Marcia Gay Harden

Actor, Dancer, Baby sitter
Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden took home an Oscar statuette for her portrayal of artist Lee Krasner in the biopic "Pollock" (2000), although by then the raven-haired actress - who often drew comparisons ... Read more »
Born: 08/13/1959 in La Jolla, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (101)

Fifty Shades of Grey 2015 (Movie)

Mrs. Grey (Actor)

How To Get Away With Murder 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elsa & Fred 2014 (Movie)

Lydia (Actor)

Get a Job 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Grandma 2014 (Movie)

Judy (Actor)

Magic in the Moonlight 2014 (Movie)

Mrs. Baker (Actor)

The Librarian 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Newsroom 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trophy Wife 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

You're Not You 2014 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996, 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1995 - 1996, 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

If I Were You 2013 (Movie)

Madelyn (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2005 - 2006, 2010, 2013 (Tv Show)

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Parkland 2013 (Movie)

Nurse Doris Nelson (Actor)

A Cat in Paris 2012 (Movie)

Jeanne (Voice)

Bent 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Body of Proof 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Detachment 2012 (Movie)

Principal Carol Dearden (Actor)

Scott Turow's Innocent 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You 2012 (Movie)

Marjorie Dunfour (Actor)

The Wine of Summer 2012 (Movie)

Shelley (Actor)

Royal Pains 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Damages 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home 2009 (Movie)

Inga (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Whip It 2009 (Movie)

Brooke Cavendar (Actor)

Fog City Mavericks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Julia Roberts: American Cinematheque Tribute 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Maiden Heist 2008 (Movie)

Rose Barlow (Actor)

The 2007 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Canvas 2007 (Movie)

Mary Mariano (Actor)

Into the Wild 2007 (Movie)

Billie McCandless (Actor)

Rails & Ties 2007 (Movie)

Megan Stark (Actor)

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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The Hoax 2007 (Movie)

Edith Irving (Actor)

The Invisible 2007 (Movie)

Diane Powell (Actor)

The Mist 2007 (Movie)

Mrs. Carmody (Actor)

Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage 2007 (Movie)

Maryanne Kinkade (Actor)

A Concert for Hurricane Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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American Dreamz 2006 (Movie)

First Lady (Actor)

American Gun 2006 (Movie)

Janet Huttenson (Actor)

The Dead Girl 2006 (Movie)

Melora (Actor)

Wrestling with Angels 2006 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bad News Bears 2005 (Movie)

Liz Whitewood (Actor)

Oscar Countdown 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

P.S. 2004 (Movie)

Missy Goldberg (Actor)

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to Mooseport 2004 (Movie)

Grace Sutherland (Actor)

Casa de Los Babys 2003 (Movie)

Nan (Actor)

Gaudi Afternoon 2003 (Movie)

Frankie Stevens (Actor)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

Nancy Abbey (Actor)

Mystic River 2003 (Movie)

Celeste Boyle (Actor)

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Education of Max Bickford 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Totally Tube 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Walking Shadow 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Pollock 2000 (Movie)

Lee Krasner (Actor)

Space Cowboys 2000 (Movie)

Sara Holland (Actor)

Small Vices 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Measures 1998 (Movie)

Samantha Hawkins (Actor)

Labor of Love 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Meet Joe Black 1998 (Movie)

Allison (Actor)

Flubber 1997 (Movie)

Sara Jean Reynolds (Actor)

The Daytrippers 1997 (Movie)

Libby (Actor)

Far Harbor 1996 (Movie)

Arabella (Actor)

Spy Hard 1996 (Movie)

Miss Cheevus (Actor)

The First Wives Club 1996 (Movie)

Dr Leslie Rosen (Actor)

The Spitfire Grill 1996 (Movie)

Shelby Goddard (Actor)

Talking With 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Safe Passage 1994 (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

Crush 1993 (Movie)

Lane (Actor)

In the Wings: Angels in America on Broadway 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Used People 1992 (Movie)

