|Born||Lindsay Ann Crouse
May 12, 1948
New York City
David Mamet (m. 1977–90)
Lindsay Ann Crouse (born May 12, 1948) is an American actress.
Crouse was born in New York City, the daughter of Anna (née Erskine) and Russel Crouse, a playwright. Her maternal grandparents were Pauline (Ives) and author and educator John Erskine. Her full name—Lindsay Ann Crouse—is an intentional tribute to the Broadway writing partnership of Lindsay and Crouse. Her father and his writing partner, Howard Lindsay, wrote much of The Sound of Music. Their 1946 play State of the Union won that year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Their last collaboration was Mr. President in 1962. "In our family, the work ethic was held up as some kind of byword," Crouse says. "At any hour, somebody's typewriter was going."
After graduating from Radcliffe College in 1970, Crouse began her performing career as a modern and jazz dancer but she soon switched to acting and made her broadway debut in Much Ado About Nothing in 1972.
Crouse's film career began in 1976, with small roles in television and theatrical movies. In 1977 she appeared as Lily Braden, the discontented wife of hockey player Ned Braden, in the comedy classic Slap Shot. Crouse was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1984 movie Places in the Heart. Among her films was a starring role in House of Games, the 1987 film directed and written by her then-husband David Mamet in which she plays Margaret Ford, a psychiatrist who is intrigued by the art of the con. "It's always hard to be directed by someone who's close to you," Crouse says. "Because everybody needs to go home and complain about the director. Everybody."
Crouse has appeared in featured and guest roles in a number of television series. Notable roles include a recurring portrayal of Kate McBride, a lesbian police officer on Hill Street Blues during its sixth season in 1986, one of the earliest appearances of a lesbian character in a major American TV show. Crouse is also known for her role in the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where she was a recurring supporting cast member playing Professor Maggie Walsh. Crouse has also guest-starred on Alias, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Columbo, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, ER, Millennium, and NYPD Blue.
In recent years, Crouse has concentrated on the theater. "Once you get your driver's license, you end your film career," says Crouse. "Look at my generation. Great actresses like Glenn Close and Susan Sarandon—there's nothing written for anyone over a certain age." In 2007 Crouse opened a revival of The Belle of Amherst, a one woman show about the life of poet Emily Dickinson, at the Gloucester Stage in Gloucester, Massachusetts. "You can't stop and recite something," says Crouse. "You have to keep the poetry very, very active, which is pretty easy with Dickinson. She was striving so hard to understand what life was about. It's very dramatic poetry in that way.
Crouse appeared in Lee Blessing's Going to St. Ives with the Gloucester Stage Company during the summer of 2008 and provided the narration for Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place, a documentary film about Virginia Lee Burton.
Crouse married playwright David Mamet in 1977. Crouse caught Mamet's eye in the hockey classic Slap Shot. When he heard she had a part in his play Reunion at the Yale Repertory Theater, Mamet packed a bag and told a friend, "I'm going to New Haven to marry Lindsay Crouse." When the two did indeed wed, Crouse's mother took her aside and told her what Oscar Hammerstein had told her when she married Russel Crouse: "A playwright's wife is the only woman who knows how her husband feels when she's having a baby."
John Lahr writes in his book Show and Tell: New Yorker Profiles that when Mamet married Crouse in 1977, he "married into show business aristocracy." Lahr also writes that Mamet got his first screenwriting assignment through Crouse. Crouse was on her way to audition for Bob Rafelson's 1981 remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice and Mamet told Crouse to tell Rafelson that "he was a fool if he didn't hire me to write the screenplay." Although Mamet was joking, Crouse did it and Rafelson called Mamet and asked Mamet why he should hire him for the screenplay. "Because I'll give you a good screenplay or a sincere apology," said Mamet. Mamet got the job.
Crouse's brother is Timothy Crouse, author of The Boys on the Bus about political journalism during the 1972 presidential campaign. Timothy Crouse also co-authored a new libretto for the musical Anything Goes with John Weidman that opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Broadway on October 19, 1987, and ran for 784 performances.
Crouse is a Buddhist and a direct student of Ven. Sumati Marut. In 2005 she organized an annual Buddhist educational program, originally held at the Windhover Center for the Performing Arts in Rockport, Massachusetts and then in 2010 moved to The Governor's Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts. "[Buddhism] is not an exclusive club. It has something to offer everyone at all levels," says Crouse. "Buddhism is dynamic and has captured the interests of Americans. Even our quantum physics validate[s] ideas the Buddha taught 2,500 years ago." Audio downloads of Lindsay Crouse's Buddhist teachings are available online at the Asian Classics Institute of Los Angeles and at The Path.
|1976||All the President's Men||Kay Eddy|
|1977||Slap Shot||Lily Braden|
|1977||Between the Lines||Abbie|
|1981||Prince of the City||Carla Ciello|
|1982||Verdict, TheThe Verdict||Kaitlin Costello|
|1983||Krull||Princess Lyssa (voice)|
|1984||Iceman||Dr. Diane Brady|
|1984||Places in the Heart||Margaret Lomax|
|1987||House of Games||Margaret Ford|
|1989||Brave Irene||Narrator (voice)||Short film|
|1990||Desperate Hours||Brenda Chandler|
|1995||Bye Bye Love||Grace Damico|
|1995||Indian in the Cupboard, TheThe Indian in the Cupboard||Jane|
|1996||Juror, TheThe Juror||Tallow|
|1996||Arrival, TheThe Arrival||Ilana Green|
|1998||Progeny||Dr. Susan Lamarche|
|1999||Stranger in My House||Patti Young|
|1999||Insider, TheThe Insider||Sharon Tiller|
|2000||One Hell of a Guy||Judge Davis|
|2007||Mr. Brooks||Captain Lister|
|2013||Somewhere Slow||Katherine Franklin||Completed|
|1976||Eleanor and Franklin||Marjorie Bennett||TV film|
|1976||Tenth Level, TheThe Tenth Level||Karen||TV film|
|1977||Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years||TV film|
|1980||Paul's Case||First Actress||TV film|
|1981||Summer Solstice||Maggie||TV film|
|1982||Kennedy's Children||Rona||TV film|
|1985||ABC Afterschool Special||Louise Sanders||Episode: "I Want to Go Home"|
|1986–1987||Hill Street Blues||Kate McBride||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|1987||Equalizer, TheThe Equalizer||Sarah McGee||Episode: "Solo"|
|1988||American Playhouse||Ronnie||Episode: "Lemon Sky"|
|1989||Columbo||Dr. Joan Allenby||Episode: Sex and the Married Detective|
|1989||CBS Summer Playhouse||Annie Holscher||Episode: "American Nuclear"|
|1990||Everyday Heroes||Janet Florine||TV film|
|1990||Lifestories||Rebecca McManus||Episode: "Rebecca McManus and Steve Arnold"|
|1990||L.A. Law||Sharon Cummings||Episode: "Outward Bound"|
|1992||Batman: The Animated Series||Mrs. Grant (voice)||Episode: "I've Got Batman in My Basement"|
|1993||Murder, She Wrote||Louise Anderson-Crowe||Episode: "Killer Radio"|
|1993||Civil Wars||Dianne Ralston||Episodes: "Captain Kangaroo Court", "A Liver Runs Through It"|
|1993||Chantilly Lace||Rheza||TV film|
|1993||Final Appeal||Dana Cartier||TV film|
|1993||Law & Order||Diane Meade||Episode: "Promises to Keep"|
|1993||Halloween Tree, TheThe Halloween Tree||Additional Voices||TV film|
|1994||Out of Darkness||Kim Donaldson||TV film|
|1994||Traps||Laura Parkhurst||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|1994||L.A. Law||Sharon Cummings||Episode: "Finish Line"|
|1994||Parallel Lives||Una Pace||TV film|
|1995||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Anna Leone||Episode: "Between Mother and Daughter"|
|1996||ER||Dr. Anna Castiglioni||Episode: "Baby Shower"|
|1996||Norma Jean & Marilyn||Natasha Lytess||TV film|
|1996||If These Walls Could Talk||Frances White||Segment, "1996"|
|1996||Millennium||Ardis Cohen||Episode: "Kingdom Come"|
|1996||NYPD Blue||Jane Wallace||Episode: "Ted and Carey's Bogus Adventure"|
|1997||NYPD Blue||Jane Wallace||Episode: "Alice Doesn't Fit Here Anymore"|
|1998||Brimstone||Dr. Julia Martin||Episode: "Heat"|
|1999||Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder||Caroline Ingalls||TV film|
|1999||Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits||Gwen Sawyer||Episode: "Tribunal"|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Kate||Episode: "Such a Time as This"|
|1999||Law & Order||Judge Denise Grobman||Episode: "DNR"|
|1999–2000||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Prof. Maggie Walsh||Recurring role (9 episodes)|
|2001||Warden, TheThe Warden||Maureen Redmond||TV film|
|2001||Providence||Lauren MacKenzie||Episodes: "The Honeymoon's Over", "Rocky Road"|
|2002||Providence||Lauren MacKenzie||Episodes: "The Start of Something Big", "All the King's Men"|
|2002||Frasier||Peg||Episodes: "Juvenilia", "The Proposal"|
|2002||Division, TheThe Division||Donna B. / Julie M.||Episode: "Forgive Me, Father"|
|2002||Alias||Dr. Carson Evans||Episode: "The Prophecy"|
|2002||Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder||Caroline Ingalls||TV film|
|2002||Arliss||Sharon 'Sydney' Perelli||Episode: "The Immortal"|
|2003||Hack||Beth Kulvicki||Episodes: "Forgive, But Don't Forget", "Black Eye", "Sinners and Saints", "All Others Pay Cash"|
|2003||Dragnet||Capt. Ruth Hagermann||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Dr. Mona Lavelle||Episode: "Ch-Ch-Changes"|
|2005||Law & Order||Judge Deirdre Hellstrom||Episode: "Red Ball"|
|2005||Criminal Minds||Mary Mays||Episode: "Blood Hungry"|
|2007||Drive||The Boss||Episode: "Rearview"|
|2009–2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Judge Andrews||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2010||FlashForward||Mrs. Kirby||Episodes: "Revelation Zero: Parts 1 & 2"|
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