Madeline Zima

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Madeline Zima
Born (1985-09-16) September 16, 1985 (age 29)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Relatives Vanessa Zima (younger sister)
Yvonne Zima (younger sister)

Madeline Rose Zima (born September 16, 1985) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Grace Sheffield on the series The Nanny (1993–99), Mia Lewis on the Showtime comedy drama series Californication (2007–11), and Gretchen Berg on Heroes (2009–10).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Zima was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of Marie and Dennis Zima. Her surname means "winter" in Polish and comes from her maternal grandfather, who was from Poland.[2] Zima has two younger sisters, Vanessa and Yvonne, both of whom are also actresses.[3]

Career[edit]

Zima began her career when she was two years old, after she was chosen as a child to appear in a television commercial for Downy fabric softener.[4] She played the role of Grace Sheffield on the television show The Nanny for six years. Zima has become known for her work in films such as The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, A Cinderella Story, Dimples, Looking for Sunday, Once in a Very Blue Moon and Legacy.

In 2007, Zima played Mia Lewis, a sexually precocious and conniving 16-year old, on the series Californication. Zima returned for a second season of Californication in 2008. In promotion of Mia's book, Fucking & Punching, Zima starred in several Californication webisodes that are featured on YouTube. In 2009, Zima joined the cast of Heroes as Gretchen Berg, Claire Bennet's quirky bisexual roommate and tentative love interest.[5]

She stars as Jill in the 2009 release The Collector.[6]

She will co-star on the upcoming ABC drama series Gilded Lillys created and produced by Shonda Rhimes.[7]

In 2012, Zima portrayed Charlotte in an episode of The Vampire Diaries.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Hand That Rocks the Cradle, TheThe Hand That Rocks the Cradle Emma Bartel
1993 Mr. Nanny Kate Mason
1993 Last Supper, TheThe Last Supper Holly Short film
1997 'Til There Was You Gwen (Age 12)
1998 Rose Sisters, TheThe Rose Sisters
1998 Second Chances Melinda Judd
1999 Chasing Secrets Jo Ann Foley Television film
1999 Lethal Vows Danielle Farris Television film
2000 Sandy Bottom Orchestra, TheThe Sandy Bottom Orchestra Rachel Green Television film
2001 Big Leaf Tobacco Company, TheThe Big Leaf Tobacco Company Girl #1 Short film
2003 Lucy Teen Lucille Ball Television film
2004 Cinderella Story, AA Cinderella Story Brianna
2006 Looking for Sunday Trisha
2008 Legacy Zoey Martin Video
2008 Dimples Frances
2008 Streak Stella Short film
2008 5 or Die Amelia Short film
2009 Collector, TheThe Collector Jill Chase
2010 Trance Jessica
2010 First Dates Kelly Video
2010 My Own Love Song Billie Television film, Lifetime Movies
2011 Family Tree, TheThe Family Tree Mitzy Steinbacher
2012 Breaking the Girls Alex Layton
2012 Crazy Kind of Love Annie
2012 Crazy Eyes Rebecca
2012 Lake Effects Lily
2013 Stuck Holly

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Law & Order Samantha Silver Episode: "Extended Family"
1993-1999 Nanny, TheThe Nanny Grace Sheffield 146 episodes
1996 JAG Cathy Gold Episode: "Sightings"
1997 Touched by an Angel Alexandra "Ally" Episode: "Children of the Night"
1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul Katie Episode: "Starlight, Star Bright"
2001 Nightmare Room, TheThe Nightmare Room Alexis Hall 2 episodes
2001 King of the Hill Voice
2 episodes
2001 Gilmore Girls Lisa Episode: "Like Mother, Like Daughter"
2003 7th Heaven Alice Miller Episode: "Go Ask Alice"
2004 Strong Medicine Pam Episode: "Like Cures Like"
2006 3 lbs Cassie Mack Episode: "Lost for Words"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Maddy Strom Episode: "Mean Ghost"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Marissa Episode: "Forever Young"
2007-2011 Californication Mia Lewis 28 episodes
2009-2010 Heroes Gretchen Berg 11 episodes
2010 My Boys Ashley Episode: "Be a Man!"
2011 Royal Pains Toby Thompson Episode: "Me First"
2012 Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries Charlotte Episode: "We'll Always Have Bourbon Street"
2013 Gilded Lillys
2013 Betas Jordan Alexis 8 Episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

She was nominated three times for a YoungStar Award at the YoungStar Awards, in 1995, 1997 and 1999 all of them for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series for The Nanny (1993).

She was also nominated thirteen times for a Young Artist Award at the Young Artist Awards:

  • 1993 – Best Young Actress Under Ten in a Motion Picture for The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
  • 1994 – Best Youth Actress Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy and for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series shared with Benjamin Salisbury and Nicholle Tom both for The Nanny (1993)
  • 1995 – Best Performance by a Youth Actress as a TV Guest Star for Law & Order (1990), and Best Performance by a Youth Ensemble in a Television Series shared with Nicholle Tom and Benjamin Salisbury, Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a Motion Picture and Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a TV Series, all of them for The Nanny (1993)
  • 1996 – Best Performance by a Young Actress in a TV Comedy Series for The Nanny (1993)
  • 1998 – Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series by a Supporting Young Actress for The Nanny (1993)
  • 2001 – Best Performance in a TV Movie (Drama) by a Leading Young Actress for The Sandy Bottom Orchestra

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 2009". 
  2. ^ "Interview: Californication's Madeline Zima is 'Haute'". Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2007. "Madeline Zima: "[...] my grandfather on my mom's side was Polish. It means 'winter.' Zima comes from that; it's my mother's maiden name."" 
  3. ^ "Madeline Zima on zima-sisters.net". Retrieved February 14, 2007. 
  4. ^ "'Hand' Keeps 5-Year-Old's Career Rocking". January 20, 1992. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Zima joins Heroes for recurring role". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved June 3, 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ IMDb
  7. ^ Nellie Andreeva (February 10, 2012). "Blythe Danner, Sarah Bolger & Madeline Zima Cast In ABC Pilot ‘Gilded Lilys’". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Vampire Diaries". We'll Always Have Bourbon Street Cast & Crew. TV.com. December 6, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 

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