Elizabeth McGovern

Lowest Rated: 22% Angels Crest (2011)
Birthday: Jul 18, 1961
Birthplace: Not Available
The daughter of educators, Elizabeth McGovern moved from her home town of Evanston, Illinois to Los Angeles when her father, a law professor at Northwestern, transferred to UCLA. Discovered for the movies while appearing in a high-school play, McGovern made an impressive screen debut as the girlfriend of emotionally disturbed teenager Timothy Hutton in the Oscar-winning Ordinary People (1980). The following year, she earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of notorious turn-of-the-century "kept lady" Evelyn Nesbit Shaw in Ragtime. She honed her acting skills at Julliard and the American Conservatory Theatre, then made her off-Broadway debut in a 1981 production of To Be Young, Gifted and Black; her later stage credits include Painting Churches and The Hitch-hiker. Carefully avoiding the make-work roles usually reserved for actresses of her generation, McGovern has opted for offbeat characterizations in such films as Racing with the Moon (1984) and Once Upon a Time in America. She seems unconcerned with the size of her roles, so long as she can make a lasting impression as witness The Handmaid's Tale (1991) in which she deftly handles her role with such formidable co-stars as Natasha Richardson and Robert Duvall with her brief appearance as self-deprecating lesbian prostitute Moira. Elizabeth McGovern also starred in the 1995 TV sitcom If Not for You.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Downton Abbey Cora Crawley 2019
86% The Wife Actor 2018
57% The Commuter Karen McCauley $36.3M 2018
No Score Yet Showing Roots Shirley 2016
66% Unexpected Carolyn 2015
57% Woman in Gold Judge Florence Cooper 2015
33% Swung Actor 2015
38% Cheerful Weather For The Wedding Mrs. Thatcham $2.4K 2012
22% Angels Crest Jane $407 2011
76% Kick-Ass Mrs. Lizewski $20.1M 2010
27% Clash of the Titans Marmara $163.2M 2010
No Score Yet Masterpiece Classic Mrs. Honeychurch 2008
No Score Yet Inconceivable Tallulah 'Tutu' Williams 2008
No Score Yet Daphne Ellen Doubleday 2007
No Score Yet Thursday the 12th Candice Hopper 2003
No Score Yet The Flamingo Rising Edna Lee 2001
73% Buffalo Soldiers Mrs. Berman 2001
81% The House of Mirth Carry Fisher 2000
No Score Yet Misadventures of Margaret Till Turner 1998
29% The Man with Rain in His Shoes (Twice Upon a Yesterday) Diane 1998
84% The Wings of the Dove Susan 1997
No Score Yet The Summer of Ben Tyler Celia Rayburn 1996
No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Actor 1996
No Score Yet Confianza Perdida Janice Dillon 1995
No Score Yet Wings of Courage Noelle Guillaumet 1995
27% The Favor Emily 1994
97% King of the Hill Lydia 1993
No Score Yet Me and Veronica Fanny 1992
No Score Yet Tales from Hollywood Actor 1992
45% Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter) Elena Quince 1990
77% A Shock to the System Stella Anderson 1990
31% The Handmaid's Tale Moira 1990
No Score Yet Women & Men: Stories of Seduction Vicki 1990
62% Johnny Handsome Donna McCarty 1989
40% She's Having a Baby Kristy Briggs 1988
80% The Bedroom Window Denise 1987
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Actor 1987
56% Native Son Mary Dalton 1986
86% Once Upon a Time in America Deborah 1984
60% Racing With the Moon Caddie Winger 1984
40% Lovesick Chloe Allen 1983
90% Ragtime Evelyn Nesbit Thaw 1981
57% Heaven's Gate Actor 1980
91% Ordinary People Jeannine 1980

TV

CREDIT
86% Downton Abbey
2011-2016
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham Lady Grantham
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Downton Abbey
2010
Lady Grantham Cora, Countess of Grantham
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Dame Celia Westholme Mrs. Honeychurch Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham Countess of Grantham, Cora Cora, Countess of Grantham
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 1996
  • 1991
  • 1986
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2012
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1996
No Score Yet Ashenden
1991
Aileen Sommerville
  • 1992

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