Amy Madigan

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Amy Madigan
Amy Madigan at the 41st Emmy Awards cropped and altered.jpg
Born Amy Marie Madigan
(1950-09-11) September 11, 1950 (age 66)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma mater
Occupation
  • Actress
  • producer
  • singer
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Ed Harris (m. 1983)
Children 1

Amy Marie Madigan[1] (born September 11, 1950) is an American actress, producer, and singer. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1985 film Twice in a Lifetime. Her other film credits include Love Child (1982), Places in the Heart (1984), Field of Dreams (1989), Uncle Buck (1989), The Dark Half (1993), Pollock (2000), and Gone Baby Gone (2007). Madigan won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her portrayal of Sarah Weddington in the 1989 television film Roe vs. Wade.

Early life[edit]

Madigan was born in Southside, Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of John J. Madigan (1918–2012), a well-known journalist who gave political commentary on shows such as Meet the Press and Face the Nation, and worked for Newsweek. He interviewed a range of political figures, from Richard Nixon to Martin Luther King, Jr., and hosted his own show with WBBM (AM).[2] Her mother was Dolores (née Hanlon; 1921–92), an administrative assistant and amateur actress who performed in community theatre.[3] She has two brothers: Jack and Jim.[3] In 1993, a year after her mother's death, her father was remarried to a woman named Elizabeth.[2]

Madigan attended Catholic schools and performed in school plays. In the 1960s, she studied piano at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, and went on to graduate from Marquette University with a degree in philosophy.[4] She moved to Los Angeles in 1974.[5] Madigan later studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.[6]

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

In the 1970s, Madigan pursued a career as a musician, singing lead vocals for the band Jelly, whose only album, A True Story (1977), was released by Asylum Records. Madigan appeared in Playboy (June 1978) nude and covered in jelly, to promote her band. She toured across the United States performing for several bands throughout the late 1970s.

Acting[edit]

In the 1980s, Madigan transitioned from a singing career to acting, and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.[6] Her first television role was as the character Adele on an episode of Hart to Hart in 1981. She followed this guest starring role with a role in the Emmy-nominated television film Crazy Times. The following year, Madigan made her film debut as Terry Jean Moore in Love Child, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress. In 1983, she starred as Alison Ransom in the Emmy-winning television film The Day After.

In 1984, she portrayed McCoy in the cult film Streets of Fire, and also had a supporting role as Viola Kelsey in Places in the Heart, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 1985, she starred in the television film The Laundromat written by Marsha Norman, opposite Carol Burnett. She won a CableACE Award for her performance as Deedee Johnson. She then co-starred as Glory Scheer, alongside her husband Ed Harris, in Alamo Bay, directed by Louis Malle. Also in 1985, she portrayed Sunny Mackenzie-Sobel in Twice in a Lifetime, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Madigan with Holly Hunter at the 41st Primetime Emmy Awards in 1989

Madigan made her Off-Broadway debut in 1987, portraying Sue Jack Tiller in The Lucky Spot by Beth Henley, for which she won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play. In 1988, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance in The Prince of Pennsylvania.[7] That same year, she performed in A Lie of the Mind at the Mark Taper Forum.[8] In 1989, Madigan played the wife of Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. That same year, she played Chanice Kobolowski, the girlfriend of John Candy's character, in the John Hughes film Uncle Buck. Also in 1989, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her performance as Sarah Weddington in the television film Roe vs. Wade.

In 1990, Madigan starred opposite Paula Kelly in Stevie Wants To Play The Blues by Eduardo Machado, for which she won a Drama-Logue Award.[9] In 1991, she starred opposite Olympia Dukakis in the Emmy-nominated television film Lucky Day. Madigan made her Broadway debut in the role of Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1992, opposite Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin. She was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Debut Performance for her role in the play. In 1996, she and Harris produced and starred in the television film Riders of the Purple Sage. Madigan then starred with Tilda Swinton in Female Perversions. In 1997, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance as Brett Armerson in the film Loved. In 2000, she portrayed Peggy Guggenheim in the Oscar-winning film Pollock, which her husband directed, produced, and starred in.

