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Mare Winningham

Highest Rated:   92% Philomena (2013)
Lowest Rated:   27% The War (1994)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
92% Philomena
  • Mary
2013
49% Mirror Mirror
  • Baker Margaret
$65.0M 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
27% 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
54% Turner and Hooch
  • Dr. Emily Carson
1989
88% Miracle Mile
  • Julie Peters
1989
No Score Yet God Bless the Child
  • Theresa Johnson
1988
67% Shy People
  • Candy
1987
40% Made in Heaven
  • Brenda Carlucci
1987
No Score Yet 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
47% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Eileen Grey Susan Grey
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Terry Beckett
  • 2013
69% Under the Dome
2013-2015
  • Agatha
  • 2013
65% Hatfields & Mccoys
2012
  • Sally McCoy
  • 2012
No Score Yet American Horror Story: Hotel
2015
  • Mrs. Evers
  • 2011
70% Mildred Pierce
2011
  • Ida
  • 2011
87% 24
2001-2014
  • Elaine Al-Zacar
  • 2010
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Celeste Cooper
  • 2010
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Nancy Riverton
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Katharine Donovan
  • 2009
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Patrice Kelly
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Sandra Blaine
  • 2003
No Score Yet Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • Eileen Piper
  • 2002
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Amanda Lee Dr. Amanda Lee
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor
  • 1986

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