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Maggie Gyllenhaal

Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Her parents, Naomi Foner (née Achs) and Stephen Gyllenhaal, are both filmmakers, and her brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while her father has Swedish, English, ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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The Dark Knight
Donnie Darko
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White House Down
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 2016/XVII Home (Short)
 2016 The New Empress (Short)
 2016/II Beauty Mark (Short)
 2014 River of Fundament
 2014/II Frank
 2012 The Corrections (TV Movie)
 2009 Away We Go
 2007 High Falls (Short)
 2006 Monster House
Zee (voice)
 2006 Paris, je t'aime
Liz (segment "Quartier des Enfants Rouges")
 2005 Trust the Man
 2005 The Great New Wonderful
Emme Keeler (segment "Emme's Story")
 2004 Criminal
 2004 Strip Search (TV Movie)
Linda Sykes
 2003 Casa de los babys
 2000 Cecil B. DeMented
 1999 Resurrection (TV Movie)
 1998 Homegrown
Christina the Babysitter
 1998 The Patron Saint of Liars (TV Movie)
Lorraine Thomas
 1996 Shattered Mind (TV Movie)
Clothes Clerk
 1992 Waterland
Maggie Ruth
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Narrated the audio book, "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath. See more »

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4 Interviews | 13 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 8 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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(On her new film Strip Search (2004)) "I think it's important to see. It's a real violation, and it forces people to get emotionally involved in something that's intellectual and political". See more »


Was born in New York City but grew up in Los Angeles where she and her brother attended the prestigious Harvard-Westlake prep school. Returned to New York when she was 17. See more »

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