Virginia Madsen

Actor
Though she spent the first two decades of her career languishing in small, thankless parts or leading roles in erotic thrillers, actor Virginia Madsen finally had the role of a lifetime with her subtle, touching ... Read more »
Born: 09/10/1961 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (99)

Joy 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lost Boy 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody Knows Anything 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Burning Bodhi 2014 (Movie)

Naomi (Actor)

Jake Squared 2014 (Movie)

Beth (Actor)

Road to Capri 2014 (Movie)

Katherine (Actor)

The Art of Love 2014 (Movie)

Abigail Carver (Actor)

All the Wilderness 2013 (Movie)

Abigail Charm (Actor)

Anna Nicole 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Crazy Kind of Love 2013 (Movie)

Augusta (Actor)

The Hot Flashes 2013 (Movie)

Clementine Winks (Actor)

Witches of East End 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hell on Wheels 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hornet's Nest 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic Of Belle Isle 2012 (Movie)

Charlotte O' Neil (Actor)

Father of Invention 2011 (Movie)

Lorraine (Actor)

Red Riding Hood 2011 (Movie)

Suzette (Actor)

The Event 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scoundrels 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Monk 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Haunting in Connecticut 2009 (Movie)

Sara Campbell (Actor)

Diminished Capacity 2008 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Dog Whisperer 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ripple Effect 2008 (Movie)

Sherry (Actor)

Smith 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Astronaut Farmer 2007 (Movie)

Audrey "Audie" Farmer (Actor)

The Number 23 2007 (Movie)

Agatha Sparrow/Fabrizia (Actor)

A Prairie Home Companion 2006 (Movie)

Dangerous Woman (Actor)

Firewall 2006 (Movie)

Beth Stanfield (Actor)

Teen Titans 2003 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Artworks 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Justice League Unlimited 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

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

Actor

American Gun 2004 (Movie)

Penny (Actor)

Sideways 2004 (Movie)

Maya (Actor)

Tempted 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Almost Salinas 2003 (Movie)

Clare (Actor)

American Dreams 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boomtown 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dawson's Creek 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spider-Man 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

Louis L'Amour's Crossfire Trail 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Lying in Wait 2001 (Movie)

Vera Miller (Actor)

The Practice 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

After Sex 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 4th Annual Celebrity Weddings: In Style 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ballad of the Nightingale 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frasier 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Full Disclosure 1999 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

The Haunting 1999 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Star Trek: Voyager 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Florentine 1998 (Movie)

Molly (Actor)

Unsolved Mysteries 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Grisham's The Rainmaker 1997 (Movie)

Jackie Lemanczyk (Actor)

Just Your Luck 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Robert Ludlum's The Apocalypse Watch 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

Dixie DeLaughter (Actor)

The Prophecy 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Linda 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Caroline at Midnight 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Becoming Colette 1992 (Movie)

Polaire Sorel (Actor)

Candyman 1992 (Movie)

Helen Lyle (Actor)

Highlander II: the Quickening 1991 (Movie)

Louise Marcus (Actor)

The Hot Spot 1990 (Movie)

Dolly Harshaw (Actor)

Heart of Dixie 1989 (Movie)

Delia June Curry (Actor)

Hot to Trot 1988 (Movie)

Allison Rowe (Actor)

Mr. North 1988 (Movie)

Sally Boffin (Actor)

Long Gone 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Slam Dance 1987 (Movie)

Yolanda Caldwell (Actor)

Zombie High 1987 (Movie)

Andrea (Actor)

Fire With Fire 1986 (Movie)

Lisa Taylor (Actor)

Modern Girls 1986 (Movie)

Kelly (Actor)

Creator 1985 (Movie)

Barbara Spencer (Actor)

Dune 1984 (Movie)

Princess Irulan (Actor)

Electric Dreams 1984 (Movie)

Madeline (Actor)

Class 1983 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

A Matter of Principle (TV Show)

Actor

Ambushed (TV Show)

Actor

Bitter Vengeance (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Tiger (TV Show)

Actor

Brave New Girl (TV Show)

Actor

Children of Fortune (TV Show)

Actor

Complicated Women (TV Show)

Actor

Gotham (TV Show)

Actor

Ironclads (TV Show)

Actor

Just Ask My Children (TV Show)

Actor

Love Kills (TV Show)

Actor

Mussolini: The Untold Story (TV Show)

Actor

Third Degree Burn (TV Show)

Actor

Victim of Love (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Father of Invention 2011 (Movie)

("Tap That Ass") (Song)

Father of Invention 2011 (Movie)

