Virginia Madsen - Rotten Tomatoes

Virginia Madsen

Highest Rated:   96% Sideways (2004)
Lowest Rated:   0% Father of Invention (2011)
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Birthplace:   Chicago, Illinois, USA
Although she garnered some attention at the outset of her Hollywood career, Virginia Madsen found her star eclipsed in the 1990s by her older brother Michael's jolting, thuggish performances for director Quentin Tarantino. After landing a plum role in the acclaimed 2004 indie Sideways, however, Madsen was showered with the kind of praise she'd been denied for nearly two decades in the business.A native of the Chicago suburbs and the daughter of a PBS documentarian, Madsen learned her trade in city theater productions and summer performance camps. She made her way to Hollywood in the early '80s with her then-fiancé/fellow performer Billy Campbell. Making an inauspicious debut at the age of 19 as Andrew McCarthy's would-be first-time conquest in the teen sex comedy Class, she would go on to more noteworthy roles in director David Lynch's sci-fi epic Dune and the slick but heartfelt romantic comedy Electric Dreams (both 1984). The rest of the decade wouldn't be quite as kind, as Madsen shuffled from part to part, appearing in a supporting capacity in both ambitious arthouse fare (1987's Slamdance) and forgettable Hollywood comedies (1988's Hot to Trot and Mr. North, the latter of which sparked a relationship with -- and three-year marriage to -- director Danny Huston). The beginning of the next decade fared somewhat better for Madsen. After a memorably brassy turn opposite Don Johnson in Dennis Hopper's steamy, seamy The Hot Spot (1990), she raked in some box-office cash in the minor horror hit Candyman (1992). Small performances in the high-profile, prestige pics Ghosts of Mississippi and The Rainmaker notwithstanding, Madsen all but disappeared from the late-'90s feature marketplace, as most of her films were either made for television or delivered directly to video-store rental shelves. Finding a more receptive outlet on weekly TV, Madsen snagged prominent recurring roles on NBC's Frasier and American Dreams around the turn of the century.But it was writer/director Alexander Payne's low-budget character study Sideways that had Madsen clamoring for the ever-elusive "role of a lifetime." Payne was mostly unfamiliar with the actress' work, but her audition for the part of Maya -- a weary, contemplative divorcée with a fine-tuned taste for wine -- convinced him that she was the perfect complement to lead performer Paul Giamatti's high-strung sad sack Miles. Toning down her Hollywood glamour for the film, Madsen turned the small part into something of a revelation, and as reviewers showered praise upon the film in late 2004, the actress hauled in a truckload of awards from critics' groups as well as Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress.Although Madsen lost the Oscar bid to Cate Blanchett, high-profile offers rolled in after her Sideways coup. Early in 2006, she played Beth Stanfield, the wife of Harrison Ford's technology executive Jack Stanfield, in Richard Loncraine's disappointing hostage thriller Firewall; that summer, she also claimed an enigmatic part as a beguiling angel of death in Robert Altman's swan song, A Prairie Home Companion. Madsen began 2007 with two supporting turns in the same February weekend: in Michael Polish's The Astronaut Farmer, a quirky drama about a retired NASA astronaut turned farmer (Billy Bob Thornton) who builds a spacecraft in his barn; and in the higher-profile supernatural thriller The Number 23, playing wife to an unraveling Jim Carrey.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
88% Better Watch Out
  • Deandra
2017
No Score Yet Burning Bodhi
  • Naomi
$3.8k 2016
59% Joy
  • Terry
$42.6M 2015
No Score Yet The Lost Boy
  • Laura Harris
2015
No Score Yet Dead Rising: Watchtower
  • Maggie
2015
54% Walter
  • Karen Benjamin
2015
63% All The Wilderness
  • Abigail Charm
2015
14% Jake Squared
  • Beth
$2.2k 2014
36% The Hot Flashes
  • Clementine Winks
2013
No Score Yet Anna Nicole
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Crazy Kind Of Love
  • Augusta
2013
No Score Yet Anna Nicole
  • Virgie
2013
No Score Yet The Last Keepers
  • Abigail Carver
2013
30% The Magic of Belle Isle
  • Charlotte O'Neil
