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Ann Magnuson

Highest Rated:   94% The Nomi Song (2005)
Lowest Rated:   7% Glitter (2001)
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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."

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
50% One More Time (When I Live My Life Over Again)
  • Lucille
2016
58% 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
76% Panic Room
  • Lydia Lynch
$95.4M 2002
7% Glitter
  • Kelly
$3.9M 2001
46% 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
38% Tank Girl
  • Madam
1995
82% 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
42% Tequila Sunrise
  • Shaleen
1988
33% A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
  • Joyce Fickett
1988
No Score Yet Mondo New York
  • Actor
1988
46% Making Mr. Right
  • Frankie Stone
1987
No Score Yet Sleepwalk
  • Isabelle
1986
87% Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Cigarette Girl
$27.4M 1985
No Score Yet Perfect Strangers (Blind Alley)
  • Malda (Feminist)
1984
48% The Hunger
  • Young Woman from Disco
1983
No Score Yet Ann Magnuson's Vandemonium Plus
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Shelley Summers
  • 2013
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2009
  • 2007
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Harvest
  • 2004

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