Deschanel, Zooey 1980–

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DESCHANEL, Zooey 1980–


Full name, Zooey Claire Deschanel; born January 17, 1980, in Los Angeles, CA; daughter of Caleb (a cinematographer and director) and Mary Jo (an actress) Deschanel; sister of Emily Deschanel (an actress). Education: Briefly attended Northwestern University. Avocational Interests: Jazz singing, philosophy, fashion, photography, knitting, and crocheting.

Addresses: Agent—Greg Siegel, Endeavor, 9601 Wilshire Blvd., 6th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Seven Summits Pictures and Management, 8906 West Olympic Blvd., Ground Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Publicist—Jennifer Allen, PMK/HBH Public Relations, 700 San Vicente Blvd., Suite G910, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

Career: Actress. If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies, band member and musician (ukelele); also performed with the comedy group Manifest Destinyfest. Sundance Film Festival, cohost, 2004; appeared in the commercial "Down on Khaki Street" for Gap clothing, 2002; voice for Maybelline makeup commercial, 2003; appeared in commercial for Swiffer cleaning products, 2003.

Awards, Honors: Online Film Critics Society Award, best ensemble (with others), 2000, for Almost Famous; Best Actress Award, Mar del Plata Film Festival, 2003, Independent Spirit Award nomination, best female lead, Independent Features Project/West, 2004, and Chlotrudis Award nomination, best actress, 2004, all for All the Real Girls.


Film Appearances:

Nessa Watkins, Mumford, Buena Vista, 1999.

Anita Miller, Almost Famous (director's cut released as Untitled: Almost Famous the Bootleg Cut), DreamWorks/Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2000.

Tracy, Manic, 2001, IFC Films, 2003.

Cheryl, The Good Girl, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2002.

Jenny Herk, Big Trouble, Buena Vista, 2002.

Nora, The New Guy, Columbia, 2002.

Zelda, Sweet Friggin' Daisies (short film), 2002.

Samantha Harper, Abandon, Paramount, 2002.

Boris! (short film), 2002.

Nikki, Whatever We Do (short film), 2003.

Noel, All the Real Girls, Sony Pictures Classics, 2003.

Gas station girl, It's Better to Be Wanted for Murder than Not to Be Wanted at All, Fox Searchlab, 2003.

Christy, House Hunting (short film), Pamplona Productions, 2003.

Jovie, Elf, New Line Cinema/A-Film Distribution, 2003.

Kate Collins, Eulogy, Lions Gate Films, 2004.

Tricia "Trillian" McMillan, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Touchstone, 2005.

Reese Holden, Winter Passing, Focus Features, 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Lady Larken, Once Upon a Mattress, ABC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Elena, "Veronica's Fun and Pirates Are Crazy," Veronica's Closet, NBC, 1998.

"The Offspring: She's Got Issues," Making the Video, MTV, 1999.

Guest, Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 2002.

Guest, Last Call with Carson Daly, NBC, 2002.

"Idiot Boyfriend," Making the Video, MTV, 2002.

Guest, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2002, 2003, 2004.

Jen Doyle, "Kissing Cousin," Frasier, NBC, 2002.

Guest, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2003.

Guest, Dinner for Five, Independent Film Channel, 2003.

Heidi, "Birds Do It," Cracking Up, Fox, 2004.

Guest, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2005.

Guest, Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC, 2005.

Voices of the French maid Kim and the candy striper stripper, "Stan Knows Best," American Dad!, Fox, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Interviewee, Sizzlin' Sixteen 2001, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Reel Comedy: Big Trouble, Comedy Central, 2002.

Presenter, The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel, 2004.

Inside the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

Little Red Riding Hood, Into the Woods (musical), Interact Theatre Company, Los Angeles, c. 1996.



Narrator, Players in Pigtails, by Shana Corey, Weston Woods, 2004.

The girl, "She's Got Issues," The Offspring Complete Music Video Collection, Sony Music Entertainment, 2005.

Appeared in the music videos "Idiot Boyfriend" by Jimmy Fallon, 2002, and "She's Got Issues" by Offspring.



Boston Globe, February 23, 2003.

Cinema Confidential, October 27, 2003.

Elle, June, 2005.

FilmStew, February 8, 2005.

Interview, September, 2001, p. 213; March, 2003, p. 174.

Los Angeles Times, February 16, 2003.

Movieline, September, 1999, p. 15.

Premiere, September, 2004.

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