Maggie Grace
Maggie Grace
Margaret Grace Denig, best known as Maggie Grace, is an American actress. Originally from Worthington, Ohio, she dropped out of high school to move to Los Angeles with her mother after her parents' divorce. While struggling financially, she landed her first role as the title character in the web-based video series Rachel's Room in 2001.
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The Subtle Beauty Trend You Probably Didn't Notice At The Emmys
Huffington Post - 5 months
If you watched the Emmy Awards red carpet Sunday night, you might have noticed a few things: a lot of yellow gowns, for starters, and Sarah Paulson and Kerry Washington completely obliterating the game, for finishers.  One thing you may not have picked up on? An extremely heavy showing of not-so-heavy eyeliner. That’s right, stars like Kristen Bell and Tracee Ellis Ross traded in the typically deep, smoky liner look seen on the carpet for a softer, more natural look. Some appeared to opt for a lighter color than black and some wore none at all. All of them, of course, looked stunning and are totally inspiring our next night out makeup routine: Big lashes and minimal liner anyone? Take a look at some of our favorite looks from the night below. But fear not, heavy eyeliner enthusiasts. Emily Ratajkowski was on hand to satisfy your dramatic eye makeup craving. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post identified Georgia King as Maggie Grace. It has been updated to ref ...
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Escaping from the Dark
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
In the next 10 years we want to do two things: 1) Shine a light on how incredibly enormous, barbaric and ineffective our criminal justice system is. Most of us have some sense, but lack a true idea of the colossal depth of its hell. 2) Successfully utilize new technology and emerging trends in culture in creating a national movement to radically reform this beast. As many already know, we are in the final months of a new documentary feature film called The Survivors Guide to Prison-- an investigative report on the world's largest "corrections" system. What's exciting about this film besides the film itself, one we're incredibly proud of and excited to share with you, is the incredible coalition coming together to support it. Prison reform activists like Russell Simmons and Wayne Kramer have joined the ranks appearing in the film along with the incredible national organizations on the front lines like the ACLU and the Innocence Project. What we hope is going to be a l ...
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LOOK: Carolina Herrera Brings Elegance And Sophistication To NYFW
Huffington Post - about 4 years
As expected, elegance, femininity and sophistication reigned on the new Carolina Herrera Fall 2013 collection runway, which took place on Monday during the New York Fashion Week. Designs glowed with beautiful embellishments, flowing silk dresses, fresh two-piece sets prints, and a distinct pallet of colors that went from caramels and creams to blues, burgundies and reds. Subtle hairstyles and makeup, and modern accessories like sunglasses, ties and belts, gave a romantic touch to the creations. The ladylike offering defined one more time the glamorous style that has characterized the Venezuelan fashion designer for more than 30 years. Among the attendees, fashion icon and Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour, as well as actress Paz Vega and Maggie Grace, and supermodel Molly Sims were present to enjoy the event and find out what's next for Carolina. Take a look at Herrera’s new collection above and more about the Venezuelan designer below.
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Chris Kompanek: On the Culture Front: Let's Get Old Fashioned
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Stepping into the Dead Rabbit, the soon-to-open mid-19th-century-styled bar situated on a lonely stretch of Water Street, is like stepping through a wormhole into the days of Boss Tweed. The bar takes its name from the gang that used to rule over the area though those folks would probably have to take a shower before entering these pristine digs. Rich, dark wood and exposed beams dominate the downstairs taproom while elegantly painted light green panels frame a more formal atmosphere in the upstairs parlor. On both floors, the cocktail list is extensive, divided into countless categories from "Sours and Fizzes" to "Juleps and Smashes." It's a bit intimidating to take in at once, but the friendly bartenders and servers are happy to make recommendations. The "A La Taylor" from the "Communal Punch" menu features a Redbreast 12-year cask strength, while the "Spider" is doused with an ever-drinkable green tea-infused Tanqueray. The spirit list includes an extensive collection of si ...
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Fern Siegel: Stage Door: Picnic, Erth's Dinosaur Zoo
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Life in 1950s Kansas was no picnic. Beneath the repressive conventions of small-town life, desire smolders. In this poignant revival of William Inge's Picnic, now at the American Airlines Theater, sexual allure and sadness co-mingle with emotionally explosive results. When beefy drifter Hal Carter (super-buffed Sebastian Stan) comes to town, he ignites a variety of feelings in local beauty Madge (Maggie Grace) and her brainy tomboy sister Millie (Madeleine Martin). He also raises the protective instincts of Mrs. Potts (Ellen Burstyn) and the suspicions of the girls' weary mother (Mare Winningham). Both seasoned actresses are a pleasure to watch. The women are either trapped or longing for escape, which explains why the play packed punch in 1953, when it won the Pulitzer Prize. While some of its mores may seem dated, Picnic's excellent cast mines its emotional nuances. Hal is a braggart, a former fraternity brother of Alan (Ben Rappaport), the town's rich boy who is s ...
