Maggie Gyllenhaal
Actress
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Margaret Ruth "Maggie" Gyllenhaal is an American actress. She is the daughter of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner and the older sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal. She made her screen debut when she began to appear in her father's films. Gyllenhaal achieved recognition in a supporting role in the independent cult film, Donnie Darko (2001).
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Lena Dunham in HBO's Girls' Final Season: Ink, Thighs, Neurosis and All
Huffington Post - 17 days
After you have seen more of Lena Dunham's body than that of any other serious actress, there's always the question of how you will greet her in the flesh, clothed and social, as at the spectacular HBO party thrown for the dynamic Girls quartet at Cipriani 42nd Street this week. Guests had just come from Alice Tully Hall, from a preview of an opening double episode, and a second, the first featuring Dunham's Hannah sunbathing her most private part in Montauk. That moment gave pause to a more demure Maggie Gyllenhaal who revealed that she shows skin in her new series, "The Deuce," in which she plays a prostitute. "I come from an older generation of women," said Gyllenhaal with regard to Dunham's unashamed nakedness and frank display of sexuality. No matter, everyone applauds Dunham's brilliance as a writer and actress: her brave approach to normalizing the female image in every perfect imperfection is simply groundbreaking. Catching up with Lena Dunham, you realize that she is not thin ...
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Maggie Gyllenhaal on porn, feminism and Hillary Clinton
CBS News - 7 months
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HBO Golden Globes Party Dazzled
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Ricky Gervais and David Oyelowo at HBO Golden Globes After Party 2016 (all photo credit: Filmmagic) Once again the premium ticket after the Golden Globes award show was the HBO after party, where reportedly 1200 stars, artists, producers and executives mingled and touted the evenings results as guests, nominees and winners headed downstairs from the banquet room where the awards show is televised at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles to the lower level where multiple parties happen back to back under the highest security. Entrée to each party is of course an exclusive ticket. The HBO party took over the famed Trader Vics, patio and pool outside with a tented dance floor and DJs spinning records all night. Oscar Issac wins best actor for HBO's Show Me A Hero Oscar Isaac was there with his Golden Globe win for actor in a limited series for HBO's Show Me a Hero, HBO's win of the night. John Hamm, Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Elisabeth R ...
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Gotham Independent Film Awards’ Red Carpet
NYTimes - about 1 year
See what Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julianne Moore and Dascha Polanco wore to the award show.
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ArtsBeat: Maggie Gyllenhaal Withdraws From a Downtown Show to Focus on Broadway Debut
NYTimes - about 3 years
Ms. Gyllenhaal dropped out of MCC Theater’s production of “The Village Bike,” an acclaimed British play, to focus on her role in Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing.”     
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Maggie Gyllenhaal to star with Ewan McGregor in 'The Real Thing'
LATimes - about 3 years
Maggie Gyllenhaal will play the role originated by Glenn Close on Broadway in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing," which is set to open Oct. 30 in a production by the Roundabout Theatre in New York.
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Check Out The Stars Who Left Us Perplexed On This Week's Worst Dressed List
Huffington Post - about 3 years
While there were certainly some style standouts over the past few days, there are also moments that were destined to land on the week's worst-dressed list. And sadly, Kelly Rowland and Coco Rocha were amongst the ladies who had us scratching our heads. However, the star who really missed the mark was Maggie Gyllenhaal, who attended designer Rachel Comey's Fashion Week show in an patterned coat that looked like she just stepped off the set of "Game of Thrones." Check out our picks for worst-dressed of the week and let us know if you agree. Michelle Rodriguez From her posture to her just-left-the-gym hair, Michelle does nothing to enhance her natural beauty or this gown's stunning design. Kelly Rowland Oh Kelly, we expect so much more from you. There is enough fabric in this frock to make three separate dresses, and it has completely swallowed the singer's fabulous figure. And the uneven hemline combined with those gold pointy-toe kitten heels is just wrong. Maggie Gyll ...
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T Magazine: Art Matters | Sexy Beast
NYTimes - about 3 years
Matthew Barney’s film “River of Fundament” summons Norman Mailer, Egyptian mythology, an oboe-playing porn star and one dead cow. In this oral history, Barney, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ellen Burstyn, Aimee Mullins and others involved in the project reflect on the experience. Plus: exclusive video commentary from the artist.     
