Zooey Deschanel is possibly best known for her role as Jess in the TV sitcom "New Girl", though she has starred in numerous TV shows and films since the late 1990s. Deschanel's first break came in 2000's "Almost Famous". Starring roles in films such as "Elf", "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", "Yes Man" and "(500) Days of Summer" cemented Deschanel's status as a movie star. Outside from acting, Deschanel is also an accomplished musician. She has sung in many of her films, done cabaret and in 2008 released her first album as a member of the duo She & Him, which has performed well on US Charts. Their second album "Volume Two" peaked at #6 in the US.
Zooey Claire Deschanel (born January 17, 1980) is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter. In 1999, Deschanel made her film debut in Mumford, followed by her breakout role as young protagonist William Miller's troubled older sister Anita in Cameron Crowe's 2000 semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous. Deschanel soon became known for her deadpan and 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl' supporting roles in films such as Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), Bridge to Terabithia (2007) Happening, TheThe Happening (2008), Yes Man (2008), and (500) Days of Summer (2009). She currently stars in the Fox series New Girl. She has been nominated for Golden Globe, Grammy, and Emmy Awards. For a few years starting in 2001, Deschanel performed in the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies with fellow actress Samantha Shelton. Besides singing, she plays keyboards, percussion, banjo and ukulele.
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