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Wendy Girard, an award-winning actor and producer, began acting in her teens in Washington, D.C. as a clown. She performed all of the womens voices for Gallaudet College for the Deaf productions, and acted at The Washington Shakespeare Festival, The Washington Theatre Club, Arena Stage, where she also spent a year doing Spolin Improvisation,and Center Stage in Baltimore, playing mostly leads from the Greeks and Shakespeare to Anderson, Brecht, Eliot and Brooks.

In New York, Girard became the youngest life member ever accepted in to The Actors Studio where she worked under the tutelage of Lee Strasberg for 13 years, and fulfilled her dream of working with her inspiration and idol, Elia Kazan. She also studied with Stella Adler among other masters. She played leads in classical, contemporary and original plays including Miranda in The Tempest, the hit happening Oil! supported by Pat Quinn, Jim Gammon and Michael J. Pollard as her family, A Difficult Borning, the works of Sylvia Plath, and the autobiographical Lucky Star about her saving the life of the private secretary of Joseph N. Welch (the attorney who dis-empowered Sen. Joe McCarthy during HUAC).

In Los Angeles theatre she starred in the world premiere of Playing for Time to rave reviews, the West Coast premiere of Extremities at the LA Public Theatre, and the unpublished Clifford Odets play The Nursery at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, where she was a founding member, while continuing to work at The Actors Studio West under Strasberg, Shelley Winters, Ellen Burstyn, Martin Landau and others.

Behind the scenes, Girard began producing at the age of 19 off-off Broadway, and directing in her twenties. Still a teen, she produced the first Earth Day Street Fair in New York's Lower East Side. She has developed, directed and/or produced numerous original plays in New York City and Los Angeles, several of which have been published, including the first all black musical by a black writer, Lamar Alford's Thoughts, which moved to La Mama, NYC.

Still in her twenties she directed, shot and edited her first documentary, and has since worn virtually every hat on numerous documentaries, primarily focusing on the environment. Girard has also produced award-winning Public Service Announcements for the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (a former home town), as well as the United Nations 50th Anniversary, with Dennis Weaver, Lloyd Bridges, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Marsha Hunt and others.

As a voice-over artist she has done national television campaigns for Maybelline, American Express, AT&T and Wheaties to name a few, as well as narration for documentaries. Girard is also an award winning still photographer and works as a writer, journalist and film reviewer.

She grew up in Latin America and studied in Europe. She is a certified Sivananda Yoga and Da Dao Qi Gong instructor, and ordained to teach Zen meditation. She coaches and teaches film acting, method acting, and improvisation privately, at performing arts academies, and abroad.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ann Greer

Trivia (3)

Girard was co-starring opposite Jeff Bridges as Donna Baker in The Fabulous Baker Boys as Beau Bridges wife, when she was the victim of an extremely violent crime, off the set, and her role had to be cut from the picture.
When she met producer Burt Sugarman to reprise her stage role in the film version of Extremities, she was so indignant over type-casting in Hollywood she suggested that he cast an actress of color, suggesting Alfre Woodard for her role, which he did.
She studied with the father of modern mime, Etienne DeCroux, in Paris after which he invited her to star in his troupe. While in Paris, she also studied acrobatics. Philippe Petit (Man on Wire), her fellow tutee, plied her with questions about the World Trade Center, NY, then under construction.

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