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The Art of Compassion
25th Anniversary Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Honorary Committee

Ginnifer Goodwin

Hailing from Memphis, Tenn., Ginnifer Goodwin has quickly found a home in Hollywood. With effusive talent, she shone in the Oscar-nominated biopic Walk the Line, as Johnny Cash’s first wife, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. Currently, she can be seen in HBO’s critically acclaimed dramatic series Big Love, produced by Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions. She stars as the youngest and third of three wives in a modern-day polygamist family, with Bill Paxton as the patriarch and Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloë Sevigny as wives one and two, respectively.  The show recently returned to HBO for a fourth season.

Goodwin was most recently seen in the comedy He’s Just Not that Into You, based on the best-selling book by Greg Behrendt, in which she was part of a star-studded ensemble cast including Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore, as well as Tom Ford’s A Single Man alongside Julianne Moore and Colin Firth. She will next be seen in Elizabeth Allen’s Ramona and Beezus, a film based on the classic children's book series by Beverly Cleary, which will be released in August 2010. Goodwin will play 10-year-old Ramona's favorite person, Aunt Bea, alongside Bridget Moynahan and John Corbett.

Her breakthrough role was in her first feature film everMike Newell’s Mona Lisa Smile, starring alongside Julia Roberts, Marcia Gay Harden, and Kirsten Dunst. This freshman performance garnered industry buzz and critical interest, and she was considered a standout among an experienced ensemble. Soon after, she starred in Robert Luketic’s romantic comedy, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, opposite Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace, and Josh Duhamel. She has also lent her acting talents to a small cameo appearance in Jon Kasdan’s In the Land of Women. Goodwin also starred in independent projects Day Zero with Chris Klein and Elijah Woods and the comedy Birds of America alongside Mathew Perry and Hillary Swank, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.  

Goodwin is classically trained in English theatre. She studied at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Shakespeare Institute, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She also earned an “Acting Shakespeare Certificate” at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she played Joan of Arc, Ophelia and Jessica in The Merchant of Venice. Then a few years later, she attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. 

At Boston University, Goodwin performed at the Huntington Theatre, in productions such as Dead End with Broadway director Nicholas Martin. Subsequently, Goodwin was awarded with the Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award by The Bette Davis Foundation, and graduated with honors. After her college graduation, she quickly got a small role on Law and Order. Then, at the top of its second season, NBC’s Ed welcomed Goodwin as a regular. She also starred in Comedy Central’s collaboration with Tribeca Films: Porn 'n Chicken.  

Goodwin currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Patricia Howard

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