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Kate Mara is another promising young actress worthy of attention.

Here is the link to her Internet Movie Database site: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0544718/

Some info on Kate Mara:

Kate Mara, now 22 years old, was born in 1983 (date unknown) and grew up in Bedford in Westchester County, New York. She has a older brother Dan.

Ms. Mara graduated Fox Lane High School a year early. She was accepted at the prestigious NYU Tisch School of the Arts but deferred for 3 consecutive years due to acting and singing.

She first appeared on the television drama "Law & Order" in 1997, and began her professional career at age fourteen in the film "Random Hearts", directed by Sydney Pollack, in 1999. She went on to guest star on numerous television series, including "Madigan Men", "Ed", and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit". Recurring parts on the series "Everwood" and "Nip/Tuck" soon followed. Her most recent television appearances have been a large recurring role on the WB Television Network series "Jack & Bobby", as well as computer analyst Shari Rothenberg on the Fox Network series "24".

Mara has appeared in several feature films, most notably the Sundance Film Festival award-winning films "Tadpole", alongside Sigourney Weaver, and "Joe the King", as well as a small supporting role in Academy Award-winning "Brokeback Mountain". She just finished shooting "The Return of Zoom" with Tim Allen and Courteney Cox and before that, "Full of It" for New Line Cinema. Mara's latest film project, "We Are Marshall" starring Matthew McConaughey, began filming in March 2006 and tells the story of the aftermath of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash.

Kate debuted professionally in 2003 theatrically at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in





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Kate Mara (born February 27, 1983) is an American television and film actress. Beginning acting in her hometown of Bedford, New York, she moved from the stage to her first film, Random Hearts (1999). Notable roles include appearances in Academy Award-winner Brokeback Mountain and on Fox television series 24. Included on the New York Daily News list of "10 young actors who have a shot at making it big" at the start of 2006, she has since had roles in the feature films We Are Marshall, Full of It, and Shooter.

Early life

Mara was born in New York, the daughter of Chris Mara, a scout for the New York Giants, and Kathleen Rooney. Mara has one older brother, Daniel, and two younger siblings, Patricia and Conor. Mara was raised in Bedford, New York and wanted to be an actress since seeing Les Misérables at a young age. Mara said she "fell in love with Broadway and musicals", and grew up watching movie musicals on television and going to Broadway shows with her mother. She was especially a fan of Judy Garland's films. She began acting at the age of nine, appearing in a school musical. Mara attended several youth theater-arts schools and appeared in community theater and in school plays.

Beginning at a young age, Mara continually asked her mother to help her get an agent. Mara's mother got the name and address of a management company, sent in a photograph, and Mara signed with her first agent, beginning her professional career at the age of 14. Mara's first audition was for the television drama Homicide: Life on the Street. She didn't get the role, but knew she just wanted to act from then on. Mara was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University to study musical theater, and graduated from Fox Lane High School early by a year. Mara felt pressure from her parents to go to college, but was already getting work as an actress, so she deferred for three or four years before deciding not to go. Mara moved to Manhattan in order to act full time.

Television and stage roles

Mara's first television role was in the drama Law & Order in 1997. She went on to guest star on numerous television series including, Madigan Men, Ed, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Recurring parts on the series Everwood and Nip/Tuck followed in 2003, along with appearances on Cold Case, Boston Public, CSI: Miami, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Mara debuted theatrically in 2003 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in “Landscape of the Body” with Lili Taylor.She has said that doing more theatre work is a "dream" because it was "all I really wanted to do as a kid. I didn't care about movies or tv, I just wanted to do Broadway". A large recurring role on the WB Television Network series Jack & Bobby was next in 2005. Mara's most recent television appearance was a 5 episode arc in 2006 playing computer analyst Shari Rothenberg on the Fox series 24.

Film career

Mara's film debut was in Random Hearts with Harrison Ford in 1999, directed by Sydney Pollock. She next appeared in the Sundance Film Festival award-winning films Joe the King (1999) and Tadpole (2002), alongside Sigourney Weaver. Mara later starred in Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, and appeared with Noah Wyle and Illeana Douglas in The Californians in 2005. However, it was her supporting role in the Academy Award-winning Brokeback Mountain (2005) that brought her more widespread attention.

At the beginning of 2006, Mara signed with the William Morris Agency.That year, she appeared in Zoom with Tim Allen and Courteney Cox and in We Are Marshall, starring Matthew McConaughey. We Are Marshall recalled the aftermath of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash that took the lives of most of the football team, with Mara playing fictional cheerleader Annie Cantrell. It was a script that Mara responded to emotionally because of her football background.

In 2007, Mara has appeared in the comedy Full of It with Ryan Pinkston for New Line Cinema. She was also featured in an advertising campaign for clothing retailer Gap called, "khakis with attitude." Mara appears in Shooter, a thriller about a master sniper lured out of retirement to prevent an assassination, based on the novel Point of Impact. Mara plays Kentucky widow Sarah Fenn, the love interest of Mark Wahlberg's character, and adopted a southern accent for the role. Director Antoine Fuqua immediately felt Mara was right for the part when she auditioned. Shooter was released on March 23, 2007.

Mara has also finished the film Transsiberian by The Machinist director Brad Anderson. The film takes place on the Trans-Siberian Railway that runs from China to Moscow. Cast members include Woody Harrelson, Ben Kingsley, Eduardo Noriega, and Emily Mortimer. Mara spent three months shooting the thriller in Vilnius, Lithuania, starting in December 2006. The film also shot on location in Beijing and Russia. Mara's describes her character as "dark", "mysterious", "sort of Goth", and doesn't talk much.

NFL football ties

Kate Mara's family owns the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers; she is the great-granddaughter of Giants founder Tim Mara, the granddaughter of late Giants owner Wellington Mara on her father's side, as well as the great-granddaughter of Steelers founder Art Rooney on her mother's side. Mara's uncle is John Mara, the president and CEO of the Giants, and her father is the vice president of player evaluation. Mara attended almost every Giants home game while growing up. On Sundays, after attending church, her family would head directly to the games. When asked who she roots for when the Giants play the Steelers she replied, "that question is not allowed. I can't answer." Mara missed the Steelers' winning Super Bowl in 2006 because she was working in Los Angeles. Mara was so disappointed, she added to her contract that if the Giants or Steelers go to the Super Bowl, she can attend.

Mara's favorite Giants game was when she was asked to sing the national anthem in honor of her grandfather, Wellington Mara, who died in October 2005. Mara has regularly sung at home games and season openers of the Giants since about the age of 15 or 16 when her uncle asked her to fill in when they couldn't find a singer. She sang the national anthem at the 2006 NFL season opener, dubbed "Manning versus Manning," where the Giants played the Indianapolis Colts. Mara's singing was featured in the film The Californians.

Personal life

Mara comes from a "huge" family. Her father was one of 11 children, so she has 22 aunts and uncles and 40 cousins on her father's side. She lives in Los Angeles, having resided there off and on since around 2003. Her younger sister, Patricia, temporarily lived with her when she relocated to Los Angeles recently. Mara travels back to New York when her schedule allows and has stated "If I could live in New York, I would", specifying that she likes "the cold... the rain" and "miss[es] it".Mara tries to spend the football season in New York when she can.



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