"Baby's Yesterday" (Song Performer)
Producer (2)

Fighting Gravity 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ripple Effect 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Though she spent the first two decades of her career languishing in small, thankless parts or leading roles in erotic thrillers, actor Virginia Madsen finally had the role of a lifetime with her subtle, touching portrayal of a waitress and wine connoisseur in Alexander Payne's critically acclaimed "Sideways" (2004). Nominated for her first Academy Award, Madsen earned a large degree of respectability that had previously been lacking despite a long and varied career in film and on television. Prior to "Sideways," she went back and forth between rather forgettable movies like "Zombie High" (1987) and "Hot to Trot" (1988) to more interesting small screen fare like "Third Degree Burn" (HBO, 1989) and "Blue Tiger" (HBO, 1994). A turn to series television in the late 1990s, including a co-hosting job on "Unsolved Mysteries" (CBS/NBC, 1988-1999), as well as recurring stints on "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004) and "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004), helped Madsen branch out and put her talents on full display. But after "Sideways," she found herself at the top of her game, starring opposing top leading men like Harrison Ford and Jim Carrey, and finally enjoying the successful career many felt the actress had long deserved.

Relationships

Billy Campbell Actor

Companion
Began dating 1981 Briefly engaged in early 1980s No longer together

Nick Holmes Actor

Companion
In September 2011, Madsen introduced Holmes as her "lover" while making the rounds during New York Fashion Week; she confirmed with People magazine they had been dating for some time

Danny Huston Actor

Husband
Married Sept. 2, 1989 Divorced in 1992

Cal Madsen

Father
Divorced from Madsen's mother in 1968

Michael Madsen Actor

Brother
Born Sept. 25, 1957 Acted together in "Ballad of the Nightingale" (1998) and "The Florentine" (1999)

Elaine Madsen

Mother
Divorced from Madsen's father in 1968

Cheryl Madsen

Sister

Antonio Sabato Jr. Actor

Companion
Together from 1993-95

Jack Sabato

Son
Born Aug. 5, 1994; father, Antonio Sabato Jr.

EDUCATION

New Trier High School

Winnetka , Illinois

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois
Attended summer classes in theater and drama

Milestones

2011

Cast as a Senator on NBC mystery drama "The Event"

2011

Appeared in Catherine Hardwicke's horror fantasy "Red Riding Hood"

2010

Co-starred with David James Elliott on ABC's "Scoundrels," about a crime family who tries to go straight when the patriarch goes to prison

2009

Starred in the horror drama "The Haunting in Connecticut"

2008

Featured opposite Matthew Broderick in "Diminished Capacity"

2007

Co-starred in the films "The Number 23" with Jim Carrey and "The Astronaut Farmer" with Billy Bob Thornton

2007

Executive producing debut, "Ripple Effect"; also acted opposite Forest Whitaker

2006

Cast in Robert Altman's ensemble feature "A Prairie Home Companion," based on Garrison Keilor's radio program

2006

Cast as Ray Liotta's unsuspecting wife on the short-lived CBS series "Smith"

2006

Played Harrison Ford's wife in the thriller "Firewall"

2004

Co-starred with Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church and Sandra Oh in Alexander Payne's "Sideways"; received Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress

2002

Cast for one season as Rebecca Sandstrom on the NBC drama "American Dreams"

2001

Starred in the fact-based Lifetime TV-movie "Just Ask My Children"

1998

Joined Robert Stack as co-host of "Unsolved Mysteries" (CBS)

1998

Turned in an effective supporting turn in "John Grisham's 'The Rainmaker'"

1992

Starred in the horror thriller "Candyman"

1990

Offered a fine turn as a femme fatale in "The Hot Spot"

1989

Played Maddie's (Cybill Shepherd) sister on two episodes of ABC's "Moonlighting"

1985

First TV miniseries, "Mussolini: The Untold Story" (NBC)

1984

First lead role in a feature, "Electric Dreams"

1984

TV-movie debut, "A Matter of Principle" for PBS series "American Playhouse"

1983

First feature film, "Class"

Studied dancing and acting throughout her childhood

Took time off acting to concentrate on raising her son

Bonus Trivia

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"This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You work your entire life as an actor to have a single moment of creative freedom like that. It's like I just closed my eyes and drove off the cliff." – Madsen on her role in "Sideways" (2004) to Venice Magazine, December 2004/January 2005

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"There was no research for me to do with Maya. I understand about having a divorce and what it takes to crawl out from underneath [and] come out the other side." – Madsen on the character she portrayed in "Sideways" (2004) to Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 31, 2004

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