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Overview (3)

Born in Winthrop, Iowa, USA
Birth NameMichelle Lynn Monaghan
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michelle Lynn Monaghan was born on March 23, 1976, in Winthrop, Iowa. She is the youngest of three children and the only daughter of Sharon (Hamel), who ran a day care center, and Robert L. Monaghan, a factory worker and farmer. She is of mostly Irish and German descent. After graduating from high school in Iowa, she studied journalism for three years at Chicago's Columbia College. In order to pay for college, she took a job as a model. In 1999, she quit college and moved to New York to work full-time as a fashion model. She traveled the world doing stints on the runways in Milan, Singapore, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, and also enjoyed appearances in a of number magazines and catalogs.

In 2000, she made her TV debut in two episodes of Young Americans (2000), then appeared in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). She made her big screen debut with a small role of Henrietta in Perfume (2001). Monaghan shot to fame in 2002 when she co-starred as Kimberly Woods for one season on the TV series Boston Public (2000). After appearances in several supporting roles, she starred opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in the black comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). Later in 2005, Monaghan was filming in China, Italy, and the United States on Mission: Impossible III (2006), as the female lead opposite Tom Cruise.

In August of 2005, in Sydney, Australia, Michelle Monaghan married her long-time sweetheart, Peter White, a New York based graphic designer, who she met at a Manhattan party five years earlier.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov

Spouse (1)

Peter White (12 August 2005 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (23)

Grew up in the small town of Winthrop, near Cedar Rapids in northeast Iowa.
Studied journalism at Chicago's Columbia College.
She had scenes deleted from Constantine (2005) and Syriana (2005).
Moved to New York in 1999.
Is married to Australian graphic designer Peter White.
Has two older brothers.
In Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), she plays an actress who did a commercial for a beer called Genaro's. In Gone Baby Gone (2007) she plays a character named Angie Gennaro.
Returned to work seven months after giving birth to her daughter Willow in order to begin filming Somewhere (2010).
Holds a "Class A" driver's license permitting her to legally drive an 18-wheeler truck. Monaghan merited this permit while preparing for her role in Trucker (2008).
She named her five favorite films as A Woman Under the Influence (1974), Fargo (1996), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), Animal Kingdom (2010) and Hands on a Hardbody: The Documentary (1997).
Was class president of her high school.
Married her boyfriend of 5 years Peter White following a 3-month-long engagement. [August 2005]
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 32, a daughter Willow Katherine White on November 5, 2008. Child's father is her husband, Peter White.
Admitted that she had skin cancer and quit smoking after diagnosis. [October 2011]
Her father is of Irish descent. Her mother is of mostly German, with small amounts of Swiss-German and English, ancestry.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 37, a son Tommy Francis White on October 30, 2013. Child's father is her husband, Peter White.
Signed on to star opposite Patrick Dempsey in the romantic comedy Made of Honor (2008). [February 2007]
Won blue ribbons as a hog wrestler, when she was age 13.
Starred in two movies that opened on the same day in the United States: Patriots Day (2016) and Sleepless (2017). The wide release date for both movies was January 13, 2017, although Patriots Day began a limited engagement on December 21, 2016.
Born on the same date as Keri Russell of Felicity (1998) fame...and just one day after Reese Witherspoon, in the same month of the same year.
She is left-handed.
Not only does she share a birthday with Keri Russell but they both have starred with Tom Cruise in a Mission Impossible movie; Keri and Michelle in Mission: Impossible III (2006) and Michelle in Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018).

Personal Quotes (2)

You don't grow up in a town of 700 thinking you're going to be an actress. I loved doing [school] plays, but it was just something to keep me busy.
I don't really look like I do in any of my films.

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