Amy Madigan

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Amy Madigan
Amy Madigan at the 41st Emmy Awards cropped and altered.jpg
Madigan at the 1989 Emmy Awards
BornAmy Marie Madigan
(1950-09-11) September 11, 1950 (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress, Singer
Years active1981 – present
Spouse(s)Ed Harris (1983–present)
 
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Amy Madigan
Amy Madigan at the 41st Emmy Awards cropped and altered.jpg
Madigan at the 1989 Emmy Awards
BornAmy Marie Madigan
(1950-09-11) September 11, 1950 (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress, Singer
Years active1981 – present
Spouse(s)Ed Harris (1983–present)

Amy Marie Madigan[1] (born September 11, 1950) is an American actress and musician. Her film appearances include Places in the Heart, Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck, Pollock, and Gone Baby Gone. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Twice in a Lifetime in 1985. She also won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1989 for her portrayal of Sarah Weddington in the television film Roe vs. Wade.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Southside, Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of John Madigan (1918-2012), a well-known journalist who gave political commentary on shows like Meet the Press and Face the Nation, and worked for Newsweek. He interviewed a range of political figures from Richard Nixon to Martin Luther King, Jr. and hosted his own show with WBBM (AM). Her mother was Dolores (née Hanlon; 1921–1992), an administrative assistant and amateur actress who performed in community theatre. [2][3]She attended Catholic schools and performed in school plays. In the 60s, she studied piano and instrument at Chicago Conservatory of Music, and then graduated from Marquette University with a degree in philosophy. [4] Her ancestry on both sides of her family is Irish.

Madigan has been married to actor Ed Harris since November 21, 1983. The couple has one child together, a daughter, Lily Dolores Harris, born on May 3, 1993. Madigan and her husband have been frequent collaborators over the course of their careers.

Theatre[edit]

Madigan made her Broadway debut in the role of Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1992 opposite Jessica Lange as her sister Blanche du Bois. She made her Off-Broadway debut in 1987 performing in The Lucky Spot by Beth Henley, for which Madigan received a Theatre World Award. In 1988, she performed in A Lie of the Mind at the Mark Taper Forum and in 1990 she starred opposite Paula Kelly in Stevie Wants To Play The Blues by Eduardo Machado, for which she won a Drama-Logue Award.[5][6]

Music[edit]

In the 70s, Madigan pursued a career as a musician, singing lead vocals for the band Jelly, whose only album, A True Story, was released by Asylum Records in 1977. In June of 1978, Madigan appeared in Playboy Magazine nude and covered in jelly, to promote her band. She toured across the United States performing for several bands throughout the 70s.[7]

Amy Madigan as McCoy and Michael Paré as Tom Cody in Streets of Fire

Film and television[edit]

In the 80s, Madigan transitioned from a singing career to acting and studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Her first television role was on an episode of Hart to Hart in 1981, which she followed with the Emmy-nominated television film Crazy Times. She made her film debut in 1982 with Love Child, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year. In 1983, she was in the Emmy-winning television film The Day After.

In 1984, she played McCoy in the cult-film Streets of Fire, and also had a supporting role in Places in the Heart, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 1985, she was in the television film The Laundromat by Marsha Norman, opposite Carol Burnett, for which she won a CableACE Award, and co-starred with her husband Ed Harris in Alamo Bay directed by Louis Malle. Also in 1985 she portrayed Sunny (Mackenzie) Sobel in Twice in a Lifetime, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1988, she was nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance in The Prince of Pennsylvania. [8]

In 1989, Madigan played the wife of Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. That same year, she played Chanice Kobolowski, the girlfriend of John Candy's character, in the John Hughes film Uncle Buck and won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Emmy Award for her performance as Sarah Weddington in the television film, Roe vs. Wade. In 1991, she starred opposite Olympia Dukakis in the Emmy-nominated television film Lucky Day.

In 1996, she and Ed Harris produced and starred in the television film Riders of the Purple Sage and she also starred with Tilda Swinton in Female Perversions. In 1997 she was nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance in the film Loved.

