Patricia Charbonneau

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Patricia Charbonneau
Born (1959-04-19) April 19, 1959 (age 56)
Valley Stream, Long Island, New York, United States
Occupation Actress

Patricia Charbonneau (born April 19, 1959) is an American actress,[1] perhaps best known for playing the part of Cay Rivvers in Desert Hearts, her first film role.[2]

Early life[edit]

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.

Early work[edit]

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.

Desert Hearts[edit]

In 1985, Charbonneau made her film debut in Donna Deitch's film "Desert Hearts"[3] 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."

For her performance in "Desert Hearts", Charbonneau was nominated for a 1987 Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.[4]

Other notable work[edit]

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 the 1990 film Robocop 2, she played the role of Linda Garcia. Despite the character's prominence in the movie's plot, her name is never spoken and the role was not listed in the credits; particularly observant fans were able to determine the character's name by noticing that she wore a name tag. 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.



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