Debra Winger

Actor
A string of roles in campy projects like the TV series "Wonder Woman" (ABC/CBS, 1976-79) gave no indication that Debra Winger was destined to become one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation. In fact, her ... Read more »
Born: 05/15/1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (45)

The Red Tent 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Boychoir 2013 (Movie)

Ms. Steel (Actor)

Lola Versus 2012 (Movie)

Robin (Actor)

In Treatment 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rachel Getting Married 2008 (Movie)

Abby (Actor)

Eulogy 2004 (Movie)

Alice Collins (Actor)

Radio 2003 (Movie)

Linda Jones (Actor)

Searching for Debra Winger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bad Love 2002 (Movie)

Marilyn Barlow (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2002 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Rumi: Poet of the Heart 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Rumi: Poet of the Heart 1997 (Movie)

(Narrator)

In the Wild 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Forget Paris 1995 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

In Search of Angels 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

A Dangerous Woman 1993 (Movie)

Martha Horgan (Actor)

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker 1993 (Movie)

Guest - Parent (Actor)

Shadowlands 1993 (Movie)

Joy Gresham (Actor)

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Wilder Napalm 1993 (Movie)

Vida (Actor)

Leap of Faith 1992 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Wins 1990 (Movie)

Angela Crispini (Actor)

The Sheltering Sky 1990 (Movie)

Kit Moresby (Actor)

Betrayed 1988 (Movie)

Katie Phillips/Cathy Weaver (Actor)

Black Widow 1987 (Movie)

Alexandra Barnes (Actor)

Made in Heaven 1987 (Movie)

Emmett Humbird (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (03/30/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Legal Eagles 1986 (Movie)

Laura Kelly (Actor)

The Best of Farm Aid: An American Event 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Mike's Murder 1984 (Movie)

Betty Parrish (Actor)

Terms of Endearment 1983 (Movie)

Emma Horton (Actor)

An Officer and A Gentleman 1982 (Movie)

Paula Pokrifki (Actor)

Cannery Row 1982 (Movie)

Suzy DeSoto (Actor)

Urban Cowboy 1980 (Movie)

Sissy (Actor)

French Postcards 1979 (Movie)

Melanie (Actor)

Special Olympics 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Thank God It's Friday 1977 (Movie)

Jennifer (Actor)

Wonder Woman 1976 - 1977 (Tv Show)

Actor

Slumber Party '57 1976 (Movie)

Debbie (Actor)

Dawn Anna (TV Show)

Actor

In the Woods (Movie)

(Actor)

Sometimes in April (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

Bel Borba Aqui 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Big Bad Love 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Big Bad Love 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gasland (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

A string of roles in campy projects like the TV series "Wonder Woman" (ABC/CBS, 1976-79) gave no indication that Debra Winger was destined to become one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation. In fact, her fiercely committed and emotional performances in such popular and critically regarded films as "Urban Cowboy" (1980) and "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982) solidified her as a leading performer with few peers. Winger appeared to reach the peak of her popularity and abilities with her turn as a terminally ill daughter in James Brooks' haunting "Terms of Endearment" (1983), which earned her an Academy Award nomination and unanimous praise from the film community. But a mercurial personality - brought to light by her well-publicized squabbles with her "Endearment" co-star Shirley MacLaine and "Gentleman" director Taylor Hackford and co-star Richard Gere - cast a pall over her career, as did several ill-advised career decisions. By the time she had reached age 40, Winger had largely turned her back on the movie industry; becoming, in the process, a symbol of the plight faced by Hollywood actresses of a certain age. This unfair, unspoken Hollywood mindset was chronicled in the documentary, "Searching for Debra Winger" - which was the first public exposure the actress had received in years. Perhaps it was this confrontation of the issue raised by many middle-aged actresses which helped turn the tide, causing Winger to slowly return to acting in the new millennium. Although she would never again reach her early Eighties peak, Winger's later performances in such features as "Rachel Getting Married" (2008) proved age had no bearing on the actress' timeless appeal.

Relationships

Arliss Howard Actor

Husband
Met c. 1993 Married Nov. 28, 1996

Babe Howard

Son
Born June 15, 1997; father, Arliss Howard

Timothy Hutton Actor

Husband
Married March 16, 1986 Divorced March 1, 1990

Emmanuel Hutton

Son
Born April 29, 1987; father, Timothy Hutton

Robert Kerrey

Companion
Kerrey was the Governor of Nebraska when they met while Winger was filming "Terms of Endearment" (1983) in Lincoln, NE Together from 1983-85

Nick Nolte Actor

Companion
Briefly dated while the two were starring in "Cannery Row" (1982) No longer together

Al Pacino Actor

Companion
Dated in the 1980s

Robert Winger

Father

Ruth Winger

Mother
Died March 19, 1996

Marc Winger

Brother
Older

Marla Winger

Sister
Older

EDUCATION

California State University, Northridge

Northridge , California

Graduated from high school at age 15

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Greta Gerwig in the comedy "Lola Versus"

2010

Joined the third season of HBO's "In Treatment" as a new patient

2008

Played Anne Hathaway's emotionally unavailable mother in Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female

2008

Wrote a book based on her personal recollections titled Undiscovered

2005

Co-starred in the HBO film "Sometimes in April" about the Rwandan Genocide of 1994

2005

Directed by husband Arliss Howard in the Lifetime movie "Dawn Anna"; received an Emmy nomination for portraying a woman dealing with severe brain disease and family tragedy

2004

Appeared in Michael Clancy's black comedy "Eulogy"

2003

Featured in "Radio" with Ed Harris and Cuba Gooding, Jr.

2002

Subject of the documentary directed by actress Rosanna Arquette titled "Searching for Debra Winger"; film focused on the various pressures women face working in the film industry while trying to juggle their professional commitments with their personal re

2001

Returned to features co-starring with husband Arliss Howard (who also directed) in "Big Bad Love"

1998

Narrated the documentary about the 13th century writer, "Rumi: Poet of the Heart"

1998

Co-starred with husband Arliss Howard in the stage production of "How I Learned to Drive"

1996

Announced "retirement" from acting

1995

Last film for six years, starring with Billy Crystal in the comedy "Forget Paris"

1993

Earned third Best Actress Oscar nomination as American poet Joy Gresham opposite Anthony Hopkins as C. S. Lewis in "Shadowlands"

1990

Co-starred with John Malkovich in "The Sheltering Sky"

1990

Second feature with Nolte, "Everybody Wins"; film scripted by Arthur Miller

1987

Had a box-office hit as the detective tracking down a female serial killer in "Black Widow"

1987

Made an uncredited appearance in "Made in Heaven," starring then-husband Timothy Hutton

1986

Starred opposite Robert Redford in the Ivan Reitman comedy "Legal Eagles"

1983

Played a terminally ill woman in a strained relationship with her mother and husband in "Terms of Endearment"; garnered second Best Actress Academy Award nomination

1982

Received first Best Actress Academy Award nomination as Richard Gere's love interest in "An Officer and a Gentleman"

1982

First film with Nick Nolte, "Cannery Row"; hired to replace Raquel Welch

1982

Lent her voice (mixed with the voice of an elderly woman) to the title character of "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial"

1980

Breakthrough screen role as John Travolta's love interest in "Urban Cowboy"

1978

Made TV-movie debut in "Special Olympics" (CBS)

1977

Film acting debut in "Slumber Party '57"

1976

Made TV acting debut as the title character's younger sister Drusilla on the CBS series "Wonder Woman"

1972

Lived in Israel with an Israeli youth program; served in the Israeli army for three months

Return to Los Angeles and joined an acting workshop led by Michael Gazzo

At 18, was involved in an automobile accident and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage as a result; was left partially paralyzed and blind for ten months; after she recovered, decided that she would pursue acting in Los Angeles

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