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Biography #2 (for A Love Song for Bobby Long)

Deborah Kara Unger most recently starred opposite Sir Ian McKellan in Carl Bessai's upcoming feature film Emile, and screen legend Sophia Loren in Edoardo Ponti's Between Strangers, with Mira Sorvino and Gerard Depardieu, for which she received a 2003 Genie Award nomination.

Since graduating from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art, she has co-starred in such films as Norman Jewison's Hurricane, with Denzel Washington; Payback, with Mel Gibson; David Fincher's The Game, with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn; David Cronenberg's Crash, with Holly Hunter and James Spader, which received 1997's Special Jury Prize at Cannes; and Istvan Szabo's award-winning epic Sunshine, with Ralph Fiennes and William Hurt, which garnered her a 2000 Genie Award for Best Supporting Actress. Other feature film credits include The Salton Sea, with Val Kilmer; Signs and Wonders, with Stellan Skarsgard and Charlotte Rampling; No Way Home, with Tim Roth; Bette Gordon's critically acclaimed Luminous Motion; and The Weekend, with Gena Rowlands, which received the 1999 Best Ensemble Acting Award at the Seattle Film Festival. Other films include Leo, with Dennis Hopper and Sam Shepard; Fear X, with John Turturro; Stander, with Thomas Jane; 13, with Holly Hunter; and 1.0, directed by Marteinn Thorsson and Jeff Renfroe. Ms. Unger made her feature film debut in the award-winning WWII drama Prisoners of the Son, with Russell Crowe.

On television Unger appeared as Ava Gardner in HBO's 1998 drama The Rat Pack and in the award winning mini-series Bangkok Hilton with Nicole Kidman.

In May 2003 Unger was honored as the first actor to be the recipient of the Libertae Award at the Dubrovnik International Film Festival for her work in and commitment to the spirit of the independence in film.

Bio courtesy Lionsgate Films for "A Love Song for Bobby Long" (09-Jan-2005)

Biography #3 (for White Noise)

A British Columbia native, Deborah Kara Unger studied philosophy and economics at the University of Victoria before becoming the first Canadian to be accepted into the highly regarded Australian National Institute of Art.

After graduating in 1988, she turned her attention to acting and landed her first role in the award-winning TV drama Bangkok Hilton, starring alongside Nicole Kidman. She made her feature film debut in 1990's Prisoners of the Sun and has since had featured roles in The Game with Sean Penn and Michael Douglas, Sunshine with Ralph Fiennes and The Salton Sea with Val Kilmer, among others. Most recently, Unger gained attention for her riveting turn in the critically acclaimed Thirteen, with Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood, and opposite John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson in A Love Song for Bobby Long.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "White Noise" (09-Jan-2005)

Biography #4

Deborah Kara Unger starred opposite Ralph Fiennes in Istaban Szabo's epic Jewish family saga, Sunshine, for which she received a Genie nomination for best supporting actress; Bette Gordon's Luminous Motion for which Unger garnered critical praise; starred opposite Gena Rowlands in The Weekend, written and directed by Brian Skeet from Peter Cameron's novel; starred in Jonathan Nossiter's Signs & Wonders opposite Stellan SkarsgÄrd; and starred opposite Denzel Washington in Norman Jewison's The Hurricane based on the true-life story of Rubin Carter. Upcoming Unger will be seen in Edoardo Ponti's Between Strangers, starring opposite Sophia Loren and Mira Sorvino.

Other feature film credits include Brian Helgeland's Payback opposite Mel Gibson; David Fincher's The Game opposite Michael Douglas and Sean Penn and David Cronenberg's award-winning psychological thriller Crash opposite James Spader and Holly Hunter. Unger also starred with Tim Roth in No Way Home, Keys To Tulsa, Whispers In The Dark with Alan Alda and Prisoners Of The Sun in which she made her feature film debut with Russell Crowe.

On television, Unger appeared in HBO's The Rat Pack as Ava Gardner with Ray Liotta, the award-winning drama Bangkok Hilton with Nicole Kidman and Denholm Elliot, HBO's Hotel Room directed by David Lynch and Showtime's medical drama State of Emergency.

A graduate of the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Arts, Unger was the first Canadian-born actress to be accepted to the prestigious school whose alumni include Cate Blanchett, Mel Gibson and Judy Davis.

Bio courtesy Castle Rock Entertainment (03-Apr-2002)