Ann Magnuson

Actor, Singer, Performance artist
This pretty, quirky "performance artist" has also branched out into more mainstream films and television. Arriving in New York in 1978, Magnuson co-founded Club 57, the "neo-Dada cabaret", where she and her ... Read more »
Born: 01/04/1956 in Charleston, West Virginia, USA


Actor (59)

Jobriath A.D. 2014 (Movie)


Night Journey 2014 (Movie)


Happiness Runs 2010 (Movie)


Woman's Picture 2010 (Movie)


Arias With A Twist:The DocuFantasy 2009 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Universe of Keith Haring 2008 (Movie)


Our House 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


The Nomi Song 2005 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

All Grown Up! 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)


Caroline in the City 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)


Ghostlight 2004 (Movie)

Barbara Rosen (Actor)

The Drew Carey Show 1995 - 1997, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)


The John Larroquette Show 1995 - 1997, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)


The United States of Leland 2004 (Movie)

Karen Pollard (Actor)

Open House 2003 (Movie)

Sarah Jane Tibbett (Actor)

Night at the Golden Eagle 2002 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

Panic Room 2002 (Movie)

Lydia Lynch (Actor)

Caveman's Valentine 2001 (Movie)

Moira Leppenraub (Actor)

Glitter 2001 (Movie)

Kelly (Actor)

Housebound 2000 (Movie)


Love and Sex 2000 (Movie)

Ms Steinbacher (Actor)

Friends and Lovers 1999 (Movie)


I Woke Up Early the Day I Died 1999 (Movie)

Loan Secretary (Actor)

Levitation 1999 (Movie)

Anna Rawlin (Actor)

Shock Video 6: Turn-On TV '98 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

Irene Abernathy (Actor)

Still Breathing 1998 (Movie)

Elaine (Actor)

Before and After 1996 (Movie)

Terry Taverner (Actor)

Shock Video 3: Turn-On TV 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


The Barefoot Executive 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


The 1995 Miss Universe Pageant 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Cabin Boy 1994 (Movie)

Calli (Actor)

Clear and Present Danger 1994 (Movie)

Moira Wolfson (Actor)

In a New Light '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Women Aloud 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)


John Lee Hooker & Friends 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Route 66: The Road West 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


The Nicholas Brothers: We Sing and We Dance 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Anything But Love 1988 - 1992 (TV Show)


The 3rd Annual International Rock Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Love at Large 1990 (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

Checking Out 1989 (Movie)

Connie Hagen (Actor)

Heavy Petting 1989 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon 1988 (Movie)

Joyce Fickett (Actor)

A Table at Ciro's 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Mondo New York 1988 (Movie)


Tequila Sunrise 1988 (Movie)

Shaleen (Actor)

Ann Magnuson's Vandemonium 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


Making Mr. Right 1987 (Movie)

Frankie Stone (Actor)

Sleepwalk 1987 (Movie)

Isabelle (Actor)

The Critical Years 1986 (Movie)

Arzt (Actor)

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

Cigarette Girl (Actor)

Perfect Strangers 1984 (Movie)

Maida--the Feminist (Actor)

The Hunger 1983 (Movie)

Young Woman From Disco (Actor)

Vortex 1981 (Movie)

Pamela Fleming (Actor)

Cross Channel (TV Show)


From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)


Hugo Pool (TV Show)

Music (1)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012 (Movie)

("Ye Olde Backlash") (Song)
Director (1)

Made For TV 2014 (Movie)



This pretty, quirky "performance artist" has also branched out into more mainstream films and television. Arriving in New York in 1978, Magnuson co-founded Club 57, the "neo-Dada cabaret", where she and her collaborators (such as Eric Bogosian and Joey Arias) made a name for themselves with their sly brand of comic social commentary--her tribute to Muzak, for instance, which was held in an elevator. Magnuson's one-woman shows played worldwide in the late 1970s and early 80s New York, and her video, "Made for TV", was shown on PBS's "Alive from Off-Center" in 1984.

Magnuson's first big-screen appearance was a small role in the crime thriller "Vortex" (1982); she went on to play similar parts in "The Hunger" (1983), "Perfect Strangers" (1983) and "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985). She had a larger role in the fantasy "Sleepwalk" (1986), but was still largely unknown to the public-at-large until she starred opposite John Malkovich in Susan Seidelman's comedy "Making Mr. Right" (1987), about a scientist who builds an android boyfriend. From 1989 through 1992, she played an incorrigibly chic magazine editor in TV's critically-acclaimed sitcom "Anything But Love" (ABC), starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis. Since then, Magnuson has appeared on many TV specials (including, bizarrely, as a judge for the 1995 Miss Universe Pageant) and the ABC-TV movie "The Barefoot Executive" (1995).

Onscreen, Magnuson played the older divorcee who seduced River Phoenix in "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" and supported Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kurt Russell in Robert Towne's "Tequila Sunrise (both 1988) and played a six-armed blue-skinned goddess who deflowers Chris Elliott in the flop "Cabin Boy" (1994). She also appeared in "Clear and Present Danger" (also 1994) and Barbet Schroeder's "Before and After" (1996), as the grieving mother of a murdered teenage girl. Magnuson has also been featured in the documentaries "Mondo New York" and "Heavy Petting" (both 1988).


Denison University

Granville , Ohio



Starred with Kevin Spacey and Ryan Gosling in "The United States of Leland"


Played supporting role of the sister of a man who may be a murderer in the Sundance-screened "Caveman's Valentine"


Offered amusing turn as a bitchy magazine editor in "Love & Sex"


Played the mother of a boy who possesses a technologically-enhanced toy in "Small Soldiers"


Had featured role in "Before and After"


First solo album, "The Luv Show"


TV debut as star and co-writer of "Ann Magnuson's Vandemonium" (an episode of "Cinemax Comedy Experiment")


Founded Club 57


Moved to New York; worked as intern at Ensemble Studio Theater

TV series regular on "Anything But Love"