August 27, 1955 |
Savannah, Georgia, U.S
|Years active||1976 - Present|
|Spouse(s)||Eric Scheinbart (1977-1995)
Scarwid received a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination for her performance in the Richard Donner film Inside Moves (1980). The following year she had one of her best known roles, when she starred as the adult Christina Crawford in Mommie Dearest (1981). Her other film roles include, Pretty Baby (1978), Silkwood (1983) Psycho III (1986), Extremities (1986), Brenda Starr (1989), Truman (1995) for which she received an Emmy nomination and What Lies Beneath (2000).
Scarwid was born in Savannah, Georgia, and left Georgia at the age of 17, heading to New York to become an actress. She graduated from Pace University and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts simultaneously, completing the dual program as an honor student. Scarwid was active in the University of Georgia Theater Workshop, the National Shakespeare Conservatory, and the Film Actor's Workshop at Burbank Studios.
Scarwid married Eric Scheinbart, a physician, in 1977. The couple have two children, Jeremy and Ursula. They divorced in 1995.
Scarwid's first film appearance was in Louis Malle's Pretty Baby (1978). She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as John Savage's girlfriend in Inside Moves (1980).
Scarwid is perhaps most recognized for her next role, that of Christina Crawford, the abused adopted daughter of Hollywood legend Joan Crawford in the 1981 film Mommie Dearest. The film, originally conceived as a dramatic piece, was derided as being over-the-top, then eventually assumed a second life as a camp classic. Scarwid received generally good reviews although several critics claimed that her Southern accent surfaced in several scenes. She later appeared in Silkwood (1983), Psycho III (1986) and the film version of Brenda Starr (1993) starring Brooke Shields. She garnered critical acclaim for her supporting role in 1986's Extremities, starring Farrah Fawcett.
In 1995 she starred as Sarah in the film The Neon Bible opposite Denis Leary. In recent years, Scarwid has garnered more high-profile film roles. She appeared in the 2000 film What Lies Beneath and in 2003, she appeared in Party Monster as Michael Alig's mother, Elke Alig.
Scarwid portrayed Rose Kennedy in the made-for-TV JFK: The Restless Years (1993), and Bess Truman in the HBO film Truman (1995), playing opposite Gary Sinise, for which she earned an Emmy nomination. She was featured in the 2000 Showtime film Dirty Pictures.
In 2001, Scarwid guest-starred on an episode of Law & Order entitled "Myth of Fingerprints", as fingerprint expert Lisa Russo. This was followed by a 2004 appearance in the "Head" episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as alcoholic mother Jackie Madden.
In 2004, Scarwid landed a contract role in the acclaimed Fox television series Wonderfalls. Scarwid received acclaim for her portrayal of family matriarch Karen Tyler. The show was cancelled after only a few airings, but a DVD has been released of the full 13-episode season.
In 2006, Scarwid appeared as Jeanette Owens in the sixth, seventh and eighth episodes of the second season of the series Prison Break. She also has been featured as Isabel in the third season of Lost, as the figurative "sheriff" of The Others in the episode "Stranger in a Strange Land". In 2008, Scarwid appeared as Mother Superior in first three episodes of the second season of the Bryan Fuller television series Pushing Daisies. In 2009, she appeared in the third season of the television series Heroes in the episode "1961", portraying Angela Petrelli's sister, Alice.
|1976||Starsky and Hutch||Lisa Graham||Episode: "Nightmare"|
|In the Glitter Palace||Casey Walker|
|Kingston: Confidential||Episode: "Golden Girl"|
|1978||Forever||Sybil Davidson||TV movies|
|1979||Studs Lonigan||Catherine Banahan||TV mini-series|
|Hawaii Five-O||Carole Walker||Episode: "The Spirit Is Willie"|
|1980||Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones||Sheila Langtree||TV movie|
|Inside Moves||Louise||Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1981||Mommie Dearest||Christina Crawford||Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|1982||Desperate Lives||Eileen Phillips||TV movies|
|Thou Shalt Not Kill||Susan Masters|
|1983||Strange Invaders||Margaret||Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|1985||A Bunny's Tale||Toby||TV movie|
|1986||The Ladies Club||Lucy Bricker|
|Psycho III||Maureen Coyle|
|1987||After the Promise||Anna Jackson||TV movie|
|1989||Brenda Starr||Libby 'Lips' Lipscomb|
|1991||Night of the Hunter||Willa Harper||TV movie|
|1993||The American Experience||Louisa Holt||Episode: "Simple Justice"|
|Labor of Love: The Arlette Schweitzer Story||Darlene||TV movies|
|J.F.K.: Reckless Youth||Rose Kennedy|
|The Neon Bible||Sarah|
|Truman||Bess Truman||TV movie|
|Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain||Lynette Salerno|
|1996||The Outer Limits||Elizabeth Halsey||Episode: "Trial by Fire"|
|Bastard Out of Carolina||Aunt Raylene|
|If These Walls Could Talk||Marcia Schulman||TV movies|
|The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue||Mrs. Annie Feagan|
|1998||The X Files||Linda Bowman||Episode: "Kitsunegari"|
|Ruby Bridges||Miss Woodmere||TV movie|
|From the Earth to the Moon||Joan Aldrin||Episode: "Mare Tranquilitatis"|
|A Will of Their Own||Crystal Eastman||TV mini-series|
|Before He Wakes||Joanne Michaels||TV movies|
|1999||Down Will Come Baby||Dorothy McIntyre|
|What Lies Beneath||Jody|
|2001||Law & Order||Lisa Russo||Episode: "Myth of Fingerprints"|
|2002||Path to War||Marny Clifford||TV movie|
|The Angel Doll||Fronia Black|
|2003||A Guy Thing||Sandra|
|2004||The Clearing||Eva Finch|
|Wonderfalls||Karen Tyler||14 episodes|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jackie Madden||Episode: "Head"|
|2005||Red Thread||Miss Johnson|
|2006||Valley of the Heart's Delight||Natalie Walsh|
|Local Color||Edith Talia|
|Swimming with the Virgin||Mother|
|Prison Break||Jeanette Owens||Episode: "Subdivision"
Episode: "Dead Fall"
|2007||Lost||Isabel||Episode: "Stranger in a Strange Land"|
|2008||And Then She Was Gone||Woman in Disguise|
|Cold Case||Rayanne Leland||Episode: "Spiders"|
|Pushing Daisies||Mother Superior||Episode: "Bzzzzzzzzzz!"
Episode: "Circus, Circus"
Episode: "Bad Habits"
|2009||Episode: "Window Dressed to Kill"|
|Tribute||Cathy Morrow||TV movie|
|Heroes||Alice Shaw||Episode: "1961"|
|The Cleaner||Mrs. Geiler||Episode: "Split Ends"|
|Criminal Minds||Jane Winmar||Episode: "Cradle to Grave"|
|2011||Another Happy Day||Donna|