Birth Name: Melanie Lynskey
Birth Place: New Zealand
Melanie Jayne Lynskey was born on May 16, 1977 in Plymouth, New Zealand. Lynskey originally wanted to become a film critic, but her life took a different turn when, at 16 years old, she was recruited from her high school during an open casting call and was cast in director Peter Jackson's crime drama "Heavenly Creatures," a true story based on the 1954 Parker-Hulme murder case in New Zealand. For her feature film debut, Lynskey played the role of Pauline Parker, a dumpy and outcast teenager whose forbidden relationship with her best friend Juliet Hulme (Kate Winslet) spirals out of control. Lynskey received critical acclaim for her compelling performance, including a Best Actress award at th...
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