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Debra Winger

Highest Rated:   96% Shadowlands (1993)
Lowest Rated:   17% Everybody Wins (1990)
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Birthplace:   Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA
The daughter of a Kosher frozen-food distributor, American actress Debra Winger dropped out of high school at 16 in order to join an Israeli kibbutz. Upon returning to the U.S., she studied criminology and sociology at California State University, but before long she had dropped out and became a tour guide at the Magic Mountain amusement park. A serious accident suffered on the job at age 18 gave Winger time to contemplate her future, and it was then that she settled upon an acting career. Her first taste of fame was as the superpowered younger sister of Lynda Carter in the fantasy TV series Wonder Woman. But Winger chafed at the impositions placed on her by tight TV filming schedules and she retreated to theatrical films, where she made a most inauspicious debut in the award-losing Slumber Party '57 (1977). Winger became a full-fledged audience favorite for her peppery role opposite John Travolta in Urban Cowboy (1980), which led to the most famous of her "working-class" roles in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). Already balking at the "Hollywood Game," Winger made no secret of her discomfort in that film's famous nude love scene, nor of her failure to truly connect with co-star Richard Gere. The actress' next truly important part was as Shirley MacLaine's foredoomed daughter in Terms of Endearment (1983). Her resultant Terms performance was so good that it warranted an Oscar nomination. Winger never again had a box-office success to match Terms of Endearment, though she remained a darling of the film critics for her work in such little-seen epics as Mike's Murder (1984) and Black Widow (1986). As the actress' star stature diminished, media scrutiny of her private life increased thanks to her romance with Nebraska governor Robert Kerrey. Winger's roles became fewer and more unorthodox as she continued to seek out acting challenges -- never more so than when she popped up in a lengthy, unbilled male part (complete with goatee) in Made in Heaven (1987), which starred her then-husband, Timothy Hutton. Winger continued to appear in high-profile but low-grossing films into the 1990s, delighting critics and fans in such films as The Sheltering Sky (1990) and Shadowlands (1993). Winger missed out on appearing in one of the most profitable films of the 1990s when she was replaced by Geena Davis in A League of Their Own (1993); it was not temperament but personal injuries and a recurring back ailment that prevented Winger from participating in two other major moneymakers, Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and Bull Durham (1988). She did appear opposite Billy Crystal in the romantic comedy Forget Paris. As the 21st century began, Winger starred in and produced Big Bad Love, and the next year she was the subject of Searching for Debra Winger, a fascinating documentary about how actresses balance their lives and their career. She went on to appear in Radio, Rachel Getting Married, the third season of the HBO drama In Treatment, and the 2012 comedy Lola Versus.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
86% The Lovers
  • Mary
$2.2M 2017
46% Boychoir
  • Ms. Steel
$0.2M 2015
35% Lola Versus
  • Robin
$0.2M 2012
No Score Yet ITW Pathway
  • Actor
2010
84% Rachel Getting Married
  • Abby
$12.8M 2008
No Score Yet Sometimes in April
  • Prudence Bushnell
2005
No Score Yet Dawn Anna
  • Dawn Anna
2005
32% Eulogy
  • Alice Collins
$42.3k 2004
36% Radio
  • Linda
$52.3M 2003
No Score Yet The Magic Never Ends - The Life and Work of C.S. Lewis
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Searching for Debra Winger
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Plymptoons: The Classic Works of Bill Plympton
  • Actor
2002
41% Big Bad Love
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Marilyn
$0.2M 2001
No Score Yet In the Wild - Pandas With Debra Winger
  • Host
1997
50% Forget Paris
  • Ellen
1995
96% Shadowlands
  • Joy Gresham
1993
67% A Dangerous Woman
  • Martha
1993
25% Wilder Napalm
  • Vida
1993
67% Leap of Faith
  • Jane Larson
1992
17% Everybody Wins
  • Angela Crispini
1990
50% The Sheltering Sky
  • Kit Moresby
1990
45% Betrayed
  • Director
  • Cathy Weaver
1988
44% Black Widow
  • Alexandra Barnes
1987
40% Made in Heaven
  • Emmett Humbird
1987
47% Legal Eagles
  • Laura Kelly
1986
No Score Yet Mike's Murder
  • Betty Parrish
1984
80% Cannery Row
  • Suzy DeSoto
1982
81% An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Paula Pokrifki
1982
77% Urban Cowboy
  • Sissy
1980
No Score Yet French Postcards
  • Melanie
1979
33% Thank God It's Friday
  • Jennifer
1978
No Score Yet Slumber Party '57 (Teenage Slumber Party)
  • Debbie
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
81% When We Rise
2016
  • Justice Kagan
  • 2017
56% The Ranch
2016
  • Maggie
  • 2017
  • 2016
75% The Red Tent
2014
  • Rebecca
  • 2014
84% In Treatment
2008-2010
  • Frances
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Mrs. Woodside
  • 2010
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • 1990
No Score Yet Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
  • Wonder Girl (Drusilla) Drusilla
  • 1977
  • 1976

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