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Anna Paquin


Born: 24 July 1982
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Best known as: Sookie in the HBO vampire series True Blood

Anna Paquin is the actress who stars as Sookie Stackhouse in the cable TV series True Blood. Paquin, a Canadian native who grew up in New Zealand, was only 11 when she won an Oscar as best supporting actress for her moody performance in the Jane Campion's film The Piano (1993, starring Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel). She moved to Los Angeles in 1995 and starred in Jane Eyre and Fly Away Home (both 1996), but then slowed down and appeared in smaller roles during her teen years. Since 2000 she's been known to moviegoers as Rogue from the X-Men movies (starring Hugh Jackman), and to TV viewers for her roles in the movies Bury My Heart at wounded Knee (2007) and The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009). In True Blood, which began in 2008, she plays a spunky telepath who falls in with a group of vampires.

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Anna Paquin is the second-youngest Oscar winner, after Tatum O’Neal, who won at age 10 for 1973’s Paper Moon… She married her True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer on 21 August 2010. They had twins in September of 2012.

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