Lindsay Crouse

Actor, Dancer, Flutist
An excellent character actress of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Crouse had established herself as an outstanding off-Broadway actress in such roles as Ophelia opposite William Hurt's "Hamlet" and Viola in "Twelfth Night; she ... Read more »
Born: 05/11/1948 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (71)

Somewhere Slow 2014 (Movie)

Katherine Franklin (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Flash Forward 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Civil Wars 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drive 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Millennium 1996 - 1997, 2001 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mr. Brooks 2007 (Movie)

Captain Lister (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2001 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Providence 2001 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Almost Salinas 2003 (Movie)

Allie (Actor)

Hack 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Dragnet 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alias 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cherish 2002 (Movie)

Therapist (Actor)

Frasier 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Impostor 2002 (Movie)

Chancellor (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Warden 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1993, 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

Sharon Tiller (Actor)

Progeny 1998 (Movie)

Dr Susan Lamarche (Actor)

Prefontaine 1997 (Movie)

Elfriede Prefontaine (Actor)

ER 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Arrival 1996 (Movie)

Ilana Green (Actor)

The Juror 1996 (Movie)

Tallow (Actor)

Between Mother and Daughter 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Bye, Bye Love 1995 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

The Indian in the Cupboard 1995 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Being Human 1994 (Movie)

Janet (Actor)

Final Appeal 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Traps 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Made in America? 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Health Quarterly (05/20/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

Living Against the Odds 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

Desperate Hours 1990 (Movie)

Chandler (Actor)

Local Heroes, Global Change 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Narrator

American Nuclear 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Communion, A True Story 1989 (Movie)

Anne Strieber (Actor)

Sex and the Married Detective 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Lemon Sky 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

House of Games 1987 (Movie)

Dr Margaret Ford (Actor)

Iceman 1984 (Movie)

Dr Diane Brady (Actor)

Places in the Heart 1984 (Movie)

Margaret Lomax (Actor)

Daniel 1983 (Movie)

Rochelle (Actor)

The Verdict 1982 (Movie)

Kaitlin Costello Price (Actor)

Prince of the City 1981 (Movie)

Carla Ciello (Actor)

Between the Lines 1977 (Movie)

Abbie (Actor)

Slap Shot 1977 (Movie)

Lily Braden (Actor)

All the President's Men 1976 (Movie)

Kay Eddy (Actor)

Eleanor and Franklin 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Brimstone (TV Show)

Actor

Chantilly Lace (TV Show)

Actor

Final Appeal (Movie)

(Actor)

I Want to Go Home (TV Show)

Actor

If These Walls Could Talk (TV Show)

Actor

Norma Jean & Marilyn (TV Show)

Actor

One Hell of a Guy (TV Show)

Actor

Out of Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Parallel Lives (TV Show)

Actor

Summer Solstice (TV Show)

Actor

Total Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An excellent character actress of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Crouse had established herself as an outstanding off-Broadway actress in such roles as Ophelia opposite William Hurt's "Hamlet" and Viola in "Twelfth Night; she won an Obie in her then-husband David Mamet's "Reunion" in 1980. After a strong cameo in "The Verdict" (1982), a moving performance as an Ethel Rosenberg-inspired character in "Daniel" (1983) and an Oscar-nominated turn in "Places in the Heart" (1984), Crouse played a cool, impressive lead in "House of Games" (1987), written and directed by Mamet. Her film career picked up in the mid-1990s with turns as Randy Quaid's ex-wife in "Bye Bye, Love" (1994), as the boy's mother in "The Indian in the Cupboard" (1995) and in support of Charlie Sheen in sci-fi actioner "The Arrival" (1996). Crouse also appeared briefly as Marilyn Monroe's acting coach in "Norma Jean and Marilyn" (HBO, 1996). She is the daughter of playwright/producer Russel Crouse.

