Michelle Monaghan Biography

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Born: March 23, 1976


Date of Birth: March 23, 1976

Growing up in the small town of Winthrop, Iowa, Michelle Monaghan acted in school plays, but never dreamed she would wind up being a professional actress. After high school, she went on to study journalism at Columbia College in Chicago. While there, she did some modeling to help pay for tuition fees. Impressed by the money she was earning, and finding herself in demand for print ads, she moved to New York City in 1999 to pursue modeling full time.

Shortly after, she landed a regular role on the new WB drama series, Young Americans. The series didn't last long, but Monaghan bounced back with an appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and made her feature film debut in Perfume (2001), which screened at Sundance, but wasn't released to theaters.

Following a small role as Richard Gere's secretary in Unfaithful (2002), Monaghan garnered a recurring role on Fox TV's hit series Boston Public as a high school teacher. She stayed with the show until it came to an end in 2003, then returned to the big screen in It Runs in the Family (2003) opposite Michael Douglas. Supporting roles in big budget pictures such as Winter Solstice (2004), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) and North Country (2005) followed.

Michele played her first major motion picture starring role in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer. This elevated her Hollywood profile enough that she was chosen as Tom Cruise's leading lady in Mission: Impossible 3 (2006). She worked with Downey Jr. again when she played his wife in the comedy Due Date (2010). Following that, Michele also played Sam Rockwell's unappreciative wife in Better Living Through Chemistry (2014). She also starred in the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' The Best of Me (2014).

Michele married Australian Pete White in August 2005. They live in New York City with their two children.

Filmography :

The Best of Me(2014)
Better Living Through Chemistry(2014)
Machine Gun Preacher(2011)
Source Code(2011)
Due Date(2010)
Eagle Eye(2008)
Made of Honor(2008)
The Heartbreak Kid(2007)
Gone, Baby, Gone (2007)
Mission: Impossible 3 (2006)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang(2005)
North Country(2005)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith(2005)
Winter Solstice(2004)
The Bourne Supremacy(2004)
It Runs in the Family(2003)
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