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Biography for Olivia WildeOlivia Jane Wilde (née Cockburn, "co-burn"; Mar. 10, 1984 (33 years ago)) is an American actress. She began acting in the early 2000s, and has since appeared in a number of movie and TV parts, including roles on the series The O.C. and The Black Donnellys. She currently portrays Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley in TV drama House.
Early yearsWilde was born in New York City on Mar. 10, 1984 (33 years ago) as Olivia Jane Cockburn. Her mother, Leslie Cockburn (née Corkhill Redlich), is a 60 Minutes producer and journalist, and her father, Andrew Cockburn, is an Irish journalist, as are her paternal uncles Alexander and Patrick, all of whom are contributors to the political website CounterPunch.org. Her half-aunt was the late writer Sarah Caudwell. Her paternal grandfather was the Irish-born novelist/journalist Claud Cockburn. Wilde has said that as a result of her family background, she has a "strong journalistic streak", being "really critical and analytical". She has wanted to become an actress since the age of two. For a short time, Olivia's family had a house in Guilford, Vermont, USA. Wilde attended Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C., as well as Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and subsequently moved to Dublin, Ireland, where she attended The Gaiety School of Acting. She initially began working as a casting assistant.
CareerWilde has appeared in the movies The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog, Conversations with Other Women and Turistas. She became known for her role on The O.C. as Alex Kelly, although she originally auditioned for the role of Marissa. She has also appeared in the Dashboard Confessional music video for "Stolen", and the French Kicks music video for "So Far We Are". She was strongly considered to play Bond girl Vesper Lynd in the 21st Bond movie Casino Royale; Eva Green eventually won the role.
Currently, Wilde is ranked #01 on Maxim magazine (55 walls)'s Hot 100. She was also ranked #95 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2006 (11 years ago). She was one of the key models in Abercrombie & Fitch's "Rising Stars" campaign in summer of 2004 (13 years ago).
In 2007 (10 years ago), Wilde was a part of the ensemble cast of the short-lived NBC midseason drama The Black Donnellys. Her character, Jenny Reilly, was the lone principal female character in the series following the lives of an Irish-American family tied to organized crime in New York City. Also in 2007 (10 years ago), Wilde appeared in the play Beauty on the Vine, a political thriller, playing three different characters.:L
Wilde joined the cast of the FOX medical drama House in autumn 2007 (10 years ago), playing a young doctor, Dr. Remy Hadley, nicknamed Thirteen, who works closely with Dr. House. Wilde told Star magazine how she sometimes takes cues from her character even when she's not working, saying, "I'm now convinced that I'm a doctor. I mean, if someone says they have a pain, I'm like, 'Well, that's your spleen.'"
The New York Observer has described Wilde as having a "throaty voice" and the "wide, teal-eyed charisma of Hollywood in the days of yore". She has cited Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener and Robin Wright Penn as acting inspirations, and also admires playwright Eve Ensler and director and actor Woody Allen.
She won the 2006 (11 years ago) US Comedy Arts Festival movie Discovery Jury Award for Best Actress for Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas (2006, 11 years ago) and in 2008 (9 years ago) at the Teen Choice Awards she was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Star Female for House M.D. and won the Rising Star Award at the Vail movie Festival.
On Oct. 7, 2008 (9 years ago), Olivia appeared in a video on funnyordie.com showing how much she enjoys registering early for the 2008 (9 years ago) Presidential election, titled "Olivia Wilde Does It Early."
Olivia Wilde has recently taken the number 1 spot on the 2009 (8 years ago) Maxim Hot 100 list. (May, 2009 (8 years ago))
Olivia appeared alongside Jack Black and Michael Cera in the 2009 (8 years ago) comedy Year One.
Personal lifeWilde has dual citizenship between the United States and Ireland. She derived her stage name "Wilde" from author Oscar Wilde.
She married Italian-American documentary filmmaker, prince, photographer, and flamenco guitar player Tao Ruspoli on Jun. 7, 2003 (14 years ago), in Washington, Rappahannock County, Virginia. They currently live and work in Venice, Los Angeles, California. Wilde is a vegan.
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