canadian actress Rachel McAdams first came to the attention of U.S. audiences playing a pair of über-bitchy teen queens in both "The Hot Chick" (2004) and "Mean Girls" (2004). Thanks to those rather harsh characters, audiences were understandably surprised by her effectively heartwarming performances in the sentimental Nicholas Sparks romance "The Notebook" (2004) and as a likeable girl-next-door in the comedy smash "Wedding Crashers" (2005). The sometimes blonde, sometimes brunette, sometimes pink-haired actress enjoyed roles just as unpredictable as her appearance, delivering all of them with the same sparkling panache as her flair for personal style. Her romances with actors Ryan Gosling, Josh Lucas and Michael Sheen fascinated the press and fans alike, proving the actress' appeal extended beyond the screen. After turning to horror for the compelling "Red Eye" (2005), McAdams threw moviegoers for a loop yet again with starring roles in the retro thriller "Married Life" (2008) and in an adaptation of the best-selling novel "The Traveler's Wife" (2008), before playing a junior reporter in the political thriller "State of Play" (2009). That same year, she co-starred in the studio blockbuster...

Canadian actress Rachel McAdams first came to the attention of U.S. audiences playing a pair of über-bitchy teen queens in both "The Hot Chick" (2004) and "Mean Girls" (2004). Thanks to those rather harsh characters, audiences were understandably surprised by her effectively heartwarming performances in the sentimental Nicholas Sparks romance "The Notebook" (2004) and as a likeable girl-next-door in the comedy smash "Wedding Crashers" (2005). The sometimes blonde, sometimes brunette, sometimes pink-haired actress enjoyed roles just as unpredictable as her appearance, delivering all of them with the same sparkling panache as her flair for personal style. Her romances with actors Ryan Gosling, Josh Lucas and Michael Sheen fascinated the press and fans alike, proving the actress' appeal extended beyond the screen. After turning to horror for the compelling "Red Eye" (2005), McAdams threw moviegoers for a loop yet again with starring roles in the retro thriller "Married Life" (2008) and in an adaptation of the best-selling novel "The Traveler's Wife" (2008), before playing a junior reporter in the political thriller "State of Play" (2009). That same year, she co-starred in the studio blockbuster "Sherlock Holmes" (2009) and later reprised her role in the sequel, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" (2011), while starring opposite Owen Wilson in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" (2011). Thanks to wide-ranging performances and an utterly likable onscreen persona, McAdams kept audiences on their toes in a variety of films.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Little Prince (2015)
2.
 Passengers (2015)
3.
 Spotlight (2015)
4.
 Southpaw (2015)
6.
7.
 About Time (2013)
8.
 Vow, The (2012)
9.
 Passion (2012)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

2001:
Professional acting debut on the Disney Channel series "The Famous Jett Jackson"
2001:
Cast in the lead role for the MTV series "Shotgun Love Dolls" (pilot never aired)
2002:
Made feature debut in the Italian film "My Name Is Tanino"
2002:
Starred as Patsy in the Canadian film "Perfect Pie"; earned a Genie Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress
2002:
Cast in the titular role in the film "The Hot Chick" alongside Rob Schneider
2003:
Cast in the six-part Canadian series "Slings and Arrows" (The Movie Network)
2004:
Cast as Regina George, the high school "queen-bee" in the Tina Fey scripted comedy "Mean Girls"
2004:
Co-starred with Ryan Gosling in Nick Cassavetes' film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel "The Notebook"
2005:
Played Owen Wilson's love interest in the comedy "The Wedding Crashers"
2005:
Co-starred with Cillian Murphy in the suspense thriller "Red Eye"
2005:
Cast as the youngest member of the titular family in "The Family Stone"
2008:
Played an Iraq War veteran in Neil Burger's "The Lucky Ones" opposite Tim Robbins and Michael Peña
2009:
Played junior political reporter in the political thriller "State of Play"
2009:
Co-starred with Eric Bana in the film adaptation of "The Time Traveler's Wife"
2009:
Played the role of Irene Adler alongside Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law in Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes"
2010:
Played a morning show producer in the comedy "Morning Glory"
2011:
Directed by Woody Allen in "Midnight in Paris"; again co-starred with Owen Wilson
2011:
Reprised role opposite Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law in Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"
2012:
Co-starred with Channing Tatum in romantic drama "The Vow"
2013:
Appeared in "To the Wonder" by Terrence Malick
2013:
Starred in the Richard Curtis romance "About Time"
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Education

York University: Toronto , Ontario -
Original Kids Theatre Company: London , Ontario -
Central Elgin Collegiate Institute: St. Thomas , Ontario -

Notes

"She impressed me as someone with one foot in an old movie-star world, and the other in being the modern girl."---David Dobkin, who directed McAdams in the "The Wedding Crashers" to EW June 18, 2004

"I'd like to get back to the secrecy of film, when people didn't know what happens off screen or what you wear in your everyday life. Everybody knows everything. I think it loses a little bit of its magic. And I don't think being able to act means you're necessarily able to explain anything."---McAdams on what she'd change about Hollywood, to Los Angeles Times, May 8, 2005.

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father:
Lance McAdams. Truck driver.
brother:
Daniel McAdams. Younger.
sister:
Kayleen McAdams. Younger.
mother:
Sandy McAdams. Nurse.
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