‘Happy Birthday to two-time Academy Award nominated actress Rooney Mara,’ says the most recent Tweet from Film Updates.
Rooney Mara, a relative unknown for the first five years of her career, rose to prominence in 2010 when she was cast in David Fincher’s version of the Swedish thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2011). She was a significant presence in indie films such as “Dream Boy” (2008) and “Tanner Hall” (2009), where she offered delicate performances as damaged girls on the verge of adulthood, as well as on the small screen in episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 1999-) and “ER” (NBC, 1999-). (NBC, 1994-2009). Meanwhile, the remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (2010) brought her to the attention of a larger public, owing to the popularity of that film at the box office.
Her first brush with fame came when she joined Fincher for a supporting role in the highly anticipated drama “The Social Network” (2010), which led to her casting in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” a film that catapulted the young actress to stardom. The talented Mara’s career possibilities appeared quite promising, as she was now sought after by film’s most respected filmmakers.