Who Is Kim Darby?


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Kim Darby is best known for playing Mattie Ross opposite John Wayne in the movie "True Grit." She also has appeared in numerous other films and television shows.

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Born in 1948, Darby started acting when she was 14 and landed roles on television shows such as "Dr. Kildare" and "The Fugitive." After her famous role in "True Grit" in 1969, she went on to star in such films as "The Strawberry Statement," "Better Off Dead" and "The Grissom Gang." She also has appeared on the television shows "The X-Files," "Murder, She Wrote," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Gunsmoke" and "Star Trek." She took a three-year break from acting in the 1970s before starring in the film "The One and Only" with Henry Winkler. Actors Darby has worked with include Martin Sheen, Ed Asner, Judd Hirsch and John Cusack.

In a 2011 interview, Darby talked about her struggles with an eating disorder. She said she took amphetamines to stay thin for about 16 years. She said overcoming the disorder gave her a renewed sense of self-esteem.

Darby has been nominated for Golden Globe and Emmy Awards during her acting career. She currently teaches acting and directing at colleges and as a private instructor.

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