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Maggie Gyllenhaal Just Learned Her Real (Jewish) Name

By Rachel X. Landes

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Meet Margalit Gyllenhaal. You probably know her as Maggie.

The actress revealed in an interview with ABC that she didn’t learn her full name until she was 35. In case you were wondering, Margalit means ‘pearl’ in Hebrew.

How does that happen? Well, after marrying to Peter Sarsgaard 2009, Gyllenhaal says she wanted to change her name in her personal life (professionally, she stayed “Gyllenhaal”). When she started the process last year, she found she needed proof of her birth (as one does). After much searching, her parents finally found her birth certificate and magically remembered what they actually named their daughter. Which was not Maggie, to everybody’s surprise.

“They didn’t remember,” Maggie said in an interview with ABC News. “My mother still insists my name is not Margalit.”

Still, her Wikipedia article does not lie — it now lists her full name as Margalit Ruth “Maggie” Gyllenhaal.


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Maggie Gyllenhaal Dissed By Yale

By Anne Cohen

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If you’ve ever been the sad recipient of an Ivy League rejection letter, you’re in glitzy company.

Maggie Gyllenhaal has revealed that she was turned down by Yale and wait-listed at Columbia. “I wanted to go to Yale, but they didn’t accept me,” she told Gotham in their June 28 issue. “Columbia didn’t accept me at first, either — they put me on the wait list. Once I was there, I realized I wouldn’t have finished college if I weren’t in the city.”

Catch Maggie, self-proclaimed almost-college-drop-out, in “White House Down.” Take that, Yale!

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Mama Gyllenhaal Happily Skips ‘Hysteria’ Premiere

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Maggie Gyllenhaal was decidedly not hysterical about missing the premiere of her new film on Monday. It wasn’t fear of the paparazzi that kept Gyllenhaal away, but rather her decision (a no-brainer!) to stay home with her newborn daughter, Gloria.

Skipping the red carpet scene at the Hotel Chantelle bash, Gyllenhaal opted for pajamas instead of an evening gown. The Shmooze applauds how the actress has set her priorities, but we are, however, sorry that she missed out on the fun at the party for “Hysteria.” Hugh Dancey, her costar in the sexy comedic romp about the invention of the vibrator, surely missed her as he hobnobbed with guests like Patrick Wilson and Mamie Gummer.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Welcomes Baby Girl

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Mazel tov to actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard on the birth of their second daughter, Gloria Ray! The new sister for their 5-year-old daughter Ramona was born on April 19 in New York.

With no more details forthcoming from the couple’s reps at this time, US Weekly resorted to pulling out archival quotes about parenthood from Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard to flesh out its exclusive announcement of Gloria’s birth. Back in January 2010 Gyllenhaal talked about the challenges of balancing motherhood and acting. Then, in March of this year, she told USA Today about the trials and tribulations of keeping her pregnancy under wraps until she was into her second trimester. “I didn’t let anyone know until three and a half months this time. I went to film festivals. I’m throwing up in the bathroom and having to keep pretzels in my purse, and having to fit into dresses,” the actress said.

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