April 19, 1959 |
Valley Stream, Long Island, New York, United States
Patricia Charbonneau was born in Valley Stream, New York on Long Island, the youngest of 10 children. Her father, a retired businessman, is French; her mother is Austrian. She graduated in 1977 from Valley Stream Central High School, which she attended with fellow actors Steve Buscemi and Steve Hytner, as well as writer Ed Renehan. She later attended Boston University as a theater major, and left after a month to take a position with the Lexington Conservatory Theatre company in the Catskills. The story of the Conservatory Theater is chronicled in the documentary The Loss of Nameless Things.
In addition to work with the Lexington Conservatory Theatre, Charbonneau worked on the New York stage in a production of Revengers...A Tragedea, at Playwrights Horizons. She then became a member of the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she originated the role of Lea in My Sister in this House, a part that she also played off-Broadway.
In 1985, Charbonneau made her film debut in Donna Deitch's film "Desert Hearts" at a time when it was still considered a risk to portray a lesbian in a romantic drama - complete with a lengthy love scene. Charbonneau told The Globe and Mail, "Kissing Helen wasn't the hard part, really. The hard part was walking out on the set naked and just standing there." Two days before shooting began, Charbonneau found out that she was pregnant (by her rock musician husband Vincent Caggiano) with her first child, whom she once called her "Desert Hearts baby."
Other notable work
In the following year she appeared in Michael Mann's Manhunter (based on the novel Red Dragon) and then played Anna, the lead, in Call Me (1988), which also featured fellow Valley Streamer Buscemi. The same year, she was featured in the crime drama/action movie "Shakedown". Her television work began with a 1986 NBC pilot C.A.T. Squad and continued with dozens of appearances, including HBO's Tales from the Crypt, Crime Story, The Equalizer, Wiseguy, Murder She Wrote, Matlock, New York Undercover, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 1995, she starred in the Legend Entertainment sci-fi adventure game Mission Critical. She played one of James Garner's daughters in the 1999 CBS made-for-TV film One Special Night, which featured Julie Andrews.
In March 2007, Charbonneau joined the faculty of the Hudson Valley Academy of Performing Arts in West Taghkanic, New York where she teaches an acting workshop for children and teens.
- Desert Hearts (1985)
- Manhunter (1986)
- Crime Story TV Series (1986–88)
- The Equalizer TV Series (1987) (one episode)
- Shakedown (1988)
- Call Me (1988)
- Wiseguy TV Series (1989) (five episodes)
- Matlock TV Series (1989) (one episode)
- RoboCop 2 (1990) (uncredited)
- Murder, She Wrote TV Series (1991) (one episode)
- K2 (1992)
- Walker, Texas Ranger TV Series (1993) (one episode)
- Viper (1994) (one episode)
- SeaQuest DSV TV Series (1995) (two episodes)
- Profiler TV Series (1997) (one episode)
- Diagnosis: Murder TV Series (1997) (one episode)
- She's All That (1999)
- Kiss the Sky (1999)
- One Special Night (1999)
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent TV Series (2001) (one episode)
- Law & Order TV Series (2002) (one episode)
- Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (2008) (one episode)
- "Patricia Charbonneau". The New York Times.
- Canby, Vincent (April 4, 1986). "Desert Hearts (1985) FILM: 'DESERT HEARTS,' ABOUT WOMEN IN LOVE". The New York Times.
- Associated Press (July 28, 1986). "Patricia Carbonneau: She swore she'd do it in six years or quit". The Evening News. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- Desert Hearts at NY Times
- Patricia Charbonneau on Yahoo! Movies
- Patricia Charbonneau at the Internet Movie Database
- Desert Hearts at the Internet Movie Database
- Patricia Charbonneau article 1986 at People Magazine