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Claim to fame: as Michelle Elizabeth Tanner on Full House (1987-1995)
Mary-Kate Olsen (born June 13, 1986, in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, the United States) is a Daytime Emmy Award-nominated American actress, producer, executive producer, fashion model and fashion designer. She has had a successful acting career beginning at a very young age, in roles with her twin sister Ashley Olsen.
From 2006 onwards, she has appeared in movie roles independently of her sister.
As a twin
Mary-Kate Olsen began her career in 1987 at the age of nine months when she and her twin sister Ashley were hired for the role of Michelle Tanner on the popular television series Full House. To comply with strict labor laws regarding child actors, they alternated in the role during the taping of the show. They were credited as "Mary Kate Ashley Olsen" in an attempt to deter audiences from realizing that the role was played by two children.
In 1995, following Full House, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen released a string of successful straight-to-video movies and became popular figures in the preteen market during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Their names became a cottage industry, with their likeness seen in clothes, books, fragrances, magazines, movies and posters. There were even fashion dolls made by Mattel from 2000–2005.
They starred in the video series The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley, the ABC show Two of a Kind, and ABC Family`s So Little Time, for which Mary-Kate received a nomination for Outstanding Performer in a Children`s Series at the 2002 Daytime Emmy Awards.
They were ranked number three on the VH1 program 100 Greatest Child Stars.
Mary-Kate appeared alongside her sister in the light-hearted romantic comedy, New York Minute, also starring Eugene Levy. [as of 2004]
She appeared frequently in the third season of Weeds, in the role of Tara.
Mary-Kate has been on the set of ABC`s comedy Samantha Who? of which she is set to make a one-episode appearance this fall 2008 on the series` second season. She will play the part of a self-destructive, bad girl.
Not the Olsen Twins
Most currently, Mary-Kate has urged the public and the media to see her separately from Ashley by following a request to be referred to, not as `The Olsen Twins` but as Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. Subsequently, Mary-Kate`s first solo acting appearance was in the movie Factory Girl, released in December 2006. In addition, she has had a recurring role on Showtime`s "Weeds" as Tara Lindman, a devout Christian who believes it is OK to smoke marijuana, because it grows from the earth. She appears in the 2008 film The Wackness as Union. At the Sundance Film Festival, co-star and Academy Award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley praised her by saying "Mary-Kate`s portrayal of this girl is perfect — she`s hysterical. She`s a pro. It makes sense. She`s been in this business a lot longer than I have."
Following a high volume of public interest in the sisters` fashion choices, both worked in collaboration on a string of fashion lines available to the public.
Starting as young girls, they have a clothing line in Wal-Mart stores across America for girls ages 4-14 as well as a beauty line called "Mary-Kate and Ashley: Real fashion for real girls". In 2004 they made news by signing a pledge to allow all the workers that sew their line of clothing in Bangladesh full maternity leave. The National Labor Committee, which organized the pledge, later praised the twins for their commitment to worker rights. The director of the organization, Charles Kernaghan, is quoted as saying, "The Olsen twins have done the right thing. Now it is up to Wal-Mart to either support Mary-Kate and Ashley’s commitment to women’s rights, or tragically to shut them down." However their collaboration with Wal-Mart tarnished their fashionable reputations amongst the fashion industry until they were tapped as the faces of upscale fashion line Badgley Mischka in 2006, in an attempt to gain credibility in the fashion industry after their association with Wal-Mart.
In a more matured fashion project, Mary-Kate and her sister have released The Row, a high-end fashion line inspired by London`s Savile Row, the line a direct reflection of their own popular personal style. The line features shirts and tank tops selling for hundreds of dollars each, a stark contrast to their previous line for young girls. The clothing is sold at high-end retailers such as Barneys, Maxfield, Harvey Nichols, Brown`s, and others around the world.
Ashley and Mary-Kate continued their expansion in the fashion industry with the Fall `07 launch of Elizabeth and James, their contemporary collection inspired by many of their unique vintage finds and pieces in their personal wardrobes.
Daughter of David and Jarnette Olsen.
Younger Twin sister of Ashley Olsen.
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Marion "Mary-Kate" Olsen (born June 13, 1986) is a fashion designer, producer, author, businesswoman, and equestrian. She co-founded luxury fashion brands The Row, Elizabeth and James, and the more affordable lines Olsenboye and StyleMint alongside her twin sister Ashley Olsen. Olsen pursued acting independently as an adult until 2012.
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Campbell Hall Episcopal Day School, Hollywood, CA (2004)
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