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Quvenzhane Wallis

Born : 28 August 2003
City : Houma, Louisiana, United States
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Quvenzhane Wallis Biography

Quvenzhane Wallis (kwuh-VEN-zhuh-nay;born August 28, 2003) is an American child actress and singer. She is known for her leading role as Hushpuppy in the critically acclaimed drama film Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), for which she became the youngest actress ever to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Personal life

Wallis was born in Houma, Louisiana, the youngest of the four children of Qulyndreia, a teacher, and Venjie Wallis, Sr., a truck driver."Quven", the first part of her name, combines the first syllables of her parents' first names, and "zhane" is Swahili for "fairy".

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Wallis, at age five, had to lie about her age to audition for her very first acting job—the starring role in Beasts of the Southern Wild—because the minimum age to be considered was six. She eventually beat out some 4,000 contenders for the role of Hushpuppy—the indomitable child prodigy and survivalist who lives with her dying father in the backwoods bayou squalor of Louisiana.Director Benh Zeitlin told The Daily Beast that when he auditioned Wallis, he immediately realized he had discovered what he was looking for, and changed the Beasts script to accommodate her strong-willed personality. Her reading ability, loud scream, and the skill of burping on command impressed the director and won her the part.The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2012 to rave reviews, winning the Grand Jury Prize. In May 2012, Wallis flew to France for the premiere of the film at the Cannes Film Festival. The film received much acclaim and praise for Wallis' outstanding performance and it went on to win the prestigious Camera d'Or award for Best first Feature Film. On January 10, 2013, at age nine, Wallis became the Academy Awards' youngest nominee for Best Actress and third youngest in all categories. However, she was just six during the filming. Wallis is the first African-American child actor to earn an Oscar nomination. She is also the first person born in the 21st century to receive an Academy Award nomination.

She had a role in Steve McQueen's Academy Award–winning film 12 Years a Slave (2013), alongside Lupita Nyong'o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Brad Pitt. Also in 2013, she collaborated with Sundance for the second time on a short film called Boneshaker.

In February 2013, Wallis was cast as the title character in a new film version of Annie.

In May 2014, Wallis was named the face of Armani Junior, Giorgio Armani's line for children and teens. [13] This makes her the first major child celebrity to be the face of a luxury brand.

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