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Marcia Gay Harden

Harden at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
Born August 14, 1959 (1959-08-14) (age 50)
La Jolla, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
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).

In 2009, Harden received a Tony Award for the Broadway play God of Carnage. She has been nominated for an Emmy Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award two times but has yet to win either one.

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Early life

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.

Career

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 2007, Harden appeared in several films, including Sean Penn's critically acclaimed Into the Wild, and Frank Darabont's The Mist, based on the novella by Stephen King.

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.[3] 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.[4]

Together, Harden's films have grossed $724,487,920 domestically and $1,128,784,661 worldwide.[5]

She currently has three films in development, Noah's Ark: The New Beginning (2010), The No Game (2010) and If I Were You (2011).

Personal life

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.[citation needed]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1979 Not Only Strangers
1986 The Imagemaker Stage Manager
1990 Miller's Crossing Verna Bernbaum
1991 Fever Lacy TV film
Late for Dinner Joy Husband
1992 Crush Lane Entered into the 1992 Cannes Film Festival
Sinatra Ava Gardner TV film
Used People Norma
1993 Geoffrey Beene 30 Woman
1994 Safe Passage Cynthia
1996 The Spitfire Grill Shelby Goddard
The Daytrippers Libby
The First Wives Club Dr. Leslie Rosen National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Far Harbor Arabella
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
P.S. Missy Goldberg
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
Canvas Mary Marino
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
2008 Home Inga
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)

Television

Year Show Role Notes
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
2006 Drift Cheryl
2009 Damages Claire Maddox 13 Episodes

Awards and nominations

Film/Television

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
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
(Source: IMDb.com)

Theatre

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
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
(Source: [IBDb.com])

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