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|Maggie Gyllenhaal Biography and Filmography
Birthday: November 16, 1977
Birth Place: Lower East Side, New York, New York, USA
Height: 5' 9"
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The daughter of director Stephen Gyllenhaal (Waterland ) and screenwriter Naomi Foner (Running on Empty ), and the sister of hot young Hollywood heartthrob Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko , The Good Girl , Moonlight Mile ), Maggie Gyllenhaal seems to have all the makings of a successful young starlet with her Tinseltown background and curiously unique beauty. Born in 1977, Gyllenhaal got some early screen breaks thanks to roles in such Stephen Gyllenhaal films as Waterland (1992) and Homegrown (1998). Soon graduating from Columbia University with an English degree, pretty Gyllenhaal continued to refine her acting skills on the stages of New York and London theaters in such productions as The Tempest and The Butterfly Project. Her ascent into the collective film conscience continued with a humorous turn in director John Waters' anarchic Cecil B. Demented and alongside younger brother Jake in the surreal teen fantasy Donnie Darko (2001). Soon gaining more prominent roles alongside such hot Hollywood actors as Drew Barrymore (Riding in Cars With Boys ) and Josh Hartnett (40 Days and 40 Nights ), Gyllenhaal would turn up later in 2002 in eccentric director Spike Jonze's sophomore effort, Adaptation. Her supporting roles offering but a glimpse into her engagingly offbeat talent, Gyllenhaal truly came into her own with her breakthrough performance as a mentally unstable secretary in director Steven Shainberg's 2002 dark comedy Secretary. Cast opposite former '80s wonder boy James Spader, Gyllenhaal displayed a careful balance of unshielded vulnerability and mild sadomasochism as the film's troubled lead. Nominated for numerous awards including a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit for Best Actress, Secretary found the disarming actress branded the "it" girl to watch for in the coming years. While subsequent supporting performances in such films as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Casa de Los Babys, and Mona Lisa Smile may not have offered fans the large dose of Gyllenhall that they sought after Secretary, audiences could see her in a starring role opposite John C. Reilly in the 2004 George Clooney/Steven Soderbergh-produced remake Criminal. Gyllenhaal kept up her status as an independent film icon in 2005 with major parts in The Great New Wonderful and earning praise for her work in Don Roos' Happy Endings where she got to show off her vocal talents performing a selection of Billy Joel songs. 2006 would be a very busy year for the actress. She co-starred in Oliver Stone's 9/11 film World Trade Center, gave an award winning performance as a drug addict in SherryBaby, and lent her voice to the Steven Spielberg produced animated film Monster House. That same year she announced that she was expecting her first child with her longtime boyfriend actor Peter Sarsgaard.
- Older sister of Jake Gyllenhaal
- Daughter of Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Foner.
- Earned a B.A. in English from Columbia University (1999)
- Studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London
- The first six movies she made (Waterland (1992); A Dangerous Woman (1993); Shattered Mind (1996) (TV); The Patron Saint of Liars (1998) (TV); Homegrown (1998); _Resurrection (1999/II) (TV)_ ) were all directed by her father.
- Attended the Dazed and Confused and Svedka Vodka Fashion Week Party.
- Attended the Olympus Fashion Week Fall 2004
- Attended the Bradley Bayou / Halston Fall 2003 Collection.
- During the 2003 Academy Awards, she wore a peace sign pin in support of the organization Artists United to Win Without War.
- She co-hosted the Sundance Awards 2003.
- Played sister to real-life brother Jake Gyllenhaal in the movie Donnie Darko (2001).
- Broke up with her artist boyfriend of five years during the filming of Secretary (2002).
- Has been in three movies with her brother Jake Gyllenhaal: A Dangerous Woman (1993) (which was directed by their father), Homegrown (1998) (which was directed by their father), and Donnie Darko (2001).
- Attended Cosabella at the Cabana Beauty Buffet Presented with Allure Magazine
- Attended Lions Gate Films Pre-Oscar Party 2004
- Attended Lotus Throws Itself a 2nd Anniversary Bash
- Attended the 10th Annual Premiere Women In Hollywood Luncheon
- Attended the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards - InStyle/ Warner Bros Golden Globe Party
- Attended the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards HBO Party
- Attended the Bradley Bayou / Halston Fall 2003 Collection - LA Launch
- Attended the Cirque Du Soleil Presents its Latest Touring Production Varekai party
- Attended the Costume Institute Dance: "Party of the Year"
- Attended the Focus Features Golden Globes After Party
- Attended the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2003 Collections - Marc Jacobs - Front Row and Backstage
- Attended the opening of Pradas New York Flagship Store
- Attended the opening of Reaction Kenneth Cole's flagship store
- Attended the Opening of the 1st Los Angeles Equinox Fitness Club
- Attended the Proenza Schouler Maurice Villency Holiday Party
- Attended the Vanity Fair "In Concert" Series Launch Party
- Attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2004
- Attended the opening night of "Jumpers" April 25, 2004
- Was born in New York City but grew up in Los Angeles where she and her brother attended the prestigious Harvard-Westlake prep school.
- Her mother is a Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated scriptwriter. Her father is an Emmy-nominated director, her grandmother is a doctor and her uncle is an acclaimed historian at Columbia, the college she attended.
- Was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) after the 2004 Academy Awards.
- Her mother is good friends, and was once the mentor of, Laurie Collyer who wrote _Shall Not Want (2005)_ , in which Maggie stars.
- Her friendship with best friend Kirsten Dunst ended when Dunst broke up with Maggie's brother Jake.
- Graduated Harvard-Westlake (private) high school in North Hollywood, California
- Engaged to Peter Sarsgaard and expecting a baby [April 11, 2006].
- Ranked as #58 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
- Maggy and Peter are expecting their first baby in October 2006.
- Met her fiancé at a dinner party.