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Zooey Deschanel, Hardly 'The New Girl', And Her Biggest Roles (SLIDESHOW)

First Posted: 09/20/11 07:49 PM ET   Updated: 11/20/11 05:12 AM ET

From "manic pixie dream girl" to deadpan sidekick and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's heartbreak, Zooey Deschanel has certainly had her fair share of monikers to support her sure-but-steady rise in Hollywood. One thing's for sure: she's no "new girl," despite what the Fox series may have you think.

Here, we take a look back at the highlights of the singer-actress -- born to two parents in the industry -- before the premiere of her sitcom series, "The New Girl," airing Tuesday night.

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"The New Girl" marks Zooey's return to her television roots: the actress' first big break came at the age of 17, when she scored a guest role as a model on this Kirstie Alley TV series.

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