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     Maggie Gyllenhaal
Given Name:
     Gyllenhaal, Maggie Ruth
     November 16th, 1977
     Lower East Side, New York, New York, USA

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Biography

Maggie Ruth Gyllenhaal was born November 16th, 1977 and is the sister of Jake Gyllenhaal and the daughter of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner. Gyllenhaal began her acting career in a film directed by her father, and later achieved recognition in her own right playing her real-life brother's on-screen sister in the cult hit Donnie Darko. Gyllenhaal's breakthrough came with the sadomasochistic romance, Secretary, for which she received a Golden Globe-nomination.

Gyllenhaal has chosen an eclectic range of roles to showcase her talent, from indie films such as Sherrybaby, for which she was also nominated for a Golden Globe, to the romantic comedy Trust the Man and big budget studio films such as World Trade Center.

Gyllenhaal is a politically active Democrat and like her brother and parents supports the American Civil Liberties Union. Gyllenhaal participated in anti-war demonstrations in the lead-up to the Iraqi conflict and achieved some notoriety for being quoted as saying America was "responsible in some way" for the 9/11 attacks.

Early life
Gyllenhaal was born in New York City, to film director Stephen Gyllenhaal and film producer and screenwriter Naomi Achs. Gyllenhaal's father was raised in the Swedenborgian religion and is a descendant of the Swedish noble Gyllenhaal family; her last Swedish ancestor was his great-great-grandfather, Anders Leonard Gyllenhaal. Her mother is from a New York City Jewish-American family, and is the ex-wife of Eric Foner, a history professor at Columbia University.

Gyllenhaal grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the Harvard-Westlake prep school. While there, she attended a semester away program in Vershire, Vermont called The Mountain School. She graduated from Columbia University in 1998 with a BA in literature and Eastern religions and spent a summer studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Gyllenhaal as Will Jimeno's wife, Allison, in World Trade CenterGyllenhaal's first film roles were directed by her father: Waterland (1992), her feature film debut, A Dangerous Woman (1993), and Homegrown (1998), the latter two also featured her brother. After graduating from college, she had a number of supporting roles, in such films as 40 Days and 40 Nights, Riding in Cars with Boys and Cecil B. DeMented. Paper Magazine has described these roles, including her casting as Donnie Darko`s sister opposite real-life brother Jake, as "the girl you're not supposed to notice".

Gyllenhaal's break-out role was in the black comedy Secretary (2002), a film about two people who embark on a mutually fulfilling BDSM lifestyle. The film earned Gyllenhaal widespread acclaim including a Golden Globe nomination, and marked the first time Gyllenhaal performed full frontal nudity on camera. Although impressed with the script, Gyllenhaal initially had some qualms about doing the film, which she believed could deliver an antifeminist message. But after carefully discussing the script with the film's director, Steven Shainberg, she agreed to join the project. Although insisting Shainberg did not exploit her, Gyllenhaal has said she felt "slightly taken advantage of" and in agreeing to do certain scenes she "conceded in a way that maybe in retrospect I wish I hadn't."

Gyllenhaal then had a series of supporting roles in films such as the Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman comedy Adaptation, and Mona Lisa Smile starring Julia Roberts. She also appeared in smaller independent films such as John Sayles's Casa de los Babys, and Criminal with John C. Reilly and Diego Luna. She recently played a love interest of Harold Crick, played by Will Ferrell, in Stranger Than Fiction.

Gyllenhaal has also appeared in the theater. She starred as Alice in the Mark Taper Forum production of Patrick Marber's Closer, and performed at the Taper in a production of Tony Kushner's Homebody/ Kabul. Kushner gave Gyllenhaal the role in Homebody/ Kabul on the strength of her performance in Closer.

She has modeled for Miu Miu, a branch of the Prada fashion house, and for Reebok.

Recently, it's been reported that Gyllenhaal has joined the cast of The Dark Knight as "Rachel Dawes" (originally played by Katie Holmes).

Personal life
Gyllenhaal has been in a relationship with actor Peter Sarsgaard since 2002. They announced their engagement in April 2006. They have a daughter, Ramona, born on October 3, 2006, and reside in Manhattan. Sarsgaard is close friends with her brother Jake.

In April 2003, Gyllenhaal spoke at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in her first college speaking engagement. Her comments focused on criticisms of the film industry and what her experience had been like thus far.