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Celebrities Spotted Out and About at Sundance
Ok Magazine - about 3 years
Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul stops by the Udi’s Gluten Free Table at Sundance. A fit Kellan Lutz and a pregnant Kendra Wilkinson stopped by the Talent Resources suite to fill up on healthy snacks from Gardein including chick’n sliders and mandarin orange crispy chick’n satay.  Kendra shared her commitment to eating healthy during her pregnancy and is even opting for gluten-free options whenever possible. Emile Hirsch attended Kari Feinstein’s Style Lounge and picked up some black Khombu snow boots that he was planning to wear during his time at Sundance. Models Ireland Baldwin and Chanel Iman decided to escape Main Street to hit the slopes with Oakley Learn To Ride. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lance Bass, Lil Jon, and Gilles Marini were among the celebs that came out for the Sabra Grab N Go Café supporting Feeding America at Village at the Lift. Christina Hendricks picked up a bracelet from AMI Clubwear at the Kari Feinstein’s Style Lounge. Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell stopped by ...
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Girl Scout Cookies
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Credit: Flickr/Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar It's Girl Scout Cookie season, and it couldn't have come sooner. Your freezer is empty of Thin Mints. You freebased your last Samoa a month ago. Now's your chance to hit up your not-at-all-aggressive co-worker and score a stash from her niece. But where do these magical cookies come from? (Hint: They aren't made of or by Girl Scouts.) Who holds the sales record? Check out some little-known facts below, and then go order 20 boxes. That should get you through March. Credit: Wikipedia 1. These cookies are older than your grandma. The tradition of Girl Scout Cookie sales began in 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop from Muskogee, OK, stopped kissing people and began selling simple sugar cookies in their high school cafeteria as a service project. Another fun fact: Apparently Maggie Gyllenhaal was a Girl Scout in 1917. Credit: Wikipedia/Jonathunder 2. You can make the original recipe at home. If you feel like taking a trip back in time a ...
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Keira Knightley's 'Laggies' And Other Breakout Films From The First Weekend Of Sundance
Popeater - about 3 years
The first weekend of Sundance is kind of like starting a new job over and over again every year. You can figure out where to be and what to wear, but you don't know any of the details. At Sundance, we don't know which films will live up to the pre-festival hype, which will quickly deflate and which might sneak under the radar and explode like confetti in the sky after the first screening. As the years stack, you learn to keep an open mind and a fluid schedule so that you can jump on the next "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" or "Fruitvale Station" as soon as possible. Here are three films from the opening weekend of Sundance that caught our eye -- not only for the filmmaking, but for the dazzling movie stars in them: "Laggies" It takes a hell of a lot to get someone excited for an 8:30 a.m. screening on a Saturday morning, but Sundance queen, filmmaker Lynn Shelton ("Humpday," "Your Sister's Sister"), did exactly that. Billed as a coming-of-age story starring Keira Knightley, Chloë G ...
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<i>Out of the Furnace</i>: An Awesome Sleeper Movie!
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Just when I thought this wonderful movie season could not get any better... it did. My Huffington readers are well aware of my rather far-out opinions via many reviews here of recent films, from the highly favorable Twelve Years a Slave, Blue Jasmine, Mandela, Dallas Buyers Club, Blue is the Warmest Color to the highly disliked The Prisoners and The Counselor (whose director, Ridley Scott, along with Leonard DiCaprio, are two of the producers of the film I am reviewing herein) and even some just-to-me blah films Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis, there are still a few upcoming which I am anxious to see: Labor Day, Saving Mr. Banks, The Wolf of Wall Street but last night I attended a screening at the CAA theatre of an unheralded (to me) film, Out of the Furance, which shook me up and upended my opinions about the best of the year. I decided to go at the last minute because I am a fan of Christian Bale, the fine actor who is playing the lead role in this grimy, brutal and brilliant dra ...
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Maggie Gyllenhaal tops celebrity birthdays for November 16
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is celebrating her birthday today.
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Watch this: Celebrities and whistleblowers join to incite NSA protest
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has enlisted the help of high-profile whistleblowers and celebrities for a new video. "Stop Watching Us: The Video" is a call to arms; it sees celebrities, whistleblowers, activists, and politicians speaking out against mass surveillance and the NSA. Among the celebrity speakers on the video are John Cusack, Oliver Stone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Wil Wheaton. It's hoped that the high-profile faces will help persuade people to rally against the NSA's "dragnet surveillance of our communications."
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John Cusack and Maggie Gyllenhaal Get Angry in a Political Ad About NSA Surveillance
The New Republic - over 3 years
Privacy and celebrity aren't particularly well-acquainted concepts. But actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and John Cusack appear in a new PSA video calling for an end to NSA surveillance practices.The video opens with Daniel Ellsberg, the legendary former U.S. military analyst who released the Pentagon Paper
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Bits Blog: Hollywood Stars Ask N.S.A. to Stop Mass Surveillance
NYTimes - over 3 years
The Electronic Frontier Foundation produced a video, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and John Cusack, among others, that criticizes spying practices and government data collection.     
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Maggie Gyllenhaal
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 38
    In August 2016, the audiobook mega provider Audible announced that Gyllenhaal's narration performance of Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy was available for purchase.
    More Details Hide Details Gyllenhaal, when interviewed about the experience said, "Making this, doing this, I feel like it's one of the major accomplishments of my work life."
  • 2014
    Age 36
    Also in 2014 she played Hathfertiti in Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler's River of Fundament.
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    In 2014, she played the title role as an Anglo-Israeli business-woman in the BBC Television series, The Honourable Woman.
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    In 2014, she made her Broadway debut in a revival of The Real Thing, and also starred in the television BBC miniseries The Honourable Woman.
    More Details Hide Details For her performance in the latter she won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Gyllenhaal was born in New York City, the daughter of Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal (née Achs) and Stephen Gyllenhaal. Her father is a film director and writer and her mother is a screenwriter. She has one sibling, actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Her father, who was raised in the Swedenborgian religion, is of Swedish and English ancestry, and is a member of the Gyllenhaal family. Her last native Swedish ancestor was her great-great-grandfather Anders Leonard Gyllenhaal, a descendant of Leonard Gyllenhaal, a leading Swedenborgian who supported the printing and spreading of Swedenborg's writings. Her mother was born in New York City, and is from a Jewish family which emigrated from Russia and Poland. Her mother's first husband was Eric Foner, a noted historian and history professor at Columbia University. Gyllenhaal has stated that she "grew up mostly Jewish, culturally", though she did not attend Hebrew school.
  • 2013
    Age 35
    The first name on Maggie's birth certificate is "Margalit", which she did not discover until 2013, when she officially changed it to "Maggie".
    More Details Hide Details Margalit is a Hebrew word meaning "pearl"; some news stories have spelled it "Margolit". Gyllenhaal grew up in Los Angeles, and studied at the Harvard–Westlake prep school. In 1995, she graduated from Harvard–Westlake and moved to New York to attend Columbia University, where she studied literature and Eastern religions. Gyllenhaal's first films—her feature film debut at the age of 15, Waterland (1992); A Dangerous Woman (1993); and Homegrown (1998)—were directed by her father; the last two also featured her brother; they had supporting roles as children. With their mother, she and Jake appeared in two episodes of Molto Mario, an Italian cooking show on the Food Network. After graduating from college, she played supporting roles in films like Cecil B. Demented (2000) and Riding in Cars with Boys (2001). Gyllenhaal later achieved recognition in her own right playing her real brother's on-screen sister in the indie cult hit Donnie Darko (2001).
  • 2012
    Age 34
    In the 2012 film Won't Back Down, she played a parent involved in a parent trigger takeover of her child's school.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared as a Secret Service agent in the action-thriller White House Down (2013).
  • 2011
    Age 33
    In February 2011, Gyllenhaal starred in another Anton Chekhov production as the character Masha in Austin Pendleton's Three Sisters at the Classic Stage Company.
    More Details Hide Details The play focuses on the Prozorov sisters (Gyllenhaal, Jessica Hecht, and Juliet Rylance) "unlucky in love, unhappy in the provinces and longing to return to Moscow", as summarized by Bloomberg's Jeremy Gerard. The off-Broadway production began preview performances on January 12, with a limited engagement through March 6.
  • 2010
    Age 32
    In 2010, Gyllenhaal appeared in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, the sequel to the 2005 film Nanny McPhee.
