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Palo Alto native lands role in Dreamworks' feature film 'The Help'

Ahna O'Reilly plays Southern housewife in film based on popular novel

At 6, she moved with her family from Palo Alto to France, where they drove around the country in a VW van before settling in a small town in the Alps. At 8, she was a von Trapp child in a local Washington state theater production. While she was at Menlo School in Atherton, she and her family played beach-goers in the 2004 sci-fi action film "Dinocroc."

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Samantha Bergeson of Portola Valley will be a junior this fall at Menlo School.

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