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Born: April 25, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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An actress who previously couldn't even land a commercial in her hometown of Chicago, Emily Bergl won a starring role in "The Rage: Carrie 2" (1999) by sending an audition videotape to MGM. The striking newcomer generated a good deal of interest around the horror sequel, with her piercing eyes, dark curly hair and luminous pale skin featured prominently in film advertisements. Making her feature debut, she portrayed Rachel, a tormented teenager with telekinetic powers. While the thriller did poorly with critics, Bergl received favorable notice for her performance as the fed up teen outsider with a troubled home life. Conscious of the threat of being typecast in similar roles, the actress took to the stage in order to ensure a more diverse career. The day before her first screen role was released, Bergl bowed on the Broadway stage alongside Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing in a revival of James Goldman's "The Lion in Winter," playing Princess Alais, the young French mistress to Fishburne's King Henry II. Previously, she had been an understudy in Lincoln Center's production of "Ah, Wilderness!" shortly after completing her acting training at the Eugene O'Neill Center's National Theatre...

An actress who previously couldn't even land a commercial in her hometown of Chicago, Emily Bergl won a starring role in "The Rage: Carrie 2" (1999) by sending an audition videotape to MGM. The striking newcomer generated a good deal of interest around the horror sequel, with her piercing eyes, dark curly hair and luminous pale skin featured prominently in film advertisements. Making her feature debut, she portrayed Rachel, a tormented teenager with telekinetic powers. While the thriller did poorly with critics, Bergl received favorable notice for her performance as the fed up teen outsider with a troubled home life. Conscious of the threat of being typecast in similar roles, the actress took to the stage in order to ensure a more diverse career. The day before her first screen role was released, Bergl bowed on the Broadway stage alongside Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing in a revival of James Goldman's "The Lion in Winter," playing Princess Alais, the young French mistress to Fishburne's King Henry II. Previously, she had been an understudy in Lincoln Center's production of "Ah, Wilderness!" shortly after completing her acting training at the Eugene O'Neill Center's National Theatre Institute. Her additional theater credits include a run as Juliet in a production of "Romeo & Juliet" (opposite Neil Patrick Harris) at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, and a starring role in "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" at the Dorset Theatre Festival.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Blue Jasmine (2013)
2.
 Grassroots (2012)
3.
5.
 Chasing Sleep (2001) Sadie
6.
 Happy Campers (2001) Talia
7.
 Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) Rachel Lang
8.
 Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken (2002) Lisa (Parts 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10)
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Born in England where she lived until age six
1999:
Broadway acting debut as Alais, the young French mistress of King Henry II, in the revival of "The Lion in Winter"
1998:
Cast as an understudy in Lincoln Center's production of "Ah, Wilderness!" shortly after completing training at Eugene O'Neill Center's National Theatre Institute
2006:
Cast in the ABC series "Men in Trees" as Annie, an enthusiatic fan of relationship expert Marin Frist (Anne Heche)
1999:
Played Rachel, a high school outsider with supernatural powers who exacts revenge, in "The Rage: Carrie 2"
2001:
Played the recurring role of Francie Jarvis in "The Gilmore Girls" (WB)
2000:
Returned to the NYC stage as co-star of Wendy Wasserstein's "Old Money"
2002:
Cast in the sci-fi produced miniseries, "Taken"
2001:
Played Emily in a La Jolla production of "Our Town"
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Raised in a suburb of Chicago
1998:
Starred opposite Neil Patrick Harris in the Old Globe (San Diego) production of "Romeo and Juliet"
2001:
Appeared as a camp counselor in "Happy Campers"; screened at Sundance
2006:
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman in "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus"
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Moved to New York to pursue an acting career
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Education

Glenbrook South High School: Glenbrook, Illinois -
Grinnell College: Grinnell, Iowa -
Grinnell College: Grinnell, Iowa -
Eugene O'Neill Center's National Theatre Institute: Waterford, Connecticut -

Notes

"In junior high school, I was a flat-out geek. I had thick glasses, wore second-hand clothes and my hair was parted down the middle. I didn't have low self-esteem, I had no self-esteem. Fortunately in high school, I was able to change my image." --Emily Bergl quoted in Calgary Sun, March 9, 1999

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