Ann Magnuson

Ann Magnuson

Highest Rated: 94% The Nomi Song (2005)

Lowest Rated: 6% Glitter (2001)

Birthday: Jan 4, 1956

Birthplace: Charleston, West Virginia, USA

Despite her relative obscurity, redheaded performance artist Ann Magnuson has a bright star persona, a multitude of talents, and a definitive sense of style and glamour. Born in the South and schooled in the Midwest, she escaped to New York and worked on a number of projects as a theatrical collaborator with the likes of Eric Bogosian and Joey Arias. In 1985, she helped form the performance art group/rock band Bongwater along with her creative partner and guitarist Kramer. While singing and writing songs for the band, she was also building her acting career. Co-starring Bogosian and Meatloaf, her comedic social commentary special Vandemonium Plus was released on HBO Home Video along with her sly parody sketches "Made For Television." Her first few films were made by rising young directors Beth B., Sara Driver, and Susan Seidelman. She also made an appearance in the documentary Mondo New York, along with contemporaries Lydia Lunch and Karen Finley. In 1987, she made her breakthrough film performance in the romantic comedy Making Mr. Right, ideally cast as the high-fashion publicist Frankie Stone opposite the literally robotic John Malkovich. She got another juicy role the following year as older woman Joyce Fickett in A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon opposite earthy teen heartthrob River Phoenix. The next year she joined the cast of the ABC sitcom Anything but Love as fashionable magazine editor Catherine Hughes. Meanwhile, Bongwater released several albums on Shimmy Disc before breaking up in 1992 after a legal dispute. Magnuson continued to make brief yet memorable appearances in feature films (Cabin Boy, Clear and Present Danger, Tank Girl) before releasing her solo album The Luv Show on Geffen Records. Staying with her acting career, she went on to appear in various supporting roles in independent films, mainstream blockbusters, and TV specials. After 2000, she turned away from comedies toward darker material in The Caveman's Valentine, Panic Room, and Night at the Golden Eagle. In 2003, she joined the cast of the FOX sitcom Wanda at Large as liberal political commentator Rita and went on tour with her one-woman show "Pretty Songs and Ugly Stories."


Highest Rated Movies



53% One More Time (When I Live My Life Over Again) Lucille 2016
64% Jobriath A.D. Actor 2014
No Score Yet Small Pond Actor 2011
79% Blank City Actor 2011
No Score Yet Checking Out Actor 2010
No Score Yet Heavy Petting Actor 2007
No Score Yet Our House Geena 2006
94% The Nomi Song Actor 2005
63% Ghostlight Barbara Rosen 2004
34% The United States of Leland Karen Pollard $0.3M 2004
41% Night at the Golden Eagle Sally 2002
75% Panic Room Lydia Lynch $95.4M 2002
6% Glitter Kelly $3.9M 2001
45% The Caveman's Valentine Moira Leppenraub 2001
48% Love & Sex Ms. Steinbacher 2000
No Score Yet Kitchen Privileges Brandy 2000
7% Friends & Lovers Katherine 1999
No Score Yet Levitation Sarah 1998
27% I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Loan Secretary 1998
48% Small Soldiers Irene Abernathy 1998
62% Still Breathing Elaine 1998
31% Hugo Pool Drowning Matron 1997
No Score Yet The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas Lily Munster 1996
32% Before and After Terry Taverner 1996
40% Tank Girl Madam 1995
79% Clear and Present Danger Moira Wolfson 1994
46% Cabin Boy Calli 1994
71% Love at Large Doris 1990
No Score Yet Heavy Petting Actor 1989
20% Checking Out Connie Hagen 1989
40% Tequila Sunrise Shaleen 1988
33% A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon Joyce Fickett 1988
No Score Yet Mondo New York Actor 1988
50% Making Mr. Right Frankie Stone 1987
No Score Yet Sleepwalk Isabelle 1986
83% Desperately Seeking Susan Cigarette Girl $27.5M 1985
No Score Yet Perfect Strangers (Blind Alley) Malda (Feminist) 1984
52% The Hunger Young Woman from Disco 1983
No Score Yet Ann Magnuson's Vandemonium Plus Actor


85% Modern Family
Shelley Summers 2013
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
Voice 2009
18% Valentine
Aunt Circe 2008
No Score Yet All Grown Up
Voice 2008
No Score Yet Unscripted
Casting agent 2005
93% Frasier
Harvest 2004
50% Wanda at Large
Rita 2003
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show


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