Quvenzhane Wallis: 7 Reasons To Love The Youngest Best Actress Oscar Nominee

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2. She’s not gonna compromise on that name for your sake. It’s pronounced Kwe-VAWN-zhan-ay, by the way. Her mother, Qulyndreia, told Deadline that the name is a combination of her own name, Quvenzhane’s father’s name, Venjie, and the Swahili word for fairy.

Director Benh Zeitlin and Quvenzhane Wallis on the set.