Relationships

Russel Crouse

Father
born in 1889 died in 1966 collaborated with Howard Lindsay on such plays and musicals as "Life With Father", "The State of the Union", "Call Me Madam" and "The Sound of Music"

Anna Crouse

Mother
board member of Lincoln Center Theater

Robert Duvall Actor

Companion
Together in the 1970s Lived together when Crouse met future husband David Mamet; no longer together

Zosia Mamet Actor

Daughter
Born Feb. 2, 1988; father, David Mamet

David Mamet Actor

Husband
Married Dec. 21, 1977 He directed her in "House of Games" (1987) Divorced 1990

Willa Mamet

Daughter
born c. 1982

Zosia Mamet

Daughter
born February 2, 1988 in Randolph, Vermont

EDUCATION

Radcliffe College

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1970

Milestones

2001

Co-starred with John Mahoney in the L.A. premiere of stage play "The Weir"

2001

Appeared alongside Ally Sheedy in the TNT drama "The Warden"

1999

Offered fine turn as Lowell Bergman's wife in the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "The Insider"

1997

Acted in "Prefontaine", portraying the runner's mom

1996

Portrayed Marilyn Monroe's acting coach in the HBO movie "Norma Jean and Marilyn"

1995

Cast as Randy Quaid's bitter ex-wife in "Bye Bye, Love"

1994

Was a regular on the short-lived CBS police drama "Traps"

1994

Reteamed with Yellen for the similarly improved "Parallel Lives" (Showtime)

1993

Acted in the ensemble of the improved TV-movie "Chantilly Lace", a Showtime comedy-drama directed by Linda Yellen

1991

Returned to Broadway in revival of Harold Pinter's play "The Homecoming"

1989

Played the wife of a man convinced he had been abducted by aliens in "Communion"

1987

Moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts (date approximate)

1987

Had starring role in then-husband David Mamet's film "House of Games"; portrayed a psychiatrist who agrees to help a patient get out of his gambling debt

1984

Received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination as a married woman whose husband is having an affair in a small Texas town in "Places in the Heart"

1984

Co-starred with Timothy Hutton in "Iceman"

1982

Second movie with Paul Newman, "The Verdict"; scripted by Mamet

1981

Played the lead character of Margaret (essayed by Myrna Loy) in flashbacks in the ABC drama "Summer Solstice"

1979

Member of the Circle Repertory Company; acted in such acclaimed productions as "Reunion" (1979) and "Childe Byron" (1981)

1977

Had featured role as the wealthy wife of a hockey player (Michael Ontkean) in "Slap Shot"; first film with Paul Newman

1977

Featured in the ensemble of "Between the Lines", a low-budget comedy-drama about the staff of an underground Boston newspaper

1976

TV-movie debut in "Eleanor and Franklin" (ABC)

1976

Screen acting debut in "All the President's Men"

1972

Made first Broadway appearance in the acclaimed New York Shakespeare Festival revival of "Much Ado About Nothing"

Had recurring role on the popular NBC police drama "Hill Street Blues"

Had recurring role in episodes of the popular series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB)

Bonus Trivia

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Named after father's writing partner Howard Lindsay.

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"Crouse and Mamet were always an odd pair; to put it mildly. The story goes that he fell in love with her onsceen in the 1977 Paul Newman hockey movie "Slap Shot", and they married less than three months after meeting to do "Reunion" at Yale Rep. A marriage of such temperamental opposites would seem difficult to pull off under the best of circumstacnes, and Mamet's turn to movie directing meant many separations. His inflluence on Crouse's career, as in her starring role as a psychiatirst in his first film, "House of Games" (1987), can only be characterized as mixed: As a New York theater critic obseved 'He always made her look absolutely hideous', or in Ddavid Denby's words, 'Lindsay Crouse, faithfully carrying out her husband's design, gives an almost completely waxen, zomboid performance.'" --Kathy Henderson in Theaterweek, November 18, 1991.

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