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Kiernan Shipka Biography


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Birth Name: Kiernan Shipka
Born: 11/10/1999
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA


Kiernan Shipka, whose name meant "son of a lord" in Irish, was born on Nov. 10, 1999 in Chicago, IL to John Young Shipka, a real estate developer, and Erin Ann Brennan. Shipka started her career at a young age; at five months old, she had a minor role on the long-running medical drama "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), and she appeared in more than 200 print ads and two dozen commercials. Beginning in 2006, she took on guest starring roles on television shows like "Monk," MADtv," and the NBC series "Heroes," where she played a little girl who was rescued from a fire. In 2007, shortly after her family relocated to Los Angeles, Shipka landed a small role on the award-winning series "Mad Men," a stylized drama set in the 1960s that follows the lives of the fiercely competitive men and women who works at a prestigious Madison Avenue advertising agency. "Mad Men" centered on Don Draper (Jon Hamm), one of the firm's most talented ad executives-turned-partner who drinks hard, chain-smokes, and holds deeply-rooted secrets from both his family and colleagues.

Shipka played Draper's daughter Sally, a sweet, young girl who, initially, mostly played with dresses and tried to become a grown-up by making cocktails for her parents during parties. Even though she was only six when she first landed the part, Shipka gave her character such emotional depth and authenticity that the show's producers upgraded her role to series regular during the start of season four. As the series progressed, her storyline expanded to include a death in the family, her parents' divorce, and constant pressure from her mother Betty Draper (January Jones), a model-turned-housewife who tries in vain to keep her family intact, in spite of knowing her husband's infidelities. As a result, Shipka's character went through a rebellious phase and public meltdowns that prompted her mother to put her in therapy. While her stint on "Mad Men" kept her busy, Shipka juggled other projects, including an appearance in the feature comedy "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" (2010) and a guest role on the series "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (ABC, 2012- ) as herself.

By Candy Cuenco