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Zoe Kazan Biography

Birth Name:
Zoe Swicord Kazan
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Actor, writer

Fast Facts

  • Born into the business: both parents are professional screenwriters and her paternal grandfather is the famed stage and film director Elia Kazan
  • Won the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film for her performance in Bradley Rust Gray's The Exploding Girl
  • Added playwright to her resume in 2009 when the play Absalom premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Penned her first screenplay for the 2012 film Ruby Sparks, costarring Paul Dano


  • 2017Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2013Independent Spirit Awards-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 2012Detroit Film Critics Society-Breakthrough Artist: winner
  • 2009Tribeca Film Festival-Best Actress in a Narrative Feature: winner