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Zoe Swicord Kazan (born September 9, 1983[1][2][3]) is an American actress and playwright. Kazan made her acting debut in Swordswallowers and Thin Men (2003) and later appeared in films such as The Savages (2007), Revolutionary Road (2008) and It's Complicated (2009). She starred in happythankyoumoreplease (2010), Meek's Cutoff
Meek's Cutoff
(2010) and Ruby Sparks
Ruby Sparks
(2012), writing the screenplay for the latter. In 2014, she starred in the film What If and the HBO
miniseries Olive Kitteridge, for which she received an Emmy nomination. In 2017, she portrayed Emily Gardner, based on Emily V. Gordon, in the film The Big Sick. Kazan has also acted in several Broadway productions.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Theatre 6 Awards and nominations 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Kazan was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord. Her paternal grandparents were film and theatre director Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
and playwright Molly Kazan (née Thacher).[4] Elia was an Anatolian Greek emigrant from Istanbul. Kazan was educated at the private Wildwood School, Windward School, and also at the Marlborough School, located in Hancock Park, Los Angeles. She attended Yale University
Yale University
(also her grandfather's alma mater), where she was a member of the Manuscript Society, graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre.[5] Career[edit] After her film debut in 2003 playing Samantha in Swordswallowers and Thin Men, Kazan went on to play her first professional stage role in the 2006 off-Broadway revival of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie starring Cynthia Nixon. In 2007 she had a small role in The Savages, which starred Laura Linney
Laura Linney
and Philip Seymour Hoffman. She also guest appeared in an episode of the supernatural drama Medium as a friend of the main character's younger self. She next appeared in the films Fracture and In the Valley of Elah. In the fall of the same year, she returned to the stage in a The New Group production of 100 Saints You Should Know and Jonathan Marc Sherman's Things We Want, directed by Ethan Hawke.

Kazan in 2012 at the Deauville American Film Festival.

In January 2008, Kazan made her Broadway debut opposite S. Epatha Merkerson and Kevin Anderson in a revival of William Inge's Come Back, Little Sheba. Ben Brantley of The New York Times
The New York Times
called her performance "first-rate", adding, "Ms. Kazan is terrific in conveying the character's self-consciousness."[6] In the fall, she appeared on Broadway as Masha in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull
The Seagull
opposite Kristin Scott Thomas and Peter Sarsgaard.[7] The same year she had roles in August, Me and Orson Welles
Me and Orson Welles
and Revolutionary Road. Kazan is also a playwright. In 2009, her play Absalom premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, KY. The play, about a father's tense relationships with his children, had been extensively read and workshopped since Kazan's junior year at Yale University.[8] She capped off the year playing Meryl Streep's daughter in the Nancy Meyers comedy It's Complicated. She appeared in the Broadway production of A Behanding in Spokane with Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell
until June 6, 2010. She also played a main role in the movies I Hate Valentine's Day
I Hate Valentine's Day
and The Exploding Girl, which were both released in 2009. In 2010, she had a main role in the comedy-drama happythankyoumoreplease as Mary Catherine, the cousin of Josh Radnor's character. She also starred as Millie Gately in 2010 (alongside Paul Dano, playing her husband) in Kelly Reichardt's independent western drama Meek's Cutoff. In the fall, Kazan played Harper Pitt in Signature Theatre Company's 20th Anniversary production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America.[9] On the small screen, Kazan then appeared in four episodes of HBO's Bored to Death
Bored to Death
as Nina, the love interest of a fictionalized Jonathan Ames played by Jason Schwartzman. Her play We Live Here, about a dysfunctional family, received its world premiere production from October 12 to November 6, 2011 at the off-Broadway Manhattan Theater Club in New York City.[10] Among the ensemble cast was Amy Irving
Amy Irving
and the director was 2010 Obie Award winner Sam Gold. Her next project, for which she wrote the screenplay, was Ruby Sparks, a comedy-romance film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and starring Kazan herself, along with Paul Dano, Chris Messina, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll, and Steve Coogan.[11][12] In 2014, her third play Trudy and Max in Love opened at the South Coast Repertory[13] and she played the role of Denise Thibodeau in the HBO
miniseries Olive Kitteridge. In July 2016, it was announced that Kazan had co-written the script for Wildlife, with Paul Dano. The film would be an adaptation of a Richard Ford
Richard Ford
novel of the same name. Neither Kazan nor Dano will act in the film.[14] In 2017, Kazan co-starred in the critically acclaimed independent film The Big Sick alongside Kumail Nanjiani
Kumail Nanjiani
and Holly Hunter. Personal life[edit] Kazan has been in a relationship with actor Paul Dano
Paul Dano
since 2007.[15][16] Filmography[edit]

Kazan at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival


Year Title Role Notes

2003 Swordswallowers and Thin Men Samantha

2007 Savages, TheThe Savages Student

2007 Fracture Mona

2007 In the Valley of Elah Angie

2008 August Gal Employee

2008 Me and Orson Welles Gretta Adler

2008 Revolutionary Road Maureen Grube

2009 Exploding Girl, TheThe Exploding Girl Ivy

2009 Private Lives of Pippa Lee, TheThe Private Lives of Pippa Lee Grace Lee

2009 I Hate Valentine's Day Tammy Greenwood

2009 It's Complicated Gabby Adler

2010 happythankyoumoreplease Mary Catherine

2010 Meek's Cutoff Millie Gately

2012 Ruby Sparks Ruby Also writer

2013 Some Girl(s) Reggie

2013 The Pretty One Laurel/Audrey

2013 What If Chantry

2014 In Your Eyes Rebecca Porter

2015 Our Brand Is Crisis LeBlanc

2016 My Blind Brother Francie

2016 The Monster Kathy

2017 The Big Sick Emily Gardner

2018 Wildlife


2019 Untitled Lone Scherfig Project



Year Title Role Notes

2007 Medium Izzy Episode: "The Boy Next Door"

2008 Speechless Stood Up Girl #2 Documentary

2008 After Iraq Herself Documentary

2010 Bored to Death Nina 4 episodes

2011 Showing Up Herself Documentary

2014 Olive Kitteridge Denise Thibodeau 2 episodes

2017 The Deuce Andrea 2 episodes

2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


List of theatre credits

Year Title Role Theater Notes

2006 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Sandy Acorn Theatre [17]

2007 100 Saints You Should Know Abby Playwrights Horizons [18]

2007 Things We Want Stella Acorn Theatre [19]

2008 Come Back, Little Sheba Marie Biltmore Theatre [20]

2008 The Seagull Masha Walter Kerr Theatre [21]

2009 Absalom ---- Actors Theatre of Louisville Playwright [22]

2010 A Behanding in Spokane Marilyn Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre [23]

2010 Angels in America Harper Pitt Signature Theatre [24]

2011 We Live Here ---- Manhattan Theater Club Playwright [25]

2013 Clive Joanne Acorn Theatre [26]

2014 Trudy and Max in Love ---- South Coast Repertory Playwright [13]

2014 When We Were Young and Unafraid Mary Anne Manhattan Theater Club [27]

2016 Love Love Love Rose Roundabout Theatre [28]

2017 After The Blast ---- Lincoln Center Theatre Playwright[29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result


It's Complicated

National Board of Review
National Board of Review
Award Best Cast Won


Ruby Sparks

Detroit Film Critics Society Breakthrough Performance Won

Saturn Award Best Actress Nominated

Independent Spirit Award Best Screenplay Nominated


Olive Kitteridge

Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Nominated

Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated


^ "CUE & A: Zoe Kazan". Playbill. March 9, 2010.  ^ "Zoe Swicord Kazan - California, Birth Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved October 21, 2014.  ^ "30 Under 30 – Zoe Kazan". BroadwaySpace.com. 2011. Age: 27 (09/09/83)  ^ " Nicholas Kazan Biography". FilmReference.com.  ^ " Zoe Kazan
Zoe Kazan
Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ "Theater Review: 'Come Back, Little Sheba'". January 25, 2008.  ^ "The Seagull". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved September 29, 2008.  ^ "Zoe Kazan, Charles L. Mee, Naomi Wallace Are Among 2009 Humana Fest Writers". Playbill. November 13, 2008. Retrieved July 31, 2009.  ^ "Announcing the Cast of ANGELS IN AMERICA". Signature Theatre Company. 2010.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 17, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2012.  ^ " Ruby Sparks
Ruby Sparks
- Movie Trailers - iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved April 21, 2012.  ^ Stephen Holden (July 24, 2012). "She's Everything He Wants, and Therein Lies the Problem 'Ruby Sparks,' Written by and Starring Zoe Kazan". The New York Times.  ^ a b "Review: 'Trudy and Max in Love's' amorous, adulterous journey". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. January 13, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2015.  ^ McNary, Dave (July 29, 2016). " Paul Dano
Paul Dano
to Make Directorial Debut With Indie Drama 'Wildlife'". Variety. Retrieved November 1, 2016.  ^ "Actual Couples Explore a Fantasy, the Aesthetic Sort". The New York Times. July 20, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2015.  ^ "Love and Mercy's Paul Dano
Paul Dano
relates to Brian Wilson's tortured genius". The Sydney Morning Herald. June 4, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2015.  ^ "A Teacher Still Warping Young Minds, but Gently". The New York Times. October 10, 2006. Retrieved July 3, 2015.  ^ "Review: '100 Saints You Should Know'". Variety. September 18, 2007. Retrieved July 3, 2015.  ^ "A Boys' Guide to Narcotizing the Pain". The New York Times. November 8, 2007. Retrieved July 3, 2015.  ^ "Theater Review: 'Come Back, Little Sheba'". The New York Times. January 25, 2008. Retrieved July 3, 2015.  ^ "Marquee value: The Seagull
The Seagull
at the Walter Kerr Theatre". Playbill. August 18, 2008. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2015.  ^ "'Absalom' an intriguing, complex debut for Kazan". The Courier-Journal. March 14, 2009. Retrieved July 3, 2015.  ^ Als, Hilton (March 15, 2010). "The Theatre: Underhanded". The New Yorker. Retrieved July 3, 2015.  ^ Dziemianowicz, Joe (October 29, 2010). "'Angels in America' review: Zachary Quinto flies high in perfect revival of Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner
play". Daily News. New York. Retrieved July 3, 2015.  ^ "Theatre Review We Live Here". The New York Times. October 12, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2015.  ^ "Clive: Theater Review". The Hollywood Reporter. February 2, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2015.  ^ "'When We Were Young and Unafraid,' theater review". Daily News. New York. June 17, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2015.  ^ "'Take a Look at Roundabout's Love, Love Love,'". Playbill. October 4, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2016.  ^ "Zoe Kazan's After the Blast Opens Off-Broadway Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-11-16. 

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Tribeca Film Festival
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Award for Best Actress

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (2003) Fernanda Montenegro
Fernanda Montenegro
(2004) Felicity Huffman
Felicity Huffman
(2005) Eva Holubová
Eva Holubová
(2006) Marina Hands
Marina Hands
(2007) Eileen Walsh (2008) Zoe Kazan
Zoe Kazan
(2009) Sibel Kekilli
Sibel Kekilli
(2010) Carice van Houten
Carice van Houten
(2011) Rachel Mwanza
Rachel Mwanza
(2012) Veerle Baetens
Veerle Baetens
(2013) Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (2014) Hannah Murray
Hannah Murray
(2015) Mackenzie Davis
Mackenzie Davis
(2016) Nadia Alexander (2017)

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