Rochelle Township High School
Eastern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University
Starred on the dramatic series "The Family"
Co-starred in the Oscar-winning drama "Room"
Starred in the thriller "A Good Marriage"
Played the recurring role of Claire on the series "Luck"
Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Portrayed the famed artist in the Lifetime movie, "Georgia O'Keeffe"; earned Golden Globe, SAG, and Emmy nominations in 2010 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Co-starred in Paul W.S. Anderson's remake of the 1975 film "Death Race"
Co-starred in the drama, "Bonneville" with Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange
Reprised her role as Pamela Landy in "The Bourne Ultimatum" starring Matt Damon
Starred with Sam Elliott in "Off the Map" directed by Campbell Scott
Starred as an alcoholic single mother of four in Mike Binder's "The Upside of Anger"; screened at sundance
Starred as an Irish-American scientist who begins a passionate love affair with Middle-Eastern man in Sally Potter's "Yes"
Featured in the film "The Notebook" directed by Nick Cassavetes
Starred as CIA director, Pamela Landy in "The Bourne Supremacy" based on the novel by Robert Ludlum
Cast alongside Anjelica Huston and Samantha Mathis in the TNT miniseries "The Mists of Avalon"
Starred in the fictionalized biopic of slain Irish journalist Veronica Guerin, "Though the Sky Falls" (aired in USA on Cinemax)
Portrayed a prospective US Vice President stained by a sexual scandal in "The Contender"; reteamed with Jeff Bridges who played the US President; earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination
Provided a voice for "New York: A Documentary Film" (PBS' "The American Experience")
Had featured role as Daniels' wife in "It's the Rage/All the Rage"; screened at the Toronto Film Festival
Played yet another repressed housewife who blossoms in the satirical "Pleasantville"; first film with Jeff Daniels; played sitcom mother whose "son" was portrayed by Tobey Maguire
Co-starred with Kevin Kline in Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm"; played Tobey Maguire's mother
Portrayed John Travolta's wife in "Face/Off"
Earned second Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as Daniel Day-Lewis' severe wife in "The Crucible"
Breakthrough screen role as Pat Nixon in Oliver Stone's biopic "Nixon"; earned first Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress
Played mother of young chess prodigy (and Joe Mantegna's wife) in "Searching for Bobby Fischer"
Essayed the role of Sarah Brady (wife of James Brady) in HBO's "Without Warning: The James Brady Story" co-starring Beau Bridges
Was Emily Lloyd's mother in Norman Jewison's "In Country"
Nominated for a Tony as Heidi Holland in Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles"; appeared opposite future husband Peter Friedman
Portrayed Jeff Bridges' wife in Coppola's "Tucker: The Man and His Dream"
Broadway debut, "Burn This"; co-starred with John Malkovich; won a Tony for Best Actress
Starred as Ann Deever in "American Playhouse" presentation of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" (PBS)
First film with director Francis Ford Coppola, "Peggy Sue Got Married"
Screen acting debut, "Compromising Positions"
TV debut in miniseries, "Evergreen" (NBC); her character aged from a teenager to a 50-year-old
Made Off-Broadway debut in a New York production of "And a Nightingale Sang"
Accepted John Malkovich's invitation to join Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre
Worked as secretary at an educational film company while she was acting with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Began participating in theater in high school after failing to make it as a cheerleader.
Chose not to spend much time with her young co-star Jacob Tremblay prior to filming on "Room" in order to make their characters' introduction feel more real.
"I get recognised sometimes. But I just live my life. I get on the bus, I get on the subway, it's not a problem. I think of myself more as a character actor than that ingenue leading lady, who started out something like Michelle Pfeiffer, or Jessica Lange. I'm a bit quirkier than that." - from The Guardian, July 23, 2005