Maggie Gyllenhaal

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  • Birth Name: Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/16/1977, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor
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Maggie Gyllenhaal Opens Up About Her Intense TV Debut In The Honorable Woman

Maggie Gyllenhaal knows a thing or seven about taking on audacious roles. Since she broke out as James Spader's submissive assistant in the 2002 film Secretary, she's played heroines in major blockbusters (The Dark Knight) and heroin addicts in indie sleepers (Sherrybaby). The Oscar nominee has also shunned the typical Hollywood-celebrity scene, instead living a quiet life in Brooklyn with her husband, actor Peter Sarsgaard, and their two daughters. For her series-television debut, she's chosen The Honorable Woman, an eight-episode SundanceTV drama about the very real, very violent, and very current troubles between Israel and Palestine.

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Thursday Review: SundanceTV's The Honorable Woman and Rectify

If SundanceTV's The Honorable Woman were any timelier in its geopolitical drama, most specifically of the Israeli-Palestinian variety, it would bleed newsprint. But it's the emotional intricacies of this rewardingly complex and brilliantly acted eight-part miniseries (Thursdays, 10/9c) that resonate timelessly, grounded by Maggie Gyllenhaal's impassioned, extraordinary performance as the title character, idealistic Anglo-Israeli philanthropist and newly appointed Baroness Nessa Stein.

Gyllenhaal brings layers upon layers of crisp elegance, prideful steel, profound sorrow and ultimately an aching vulnerability to Nessa. We share her angry despair as her lofty goals — most notably, wiring the West Bank in a lucrative but controversial contract for high-speed Internet as part of her family foundation's crusade for reconciliation — are steadily shattered by shady compromises and sinister secrets stemming from her mysterious abduction in Gaza eight years earlier.

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Credits

Year Title Description
2014 The Honorable Woman TV Show Series, Actor - Nessa Stein
2013 White House Down Movie, Actor - Finnerty
2012 Won't Back Down Movie, Actor - Jamie
2012 Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr. TV Show Series, Appearing
2012 Teachers Rock TV Show Series, Appearing

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News

First Look: Maggie Gyllenhaal in SundanceTV's The Honorable Woman

Philanthropist and new minted member of the British House of Lords Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal) has a lot of secrets in SundanceTV's new eight episode spy thriller The Honorable Woman (premiering Thursday, Jul. 31, 10/9c). The least of those may be sneaking out of her own house for a tear-drenched meet-up with her brother's taciturn housekeeper, Atika (Lubna Azabal), in this exclusive clip from the first episode. Or not. 

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard Welcome Second Daughter

It's another girl for Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard.

Daughter Gloria Ray was born April 19 in New York, Us Weekly reports. She joins big sister Ramona, 5.

Maggie Gyllenhaal is pregnant

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Report: Maggie Gyllenhaal Is Pregnant

Maggie Gyllenhaal is expecting her second child with husband Peter Sarsgaard, according to Life & Style.

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Poll: Which Celebrity Breakup Shocked You the Most?

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Those are just some of the celebrity couples who called it quits in 2011 — and we still have a month left to go.

Look back at our list of some of the year's biggest splits, and tell us which breakup surprised you the most.
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Oscars: Who Will Win and Who Could Make History?

Can Avatar's blue aliens win Oscar gold? Will either Kathryn Bigelow or James Cameron emerge victorious in their battle of the exes? We'll find out Sunday at the 82nd Academy Awards — but for now, let's make some predictions. So sharpen your pencils, make your picks and compare them to ours below while we count down to the big show.

Before you tune in to ABC for the Oscars (8 ET/5 PT), be sure to watch Live at the Academy Awards with Carrie Ann Inaba and Chris Harrison, Sunday, March 7, live at 6 ET/3 PT on TV Guide Network, and watch the live Fashion Cam video of all the red carpet arrivals at TVGuide.com/fashioncam starting at 6 ET/3 PT.

Oscar nominees: Who do you think will win?

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