Marcia Gay Harden

Marcia Gay Harden

  • Highest Rated: 94% Home (2009)
  • Lowest Rated: 5% Get a Job (2016)
  • Birthday: Aug 14, 1959
  • Birthplace: La Jolla, California, USA
  • Often noted for her striking feature debut as a gun-toting seductress in the Coen brothers' noirish gangster crime thriller Miller's Crossing (1990), Marcia Gay Harden has since bounced between disparaging disappointment and critical prosperity, and is commonly praised for her chameleon-like ability to immerse herself in characters that are often the polar opposite of the cheerfully optimistic actress.Born in La Jolla, CA, on August 14, 1959, as the third of five children in a military family, Harden's clan moved constantly. Her passion for drama sparked by a period that the family spent in Greece (when she attended Athenian plays), Harden studied drama in college, earning a B.A. in theater from the University of Texas, and an M.F.A. in theater from New York University. After graduation, Harden continued to hone her acting talents on stage in Washington, D.C. Immediately evincing an innate ability to portray a wide range of characterizations, Harden earned two Helen Hayes Award nominations - one for her role in Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart and one for her role in The Miss Firecracker Contest. Angels in America brought Harden to Broadway, where she found further success in earning both Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations, as well as winning the Theater World Award for Best Actress. Though she had made an impressive screen debut in Miller's Crossing, disappointment soon followed with a slew of critically shunned successes mixed with a series of creative misfires. Though discouraged in the critics' failure to recognize what Harden considered to be some of her best work, Harden began to focus less on Hollywood validation for happiness, and instead shifted her attention to refining her acting abilities. Moving from quirky dramatic roles, such as her manipulative character in Crush (1992), to quiet dramas like 1996's The Spitfire Grill, and such mainstream efforts as The First Wives Club (also 1996) and Meet Joe Black (1998), Harden felt comfortable in a wide variety of roles. She also occasionally compromised on her choice of material during this period (perhaps out of necessity) - such as the dumb-dumb comedy Spy Hard, with Leslie Nielsen, and the 1997 Absent Minded Professor rehash Flubber (starring Robin Williams).But her fortunes began to turn with a supporting role in Ed Harris' long-anticipated Jackson Pollock biopic Pollock (2000) that finally brought the actress much-deserved, mainstream critical recognition for her work. Reunited with Harris from their pairing in an earlier stage production of Sam Shepard's Simpatico, Harden's role as Pollock's dysfunctional muse earned her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the 2000 Academy Awards. The dawning years of the new millennium were undeniably kind to the tireless actress, and after a trio of made-for-television movies in the year 2000 Harden essayed the role of a stylish but enigmatic catalyst to a mystery with decidedly comic undertones in Susan Seidelman's Gaudi Afternoon, and portrayed the NASA engineer love interest of Tommy Lee Jones's crop duster, Hawk, in Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboys; Harden and Eastwood forged a strong professional bond and would work together again, several years later.A brief foray into sitcom territory followed soon thereafter, when Harden co-starred with Richard Dreyfuss in shortlived television series The Education of Max Bickford (2001), and the following year, she stuck to the small screen for the mini-series Guilty Hearts and the made-for-television feature King of Texas (the latter earning her a a Golden Sattelite nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Made for Television). An adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear set in the Old West, King of Texas found Harden essaying the role of cattle-baron John Lear's (Patrick Stewart) eldest daughter. Equally busy in 2003, Harden abandoned the small screen to work with some of the most acclaimed filmmakers in Hollywood. Following her second onscreen assignment for Clint Eastwood - in h

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Movies

Rating

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Credit

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Year

No Score Yet Love You to Death Actor 2019
12% Fifty Shades Freed Grace Trevelyan Grey $95.6M 2018
11% Fifty Shades Darker Mrs. Grey $114.4M 2017
5% Get a Job Katherine Dunn 2016
No Score Yet The Wine Of Summer Actor 2015
38% After Words Jane 2015
91% Grandma Judy 2015
No Score Yet Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant President 2015
24% Fifty Shades of Grey Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey $189.9M 2015
32% Elsa & Fred Lydia Barcroft 2014
48% You're Not You Elizabeth 2014
51% Magic in the Moonlight Mrs. Baker 2014
50% Parkland Nurse Doris Nelson $0.7M 2013
9% Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Marjorie 2012
57% Detachment Dearden $49.4K 2012
13% If I Were You Madelyn $9.7K 2012
No Score Yet Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy Edda Mellas 2011
90% Scott Turow's Innocent Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Maiden Heist Roger's Wife $0.5M 2009
84% Whip It Brooke Cavendar $13.1M 2009
94% Home Inga $10K 2009
No Score Yet The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler Janina Sendler 2009
No Score Yet Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage Maryanne Kinkade 2008
No Score Yet Sex and Lies in Sin City: The Ted Binion Scandal Becky Binion 2008
No Score Yet Sinatra: The True Story Of The Man And The Legend Actor 2008
72% The Mist Mrs. Carmody $25.5M 2007
34% Rails & Ties Megan Stark 2007
83% Into the Wild Billie McCandless $18.2M 2007
78% Canvas Mary Mariano 2007
60% Fog City Mavericks Actor 2007
20% The Invisible Diane Powell $20.6M 2007
86% The Hoax Edith $7.1M 2007
75% The Dead Girl Melora 2006
70% POV Actor 2006
No Score Yet In from the Night Vicki Miller 2006
38% American Dreamz First Lady Staton $7.2M 2006
39% American Gun Janet Huttenson 2006
No Score Yet Felicity: An American Girl Adventure Mrs. Merriman 2005
48% Bad News Bears Liz Whitewood $32.8M 2005
No Score Yet Willa Cather: The Road is All Voice of Willa Cather 2005
54% P.S. Missy Goldberg $0.2M 2004
13% Welcome to Mooseport Grace Sutherland $14.3M 2004
No Score Yet She's Too Young Trish Vogel 2004
No Score Yet See You In My Dreams Angela 2004
34% Mona Lisa Smile Nancy Abbey $63.7M 2003
88% Mystic River Celeste Boyle $88.9M 2003
58% Casa de los Babys Nan $0.4M 2003
50% King of Texas Susannah 2002
No Score Yet Guilty Hearts Actor 2002
29% Gaudi Afternoon Frankie Stevens 2001
57% Fever Lacy 2001
No Score Yet Walking Shadow Susan Silverman 2001
81% Pollock Lee Krasner $7.3M 2000
78% Space Cowboys Sara Holland 2000
No Score Yet Curtain Call Michelle Tippet 2000
No Score Yet Small Vices Susan Silverman 1999
53% Meet Joe Black Allison 1998
24% Flubber Sara Jean Reynolds 1997
No Score Yet Path to Paradise: World Trade Center Bombing Nancy Floyd 1997
17% Desperate Measures Samantha Hawkins 1997
75% The Daytrippers Libby 1997
No Score Yet Far Harbor Arabella 1996
49% The First Wives Club Dr. Leslie Rosen 1996
33% The Spitfire Grill Shelby Goddard 1996
8% Spy Hard Miss Cheevus 1996
No Score Yet Convict Cowboy Maggie Sinclair 1995
54% Safe Passage Cynthia 1995
No Score Yet Crush Lane 1993
No Score Yet Sinatra Ava Gardner 1992
44% Used People Norma 1992
58% Late for Dinner Joy Husband 1991
No Score Yet In Broad Daylight Adina 1991
91% Miller's Crossing Verna 1990
No Score Yet The Imagemaker Stage Manager 1986

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Year

33% Reef Break
2019
Betty Ann Miller
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Code Black
2015-2018
Leanne Rorish Christa Hardin
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
92% Royal Pains
2009-2016
Elizabeth Blair
  • 2016
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
93% How to Get Away With Murder
2014
Hannah
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Chew
2011-2018
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2014
58% The Newsroom
2012-2014
Rebecca Halliday
  • 2014
  • 2013
74% Trophy Wife
2013-2014
Diane
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Star Morrison Dana Lewis
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2006
  • 2005
81% Bent
2012
Vanesssa
  • 2012
76% Body of Proof
2011-2013
Sheila Temple
  • 2012
91% Damages
2007-2012
Claire Maddox
  • 2012
  • 2009
No Score Yet POV
1988
Appearing
  • 2007
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2001
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Joan Garbarek
  • 1995

QUOTES FROM Marcia Gay Harden CHARACTERS

Jane
The point of this trip is to create some beauty that plays at the end of the hopeless eleventh hour of a pitiful life.
Jane
The point of this trip? To create some beauty to play at the end, in the hopeless 11th hour of a pathetic life.
Jane
Where's the beauty in a wasted life?
Chris Marino
Why can't you act normal?
Mary Marino
You're a big boy now, you're a young man now. There's something wrong with me. But I think it's treatable.
Verna
I bet you think you've raised hell...
Tom Reagan
Sister...when I've raised hell you'll know it.
Verna
I don't know Leo's business but he's a big boy.
Tom Reagan
He used to be.
Allison
Nevermind favorites, you're allowed to have one, the point is you've been mine.
Mrs. Carmody
We have Judas in our midst!
Mrs. Carmody
I'll tell you what. The day I need a friend like you, I'll just have myself a little squat and shit one out.
Mrs. Carmody
If you hit me again, if you dare, you'll be on your knees to me before this is through.