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Abigail Breslin

Academy Award-Nominated Actress; Best Known for Her Roles on "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Scream Queens"

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 Abigail Breslin Biography

Breslin appeared in her first commercial when she was only three years old and in her first film, Signs (2002), at the age of five.

Her subsequent films include Little Miss Sunshine (2006); No Reservations (2007); Nim's Island (2008); Definitely, Maybe (2008); My Sister's Keeper (2009); Zombieland (2009); Rango (2011); and The Call (2013)

Breslin was born in New York City, the daughter of Kim and Michael, a telecommunications expert, computer programmer, and consultant.

Breslin has two older brothers, Ryan and Spencer, who are also actors. Breslin lives in New York with her family, which her maternal grandparents have described as "very close-knit".

She is named after First Lady of the United States Abigail Adams. Breslin and her friend Cassidy Reiff have a rock band called "CABB"

Breslin's career began at the age of three when she appeared in a Toys "R" Us commercial.Her first film role was in the 2002 science fiction thriller Signs, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, where she played Bo Hess, the daughter of the main character, Graham Hess (Mel Gibson). Signs garnered mostly positive reviews and was a box office success, grossing $408 million worldwide.

Breslin's performance in the film was praised by critics.

David Ansen of Newsweek wrote that both she and co-star Rory Culkin gave "terrifically natural, nuanced performances".In 2004, she appeared in the film Raising Helen where she and her brother Spencer played siblings. The film received mostly negative reviews.

Breslin also had a small role in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. In the independent film Keane, she played Kira Bedik, a young girl who reminds the mentally disturbed protagonist William Keane (Damian Lewis) of his abducted daughter. Keane had a limited theatrical release and grossed only $394,390 worldwide but it received positive reviews and Breslin's performance was praised by critics.

Meghan Keane of The New York Sun wrote that "the scenes between Mr. Lewis and the charmingly fragile Kira, winningly played by Ms. Breslin, bring a captivating humanity to the film".

Breslin's breakthrough role was in the 2006 comedy-drama Little Miss Sunshine, where she played Olive Hoover, a beauty pageant contestant, the youngest in a dysfunctional family on a road trip. She was cast at the age of six, years before filming was started.

Her co-stars, Greg Kinnear and Alan Arkin, both mentioned that they were "astounded by her seriousness of purpose during shooting".Little Miss Sunshine was a critical and commercial success, grossing $100 million worldwide.

Breslin's performance was highly praised;Claudia Puig of USA Today wrote that "If Olive had been played by any other little girl, she would not have affected us as mightily as it did."

Breslin received nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the fourth youngest actress to be nominated in that category.

Her co-star, Alan Arkin, did not want her to win the award, specifying that he thought that she has "had enough attention" and "needs to have a childhood".

Abigail Breslin in 2007. Although Jennifer Hudson won the Oscar, Breslin co-presented with actor Jaden Smith at the 79th Academy Awards on February 25, 2007.

Breslin was part of the Disney Year of a Million Dreams celebration. Annie Leibovitz photographed her as Fira from Disney Fairies with Julie Andrews as the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio.

On October 27, 2007, Breslin made her stage debut in the play Right You Are (If You Think You Are) in New York City at the Guggenheim Museum starring in an ensemble cast alongside Cate Blanchett, Dianne Wiest, Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard.

In 2007, Breslin was ranked #8 in Forbes Magazine's list of "Young Hollywood's Top-Earning Stars", having earned $1.5 million in 2006.

Breslin next appeared in the 2007 romantic comedy No Reservations, playing the niece of master chef Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones). The film garnered mostly negative reviews but was successful commercially, grossing $92 million worldwide.

Roger Ebert wrote that Breslin "has the stuff to emerge as a three-dimensional kid, if she weren't employed so resolutely as a pawn."

Also in 2007, she starred in another romantic comedy, Definitely, Maybe, in which her character is the daughter of a recently divorced father (Ryan Reynolds).

Definitely, Maybe received generally favorable reviews,with Steven Rea of The Philadelphia Inquirer writing that Breslin is "alarmingly cute – but she backs the cuteness up with serious acting instinct".

In 2008, Breslin starred with Jodie Foster in the film Nim's Island as Nim Rusoe, a young girl who lives on a remote tropical island. Nim's Island received mixed reviewsbut was successful financially, grossing $100 million worldwide.

Also in 2008, Breslin appeared in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl as the title character. The film was based on the American Girl line of dolls, books, and accessories of which Breslin is a fan. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl garnered favorable reviews and grossed $17 million at the box office.Breslin's performance in the film was praised by critics;Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal wrote that she "carries the event-stuffed story with unflagging grace".

In 2009, Breslin appeared in My Sister's Keeper, where she played the role of Anna Fitzgerald, a young girl who was conceived to be a donor for her sister, Kate, who suffers from leukemia. Elle and Dakota Fanning were slated to play the roles of Anna and Kate respectively; however, Dakota refused to shave her head for the role, so she and Elle were replaced by Sofia Vassilieva and Breslin.