Norma (Actor)

Late For Dinner 1991 (Movie)

Joy Husband (Actor)

Miller's Crossing 1990 (Movie)

Verna (Actor)

Florence 1989 (Movie)

Florence/Jane (Actor)

Sleep Well, Professor Oliver 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Convict Cowboy (TV Show)

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Fever (TV Show)

Actor

Guilty Hearts (TV Show)

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In Broad Daylight (TV Show)

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In From the Night (TV Show)

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In the Lion's Den (TV Show)

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King Of Texas (TV Show)

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None So Blind (TV Show)

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See You in My Dreams (TV Show)

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She's Too Young (TV Show)

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Sinatra (TV Show)

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Thin Air: A Spenser Mystery (TV Show)

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Biography

Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden took home an Oscar statuette for her portrayal of artist Lee Krasner in the biopic "Pollock" (2000), although by then the raven-haired actress - who often drew comparisons to screen goddess Ava Gardner - had already earned a solid reputation on Broadway. She began her career playing the gun-toting moll Verna Bernbaum in the Coen Brothers' ode to 1930s gangsters films, "Miller's Crossing" (1990) prior to earning Tony nominations for performances in stage productions that included Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" in 1993. Following her "Pollock" win, Harden became an in-demand central player in acclaimed dramas like "Space Cowboys" (2000), "Mystic River" (2003) and "Into the Wild" (2007); although broader portrayals in such genre fare as the adaptation of the Stephen King novella "The Mist" (2007) also proved easily within the versatile actress' wheelhouse. Whether the script called for a devoted wife, glamorous movie star, or religious zealot, Harden's name was frequently at the top of casting agents' wish lists, maintaining her status as one of film's busiest supporting actresses.

Relationships

Thaddeus Harden

Father

Beverly Harden

Mother

Thaddeus Harden

Brother

Thaddaeus D Scheel Location Scout

Husband
Met during filming of "The Spitfire Grill" (1996) Married July 9, 1996 Harden filed for divorce in 2012

Eulala Grace Harden Scheel Actor

Daughter
Born September 1998; father, Thaddaeus D. Scheel Acted together in "Home" (2008) and "Whip It" (2009)

Julitta Scheel

Daughter
Born April 22, 2004; twin of Hudson; father, Thaddaeus D. Scheel

Hudson Scheel

Son
Born April 22, 2004; twin of Julitta; father, Thaddaeus D. Scheel

EDUCATION

Surratsville Senior High School

Clinton , Maryland 1976
Graduated a year early

New York University

New York , New York
Attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas 1983
Studied with film director Edward Dmytryk

Attended first year of college in Greece

Continued her studies in Munich, Germany

University of Maryland

Baltimore , Maryland
Transferred to Texas

Milestones

2013

Appeared on "The Newsroom" as the high-powered New York attorney, Rebecca Halliday

2010

Cast in multi-episode arc on USA Network's "Royal Pains" as Dr. Elizabeth Blair, a surgeon and board member of Hamptons Heritage Hospital

2009

Played Ellen Page's overbearing mother in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut "Whip It"

2009

Returned to the stage for Broadway production of Yasmina Reza’s "God of Carnage"

2009

Joined cast of "Damages" (FX) for second season

2009

Co-starred with Anna Paquin in CBS TV movie "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler"

2007

Played the mother of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) in Sean Penn's adaptation of non-fiction book "Into the Wild"

2007

Co-starred in Alison Eastwood's directorial debut "Rails and Ties"

2006

Played a Laura Bush-esque first lady opposite Dennis Quaid in Paul Weitz's political satire "American Dreamz"

2006

Portrayed a devastated mother of a Columbine-type killer in "American Gun"

2005

Cast opposite Billy Bob Thornton in remake of "Bad News Bears"

2005

Landed recurring role as undercover agent Dana Lewis on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)

2004

Played Gene Hackman's former girlfriend in comedy "Welcome to Mooseport"

2004

Cast opposite Laura Linney and Topher Grace in "P.S."

