Maggie Siff

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Dr. Tara Knowles on Sons of Anarchy

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6/21/1978, Bronx, New York, USA

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  • Maggie Siff, born and raised in Bronx, New York, is an American film and TV actress who had her roots in theater acting. One of her more prominent roles on television is playing the heiress of a Jewish department store business during the '60s on the AMC drama Mad Men.

    Growing up with a father who was also a stage actor, among her earliest memories are watching his father perform on stage. As a child, she always knew she wanted to be an actress. Most of her work as a theater actress were done in New York and Philadelphia. She has appeared in several theater productions, some of which has earned her nods from respectable theater award-giving bodies including a Jefferson Award nomination for Outstanding Leading Actress in the Goodman Theater's production of Dollhouse.

    In 2006, Maggie spent more time in Los Angeles, California, doing guest spots in television series such as Grey's Anatomy and Nip/Tuck. The following year, she became part of the premiere season of Mad Men. In 2008, she was cast as a series regular in the FX series on the world of motorcycle clubs called Sons of Anatchy.moreless

    Gender:

    Female

    Birth Place:

    Bronx, New York, USA

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    • Maggie: (on transitioning from a large public high school in Bronx to Bryn Mawr College) I felt like I was walking into a whole different world. It took me a while to acclimate, but I'm so glad that's what I did with my education.

    • Maggie: (on deciding to be part of "Mad Men") Really, when I read the script initially and read the pilot, I thought it was so unique and brilliant. It's such a detailed look at a specific moment in our cultural history. I just thought it was so smart and obsessively detailed that it was an incredible find as a character.

    • Maggie: (on how she felt about rave reviews on the show "Mad Men") It's very gratifying because we made the pilot so long ago and immediately when I read the script, then when I saw the pilot, I was like, 'This is a brilliant show'. I really felt that. I really felt strongly about it. It's like, 'Oh well, we'll see if people watch it. We'll see if people like it.' And then to feel so much incredible attention paid to it and a recognition from the press that it's something special, it's very gratifying.

    • Maggie: (on kissing Jon Hamm in her favorite scene in "Mad Men"'s season one) [Laughs]The worst! Let me tell you! No, I loved working with Jonand we had an extraordinary evening that night because it went on and on forever, we were shooting out there until three in the morning, and at the very end during his close-up these helicopters started circling and we had to call it a night. And it was so devastating because it was so intense.

    • Maggie: (comparing her "Mad Men" character to being a woman of Bryn Mawr where she graduated from) Rachel is intelligent and thoughtful, very direct - a truth-teller - and also very in touch with her sexuality. She is a powerful, attractive woman who is articulate in defending her right to be that. It's hard to find a female role that has all of those characteristics. In a lot of ways, she really exemplifies what I think of as a Bryn Mawr woman.

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    • Maggie is represented by Harden-Curtis in New York and her manager is James Suskin. (2007)

    • Maggie was trained in college theater under Mark Lord, the director of the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Theater Program.

    • Maggie, along with her Mad Men female co-stars, was listed among Zap2It.com's "Underrated of 2007".

    • In 2007, Maggie appeared in the films Then She Found Me and Michael Clayton.

    • Maggie grew up in a Jewish family like her character Rachel Menken on Mad Men.

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