American actress Rooney Mara was born in Bedford, New York. She sometimes had thought of acting after watching old movies. As a result she appeared in only one play while in high school. She made her debut in the film "Urban Legends: Bloody Mary" (2005). There after she was casted in "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (2010) and "The Social Network" (2010). Rooney gathered world attention as Lisbeth Salander, the title character in the American version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2011). 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. She created Faces of Kibera, a charity that provides food, medical care and housing to orphans in Nairobi, Kenya's Kibra district, a small slum that houses a million people.
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