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Elizabeth Olsen Biography


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Birth Name: Elizabeth Olsen
Born: 02/16/1989
Birth Place: Sherman Oaks, California, USA


Elizabeth Chase Olsen was born on Feb. 16, 1989 in Sherman Oaks, CA to David Olsen, a mortgage broker, and Jarnette Fuller, a former dancer with the Los Angeles Ballet. Growing up, Olsen lived in the shadow of her older twin sisters, child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who rose to fame as infants on the hit ABC television series "Full House" (1987-1995) and grew to become an entertainment and brand-merchandising powerhouse. Olsen's first professional acting job was at the age of four in her sisters' direct-to-video movie, "Our First Video" (1993), and she continued to make appearances in several of her sisters' projects, including the video shorts "The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley: The Case of Thorn Mansion" (1994), "The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley: The Case of the Christmas Caper" (1995), and the 1994 television movie "How the West Was Fun." Olsen would also occasionally turn up in a publicity photo from one of her sisters' film premieres, and in 2007, the fashionista twins launched a cool-girl casual clothing line called Elizabeth and James, named after their two siblings.



But while Olsen busily explored her own interests in theater arts, she kept a much lower profile than her famous sisters, studying drama and dance while attending Campbell Hall School, a private Episcopal day school in North Hollywood, from where she graduated in 2007. That fall, Olsen matriculated at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and its affiliated Atlantic Theater Company, where she acted in various productions and continued to hone her craft. Two years into her studies at NYU, Olsen began auditioning for films and landed a supporting role in her first big-screen effort, "Peace, Love and Misunderstanding" (2011), a comedy co-starring Catherine Keener and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, in which Olsen portrayed a young woman en route to see her aging hippie grandmother (Jane Fonda).



But it was Olsen's breakout performances in the Sundance Film Festival surprise hits, "Martha Marcy May Marlene" (2011), a drama about a young woman struggling to acclimate to normal family life after fleeing an abusive cult, and "Silent House" (2011), a remake of the Gustavo Hernández horror picture "La Casa Muda" (2010), that caught the film world's attention. Olsen had critics, agents and producers in Park City wowed, and articles about the up-and-coming starlet began popping up in major newspapers and film magazines. Fox Searchlight immediately picked up "Martha" for stateside distribution and Lionsgate snapped up "Silent House." No longer in her sisters' shadow, Olsen had officially struck out on her own as a serious, in-demand actress. In March 2011, Olsen was steadily ascending the Hollywood food chain and at work on the heavily anticipated Rodrigo Cortés paranormal thriller, "Red Lights" (2012), co-starring Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy. Continuining her varied casting choices, Olsen next appeared in Spike Lee's American remake of the violent South Korean revenge film "Oldboy" (2014) and as the female lead in Gareth Edwards' big-budget reboot of the "Godzilla" (2014) franchise.