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Date of Birth: February 27, 1983
Place of Birth: Bedford, New York, USA
Height: 5' 3"
Best Known For: Playing the daughter of Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams' characters in Brokeback Mountain and computer analyst Shari Rothenberg on 24
|Kate Mara Biography
Kate Mara was born on February 27, 1983, in Bedford, New York, where she grew up with her brother, Dan. She is the granddaughter of past Giants owner Wellington Mara, and is the great-granddaughter of Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney. Mara graduated from Fox Lane High School one year early and was accepted to NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She deferred for three years to continue with her acting and singing careers.
Mara started her professional acting career in 1997 as a guest in an episode of Law & Order. The following year she won small roles in the films Joe the King and Random Hearts starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas. In 2000 and 2001 she returned to television with guest spots on Madigan Men, Ed, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2002, she won her first starring role in the romantic comedy Tadpole.
In 2003, Mara appeared on more popular television shows including two episodes of Everwood, and a reoccurring role on Nip/Tuck. The following year she was seen in Peoples, a comedic drama set in Louisville, Kentucky, following the lives of three friends. In 2005, Mara won a reoccurring role on Jack & Bobby, and played the daughter of Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams in the award winning film Brokeback Mountain.
In 2006, Mara won a reoccurring role playing computer analyst Shari Rothenberg on the popular series 24. Next, she was seen in the family film Zoom with Courteney Cox, Tim Allen and Chevy Chase. In December 2006, Mara appeared in the dramatic football film We Are Marshall, with Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox. Mara is scheduled to appear in three films in 2007: the comedy Full of It, the action thriller Shooter and Trans-Siberian with Woody Harrelson and Sir Ben Kingsley.Though she is best known as an actress, she is a talented singer and often sings the national anthem at Giants home games, and has sung at NBA all-star games. She recorded an album under the Warner Brothers record label with her band called Trace. She also sang in the film The Californians in 2005.
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