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Heather Burns | Jenna Dennings
Burns burst onto the scene in Nora Ephron's "You've Got Mail" and has been busy ever since. With that first feature film, Burns set a trend for herself as a talented and versatile actress who has built close alliances in the business.
Burns graduated from the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School through Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She returned to Tisch to appear in "All Things Considered," directed by David Pittu, and "Writer's Block," directed by Woody Allen.
Burns has also worked with writer Kenneth Lonergan in "Lobby Hero," directed by Marc Brokaw at Playwrights Horizons and John Houseman Theatre, in London's West End production of "This Is Our Youth" at the Garrick Theatre, directed by Lawrence Boswell, as well as the Signature Theatre's "Medieval Play," directed by Lonergan. She returned to Playwrights Horizons in 2006 as Mia Farrow's daughter in James Lapine's "Fran's Bed" and in 2008 she appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Christopher Durang's "The Marriage of Bette and Boo." More recently, Burns was seen in Will Eno's "Middletown" at the Vineyard Theatre.
Burns' notable film work includes the box office hit "Miss Congeniality," and she later reprised that role in "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous." Previously, she had worked with Sandra Bullock and writer-director Marc Lawrence in "Two Weeks Notice."
Her additional feature film work includes the 2005 film "Bewitched" with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, "The Groomsmen," written and directed by Edward Burns and "Choke," winner of the 2008 Sundance Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Cast, with Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston. Other films include Daryl Wein's "Breaking Upwards," "Ashes," which she also wrote and produced, "What's Your Number?" with Anna Faris and Chris Evans and most recently Edward Burns' "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas."
On the small screen, Burns was a series regular in the NBC series "Twenty Good Years," opposite John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor. She was last seen as Zach Galifianakis' girlfriend in HBO's "Bored to Death."