    More Details Hide Details The role required her to speak with an English accent. The feature received mixed reviews, and earned US$93 million worldwide. Away from acting, she served as host of the PBS television documentary series Independent Lens. Gyllenhaal also appeared in Hysteria, an independent movie focusing on the creation of the vibrator.
  • 2009
    Age 31
    Gyllenhaal played Yelena Andreevna in the Classic Stage Company's 2009 Off-Broadway production of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details The cast also included Peter Sarsgaard, Mamie Gummer, Denis Leary, and George Foreman. The production, directed by Martin Scorsese, began previews on January 17 and ended its limited run on March 1. Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News was less than enthusiastic about her performance, writing: "Gyllenhaal, who was so dynamic as a druggie in the film Sherrybaby, plays Yelena with a slow-mo saunter and monotonous pasted-on smile that makes it seem as if she's been in Sherry's stash." However, Malcolm Johnson of the Hartford Courant was complimentary, noting that she "ultimately blossoms" as the character. Gyllenhaal agreed to appear in the comedy film Away We Go, where she plays a bohemian college professor who is an old friend of John Krasinski's character. The film generated broadly mixed reviews, with Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly describing Gyllenhaal's subplot as "over-the-top". However, A. O. Scott of The New York Times praised Gyllenhaal and co-star Allison Janney for their performances, writing that "both are quite funny". Scott concluded with, "Ms. Gyllenhaal's line about sex roles in 'the seahorse community' is the screenplay's one clean satirical bull's-eye". Her next role came in the musical-drama Crazy Heart, in which she played journalist Jean Craddock, who falls for musician Bad Blake, played by Jeff Bridges. The movie received favorable reviews, with Gyllenhaal receiving praise from critics. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone reported that Gyllenhaal was "funny, touching and vital as Jean" and that her part was "conventionally conceived, but Gyllenhaal plays it with a tough core of intelligence and feeling."
  • 2008
    Age 30
    Gyllenhaal supported Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details She has campaigned on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an organization her family strongly supports. In June 2013, Gyllenhaal and numerous other celebrities appeared in a video showing support for Chelsea Manning. Gyllenhaal is also a supporter of Witness, a non-profit organization that uses video and online technologies to expose human rights violations. She co-hosted a benefit dinner with founder Peter Gabriel in November 2007. Gyllenhaal helped raise funds for TrickleUp.org, a non-profit organization that helps impoverished people start a micro-enterprise. For one of the fundraisers, Gyllenhaal helped design and promote a necklace that sold for US$100; all proceeds from sales went to the charity. Since 2008, Gyllenhaal has been supporting the Hear the World Foundation as ambassador. In her role she is advocating for equal opportunities and better quality of life for people with hearing loss. In October 2008 she hosted a fashion show event called "Fashionably Natural", which was presented by Gen Art and SoyJoy in Los Angeles. The show featured four up-and-coming designers who worked only with all-natural and eco-friendly fabrics and materials.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2006
    Age 28
    For her work, Gyllenhaal earned her second Golden Globe Best Actress nomination and won the Best Actress category award at the 2006 Stockholm International Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in The Dark Knight (2008), the sequel to Batman Begins (2005), in which she replaced Katie Holmes as Assistant District Attorney, Rachel Dawes. Gyllenhaal acknowledged her character was a damsel in distress to an extent, but said director Christopher Nolan sought ways to empower her character, so "Rachel's really clear about what's important to her and unwilling to compromise her morals, which made a nice change" from the many conflicted characters she had previously portrayed. The Dark Knight was a financial and critical success, setting a new opening weekend box office record for North America. With revenue of US$1 billion worldwide, it became the fourth-highest grossing film of all time, and remains Gyllenhaal's most commercially successful picture to date. In a Salon review of the film, Stephanie Zacharek called Gyllenhaal's character "a tough cookie in a Stanwyck-style bias-cut gown" and stated that "the movie feels smarter and more supple when she's on-screen". IGN film critic Todd Gilchrist wrote, "Gyllenhaal adds real depth and energy to Rachel Dawes".
    Following Happy Endings, she starred in the 2006 films Trust the Man, Stranger than Fiction, Monster House, World Trade Center, and Sherrybaby.
