Broadway Show: Cyrano de Bergerac
For Garner's debut, she played Roxanne, the love interest to a big-nosed man with a way with words in the English translation of Cyrano de Bergerac. While Garner got her big break in Hollywood, theater was always on her mind. She used to read for plays, but never got a leading role; she was an understudy for A Month in the Country, starring Helen Mirren, when she was 23, but nothing beyond that. In 2007, she finally got her lead, and critics praised her for breaking the Broadway curse of poorly received Hollywood actresses.