Two-time Oscar nominee Rooney Mara turns 32 today. A descendant of the founders of two NFL teams—New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr.—she began acting while studying at NYU, playing a bit part in a film starring her older sister Kate Mara. Early in her career she was billed as Tricia Mara (her full name is Patricia Rooney Mara), but she began using Rooney Mara as her screen name around 2009. She began to be noticed in supporting roles in Youth in Revolt and The Social Network.
Her big breakthrough was being cast as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. While the film was not a big success financially, Mara was a success as Lisbeth, receiving Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress. In the next few years she appeared in a variety of projects, such as Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects and Spike Jonze’s Her. In 2015 she starred opposite Cate Blanchett, in the role of Therese Belivet in Carol.