Grace Zabriskie - Rotten Tomatoes

Grace Zabriskie

Highest Rated:   100% Bastard out of Carolina (1996)
Lowest Rated:   7% License to Wed (2007)
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Birthplace:   New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
To say that Grace Zabriskie has specialized in maternal roles is hardly adequate. Many of the mothers portrayed by Zabriskie in films and on TV are the sort of parents that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy: clinging, castrating, and constantly jabbering away about nothing in particular (to be fair, she has essayed a few benign, likeable moms). She has been prominently featured in such films as Norma Rae (1979), Drugstore Cowboy (1988), and The Big Easy (1989). Her TV work includes the roles of Laura Palmer's hysterical mother in Twin Peaks (1990) and the recurring part of Thada Duvall in the NBC daytimer Santa Barbara. Undoubtedly, Zabriskie's most bizarre screen assignment was her S&M sex scene in Chain of Desire (1991). As brash and outspoken as ever, Grace Zabriskie played Granny in first-time director Anjelica Huston's controversial Bastard out of Carolina (1996).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Polaroid
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Rosemont
  • Josephine
2015
47% The Judge
  • Mrs. Blackwell
$35.7M 2014
50% Wrong Cops
  • Donna (Duke's Mother)
2013
49% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
  • Mrs. McCullum
2010
17% Bob Funk
  • Mrs. Funk
2009
No Score Yet Careless
  • Adrienne
2008
No Score Yet Brothel
  • Actor
2008
7% License to Wed
  • Grandma Jones
$43.9M 2007
72% Inland Empire
  • Visitor No. 1
2006
38% The Grudge
  • Emma Williams
$110.2M 2004
80% Chrystal
  • Gladys
2004
No Score Yet The Last Letter
  • Mrs. Allison
2004
No Score Yet Me & Will
  • Will's Mother
2003
27% No Good Deed
  • Mrs. Quarre
2003
No Score Yet The Wind Effect
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Glow
  • Sylvia
2002
No Score Yet They Crawl
  • Mrs. Gage
2002
20% R.S.V.P.
  • Mary Franklin
2002
24% Gone in 60 Seconds (Gone in Sixty Seconds)
  • Helen Raines
$101M 2000
No Score Yet A Texas Funeral
  • Murtis
2000
No Score Yet Trash
  • Mrs. DeMarie
1999
17% Sparkler
  • Sherri
1999
39% Armageddon
  • Dottie
1998
No Score Yet Dante's View
  • Geraldine
1998
No Score Yet Houdini
  • Mother
1998
No Score Yet Dead Men Can't Dance
  • Brig. Gen. Burke
1997
No Score Yet George B.
  • The Mother
1997
100% Bastard out of Carolina
  • Granny
1996
73% A Family Thing
  • Ruby
1996
No Score Yet A Promise to Carolyn
  • Francie Harper
1996
22% Desert Winds
  • Jackie's Mother
1995
No Score Yet The Crew
  • Gloria Pierce
1995
17% The Passion of Darkly Noon
  • Roxy
1995
No Score Yet Children of the Dust
  • Rose Maddox
1995
No Score Yet Crazy for a Kiss
  • Actor
1995
35% Drop Zone
  • Winona
1994
64% Cobb
  • Actor
1994
22% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Sissy's Mother
1994
No Score Yet Hometown Boy Makes Good
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story
  • Ethel
1993
No Score Yet Bonds of Love
  • Emma Smith
1993
61% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me
  • Sarah Palmer
1992
93% The Waterdance
  • Pat
1992
71% FernGully - The Last Rainforest
  • Magi Lune
1992
No Score Yet Chain of Desire
  • Linda
1992
No Score Yet Intimate Stranger
  • D.P. Ashley
1992
73% Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Eva Bates
1991
82% My Own Private Idaho
  • Alena
1991
No Score Yet Megaville
  • Mrs. Palinov
1991
No Score Yet Ambition
  • Mrs. Merrick
1991
No Score Yet Blood Ties
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Servants of Twilight
  • Grace Spivey
1991
No Score Yet Prison Stories: Women on the Inside
  • Genevieve
1991
40% Child's Play 2
  • Grace Poole
1990
65% Wild At Heart
  • Juana
1990
100% Drugstore Cowboy
  • Bob's Mother
1989
50% The Boost
  • Sheryl
1988
44% Rampage
  • Naomi Reece
1988
No Score Yet My Father, My Son
  • Actor
1988
9% Leonard Part 6
  • Jefferson
1987
88% The Big Easy
  • Mama, Remy's Mother
1987
No Score Yet Mistress
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Nickel Mountain
  • Ellie Wells
1985
No Score Yet The Burning Bed
  • Flossie Hughes
1984
No Score Yet Body Rock
  • Chilly's Mother
1984
No Score Yet My Mother's Secret Life
  • Maggie Ryan
1984
No Score Yet M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet The Executioner's Song
  • Kathryne Baker
1982
81% An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Esther Pokrifki
1982
33% Galaxy of Terror (Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror) (Planet of Horrors) (Quest)
  • Capt. Trantor
1981
No Score Yet The Private Eyes
  • Nanny
1981
No Score Yet The Concrete Cowboys
  • Actor
1979
90% Norma Rae
  • Linette
1979
No Score Yet Freedom Road
  • Ruth Lait
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
85% Big Love
2006-2011
  • Lois Henrickson
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
  • Guest
  • Crone
  • 2003
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Isobel
  • 2000
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Mrs. Ross
  • 1998
  • 1996
  • 1993
  • 1992
95% Twin Peaks
1990
  • Sarah Palmer
  • 1991
  • 1990

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