My Sister's Keeper received mixed reviews but was a financial success, grossing $95 million worldwide.

James Berardinelli wrote that Breslin and Vassilieva "display a natural bond one might expect from sisters, and there's no hint of artifice or overacting in either performance".

Also in 2009, Breslin appeared in the horror comedy Zombieland as Little Rock.Director Ruben Fleischer said that "the dream was always to get Abigail Breslin" for the role.The film received positive reviews and was successful at the box office, grossing $102 million worldwide.

Breslin at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

With previews beginning in February 2010, she made her Broadway theatre debut as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

Breslin has said that she was honored to play Keller,who is one of her "biggest heroes".The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, an advocacy group for blind and deaf actors criticized the play's producers for not casting a deaf or blind actor in the role. Lead producer David Richenthal defended the decision, stating that he needed a well-known actress: "It’s simply naïve to think that in this day and age, you’ll be able to sell tickets to a play revival solely on the potential of the production to be a great show or on the potential for an unknown actress to give a breakthrough performance."

Vision-impaired actress Kyra Siegel was cast as Breslin's understudy.Breslin's performance was praised by critics;Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that she "well portrays Helen's feral rebelliousness in the play's early sections and is deeply touching as her character's bond with her teacher grows".Ticket sales for the play, however, were considered disappointing, and the show closed in April 2010.

In September 2009, Breslin filmed in Des Moines, Iowa, playing the title character in the film Janie Jones: a 13-year old girl who is abandoned by her former-groupie mother (Elisabeth Shue), and informs Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola), a fading rock star, that she is his daughter. The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2011, Breslin voiced Priscilla, a cactus mouse in the animated comedy Rango, and appeared in the romantic comedy New Year's Eve.

In 2013, Breslin appeared in the thriller The Call. The film received mixed reviews from critics.Andrew Barker of Variety wrote that Breslin "acquits herself well enough for a problematic role in which she’s forced to cry and scream nearly continuously. The Call grossed $59 million worldwide.

In December 2011, it was confirmed that Breslin will appear in the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's novel, Ender's Game.

In July 2012, she was cast in the film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County, alongside Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep.

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Abigail Breslin

Academy Award-Nominated Actress; Best Known for Her Roles on "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Scream Queens"

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Abigail Breslin Biography

Breslin appeared in her first commercial when she was only three years old and in her first film, Signs (2002), at the age of five.

Her subsequent films include Little Miss Sunshine (2006); No Reservations (2007); Nim's Island (2008); Definitely, Maybe (2008); My Sister's Keeper (2009); Zombieland (2009); Rango (2011); and The Call (2013)

Breslin was born in New York City, the daughter of Kim and Michael, a telecommunications expert, computer programmer, and consultant.

Breslin has two older brothers, Ryan and Spencer, who are also actors. Breslin lives in New York with her family, which her maternal grandparents have described as "very close-knit".

She is named after First Lady of the United States Abigail Adams. Breslin and her friend Cassidy Reiff have a rock band called "CABB"

Breslin's career began at the age of three when she appeared in a Toys "R" Us commercial.Her first film role was in the 2002 science fiction thriller Signs, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, where she played Bo Hess, the daughter of the main character, Graham Hess (Mel Gibson). Signs garnered mostly positive reviews and was a box office success, grossing $408 million worldwide.

Breslin's performance in the film was praised by critics.

David Ansen of Newsweek wrote that both she and co-star Rory Culkin gave "terrifically natural, nuanced performances".In 2004, she appeared in the film Raising Helen where she and her brother Spencer played siblings. The film received mostly negative reviews.

Breslin also had a small role in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. In the independent film Keane, she played Kira Bedik, a young girl who reminds the mentally disturbed protagonist William Keane (Damian Lewis) of his abducted daughter. Keane had a limited theatrical release and grossed only $394,390 worldwide but it received positive reviews and Breslin's performance was praised by critics.

Meghan Keane of The New York Sun wrote that "the scenes between Mr. Lewis and the charmingly fragile Kira, winningly played by Ms. Breslin, bring a captivating humanity to the film".

Breslin's breakthrough role was in the 2006 comedy-drama Little Miss Sunshine, where she played Olive Hoover, a beauty pageant contestant, the youngest in a dysfunctional family on a road trip. She was cast at the age of six, years before filming was started.

Her co-stars, Greg Kinnear and Alan Arkin, both mentioned that they were "astounded by her seriousness of purpose during shooting".Little Miss Sunshine was a critical and commercial success, grossing $100 million worldwide.

Breslin's performance was highly praised;Claudia Puig of USA Today wrote that "If Olive had been played by any other little girl, she would not have affected us as mightily as it did."

Breslin received nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the fourth youngest actress to be nominated in that category.

Her co-star, Alan Arkin, did not want her to win the award, specifying that he thought that she has "had enough attention" and "needs to have a childhood".

