- Started modeling in print and TV ads at age 10.
- Made film debut in Sergio Leone's epic Once upon a Time in America (1984), playing Elizabeth McGovern's character as a child.
- In the 1980s, released a single in Japan called "Monologue of Love," sung in phonetic Japanese because she didn't actually speak the language.
- Married Paul Bettany, whom she met on the set of A Beautiful Mind (2001), in a secret ceremony at Gilmerton House, a centuries-old manor in East Lothian, Scotland.
- Son Stellan is named for Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard.
- Delivered her daughter Agnes in a home water birth in May 2011.
- 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
- 2002, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Winner
- 2001, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
- 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
- 2002, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
- 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- Agnes Lark Bettany — Daughter
- Gerard Connelly — Father
- Kai Dugan — Son
- Billy Campbell — Ex-significant Other
- Eileen Connelly — Mother
- Josh Charles — Ex-significant Other
- Paul Bettany — Husband
- David Dugan — Ex-significant Other
- Stellan Bettany — Son
- Attended Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States; attended Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States
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