Marcia Gay Harden
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|Marcia Gay Harden|
Harden at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
August 14, 1959 |
La Jolla, California
Marcia Gay Harden (born August 14, 1959) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actress.
Harden's breakthrough role was in Miller's Crossing (1990) and then The First Wives Club (1996) which was followed by several roles which gained her wider fame including the comedy Flubber (1997) and Meet Joe Black (1998). She received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Lee Krasner in Pollock (2000). She has starred in a string of successful mainstream and independent movies, such as Space Cowboys (2000), Into the Wild (2007), and The Mist (2007), for which she won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Harden's recent credits include Lasse Hallström's film The Hoax, opposite Richard Gere, and Hollywood Pictures' The Invisible, directed by David S Goyer. She was also recently seen in Lakeshore Entertainment's The Dead Girl, directed by Karen Moncrieff and starring Toni Colette, Kerry Washington, Mary Steenburgen, and Brittany Murphy. In 2009, Harden received a Tony Award for the Broadway play God of Carnage. She has also been nominated for an Emmy Award two times. 
Early life 
Harden, one of five children, was born in La Jolla, California (near San Diego), the daughter of Texas natives Beverly (née Bushfield), a housewife, and Thad Harold Harden, who was an officer in the United States Navy. One of Harden's siblings is named Thaddeus, as is her former husband. Harden's family frequently moved because of her father's job, living in Japan, Germany, Greece, California, and Maryland. She graduated from Surrattsville High School in Clinton, Maryland in 1976, the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in theatre, and the Graduate Acting Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a Master of Fine Arts.
Harden's first film role was in a 1979 student-produced movie at the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout the 1980s, she appeared in several television programs, including Simon & Simon, Kojak, and CBS Summer Playhouse. She appeared in the Coen brothers' Miller's Crossing (1990), a 1930s mobster drama in which she first gained wide exposure. In 1992, she played actress Ava Gardner alongside Philip Casnoff as Frank Sinatra in the made for TV miniseries Sinatra. Throughout the 1990s, she continued to appear in films and television. Notable film roles include The Imagemaker (1986), her first screen role, in which she played a stage manager; the Disney sci-fi comedy Flubber (1997), a popular hit in which she co-starred with Robin Williams; the supernatural drama Meet Joe Black (1998); Labor of Love (1998), a Lifetime Television movie in which she starred with David Marshall Grant; and Space Cowboys (2000), an all-star adventure-drama of aging astronauts.
In 1993, Harden debuted on Broadway in the role of Harper Pitt (and others) in Tony Kushner's Angels in America. The role earned her critical acclaim and she received a Tony Award nomination (Best Featured Actress in a Play). The winner in that category was Debra Monk in Redwood Curtain.
Harden was awarded the 2000 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of painter Lee Krasner in Pollock (2000). In 2003, she was again nominated in the same category for Mystic River.
Harden guest-starred as FBI undercover agent Dana Lewis posing as a white-supremacist in "Raw", an episode of the popular crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2007, this role earned Harden her first Emmy Award nomination for best guest actress in a drama series. She reprised the role in the series' eighth season premiere and again in the twelfth season episode "Penetration" as a rape victim (aired Nov. 10, 2010).
In 2007, Harden appeared in several films, including Sean Penn's critically acclaimed Into the Wild, and Frank Darabont's The Mist (opposite Thomas Jane and Laurie Holden), based on the novella by Stephen King. Also in 2007 she shared joint top billing with Kevin Bacon in Rails & Ties, the directorial debut of Alison Eastwood.
In 2008, she appeared in Home playing a woman who has had a mastectomy. One central scene called for her to bare her breasts, with the missing breast "removed" using computer-generated imagery. In Home, her co-stars include her daughter, Eulala Scheel. Harden starred in the Christmas Cottage (2008), a story of the early artistic beginnings of the Painter of Light, Thomas Kinkade. In 2009, she appeared as a regular on the critically acclaimed FX series Damages as a shrewd corporate attorney, opposite Glenn Close and William Hurt. Harden also played in the comedy The Maiden Heist (2009) with Christopher Walken and Morgan Freeman. Harden received a 2009 Emmy Award nomination for her role in The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, a TV film also starring Oscar winner Anna Paquin. She was a Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries nominee, and lost to Shohreh Aghdashloo. If she had won this Emmy, Marcia Gay Harden would have entered the elite group of 'triple-crown' actors; actors who have won the three acting awards of the highest honor: the Academy Award (film), the Tony Award (stage) and the Emmy Award (television). She has yet to win an Emmy.
In 2009, Harden co-starred with Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore in Whip It. The film was a critical success. It was also in this year that Harden returned to Broadway in Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage. She starred with James Gandolfini, Hope Davis and Jeff Daniels. Each lead actor was nominated for the Tony Award and on June 8, Harden won Best Actress in a Play.
Together, Harden's films have grossed $724,487,920 domestically and $1,128,784,661 worldwide.
She joined the cast of Royal Pains in a multi-episode arc for season 2 starting June 3, 2010. She played Dr. Elizabeth Blair, a surgeon and a board member of Hamptons Heritage Hospital who is a "mentor-turned-adversary to Jill".
Personal life 
Harden married Thaddaeus Scheel, with whom she worked on The Spitfire Grill (1996), in 1996. Harden and Scheel have three children: a daughter, Eulala Grace Scheel (September 1998), and twins Julitta Dee Scheel and Hudson Scheel Harden (April 22, 2004). In February 2012, Harden filed for divorce from Scheel.
