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Kate Mara

Real name: Kate Mara
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single

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Kate Mara (born February 27, 1983) is an American television and film actress. Beginning acting in her hometown of Bedford, New York, she moved from the stage to her first film, Random Hearts (1999). Notable roles include appearances in Academy Award-winner Brokeback Mountain and on Fox television series 24. Included on the New York Daily News list of "10 young actors who have a shot at making it big" at the start of 2006, she has since appeared in the feature films We Are Marshall and Shooter.

Mara was born in New York, the daughter of Chris Mara, a scout for the New York Giants, and Kathleen Rooney. Mara has one older brother, Daniel, and two younger siblings, Patricia and Conor. Mara was raised in Bedford, New York and wanted to be an actress since seeing Les Misérables at a young age. Mara said she "fell in love with Broadway and musicals", and grew up watching movie musicals on television and going to Broadway shows with her mother. She was especially a fan of Judy Garland's films. She began acting at the age of nine, appearing in a school musical. Mara attended several youth theater-arts schools and appeared in community theater and in school plays.

Beginning at a young age, Mara continually asked her mother to help her get an agent. Mara's mother got the name and address of a management company, sent in a photograph, and Mara signed with her first agent, beginning her professional career at the age of 14. Mara's first audition was for the television drama Homicide: Life on the Street. She didn't get the role, but knew she just wanted to act from then on. Mara was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University to study musical theater, and graduated from Fox Lane High School early by a year. Mara felt pressure from her parents to go to college, but was already getting work as an actress, so she deferred for three or four years before deciding not to go. Mara moved to Manhattan in order to act full time.

Mara's first television role was in the drama Law & Order in 1997. She went on to guest star on numerous television series including, Madigan Men, Ed, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Recurring parts on the series Everwood and Nip/Tuck followed in 2003, along with appearances on Cold Case, Boston Public, CSI: Miami, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Mara debuted theatrically in 2003 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Landscape of the Body with Lili Taylor. She has said that doing more theater work is a "dream" because it was "all I really wanted to do as a kid. I didn't care about movies or tv, I just wanted to do Broadway". A large recurring role on the WB Television Network series Jack & Bobby was next in 2005. Mara appeared in 2006 on Fox television series 24, playing computer analyst Shari Rothenberg for a 5 episode arc.

Mara has stated she comes from a "huge" family. Her father was one of 11 children. She has 22 aunts and uncles and 40 cousins. She lives in Los Angeles, having resided there on and off since around 2003. Her younger sister, Patricia, is living with her temporarily since relocating to Los Angeles in 2007. Mara travels back to New York when her schedule allows and has stated, "If I could live in New York, I would", specifying that she likes "the cold... the rain" and "miss it". Mara tries to spend the football season in New York when she can.


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