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Olivia Wilde Biography

Birth Name:
Olivia Jane Cockburn
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Wanted to act since the age of 2
  • ("First," she told The New York Observer, "I wanted to be Einstein, then an actress
  • ") Playwright Oscar Wilde inspired her stage surname; she once played Gwendolyn in a production of Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Has dual citizenship, in both the U
  • S
  • and Ireland
  • Many of her family members are journalists, including her mother, Leslie, who served as a 60 Minutes producer, and father, Andrew, an author and documentarian
  • Wilde's dog, Paco, became Old Navy's mascot in 2006
  • Ranked No
  • 1 on Maxim's Hot 100 list in 2009
  • A board member of the ACLU and also a founder of Young Artists for Peace and Justice, which promotes education and health services in Haiti
  • Has an avid interest in classic cars


  • 2020Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Feature: winner
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated