Patricia Rooney Mara (born April 17, 1985) is an American actress. She made her acting debut in 2005, and has gone on to star in films including the remake A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Social Network, and Trash. In 2011 she portrayed Lisbeth Salander, the title character in the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on Stieg Larsson's Millennium book series. For her performance in the film, she received critical acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. In 2013, she starred in the thriller Side Effects, the independent drama Ain't Them Bodies Saints and the acclaimed sci-fi romantic drama, Her.
Mara is also known for her charity work and oversees the charity Uweza Foundation, which supports empowerment programs for children and families in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, one of the largest slums in Africa.
Mara was born and raised in Bedford, New York, a town in Westchester County. Mara's mother's family founded the Pittsburgh Steelers and her father's family founded the New York Giants. Her father, Timothy Christopher Mara, is the vice president of player evaluation for the New York Giants, and her mother, Kathleen McNulty (née Rooney), a part-time real estate agent. She is the third of four children: she has an older brother, Daniel, an older sister who is also an actress, Kate, and a younger brother, Conor...
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