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Jolie Jacqueline Vanier (born January 14, 1998) is an American actress from Paradise Valley, Arizona, best known for her role as Helvetica Black in the 2009 Warner Bros. feature film Shorts. (1)


Life and career

The 11-year-old star of the Robert Rodriguez feature film, which opened during the summer of 2009, attracted the attention of movie critics. Variety, for instance, said “In an ensemble that involves much adult-kid interaction, the most memorable performance belongs to young Vanier. A dead ringer for Christina Ricci circa The Addams Family, Vanier is so loveably hateful here, she gets an ‘introducing’ billing in the credits and even her own musical motif.’ (2) These two nods, we understand, were definitely not ‘contractual’ but were Rodriguez’s salute to her debut in movies.” (3) Vanier worked with such seasoned film veterans as James Spader, William H. Macy, Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings as well as young Jimmy Bennett and a group of rising child actors.

While Shorts was Vanier’s first feature film, it was not her first appearance on the Silver Screen. The young actress has also appeared in the short films Juvenile Deliquence and Strange Little Girl; for these roles, she was nominated for Best Young Actress in a Short Film at both the 2009 and 2010 Young Artist Awards (YAA). Vanier also stars in another short film, Guild: The Adventures of Brauly Gullivan, slated to be released in 2010.

The film career has been complemented by numerous stage roles in Los Angeles; for instance, in 2009, Vanier played the role of the Artful Dodger in the Red Carpet Theater Company’s production of Oliver. She played the parts of Rizzo, Consuelo and Penelope in a Red Carpet Theater musical review entitled Nifty Fifties presented at Hollywood’s historical Stella Adler Theater in the spring of 2010.

Vanier was nominated for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress - for Shorts at the 2010 Young Artist Awards and won Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast for Shorts. At the same event, she was also nominated for Best Performance in Live Theater for her appearance in Oliver. She is also a C.A.R.E. (Child Actor Recognition Event Award) recipient for both 2009 and 2010.

In addition to being a rising film and stage star, Vanier is a published author—with the help of family and friends. Her first book, Puwaii Adventures with Joliea & Friends TM, tells the tale of a magical submarine that visits Hawaii and Europe. The main character, Joliea, the world’s youngest fashion designer TM, meets up with a fantastic cast of characters as well as a dastardly villain. The book has been described as “Warmly written and brimming with sweetly colorful illustrations. Children will love Jolie Vanier’s happy, friendly ocean characters. This book shows what can happen when families work together. A fantastic, creative journey through a child’s imagination.” (4)

Vanier’s latest book, Puwaii Adventures with Joliea & Friends TM…the adventures continue, visits Egypt, Mykonos, Monte Carlo and Ireland. New characters in this book include a variety of animals and birds in addition to leprechauns and tree fairies. (5)

The author thought it would be a good idea to include a CD so children can hear her read. (She does a great job of imitating different accents!) “With my second book, I also included a DVD as well as a CD,” says Vanier. “I have a section where I tell you how to create your own book. I like the idea of ‘giving back’, so that’s why I included both the CD’s and the DVD.” (6)

When Vanier is not writing books or pursuing her acting career in both Los Angeles and Arizona, she studies at Scottsdale Christian Academy, is an honor student and a young community activist involved with numerous charities. (7)

(1) ^ (2) Variety, posted Sun., Aug. 9, 2009 (3) ^; Hollywood Exclusive by Marilyn Beck and Stacey Jenel Smith, August 12, 2009 (4) Cover of first book: Puwaii Adventures with Joliea & Friends (5) ^ PV actress, author releases second book, TOWN OF PARADISE VALLEY INDEPENDENT, January 13, 2010. (6) ^ (7) ^’s-rising-star- Jolievanier.html



Year Film/Show Role Notes
2009 Shorts Helvetica Black
2009 Strange Little Girl Laura Short film
2008 Juvenile Delinquence - Short Film
2011 Shorts Helvetica Black


Award Year Category Result Film
C.A.R.E Awards 2009 Best Actress Won Juvenile Delinquence
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Short Film - Young ActressNominated Juvenile Delinquence
2010 Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActressNominated Shorts
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast Won Shorts
Best Performance in a Short Film - Young Actress Nominated Strange Little Girl
Best Performance in Live Theater Nominated Oliver!
Best Performance in a Short Film - Young Actress Nominated Juvenile Delinquence



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