Anna Paquin

Now 25, New Zealander Paquin was 11 when she won the supporting actress Oscar for her performance in Jane Campion’s 1993 drama “The Piano,” in which she played Flora, the daughter of a mute pianist (Oscar-winning Holly Hunter). Though initially her parents didn’t plan for her to continue to act, by 1996 she was back on the big screen, in “Jane Eyre” and “Fly Away Home.” She also continued her education while appearing in “Amistad,” “Hurlyburly” and "She’s All That,” graduating from the Windward School in West Los Angeles. She also studied a year at Columbia University. She hasn’t had any time to go college because Paquin’s been constantly working. She’s played Rogue in the “X-Men” movies, received good reviews for her supporting role in “The Squid and the Whale” and earned an Emmy nomination last year for supporting actress in the HBO miniseries “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” She also is the star of HBO’s upcoming series “True Blood” and even has a production company with her older brother called Paquin Films.
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