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Michael Giltz: Laurie Metcalf Breaks Down at Other Place; Revival No Picnic
Huffington Post - about 4 years
THE OTHER PLACE ** 1/2 out of **** PICNIC * 1/2 out of **** OPUS NO. 7 ** 1/2 out of **** DECEIT * 1/2 out of **** THE OTHER PLACE ** 1/2 out of **** MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB AT SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE Over-stuffed isn't quite the right word. I'm looking for a term that describes plays like this, plays with so many different storylines and ideas that they exhaust each other out. Whatever that word might be, playwright Sharr White attempts to juggle so many balls that it distracts from appreciating any of them. White offers up a confessional play filled with a present-day presentation, flashbacks and delusional memories. We're told about a teenage daughter who runs away from home and tragically disappears forever, a man accused of luring her away who is driven to suicide, a world-class scientist turned marketing maven launching a new pill that will be worth billions on the market, a mental and/or physical breakdown and the irony of that scientist suddenly suffering ...
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David Finkle: First Nighter: Picnic Seesaws, I, Malvolio Sasses
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Forgive me for putting it this way, but Picnic is no picnic. Or if the Roundabout revival of William Inge's 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning play -- about the drop-in macho fellow who stirs up a group of women for about 24 hours in a sleepy Kansas town -- comes across as something of a picnic, it's one invaded by too many ants. Okay, the metaphor will be discarded now in order to get to the very real problems that director Sam Gold's production runs into -- the first of which is the play itself. The frequently shirtless interloper is Hal Carter (six-pack-abbed Sebastian Stan here), and when Inge's steamy work initially appeared, it seemed as if -- I'm virtually certain about this -- he was intended to represent the kind of male life-force needed to awaken at least a few signs of awareness among several deeply dissatisfied ladies who've previously been misused by men. (Surely, that was the point of the movie adaptation with box-office draw William Holden at a point in his c ...
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Bryan Cain-Jackson: The Fight Against Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In the 2008 film Taken, a French thriller film co-written and produced by Luc Besson, starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen, Neeson portrays a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative who is trying to rescue his daughter after she is kidnapped by human traffickers while travelling abroad. The movie scored high with audiences for its entertainment value, although few bothered to examine whether it was based on fact. This happens every day. While being entertained by a film that's taken place abroad that and is believed to be mere fiction, it is believed that between 100,000 and 300,000 children are victims of human trafficking in the United States alone. One in three children is lured into commercial sexual exploitation in their first 48 hours on the streets. Awareness is the first step to change. I recently had the honor of interviewing Laurel Bellows, president of The American Bar Association (ABA). Laurel is one of the nation's leaders i ...
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Report: Fox Is Already Calling For 'Taken 3'
Business Insider - over 4 years
"Taken 2" hasn't been in theaters for a week, yet Fox is already talking about a third film. Screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen told the studio wants to carry on with the franchise after its huge $50 million opening weekend at the box office. "We didn’t start talking about [Taken 3] until we saw the numbers," said Kamen. "But then we said, ‘Oh, okay. I think we should do a third one.’ And Fox wants us to do a third one." There's just one thing. The lead actor may not be on board. Liam Neeson didn't believe the idea of a third film seemed credible last week while speaking to Empire magazine. "I don't think it's going to happen, I can't see a possible scenario, that audiences wouldn't go 'Oh, come on. She's taken again?'" Director Olivier Megaton said last week bets on a third film were off as well. "We want to work with Liam again on another movie, and the priority is to do something else, another movie," Megaton told Cinemablend. "I don't think that it will go ...
