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The Kenya-bred, Yale-trained actress took Hollywood by storm with a wrenching — and ultimately Oscar-winning — performance as tormented slave Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, which just so happened to be her big-screen debut. Next up, she’s booked Jon Favreau’s reboot of The Jungle Book. —Lanford Beard
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June 2 2014 — 12:00 AM EDT
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