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Marcia Gay Harden

Highest Rated:   94% Home (2009)
Lowest Rated:   5% Get a Job (2016)
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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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
9% Fifty Shades Darker
  • Mrs. Grey
2017
5% Get a Job
  • Katherine Dunn
2016
No Score Yet The Wine Of Summer
  • Actor
2015
92% Grandma
  • Judy
2015
38% After Words
  • Jane
2015
No Score Yet Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant
  • President
2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey
2015
32% Elsa & Fred
  • Lydia Barcroft
2014
44% You're Not You
  • Elizabeth
2014
52% Magic in the Moonlight
  • Mrs. Baker
2014
50% Parkland
  • Nurse Doris Nelson
2013
9% Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
  • Marjorie
2012
57% Detachment
  • Dearden
2012
9% If I Were You
  • Actor
2012
90% Scott Turow's Innocent
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy
  • Edda Mellas
2011
No Score Yet The Maiden Heist
  • Roger's Wife
2009
84% Whip It
  • Brooke Cavendar
2009
94% Home
  • Inga
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
73% The Mist
  • Mrs. Carmody
2007
34% Rails & Ties
  • Megan Stark
2007
82% Into the Wild
  • Billie McCandless
2007
78% Canvas
  • Mary Mariano
2007
60% Fog City Mavericks
  • Actor
2007
20% The Invisible
  • Diane Powell
2007
85% The Hoax
  • Edith
2007
75% The Dead Girl
  • Melora
2006
70% POV
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet In from the Night
  • Vicki Miller
2006
41% American Dreamz
  • First Lady Staton
2006
39% American Gun
  • Janet Huttenson
2006
No Score Yet If I Were You
  • Madelyn
2006
No Score Yet Felicity: An American Girl Adventure
  • Mrs. Merriman
2005
48% Bad News Bears
  • Liz Whitewood
2005
No Score Yet Willa Cather: The Road is All
  • Voice of Willa Cather
2005
55% P.S.
  • Missy Goldberg
2004
13% Welcome to Mooseport
  • Grace Sutherland
2004
No Score Yet She's Too Young
  • Trish Vogel
2004
No Score Yet See You In My Dreams
  • Angela
2004
35% Mona Lisa Smile
  • Nancy Abbey
2003
87% Mystic River
  • Celeste Boyle
2003
58% Casa de los Babys
  • Nan
2003
60% King of Texas
  • Susannah
2002
36% Crush
  • Lane
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
2000
78% Space Cowboys
  • Sara Holland
2000
No Score Yet Curtain Call
  • Michelle Tippet
2000
No Score Yet Small Vices
  • Susan Silverman
1999
51% Meet Joe Black
  • Allison
1998
23% Flubber
  • Sara Jean Reynolds
1997
No Score Yet Path to Paradise: World Trade Center Bombing
  • Nancy Floyd
1997
17% Desperate Measures
  • Samantha Hawkins
1997
74% The Daytrippers
  • Libby
1997
No Score Yet Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Far Harbor
  • Arabella
1996
39% 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 Sinatra
  • Ava Gardner
1992
38% Used People
  • Norma
1992
58% Late for Dinner
  • Joy Husband
1991
No Score Yet Fever
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet In Broad Daylight
  • Adina
1991
91% Miller's Crossing
  • Verna
1990
No Score Yet The Imagemaker
  • Stage Manager
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Royal Pains
2009
  • Elizabeth Blair
No Score Yet Body of Proof
2011-2013
  • Sheila Temple
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Voice
63% The Newsroom
2012-2014
  • Rebecca Halliday
89% How to Get Away With Murder
2014
  • Hannah
No Score Yet POV
1988
  • Actor
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
53% Code Black
2015
  • Leanne Rorish Christa Hardin
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Star Morrison Dana Lewis
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
73% Trophy Wife
2013-2014
  • Diane
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
96% Damages
2007-2012
  • Claire Maddox
81% Bent
2012
  • Vanesssa
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest

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