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Zooey Deschanel

Occupation: Actress, Musician

Nationality: American

Born: January 17, 1980 (34)

Zooey Deschanel is perhaps best known for her usually quirky roles in film. Her early career included playing supporting characters in Manic, The Good Girl, Elf, and the movie adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. 2007 saw her appear in Bridge to Terabithia and lend her voice for Surf's Up, while the following year saw her in comedies Gigantic and Yes Man. Deschanel then starred as the titular character in the critically acclaimed (500) Days of Summer - the second time she appeared as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's love interest after Manic. Her older sister is Emily Deschanel, one of the lead characters in the long-running procedural drama Bones; Zooey guest-starred on the show in a 2009 episode. Her other passion lies in music, and when she's not acting, she's a singer-songwriter for the duo She & Him with M. Ward. Deschanel also married Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard in 2009.
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