Ginnifer Goodwin

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Ginnifer Goodwin
Ginnifer Goodwin by Gage Skidmore.jpg
BornJennifer Michelle Goodwin
(1978-05-22) May 22, 1978 (age 35)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Years active2000–present
Partner(s)Josh Dallas
(2011–present; engaged)
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Ginnifer Goodwin
Ginnifer Goodwin by Gage Skidmore.jpg
BornJennifer Michelle Goodwin
(1978-05-22) May 22, 1978 (age 35)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Years active2000–present
Partner(s)Josh Dallas
(2011–present; engaged)

Jennifer Michelle Goodwin (born May 22, 1978), known professionally as Ginnifer Goodwin, is an American television and film actress. She is best known for her role as Margene Heffman on Big Love, and for her roles in films like Mona Lisa Smile, Something Borrowed, and He's Just Not That Into You. She stars as Mary Margaret Blanchard/Snow White in the ABC series Once Upon a Time.

Early life[edit]

Goodwin was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her mother, Linda (née Kantor), is a former educator and "stay-at-home mom", who later worked for FedEx and Apple.[1][2][3] Her father, Tim Goodwin, formerly owned and operated a recording studio.[4] Goodwin changed her name from "Jennifer" to "Ginnifer" to distinguish her name, and to assist in pronunciation of her name in her regional dialect.[5] Her younger sister, Melissa Goodwin, is a stop motion animator on shows such as the Emmy Award-winning Robot Chicken, on which Ginnifer has also appeared as voice talent.

Her mother is Jewish and her father is of Welsh descent; Goodwin was raised in her mother's faith.[4][6] In her youth, Goodwin was affiliated with the North American Federation of Temple Youth, and was active in BBYO at the Jewish Community Center in Memphis; she had a bat mitzvah.[7] She went to school at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee. She then graduated from Lausanne Collegiate School in 1996, then attended Hanover College (majoring in Theatre) for one year before moving on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University. While a student at BU, she performed in numerous student short films, as well as several college and local stage productions. Goodwin was given the "Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award" by the Bette Davis Foundation, and graduated with honors. After her time at Boston University, she studied in England at Stratford Upon-Avon’s Shakespeare Institute, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The following year she earned an "Acting Shakespeare Certificate" at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[8]


Goodwin first had roles in the popular NBC television programs Law & Order and Ed before appearing in the Comedy Central television movie Porn 'n Chicken. She later had substantial roles in the films Mona Lisa Smile, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Walk the Line—in which she portrayed Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash's first wife—and Birds of America. She also played Dori Dumchovic in the dark comedy Love Comes to the Executioner.[9] Goodwin played a leading role as Margene Heffman, the third wife in a polygamous family, on the HBO original series Big Love, which concluded on March 20, 2011. Ginnifer has recurring voice roles in the Cartoon Network show, Robot Chicken, the animation of which her younger sister Melissa Goodwin is involved.

In 2008, Max Mara honored Goodwin with a "Face of the Future" award, an award recognizing up and coming women in film.[10] Also, Goodwin was one of the celebrities featured in Gap's Fall 2008 ad campaign.[11]

Goodwin starred as Gigi in He's Just Not That into You, which was released in February 2009. For this role she received a nomination for the People's Choice Award for Breakout Movie Actress.[12] In April 2009 she began filming Ramona and Beezus (playing "Aunt Bea").[13]

In 2011, Goodwin plays Mary Margaret Blanchard, a teacher in Storybrooke, Maine, as well as fairy tale heroine Snow White, in the revisionist fantasy adventure television program, Once Upon a Time, which debuted on ABC.[14]

Personal life[edit]

After two years of dating, Goodwin became engaged to actor Joey Kern in December 2010.[15] They ended the engagement in May 2011.[16] Goodwin subsequently began dating her Once Upon a Time co-star Josh Dallas in fall 2011.[17] The couple became engaged on October 9, 2013,[18] and on November 20, 2013, announced that they are expecting their first child.[19]

Goodwin is a close and longtime friend of her Once Upon a Time co-star Jennifer Morrison.[20][21]

Goodwin was a vegan and was a spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey Project in 2009, having adopted a whole flock herself.[22] She revealed on Jimmy Kimmel that she gave up being a vegan after experiencing undisclosed health issues. She said: "I'm always learning and growing and changing and there were some boring health issues, and so I did actually have to work some animal products back into my diet."[23] Goodwin says although she's never had a "dramatic weight problem", she uses Weight Watchers to keep her indulgences in check.[24] She considers herself an extremely healthy person,[25] and balances her diet with ballet classes and cardio workouts.[24]