Gyllenhaal drew fire after an interview with NY1 at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival where she suggested that the United States was somewhat responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks. She remarked, "I think America has done reprehensible things and is responsible in some way..." In response to the criticism, she issued a statement saying that 9/11 was "an occasion to be brave enough to ask some serious questions about America's role in the world" and that it was "useful as individuals or nations to ask how we may have knowingly or unknowingly contributed to this conflict." She pointedly denied saying that the 9/11 attacks were deserved. Gyllenhaal later said that she regretted her comments, and asserted that film interviews were not the "right place" to discuss politics. Gyllenhaal also said that she had "nothing but gratitude and admiration" for firefighters and that she should have "been more gentle and more thoughtful" in her comments.

Gyllenhaal eventually met with Port Authority officer Will Jimeno and his wife, Allison, whom Gyllenhaal depicted in the 2006 film World Trade Center. Gyllenhaal said she would have left the project if the Jimenos wanted, but Allison Jimeno expressed that she and her husband were comfortable with her and "had no problem with her in [the] movie."

Maggie Gyllenhaal Casting Credits

The Dark Knight (2008) (filming) (rumored) .... Rachel Dawes
High Falls (2007)
Stranger Than Fiction (2006) .... Ana Pascal
World Trade Center (2006) .... Allison Jimeno
Monster House (2006) .... Zee
... aka Neighbourhood Crimes & Peepers (Philippines: English title: review title)
Paris, je t'aime (2006) .... Liz (segment 'Quartier des Enfants Rouges')
... aka Paris, I Love You (Hong Kong: English title)
SherryBaby (2006) .... Sherry Swanson
Trust the Man (2005) .... Elaine
The Great New Wonderful (2005) .... Emme Keeler
Happy Endings (2005) .... Jude
Criminal (2004) .... Valerie
The Pornographer: A Love Story (2004) .... Sidney
Strip Search (2004) (TV) .... Linda Sykes
Mona Lisa Smile (2003) .... Giselle Levy
Casa de los babys (2003) .... Jennifer
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) .... Debbie
... aka Confessions d'un homme dangereux (Canada: French title)
Adaptation. (2002) .... Caroline Cunningham
40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) .... Sam
... aka 40 jours et 40 nuits (France)
Secretary (2002) .... Lee Holloway
Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) .... Amelia
Donnie Darko (2001) .... Elizabeth Darko
... aka Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (USA: director's cut)
Cecil B. DeMented (2000) .... Raven
... aka Cecil B. Demented (France)
The Photographer (2000) .... Mira
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (1999) (TV)
Resurrection (1999) (TV) .... Mary
Homegrown (1998) .... Christina the Babysitter
The Patron Saint of Liars (1998) (TV) .... Lorraine Thomas
Shattered Mind (1996) (TV) .... Clothes Clerk
... aka The Terror Inside
A Dangerous Woman (1993) .... Patsy Bell
Waterland (1992) .... Maggie Ruth
The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007) (TV) .... Herself
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" .... Herself (1 episode, 2007)
- Episode dated 4 January 2007 (2007) TV Episode .... Herself
The Making of 'World Trade Center' (2006) (V) .... Herself
"Corazón de..." .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
- Episode dated 6 December 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2004-2006)
- Episode dated 1 December 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 17 March 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Daily Show" .... Herself (3 episodes, 2003-2006)
... aka The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (USA: new title)
... aka The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition (International: English title: cut version)
- Episode dated 11 September 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 28 July 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 15 December 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
"The View" .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
- Episode #10.4 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
"Late Show with David Letterman" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
... aka Late Show Backstage (USA: title for episodes with guest hosts)
... aka The Late Show (USA: informal short title)
- Episode dated 25 August 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 20 July 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"HBO First Look" .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
- Reel Love: The Making of 'Trust the Man' (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
"Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
... aka Live with Regis (USA: new title)
... aka Live with Regis & Kelly (USA: new title)
- Episode dated 7 August 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 21 July 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) (TV) .... Herself
The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself (presenter: Best Foreign Film)
The Misbehavers (2004) .... Herself
'Donnie Darko': Production Diary (2004) (V) .... Herself
"T4" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
- Episode dated 13 March 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004) (TV) .... Herself (presenter: Best Feature)
The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) (TV) .... Herself
In the Company of Women (2004) (TV) .... Herself
"Dinner for Five" .... Herself (1 episode, 2003)
- Episode #2.13 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
Beyond Borders: John Sayles in Mexico (2003) .... Herself
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" .... Herself (1 episode, 2003)
- Episode dated 2 January 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
Archive Footage:San Sebastián 2006: Crónica de Carlos Boyero (2006) (TV) .... Allison Jimeno
- Episode dated 5 November 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself