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Illeana Douglas

Illeana Douglas at the Streamy Awards, 2009
Born July 25, 1965 (1965-07-25) (age 44)
Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987—present

Illeana Douglas (born July 25, 1965)[1] is an American actress.


Life and career

Douglas was born in Quincy, Massachusetts.[2] She is the granddaughter of the actors Helen Gahagan and Melvyn Douglas, and has said that Melvyn's performance in Being There, in particular, was influential on her own career.[3] She is known for her part in Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear (1991)–one of four Scorsese films in which she has appeared–plus her starring role as singer-songwriter Denise Waverly in Allison Anders' Grace of My Heart (1996) and supporting roles in To Die For (1995) and Ghost World (2001).

On television, Douglas appeared briefly as Garry Shandling's love interest on The Larry Sanders Show, starred in the series Action (1999) with Jay Mohr, guest starred on both Seinfeld and Frasier and has played a public defender on several episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2002 and 2003. She appeared in two episodes of the critically acclaimed HBO TV-series Six Feet Under, both of which earned Emmy nominations for Guest Actress in a Drama.

In 2006 she starred in the Lifetime TV movie Not Like Everyone Else and played herself in Pittsburgh opposite Jeff Goldblum. In 2007, Douglas was added to the cast of Ugly Betty, playing Sheila, an editor for MODE magazine.[4]

At the Walt Disney World Resort in the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park, Douglas plays Aerosmith's manager in the preshow video for the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster attraction. She later appeared in an Aerosmith music video as Liv Tyler's mother.

Douglas has tried her hand at writing and directing, with a comedy short The Perfect Woman (1993), the documentary Everybody Just Stay Calm—Stories in Independent Filmmaking (1994), and the satire Boy Crazy, Girl Crazier (1995); and she has been the producer for several projects including Illeanarama, a collection of her short films for the Sundance Channel.



Web Television

  • Easy to Assemble (2008, 2009)


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