Nov. 8th, 1972
Deep River, Connecticut, USA
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Gretchen Mol is an American actress and former model. She is known for her role as Gillian Darmody in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. She also appeared in the films Rounders, Celebrity, The Thirteenth Floor, The Notorious Bettie Page, in which she played the title character, 3:10 to Yuma, and Manchester by the Sea.
Although only 5'6" tall, too short for a traditional modeling career, her unique beauty brought her modeling jobs as she pursued her dream of becoming a professional actress.
Mol's first television work was in a Coca-Cola commercial. Mol had a small role of Maggie Tilton in the 1996 miniseries Dead Man's Walk, based on the Larry McMurtry novel. She also was in a few episodes of Spin City. She was the star of the short-lived David E. Kelley series Girls Club (2002)
Mol's acting career began in summer stock theatre in Vermont where she played a variety of roles including Godspell and 110 In The Shade. She played Jenny in Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things on stage in both London and New York in 2001, in a role she reprised in the film version, released in 2003.
While major roles have been sporadic, Mol has been in more than 30 feature films. She made her film debut in Spike Lee's 1996 film, Girl 6. She said, "I was auditioning for Guiding Light and I was happy I got a Spike Lee movie, which was a tiny part, but all of a sudden I had Spike Lee on my resume. I didn't audition for day player anymore".
In 1998, she appeared in several notable films including Rounders, starring Matt Damon and Woody Allen's Celebrity opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. In 1998, she also came to prominence when she was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair, dubbed the "It Girl of the Nineties" by the magazine.
She appeared in two TV remakes of classic films: Picnic (2000), in the role of Madge Owens, and The Magnificent Ambersons as Lucy Morgan (2002). She made a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie in January 2007, starring in The Valley of Light, a story set in post-World War II based on a novel by Terry Kay. It was her second Hallmark production. She had a minor role in Calm at Sunset in 1996. She played Norah in The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Annie in the ABC series Life on Mars, the U.S. remake of the British show of the same name, and Dr. Agatha Matheson in Nightflyers. Mol had a recurring role on HBO's Boardwalk Empire as Gillian Darmody, a showgirl at the Beaux Arts and mother to gangster Jimmy Darmody (played by Michael Pitt).
- Worked with her husband's ex-wife ('Famke Janssen' (qv)) on three films - two before she married him (_Rounders (1998)_ (qv) and _Celebrity (1998)_ (qv)) and one after she married him (_The Ten (2007)_ (qv)).
- Her mother is an artist and her father is a special ed teacher at RHAM High School. Her parents divorced when she was young. She has an older brother, 'Jim Mol (I)' (qv).
- Went to the same high school as Broadway actor 'Peter Lockyer' (qv).
- Graduated from the 'William Esper' (qv) Studio.
- Grew up in Connecticut. Moved to New York as a teenager to study acting.
- Son Ptolemy John Williams, born 10 October 2007.
- Graduated from the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy. That is the same school that actors such as 'Lee Tergesen' (qv) (_"Oz" (1997)_ (qv)), 'Tyne Daly' (qv) (_"Judging Amy" (1999)_ (qv)) and 'Paul Sorvino' (qv) (_Goodfellas (1990)_ (qv)) attended.
- She worked as a hat check girl at a restaurant where her agent-to-be spotted her and got her a coke commercial.