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Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel
Deschanel performing as part of She & Him at Terminal 5 in New York, 2008
Personal information
Birth nameZooey Claire Deschanel
Birth dateJanuary 17, 1980(age 36)
Place of birthLos Angeles, California
OccupationActress, model, singer, songwriter, musician
Years active1998 present
SpouseBen Gibbard (2009 present)
RelativesCaleb Deschanel (father)
Mary Jo Deschanel (mother)
Emily Deschanel (sister)

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Zooey Claire Deschanel (c-eniconˈzoʊ.iː_deɪʃəˈnɛl ; born January 17, 1980) is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter. In 1999, Deschanel made her film debut in Mumford, followed by her breakout role as young protagonist William Miller's troubled older sister Anita in Cameron Crowe's 2000 semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous. Deschanel soon became known for her deadpan or "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" supporting roles in films such as Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), and TheHappeningThe Happening (2008 film) (2008). She then began playing lead roles in films, including Yes Man (2008) and (500) Days of Summer (2009). She currently stars in the Fox series New Girl.

For a few years starting in 2001, Deschanel performed in the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies with fellow actress Samantha Shelton. Besides singing, she plays keyboards, percussion, banjo and ukulele. She also often sings in her films. Deschanel teamed up with M. Ward to release their debut album Volume One (recorded with M. Ward under the moniker She & Him) which was released in March 2008. The follow-up album Volume Two was released in the U.S. in March 2010. She is married to Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard.

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