MARCIA GAY HARDEN Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Marcia Gay Harden                                                               
Born: 14 August 1959 La Jolla, California, U.S.                                       
Marcia Gay Harden (born August 14, 1959) is an Academy Award-winning American         
Harden, one of five children, was born in La Jolla, California, the daughter of       
Beverly (née Bushfield), a housewife, and Thaddeus Harold Harden, a Texas native     
who was an officer in the Navy. One of her siblings is also named Thaddeus.           
Harden's family frequently moved because of her father's job, living in Japan,       
Germany, Greece, California and Maryland. She graduated from Surrattsville           
High School in Clinton, Maryland in 1976, the University of Texas at Austin with     
a BA in theatre, and the graduate theatre program at New York University with a       
Master of Fine Arts.                                                                 
Harden debuted on Broadway in Tony Kushner's Angels in America in 1993. For her       
film work, she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Pollock (2000),       
and was nominated in the same category for Mystic River (2003). She is currently     
shooting a film called Home, in which she will be playing the role of a mother (to   
her real daughter, Eulala Scheel) as she did in Felicity: An American Girl           
Adventure (2005). Harden also recently completed filming on The Lonely Maiden, a     
comedy that co-stars Morgan Freeman and Christopher Walken.                           
Other notable films include The Imagemaker (1986), her first screen role, in         
which she played a stage manager; the Coen Brothers' Miller's Crossing (1990), a     
1930s mobster drama in which she gained her first wide exposure; the Disney sci-fi   
comedy Flubber (1997), a popular hit in which she co-starred with Robin Williams;     
the supernatural drama Meet Joe Black (1998); Labor of Love (1998), a Lifetime       
Television movie in which she starred with David Marshall Grant; and an all-star     
adventure-drama of aging astronauts, Space Cowboys (2000). She also guest-starred     
as an FBI undercover agent (named Dana Lewis; undercover alias Star Morrison)         
posing as a white-supremacist in "Raw", an episode of the popular crime drama         
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for which she has been nominated for Best           
Guest Actress in a Drama Series. She recently reprised the role in the series'       
eighth season premiere. In 2007, Harden appeared in six films: The Invisible,         
The Mist, Rails & Ties, Thomas Kinkade's Home for Christmas, Home and the             
critically acclaimed Into the Wild.