Maggie Gyllenhaal

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Maggie Gyllenhaal (2017)

Margolit "Maggie" Ruth Gyllenhaal [ 'dʒɪlənhɑl ] (born November 16, 1977 in New York City ) is an American actress .

life and career

Maggie Gyllenhaal is the daughter of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and producer and writer Naomi Foner . Her brother is the actor Jake Gyllenhaal . The paternal family is of English and Swedish origin and belongs to the old nobility of Sweden; It was in 1652 ennobled . Her maternal family is of Lithuanian and Russian-Jewish origin.

Born in New York City, Gyllenhaal grew up mostly in Los Angeles , California , and attended school there. In 1995 she went back to her hometown and took up a degree in literature and eastern religions at Columbia University , which she completed in 1999 with a bachelor's degree. Gyllenhaal then moved to London , where she trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art .

However, Gyllenhaal was able to gain her first acting experience before her studies: While she was still at school, she made her debut in her father's films, in 1992 in Waterland , in 1993 in A Dangerous Woman , this time alongside her brother Jake. The actress first attracted attention in 2001 with her roles in Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko and Unterwegs mit Jungs .

Gyllenhaal's role as masochistic secretary in Steven Shainberg's Secretary in 2002 earned her her first Golden Globe nomination, and she was also awarded the Young Talent Award at the IFP / Gotham Awards in New York. In 2003 she played one of the leading roles in the film drama Mona Lisa's smile alongside Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst .

In 2008 she took on the role of Rachel Dawes in the comic book adaptation The Dark Knight , replacing Katie Holmes from the previous film. The film became a huge commercial success. In 2010 she was honored for her supporting role of a journalist in the music film Crazy Heart for the Oscar nominated. 2013 saw Gyllenhaal in the action thriller White House Down in the role of a government agent.

In 2017 she was appointed to the competition jury of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival after her brother took on the same role in 2012 .


Maggie Gyllenhaal has been married to actor Peter Sarsgaard since 2009 , whom she met in 2003 while filming the previously unreleased low-budget film In God's Hands . They have two daughters together. Also politically Gyllenhaal is regularly active. In 2005 it came under fire in the wake of some statements regarding the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 . She had blamed the United States for the terrorist attacks.



Web links

Commons : Maggie Gyllenhaal  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. Shahesta Shaitly: Interview: Maggie Gyllenhaal: 'I'm claustrophobic, it's taken years to be OK on the subway'. In: The Observer . July 12, 2014, accessed September 7, 2019 .
  2. Maggie Gyllenhaal. In: Retrieved September 7, 2019 .
  3. outcry Actress Gyllenhaal in 11.09. In: BBC News . April 27, 2005, accessed September 7, 2019 .