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Zoe Kazan (born September 9, 1983) is an Americanmarker actress and playwright.

Life and career

Kazan was born in Los Angelesmarker, the daughter of screenwriter Nicholas Kazan and actress/producer/writer/director Robin Swicord, and the granddaughter of film and theatre director Elia Kazan. Kazan was educated at the private Windward School in Mar Vistamarker and Yale Universitymarker, from which she graduated in 2005.

Her first professional stage credit was the 2006 off-Broadway revival of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie starring Cynthia Nixon. She followed this with the Playwrights Horizons production of 100 Saints You Should Know and Jonathan Marc Sherman's Things We Want, directed by Ethan Hawke.

In January 2008, Kazan made her Broadwaymarker debut opposite S. Epatha Merkerson and Kevin Anderson in a revival of William Inge's Come Back, Little Sheba. Ben Brantley of the New York Times called her performance "first-rate," adding, "Ms. Kazan is terrific in conveying the character’s self-consciousness."In the fall of the same year, she appeared on Broadway as Masha in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull opposite Kristin Scott Thomas and Peter Sarsgaard.

Kazan was featured in three 2007 films: The Savages, Fracture, and In the Valley of Elah. The following year she appeared in August, Me and Orson Welles and Revolutionary Road.

Kazan is also a playwright. In 2009, her play "Absalom" premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, KYmarker. The play, about a father's tense relationships with his children, had been extensively read and workshopped since Kazan's junior year at Yale Universitymarker.

Kazan lives in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklynmarker. As of April 2009, Kazan is romantically linked to actor Paul Dano.


  2. New York Times review
  3. Internet Broadway Database, retrieved on 9/29/2008
  4. Playbill, retrieved on July 31, 2009
  5. Ryzik, Melena. "Chasing Stardom, in No Particular Rush" New York Times. 2009-04-01.

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