Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal was born 16 November 1977 in New York City, New York County, New York, United States to Stephen Roark Gyllenhaal (1949) and Naomi Achs (1946) . She married Peter Sarsgaard (1971) 2 May 2009 in Italy.

Margalit Ruth "Maggie" Gyllenhaal[1] (play /ˈɪlənhɔːl/;[2][3] is an American actress. She is the daughter of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Gyllenhaal (formerly Foner, née Achs) and the older sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal. She made her screen debut when she began to appear in her father's films. Gyllenhaal achieved recognition in a supporting role in the indie cult hit Donnie Darko (2001). Her breakthrough role was in the 2002 sadomasochistic romance Secretary, for which she received critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination.

Gyllenhaal was born in New York City to film director Stephen Gyllenhaal and film producer and screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal (née Achs).[4] Jake Gyllenhaal, her younger brother, is also an actor. Her father, who was raised in the Swedenborgian religion, is of Swedish, French, German, Swiss, Welsh and English ancestry, and is a member of the Swedish noble Gyllenhaal family.[5] Her last purely Swedish ancestor was her great-grandfather, a descendant of Leonard Gyllenhaal, a leading Swedenborgian who supported the printing and spreading of Swedenborg's writings.[6] Her mother is Jewish (with ancestors from Russia and Lithuania),[7][8] from New York City. Gyllenhaal has stated that she "grew up mostly Jewish, culturally", though she did not attend Hebrew school.

Gyllenhaal has been in a relationship with actor Peter Sarsgaard since 2002. In 2006, the two became engaged, and Gyllenhaal gave birth to their daughter, Ramona, on October 3, 2006. On May 2, 2009, she married Sarsgaard in Italy. The second daughter, Gloria Ray, was born April, 19, 2012. Gyllenhaal is a politically active Democrat and, like her brother and parents, supports the American Civil Liberties Union. Prior to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq she participated in anti-war demonstrations. Gyllenhaal drew criticism in 2005 for her opinion that America was "responsible in some way" for the September 11 attacks.[9] She is actively involved in human rights, civil liberty, anti-poverty and parent trigger causes.

  1. ^ Stérin, Gabrielle (June 25, 2009). "Maggie Gyllenhaal" (in French). Le Figaro. Retrieved August 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ "NLS Other Writings > Say How". National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ "How to pronounce Maggie Gyllenhaal". Inogolo. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Maggie Gyllenhaal In The Con". The Early Show (CBS News). August 30, 2006. Retrieved September 7, 2008. 
  5. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., PBS, April 22, 2012
  6. ^ Wills, Dominic. "Jake Gyllenhaal Biography". Tiscali. Retrieved November 29, 2008. 
  7. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., PBS, April 22, 2012
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  9. ^ "Actress Gyllenhaal in 9/11 outcry". BBC News (BBC). April 27, 2005. Retrieved September 7, 2008. 


Offspring of Peter Sarsgaard (1971) and Maggie Gyllenhaal¢
Name Birth Death Joined with
Ramona Sarsgaard (2006) 3 October 2006 New York City, New York, United States
Gloria Ray Sarsgaard (2012) 19 April 2012 New York City, New York, United States

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