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|Born||November 29, 1995|
|Relatives||Vanessa Marano (sister)|
Laura Marano (born November 29, 1995) is an American teen actress and singer. She has appeared in Without a Trace and Back to You, in both instances playing the daughter of the main characters. She currently stars in the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally as Ally Dawson. Her older sister Vanessa Marano is also an actress.
Life and career
Marano is the daughter of college professor Damiano Marano and former actress Ellen Marano. Her father is of Italian descent. Marano's first acting role was when she was five years old. Since then, she worked for a lot of productions at the Stage Door Theater. She appeared in numerous commercials and has small roles on Ghost Whisperer, Medical Investigation, Huff and Joan of Arcadia. Her bigger roles in television have been in Without a Trace and other shows. She has also been heard in the animated movies Finding Nemo and Ice Age: The Meltdown. She played child role of Keira Knightley's character in the film The Jacket, and had a small flashback role in the film Superbad. She was a regular cast member on the FOX game show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and played the role of Gracie Carr on FOX's sitcom Back to You.
Marano has since appeared in several episodes of The Sarah Silverman Program. Initially she was cast in the pilot episode, "Batteries", as the child version of Sarah Silverman, and the writers liked her so much they brought her back for a larger role as a girl Sarah coaches to win a beauty pageant ("Not Without My Daughter"). On the DVD commentary track, co-star Brian Posehn notes that Marano knew everyone else's lines better than they did. She has also appeared in Dexter as the child version of Debra Morgan. She has also played the child version of a character played by Diana Scarwid, Alice Shaw, sister of Angela Petrelli, on Heroes. She currently plays Ally Dawson on the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally.
Marano revealed that she doesn’t go to school on the set of the Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally. Instead, she attends a regular high school: "I go to an actual high school and my friends and everybody there have been so supportive [...] It’s nice when I’m not working to go to that school and be surrounded by really supportive friends."  Marano sings, dances and writes songs and hopes to perform in stage musicals in the future.
Work with UNICEF
In August 2013, Marano has been named the 2013 UNICEF's Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador, which encouraged children to raise money on Halloween to help children around the world. About the campaign, Laura said “I’m so excited to celebrate Halloween this year by encouraging kids to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work. The Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign is a fun, easy way for kids to learn about world issues and to help other kids who are less fortunate.”
|2005||The Jacket||Young Jackie||Supporting role|
|2006||Ice Age: The Meltdown||Various||Uncredited; Additional Voices|
|2007||Superbad||Young Becca||Supporting role|
|2003–2006||Without a Trace||Kate Malone||Recurring role; 8 episodes|
|2004||Joan of Arcadia||Emily||"Night without Stars" (Season 1, Episode 15)|
|2005||Medical Investigation||Brooke Beck||"Tribe" (Season 1, Episode 13)|
|2005–2008||X's, TheThe X's||Scout Y||Voice; Main role|
|2006||Ghost Whisperer||Audrey||"Friendly Neighborhood Ghost" (Season 1, Episode 13)|
|2006||Huff||Amelia||"Black Shadows" (Season 2, Episode 12)|
|2006||Dexter||Young Debra||"Let's Give the Boy a Hand" (Season 1, Episode 4)
"Father Knows Best" (Season 1, Episode 9)
|2007||Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader||Herself||Season 1|
|2007–2008||Back to You||Gracie Carr||Main role|
|2007–2010||Sarah Silverman Program||Young Sarah Silverman / Heather Silverman||Recurring role|
|2008||Ni Hao, Kai-Lan||Mei Mei||Season 1|
|2008||Gary Unmarried||Louise Brooks||"Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 8)
"Gary Gets Boundaries" (Season 1, Episode 2)
|2009||Heroes||Young Alice Shaw||"1961" (Season 3, Episode 23)|
|2009||Little Monk||Cousin Lauren||"Little Monk and the Monk Cousin" (Season 1, Episode 5)|
|2010||True Jackson, VP||Molly||"True Drama" (Season 2, Episode 4)
"Little Buddies" (Season 2, Episode 6)
|2010||FlashForward||Young Tracy||"Blowback" (Season 1, Episode 13)|
|2010||Childrens Hospital||Haley||"Frankfurthers. Allman Brothers. Death, Frankfurters" (Season 2, Episode 7)|
|2011–present||Austin & Ally||Ally Dawson||Lead role; Disney Channel Original Series|
|2012||Jessie||Ally Dawson||"Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year" (Season 2, Episode 6)|
- Album appearances
|"Poop Song"||2010||Sarah Silverman||From Our Rears to Your Ears|
|"Shine"||2012||N/A||Disney Fairies: Faith, Trust And Pixie Dust|
|"I love Christmas"||2013||Ross Lynch||Holidays Unwrapped|
- "Disney Channel Medianet - Laura Marano bio". Disney Channel. 2012. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. "Born November 29, 1995"
- ClevverTV interview with Vanessa & Laura Marano at the Phineas & Ferb Premiere
- Jeffrey Dransfeldt (2009-01-25). "Agoura Hills sisters are young stars on the rise". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
- "Vanessa & Laura Marano Interview - 2012 Teen Choice Awards". YouTube. clevverTV. 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
- ""Austin & Ally," A Comedy About An Unlikely Friendship, Premieres Sunday, December 4 on Disney Channel". Disney Channel. November 1, 2011.
- Ng, Philiana (March 11, 2012). "Disney Channel Renews 'Austin & Ally' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved March 12, 2012.
- 'I'd LOVE to be in the Bridget Jones musical!' Austin & Ally star Laura Marano on why she's eyeing up a role in the West End dailymail.co.uk, Retrieved on April 12, 2013
- "Disney Channel Star Laura Marano Named 2013 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador". unicefusa.org. August 19, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
- "Poop Song [Explicit]". Amazon. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
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|Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
Member of the Class
Occupant of Seat #1
Season 1 (2007)
Marki Ann Meyer
(Halfway through Season 1)