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Also Known As: Margolit Ruth Gyllenhaal Died:
Born: November 16, 1977 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, writer, bussed tables

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In only a few short years, Maggie Gyllenhaal built a solid reputation as a talented, cerebral actress in independent films. With her non-conformist flair and penchant for examining social issues, Gyllenhaal offered a different voice of young Hollywood at the start of the millennium. Though a Hollywood native who grew up with filmmaking parents - not to mention entered performing alongside her brother, actor Jake Gyllenhaal - the actress was raised in a household that valued education, intellect and liberal politics. Thanks to her director father, Stephen Gyllenhaal, she gained valuable experience with her first three films, "Waterland" (1992), "A Dangerous Woman" (1993) and "Homegrown" (1998). After co-starring with her brother in the indie hit, "Donnie Darko" (2001), Gyllenhaal came into her own with a daring breakout performance as a woman with a strange addiction to sadomasochism in the independent dark comedy, "Secretary" (2002), which earned the actress her first Golden Globe nomination. Settling into a career that consisted of exemplary performances in such varied films as "Happy Endings" (2005), "Stranger Than Fiction" (2006) and as Rachel Dawes in "The Dark Knight" (2008), Gyllenhaal...

In only a few short years, Maggie Gyllenhaal built a solid reputation as a talented, cerebral actress in independent films. With her non-conformist flair and penchant for examining social issues, Gyllenhaal offered a different voice of young Hollywood at the start of the millennium. Though a Hollywood native who grew up with filmmaking parents - not to mention entered performing alongside her brother, actor Jake Gyllenhaal - the actress was raised in a household that valued education, intellect and liberal politics. Thanks to her director father, Stephen Gyllenhaal, she gained valuable experience with her first three films, "Waterland" (1992), "A Dangerous Woman" (1993) and "Homegrown" (1998). After co-starring with her brother in the indie hit, "Donnie Darko" (2001), Gyllenhaal came into her own with a daring breakout performance as a woman with a strange addiction to sadomasochism in the independent dark comedy, "Secretary" (2002), which earned the actress her first Golden Globe nomination. Settling into a career that consisted of exemplary performances in such varied films as "Happy Endings" (2005), "Stranger Than Fiction" (2006) and as Rachel Dawes in "The Dark Knight" (2008), Gyllenhaal reached new heights after her Oscar-caliber performance in "Crazy Heart" (2009), which promised even greater things from the talented young actress.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Frank (2014)
2.
 White House Down (2013)
3.
 Won't Back Down (2012)
4.
 BAM150 (2012)
5.
6.
 Away We Go (2009)
7.
 Crazy Heart (2009)
8.
 Dark Knight, The (2008)
9.
 Monster House (2006)
10.
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1978:
Moved with family to Los Angeles, CA
1992:
Made feature acting debut in "Waterland," directed by her father Stephen Gyllenhaal
1995:
Moved to New York to attend NYU
1998:
Acted in "Homegrown," directed by her father and also featured her brother Jake Gyllenhaal
2000:
Played supporting role in John Waters' "Cecil B. DeMented"
2001:
Played the sister of her real-life brother in "Donnie Darko"
2002:
Earned widespread acclaim portraying a mentally fragile woman who embarks on a sadomasochistic relationship with her boss in the Sundance hit "Secretary"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress
2002:
Landed supporting role in the Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman comedy "Adaptation"
2003:
Co-starred in "Mona Lisa Smile" with Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst
2003:
Performed at the Mark Taper Forum in a production of Tony Kushner's "Homebody/ Kabul"
2004:
Appeared in "Criminal" with John C. Reilly and Diego Luna
2005:
Played a singer in "Happy Endings"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Supporting Female
2006:
Played the wife of a rescued Port Authority officer in Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center"
2006:
Portrayed an ex-con in the indie drama "Sherrybaby"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress
2008:
Replaced Katie Holmes as Assistant District Attorney Rachel Dawes in the second installment of Christopher Nolan's revived "Batman" series "The Dark Knight"
2009:
Co-starred with fiance Peter Sarsgaard in the off-Broadway revival of Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"
2009:
Played a journalist and the love interest of Jeff Bridges's washed up country music star in "Crazy Heart"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role ("Crazy Heart")
2010:
Co-starred with Emma Thompson in the family comedy "Nanny McPhee Returns"
2012:
Co-starred with Hugh Dancy in the period comedy "Hysteria"
2012:
Played a determined mother alongside Viola Davis in inner city school drama "Won¿t Back Down"
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Education

Harvard-Westlake School: Los Angeles , California -
The Mountain School: Vershire , Vermont -
Columbia University: New York , New York - 1999
Columbia University: New York , New York - 1999

Notes

"Someone asked me why I didn't do teen movies or actiony movies, but I'm not interested in them, and they're not interested in me either!"---Gyllenhaal to Vanity Fair, August, 2002.

"Hollywood right now is really focused on movies tht will appeal to tons and tons of people by being kind of benign, but I think there's a way to appeal to tons and tons of people by being astounding. And I would love to be in a movie like that!"---Gyllenhaal Movieline October 2002

"... I've realised that the only way to make movies that you're proud of, that don't fall into the sentimental bullshit that so many movies fall into, is to fight. You have to fight. So many people are willing to sleepwalk through things and fall into the not human, not interesting choice. To make the really interesting choice, you have to fight."---Gyllenhaal quoted to The Guardian, May 9, 2003.

"My parents were never celebrities," she says. "They worked on movies, that was their job. And seeing them go up and down in that world makes me a little wary of buying into all the attention I've been getting recently."---Gyllenhaal to NYLON, May 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Peter Sarsgaard. Actor. Reportedly engaged as of December 2002.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Stephen Gyllenhaal. Director.
mother:
Naomi Foner. Screenwriter, producer.
brother:
Jake Gyllenhaal. Actor. Born in 1980.

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