Patricia Rooney Mara is an American actress and animal rights activist. She is the great-granddaughter of New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr. Mara is known for her charity work and oversees the Uweza Foundation, which supports empowerment programs for children and families in the Kibera slum of Nairobi.
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Patricia Rooney Mara (born April 17, 1985) is an American actress and animal rights activist. She is the great-granddaughter of New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr. Mara is known for her charity work and oversees the Uweza Foundation, which supports empowerment programs for children and families in the Kibera slum of Nairobi. Mara was born into the Rooney and Mara sports business families. She graduated from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2010. She began acting in television and independent films, such as the coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall. She first gained recognition for a supporting role in David Fincher’s biographical drama The Social Network. Mara had a career breakthrough when she starred as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her career progressed with leading roles in the thriller Side Effects, the science fiction romance Her, and the romantic drama Carol. For the latter, she won the Cannes Film Festival Award for best actress. She has since appeared in the biographical Drama Lion, the supernatural drama A Ghost Story, and portrayed Mary Magdalene in the biblical drama Mary Mag Dalene. Mara is also the founder of the vegan clothing line Hiraeth Collective. She made her professional debut in a 2006 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as overweight Mary. She guest-starred on an episode of Women’s Murder Club and played a drug addict in The Cleaner.
Mara made her feature film debut in the 2009 film The Dream Boy and had a limited release in September 2011. She dropped out of college in 2011 to focus on her acting career. Mara has a younger sister, Kate, who is also an actress, and a younger brother, Conor. Her father, Timothy Christopher Mara, is the senior vice president of player personnel for the New York. Giants. Her mother, Kathleen McNulty, is a part-time real estate agent. Her paternal grandparents were Wellington Mara and Ann Mara, Wellington was the long-time co-owner of the Giants, who was succeeded in that position by his son John Mara. Mara’s maternal grandfather, Timothy James “Tim” Rooney, has run Yonkers Raceway & Empire City Casino in Yonkers, New York since 1972. Her maternal grandfather is the former United States Ambassador to Ireland, the co-founder of The Ireland Funds charitable organization, and the architect of American Football’s Rooney Rule. Her uncle, Dan Rooney, was chairman of the Steelers, the former U.S. Ambassador toIreland, and co- founder of The. Ireland Funds charity organization. Her cousin, U. S. Representative Tom Rooney and former Florida State Representative Patrick Rooney Jr. are her cousins. She married a friend of the family in 2012. Her first and only role in high school was Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, which she got after being signed up to audition by a friend. Mara resisted pursuing acting as a child, stating to The Journal News that she was always afraid that I might fail.