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Emily Erin Deschanel (born October 11, 1976, height 5' 9" (1,75 m)) is an American actress, television producer, and film producer. She is best known for her role as Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan in the Fox police comedy-drama series Bones.
Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Academy Award–nominated cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir). She is the older sister of actress, model, songwriter, and musician Zooey Deschanel.Her paternal grandfather was French, from Oullins, Rhône; her ancestry also includes Swiss, Dutch, English, Irish, and other French roots.Deschanel attended Harvard-Westlake and Crossroads School in Los Angeles before graduating from Boston University's Professional Actors Training Program with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater.
Deschanel is a vegan and a committed supporter of animal rights causes. She can be seen in an Access Hollywood video at the book launch event of Karen Dawn's Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals, discussing how vegetarian and vegan diets help the environment, and a video on the homepage of the book's website talking about the importance of animal rights. She collaborated with PETA on a video encouraging mothers to raise their children as vegans. Deschanel was raised Roman Catholic, but is no longer a Catholic, and has stated that she is now "more of a spiritual person, if anything" and an agnostic.Deschanel married actor and writer David Hornsby on September 25, 2010 in a small private ceremony in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.Deschanel gave birth to their son, Henry Lamar Hornsby, on September 21, 2011.