On December 14, 2003, her young nephew Sander Waring Harden and niece Audrey Gay Harden died with her former sister-in-law Rebecca Harden as a result of a tragic fire in their Queens, New York, apartment. Rebecca Harden was divorced from the children's father, Thaddeus Harden, who is Marcia Gay Harden's brother.
On May 22, 2010, Harden delivered the 127th Spring Commencement Address at the University of Texas at Austin.
Harden and her children reside in Harlem.
|1987||CBS Summer Playhouse||Kim||TV series (1 episode: "In the Lion's Den")|
|1988||Simon & Simon||Librarian, Joan||TV series (1 episode: "Ties That Bind")|
|1989||Gideon Oliver||Lila||TV series (1 episode: "Sleep Well, Professor Oliver")|
|1990||Kojak: None So Blind||Angelina||TV movie|
|1991||In Broad Daylight||Adina Rowan||TV movie|
|1992||Sinatra||Ava Gardner||TV movie|
|1995||Fallen Angels||Marie||TV series (1 episode: "Good Housekeeping")|
|1995||Chicago Hope||Barbara Tomilson||TV series (1 episode: "Internal Affairs")|
|1995||Great Performances||TV series (1 episode: "Talking With")|
|1995||Convict Cowboy||Maggie||TV movie|
|1995||Homicide: Life on the Street||Joan Garbarek||TV series (1 episode: "A Doll's Eyes")|
|1997||Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing.||Nancy Floyd||TV movie|
|1998||Labor of Love||Annie Pines||TV movie|
|1999||Spenser: Small Vices||Susan Silverman||TV movie|
|2000||From Where I Sit||Sharon||TV movie|
|2000||Thin Air||Susan Silverman||TV movie|
|2001||Walking Shadow||Susan Silverman||TV movie|
|2002||In the Echo||TV movie|
|2002||Guilty Hearts||Jenny Moran||TV movie|
|2001||The Education of Max Bickford||Andrea Haskell||TV series (22 episodes)|
|2002||King of Texas||Mrs. Susannah Lear Tumlinson||TV movie|
|2004||She's Too Young||Trish Vogul||TV movie|
|2005||Hate||Chief Jackie Mantello||TV movie|
|2005||Felicity: An American Girl Adventure||Mrs. Martha Merriman||TV movie|
|2005-2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||FBI Special Agent Dana Lewis||TV series (4 Episodes)|
|2006||Drift||Cheryl||TV movie|
|2006||In from the Night||Vicki Miller||TV movie|
|2008||The Tower||Zoe Cafritz||TV movie|
|2008||Sex and Lies in Sin City||Becky Binion||TV movie|
|2009||Damages||Claire Maddox||TV series (13 episodes)|
|2009||The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler||Janina Kyzyzanowska||TV movie|
|2010||Royal Pains||Dr. Elizabeth Blair||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2011||Smothered||Fran||TV movie|
|2011||Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy||Edda Mellas||TV movie|
|2011||Innocent||Barbara Sabich||TV movie|
|2012||Body of Proof||Sheila Temple||TV series (1 episode: "Sympathy for the Devil")|
|2012||Bent||Vanessa Carter||TV series (1 episode: "Mom")|
|2012||Tron: Uprising||Keller||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2012||Isabel||Frances Lorenz||TV movie; completed|
|2013||The Newsroom||Rebecca Halliday||TV Series|
Awards and nominations 
Film and television 
|1996||National Board of Review of Motion Pictures||Best Acting by an Ensemble||The First Wives Club||Won|
|2000||New York Film Critics Circle Award||Best Supporting Actress||Pollock||Won|
|2001||Academy Award||Best Supporting Actress||Pollock||Won|
|2001||Independent Spirit Award||Best Supporting Female||Pollock||Nominated|
|2003||Satellite Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television||King of Texas||Nominated|
|2003||Western Heritage Award||Television Feature Film||King of Texas||Won|
|2003||Boston Society of Film Critics Award||Best Ensemble Cast||Mystic River||Won|
|2003||Seattle Film Critics Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Mystic River||Won|
|2004||Academy Award||Best Supporting Actress||Mystic River||Nominated|
|2004||Critics Choice Award||Best Supporting Actress||Mystic River||Nominated|
|2004||Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Mystic River||Won|
|2004||Chicago Film Critics Association Award||Best Supporting Actress||Mystic River||Nominated|
|2004||Satellite Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama||Mystic River||Nominated|
|2004||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Mystic River||Nominated|
|2007||Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Nominated|
|2007||Independent Spirit Award||Best Supporting Female||American Gun||Nominated|
|2008||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films||Best Supporting Actress||The Mist||Won|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Into the Wild||Nominated|
|2009||Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie||The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler||Nominated|
|1993||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||Angels in America: Millennium Approaches||Nominated|
|1993||Theatre World Award||Distinguished Performance||Angels in America: Millennium Approaches||Won|
|1993||Tony Award||Best Featured Actress in a Play||Angels in America: Millennium Approaches||Nominated|
|1994||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||Angels in America: Perestroika||Nominated|
|2009||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actress in a Play||God of Carnage||Nominated|
|2009||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Play||God of Carnage||Won|
In 2002, she received the Excellence in acting award at the Provincetown International Film Festival
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- Marcia Gay Harden at the Internet Movie Database
- Marcia Gay Harden at the Internet Broadway Database
- Marcia Gay Harden at Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Marcia Gay Harden 2006 Interview on Sidewalks Entertainment