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Ginnifer Michelle Goodwin (born May 22, 1978) is an American television and film actress, best known for her role as Margene Heffman on the HBO series Big Love.Goodwin was born Jennifer Goodwin in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Linda, a Federal Express worker, and Tim Goodwin, who formerly owned and operated a recording studio. She changed her name from "Jennifer" to "Ginnifer", because that is how she and her family pronounced it in their regional dialect. Her younger sister, Melissa Goodwin, is a prominent stop motion animator on shows such as the Emmy Award winning Robot Chicken, on which Ginnifer has also appeared as voice talent.