Want to brush up on your Maggie knowledge? Here are some quick tibits about Maggie’s life and career that every one should know…

  • In 1997, Maggie received a degree from Columbia University in literature and eastern religion.
  • She annouced her engagment and pregnancy to Peter Sarsgaard (Boys Don’t Cry) in April 2006.
  • Her last name is Swedish. The name Gyllenhaal is that of a swedish noble family from the county of Västergötland in the south west of sweden, knighted in 1652 and introduced at the swedish noble house in Stockholm in 1672. For more information visit www.gyllenhaal.org
  • She started acting as a child, even putting on productions of Cats for her family.
  • She’s a big fan of musicals like My Fair Lady.
  • She had the honor of co-hosting the Sundance Awards in 2003.
  • During the 2003 Academy Awards, Maggie wore a peace sign pin in support of the organization Artists United to Win Without War.
  • Maggie was the first girl to audtion for the role of Lee Holloway in Secretary.
  • Her birthday is November 16, 1977.
  • Maggie stands tall at 5″9 and is a blue eyed beauty!
  • Maggie starred as ‘Alice’ in the Mark Taper Forum’s production of Patrick Marber’s award-winning Closer, directed by Robert Egan, and prior to that, at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has also appeared in Anthony and Cleopatra, at the Vanborough Theatre in London.
  • Studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London
  • Was born in New York City but grew up in Los Angeles where she and her brother attended the prestigious Harvard-Westlake prep school.
  • Her mother, Noni Foner is a Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated scriptwriter. Her father, Stephen Gyllenhaal is an Emmy-nominated director. Her brother, Jake Gyllenhaal is an actor, her grandmother is a doctor and her uncle is an acclaimed historian at Columbia, the college she attended.
  • The first six movies she made (Waterland, A Dangerous Woman, Shattered Mind, The Patron Saint of Liars, Homegrown and Resurrection) were all directed by her father.
  • Maggie appeared in an ad campaign for fashion label Miu Miu (Fall/Winter 2004)
  • Played Priscilla Ceiling in (October-November 2003) in “Homebody/Kabul” by Tony Kushner at the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles.
  • Maggie enjoys listening to various music and even enjoys country music