Mare Winningham

Highest Rated: 90% Philomena (2013)
Lowest Rated: 0% Nobody's Fool (1986)
Birthday: May 16, 1959
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Mare Winningham is a critically acclaimed performer on stage, television, and occasionally feature films. She began her career performing a song on TV's notorious Gong Show. While playing Maria in a high school production of The Sound of Music, opposite classmate Kevin Spacey, Winningham was spotted by Hollywood agent Meyer Mishkin who landed her a role in the short-lived TV Western series The Young Pioneers in 1978. This led to her first TV movie, Special Olympics. For her role as an independent-minded farmer's daughter in 1980's Amber Waves, she won an Emmy. That year, Winningham made her feature-film debut starring opposite Paul Simon in Robert M. Young's One-Trick Pony. She fared better in her next film, Threshold (1981), where she played the recipient of an artificial heart. Winningham then went on to play a number of supporting roles and the occasional lead in a series of unremarkable films. She continues to fare much better on television, where she has appeared in popular films such as The Thorn Birds (1983) and Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues (1984). She was part of the ensemble in the Gen X touchstone St. Elmo's Fire in 1985 and went on to appear in Shy People, Miracle Mile, the Tom Hanks with a dog vehicle Turner and Hooch, and Wyatt Earp. She earned long-deserved award recognition in 1995 for playing a successful singer struggling with her drug-addicted sister in Georgia. Her work in that film garnered her an Oscar nomination Best Supporting Actress, and she won that award at that year's Independent Spirit Awards. She had a recurring role on the hit medical drama ER at the close of the '90s. As the 21st century began she maintained her status as a first-class character actress appearing in a variety of projects such as Snap Decision, The Adventures of Ociee Nash, and Dandelion. She enjoyed a recurring role on Grey's Anatomy, but she found even greater small screen success with back to back Emmy nominations for Best Supporting actress in a movie or miniseries in 2011 and 2012 with her work in Mildred Pierce and Hatfields & McCoys.

Highest Rated Movies



67% The Seagull Polina 2018
89% O.G. Janice 2018
15% Geostorm Dr. Cassandra Jennings $33.7M 2017
90% Philomena Mary 2013
50% Mirror Mirror Baker Margaret $65M 2012
63% Brothers Elsie Cahill $28.6M 2009
No Score Yet War Eagle, Arkansas Belle 2009
38% Swing Vote Larissa Johnson $16.3M 2008
62% Dandelion Layla Mullich 2005
No Score Yet Magic of Ordinary Days Martha 2005
No Score Yet The Adventures of Ociee Nash Aunt Mamie Nash 2003
No Score Yet Tru Confessions Ginny Walker 2002
No Score Yet The Maldonado Miracle Maisie 2002
No Score Yet Snap Decision Jen Bradley 2001
No Score Yet Sharing the Secret Nina 2000
No Score Yet Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Actor 2000
No Score Yet Under Pressure Catherine 1999
No Score Yet Everything That Rises Kyle Clay 1998
No Score Yet The Poet Actor 1998
No Score Yet Bad Day on the Block (Under Pressure) (The Fireman) Actor 1997
No Score Yet George Wallace Lurleen Wallace 1997
No Score Yet The Deliverance Of Elaine Actor 1996
No Score Yet The Boys Next Door Sheila 1996
80% Georgia Georgia 1995
No Score Yet Letter to My Killer Judy Parma 1995
25% The War Lois Simmons 1994
42% Wyatt Earp Mattie Earp 1994
No Score Yet Teresa's Tattoo Singer 1994
No Score Yet Betrayed by Love Dana 1994
No Score Yet Better Off Dead Kit Kellner 1993
No Score Yet Intruders Mary Wilkes 1992
No Score Yet Those Secrets Faye 1992
No Score Yet Hard Promises Dawn 1992
No Score Yet Eye on the Sparrow Actor 1991
No Score Yet Fatal Exposure Jamie Hurd 1991
52% Turner and Hooch Dr. Emily Carson 1989
89% Miracle Mile Julie Peters 1989
No Score Yet God Bless the Child Theresa Johnson 1988
60% Shy People Candy 1987
45% Made in Heaven Brenda Carlucci 1987
0% Nobody's Fool Pat $0.6M 1986
No Score Yet Who Is Julia? Mary Frances Bodine 1986
No Score Yet A Winner Never Quits Annie 1986
No Score Yet Love Is Never Silent Margaret Ryder 1985
44% St. Elmo's Fire Wendy Beamish 1985
No Score Yet Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues Helen Keller 1984
No Score Yet Single Bars, Single Women Bootsie 1984
No Score Yet Threshold Carol Severance 1983
No Score Yet One-Trick Pony Modeena Dandridge 1980


76% American Horror Story
  • 2017
80% Grey's Anatomy
Eileen Grey Susan Grey
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
Terry Beckett
  • 2013
69% Under the Dome
  • 2013
71% Hatfields & Mccoys
Sally McCoy
  • 2012
No Score Yet American Horror Story: Hotel
Mrs. Evers
  • 2011
80% Mildred Pierce
  • 2011
86% 24
Elaine Al-Zacar
  • 2010
No Score Yet Cold Case
Celeste Cooper
  • 2010
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
Nancy Riverton
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: NY
Katharine Donovan
  • 2009
87% Boston Legal
Patrice Kelly
  • 2007
No Score Yet Clubhouse
Lynne Young
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Sandra Blaine
  • 2003
83% Six Feet Under
Eileen Piper
  • 2002
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
  • 2002
No Score Yet Night Visions
  • 2001
No Score Yet ER
Amanda Lee Dr. Amanda Lee
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Mad About You
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
  • 1989
  • 1986
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Outsider
Jeannie Anderson