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Patricia Clarkson

Clarkson opening night of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera
Born Patricia Davies Clarkson
December 29, 1959 (1959-12-29) (age 50)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present

Patricia Davies Clarkson (born December 29, 1959) is an American actress. After having a dramatic education on the East Coast, Clarkson launched her acting career in 1985, and has worked steadily in both film and television. She won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in Six Feet Under twice, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Pieces of April (2003).

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Early life

Clarkson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of Jacquelyn (née Brechtel), a prominent local New Orleans politician and councilwoman, and Arthur, a school administrator who worked at the Department of Medicine of Louisiana State University.[1][2] Clarkson's great-grandfather was from Barcelona, Spain.[3] Clarkson studied drama at Fordham University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and earned her MFA at the Yale School of Drama[4] before making her film debut in The Untouchables in 1987. In 1974 Clarkson received her first starring role in the play The Crucible at her high school O.P. Walker in New Orleans, La. Her senior class director, Barbara Pusateri, singled her out as the star of the future in films.

Career

Clarkson at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Whatever Works.

Clarkson's Broadway theatre credits include The House of Blue Leaves and Eastern Standard.

Clarkson had supporting roles in a series of high-profile films in her early career. Her first movie role, at age 27, was as Elliot Ness (played by Kevin Costner) wife in The Untouchables. She was also featured in The Dead Pool, Rocket Gibraltar and Everybody's All-American. She starred in the short-run television series Davis Rules, and in the miniseries Alex Haley's Queen. More often a character actor than a leading woman, she has also appeared in such major films as The Green Mile (1999), Far from Heaven (2002) and Good Night, and Good Luck (2005).

In 2002, she originated her role as Sarah O'Connor (a.k.a. "Aunt Sarah") in HBO's Six Feet Under. She went on to win an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress that year for her performance, a feat she repeated for the same role in 2006.

In 2003, she gained critical acclaim and a Special Jury Prize for her work in four films that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival : All the Real Girls, The Baroness and the Pig, The Station Agent and Pieces of April.[5][6] Later that year, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Pieces of April, in which she plays an acerbic mother dying of cancer.

In 2006, she portrayed Sadie Burke, in All the King's Men, set in her native New Orleans. In 2008, she had supporting roles in Elegy, as a womanizer's put-upon girlfriend, and Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona as an unhappily married housewife.

Clarkson returned to New Orleans for 2009 January 17 reopening of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts. She served as Master of Ceremonies for a gala celebration featuring Plácido Domingo in concert with the New Orleans Opera directed by Robert Lyall.[7] She also made a cameo appearance in the Saturday Night Live Digital Short "Motherlover" on May 9, 2009. The video featured Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake, and Susan Sarandon.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1987 The Untouchables Catherine Ness
1988 The Dead Pool Samantha Walker
Rocket Gibraltar Rose Black
Everybody's All-American Leslie Stone
1990 Tune in Tomorrow Aunt Olga
1995 Pharaoh's Army Sarah Anders
Jumanji Carol Anne Parrish
1998 Playing by Heart Allison
High Art Greta Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1999 The Green Mile Melinda Moores Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Wayward Son Wesley
Simply Irresistible Lois McNally
2000 Falling Like This Caroline Lockhart
Joe Gould's Secret Vivian Marquie
2001 The Safety of Objects Annette Jennings
The Pledge Margaret Larsen
Wendigo Kim
2002 Welcome to Collinwood Rosalind
Far from Heaven Eleanor Fine Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Heartbreak Hospital Lottie Ohrwasher
The Baroness and the Pig The Baroness
2003 Dogville Vera
The Station Agent Olivia Harris Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress also for Pieces of April
Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress also for Pieces of April
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress also for Pieces of April
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress also for 'Pieces of April
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
All the Real Girls Elvira Fine
Pieces of April Joy Burns Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress also for The Station Agent
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress also for The Station Agent
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress also for The Station Agent
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress also for The Station Agent
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
2004 Miracle Patty Brooks
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck. Shirley Wershba Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Dying Gaul Elaine Tishop
2006 The Woods Ms. Traverse
All the King's Men Sadie Burke
2007 No Reservations Paula
Lars and the Real Girl Dagmar
Married Life Pat Allen
2008 Blind Date Janna
Phoebe in Wonderland Miss Dodger
Elegy Carolyn
Vicky Cristina Barcelona Judy Nash
2009 Whatever Works Marietta
2081 Narrator voice
Main Street Willa
Cairo Time Juliette Grant
2010 Shutter Island TBA
Easy A filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Spenser: For Hire Elizabeth Haller 1 episode
1986 The Equalizer Deborah Wade 1 episode
1990 The Old Man and the Sea Mary Pruitt
Tales from the Crypt Suzy 1 episode
Law & Order Laura Winthrop 1 episode
1991 Davis Rules Cosmo Yeargin 8 episodes
1992 Blind Man's Bluff Dr. Virginia Hertz
An American Story Barbara Meade
Legacy of Lies Pat Rafael
Four Eyes and Six Guns Lucy Laughton
1993 Queen Elizabeth "Lizzie" Perkins mini-series
Caught in the Act Meg
1994 She Led Two Lives Desiree Parnell
1995 - 1996 Murder One Annie Hoffman 20 episodes
1996 London Suite Diana Nichols
The Wedding Della McNeil
2000 Wonderland Mrs. Tammy Banger 2 episodes
2001 Frasier Claire French 5 episodes
2002 Carrie Margaret White
2002 - 2005 Six Feet Under Sarah O'Connor 7 episodes
Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress – Drama Series (2002, 2006)
2007 American Masters Narrator 1 episode
2009 Saturday Night Live The mother of Justin Timberlake's character May 9, 2009 SNL Digital Short

References

  1. ^ Patricia Clarkson Biography (1959-)
  2. ^ Patricia Clarkson Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ http://www.collider.com/entertainment/interviews/article.asp/aid/7202/tcid/1/pg/2
  4. ^ "Clarkson Shifts Her Weight" in the Washington Times, 2008, March 28, pp. D1
  5. ^ Devin Gordon, "A Woman on the Verge of a Breakthrough" in Newsweek, 2003 October 20, pp. 11.
  6. ^ "Move Over Sundance Kids, There's a New...Star of Indies" in the New York Post, 2003 January 23, pp. 39.
  7. ^ Theodore P. Mahne, "Star Emcee Patricia Clarkson Shares in the Excitement over Tonight's Opera Gala" in Times-Picayune, 2009 January 17, pp. C1, C3.

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