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"Taken 2" Did Not Taken My Breath Away
Mother Jones - over 4 years
Taken 2 20th Century Fox 92 minutes Taken 2 is an unqualified dud, and it has taken two hours of my life that I will never get back. Despite being the sequel to 2008's Taken (which is forever awesome) and starring the elder statesman of ass-kicking Liam Neeson, this entry into the series is nothing to be taken seriously. In the first film, Kim Mills (Maggie Grace), daughter of good-natured CIA torturer Bryan (Liam Neeson and Liam Neeson's stunt double) was taken by human-trafficking Albanians and chauvinist Arabs. He eventually un-takens her, using his very particular set of skills; namely the ability to massacre ethnic caricatures at will. In the second film, the families of the slaughtered Albanian stereotypes have taken it upon themselves to plot brutal vengeance. And so Bryan and ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) get taken, too, in Taken 2. I was taken aback by the conspicuous sparseness of the action; the set pieces that do crop up are lazily staged and disjointed. All of t ...
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Film: Movie Review: Taken 2
A.V. Club - over 4 years
When Taken hit screens in 2008, it benefitted from the shock of the new. Not that its content looked particularly novel. Executive producer and co-writer Luc Besson had already spent a couple of decades turning out serviceable-or-better Eurothrillers made in the model he helped create with films like La Femme Nikita. The shock came from the star doing the Eurothrilling: Liam Neeson, an actor of the first order, known for exuding introspective gentleness. Neeson was the last person most would think to cast as a pitiless killing machine, but there he was, carving his way through the Paris underworld in search of his suspiciously mature-looking teenage daughter (Maggie Grace), who’d been abducted by the sex slavers who apparently run rampant in the City Of Light.  Part of what makes Taken so entertaining, albeit sometimes unintentionally, is the way it portrays Europe as a pit of sin filled with snares ... Read more
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'Taken 2' Review: Pros and Cons
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
Back in 2008 an unlikely action star was born in Liam Neeson, the stoic "very serious actor" (and occasional Jedi) who, with one film, transformed himself from a handsome character actor to a powerful leading man. Since "Taken" was released he has battled all manner of foe -- wolves, battleship aliens, terrorists, maybe a ghost, the rest of the cast of "The A-Team" -- and come out on top, snarling and probably smoking some kind of cigar. Well, this week he returns to the movie that made him the six-foot-tall punching machine we love him to be. In "Taken 2," which costars original cast members Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace, the whole family is in jeopardy after the relatives of the two dozen people Neeson mowed down in the first one come looking for revenge. Bloody, bloody revenge. Luckily, Neeson has a particular set of skills… (Warning: Spoilers Below) Pro: It's "Taken 2" When people have asked me over the last couple of weeks how "Taken 2" is, I shrug and say, "Well, it's ' ...
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Maggie Grace: Liam Neeson Is Protective Of Me Off Screen Too!
Access Hollywood - over 4 years
In “Taken” and its sequel, Liam Neeson’s character Kim goes to great lengths to protect his daughter, played by Maggie Grace, and the actress said his paternal nature continues off-screen also.
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Famke Janssen, 'Taken 2' Star, On 'X-Men' And Why The 'Bond Girl' Title Is 'Demeaning'
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
This Friday, Famke Janssen returns in the Liam Neeson-led hostage thriller "Taken 2." In the first movie, she didn't have much to work with, as the storyline mainly revolved around Neeson's character looking to save his daughter (played by Maggie Grace) Thankfully, she has much more to do in the sequel. Not only does she get (SPOILER ALERT!) taken, she also gets to develop a romantic relationship with Neeson after her current marriage dissolves. We got to talk to Janssen, who is also launching her first feature as a writer/director/producer in "Bringing Up Bobby" (out now in limited release), about "Taken 2," her role as Jean Grey in the "X-Men" movies and what shape her career will take moving forward. Also, if you ever run into the statuesque beauty, do not bring up the fact that she was a Bond Girl (as Xenia Onatopp in 1995's "Goldeneye"). She really doesn't like that. What brought you back for "Taken 2"? Many different things. I was very pleased to be working with Liam again, ...
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Just Who Is Ralph Fiennes Playing In 'Skyfall'?
MTV News - over 4 years
A new image from the James Bond Facebook page informs us that Ralph Fiennes will be playing a character named Mallory in "Skyfall." Did any notice that both Mallory and M start with the letter "M"? Interesting... Also, Al Pacino and Christopher Walken are "Stand Up Guys," and there are two Viggo's in today's Dailies! » Camp Lo reviews "Finding Nemo 3-D" [Next Movie] » The trailer for "Stand Up Guys" is actually pretty great. [Ain't It Cool] » "Texas Chainsaw 3-D" on the other hand... [Screen Crush] » "The Oranges" gets a kind of dirty red band trailer. [Collider] » Here's a clip of Maggie Grace from "Taken 2." [The Playlist] » Trey Parker and Matt Stone say there's no plans for a "Book of Mormon" movie yet. [] » It's a Spanish-speaking Viggo Mortensen, and there are two of them. [The Playlist] » Mallory is a girl's name. [Facebook] Welcome to the Dailies, where the MTV Movies team runs down all the film and television news, ...