In 2013, Goodwin stated that, after she left Memphis, she "up and left Judaism for a very long time", and that "for 10 years, there was nothing. No ritual. No tradition. No community". She later reconnected with her faith.[6][26][27]


Goodwin at the Spider-Man 3 premiere, 2007


2000Zelda: An Extrospective JourneyZeldaShort film
2003Mona Lisa SmileConnie Baker
2004Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!Cathy Feely
2005Walk the LineVivian Cash
2006Love Comes to the ExecutionerDori Dumchovic
2007In the Land of WomenJaney
2007Day ZeroMolly
2008Birds of AmericaIda
2009He's Just Not That Into YouGigi
2009Single Man, AA Single ManMrs. Strunk
2010Ramona and BeezusAunt Bea
2011Take Me Home TonightBanky
2011Something BorrowedRachel


2001Law & OrderEricaEpisode: "Myth of Fingerprints"
2001-2004EdDiane SnyderRecurring role (25 episodes)
2002Porn 'n ChickenMayaTV film
2005-2007Robot ChickenVarious (voice)Recurring role (7 episodes)
2006-2011Big LoveMargene HeffmanMain role (53 episodes)
2007Big Love: In the BeginningMargene HeffmanEpisodes: "Meet the Babysitter", "Moving Day"
2009Crappy Holidays Presents...Episode: "Crappy Easter"
2011SpongeBob SquarePants(voice)Episode: "Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle"
2011Margene's BlogMargene HenricksonEpisode: "Crush Story"
2011FiveCharlotteTV film
2011–presentOnce Upon a TimeMary Margaret Blanchard / Snow WhiteMain role (52 episodes)
2012Electric CityJean Marie St. CloudMain role (20 episodes)
2013Killing KennedyJacqueline KennedyTV Film

Awards and nominations[edit]

2010People's Choice AwardFavorite Breakout Movie ActressNominated
2011Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie Actress: Romantic ComedySomething BorrowedNominated
2012Teen Choice AwardChoice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-FIOnce Upon a TimeNominated
2013People's Choice AwardFavorite Dramatic TV ActressOnce Upon a TimeNominated
2014People's Choice AwardFavorite Dramatic TV ActressOnce Upon a TimeNominated


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  2. ^ Pellettieri, Courtney (May 2010). "Meals My Mother Taught Me". InStyle (Time Inc.) 17 (5): 324–325. 
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  5. ^ Stated by Goodwin on the Late Show with David Letterman, Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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  7. ^ "Jews in the Limelight". Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
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  9. ^ Love Comes to the Executioner (2006)
  10. ^ Leisa Barnett (2008-06-19). "Ginnifer Goodwin wins MaxMara award ( UK)". Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  11. ^ "Ginnifer Goodwin For Gap Hollyscoop". 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  12. ^ "2010 People's Choice Award Nominees Revealed; Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman & Green Day Honored". November 10, 2009. 
  13. ^ Lucas, Anthony J. (March 4, 2009). "Today's new movie announcements.". 
  14. ^ "Once Upon a Time's Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin & Co. on Their Literal "Dream" Project" from TV Line (July 25, 2011)
  15. ^ Zuckerman, Blaine (December 24, 2010). "Ginnifer Goodwin Is Engaged!". People. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  16. ^ Zuckerman, Blaine (May 20, 2011). "Ginnifer Goodwin and Fiancé Break Up". People. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  17. ^ Johnson, Zach. "Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas Make Red Carpet Debut as a Couple!". Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  18. ^ Jordan, Julie (October 11, 2013). "Ginnifer Goodwin Engaged to Josh Dallas". People. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin Expecting First Child". People. November 20, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  20. ^ Clark, Cindy (10 October 2011). "Ginnifer Goodwin's life takes a fairy-tale turn". USA Today. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  21. ^ Halterman, Jim (24 October 2011). "'Once Upon a Time' stars discuss the show's darker twist on famous fairy tales". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  22. ^ "Adopt-A-Turkey Project". 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  23. ^ Mike Larkin (2012-01-13). "Is she giving you fashion tips? Ginnifer Goodwin shows off her granny chic as she chats with older lady | Mail Online". Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  24. ^ a b "Ginnifer Goodwin on Weight Watchers Since She Was Nine". Fox News. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  25. ^ Joyce Chen (2012-01-133). "'Big Love' star Ginnifer Goodwin: I've been on Weight Watchers since I was 9". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
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