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Elizabeth McGovern



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Commuter
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Showing Roots
  • Shirley
2016
66% Unexpected
  • Carolyn
2015
54% Woman in Gold
  • Judge Florence Cooper
2015
29% Swung
  • Actor
2015
36% Cheerful Weather For The Wedding
  • Mrs. Thatcham
2012
22% Angels Crest
  • Jane
2011
76% Kick-Ass
  • Mrs. Lizewski
2010
28% Clash of the Titans
  • Marmara
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
86% 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
45% Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter)
  • Elena Quince
1990
77% A Shock to the System
  • Stella Anderson
1990
23% The Handmaid's Tale
  • Moira
1990
No Score Yet Women & Men: Stories of Seduction
  • Vicki
1990
62% Johnny Handsome
  • Donna McCarty
1989
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Kristy Briggs
1988
86% The Bedroom Window
  • Denise
1987
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
  • Actor
1987
56% Native Son
  • Mary Dalton
1986
89% 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
93% Ordinary People
  • Jeannine
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Downton Abbey
2010
  • Lady Grantham Cora, Countess of Grantham
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Dame Celia Westholme Mrs. Honeychurch Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham Countess of Grantham, Cora Cora, Countess of Grantham
86% Downton Abbey
2011-2016
  • Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham Lady Grantham
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest

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