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Margolit Ruth "Maggie" Gyllenhaal is an American actress born November 16, 1977, and best known for her performance in ''Film/{{Secretary}}'', as well as such movies as ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'', ''Film/CecilBDemented'', and playing sister to her [[RealLifeRelative real life brother]], [[Creator/JakeGyllenhaal Jake]], in ''Film/DonnieDarko''.

Incidentally, she's technically a member of the [[BlueBlood Swedish nobility]] (the Gyllenhaals date back to 1652), but her looks come from her JewishMother's side. Make of it what you will.

She has one [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] nomination, for Best Supporting Actress for ''Film/CrazyHeart''.

Known on the {{Troll}} home world as "[[Series/DoctorWho The Oncoming Storm]]".

Married to Creator/PeterSarsgaard.
!!This actress' work provides examples of:
* FakeBrit: She pulls off a great English accent in ''The Honourable Woman''.
* HollywoodOld: In 2015, the 37-year-old actress was turned down for a role as the love interest... to a 55-year-old [[http://www.thewrap.com/maggie-gyllenhaal-on-hollywood-ageism-i-was-told-37-is-too-old-for-a-55-year-old-love-interest/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mailchimp actor]].
* OneOfUs: Not originally a comic book fan, but became a convert once [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-july-17-2008/maggie-gyllenhaal Batman swooped in to save her from falling off a skyscraper.]]
* TheOtherDarrin: Replaces Creator/KatieHolmes as Rachel Dawes between ''Film/BatmanBegins'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
* RealLifeRelative: She and brother Jake played siblings in ''Film/DonnieDarko''. They both also appeared in two films directed by their father ''A Dangerous Woman'' and ''Homegrown''.
* StarMakingRole: ''{{Film/Secretary}}'' and her memorable performance as a...well...SexySecretary got her a Golden Globe nomination.