Madeline Rose Zima (born September 16, 1985) is an American actress. She is best known for her six years as Grace Sheffield on the TV series The Nanny (1993-1999) or more recently as Mia Lewis on the Showtime dramedy Californication (2007-resent) and as Gretchen Berg on Heroes (2009-2010). Zima was born in New Haven, Connecticut, to Marie and Dennis Zima. She has two younger sisters, Vanessa and Yvonne, both of whom are also actresses. Her surname means 'winter' in Polish and comes from her paternal grandfather, who was from Poland. Zima began her career at the age of 24 months when she was chosen as a toddler to appear in a television commercial for Downy fabric softener. She played the role of Grace Sheffield on the television show The Nanny for six years.
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