Amy Madigan

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Amy Madigan
Amy Madigan at the 41st Emmy Awards cropped and altered.jpg
Madigan at the 1989 Emmy Awards
Born Amy Marie Madigan
(1950-09-11) September 11, 1950 (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Singer
Years active 1981 – present
Spouse(s) Ed Harris (1983–present)

Amy Marie Madigan[1] (born September 11, 1950) is an American actress and musician. Her film appearances include Places in the Heart, Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck, Pollock, and Gone Baby Gone. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Twice in a Lifetime in 1985. She also won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1989 for her portrayal of Sarah Weddington in the television film Roe vs. Wade.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Southside, Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of John Madigan (1918-2012), a well-known journalist who gave political commentary on shows like Meet the Press and Face the Nation, and worked for Newsweek. He interviewed a range of political figures from Richard Nixon to Martin Luther King, Jr. and hosted his own show with WBBM (AM). Her mother was Dolores (née Hanlon; 1921–1992), an administrative assistant and amateur actress who performed in community theatre. [2][3]She attended Catholic schools and performed in school plays. In the 60s, she studied piano and instrument at Chicago Conservatory of Music, and then graduated from Marquette University with a degree in philosophy. [4] Her ancestry on both sides of her family is Irish.

Madigan has been married to actor Ed Harris since November 21, 1983. The couple has one child together, a daughter, Lily Dolores Harris, born on May 3, 1993. Madigan and her husband have been frequent collaborators over the course of their careers.

Theatre[edit]

Madigan made her Broadway debut in the role of Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1992 opposite Jessica Lange as her sister Blanche du Bois. She made her Off-Broadway debut in 1987 performing in The Lucky Spot by Beth Henley, for which Madigan received a Theatre World Award. In 1988, she performed in A Lie of the Mind at the Mark Taper Forum and in 1990 she starred opposite Paula Kelly in Stevie Wants To Play The Blues by Eduardo Machado, for which she won a Drama-Logue Award.[5][6]

Music[edit]

In the 70s, Madigan pursued a career as a musician, singing lead vocals for the band Jelly, whose only album, A True Story, was released by Asylum Records in 1977. In June of 1978, Madigan appeared in Playboy Magazine nude and covered in jelly, to promote her band. She toured across the United States performing for several bands throughout the 70s.[7]

Amy Madigan as McCoy and Michael Paré as Tom Cody in Streets of Fire

Film and television[edit]

In the 80s, Madigan transitioned from a singing career to acting and studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Her first television role was on an episode of Hart to Hart in 1981, which she followed with the Emmy-nominated television film Crazy Times. She made her film debut in 1982 with Love Child, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year. In 1983, she was in the Emmy-winning television film The Day After.

In 1984, she played McCoy in the cult-film Streets of Fire, and also had a supporting role in Places in the Heart, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 1985, she was in the television film The Laundromat by Marsha Norman, opposite Carol Burnett, for which she won a CableACE Award, and co-starred with her husband Ed Harris in Alamo Bay directed by Louis Malle. Also in 1985 she portrayed Sunny (Mackenzie) Sobel in Twice in a Lifetime, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1988, she was nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance in The Prince of Pennsylvania. [8]

In 1989, Madigan played the wife of Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. That same year, she played Chanice Kobolowski, the girlfriend of John Candy's character, in the John Hughes film Uncle Buck and won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Emmy Award for her performance as Sarah Weddington in the television film, Roe vs. Wade. In 1991, she starred opposite Olympia Dukakis in the Emmy-nominated television film Lucky Day.

In 1996, she and Ed Harris produced and starred in the television film Riders of the Purple Sage and she also starred with Tilda Swinton in Female Perversions. In 1997 she was nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance in the film Loved.

In 2000, she portrayed Peggy Guggenheim in the Oscar-winning film Pollock, which her husband directed, produced, and starred in. In 2002 she had a supporting role in the Emmy-nominated television film The Laramie Project, and in 2006 she had a supporting role in the Emmy-winning television film The Path to 9/11.

In 2007, Madigan played the sister-in-law of Amy Ryan's character, as Beatrice "Bea" McCready, in the Oscar-nominated film Gone Baby Gone, directed by Ben Affleck. In 2008, she began playing Dr. Wyatt on several episodes of Grey's Anatomy.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1982 Victims Chloe Brill Television film
1982 Love Child Terry Jean Moore Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
1983 The Day After Alison Ransom Television film
1983 Love Letters Wendy
1984 Places in the Heart Viola Kelsey
1984 Streets of Fire McCoy
1985 Alamo Bay Glory
1985 The Laundromat Deedee Johnson Television film
CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special
1985 Twice in a Lifetime Sunny Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1987 Nowhere to Hide Barbara Cutter
1988 The Prince of Pennsylvania Carla Headlee Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1989 Field of Dreams Annie Kinsella Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
1989 Roe vs. Wade Sarah Weddington Television film
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1989 Uncle Buck Chanice Kobolowski
1993 The Dark Half Liz Beaumont Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress
1994 And Then There was One Roxy Ventola Television film
CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1996 Riders of the Purple Sage Jane Withersteen Television film
1996 Female Perversions Maddie Stephens
1998 A Bright Shining Lie Mary Jane Vann Television film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1999 Having Our Say Amy Hill Hearth Television film
2000 Pollock Peggy Guggenheim
2000 In the Name of the People Connie Murphy Television film
2002 A Time for Dancing Jackie Russell
2002 Just a Dream Cindy Wilder Television film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2002 The Laramie Project Reggie Fluty Television film
2004 The Discontents Beth Walker
2004 In the Land of Milk and Money Arlyne
2005 Winter Passing Lori Lansky
2007 Gone Baby Gone Bea McCready
2008 Living Proof Fran Visco Television film
2010 Virginia Roseanna Tipton
2011 That's What I Am Principal Kelner
2012 Future Weather Greta
2013 The Lifeguard Justine
2013 Sweet Vengeance Madame Bovary
2014 Shirin in Love Rachel
2014 Frontera Olivia
2015 The Grey Lady Post-production
2015 Stuck Sue Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1981 Hart to Hart Adele Episode: "Slow Boat to Murder"
1981 CHiPs Jewel Bennett Episode: "Finders Keepers"
1988 American Playhouse Sarah Penn Episode: "The Revolt of Mother"
1994 Frasier Maggie Episode: "Flour Child"
2003–2005 Carnivàle Iris Crowe 22 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
2007 Criminal Minds Jane 2 episodes
2008 Saving Grace Gretchen Lagardi Episode: "A Little Hometown Love"
2008–2009 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Wyatt 9 episodes
2009 ER Mary Taggart 2 episodes
2010 Law & Order Emily Ryan Episode: "Innocence"
2010–2011 Fringe Marilyn Dunham 3 episodes
2011 Memphis Beat Kate Murphy Episode: "The Feud"
2012 The Dust Bowl Sanora Babb Episode: "Reaping the Whirlwind"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1983 Golden Globe Awards New Star of the Year – Actress Love Child Nominated
1985 CableACE Awards Best Actress in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special The Laundromat Won
1986 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Twice in a Lifetime Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
1989 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female The Prince of Pennsylvania Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Roe vs. Wade Nominated
1990 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Field of Dreams Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Roe vs. Wade Won
1993 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress The Dark Half Nominated
1995 CableACE Awards Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries And Then There Was One Won
1998 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female Loved Nominated
1999 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film A Bright Shining Lie Nominated
2003 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Just a Dream Nominated
2004 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Carnivàle Nominated

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