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Jennifer Morrison Bio
Jennifer Morrison (born April 12, 1979) is an American actress and model.
She is known for her roles as Emma Swan in the ABC adventure fantasy series Once Upon a Time and as Dr. Allison Cameron in House. She also portrayed Zoey Pierson, one of Ted Mosby‘s love interests on How I Met Your Mother (season 6).
Morrison started her career as a child model, appearing in print advertisements for JCPenney and Montgomery Ward and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo. In May 1992, she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with basketball star Michael Jordan.
She made her feature film debut at the age of fifteen as the daughter of Richard Gere and Sharon Stone in the 1994 film Intersection, and later appeared as Samantha in A Stir of Echoes with Kevin Bacon in 1999. Her first leading role came in the 2000 film Urban Legends: Final Cut, and she has since gone on to appear in films including Grind with Adam Brody, Surviving Christmas with Ben Affleck and James Gandolfini, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2003, 2004 and 2005, respectively.
She has worked on several hit television series, including Touched by an Angel and Dawson’s Creek before winning the role of immunologist Dr. Allison Cameron on House in 2004 co-starring opposite Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House. In 2006, she starred in and produced the independent film Flourish. Morrison is also one of the producers that found Glee during its early draft and brought it to attention of writer Ryan Murphy, who with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, adapted it into a television series. Morrison did not stay involved creatively, but is credited as an associated producer on the first season for her involvement in finding it and helping it get into the right hands.
Her film projects that year included Big Stan alongside Rob Schneider, and The Murder of Princess Diana, a television movie based on the book of the same name by Noel Botham. Produced by Lifetime and Working Title Television, Morrison portrays an American journalist, Rachel, who witnesses the car crash which took the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.
In 2009, Morrison returned to the big screen, appearing in the opening scene of J. J. Abrams‘ Star Trek reboot as James T. Kirk‘s mother, Winona. After her contract on House was not renewed, it was announced on December 17, 2009, that Morrison had won the role of Kate Keller, Helen Keller‘s mother, in the Broadway-bound revival of The Miracle Worker. Morrison left House after the episode “Teamwork” (6.8). In 2010, however, she did make a return in the season six episode “Lockdown“, which was directed by Hugh Laurie. In the episode, her character’s storyline is concluded.
In the fall of 2010, Morrison appeared as a guest-star in the fourth episode of NBC’s Chase. She played the role of Faith, a single mother-turned-fugitive, who embarks on a bloody killing spree across Texas with her daughter in tow. She joined the cast of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother as recurring character Zoey Pierson, a mischievous architecture nerd and love interest of main character Ted Mosby, and “the biggest female character we’ve maybe ever added to the show in Ted’s life”, according to executive producer Craig Thomas.
In 2011, Morrison co-starred alongside Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte in Warrior, a film about two estranged brothers who enter a mixed martial arts tournament and are forced to confront their struggling relationship with each other and with their father. Morrison plays the wife of Edgerton’s character, struggling to keep her family together. Since October 2011, Morrison has had a starring role in ABC’s Once Upon a Time. She plays the role of Emma Swan, a bail bonds collector, whose biological son claims that she is the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. She holds the key to saving the real and fantasy worlds. Morrison returned to House in the series finale called “Everybody Dies“, which aired on May 21, 2012.
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