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Maggie Grace Impressed By Taken 2 Script
Female First - over 4 years
Maggie Grace says that it was that script for Taken 2 that made her want to reprise the role of Kim.
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Robert Pattinson Featured in New TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 Still
The Daily Blam - over 4 years
Summit Entertainment's highly anticipated THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2 stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner and is scheduled for theatrical release this November. The next and final chapter in THE TWILIGHT SAGA, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2 will arrive in theatres on November 16, 2012. Academy Award® winner Bill Condon directed both the first and second part of the two-part finale starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Maggie Grace, Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Kellan Lutz, Jamie Campbell Bower, Nikki Reed, Mackenzie Foy, Jackson Rathbone, Lee Pace, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser and Billy Burke. The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series, was written by Melissa Rosenberg with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing. read more
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Geoff Cox’s guide to new DVDs: Battleship, Lockout, Marley
The Bucks Herald - over 4 years
Nonsensical and patriotic to a ridiculous degree, BATTLESHIP (12: Universal) is a special effects extravaganza that makes up the rules as it goes along. After Transformers and GI Joe, this is the third Hasbro toy-to-film franchise and it doesn’t mess with a winning format. Essentially, it’s Transformers at sea with rebellious no-hoper Lt Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), keen to win the respect of his girlfriend’s father, turned into a naval hero who must fight off alien invaders. These creatures are snake-eyed cyborgs who pilot ocean-hopping spacecraft, armed with giant yo-yo weaponry. Once he’s got the soap opera out of the way, director Peter (Hancock) Berg delivers grand-scale wanton destruction that’s dumb fun personified. When in doubt, Berg defaults to disaster mode with CGI vistas nabbed from blockbusters like Titanic, 2012 and Pearl Harbor. Highlights include the title game replicated as a grid map based on tsunami-warning buoy positions and war veterans wheeled into action t ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Maggie Grace
  • 2016
    Age 32
    In February 2016, Grace announced that they had split up.
    More Details Hide Details Grace often credits her mother as her source of inspiration. When asked about her closest friend, she said that she and her mother were more like sisters and that she is "lucky to have an exceptionally cool mum." She is a self-proclaimed Anglophile, having written to a pen pal in the Lake District from the age of eight, having first visited England at 13 years old, and admiring a number of English poets as well as William Shakespeare. She calls herself very clumsy, claiming to "trip over my legs all the time," and was jokingly nicknamed "Maggie Graceless" by one of her former castmates. She plays in a Los Angeles kickball league with her friends.
  • 2015
    Age 31
    On February 18, 2015, Grace announced her engagement to Matthew Cooke via Instagram.
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  • 2013
    Age 29
    She also made her first appearance as a guest star in the Showtime Series Californication in January 2013 where she plays a groupie and muse to the rock and roll world as well as the personal interest of Hank Moody, starring David Duchovny.
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  • 2012
    Age 28
    In December 2012, it was announced Grace would be making her Broadway debut in Picnic.
    More Details Hide Details The play opened for previews on December 14, running at the American Airlines Theatre. Sebastian Stan co-stars with Grace in the Pulitzer Prize winning play. In February 2015, it was announced that the actress would be leading a new CBS series titled Code Black, but later exited the show for creative reasons.
  • 2010
    Age 26
    On September 2010, it was revealed that Grace was chosen to play Irina in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2.
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    In 2010, Grace starred in the drama Flying Lessons, and appeared opposite Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in James Mangold's film Knight and Day, as well as in Faster, with Dwayne Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details Grace's busy schedule prevented her from returning as Shannon in "LA X", the season premiere for Losts sixth and final season, but she eventually returned for the series finale "The End".
  • 2009
    Age 25
    She played the lead in Simon Fellows' 2009 Malice in Wonderland, a modern adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
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  • 2008
    Age 24
    From 2008 to 2009, she dated Blake Mycoskie, a contestant on the second season of The Amazing Race and founder of TOMS Shoes.
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    She starred in the 2008 thriller film Taken with Liam Neeson, who was at the top of a list of male actors Grace wished to work with that she had written just two months before she was cast.
