Madigan at the 1989 Emmy Awards
|Born||Amy Marie Madigan
September 11, 1950
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Years active||1981 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Ed Harris (1983–present)|
Amy Marie Madigan (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.
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. 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.  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.
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.
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.
Film and television
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. 
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.
|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
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- Amy Madigan at the Internet Movie Database
- Amy Madigan at the Internet Broadway Database
- Amy Madigan at the Internet Off-Broadway Database