|Born||March 23, 1964
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Hope Davis (born March 23, 1964) is an American actress. She has starred in more than 20 feature films, including About Schmidt, Flatliners, Mumford, American Splendor, The Lodger and Next Stop Wonderland.
Davis, second of three children, was born in Englewood, New Jersey, the daughter of Joan, a librarian, and William Davis, an engineer. Davis has described her mother as a "great storyteller" who would take Davis and her siblings to museums or to "something cultural" every Sunday after church. Davis graduated in 1982 from Tenafly High School in Tenafly, New Jersey, and was a childhood friend of Mira Sorvino, with whom she wrote and acted in backyard plays.
She is married to actor Jon Patrick Walker. They have two children, Georgia (born August 31, 2002) and Mae (born December 30, 2004).
Davis majored in cognitive science at Vassar College, but then made her debut as a dramatic actress in the 1991 #1 hit Flatliners, starring as William Baldwin's fiancée. Later, she became the queen of a certain type of independent film such as The Daytrippers (1995) and Next Stop Wonderland (1998). These led her to roles in Hollywood films such as the thriller Arlington Road (1999), and About Schmidt (2002). In 2003, she starred opposite Paul Giamatti in the movie adaptation of the Harvey Pekar comic American Splendor as the comic book version of Pekar's real-life wife, Joyce Brabner. For this role, Davis won the New York Film Critics Circle award and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In 2009, she was cast as Hillary Rodham Clinton in the HBO film The Special Relationship, to be released in 2010.
Her major stage debut came after she starred for Joel Schmacher (her "Flatliners" director) in the David Mamet play "Speed the Plow" with William Petersen ("CSI") at the Remains Theater in Chicago in 1992. Later, she had lead roles in the New York premiere of Rebecca Gilman's Spinning into Butter in 2000, and in the 2005 audio play "Hope Leaves the Theater", written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. This was a segment of the sound-only production Theater of the New Ear, which debuted at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. The title actually refers to Hope Davis's character "leaving the theater."
She returned to the stage in 2009, appearing in Broadway's God of Carnage with Marcia Gay Harden, James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels, a role which gained her a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Play
Davis is co-starring as the bitter and self-deprecating "Mia" with Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne in the second season (2009) of HBO's In Treatment, a dramatic series that tracks the backstory and progress of five patients during their series of psychological therapeutic sessions. Mia is a successful, unmarried malpractice attorney who returns to therapy with Dr. Paul Weston after a 20-year absence because of a lack of stability in her personal life.