$66.9k 2012
0% Father of Invention
  • Lorraine
2011
10% Red Riding Hood
  • Suzette
$37.2M 2011
20% Amelia
  • Actor
$14.2M 2009
16% The Haunting in Connecticut
  • Sara Campbell
$55.4M 2009
88% Wonder Woman
  • Hippolyta
2009
No Score Yet I Know a Woman Like That
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
2009
29% Ripple Effect
  • Executive Producer
  • Sherry
2008
35% Diminished Capacity
  • Charlotte
2008
No Score Yet Being Michael Madsen
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Cutlass
  • Actor
2007
8% The Number 23
  • Agatha Sparrow/Fabrizia
$35.1M 2007
58% The Astronaut Farmer
  • Audrey Farmer
$11M 2006
81% A Prairie Home Companion
  • Dangerous Woman
2006
No Score Yet Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild
  • The Beast
2006
18% Firewall
  • Beth Stanfield
$48.7M 2006
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo! Where's My Mummy?
  • Actor
2005
96% Sideways
  • Maya
$71.5M 2004
No Score Yet Brave New Girl
  • Wanda Lovell
2004
20% Almost Salinas
  • Clare
2003
No Score Yet Tempted
  • Emma Burke
2003
No Score Yet Nobody Knows Anything
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Artworks
  • Emma Becker
2002
No Score Yet Lying In Wait
  • Vera Miller
2002
40% American Gun
  • Penny
2002
No Score Yet Just Ask My Children
  • Brenda Kniffen
2001
No Score Yet Crossfire Trail
  • Anne Rodney
2001
16% The Haunting
  • Jane
1999
No Score Yet Full Disclosure
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet The Florentine
  • Molly
1999
No Score Yet After Sex
  • Traci
1999
No Score Yet Ambushed
  • Lucy
1998
No Score Yet John Grisham's The Rainmaker
  • Jackie Lemancyzk
1997
82% The Rainmaker
  • Jackie Lemancyzk
1997
34% Suicide Kings
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Apocalypse Watch
  • Actor
1997
45% Ghosts of Mississippi
  • Dixie DeLaughter
1996
No Score Yet Just Your Luck
  • Kim
1996
43% The Prophecy
  • Katherine
1995
No Score Yet Blue Tiger
  • Gena
1995
No Score Yet Bitter Vengeance
  • Annie
1994
No Score Yet Linda
  • Linda Cowley
1993
No Score Yet Caroline at Midnight
  • Prince
1993
70% Candyman
  • Helen Lyle
1992
No Score Yet A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story
  • Carolyn Warmus
1992
No Score Yet Becoming Colette
  • Polaire Sorel
1992
0% Highlander 2: The Quickening
  • Louise
1991
No Score Yet Love Kills
  • Rebecca Bishop
1991
No Score Yet Victim of Love
  • Carla Simmons
1991
71% The Hot Spot
  • Dolly Harshaw
1990
No Score Yet Ironclads
  • Betty Stuart
1990
No Score Yet Heart of Dixie
  • Delia June Curry
1989
No Score Yet Third Degree Burn
  • Anne Scholes
1989
No Score Yet Gotham
  • Rachel Carlyle
1988
43% Mr. North
  • Sally Boffin
1988
0% Hot to Trot
  • Allison Rowe
1988
20% Slam Dance
  • Yolanda
1987
No Score Yet Zombie High
  • Andrea
1987
No Score Yet Long Gone
  • Dixie Lee Boxx
1987
40% Modern Girls
  • Kelly
1986
No Score Yet Fire with Fire
  • Lisa Taylor
1986
No Score Yet Mussolini: The Untold Story
  • Claretta
1985
36% Creator
  • Barbara Spencer
1985
No Score Yet The Hearst and Davies Affair
  • Marion Davies
1985
57% Dune
  • Princess Irulan
1984
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • Lou Ellen
1984
47% Electric Dreams
  • Madeline Robistat
1984
25% Class
  • Lisa
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
85% Designated Survivor
2016
  • Kimble Hookstraten Congresswoman Kimble Hookstraten
  • 2017
  • 2016
61% American Gothic
2016
  • Madeline Hawthorne
  • 2016
No Score Yet Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan: Family Edition
2014
  • Appearing
  • 2016
96% Elementary
2012
  • Paige
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Beth Rollins
  • 2015
No Score Yet Hell on Wheels
2011-2016
  • Hannah Durant
  • 2012
70% The Event
2010-2011
  • Catherine Lewis
  • 2011
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Trudy 'T. K.' Jensen T.K. Jensen
  • 2009
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Krista Walker
  • 2003
No Score Yet Justice League
2004
  • Voice
  • Dr. Sarah Corwin
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
  • Marsha Ellison
  • 2001
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • Cassandra
  • 1999
76% Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
  • Alien
  • 1998

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