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  • 2007
    Age 23
    In 2007, she starred in The Jane Austen Book Club, based on Karen Joy Fowler's novel of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details She is a fan of Jane Austen and had read Fowler's novel when it was released in 2004. When she was given the film's script, she met with the director Robin Swicord, with whom she says she "geeked out", and was given the role of Allegra, an openly lesbian 20-year-old. After the filming of The Jane Austen Book Club was completed, Grace briefly returned to Hawaii to shoot a guest spot on the Lost season 3 episode "Exposé".
    Grace's next role was in the 2007 independent film Suburban Girl, alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alec Baldwin.
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  • 2006
    Age 22
    Grace and Ian Somerhalder, her onscreen stepbrother, dated in April 2006 after both had left Lost.
    More Details Hide Details When asked about Somerhalder in August, she stated, "Ian's great, I adore him, although I'm only 22 – far too young to even think about having a serious relationship." While still working on Lost, Grace and Somerhalder adopted a feral cat named Roo which they found "literally dying" in the jungle on the set. She said that the cat is now her "travel buddy."
  • 2005
    Age 21
    Variety reported in May 2005 that Grace was in negotiations to play X-Men character Kitty Pryde in the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand, but in July, auditions were reportedly being held for her replacement.
    More Details Hide Details The role ultimately went to Ellen Page, and Grace later revealed that she had never been contacted about the role and was surprised to read that she was up for the part in question.
    After ranking at #27 on Maxims Hot 100 list of 2005, she returned for Losts second season.
    More Details Hide Details Her character was killed in the season's eighth episode, "Collision", when the series' writers began to feel that the character's "story avenues were limited". Executive producer Carlton Cuse said that Grace's departure from the show was "sort of a win-win" as she was eager to enter a full-time career in film. After leaving the series, she nevertheless joined the other principal Lost cast members of season 2 onstage at the 12th Screen Actors Guild Awards where Lost won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
    She lived in Hawaii during the filming of the show's first season, and signed on to star opposite Tom Welling in The Fog, a 2005 remake of the 1980 horror film of the same name, as a character originally played by Jamie Lee Curtis.
    More Details Hide Details Though the filming of Lost was supposed to have ended before The Fog began, the productions coincided due to Losts extended season finale and Grace flew between the two sets, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu and on Bowen Island in British Columbia, Canada.
    She was nominated in 2005 for a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Performance – Female for her role on Lost, but lost to Desperate Housewives Eva Longoria.
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  • 2004
    Age 20
    In mid-2004, Grace's agent sent her the script for the pilot episode of Lost; she was given the role of Shannon Rutherford after a successful audition.
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  • 2002
    Age 18
    Her breakout role was on 2002's television movie Murder in Greenwich, based on the true story of 15-year-old Martha Moxley's murder.
    More Details Hide Details She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her portrayal of Moxley in the Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actress category, but lost to Clara Bryant for Tru Confessions. She went on to feature in minor roles on the television series CSI: Miami, The Lyon's Den, Miracles, Like Family, Cold Case and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the films Twelve Mile Road and Creature Unknown.
    Her next role was on the 2002 television series Septuplets, which was cancelled before the first episode had aired.
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  • 2001
    Age 17
    Grace acquired an agent within a week of relocating to Los Angeles and enrolled in acting classes. She landed her first role in Rachel's Room, a 2001 web-based video series about the affairs inside a teenage girl's bedroom that was created by Dawson's Creek executive producer Paul Stupin.
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  • 2000
    Age 16
    She attended Worthington Christian Schools from kindergarten through ninth grade and briefly attended Thomas Worthington High School, where she began acting in school plays and community theater, including a 2000 Gallery Players production of The Crucible, at a local Jewish Community Center (though she is not Jewish).
    More Details Hide Details As a kid Grace was a big reader and a self described "Shakespeare nerd" telling the LA Times that at age 13, she "was really into Jane Austen, kind of like how some kids are into Star Trek. Her parents divorced "amicably" when she was 16 years old, and her mother sought a "fresh start". Grace dropped out of high school to move to Los Angeles, California with her mother, while her younger siblings Ian Denig and Marissa Palatas (married to Nick Palatas) continued to live with their father. In Los Angeles, Grace and her mother moved around often as they struggled financially, taking out short-term rents rather than paying for permanent residence while eating a basic diet, as it was all they could afford. box I landed a few bit parts; nothing substantial, but LA taught me to grow up... I was lucky I never got hooked into anything, but I saw the drugs, the partying.
  • 1983
    Born on September 21, 1983.
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