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A showbiz vet at 10

Bailee Madison plays pivotal role in Sheridan's 'Brothers'

Ten-year-old Bailee Madison doesn’t remember her acting debut, which is excusable, since she was only 2 weeks old at the time. “My big break was ‘Bridge to Terabithia,’ but the first thing I did was an Office Depot commercial,” the young actress says.

Since then, the vivacious Florida native has appeared in such varied fare as “Lonely Hearts,” “Phoebe in Wonderland” and Nickelodeon’s “Merry Christmas Drake and Josh.”

She can currently be seen playing a pivotal role in the Jim Sheridan drama “Brothers” as Natalie Portman’s daughter.

“Bailee is a true actress,” Portman says. “She can switch from the smiling, sweet girl she is to the crying, disturbed character she’s playing on ‘Action!’?”

The much-in-demand Madison has four films out next year: “An Invisible Sign of My Own,” “Betty Anne Waters,” “Letters to God” (“based on a true story of a young boy’s fight with cancer,” she says) and the starring role in Guillermo del Toro’s “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.”

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