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ZOE KAZAN (Emily) is an actor, playwright and screenwriter, born and raised in Santa Monica, CA.As an actress, her film and television credits include Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road, In The Valley Of Elah, Fracture, The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee, Me and Orson Welles, Happythankyoumoreplease, Meek's Cutoff, It's Complicated, In Your Eyes, The Pretty One, What If, Our Brand is Crisis, HBO's "Bored To Death", My Blind Brother, and The Monster. In 2009, Zoe was awarded Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film at the Tribeca Film Festival for her first starring role, as Ivy in The Exploding Girl. In 2015, she was nominated for an Emmy for her work in a supporting role in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Olive Kitteridge. Zoe also starred in Fox Searchlight's Ruby Sparks, which she wrote and executive produced. Most recently, Zoe played the eponymous character in Lena Dunham's HBO pilot, Max and James' Franco's ex-wife in the upcoming HBO show, The Deuce. Zoe made her New York stage debut in 2006 in the Off-Broadway revival of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Other off-Broadway credits include Jonathan Marc Sherman's Things We Want and Clive, both directed by Ethan Hawke at The New Group Theater; the Signature Theater Company's revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, in which she played Harper Pitt; Manhattan Theater Club's production of Sarah Treem's When We Were Young And Unafraid; and Playwrights Horizons' 100 Saints You Should Know, for which Zoe received a Drama Desk Award nomination and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress. Zoe's Broadway credits include MTC's revival of William Inge's Come Back, Little Sheba; the world premiere of Martin McDonagh's A Behanding in Spokane; the Royal Court's revival of Chekhov's The Seagull, for which Zoe was nominated for a Drama Desk Award; and, most recently, the world premiere of Mike Bartlett's Love, Love, Love at the Roundabout Theatre. In 2008, Zoe was named the recipient of the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Actress. She is the only actor to be awarded the Derwent Award for three roles in one year. As a writer, Zoe has had plays produced at the Humana Festival at the Actor's Theater of Louisville (Absalom, in 2009), South Coast Repertory Theater (Trudy and Max in Love, in 2014), and off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theater Club (We Live Here, in 2011). She also wrote the screenplay for Ruby Sparks, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay.

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