Abigail Breslin in 2007. Although Jennifer Hudson won the Oscar, Breslin co-presented with actor Jaden Smith at the 79th Academy Awards on February 25, 2007.

Breslin was part of the Disney Year of a Million Dreams celebration. Annie Leibovitz photographed her as Fira from Disney Fairies with Julie Andrews as the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio.

On October 27, 2007, Breslin made her stage debut in the play Right You Are (If You Think You Are) in New York City at the Guggenheim Museum starring in an ensemble cast alongside Cate Blanchett, Dianne Wiest, Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard.

In 2007, Breslin was ranked #8 in Forbes Magazine's list of "Young Hollywood's Top-Earning Stars", having earned $1.5 million in 2006.

Breslin next appeared in the 2007 romantic comedy No Reservations, playing the niece of master chef Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones). The film garnered mostly negative reviews but was successful commercially, grossing $92 million worldwide.

Roger Ebert wrote that Breslin "has the stuff to emerge as a three-dimensional kid, if she weren't employed so resolutely as a pawn."

Also in 2007, she starred in another romantic comedy, Definitely, Maybe, in which her character is the daughter of a recently divorced father (Ryan Reynolds).

Definitely, Maybe received generally favorable reviews,with Steven Rea of The Philadelphia Inquirer writing that Breslin is "alarmingly cute – but she backs the cuteness up with serious acting instinct".

In 2008, Breslin starred with Jodie Foster in the film Nim's Island as Nim Rusoe, a young girl who lives on a remote tropical island. Nim's Island received mixed reviewsbut was successful financially, grossing $100 million worldwide.

Also in 2008, Breslin appeared in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl as the title character. The film was based on the American Girl line of dolls, books, and accessories of which Breslin is a fan. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl garnered favorable reviews and grossed $17 million at the box office.Breslin's performance in the film was praised by critics;Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal wrote that she "carries the event-stuffed story with unflagging grace".

In 2009, Breslin appeared in My Sister's Keeper, where she played the role of Anna Fitzgerald, a young girl who was conceived to be a donor for her sister, Kate, who suffers from leukemia. Elle and Dakota Fanning were slated to play the roles of Anna and Kate respectively; however, Dakota refused to shave her head for the role, so she and Elle were replaced by Sofia Vassilieva and Breslin.

My Sister's Keeper received mixed reviews but was a financial success, grossing $95 million worldwide.

James Berardinelli wrote that Breslin and Vassilieva "display a natural bond one might expect from sisters, and there's no hint of artifice or overacting in either performance".

Also in 2009, Breslin appeared in the horror comedy Zombieland as Little Rock.Director Ruben Fleischer said that "the dream was always to get Abigail Breslin" for the role.The film received positive reviews and was successful at the box office, grossing $102 million worldwide.

Breslin at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

With previews beginning in February 2010, she made her Broadway theatre debut as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

Breslin has said that she was honored to play Keller,who is one of her "biggest heroes".The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, an advocacy group for blind and deaf actors criticized the play's producers for not casting a deaf or blind actor in the role. Lead producer David Richenthal defended the decision, stating that he needed a well-known actress: "It’s simply naïve to think that in this day and age, you’ll be able to sell tickets to a play revival solely on the potential of the production to be a great show or on the potential for an unknown actress to give a breakthrough performance."

Vision-impaired actress Kyra Siegel was cast as Breslin's understudy.Breslin's performance was praised by critics;Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that she "well portrays Helen's feral rebelliousness in the play's early sections and is deeply touching as her character's bond with her teacher grows".Ticket sales for the play, however, were considered disappointing, and the show closed in April 2010.

In September 2009, Breslin filmed in Des Moines, Iowa, playing the title character in the film Janie Jones: a 13-year old girl who is abandoned by her former-groupie mother (Elisabeth Shue), and informs Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola), a fading rock star, that she is his daughter. The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2011, Breslin voiced Priscilla, a cactus mouse in the animated comedy Rango, and appeared in the romantic comedy New Year's Eve.

In 2013, Breslin appeared in the thriller The Call. The film received mixed reviews from critics.Andrew Barker of Variety wrote that Breslin "acquits herself well enough for a problematic role in which she’s forced to cry and scream nearly continuously. The Call grossed $59 million worldwide.

In December 2011, it was confirmed that Breslin will appear in the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's novel, Ender's Game.

In July 2012, she was cast in the film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County, alongside Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Abigail Breslin for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Abigail Breslin, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Abigail Breslin or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Abigail Breslin?

    Booking fees for Abigail Breslin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Abigail Breslin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Abigail Breslin?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Abigail Breslin for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Abigail Breslin for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Abigail Breslin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Abigail Breslin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Abigail Breslin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Abigail Breslin for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Abigail Breslin generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mariska Hargitay, Gabrielle Union, Cheryl Burke, Amy Ziering and Rose McGowan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Abigail Breslin for an upcoming event.

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