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Rooney Mara: told you!

Actress Rooney Mara poses for a portrait during

Actress Rooney Mara poses for a portrait during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Jan. 19, 2009) Credit: AP

Now that this unknown young actress has landed the coveted lead role in the upcoming American version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” the folks at the Hamptons International Film Festival must be feeling quite proud.

The organizers spotted Mara early, bringing her to East Hampton last October for a panel of rising actresses that also included Emmy Rossum, Mara's co-star in the underrated indie film “Dare.” That film was one of two that Mara had at the festival; the other was “Tanner Hall,” a boarding-school drama co-created by Tatiana von Furstenberg (daughter of fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg) and Francesca Gregorini (daughter of Barbara Bach).

Mara knows a bit about famous names. Sports fans may know her as the great-granddaughter of New York Giants founder Tim Mara, or perhaps as the granddaughter of Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney. (Her given first name is Patricia.)

We've already seen Mara in the lead role in this year's re-do of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and in a bit-part in the Michael Cera comedy “Youth in Revolt.” She'll be seen again in October in “The Social Network,” which is where she worked with “Tattoo” director David Fincher.


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