Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 2/6/12

Yesterday, as the entire world knows, the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. This gives the franchise 4 Super Bowl wins, to go along with their four NFL championships from the pre-Super Bowl era. All NFL fans know the name Wellington Mara, the Giants one time owner who is considered one of the league’s all time most important patriarchs.

However, the first Mara to own the team, and the builder of the family fortune was gambler/bookmaker Tim Mara, who bought the team for $500 in the early century. His son is Wellington who helped build up the brand to what it is today. The Maras still own half the team today. But now let’s take a look at Wellington’s granddaughters, and their “bodies of work.”

Kate Mara’s notable acting roles include appearances in the Academy Award-winning film Brokeback Mountain (2005), playing the daughter of Heath Ledger’s character, and on the Fox television series 24, as computer analyst Shari Rothenberg. She has since appeared in the feature films We Are Marshall (2006), Shooter (2007), Transsiberian (2008), Stone of Destiny (2008), and The Open Road (2009). Mara joined the cast of the HBO series Entourage for its sixth season, and appeared in Iron Man 2, Happythankyoumoreplease and 127 Hours. In 2011, she starred in the film Ironclad, and played Hayden McClaine on the FX series, American Horror Story.

As you can see, the Mara family has used it’s powerful connections and money to help these girls become big players on the entertainment industry stage. Rooney could end up being even more successful.

Rooney Mara made her acting debut in 2005 and has gone on to star in films including A Nightmare on Elm Street, the remake of the 1984 horror film, and The Social Network. Mara portrayed Lisbeth Salander, the title character in the 2011 version of the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first of three Sony Pictures films based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium book series. She received critical acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, an official Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports

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