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Quvenzhane Wallis Biography

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Birth Name: Quvenzhane Wallis
Born: 08/28/2003
Birth Place: Houma, Louisiana, USA

Zeitlin was instantly taken with Wallis' audition, however, claiming that she had impressed him with her strong will and her sense of right and wrong when she refused to follow his direction to throw a prop at a fellow actor because "it isn't right to throw things at people you don't know." Physically tiny yet somehow indomitable, naïve yet wise beyond her years, Wallis beat out 4,000 other girls to win the role, and Zeitlin not only reduced Hushpuppy's age to reflect Wallis', he also infused the character with her resilience. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" won acclaim at both the Sundance and Cannes film festivals for its story of an impoverished Louisiana enclave facing down a storm of Biblical proportions. Despite the critical and popular praise, as well as early Oscar buzz for her performance, Wallis insisted that her next project would be maintaining her honor roll status at her elementary school. Not surprisingly, the young actress scored an Indie Spirit nomination for Best Female Lead for "Beasts," but more importantly earned her first Academy Award nomination in the same category. Wallis next appeared in Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave" (2013) as Margaret Northup, the young daughter of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor). She next replaced Willow Smith in the title role of a remake of the Broadway hit "Annie" (2014).

By John Crye