How much is Maggie Gyllenhaal worth?
|Net Worth:||$17 Million|
|Date of Birth:||November 16, 1977|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal has made a name for herself with daring performances in independent films. The talented actress has broken the barrier into blockbuster stardom as Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight.
Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977, in Los Angeles, California. Her father is director Stephen Gyllenhaal, her mother Naomi Foner is a screenwriter/producer, and her younger brother Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain, Rendition) is also a bona fide star.
Education: L.A. Prep School Harvard-Westlake, Columbia University, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
Maggie Gyllenhaal is not your ordinary ingenue. An odd beauty, she gave a star-making performance in Steven Shainberg’s independent film Secretary (2002). The role of shy secretary Lee Holloway won her both an Indie Spirit Award and a Golden Globe nomination for best actress, a hosting gig at the Sundance, and a legion of devoted fans. Parker Posey passed down the crown, calling the unique Gyllenhaal the new indie queen.
Gyllenhaal has an English degree from Columbia University. She has worked on the stages of New York and London theaters in such productions as The Tempest, The Butterfly Project and Homebody/Kabul. She started with bit parts in independent films, with small roles in John Waters’ Cecil B. Demented and Donnie Darko alongside her younger brother Jake. She was soon cast in supporting roles in Riding in Cars With Boys, 40 Days and 40 Nights and Spike Jonze’s Adaptation.
Gyllehnaal’s career quickly gained ground in Hollywood. She worked with George Clooney in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, the John Sayles ensemble drama Casa de Los Babys, and joined an elite cast of female stars in the Julia Roberts vehicle Mona Lisa Smile.
She had a leading role in Gregory Jacobs’s crimer caper Criminal with Diego Luna, and was the heart and soul of Don Roos’s ensemble drama Happy Endings.
In the spring and summer of 2006, Gyllenhaal appeared in four films: The Great New Wonderful, Trust The Man, Sherrybaby and Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center.
Maggie gave birth to a healthy baby girl on October 2, 2006 in a New York City hospital. Ramona is the first child for Gyllenhaal and fiancé Peter Sarsgaard.
Maggie Gyllenhaal Movies
Maggie Gyllenhaal crosses over to the dark side – Hollywood – as Batman’s love interest in The Dark Knight, but we love her best for her performances in indie films. Here is the essential Maggie Gyllenhaal primer in the films you don’t want to miss.
1. Secretary (2002)
A little cutting, a little spanking: Maggie Gyllenhaal rose to fame as troubled secretary Lee Holloway, who comes into her own during a sadomasochistic relationship with her boss (the reliably creepy James Spader). Based on the short story by Mary Gaitskill, Steven Shainberg’s independent film Secretary first showcased Gyllenhaal’s electrifying talent. Crawling on her knees, blindfolded, you name it, Maggie holds all the power, and her small moments of pleasure will make you giddy.
2. SherryBaby (2006)
Maggie, baby! In Laurie Collyer’s moving indie film SherryBaby, the articulate Columbia educated actress disappears in a chameleon-like performance. She becomes Sherry, a former stripper and recovering addict who wears low-cut tank tops and impossibly tight jeans, and talks like a working class Jersey girl.
3. Casa de los babys (2003)
Add Southern debutante to the list: Maggie Gyllenhaal plays an unhappy wife who believes that adopting a Latin American baby will save her failing marriage. She joins a cast of impressive female thespians including Marcia Gay Harden, Mary Steenbergen, Daryl Hannah and Lily Taylor in John Sayles’ Casa De Los Babys.
4. Happy Endings (2005)
One member of the sprawling ensemble cast stands out in Don Roo’s Happy Endings: Maggie Gyllenhaal as Jude, a penniless woman who creates her own prospects. Even better, she also sings – a husky rendition of “Just The Way You Are.”
5. The Great New Wonderful (2005)
I had no idea you could be a cutthroat pastry chef until I saw Maggie Gyllenhaal do the profession honors in The Great New Wonderful. As Emme Keeler, Gyllenhaal finds wonder in gold leaf butter cream frosting. Danny Leiner’s thoughtful ensemble drama follows the stories of five disparate sets of New Yorkers a year after the attacks of 9/11.
- Trivia #1:
- Has been in three movies with her brother Jake: A Dangerous Woman, Homegrown, and Donnie Darko.
- Trivia #2:
- She was the first actress to audition for the role of Lee in Secretary.
- Trivia #3:
- The actress and mother has added a new line to her resume: model. Maggie Gyllenhaal has become the new face (and body) for the Agent Provocateur lingerie line.