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Also Known As: Ginny Goodwin, Ginnifer Michelle Goodwin Died:
Born: May 22, 1978 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee, USA Profession: actress

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A Shakespearean-trained actress, Ginnifer Goodwin made a name for herself on some of television's more unusual and creative series. Goodwin was barely out of her teens when she landed a supporting role as a wry, intellectual high school student on the quirky small-town comedy "Ed" (NBC, 2000-04), while appearing in major features like "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003) and "Win a Date with Ted Hamilton!" (2004). After appearing as spurned first wife of Johnny Cash in the biopic "Walk the Line" (2005), Goodwin scored a leading role on the highly acclaimed series "Big Love" (HBO, 2006-2011), where she played the youngest of three sister wives in a polygamist family. Meanwhile, her big-screen breakthrough came in the form of the romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You" (2009), which showcased the actress' appealing blend of brains and indie-girl cuteness, while leading to prominent supporting roles in "A Single Man" (2009) and "Something Borrowed" (2011). With her heralded portrayal of Snow White on the hybrid fantasy "Once Upon a Time" (ABC, 2011- ), Goodwin was firmly established as a new contender to the America's Sweetheart throne once held by the likes of Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Aniston.Goodwin was...

A Shakespearean-trained actress, Ginnifer Goodwin made a name for herself on some of television's more unusual and creative series. Goodwin was barely out of her teens when she landed a supporting role as a wry, intellectual high school student on the quirky small-town comedy "Ed" (NBC, 2000-04), while appearing in major features like "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003) and "Win a Date with Ted Hamilton!" (2004). After appearing as spurned first wife of Johnny Cash in the biopic "Walk the Line" (2005), Goodwin scored a leading role on the highly acclaimed series "Big Love" (HBO, 2006-2011), where she played the youngest of three sister wives in a polygamist family. Meanwhile, her big-screen breakthrough came in the form of the romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You" (2009), which showcased the actress' appealing blend of brains and indie-girl cuteness, while leading to prominent supporting roles in "A Single Man" (2009) and "Something Borrowed" (2011). With her heralded portrayal of Snow White on the hybrid fantasy "Once Upon a Time" (ABC, 2011- ), Goodwin was firmly established as a new contender to the America's Sweetheart throne once held by the likes of Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Aniston.

Goodwin was born May 22, 1978, and raised in Memphis, TN. Her father had been a musician and studio owner in one of the industry's landmark cities. It was no surprise that Goodwin grew up with her eye on the stage; albeit, her interest was in acting. A self-described "Shakespeare nerd," Goodwin fell in love with "Romeo and Juliet" in the fifth grade and remained dedicated to acting all through school and on into Boston University, where she performed constantly in student films and in college and regional stage productions. Goodwin was given the Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award by the Bette Davis Foundation and graduated in 2001 with a BFA degree in acting. Heading to England, Goodwin furthered her studies at Stratford-Upon-Avon's Shakespeare Institute before earning an Acting Shakespeare Certificate from London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. While in London, she appeared onstage as Joan of Arc, Ophelia in "Hamlet" and Jessica in "The Merchant of Venice."

Returning to Boston, Goodwin starred in such productions as "Dead End" and "As You Like It" at the Huntington Theatre. New York City was the next logical destination for the seasoned young stage actress, whose screen career promptly took off with a guest role on "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) and a recurring character on NBC's quirky hour-long comedy "Ed," where she played a cynical high school student. Now a steadily working actress, Goodwin began to explore feature films with a starring role in Comedy Central's first original movie, "Porn 'n Chicken" (2002), where she banked on her brainy image to portray a Yale student dedicated to beer, fried chicken and porn. In a significantly classier outing, Goodwin more than held her own alongside Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst and Marcia Gay Harden in "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003), portraying a Wellesley College student whose love life is sabotaged by a mean-spirited friend.

