Illeana Douglas at the Streamy Awards, 2009
July 25, 1965 |
Massachusetts, United States
|Occupation||Actress, director, screenwriter, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Jonathan Axelrod (1998-2001; divorced)|
Illeana Douglas (born July 25, 1965) is an American actress, director, screenwriter, and producer.
Douglas is a granddaughter of the actor Melvyn Douglas and his first wife, artist Rosalind Hightower, and has said that her grandfather's performance in Being There, in particular, was influential on her own career. Her paternal great-grandfather was Latvian-born composer and pianist Edouard Hesselberg.
Douglas is known for her part in Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear (1991) – one of four Scorsese films in which she has appeared – plus her starring role as singer-songwriter Denise Waverly in Allison Anders' Grace of My Heart (1996) and supporting roles in To Die For (1995) and Ghost World (2001).
On television, Douglas appeared briefly as Garry Shandling's love interest on The Larry Sanders Show, starred in the series Action (1999) with Jay Mohr, guest starred on Seinfeld, Frasier and The Drew Carey Show, and has played a public defender on several episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2002 and 2003. She appeared in two episodes of the critically acclaimed HBO TV-series Six Feet Under, both of which earned Emmy nominations for Guest Actress in a Drama. She also appeared as Mrs. Ari's sister Marci in the Season 7 finale of Entourage.
In 2006, she starred in the Lifetime TV film Not Like Everyone Else and played herself in Pittsburgh opposite Jeff Goldblum. In 2007, Douglas was added to the cast of Ugly Betty, playing Sheila, an editor for MODE magazine.
At the Walt Disney World Resort in the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park, Douglas plays Aerosmith's manager in the preshow video for the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster attraction. She later appeared in an Aerosmith music video as Liv Tyler's mother.
Douglas has tried her hand at writing and directing, with a comedy short The Perfect Woman (1993), the documentary Everybody Just Stay Calm—Stories in Independent Filmmaking (1994), and the satire Boy Crazy, Girl Crazier (1995); and she has been the producer for several projects including Illeanarama, a collection of her short films for the Sundance Channel.
In April 2011, she was scheduled to begin a potentially recurring role on the CW drama series Gossip Girl as Lily's older sister, Carol, though Sheila Kelley replaced her as Carol due to scheduling conflicts.
|1987||Hello Again||Mother in park|
|1988||The Last Temptation of Christ||Crowd member|
|1989||New York Stories||Paulette's friend|
|1991||Guilty by Suspicion||Nan|
|1991||Cape Fear||Lori Davis|
|1993||Alice: The Miracle of the Andes||Liliana Methol|
|1993||Household Saints||Evelyn Santangelo|
|1994||Quiz Show||Woman at book party|
|1995||Search and Destroy||Marie Davenport|
|1995||To Die For||Janice Maretto||Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
|1996||Wedding Bell Blues||Jasmine|
|1996||Grace of My Heart||Denise Waverly|
|1997||Picture Perfect||Darcy O'Neil|
|1997||Weapons of Mass Distraction||Rita Pasco||Television movie|
|1997||Rough Riders||Edith Roosevelt||Television movie|
|1997||Bella Mafia||Teresa Scorpio Luciano||Television movie|
|1998||The Thin Pink Line||Julia Bullock|
|1999||Stir of Echoes||Lisa Weil|
|1999||Happy, Texas||Doreen Schaefer|
|1999||Message in a Bottle||Lina Paul||Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Drama|
|1999||Lansky||Anna Lansky||Television movie|
|1999||Rock 'n' Roller Coaster||Band manager||Short film|
|2000||The Next Best Thing||Elizabeth Ryder|
|2001||Ghost World||Roberta Allsworth|
|2002||The New Guy||Kiki Pierce|
|2002||Point of Origin||Kate||Television movie|
|2002||The Adventures of Pluto Nash||Dr. Mona Zimmer|
|2003||The Kiss||Joyce Rothman|
|2003||Missing Brendan||Julie Conroy|
|2005||The Californians||Olive Ransom|
|2006||Not Like Everyone Else||Toni Blackbear||Television movie|
|2006||Factory Girl||Diana Vreeland|
|2006||The Bondage||Elaine Edwards|
|2007||Walk the Talk||Jill|
|2007||Order Up||Waitress||Short film|
|2008||The Year of Getting to Know Us||Christine Jacobson|
|2009||Life Is Hot in Cracktown||Mommy|
|1995||Homicide: Life on the Street||Gina Doolen||Episode: "Autofocus"|
|1995||The Single Guy||Martha||Episode: "Sister"|
|1998||Seinfeld||Loretta||Episode: "The Strong Box"|
|1999||Brother's Keeper||Ginny||Episode: "Dating the Teacher"|
|1999-2000||Action||Wendy Ward||13 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
|2001||Frasier||Kenny's wife||Episode: "Hungry Heart"|
|2001||The Drew Carey Show||Rachel Murray||2 episodes|
|2001-2005||Six Feet Under||Angela||3 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
|2002-2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Gina Bernardo||3 episodes|
|2006-2007||Shark||Gloria Dent||2 episodes|
|2007||Ugly Betty||Sheila||3 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Beverly Tyson||Episode: "Contract"|
|2008-2012||Easy to Assemble||Illeana||48 episodes|
|2011||The Cape||Netta Stilton||2 episodes|
|2013||Drop Dead Diva||Dr. Reza||Episode: "The Kiss"|
- Easy to Assemble (2008-2012)
- "Biography". Tribute.ca. 1965-07-25. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
- Delfin Vigil (2009-02-15). "Illeana Douglas inspired by Melvyn's 'Being There'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
- Melvyn Douglas and Tom Arthur, See You At the Movies: The Autobiography of Melvyn Douglas, University Press of America, 1986, pages 63 and 64
- Firefly Digital, Inc., www.fireflydigital.com, 800-397-1624. "Dictionary A - Louisiana Historical Association". Lahistory.org. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
- "Hesselberg, Edouard (Gregory), an essay written by Helmut Kallman in The Canadian Encyclopaedia: The Encyclopaedia of Music in Canada, published online at http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0001605. Hesselberg's birth name reportedly was Edward Kurljandsky Graoidanin.
- From US Weekly (July 11, 2007)[dead link]
- Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith with Illeana Douglas The Official Disney Fan Club. August 4, 2011.
- Illeanarama on the Internet Movie Database
- Ausiello, Michael. "Gossip Girl Exclusive: Illeana Douglas Drops Out" www.tvline.com. January 15, 2011
- "Noteworthy: Message in a Bottle's Illeana Douglas, Martin Scorsese's Ex-Girlfriend, Triumphs in Her Marriage and in Movies" 1 March 1999, People Magazine
- Musto, Michael (Jun 2 1998). "NY Mirror". Village Voice.
- Kevin Maynard, "Q&A: Illeana Douglas, The Veteran Scene-Stealer Sparkles in 'The Next Best Thing'", Out, page 44
- "Kiss of the Straight Men", The Advocate, 5 December 2000, page 22
- Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies, HarperCollins, 2003, page 142
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