California Institute of the Arts
University of California at Berkeley
Appeared on a number of episodes of the series "Colony"
Appeared in the period film "The Age of Adaline "
Acted alongside Drew Barrymore in "Big Miracle," a drama centered on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle
Cast in the action drama feature "Machine Gun Preacher," starring Gerard Butler
Cast in the drama "Take Shelter" opposite Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain
Co-starred with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in "Last Chance Harvey"
Cast in the feature adatation of "The Jane Austen Book Club," as Bernadette a 67-years-young yoga enthusiast
Cast in the ensemble "Nine Lives"; Rodrigo García directs a series of vignettes, offering glimpses into the lives of nine women
Joined the cast of supernatural drama series "Medium" (NBC, CBS) in the recurring role of Marjorie Dubois
Played Jennifer Garner's mother in the coming-of-age romantic comedy "13 Going on 30"
Featured in "Cold Mountain," which starred Nicole Kidman and Jude Law
Played Gladys in the made for television movie "Door to Door"; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a TV-movie
Acted opposite Robert Duvall in "Assassination Tango"
Co-starred in the thriller "The Glass House"
Received sixth career Emmy nomination for guest role of a controling mother on Fox's "Boston Public," created by David E. Kelley; joined cast as series regular during the 2001-02 season
Had featured role in the Sundance-screened episodic film "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her"; aired on Showtime in 2001
Earned an Emmy nomination for a guest appearance on "Touched By an Angel" (CBS)
Starred as a woman who employs a magic ring to make her ordinary life spectacular in the Showtime original children's movie "Ratz"
Reteamed with director Michael Pressman as a single-minded social worker in the holiday drama "A Season for Miracles" (CBS)
Had featured role as one of the nurses at the orphanage in Lasse Hallstrom's adaptation "The Cider House Rules"
Starred as a survivor of the Oklahoma City bombing who struggles to deal with her life after the tragedy in Lifetime's "Oklahoma City: A Survivor's Story"
Had a recurring role on "The Practice" (ABC) as a woman accused of murdering a baby
Played a widowed mother of two sons in the period drama "Inventing the Abbotts"
Starred in the fact-based TV-movie "Not in This Town" (USA Network) as a community activist working to lessen the influence of white supremecists
Featured in the HBO original TV-movie "Weapons of Mass Distraction"
Featured on the ABC anthology series "Gun"
Played the sister-in-law of a man mourning his wife's death in "To Gillian on her 37th Birthday"
Featured in the independent drama "Lush Life" (Showtime)
Reteamed with De Niro in "Mad Dog and Glory"
Was a supporting player in the comedy "Article 99" and the thriller "Jennifer 8"
First role as a TV series regular, "Picket Fences" (CBS); won three Emmy Awards playing the wife of the town sheriff in this quirky drama-comedy created by David E. Kelley
Starred in the NBC TV-movie "One Special Victory"
Featured in the HBO original film "The Image"
Had a memorable featured role as a flirty neighbor smitten with Johnny Depp in "Edward Scissorhands"
Starred with Robert De Niro as a spinster schoolteacher who puts her life on hold to watch over her troubled brother (Ed Harris) in the drama feature "Jacknife"
Played the mother of a suicidal teen in the moving drama "Permanent Record"
Co-starred with Michael Keaton as a recovering drug addict in "Clean and Sober"
Co-starred as a doomed prostitute in the feature "Street Smart"
Guest starred on episodes of "Amazing Stories" (NBC) and "Mariah" (ABC)
First feature leading role, "My Sister's Keeper"
Had early television credit as co-star in the fact-based TV-movie "Nobody's Child" (CBS)
Made Off-Broadway debut reprising role in "Fool For Love"
Film acting debut in "The Right Stuff", starring Shepard and Harris
Returned to California
Moved to Paris to study cooking at Le Cordon Bleu
Successfully auditioned for the CalArts acting program; attended for one year and subsequently dropped out
Began acting in Albuquerque Children's Theatre around age ten.
Auditioned at the Magic Theatre while working as a pastry chef in San Francisco.
Was spotted by Sam Shepard while starring in a production of "The Man Who Killed Buddha" at the Magic Theatre.
On abandoning acting school in the early 1970s: "I was brought up in a very polite household and I didn't feel happy doing that violent, '70s kind of 'Oh, Calcutta' theater.We were all told that we would have to be completely naked on stage, have blood thrown all over us. Genet came to visit us with a play, and in it a guy was naked, hanging from chains and everybody threw blood all over him. That's admirable. That's kamikaze acting, but I wasn't going to do it with Joe Blow or Fred Normal in acting class on a Thursday afternoon." – quoted in The New York Times, March 5, 1989