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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Margaret Ruth Gyllenhaal (Maggie) - 1977


Margaret Ruth 'Maggie' Gyllenhaal refers to a famed American actress. She is one of the daughters of the director Stephen Gyllenhaal and the screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal and older sister of the actor Jake Gyllenhaal. She did her screen debut as she began to appear at her father's films. Maggie Gyllenhaal has built a solid reputation as a talented and unique actress. She can only be admired for her non-conformist attitude and her ability to garner respect through her natural flair and intelligence in performance. Maggie Ruth Gyllenhaal was born on 19th November 1977 in New York City. Her mother, Naomi, was a children’s TV producer-turned-scriptwriter and her father Stephen was a published poet and Emmy-nominated director. Her parents’ successful film careers led the family to LA when Gyllenhaal turned one year old, and two years later, brother Jake arrived.Gyllenhaal has been in a relationship with actor Peter Sarsgaard, a close friend of her brother Jake, since 2002. They announced their engagement in April 2006, and married on May 2, 2009, in a small chapel in Brindisi, Italy. They have two daughters: Ramona (born October 3, 2006) and Gloria Ray (born April 19, 2012). The family lives in Brooklyn, New York.Gyllenhaal is politically active. At the 18th Independent Spirit Awards, she spoke out against the Iraq war, stating the reason for the invasion was "oil and imperialism". In 2005, Gyllenhaal drew controversy for her statement that the September 11 attacks were "an occasion to be brave enough to ask some serious questions about America's role in the world  It is always useful as individuals or nations to ask how we may have knowingly or unknowingly contributed to this conflict."

Gyllenhaal took part in Artists United to Win Without War, a campaign started by Robert Greenwald with the aim of advancing progressive causes and voicing opposition to the Iraq War. She and her brother Jake filmed a commercial for Rock the Vote, and visited the University of Southern California (USC) campus to encourage students to vote in the 2004 U.S. presidential election, in which she supported John Kerry.Gyllenhaal supported Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. She has campaigned on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an organization her family strongly supports.In June 2013, Gyllenhaal and numerous other celebrities appeared in a video showing support for Bradley Manning.Besides acting, Gyllenhaal has modeled for Miu Miu Reebok, and Agent Provocateur, and recorded the first unabridged audiobook version of Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar.Gyllenhaal is a supporter of Witness, a non-profit organization that uses video and online technologies to expose human rights violations. She co-hosted a benefit dinner with founder Peter Gabriel in November 2007. Gyllenhaal helped raise funds for, a non-profit organization that helps impoverished people start a micro-enterprise. For one of the fundraisers, Gyllenhaal helped design and promote a necklace that sold for $100; all proceeds from sales went to the charity. In October 2008 she hosted a fashion show event called "Fashionably Natural", which was presented by Gen Art and SoyJoy in Los Angeles. The show featured four up-and-coming designers who only worked with all-natural and eco-friendly fabrics and materials.

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