Davis at the 2010 Peabody Award
March 23, 1964 |
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Vassar College (B.S., 1986)|
|Spouse(s)||Jon Patrick Walker|
Hope Davis (born March 23, 1964) is an American actress. She has starred in more than 20 feature films, including Flatliners (1990), Next Stop Wonderland (1998), Arlington Road (1999), Mumford (1999), About Schmidt (2002), American Splendor (2003), Proof (2005), Infamous (2006), The Lodger (2009) and Real Steel (2011). For her role in the original Broadway production of God of Carnage in 2009, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play. She has also received two Emmy Award nominations, for her 2009 role in the TV series In Treatment and the 2010 TV movie The Special Relationship.
Davis, second of three children, was born in Englewood, New Jersey, the daughter of Joan, a librarian (at one time, for the elementary section of Elisabeth Morrow School), and William Davis, an engineer. Davis has described her mother as a "great storyteller" who would take Davis and her siblings to museums or to "something cultural" every Sunday after church. Davis was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey and graduated in 1982 from Tenafly High School. She was a childhood friend of Mira Sorvino, with whom she wrote and acted in backyard plays.
Davis graduated from Vassar College where she briefly roomed with Amira Proweller.
She is married to actor Jon Patrick Walker. They have two daughters, Georgia (born August 31, 2002) and Mae (born December 30, 2004).
Davis majored in cognitive science at Vassar College, but then made her debut as a dramatic actress in the 1990 film Flatliners, starring as William Baldwin's fiancée. She then appeared in the hit film Home Alone in a small role as a Parisian airport receptionist. Later, she starred in independent films such as The Daytrippers (1995) and Next Stop Wonderland (1998). These led her to roles in Hollywood films such as the thriller Arlington Road (1999), and About Schmidt (2002). In 2003, she starred opposite Paul Giamatti in the movie adaptation of the Harvey Pekar comic American Splendor as the comic book version of Pekar's real-life wife, Joyce Brabner. For this role, Davis won the New York Film Critics Circle award and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In 2009, she was cast as Hillary Rodham Clinton in the BBC / HBO film The Special Relationship, released in 2010. She has received a nomination for Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie for her performance as Clinton.
Her major stage debut came after she starred for Joel Schumacher (her "Flatliners" director) in the David Mamet play Speed-the-Plow with William Petersen at the Remains Theater in Chicago in 1992. Later, she had lead roles in the New York premiere of Rebecca Gilman's Spinning into Butter in 2000, and in the 2005 audio play Hope Leaves the Theater, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. This was a segment of the sound-only production Theater of the New Ear, which debuted at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. The title actually refers to Davis's character "leaving the theater."
She returned to the stage in 2009, appearing in Broadway's God of Carnage with Marcia Gay Harden, James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels, a role that gained her a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Play.
Davis co-starred as the bitter and self-deprecating Mia with Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne in the second season (2009) of HBO's In Treatment, a dramatic series that tracks the backstory and progress of five patients during their series of psychological therapeutic sessions. Mia is a successful, unmarried malpractice attorney who returns to therapy with Dr. Paul Weston after a 20-year absence because of a lack of stability in her personal life.
Davis also starred in NBC television drama, Allegiance, where she plays Katya O'Connor, an ex-KGB agent. Her son works for the CIA/FBI, and Katya's family is brought back into action by the SVR in hopes that Alex, her son, can be swayed to join the SVR.
|1990||Home Alone||French Ticket Agent|
|1995||Run for Cover||Prescott's Secretary|
|1995||Kiss of Death||Junior's Girlfriend|
|1996||Daytrippers, TheThe Daytrippers||Eliza Malone D'Amico|
|1997||Myth of Fingerprints, TheThe Myth of Fingerprints||Margaret|
|1998||Next Stop Wonderland||Erin Castleton|
|1998||Impostors, TheThe Impostors||Emily Essendine|
|1999||Arlington Road||Brooke Wolfe|
|2000||Joe Gould's Secret||Therese Mitchell|
|2001||Final||Dr. Ann Johnson|
|2001||Hearts in Atlantis||Liz Garfield|
|2002||About Schmidt||Jeannie Schmidt||Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (3rd place)|
|2002||Secret Lives of Dentists, TheThe Secret Lives of Dentists||Dana Hurst||New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress also for American Splendor
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress also for American Splendor (2nd place)
|2003||American Splendor||Joyce Brabner||New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress also for The Secret Lives of Dentists
Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress also for The Secret Lives of Dentists (2nd place)
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
|2005||Matador, TheThe Matador||Carolyn 'Bean' Wright|
|2005||Weather Man, TheThe Weather Man||Noreen|
|2006||Hoax, TheThe Hoax||Andrea Tate|
|2007||Nines, TheThe Nines||Sarah / Susan / Sierra|
|2007||Charlie Bartlett||Marilyn Bartlett|
|2008||Synecdoche, New York||Madeleine Gravis||Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Independent Spirit Awards: Robert Altman Award
|2009||Lodger, TheThe Lodger||Ellen Bunting|
|2011||Family Tree, TheThe Family Tree||Bunnie Burnett|
|2011||Real Steel||Aunt Debra|
|2013||Louder Than Words||Brenda Fareri|
|2000–2001||Deadline||Brooke Benton||13 episodes|
|2006–2007||Six Degrees||Laura Morgan||13 episodes|
|2009||In Treatment||Mia||7 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
|2010||Special Relationship, TheThe Special Relationship||Hillary Clinton||TV movie
Nominated – 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
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
|2011||Miraculous Year, TheThe Miraculous Year||Mandy Vance||TV movie|
|2011||Mildred Pierce||Mrs. Forrester||TV miniseries|
|2012–2013||The Newsroom||Nina Howard||4 episodes|
|2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Viola Mesner||1 episode, "Born Psychopath"|
|2013||The Ordained||Packy||TV movie|
|2015||Allegiance||Katya O'Connor||TV series|
- "“THE FAMILY TREE” screening and reception with writer, producer MARK LISSON", Vassar College, October 2011
- Abele, Robert (Aug 10, 2003). "Less is really more; Actress Hope Davis prefers to make her mark in low-budget enterprises like 'The Secret Lives of Dentists' and 'American Splendor.'". Los Angeles Times.
- interview by Tavis Smiley (September 26, 2005). "Hope Davis". PBS.
- WEBER, BRUCE (August 20, 1995). "THEATER; The Fine Edge Between a Role And Real Life". New York Times.
- Kennedy, Dana. "THE NEW SEASON/FILM: UP AND COMING: Hope Davis; Lucky for Her, She Flunked the 'Nuprin' Audition", The New York Times, September 13, 1998. Accessed December 18, 2013. "Ms. Davis, who grew up in Tenafly, N.J., where she was the second of three daughters, has no explanation for her long, lean period other than to say, 'I just wasn't ready for success.'"
- Rohan, Virginia. " North Jersey-bred and talented too", The Record (Bergen County), June 18, 2007. Accessed July 5, 2007. "Hope Davis: Class of 1982, Tenafly High School."
- Andreeva, Nellie (8 July 2009). "Hope Davis to play Hillary Clinton". The Hollywood Reporter (Nielsen Business Media).
- "Hope Davis Emmy Nominated". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
- Gandolfini Stars on Broadway in God of Carnage The Associated Press, January 12, 2009