Oscar Actors: Breslin, Abigail–Little Miss Sunshine

Abigail Breslin is the fourth youngest actress ever to be Oscar-nominated for the supporting role in the comedy, “Little Miss Sunshine,” in 2006.

Breslin was born born April 14, 1996 in New York City. She’s the daughter of Kim, who manages Abigail’s career, and Michael Breslin, a telecommunications expert, computer programmer and consultant. (She is named after First Lady of the U.S., Abigail Adams).

Before her star-making turn in “Little Miss Sunshine,” Breslin appeared in “Signs” (2002), “Raising Helen” (in which Breslin and her brother Spencer played siblings), “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement,” “Keane,” “Chestnut: Hero of Central Park,” and “The Family Plan.”

In “Little Miss Sunshine” she plays a beauty pageant contestant, the youngest in a dysfunctional family, headed by Greg Kinnear. For her performance, Breslin received a Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

At the time of her nomination and at the age of ten years old, Breslin became the fourth youngest actress to be Oscar-nominated, after Tatum O’Neal, Mary Badham, and Quinn Cummings.

Breslin’s 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”. Although Breslin did not win the Oscar, she co-presented with Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son) at the 79th Oscar show on February 25, 2007.

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’s most recent role is in the drama “The Ultimate Gift,” playing a terminally ill girl, was released March 9, 2007. In October, she made her stage debut in the play “Right You Are If You Think You Are,” in New York at the Guggenheim Museum, starring alongside Cate Blanchett, Dianne Wiest, Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard.