|Marcia Gay Harden|
Harden at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||August 14, 1959
La Jolla, California, U.S.
|Years active||1979 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Thaddaeus Scheel (1996 – present)|
Marcia Gay Harden (born August 14, 1959) is an American film and theatre actress. Harden's breakthrough role was in The First Wives' Club (1996) which was followed by several roles which gained her wider fame including the hit comedy Flubber (1997) and Meet Joe Black (1998). She received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Lee Krasner in Pollock (2000) and received another nomination for Mystic River (2003). She has starred in a string of successful mainstream and independent movies, some of which are Space Cowboys (2000), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Into the Wild (2007) and The Mist (2007). More recently, she starred in Whip It (2009).
Harden, one of five children, was born in La Jolla, San Diego, California, the daughter of Beverly (née Bushfield), a housewife, and Thaddeus Harold Harden, a Texas native who was an officer in the United States Navy. One of Harden's siblings is named Thaddeus, as is her spouse. Harden's family frequently moved because of her father's job, living in Japan, Germany, Greece, California and Maryland. She graduated from Surrattsville High School in Clinton, Maryland in 1977, the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in theatre, and the graduate theatre program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a Master of Fine Arts.
Harden's first film role was in a 1979 student-produced movie at the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout the 1980s, she appeared in several television programs, including Simon and Simon, Kojak, and CBS Summer Playhouse. She appeared in the Coen Brothers' Miller's Crossing (1990), a 1930s mobster drama in which she first gained wide exposure. In 1992, she played actress Ava Gardner alongside Philip Casnoff as Frank Sinatra in the made for TV miniseries Sinatra. Throughout the 1990s, she continued to appear in films and television. Notable film roles include The Imagemaker (1986), her first screen role, in which she played a stage manager; the Disney sci-fi comedy Flubber (1997), a popular hit in which she co-starred with Robin Williams; the supernatural drama Meet Joe Black (1998); Labor of Love (1998), a Lifetime Television movie in which she starred with David Marshall Grant; and Space Cowboys (2000), an all-star adventure-drama of aging astronauts.
In 1993, Harden debuted on Broadway in the role of Harper Pitt (and others) in Tony Kushner's Angels in America. The role earned her critical acclaim and she received a Tony Award nomination (Best Featured Actress in a Play). The winner in that category was Debra Monk in Redwood Curtain.
Harden was awarded the 2000 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of painter Lee Krasner in Pollock (2000). In 2003, she was again nominated in the same category for Mystic River.
Harden guest-starred as FBI undercover agent Dana Lewis posing as a white-supremacist in "Raw", an episode of the popular crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2007, this role earned Harden her first Emmy Award nomination for best guest actress in a drama series. She reprised the role in the series' eighth season premiere.
In 2008, she appeared in Home, of which her co-stars include her daughter, Eulala Scheel, and the comedy The Maiden Heist with Christopher Walken and Morgan Freeman. Harden starred in the Christmas Cottage (2008), a story of the early artistic beginnings of the Painter of Light, Thomas Kinkade. In 2009, she appeared as a regular on the critically-acclaimed FX series Damages as a shrewd corporate attorney, opposite Glenn Close and William Hurt. Harden received a 2009 Emmy Award nomination for her role in The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, a TV film also starring Oscar winner Anna Paquin. She was a Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries nominee, and lost to Shohreh Aghdashloo. If she had won this Emmy, Marcia Gay Harden would have entered the elite group of 'triple-crown' actors; actors who have won the three acting awards of the highest honor: the Academy Award (film), the Tony Award (stage) and the Emmy Award (television). She has yet to win an Emmy.
In 2009, Harden co-starred with Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore in the comedy Whip It. The film was a critical success. It was also in this year that Harden returned to Broadway in Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage. She starred with James Gandolfini, Hope Davis and Jeff Daniels. Each lead actor was nominated for the Tony Award and on June 8, Harden won Best Actress in a Play.
Together, Harden's films have grossed $724,487,920 domestically and $1,128,784,661 worldwide.
She currently has three films in development, Noah's Ark: The New Beginning (2010), The No Game (2010) and If I Were You (2011).
Harden is married to Thaddaeus Scheel, with whom she worked on The Spitfire Grill (1996), and the couple have three children: a daughter, Eulala Grace Scheel, and twins Julitta Dee Scheel and Hudson Harden Scheel. The family lives in Harlem, New York. On December 15, 2003, her young nephew Sander Waring Harden and niece Audrey Gay Harden died as a result of a tragic fire in their Queens, New York, apartment, owned by her former sister-in-law Rebecca Harden who later died from injuries received in the fire. Rebecca Harden was divorced from the children's father, Thaddeus Harden, who is Marcia Gay Harden's brother.
|1979||Not Only Strangers|
|1986||The Imagemaker||Stage Manager|
|1990||Miller's Crossing||Verna Bernbaum|
|Late for Dinner||Joy Husband|
|1992||Crush||Lane||Entered into the 1992 Cannes Film Festival|
|Sinatra||Ava Gardner||TV film|
|1993||Geoffrey Beene 30||Woman|
|1996||The Spitfire Grill||Shelby Goddard|
|The First Wives Club||Dr. Leslie Rosen||National Board of Review Award for Best Cast|
|Spy Hard||Miss Cheevus|
|1997||Flubber||Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds|
|1998||Desperate Measures||Dr. Samantha Hawkins|
|Meet Joe Black||Allison Parrish|
|Labor of Love||Annie Pines||TV film|
|1999||Curtain Call||Michelle Tippet|
|2000||Space Cowboys||Sara Holland|
|Pollock||Lee Krasner||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
|2001||Gaudi Afternoon||Frankie Stevens|
|2003||Mystic River||Celeste Boyle||Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast - Motion Picture
|Just Like Mona|
|Casa de los babys||Nan|
|Mona Lisa Smile||Nancy Abbey|
|2004||Welcome to Mooseport||Grace Sutherland|
|2005||Bad News Bears||Liz Whitewood|
|American Gun||Janet Huttenson||Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female|
|2006||American Dreamz||First Lady|
|The Dead Girl||Melora|
|The Hoax||Edith Irving|
|In From the Night||Melora||TV film|
|2007||The Invisible||Diane Powell|
|The Mist||Mrs. Carmody||Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Into the Wild||Billie McCandless||Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast - Motion Picture|
|Rails & Ties||Megan Stark|
|Thomas Kinkade's Home for Christmas||Maryanne Kinkade|
|2009||The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler||Janina Sendler||Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie|
|The Maiden Heist||Rose||Limited Release|
|Whip It!||Brooke Cavendar|
|2010||Noah's Ark: The New Beginning||Aamah (Voice)||(Post-production)|
|The No Game||Barbara||(Pre-production)|
|2011||If I Were You||Madelyn||(Filming)|
|2001||The Education of Max Bickford||Andrea Haskell|
|2005||Felicity: An American Girl Adventure||Mrs. Martha Merriman|
|2005-06||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Star Morrison||2 Episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Drama Series
|2009||Damages||Claire Maddox||13 Episodes|
|1996||National Board of Review of Motion Pictures||Best Acting by an Ensemble||The First Wive's Club||Won|
|2000||New York Film Critics Circle Award||Best Supporting Actress||Pollock||Won|
|2001||Academy Award||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Independent Spirit Award||Best Supporting Female||Nominated|
|2003||Boston Society of Film Critics Award||Best Ensemble Cast||Mystic River||Won|
|Satellite Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television||King of Texas||Nominated|
|Seattle Film Critics Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Mystic River||Won|
|Western Heritage Award||Television Feature Film||King of Texas||Won|
|2004||Academy Award||Best Supporting Actress||Mystic River||Nominated|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association Award||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Award||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Satellite Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2007||Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Award||Best Supporting Female||American Gun||Nominated|
|2008||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films||Best Supporting Actress||The Mist||Won|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Into the Wild||Nominated|
|2009||Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie||The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler||Nominated|
|1993||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||Angels in America: Millennium Approaches||Nominated|
|Theatre World Award||Won|
|Tony Award||Best Featured Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|1994||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play||Angels in America: Perestroika||Nominated|
|2009||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actress in a Play||God of Carnage||Nominated|
|Tony Award||Best Actress in a Play||Won|