Family: Daughter of actor-director Ron Howard, niece of actor Clint Howard
Bryce and her siblings are named for the places they were conceived: Bryce Dallas in Dallas; Paige Carlyle and Jocelyn Carlyle at the Hotel Carlyle in New York City
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Bryce Dallas has dangly chandelier earrings and a short red haircut. She is wearing a black dress. This picture was taken at the premiere of "The Village"
Manderlay (2005) (post-production) .... Grace
Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of famed director Ron Howard and actress Cheryl Howard, made her feature debut starring in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village.
Howard recently wrapped production on the Lars von Trier film, Manderlay, starring as Grace in the filmmaker’s follow-up to Dogville. The film also stars Lauren Bacall, Chloe Sevigny, Danny Glover and Jeremy Davies.
After leaving the Tisch School of the Arts program at New York University, Howard immediately began working on the New York stage, including playing the role of Marianne in the Roundabout’s Broadway production of Tartuffe, Rosalind in the Public Theatre’s As You Like It, Sally Platt in the Manhattan Theater Club’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s House/Garden and as Emily in the Bay Street Theater Festival production of Our Town.
Bryce lives in L.A. with her pet cat and Cairn terrier
Review of Bryce Dallas Howard and "The Village"
"Her name is Bryce Dallas Howard. You're going to be asking the person you came with, and if you went alone you're going to be asking the person next to you. In order to avoid getting thrown out of the theater (or worse) I'll let you know going in, her name is Bryce Dallas Howard, and in M. Night Shyamalan's The Village you can't take your eyes off of her, even as her character can't see a thing.
Ms. Howard plays Ivy, the heroine and center of Shyamalan's latest, billed and promoted as a spook fest but in reality just an incredibly well told story of fear, denial, and an attempt to build a life better than the one most of us know.
The Village might not be Shyamalan's best movie (that honor still falls to The Sixth Sense despite the ridiculously overused and seemingly never ending take offs on "I see dead people"), but it is his most accomplished film. Yes, there is Shyamalan's trade mark twist in the film, in fact there are several, but for the first time since the under appreciated (but also under executed) Unbreakable Shyamalan never once goes for the cheap laugh or scare. Everything in this film, just as in the title village the film is set in, is perfectly put into place and beautifully drawn. It gets harder and harder to find true intelligence in Hollywood filmmaking, but The Village should satiate your need for some time.
As huge as Shyamalan's ego must be (and it must be huge to put his name above the title and fade completely to black during the credit sequence only when "Written, Directed, and Produced by M. Night Shyamalan" is on the screen) my momma always told me it ain't braggin' if you can back it up, and for the third time in his last four films Shyamalan has grown as filmmaker, a storyteller, and an entertainer. The Village touches cinematic brilliance often, and lingers on it regularly.
It also helps to be able to hand pick among the best actors in Hollywood as Shyamalan does regularly. There's no shortage of star power in The Village with Joaquin Phoenix, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, and Oscar winner Adrien Brody all playing key roles and getting to wallow around in the long silences Shyamalan and cinematographer Roger Deakins (the Coen Brother's regular shooter who's also worked with Scorsese on Kundun , Frank Darabont on The Shawshank Redemption , and Ron Howard on A Beautiful Mind ) love to tantalize audiences with. But it is Bryce Dallas Howard who consistently stands out as the blind, but "more capable than most" Ivy. Playing a woman with spunk, beauty, and courage who never has to get naked or pick up a gun is a rare treat for an actress in Hollywood, but Howard takes advantage to Oscar worthy effect. Her character is the hinge, door, and frame of this film, for it is through her blind eyes the audience sees the world. Her performance is what elevates this film, and perhaps next time Shyamalan will realize it and put her name above the title. "
By FlmGEEk FutureBacks.com Movie Critic
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