Marcia Gay Harden

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Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden 2013 (cropped).jpg
Harden in 2013, at the Frozen premiere.
Born (1959-08-14) August 14, 1959 (age 55)
La Jolla, California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Thaddaeus Scheel
 (m. 1996–2012)
Children 3

Marcia Gay Harden (born August 14, 1959) is an 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 twice been nominated for an Emmy Award.[1]

Early life[edit]

Harden, one of five children, was born in La Jolla, California, the daughter of Texas natives Beverly (née Bushfield), a housewife, and Thad Harold Harden, who was an officer in the United States Navy.[2] One of Harden's brothers 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.[3] 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.[4]

Career[edit]

Marcia Gay Harden with John Heald on the Carnival Dream in November 2009

Harden's first film role was in a 1979 student-produced movie at the University of Texas. 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. Even so, at the time, living in New York City, she had to go back to doing catering jobs "because I didn't have any money".[5]

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 about 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 November 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 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 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, Harden would have entered the elite group of 'triple-crown' actors; those who have won the profession's three highest honors: the Academy Award (film), the Tony Award (stage) and the Emmy Award (television).

In 2009, Harden co-starred with Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore in Whip It, which proved a critical success.[6] It was also in this year that Harden returned to Broadway in Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage, where she co-starred with James Gandolfini, Hope Davis and Jeff Daniels. All three actors were nominated for the Tony Award, and on June 8, Harden won Best Actress in a Play.[7]

Together, Harden's films have grossed $724,487,920 domestically and $1,128,784,661 worldwide.[8]

In 2013, Harden reunited with her former Broadway co-star Jeff Daniels as a new cast member on HBO's series The Newsroom.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Harden married Thaddaeus Scheel, a prop master[5] whom she worked with 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).[9] In February 2012, Harden filed for divorce from Scheel.[10]

On December 14, 2003, her nephew Sander Waring Harden and niece Audrey Gay Harden died along with their mother Rebecca Harden, as a result of a fire in their Queens, New York, apartment. Rebecca Harden was, at the time, divorced from Marcia Gay's brother, the children's father, Thaddeus Harden.[11]

On May 22, 2010, Harden delivered the 127th Spring Commencement Address at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin.[12]

Harden and her children reside in Santa Monica, California.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1979 Not Only Strangers[citation needed] Short
1986 The Imagemaker[citation needed] Stage Manager
1990 Miller's Crossing Verna Bernbaum
1991 Late for Dinner[13][14] Joy Husband
1992 Crush Lane
1992 Used People Norma Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
1993 Geoffrey Beene 30[citation needed] Woman Short
1994 Safe Passage Cynthia
1996 The Spitfire Grill Shelby Goddard
1996 The Daytrippers Libby
1996 The First Wives Club Dr. Leslie Rosen National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
1996 Far Harbor[citation needed] Arabella
1996 Spy Hard Miss Cheevus
1997 Flubber Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds
1998 Desperate Measures Dr. Samantha Hawkins
1998 Meet Joe Black Allison
1998 It All Came True Michelle Tippet
1998 Curtain Call Michelle Tippet
2000 Space Cowboys Sara Holland
2000 Pollock Lee Krasner Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
2001 Gaudi Afternoon Frankie Stevens
2003 Mystic River Celeste Boyle Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – International Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003 Just Like Mona[citation needed]
2003 Casa de los Babys Nan
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Nancy Abbey
2004 Welcome to Mooseport Grace Sutherland
2004 P.S. Missy Goldberg
2005 Bad News Bears Liz Whitewood
2005 American Gun Janet Huttenson Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
2006 American Dreamz First Lady
2006 The Dead Girl Melora
2006 The Hoax Edith Irving
2006 Canvas Mary Marino
2007 The Invisible Diane Powell
2007 The Mist Mrs. Carmody Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2007 Into the Wild Billie McCandless Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2007 Rails & Ties Megan Stark
2008 Home[citation needed] Inga
2008 Thomas Kinkade's Home for Christmas Maryanne Kinkade
2009 The Maiden Heist Rose
2009 Whip It Brooke Cavendar
2010 A Cat in Paris Jeanne (voice)
2011 Detachment Principal Carol Dearden
2011 Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Marjorie Dunfour
2012 Noah's Ark: The New Beginning Aamah (voice)
2012 If I Were You Madelyn
2012 The Wine of Summer Shelley
2013 Get a Job Katherine Dunn
2013 The Librarian[citation needed]
2013 Supreme Ruler[citation needed] Nancy
2013 You're Not You
2013 Parkland Head Nurse Doris Nelson
2014 Magic in the Moonlight Post-production
2014 Unity Narrator Documentary
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Grace Trevelyan Grey Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
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[citation needed] Angelina TV movie
1991 In Broad Daylight Adina Rowan TV movie
1991 Fever Lacy 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[citation needed] 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[citation needed] Sharon TV movie
2000 Thin Air Susan Silverman TV movie
2001 Walking Shadow Susan Silverman TV movie
2002 In the Echo[citation needed] 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

Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film

2004 She's Too Young Trish Vogul TV movie
2005 Hate[citation needed] 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)

Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

2006 Drift[citation needed] Cheryl TV movie
2006 In from the Night[citation needed] 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

Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

2010 Royal Pains Dr. Elizabeth Blair TV series (3 episodes)
2011 Smothered[citation needed] 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 (voice) TV series (2 episodes)
2012 Isabel Frances Lorenz TV movie; completed
2013–present The Newsroom Rebecca Halliday TV Series (6 episodes)
2013–2014 Trophy Wife Diane TV Series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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 Actress in a Supporting Role Pollock Won
2001 Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Female Pollock Nominated
2001 National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actress 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 Actress in a Supporting Role 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

Theatre[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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

Other[edit]

In 2002, she received the Excellence in acting award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://celebritywonder.ugo.com/html/marciagayharden_bio1.html
  2. ^ "Thad Harold Harden". Variety. March 1, 2002. 
  3. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi. "Strange Attraction". JewishJournal.com. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  4. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  5. ^ a b c Goldman, Andrew (5 July 2013). "'The Trophy Wife Musy Be In Her 20s'". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Whip It Movie Reviews, Pictures". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  7. ^ Gandolfini Stars on Broadway in God of Carnage The Associated Press, January 12, 2009
  8. ^ "Marcia Gay Harden - Box Office Data". The-numbers.com. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  9. ^ http://pregnancystories.blogspot.com/2007/12/marcia-gay-harden-had-twins-at-44.html
  10. ^ "Marcia Gay Harden Files for Divorce". People. 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  11. ^ Tauber, Michelle (2004-01-12). "Deaths in the Family". People.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  12. ^ "Spring Commencement". Utexas.edu. 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  13. ^ "Marcia Gay Harden Filmography". IMDB.com. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  14. ^ "Late For Dinner". Chicago Sun Times. 1991-09-20. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 

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