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Rooney Mara      

Actress & Humanitarian

Rooney Mara is an American actress and animal rights activist. Born into the Rooney and Mara sports business families, she graduated from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2010. She began acting in television and independent films, such as the coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall (2009), and first gained recognition for a supporting role in David Fincher's biographical drama The Social Network (2010).

Mara had a career breakthrough when she starred as Lisbeth Salander in Fincher's thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her career progressed with leading roles in the thriller Side Effects (2013), the science fiction romance Her (2013), and the romantic drama Carol (2015); all three were critical and commercial successes. For the latter, she won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has since appeared in the biographical drama Lion (2016), the supernatural drama A Ghost Story (2017), and portrayed Mary Magdalene in the biblical drama Mary Magdalene (2018).

Mara is known for her charity work and oversees the Uweza Foundation, which supports empowerment programs for children and families in the Kibera slum of Nairobi. She is also the founder of the vegan clothing line Hiraeth Collective.

Mara will next star in Nightmare Alley, an adaptation of the novel of the same name directed by Guillermo del Toro. She is also attached to co-produce and star as Amanda Lindhout in the screen adaptation of the memoir A House in the Sky.

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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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