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Maggie Gyllenhaal is an actress known for roles in small films and for her leading-lady role in The Dark Night.
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In 2003, she returned to mainstream film with a starring role opposite Julia Roberts in Mona Lisa Smile. In 2005, Gyllenhaal received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female for her performance in the film Happy Endings.
Gyllenhaal receieved professional recognition again in 2006, this time for her performance in the independent film,
SherryBaby. The role earned her a second Golden Globe nomination, and much critical acclaim. That same year, Gyllenhaal gave birth to her daughter Ramona, and married her long-time boyfriend, actor Peter Sarsgaard. After some time off to be with her family, Gyllenhaal returned to film, this time to replace actress Katie Holmes in the blockbuster Batman sequel, The Dark Knight.
In 2009, the actress returned to the stage to star in an Off-Broadway revival of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. Her co-star in the play was her fiancé at the time, Peter Sarsgaard. That same year, Gyllenhaal appeared in the indie drama Away We Go, and earned her first Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of a journalist and single mother opposite Jeff Bridges in the film Crazy Heart (2009).
Gyllenhaal lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.
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