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Born: July 24, 1982 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Anna Helene Paquin was born on July 24th, 1982 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her role in 1993’s The Piano came by chance as she was tagging along with her sister and only really auditioned for a lark. Working opposite Holly Hunter, this role would earn Paquin an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress, making her the second youngest person to receive the Award, the first being Tatum O’Neill for Paper Moon in 1973.
After her win Paquin relocated to Los Angeles. Her next films were in 1996 when she played the younger version of the title character in Jane Eyre and worked with Jeff Daniels in Fly Away Home. In 1997, she was in Amistad with Matthew McConaughey and Djimon Hounsou and in 1998 she played a drug addict in Hurlyburly with Sean Penn and Kevin Spacey.
A busy 1999 saw Anna in A Walk on the Moon with Diane Lane, the teen comedy She’s All That with Freddie Prinze Jr. and All the Rage with Joan Allen and Jeff Daniels. In 2000, the young actress graduated high school and was seen in X-Men with Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Patrick Stewart, Finding Forrester with Sean Connery and Almost Famous with Kate Hudson and Billy Crudup.
The next year, she starred opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Buffalo Soldiers. The film did play a few festivals but due to the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the film wasn’t released until 2003. In 2002, she was seen in the films 25th Hour and Darkness and in 2003, she made the sequel X2: X-Men United. That was followed by The Squid and the Whale in 2005 and X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006. In 2007, she was in Blue State and the TV movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.
Anna made her first foray into TV series work in 2008, when she starred in the HBO series True Blood.
In 2009, she played Irena Sendler in the TV movie The Courageous Heart, the true story of a social worker and Polish Underground member who saved 2500 children from the Holocaust by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto. The following year she was seen opposite Katie Holmes and Josh Duhamel in The Romantics and in Open House with her True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer. In 2011, she was seen in Scream 4 with Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox and the drama Margaret with Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo.
On the personal side, Paquin married her True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer in 2010. They have two children.
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