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Ahna O'Reilly Biography

Birth Place:
Palo Alto, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • Her family moved to France when she was 6, and settled in a town in the Alps
  • Her mother had her and her two sisters audition for roles in a regional-theater production of The Sound of Music in order to keep busy, and they were chosen to play the Von Trapp daughters
  • As a teen, she and her siblings helped their mother develop a game similar to Go Fish, but with cards that depicted works by Renaissance artists
  • Her family were extras in the 2004 thriller Dinocroc
  • Credits her friendship with Octavia Spencer for helping her land a role in the hit 2012 film The Help
  • She and other cast members of The Help studied the PBS civil-rights series Eyes on the Prize and the documentary Yes Ma'am to prepare for their roles as black maids and white employers


  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner