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      Mercedes Ruehl

      Mercedes Ruehl

      Highest Rated: 98% Big (1988)

      Lowest Rated: 5% Another You (1991)

      Birthday: Feb 28, 1948

      Birthplace: Queens, New York, USA

      Like many who achieve "overnight success," Mercedes Ruehl had spent many years honing her craft on stage and in small roles in film and TV before breaking through in 1988 with two high profile parts. The New York native spent a somewhat peripatetic childhood, moving frequently until her FBI agent father and teacher mother finally settled in Silver Spring, Maryland. After returning to New York to attend college, Ruehl settled in Manhattan and studied acting with Uta Hagen while supporting herself with the usual battery of odd jobs (e.g., waitressing). She landed her first film role (a bit part as a policewoman) in 1979's "The Warriors." Ruehl went on to spend the next two years as a company member of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, acting in such works as "Medea" and "Much Ado About Nothing."

      Highest rated movies

      Big poster Big Gia poster
      Gia
      Married to the Mob poster
      Married to the Mob
      Hustlers poster Hustlers 84 Charing Cross Road poster
      84 Charing Cross Road
      The Fisher King poster The Fisher King Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands poster
      Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
      Lost in Yonkers poster
      Lost in Yonkers

      Photos

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      87% 65% Hustlers Mom (Character) $105.0M 2019
      No Score Yet 62% Chu and Blossom Mrs. Fefterg (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Banner 4th of July Rosalind Banner (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Doctors of the Dark Side Narrator - 2011
      No Score Yet 72% Loving Leah Janice Lever (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 91% A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story Sylvia Guerrero (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 79% Mom at Sixteen Terry Jeffries (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 12% Bad Apple Lorraine Gibbons (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 30% Zeyda and the Hitman Esther (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 58% Guilt by Association Susan Walker (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 20% Widows Unknown (Character) - 2002
      46% 64% The Amati Girls Grace (Character) $47.8K 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Kay Letourneau Story: All-American Girl Jane Newhall (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 47% Spooky House Boss (Character) $64.5K 2000
      No Score Yet 57% More Dogs Than Bones Victoria "Vic" Galletti (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 61% The Lost Child Rebecca (Character) - 2000
      52% 65% What's Cooking? Elizabeth Avila (Character) $1.0M 2000
      58% 46% The Minus Man Jane (Character) $368.8K 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Out of the Cold Tina (Character) - 1999
      93% 82% Gia Kathleen Carangi (Character) - 1998
      38% 82% For Roseanna Roseanna 'Rosa' (Character) $120.4K 1997
      No Score Yet 61% Subway Stories Leyla (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet North Shore Fish Florence (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 79% Indictment: The McMartin Trial Lael Rubin (Character) - 1995
      40% 47% Last Action Hero Irene Madigan (Character) - 1993
      71% 77% Lost in Yonkers Bella Kurnitz (Character) $9.1M 1993
      5% 33% Another You Elaine/Mimi Kravitz (Character) $2.5M 1991
      84% 85% The Fisher King Anne Napolitano (Character) $39.4M 1991
      35% 62% Crazy People Dr. Liz Baylor (Character) - 1990
      30% 69% Slaves of New York Samantha (Character) $294.4K 1989
      90% 49% Married to the Mob Connie Russo (Character) $19.7M 1988
      98% 82% Big Mrs. Baskin (Character) $113.5M 1988
      48% 58% The Secret of My Success Sheila (Character) $65.3M 1987
      87% 81% 84 Charing Cross Road Kay (Character) $572.7K 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Leader of the Band Miss Cooper (Character) - 1987
      45% 46% Heartburn Eve (Character) $24.3M 1986
      80% 61% Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands American girl in casino (Character) - 1976

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 53% New Amsterdam Grace Ramirez (Guest Star) 2022
      No Score Yet 59% Bull Judge Hudson (Guest Star) 2018-2020
      No Score Yet 84% NCIS Marie Quinn (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 62% 2 Broke Girls Olga (Guest Star) 2016
      24% 78% The Mysteries of Laura Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 87% Life in Pieces Mia (Guest Star) 2016
      78% 84% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lucia Barba (Guest Star) 2015
      52% 50% Monday Mornings Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2004 2009
      65% 82% Entourage Rita Chase (Guest Star) 2006 2008
      95% 93% Frasier Kate Costas (Guest Star) 1995-1996
      No Score Yet 60% The Cosby Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kate & Allie Unknown (Guest Star) 1986