In 2002, she had a supporting role as Reggie Fluty, the officer who first responded to the call for aid for a dying Matthew Shepard, in the Emmy-nominated television film The Laramie Project. In 2005, Madigan starred as Lori Lansky in Winter Passing, directed by Adam Rapp.[10] The following year, she had a supporting role as Patricia Carver, a CIA headquarters analyst, in the Emmy-winning television film The Path to 9/11. In 2007, Madigan played the sister-in-law of Helene (Amy Ryan), Beatrice "Bea" McCready, in the Oscar-nominated film Gone Baby Gone, directed by Ben Affleck. In 2008, she played Dr. Katharine Wyatt on several episodes of ABC's medical drama series Grey's Anatomy.[11] She then guest starred on TNT's crime drama series Saving Grace as Gretchen Lagardi.[12] In 2011, she guest starred in the final episode of TNT's drama series Memphis Beat.[13] In 2016, Madigan starred in the revival of Sam Shepard's play Buried Child for The New Group at the The Pershing Square Signature Center. The show transferred to the West End's Trafalgar Studios in November 2016, where Madigan reprised her role as Halie.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Madigan has been married to actor Ed Harris since November 21, 1983. They have one daughter, Lily Dolores Harris (born May 3, 1993).[16] Madigan and Harris have been frequent collaborators over the course of their careers.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1982 Love Child Terry Jean Moore
1983 Love Letters Wendy
1984 Places in the Heart Viola Kelsey
1984 Streets of Fire McCoy
1985 Alamo Bay Glory Scheer
1985 Twice in a Lifetime Sunny Mackenzie-Sobel
1986 Zeisters Woman at Funeral
1987 Nowhere to Hide Barbara Cutter
1988 The Prince of Pennsylvania Carla Headlee
1989 Field of Dreams Annie Kinsella
1989 Uncle Buck Chanice Kobolowski
1993 The Dark Half Liz Beaumont
1996 Female Perversions Maddie Stephens
1997 Loved Brett Armerson
1998 With Friends Like These... Hannah DiMartino
2000 Pollock Peggy Guggenheim
2002 A Time for Dancing Jackie Russell
2004 The Discontents Beth Walker
2004 Admissions Martha Brighton
2004 In the Land of Milk and Money Arlyne
2005 Winter Passing Lori Lansky
2007 Gone Baby Gone Bea McCready
2007 Doppelgänger Victor's Mom
2010 Once Fallen Rose Ryan Also executive producer
2010 Virginia Roseanna Tipton
2011 That's What I Am Principal Evelyn Kelner
2012 Future Weather Grandma Greta
2013 The Lifeguard Justine London
2013 Sweetwater Madame Bovary
2014 Shirin in Love Rachel Harson
2014 Frontera Olivia McNary
2015 Grey Lady Lola
2016 Sensitivity Training Nancy Wolfe
2016 Rules Don't Apply Mrs. Bransford
2017 Stuck Sue In post-production
2017 A Crooked Somebody In post-production

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1981 Hart to Hart Adele Episode: "Slow Boat to Murder"
1981 Crazy Times Marilyn Television film
1981 CHiPs Jewel Bennett Episode: "Finders Keepers"
1982 The Ambush Murders Molly Slavin Television film
1982 Victims Chloe Brill Television film
1983 The Day After Alison Ransom Television film
1983 Travis McGee Billy Jean Bailey Television film
1984 Eureka Stockade Sarah Jamieson 3 episodes
1985 The Laundromat Deedee Johnson Television film
1988 American Playhouse Sarah Penn Episode: "The Revolt of Mother"
1989 Roe vs. Wade Sarah Weddington Television film
1991 Lucky Day Kari Campbell Television film
1994 And Then There Was One Roxy Ventola Television film
1994 Frasier Maggie (voice) Episode: "Flour Child"
1994 Crocodile Shoes Carmel Cantrell 2 episodes
1996 Riders of the Purple Sage Jane Withersteen Television film; also executive producer
1998 A Bright Shining Lie Mary Jane Vann Television film
1999 Having Our Say Amy Hill Hearth Television film
2000 In the Name of the People Connie Murphy Television film
2001 Shot in the Heart Bessie Gilmore Television film
2002 Just a Dream Cindy Wilder Television film
2002 The Laramie Project Reggie Fluty Television film
2003–05 Carnivàle Iris Crowe 22 episodes
2004 The Ranch Mary Larkin Television film
2006 Murder on Pleasant Drive Aunt Sherrie Davis Television film
2006 The Path to 9/11 Patricia Carver 2 episodes
2007 Criminal Minds Jane Hanratty 2 episodes
2008 Saving Grace Gretchen Lagardi Episode: "A Little Hometown Love"
2008 Living Proof Fran Visco Television film
2008–09 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Katharine Wyatt 9 episodes
2009 ER Mary Taggart 2 episodes
2010 Law & Order Emily Ryan Episode: "Innocence"
2010–11 Fringe Marilyn Dunham 3 episodes
2011 Memphis Beat Kate Murphy Episode: "The Feud"
2012 The Dust Bowl Sanora Babb Episode: "Reaping the Whirlwind"
2016 Grace and Frankie Elaine Millstein Episode: "The Loophole"
2016 How to Get Away with Murder Irene Crawley Episode: "There Are Worse Things Than Murder"

