Debra Winger

Debra Winger

Highest Rated: 97% Shadowlands (1993)

Lowest Rated: 14% Everybody Wins (1990)

Birthday: May 16, 1955

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.


Highest Rated Movies



92% Kajillionaire Actor 2020
84% The Lovers Mary $2.2M 2017
45% Boychoir Ms. Steel $0.2M 2015
36% Lola Versus Robin $0.3M 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
34% Eulogy Alice Collins $42.3K 2004
35% Radio Linda $52.3M 2003
No Score Yet The Magic Never Ends - The Life and Work of C.S. Lewis Actor 2002
80% 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
97% Shadowlands Joy Gresham 1993
55% A Dangerous Woman Martha 1993
25% Wilder Napalm Vida 1993
62% Leap of Faith Jane Larson 1992
14% Everybody Wins Angela Crispini 1990
50% The Sheltering Sky Kit Moresby 1990
42% Betrayed Cathy Weaver Director 1988
48% Black Widow Alexandra Barnes 1987
50% Made in Heaven Emmett Humbird 1987
44% Legal Eagles Laura Kelly 1986
No Score Yet Mike's Murder Betty Parrish 1984
78% Terms of Endearment Emma Horton 1983
83% Cannery Row Suzy DeSoto 1982
79% An Officer and a Gentleman Paula Pokrifki 1982
67% Urban Cowboy Sissy 1980
No Score Yet French Postcards Melanie 1979
30% Thank God It's Friday Jennifer 1978
No Score Yet Slumber Party '57 (Teenage Slumber Party) Debbie 1976


No Score Yet The Ranch
Maggie Bennett Maggie 2020
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Guest 2018
85% Comrade Detective
Voice 2017
82% When We Rise
Justice Kagan 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
Guest 2017
77% The Red Tent
Rebecca 2014
87% In Treatment
Frances 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order
Mrs. Woodside 2010
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Guest 1990
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
Wonder Girl (Drusilla) Drusilla 1977


Bruce says: A complex series of seductions and murders? That's just not something you see a woman do.

Alexandra Barnes says: Oh, really? What part do you think a woman is not up to? The seduction or the murder?

Paula Pokrifki says: You know something, you ain't nothing special. You got no manners, you treat woman like whores and if you ask me that you got no chance of being no officer.

Suzy says: I like you just fine when you're not around

Suzy says: I like you just fine when you're not around.

E.T. [uncredited] says: E.T. phone home.

E.T. [uncredited] says: I'll be right here.

Elliott says: (tearfully) Bye.

Elliott says: [tearfully] Bye.

E.T. [uncredited] says: ET...Phone...Home

E.T. [uncredited] says: ET... Phone... Home.

Elliott says: Ouch!

E.T. [uncredited] says: (E.T.'s finger lights up) oooooooooouuuuuuuuuch! (E.T. heals Elliot's cut on his finger)

E.T. [uncredited] says: [E.T.'s finger lights up] oooooooooouuuuuuuuuch! [E.T. heals Elliot's cut on his finger]

E.T. [uncredited] says: I'll be right here

E.T. [uncredited] says: I'll... be... right... here.

E.T. [uncredited] says: E.T. phone home.