In 2000, she portrayed Peggy Guggenheim in the Oscar-winning film Pollock, which her husband directed, produced, and starred in. In 2002 she had a supporting role in the Emmy-nominated television film The Laramie Project, and in 2006 she had a supporting role in the Emmy-winning television film The Path to 9/11.

In 2007, Madigan played the sister-in-law of Amy Ryan's character, as Beatrice "Bea" McCready, in the Oscar-nominated film Gone Baby Gone, directed by Ben Affleck. In 2008, she began playing Dr. Wyatt on several episodes of Grey's Anatomy.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1982VictimsChloe BrillTelevision film
1982Love ChildTerry Jean MooreNominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
1983The Day AfterAlison RansomTelevision film
1983Love LettersWendy
1984Places in the HeartViola Kelsey
1984Streets of FireMcCoy
1985Alamo BayGlory
1985The LaundromatDeedee JohnsonTelevision film
CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special
1985Twice in a LifetimeSunnyNominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1987Nowhere to HideBarbara Cutter
1988The Prince of PennsylvaniaCarla HeadleeNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1989Field of DreamsAnnie KinsellaNominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
1989Roe vs. WadeSarah WeddingtonTelevision film
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1989Uncle BuckChanice Kobolowski
1993The Dark HalfLiz BeaumontNominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress
1994And Then There was OneRoxy VentolaTelevision film
CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1996Riders of the Purple SageJane WithersteenTelevision film
1996Female PerversionsMaddie Stephens
1998A Bright Shining LieMary Jane VannTelevision film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1999Having Our SayAmy Hill HearthTelevision film
2000PollockPeggy Guggenheim
2000In the Name of the PeopleConnie MurphyTelevision film
2002A Time for DancingJackie Russell
2002Just a DreamCindy WilderTelevision film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2002The Laramie ProjectReggie FlutyTelevision film
2004The DiscontentsBeth Walker
2004In the Land of Milk and MoneyArlyne
2005Winter PassingLori Lansky
2007Gone Baby GoneBea McCready
2008Living ProofFran ViscoTelevision film
2010VirginiaRoseanna Tipton
2011That's What I AmPrincipal Kelner
2012Future WeatherGreta
2013The LifeguardJustine
2013Sweet VengeanceMadame Bovary
2014Shirin in LoveRachel
2014FronteraOlivia
2015The Grey LadyPost-production
2015StuckSuePost-production

Television[edit]

YearShowRoleNotes
1981Hart to HartAdeleEpisode: "Slow Boat to Murder"
1981CHiPsJewel BennettEpisode: "Finders Keepers"
1988American PlayhouseSarah PennEpisode: "The Revolt of Mother"
1994FrasierMaggieEpisode: "Flour Child"
2003–2005CarnivàleIris Crowe22 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
2007Criminal MindsJane2 episodes
2008Saving GraceGretchen LagardiEpisode: "A Little Hometown Love"
2008–2009Grey's AnatomyDr. Wyatt9 episodes
2009ERMary Taggart2 episodes
2010Law & OrderEmily RyanEpisode: "Innocence"
2010–2011FringeMarilyn Dunham3 episodes
2011Memphis BeatKate MurphyEpisode: "The Feud"
2012The Dust BowlSanora BabbEpisode: "Reaping the Whirlwind"

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1983Golden Globe AwardsNew Star of the Year – ActressLove ChildNominated
1985CableACE AwardsBest Actress in a Theatrical or Dramatic SpecialThe LaundromatWon
1986Academy AwardsBest Supporting ActressTwice in a LifetimeNominated
Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Motion PictureNominated
1989Independent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleThe Prince of PennsylvaniaNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieRoe vs. WadeNominated
1990Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressField of DreamsNominated
Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmRoe vs. WadeWon
1993Fangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest ActressThe Dark HalfNominated
1995CableACE AwardsBest Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesAnd Then There Was OneWon
1998Independent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleLovedNominated
1999Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmA Bright Shining LieNominated
2003Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmJust a DreamNominated
2004Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaCarnivàleNominated

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