Anna Paquin was born in Winnipeg and raised in Wellington. She made her acting debut as Flora McGrath in The romantic-drama film Piano. Paquin who was born in Wellington but was born and raised in Winnipeg was first seen in the acting world with The Piano. At age 11 she was the youngest Academy Award winner ever for Best Actress. Anna Paquin is full Anna Helene Paquin born on July 24, 1982 Winnipeg Manitoba Canada. Canadian actress, and New Zealander who, as a kid won her first Academy Award in 1993 for the top supporting actress. She played the feisty daughter of Holly Hunter's role on the film The Piano. Anna Paquin and Holly Hunter in The Piano Anna Paquin and Holly Hunter in The Piano Paquin relocated with their families into New Zealand when she was as a young child, and grew up there. When she responded to a request for open auditions at the age of nine, and with little previous experience in acting, she won Flora McGrath's part. Flora is the child of the Scottish musician who was blind. The couple were relocated to New Zealand during the middle of the nineteenth century in an effort to plan a wedding. In her teens, Paquin moved to America. Paquin had a small part in the film's title role when she was a child on Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre (1996) and a lead part in the movie Fly Away Home (1996). Paquin played Frankie Addams in a 1997 television movie adaptation of Carson McCullers's novel The Member of the Wedding as well as a small role as Queen of Spain in Steven Spielberg's Amistad (1997). The actress played teenagers on the screen in Hurlyburly (1998), She's All That (1998), A Walk on the Moon (1998) as well as Almost Famous (2000). In addition, she portrayed the groupie Polexia Aphrodisa.