2003

Played Tim Robbins' wife in Clint Eastwood directed "Mystic River"

2003

Appeared opposite Julia Roberts in "Mona Lisa Smile"

2001

Co-starred with Richard Dreyfuss in "The Education of Max Bickford" (CBS)

2001

Acted in New York Shakespeare Festival summer production of "The Seagull," staged in Central Park by Mike Nichols

2001

Again reprised Susan Silverman in A&E's "Walking Shadow"

2001

Co-starred as a woman who asks a writer friend (Judy Davis) to help her locate her missing husband in "Gaudi Afternoon"

2000

Delivered scene-stealing turn as artist Lee Krasner in biopic "Pollock," directed by and co-starring Ed Harris

2000

Reprised Susan Silverman in sequel "Thin Air: A Spenser Mystery" (A&E)

2000

Had featured role as a NASA engineer romanced by astronaut Tommy Lee Jones in "Space Cowboys"

1999

Played Susan Silverman, the girlfriend of private eye Spenser (Joe Mantegna) in "Small Vices" (A&E)

1998

Portrayed a single woman who decides to have a child with her gay best friend until she meets a man she thinks may be Mr. Right in "Labor of Love" (Lifetime)

1998

Appeared as one of Anthony Hopkins' daughters in "Meet Joe Black"

1997

Played an FBI agent in HBO docudrama "Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing"

1997

Co-starred opposite Robin Williams in "Flubber"

1996

Offered fine supporting turn as an abused wife in "The Spitfire Grill"

1995

Delivered a monologue about the death of her character's mother in "Talking With" (PBS), directed by Kathy Bates

1994

Starred opposite Ed Harris and Beverly D'Angelo in Sam Shepard's play "Simpatico"

1993

Acted in off-Broadway play "The Years" alongside Frank Whaley and Paul McCrane

1993

Appeared on Broadway as Harper Pitt in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches"; earned a Tony nomination; later reprised role in the epic's second half "Angels in America: Perestroika"

1992

Delivered a strong turn as a pop culture freak who dresses up as various actresses in "Used People"

1992

Portrayed screen siren Ava Gardner in CBS miniseries biography "Sinatra"

1990

Had title role in Rebecca Miller's short "Florence," playing an empathetic woman who develops amnesia

1990

Made feature film acting debut as Verna in the Coen brothers' "Miller's Crossing"

1987

Appeared in "In the Lion's Den," an unsold pilot presented on "CBS Summer Playhouse"

1983

Completed her BA at University of Texas

1973

At age 13, posed as a boy for a period in Japan

Began acting on Munich stage performing in plays by Edward Albee and Chekhov

Moved to Washington, DC; began acting in regional theater and local TV

Began college in Athens, Greece

Moved several times throughout her school years as the daughter of a Navy captain

Developed interest in theater while living in Greece by attending plays at the Herodus Atticus, an old theater near base of the Parthenon (date approximate)

Continued studies in Munich, Germany

Bonus Trivia

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Harden was trained in various circus skills including the trapeze, tightrope, and juggling.

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Harden was nominated for two Helen Hayes awards as leading actress for the productions of "Crimes of the Heart" and "The Miss Firecracker Contest."

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"Until people get to know me, they see a dark, hard, sensuous bitch." – Harden to David Richards in The New York Times, Nov. 4, 1992

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"You know, I swore that if I ever won an Oscar, that I would say thank you to all the waiters and waitresses who used to cover my shift for me so I could run downtown on the subway and audition. I wish I'd said something to the waiters." – Harden in the press room, after winning her Best Supporting Actress Oscar, March 27, 2001

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On December 15, 2003, Harden's young nephew and niece were killed in a tragic fire. The deaths occurred when the Queens, NY apartment, owned by her former sister-in-law, went up in flames after a burning candle set a sofa on fire. Her ex-sister-in-law also later died from injuries received in the fire.

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