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- Date of Birth:
- August 28, 2003
- 4' 9"
Quvenzhané Wallis (born August 28, 2003 in Houma, Louisiana) is an American child actress. She lied about her age in order to audition for Beasts of the Southern Wild, claiming she was 6-years-old, when she was only 5. Quvenzhané beat out 4,000 contenders for the role of Hushpuppy. On January 10, 2013, at age nine, Quvenzhané became the Academy Awards’ all-time youngest nominee for Best Actress and third youngest ever in all categories. In February 2013, Wallis was cast as the title character in a new film version of Annie.
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Quvenzhané Wallis is best known for her leading role as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild. She became the youngest actress ever to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Quvenzhané was born in Houma, Louisiana. She’s the daughter of Qulyndreia, a teacher, and Venjie Wallis, Sr., a truck driver. “Quven,” the first part of her name, combines her parents’ first names, while her mother has stated that zhané means “fairy” in Swahili.