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Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere has an impressive resume of feature film, television, animation and commercial credits that have made her name synonymous with a rising star.

Currently starring in the popular NBC Television drama Heroes, Hayden has been cast in the unique and challenging role as a high school cheerleader who is literally indestructible. The NBC series is a critical and audience hit and was been nominated for a 2007 Emmy Award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the Outstanding Drama Series category. The series also received a Golden Globe nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 2007.

Also in 2007, Hayden herself was honored with the Capri Hollywood Film Festival's Breakout Actress Award, as well as the 1st Annual Wave Award as Favorite Clipped Dramatic Artist for the Television Season. She also has received the Genesis Wyler Award from The Humane Society of the United States for her impassioned efforts in raising awareness of animal welfare worldwide. In July, 2008 she was named Choice Female Actress in a Television Drama Series by the wildly popular Teen Choice Awards.

Hayden's film credits are impressive. She co-starred in Fireflies in the Garden, opposite Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe and Emily Watson for Senator International, which debuted at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. The story, directed by Dennis Lee, explores the complexities of love and commitment in a family torn apart when faced with an unexpected tragedy. She also starred in the independent feature The Architect, opposite Anthony LaPaglia and Isabella Rossellini, and The Good Student for Kevin Spacey's company, Triggerstreet, co-starring Bill Sadler and Tim Daly. She co-starred in the romantic dramedy Shanghai Kiss, and she starred as the lead in Bring It On: All or Nothing, the sequel to the box office hit Bring It On, for Universal Home Video.

Hayden dazzled everyone in her role as a competitive ice skater in Ice Princess. In order to bring authenticity to her role for the film, she trained rigorously and executed all of her own stunts. In addition, she recorded the ballad I Fly for the film's soundtrack and closing credits. She co-starred in the Lifetime Original movie Lies My Mother Told Me, based on a compelling true story, opposite Joely Richardson, and she embodied the challenging leading role as a jockey in Warner Bros.' Racing Stripes, opposite the voices of Dustin Hoffman and Whoopi Goldberg.

Hayden had a lead role in the feature film comedy Raising Helen, directed by Garry Marshall. Additionally, she starred in Tiger Cruise, a dramatic story based on the true events of September 11th, which debuted to rave reviews on The Disney Channel.

Hayden's film, Normal, opposite Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson, and directed by Jane Anderson for HBO, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Her spitfire characters in both Joe Somebody (as Tim Allen's daughter) and Remember the Titans (in which she co-starred with Denzel Washington) helped to establish her as a unique talent. Her portrayal of a young Jeanne, played by Hilary Swank, in The Affair of the Necklace, is a cameo performance of depth beyond her years.

Hayden's other film credits include Message in a Bottle with Kevin Costner and The Object of My Affection with Jennifer Aniston. Her television appearances have won her numerous nominations and awards.

Hayden's voice is as recognizable as her face. She starred in the delightful animated feature, A Bug's Life, as Princess Dot, and as Suri in Disney's Dinosaurs. Her work for A Bug's Life Read-A-Long garnered her a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album, as well as a nomination for The Hollywood Reporter's Young Star Award for Best Young Voiceover Talent.

Hayden is a Fresh Face for Neutrogena and has participated in popular campaigns for Candie's and Dooney & Burke, the latter for which she designed several exclusive handbags.

She is a spokesperson for The Whaleman Foundation and Save the Whales Again! Campaign. The Foundation is an oceanic non-profit conservation, research and production organization dedicated to preserving and protecting dolphins, whales and our oceans.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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Hayden Panettiere Facts

Birth Name Hayden Leslie Panettiere
BirthdayAugust 21, 1989 (34)
BirthplacePalisades, New Jersey, USA
Height5' 4" (1m63)  How tall is Hayden Panettiere compared to you?
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Selected Filmography

A Bug's Life
Ice Princess
The Good Student
Racing Stripes
Nashville: The Complete Fourth Season
Remember the Titans
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
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