Having been pegged as a natural for "quirky best friend" supporting roles, Goodwin was cast in the romantic comedy "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!" (2004), playing the daring gal pal of a sweet supermarket checkout girl (Kate Bosworth). The charmer did not fare as well at the box office as might have been expected, but Goodwin was no worse for wear due to her scene-stealing character. Goodwin graduated from young adult fare the following year with an appearance in director James Mangold's biopic "Walk the Line" (2005), where she delivered a particularly strong performance as the long-suffering first wife of country music singer Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix), who succumbed to booze and pills and eventually left his wife and small children for fellow performer, June Carter (Reese Witherspoon).

Goodwin returned to the small screen, first lending her voice to the popular offbeat animated series "Robot Chicken" (Cartoon Network, 2005), then landing a cast role on "Big Love," HBO's series about one man's battle with modern-day polygamy. In the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated drama, Goodwin played the youngest of three wives married to a hardware store owner (Bill Paxton), whose agreeable nature makes her the favorite of her husband but causes friction with her two "sisters" (Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloe Sevigny). Goodwin had a starring role in the dark indie comedy "Love Comes to the Executioner" (2006) as well as played the wife of an attorney (Chris Klein) called to serve in the military in the futuristic flop "Day Zero" (2006). The working relationship also sparked a real-life romance between the two, who dated for two years.

In between shooting seasons of "Big Love," Goodwin maintained a presence on the big screen. Her co-starring role as a Bohemian artist in the family dramedy "Birds of America" (2008) was little-seen outside of its Sundance premiere, but she hit mainstream theaters in "He's Just Not That Into You" (2009). In the collection of dating vignettes based on the humorous self-help tome by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, Goodwin joined an all-star cast including Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, and Jennifer Aniston to play one of a number of lovelorn ladies who need help interpreting signals from the opposite sex. The same year, she took a leading role in the screen adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's novel "A Single Man" (2009), playing a suburban mom in disagreement with her conservative husband (Colin Firth) over their sexually ambiguous neighbor (Nicholas Hoult). She went on to play a single New York attorney carrying on with her best friend's fiancé (Colin Egglesfield) in the critically mauled romantic comedy "Something Borrowed" (2011). Back on the small screen, Goodwin starred as Mary Margaret Blanchard - a.k.a. Snow White - on the popular fantasy drama "Once Upon a Time" (ABC, 2011- ), which also starred Jennifer Morrison as a bounty hunter in a fictional New England town that happens to be the gateway to the fabled Enchanted Forest.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Killing Kennedy (2013)
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 Five (2011)
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 Single Man, A (2009)
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 Birds of America (2008)
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 Day Zero (2007)
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2001:
Made television debut as Diane Snyder on the NBC series "Ed"
2001:
Appeared on an episode of NBC's crime drama Law & Order
2002:
Played the part of Maya in Comedy Central's first original movie "Porn 'n Chicken"
2003:
Landed feature film debut in "Mona Lisa Smile" opposite Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst
2004:
Played Kate Bosworth's friend in "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton"
2005:
Portrayed the first wife of country music legend Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) in the biopic "Walk the Line"
2006:
Cast as the youngest of Bill Paxton's three wives on the HBO drama "Big Love"
2009:
Joined an ensemble cast for the feature adaptation of the bestselling book "He's Just Not That Into You"
2009:
Co-starred with Colin Firth in Tom Ford's directorial debut "A Single Man"
2010:
Co-starred with Selena Gomez and Joey King in "Ramona and Beezus," based on Beverly Cleary's popular children's book series
2011:
Co-starred with Kate Hudson and Egglesfield in the romantic comedy "Something Borrowed"
2011:
Cast as Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard on ABC's fairy tale-themed "Once Upon A Time"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: -
Lausanne Collegiate School: Memphis , Tennessee - 1996
Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts - 2001

Notes

"I know where I come from, there is still this innocence, absolutely...and I would have believed that if I had won a date with the biggest movie star in the world, I don't think I would have had any inhibitions coming from Memphis, Tennessee as far as that goes"---Goodwin on her film "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton" Comingsoon.net October 24, 2003

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sister:
Melissa Goodwin. Younger.
mother:
Linda Goodwin. Works for Federal Express; divorced from Ginnifer's father.
father:
Tim Goodwin. Accountant; former musician. Used to own a recording studio; divorced from Ginnifer's mother.

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