Abigail Breslin (born April 14, 1996) is an American child actress.
The fourth youngest actress ever to be nominated for a competitive Academy
Award, Abigail is best known for portraying Olive Hoover in the film Little Miss
Sunshine, Nim Rusoe in Nim's Island, and the title character in Kit Kittredge:
An American Girl and The Ultimate Gift as well as for several supporting roles
in other films. Her newest release is My Sister's Keeper.
Abigail was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Kim, who manages Abigail's career, and Michael Breslin, a telecommunications expert, computer programmer and consultant. Abigail Breslin's maternal grandparents, Catherine and Lynn Blecker, are from New Jersey, and now live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Abigail Breslin has two older brothers, Ryan and Spencer Breslin, who is also an actor. Abigail lives in New York with her family, which her maternal grandparents have described as "very close-knit". Abigail Breslin is named after First Lady of the United States Abigail Adams and collects American Girl dolls stuffed animals, Webkinz, and Hotwheel Car models.
Prior to her star-making turn in Sunshine, Abigail appeared in the films Signs (2002), Raising Helen (in which Abigail and her brother Spencer played siblings), The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (which Spencer also appeared in), Keane, Chestnut: Hero of Central Park, and The Family Plan. In 2006, she starred in the comedy Little Miss Sunshine, playing a beauty pageant contestant, the youngest in a dysfunctional family on a road trip. Her co-stars, Greg Kinnear and Alan Arkin, both mentioned that they were "astounded by her seriousness of purpose during shooting". For her performance, Abigail received nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (on January 23, 2007). At the time of her nomination and at the age of ten years old, Abigail became the fourth youngest actress to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The three actresses younger than Abigail to receive the nomination were Tatum O'Neal, Mary Badham, and Quinn Cummings. Breslin's co-star, Alan Arkin, did not want her to win the award, specifying that he thought that she has "had enough attention" and "needs to have a childhood".
Although Abigail did not win the Oscar, Abigail Breslin co-presented with Jaden Smith at the 79th Academy Awards on February 25, 2007. Abigail was part of the Disney Year of a Million Dreams celebration. Annie Leibovitz photographed her as Fira from Disney Fairies with Julie Andrews as the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio. On October 27, 2007, Abigail made her stage debut in the play Right You Are (If You Think You Are) in New York City at the Guggenheim Museum starring in an ensemble cast alongside Cate Blanchett, Dianne Wiest, Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard. In 2007, Abigail was ranked #8 in Forbes Magazine's list of "Young Hollywood's Top-Earning Stars", having earned $1.5 million in 2006.
Abigail next appeared in the romantic comedies No Reservations, playing the niece of a chef, and Definitely, Maybe, in which her character is the daughter of a recently-divorced father (Ryan Reynolds). In 2008, Abigail starred with Jodie Foster in the film Nim's Island and also headlined Kit Kittredge: An American Girl as the title character.
In 2009, Abigail starred in My Sister's Keeper, and will appear in Zombieland.
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