    More Details Hide Details In Trust the Man, featuring Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, and Billy Crudup, she played Elaine, who has been dating Tobey, Crudup's character, for seven years and has begun to feel that it is time for her to settle down and start a family. The film was critically and financially unsuccessful. Ethan Alter of Premiere felt that the performances by Gyllenhaal and Duchovny were "much more at ease" and concluded with "that's probably because they're played these characters many times before". In Stranger than Fiction, Gyllenhaal played a love interest of Harold Crick, played by Will Ferrell. Her performance in the film received favorable reviews; Mike Straka of Fox News wrote: "Gyllenhaal has never been sexier in any film before and her interplay with Ferrell will propel her to more A-list films, leaving her indie-darling days behind, no doubt." She voiced Elizabeth "Zee" in the computer animated horror film Monster House. Gyllenhaal played Allison Jimeno, the wife of Port Authority officer Will Jimeno, in Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, based on the September 11 attacks in New York City. She regarded this as "one of the films she most enjoyed making". The film received favorable reviews and proved to be an international success, earning US$162 million worldwide.
  • 2005
    Age 27
    In 2005, Gyllenhaal drew controversy for her statement that the September 11 attacks were "an occasion to be brave enough to ask some serious questions about America's role in the world...
    More Details Hide Details It is always useful as individuals or nations to ask how we may have knowingly or unknowingly contributed to this conflict." Gyllenhaal took part in Artists United to Win Without War, a campaign started by Robert Greenwald with the aim of advancing progressive causes and voicing opposition to the Iraq War. She and her brother Jake filmed a commercial for Rock the Vote, and visited the University of Southern California (USC) campus to encourage students to vote in the 2004 U.S. presidential election, in which she supported John Kerry.
    Gyllenhaal's next film role was in the 2005 comedy-drama Happy Endings, in which she played an adventuress singer who seduces a young gay musician (Jason Ritter) as well as his rich father (Tom Arnold).
    More Details Hide Details She recorded songs for the movie's soundtrack, calling the role the "roughest, scariest acting ever" and adding she is more natural when singing on screen than when acting. Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly declared Gyllenhaal's performance "as wonderfully, naturally slouchy-sexy as her character is artificial".
  • 2004
    Age 26
    Viewed as a sex symbol, she was ranked in the "Hot 100 List" by Maxim magazine in 2004 and 2005.
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    In 2004, Gyllenhaal returned to theater in a Los Angeles production of Tony Kushner's Homebody/ Kabul as Priscilla, the Homebody's daughter, who spends most of the play searching for her elusive mother in Kabul, Afghanistan.
    More Details Hide Details Kushner gave her the role in Homebody/ Kabul on the strength of her performance in Closer. Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote: "Ms. Gyllenhaal provides the essential bridge between the parts of the play's title." John Heilpern of The New York Observer noted that Gyllenhaal's performance was "compelling".
    Gyllenhaal was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details She starred in the HBO film Strip Search (2004), where she portrayed an American student in China suspected of terrorism.
  • 2003
    Age 25
    In 2003, she co-starred with Julia Roberts in Mona Lisa Smile in the role of Giselle.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, she revealed the reason for accepting the role was "to play somebody who feels confident in herself as a sexy, beautiful woman". The film generated mostly critical reviews, with Manohla Dargis of the Los Angeles Times describing it as "smug and reductive". Her next roles were in smaller independent films: Casa de los Babys (2003), a story about six American women impatiently waiting out their lengthy residency requirements in an unidentified South American country before picking up their adoptive babies, and Criminal (2004), a remake of the Argentinian film Nine Queens, with John C. Reilly and Diego Luna. Gyllenhaal plays an honest hotel manager forced to help her crooked brother (Reilly) by seducing one of his victims.
  • 2002
    Age 24
    Gyllenhaal began a relationship with actor Peter Sarsgaard, a close friend of her brother Jake, in 2002. They announced their engagement in April 2006, and married on May 2, 2009, in a small chapel in Brindisi, Italy.
    More Details Hide Details They have two daughters, Ramona (b. 2006) and Gloria Ray Sarsgaard (b. 2012). The family lives in Brooklyn, New York. Gyllenhaal is politically active. At the 18th Independent Spirit Awards, she spoke out against the Iraq war, stating the reason for the invasion was "oil and imperialism".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Born
    Her parents married in 1977, and filed for divorce in October 2008.
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