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Vinessa Shaw stars opposite Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski in the family film "Big Miracle" about a small town newspaper reporter who writes about three California gray whales trapped in the Arctic Circle.

Vinessa Shaw was born into a family of actors that includes her mother, Susan Damante, and sister, Natalie Shaw. Having discovered the joy of acting as a child, she made her debut in a small role in the film "Home Sweet Home" at the age of 5 and earned her first starring role in 1992 as a teenage soccer player in the comedy "Ladybugs."

The Los Angeles native attended Pitzer College in Claremont, California, while juggling acting assignments. In 1993, she won a starring role in Walt Disney Pictures' "Hocus Pocus," opposite Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, playing a teenage girl beset with a trio of ancient witches.

Major roles followed in such films as "Coyote Summer," director Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut," "L.A. Without a Map," "Wayward Son," "The Weight of Water," "Corky Romano," "40 Days and 40 Nights," "Melinda and Melinda," "The Hills Have Eyes," "3:10 to Yuma," opposite Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, "Badland" and "Two Lovers."

Among her recent television work are roles on the series "House," "New York Undercover" and "Fallen Angels," as well as the television movies "Long Road Home," "The '70s," "Bereft," "Fathers and Sons" and "World of Trouble."

A practicing Buddhist, she is actively involved in that faith's outreach to teenagers. She is also a busy spokeswoman and model for such products as Noxzema and Levi's jeans.


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Age: 40 years old
Birthday: July 19, 1976
Height: 5' 8"
Full Name / Real Name: Vinessa Elizabeth Shaw
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

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