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Marcia Gay Harden

Marcia Gay HardenBorn: 14-Aug-1959
Birthplace: La Jolla, CA

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Verna in Miller's Crossing

Marcia Gay Harden was raised in an itinerant military family. She grew up in Japan, Greece, Germany and various places about the United States, always the new kid in a new school in a new town. In college, Harden decided she would be an actress, earning her Bachelor's in theater. When her acting career didn't take off as quickly as she wanted, she completed her MFA at New York University.

On stage, Harden was nominated for a Tony for Angels in America. On film, she had a key role in the 1986 flop thriller The Imagemaker, then returned to the stage for four years. She broke into movies as the "gun-toting, cigarette-smoking, poker-faced moll" (in her words) in Miller's Crossing. Most of her movies since have been forgettable, and most of her film roles have been small. Harden won an Oscar playing Lee Krasner opposite Ed Harris's Jackson Pollock in Pollock (2000). But for Harden's best performance on film, see the bizarre psychological shocker Crush (1992), from New Zealand. She was also Oscar-nominated for the overwrought Mystic River in 2003.

After winning her Oscar for Pollock, Harden shrank into a supporting role on an uninspired TV series, playing second fiddle to famed ham Richard Dreyfuss on The Education of Max Bickford.

Father: Thaddeus "Thad" Harden (US Navy Captain)
Mother: Beverly Bushfield (housewife)
Sister: Leslie Harden Jernigan
Sister: Sheryl Harden Peyton
Brother: Thaddeus Harden Jr. (photographer)
Sister: Stephanie Harden O'Brien
Husband: Thaddeus Scheel (property master, m. 1996, three children)
Daughter: Eulala Grace Harden Scheel (b. Sep-1998)
Son: Hudson Harden Scheel (twin, b. 22-Apr-2004)
Daughter: Julitta Dee Harden Scheel (twin, b. 22-Apr-2004)

    High School: Surrattsville Senior High School, Clinton, MD (1976)
    University: BA Theater, University of Texas at Austin (1980)
    University: MFA, New York University (1988)

    The Creative Coalition Board Member
    Dean for America
    Oscar for Best Supporting Actress 2001 for Pollock
    Howard Johnson
    Endorsement of Gap 2001
    Risk Factors: Smoking

    TELEVISION
    Damages Claire Maddox (2008-)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    You're Not You (27-Sep-2014)
    Magic in the Moonlight (25-Jul-2014)
    Elsa & Fred (7-Mar-2014)
    Parkland (1-Sep-2013)
    If I Were You (10-Jan-2012)
    Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2-Nov-2011)
    Detachment (25-Apr-2011)
    A Cat in Paris (15-Oct-2010) [VOICE]
    Whip It (13-Sep-2009) · Brooke Cavendar
    The Maiden Heist (Jun-2009) · Rose Barlow
    The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (19-Apr-2009)
    Christmas Cottage (11-Nov-2008)
    Home (23-Aug-2008)
    The Mist (21-Nov-2007)
    Rails & Ties (1-Sep-2007)
    Into the Wild (1-Sep-2007)
    The Invisible (8-Apr-2007)
    The Dead Girl (7-Nov-2006)
    The Hoax (15-Oct-2006)
    Canvas (Oct-2006) · Mary Marino
    American Dreamz (4-Mar-2006) · First Lady
    Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner (Jan-2006) · Herself
    Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (29-Nov-2005)
    American Gun (15-Sep-2005) · Janet Huttenson
    Bad News Bears (22-Jul-2005) · Liz Whitewood
    P.S. (3-Sep-2004) · Missy
    Welcome to Mooseport (20-Feb-2004) · Grace
    She's Too Young (16-Feb-2004)
    Mona Lisa Smile (19-Dec-2003) · Nancy Abbey
    Casa de los Babys (5-Sep-2003) · Nan
    Mystic River (23-May-2003)
    King of Texas (23-Mar-2002)
    Guilty Hearts (10-Feb-2002)
    Gaudi Afternoon (May-2001)
    Thin Air (12-Sep-2000)
    Pollock (6-Sep-2000) · Lee Krasner
    Space Cowboys (1-Aug-2000) · Sara Holland
    Curtain Call (30-Aug-1999)
    Spencer: Small Vices (18-Jul-1999)
    Meet Joe Black (2-Nov-1998) · Allison
    Desperate Measures (30-Jan-1998) · Samantha Hawkins
    Flubber (26-Nov-1997) · Sara Jean Reynolds
    Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing (14-Jun-1997)
    Far Harbor (22-Nov-1996) · Arabella
    The First Wives Club (20-Sep-1996) · Dr. Leslie Rosen
    Spy Hard (24-May-1996) · Miss Cheevus
    The Spitfire Grill (24-Jan-1996) · Shelby Goddard
    The Daytrippers (Jan-1996)
    Convict Cowboy (16-Jul-1995) · Maggie Sinclair
    Safe Passage (Dec-1994)
    Used People (16-Dec-1992)
    Sinatra (8-Nov-1992)
    Crush (15-Sep-1992)
    Late for Dinner (20-Sep-1991) · Joy Husband
    Fever (11-May-1991) · Lacy
    In Broad Daylight (3-Feb-1991)
    Miller's Crossing (22-Sep-1990) · Verna
    The Imagemaker (24-Jan-1986)


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