Carly Schroeder

Carly Schroeder was the celebrity parade marshal in 2006 for the Popcorn Fest parade in downtown Valparaiso.

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What started as a modeling career in print advertisements around the Chicago area launched into a television and movie career for Valparaiso native, Carly Schroeder.

Born Oct. 18, 1990, in Valpo, she appeared in ads for Kmart, Land's End, Chuck E. Cheese's and more as a child and branched into television commercials. An appearance in a commercial for Shake 'n Bake led her to a role in “Port Charles,” a spin-off of “General Hospital.”

Schroeder has voice credits on her resume, including some popular films such as “Toy Story 2” and “Babe: Pig in the City.”

Her on-screen appearances range well beyond soap operas. She was cast on “Dawson's Creek,” “George Lopez,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Growing Up Brady” and the mega-hit show starring Hilary Duff, “Lizzie McGuire.” She also acted in the big-screen version, “The Lizzie McGuire Movie.”

Schroeder's other film credits include “Firewall,” “Gracie,” “Slightly Single in L.A.” and “Mean Creek,” which won the Humanitas Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and the 2005 Independent Spirit Festival Special Distinction Award for best ensemble cast.

Schroeder appeared in the 2006 movie, “Eye of the Dolphin,” which earned her a Best Child Actor award from the 2007 International Family Film Festival. In October 2007, she received that year's Kids First Award in the category of Best Emerging Actress.

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