Mary-Kate Olsen, born on June 13, 1986, in Sherman Oaks, is a fashion designer, actress, producer, and model. Her career as an actress began when she was just nine months old, in a role she shared with her twin sister, Ashley Olsen. She acted with Ashley in several productions until 2004, when they decided to dedicate themselves to the fashion industry. Since 2006, however, Olsen, independent of her twin sister, has been appearing in a number of movies and series. Celebrate her special day with us right here.
Mary-Kate Olsen began her career in 1987 at just nine months old when she and her twin sister, Ashley, were cast in the role of Michelle Tanner on the sitcom “Full House.” To comply with strict labor laws regarding child actors, the twins alternated for the role during the taping of the show. They were credited in the opening of the sitcom as “Mary-Kate Ashley Olsen,” in an attempt to keep audiences from realizing that the role was played by two children.
In 1995, following “Full House,” Olsen and her sister released a string of hits straight to V.H.S. video films and became popular figures among preteens during the late 1990s and early 2000s. They have become a household name, with their images seen on clothing, books, perfumes, magazines, music, movies, and posters. Mattel, from 2000 to 2005, made dolls with the twin girls’ features. Olsen starred alongside her sister in the A.B.C. sitcoms “Two of a Kind” and “So Little Time,” for which she received a nomination for ‘Outstanding Performance in a Children’s Series’ at the 2002 Emmy Awards. The sisters were ranked third on the show “VH1 100 Greatest Child Stars.” In 2004, Olsen appeared alongside her twin in the feature film “New York Minute,” also starring Eugene Levy.
Olsen, together with her sister, had a clothing line called The Row. In 2008, the twin sisters published a book titled “Influence,” which contained interviews with many creative and influential people, including Karl Lagerfeld, Terry Richardson, and George Condo. The book included two different covers, one with Mary-Kate and one with Ashley, and received positive reviews not only from fans but also from critics.
At just nine months old, Olsen stars in the sitcom "Full House" alongside her twin, and it becomes a huge success.
At the age of seven, Olsen makes a number of cameos, her first is in the hit "The Little Rascals."
Three years after "Full House" ended, Olsen stars in the series "Two of a Kind" with her sister.
Olsen, alongside her twin, voices an animated series based on them; however, the animation is eventually canceled owing to low ratings.
She stars in the teen hit "New York Minute" where she plays a character who is the opposite of her twin's character, in a series of adventures in New York.
Olsen enjoys an equestrian career and she and her horse win a two-phase showjumping class at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Chantilly, France.
Why We Love Mary-Kate Olsen
She loves her siblings
Her second clothing line with Ashley, “Elizabeth and James,” is named after their two siblings. Pretty sweet.
She loves coffee
Just like many of us, coffee reminds her of her childhood. It was something she smelled very often when she was a child.
She adores Ashley
She really loves her sister. She often says that their twin bond is “beyond words.”
5 Surprising Facts
She is the younger twin
She is two minutes younger than her twin sister.
She is taller than Ashley
She is one inch taller than her sister.
Dental prosthesis in "Full House"
Because the twins lost their baby teeth at different times, Olsem had to wear dentures in the series.
An Emmy nominee
Olsen was nominated for an Emmy for the film "So Little Time."
She likes running naked
“I run around my house naked with heels all the time,” she told “Harper's Bazaar” in 2007.
Mary-Kate Olsen FAQs
What is the age difference between Mary-Kate Olsen and her husband?
The pair may have a 17-year age gap between them, but they didn’t let that get in the way of their eight-year relationship.
Why did Mary-Kate Olsen stop acting?
During an interview with “Allure” in 2013, the twins revealed the real reason why they quit acting: “I was reading scripts, and ultimately I just said to the people who are representing me, ‘I need to do things 100%. I don’t feel like I can give you 100% of my time.’”
Why does Mary-Kate Olsen have two names?
Since her name is hyphenated, she, technically, has no middle name.
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