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Ginnifer Goodwin Biography

Birth Name:
Jennifer Michelle Goodwin
Birth Place:
Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Fast Facts

  • Acted in a stage play of The Little Engine That Could in kindergarten
  • Growing up in Memphis, she wore her hair like Elvis, with her bangs rolled back into a pompadour
  • Developed an affinity for Shakespeare, particularly Romeo and Juliet, in fifth grade
  • Changed the spelling of her first name to match the way her mother pronounced it with a Southern accent
  • Received the Bette Davis Foundation's Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award in 2001
  • Earned a Shakespeare Certificate from London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and trained with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham
  • Her favorite Shakespeare character is Rosalind from As You Like It