Stage[edit]

Year Film Role Location
1987 The Lucky Spot Sue Jack Tiller New York City Center, Off-Broadway
1992 A Streetcar Named Desire Stella Kowalski Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway
2013 The Jacksonian Susan Perch Theatre Row, Off-Broadway
2016 Buried Child Halie The New Group, Off-Broadway
2016 Trafalgar Studios, West End

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
1983 Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress Love Child Nominated
1984 Sitges Film Festival Award for Best Actress Streets of Fire Won
1985 CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special The Laundromat Won
1986 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Twice in a Lifetime Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
1987 Theatre World Award The Lucky Spot Won
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play Nominated
1989 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female The Prince of Pennsylvania Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Roe vs. Wade Nominated
1990 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Field of Dreams Nominated
1992 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Debut Performance A Streetcar Named Desire Nominated
1993 Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress The Dark Half Nominated
1995 CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries And Then There Was One Won
1996 Bronze Wrangler for Television Feature Film Riders of the Purple Sage Won
1998 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female Loved Nominated
1999 Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film A Bright Shining Lie Nominated
2002 OFTA Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries The Laramie Project Nominated
2003 Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Just a Dream Nominated
2004 Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama Carnivàle Nominated
2007 Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble Gone Baby Gone Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amy Madigan Actor, Musician". TV Guide. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Dizikes, Cynthia (March 7, 2012). "John Madigan, Chicago newsman, dies at 94". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Heise, Kenan (September 15, 1992). "Teamsters' Dolores H. Madigan, 70". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ Jones, Elizabeth (June 22, 2015). "Did You Know They Went To Marquette?". The Odyssey. 
  5. ^ King, Susan (July 11, 2015). "Amy Madigan, stage lover, directs an L.A. play". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ a b Rosenfeld, Megan (April 28, 1985). "Amy Madigan Gets The Right Parts But Glamor Isn't In Her Script". Orlando Sentinel. 
  7. ^ "Amy Madigan Biography (1950?-)". Film Reference. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ Sullivan, Dan (January 22, 1988). "STAGE REVIEW: A Tale of Two Families in 'A Lie of the Mind'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ Drake, Sylvie (February 19, 1990). "STAGE REVIEW: 'Stevie' Has Jazz and Drama, but Lacks a Subtext". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ Fleming, Michael (September 14, 2003). "Thesp joins 'Winter' cast". Variety. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 25, 2008). "Amy Madigan joins 'Grey's Anatomy'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  12. ^ Mitovich, Matt (June 24, 2008). "Scoop! "Brilliant" Amy Madigan Guests on Saving Grace". TV Guide. 
  13. ^ "Amy Madigan to Appear on TNT's MEMPHIS BEAT". Broadway World. July 5, 2011. 
  14. ^ Paulson, Michael (May 12, 2015). "Ed Harris and Amy Madigan Join New Group's 'Buried Child' Revival". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ Willmott, Phil (September 2, 2016). "An Exciting Autumn Line up at Trafalgar Studios". London Box Office. 
  16. ^ "Biography: Ed Harris". Lifetime. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 

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