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Rooney Mara    

Actress & Humanitarian

In 2005, Celebrity Speaker Rooney Mara made her acting debut in A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Social Network. Her more recent acclaim came for her role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama.

Passionate about her charity work, Rooney Mara founded the Faces of Kibera which provides housing, food and medical care for orphans in Kibera. The charity auctioned memorabilia from the Steelers and Giants on eBay to raise money. In 2011, Faces of Kibera merged with Uweza Foundation which runs community-based empowerment programs in Kibera. Rooney Mara is available for fundraisers, personal appearances and autograph signings.

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Cannes: Audiard’s ‘Dheepan’ Wins Palme D’Or At Emotional, Musical Ceremony – Update

Rooney Mara shared the Best Actress prize with Emmanuelle Bercot for their respective turns in Carol and Mon Roi. Mara was not in attendance so her Carol helmer Todd Haynes took the stage in her absence explaining the actress was in New York and saying he was a “very lucky director” to have had the privilege of working with both Mara and co-star Cate Blanchett. An emotional Bercot, who also had the distinction of opening the festival with her directorial effort Standing Tall, thanked Cannes Fest chief Thierry Frémaux for “the craziest week of my life.”

Rooney Mara says ‘it’s time’ for LGBT movies
Rooney Mara On 'Carol'

Four years ago Rooney Mara found herself at the Oscars, nominated for her epic metamorphosis into punk nihilist hacker Lisbeth Salander in Sony’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This Sunday, the actress returns to The Dolby Theater, this time being recognized for her portrayal of Therese Belivet, a young department-store clerk who becomes the object of a middle-aged woman’s affection in Carol, the feature adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 lesbian romance novel The Price of Salt.

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