Catherine Keener

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Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener (Berlin Film Festival 2010).jpg
Keener at a press conference for Please Give at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival on February 16, 2010
BornCatherine Ann Keener
(1959-03-23) March 23, 1959 (age 55)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Alma materWheaton College (1983)[1]
OccupationActress
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Dermot Mulroney (1990–2007)
Children1
 
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Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener (Berlin Film Festival 2010).jpg
Keener at a press conference for Please Give at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival on February 16, 2010
BornCatherine Ann Keener
(1959-03-23) March 23, 1959 (age 55)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Alma materWheaton College (1983)[1]
OccupationActress
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Dermot Mulroney (1990–2007)
Children1

Catherine Ann Keener (born March 23, 1959)[2] is an American actress. She has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her roles as Maxine in Being John Malkovich (1999) and Harper Lee in Capote (2005). Keener also appeared in the critically acclaimed films Into the Wild (2007) and Synecdoche, New York (2008).

Early life and education[edit]

Keener was born in Miami, Florida, the third of five children of Evelyn (née Jamiel) and Jim Keener, a manager of an automotive store.[3] She is of Irish descent on her father's side and of Lebanese descent on her mother's.[3][4][5] Keener was raised Roman Catholic and attended Catholic schools. For high school, she attended Monsignor Edward Pace High School.[6][7]

Keener's sister, Elizabeth Keener, is also an actress. Her brother Michael was a Catholic priest for many years, serving at St. Peter and Paul in Miami.

Keener attended Wheaton College, in Norton, Massachusetts, where she lived with an aunt in order to save on room and board, feeling out of place among her more privileged peers.[citation needed] Keener majored in English and history, enrolling in a theater course only when she was unable to get into a photography class.[citation needed] Her first theatrical production was the Wendy Wasserstein play, Uncommon Women and Others, during her Junior year at Wheaton.[citation needed] She graduated with her B.A. from Wheaton College in 1983.

Career[edit]

Keener had a supporting role as Lt. Cricket Sideris in the television series, Ohara about an Asian-American detective. The series ran from January 1987 to May 1988.

Keener's first film appearance was one line in About Last Night... (1986). Although she struggled professionally over the next few years one low-quality project had an unexpected dividend. Keener met her future husband, actor Dermot Mulroney in 1987 while working on Survival Quest (1989), after Mulroney became stuck while attempting to scale a cliff.

She also guest-starred as an artist on an episode of Seinfeld called "The Letter". She played Jerry's girlfriend, an artist who painted a famous portrait of Kramer. Keener then earned her first starring role in Johnny Suede with the then unknown Brad Pitt. Her performance gained critical acclaim and earned her her first Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead. She went on to work with director Tom Dicillo, again, in Living in Oblivion (1995). Two years later, she was once again nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in Walking and Talking, an independent cult-comedy film directed by Nicole Holofcener.

In 2000, Keener earned her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Being John Malkovich, directed by Spike Jonze.[8] In 2001, she worked with director Nicole Holofcener in Lovely and Amazing garnering her a third Independent Spirit Award nomination. In 2002, she co-starred with Edward Norton in the off-Broadway revival of Burn This and the film Death to Smoochy. She also took part in the film Full Frontal, and S1m0ne alongside Al Pacino.

In 2005, she made a comeback starring in the political thriller The Interpreter, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, opposite Daniel Day-Lewis, and was cast as the love interest of Steve Carell in Judd Apatow's The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Keener's performance as writer Harper Lee in Capote (also 2005) earned her several awards and nominations, including her second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.[8] In 2006, she starred in the film Friends with Money, directed by Nicole Holofcener.

In 2007, Keener played Jan Burres in Sean Penn's critically acclaimed film Into the Wild, based on Jon Krakauer's best-selling book of the same name. In 2008, her film An American Crime, the true story of Gertrude Baniszewski, a middle-aged mother who tortured and killed Sylvia Likens in her Indiana home, was aired on Showtime. Keener plays Baniszewski and her portrayal earned her an Emmy nomination in the Best Actress in a TV Mini-Series or Movie category. In 2008, Keener portrayed Philip Seymour Hoffman's wife Adele in Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York. She would later collaborate with Hoffman as husband and wife again in the 2012 film A Late Quartet. Keener played the title character's mother in the 2010 film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, based on the series of books by Rick Riordan.

Personal life[edit]

Keener married actor Dermot Mulroney in 1990. They have a son, Clyde, born in 1999.[8] In June 2007, Mulroney filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.[9] The divorce became final on December 19, 2007.[10][11]

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1986About Last Night...Cocktail Waitress
1989Survival QuestCheryl
1990CatchfireTrucker's girl
1991SwitchSteve's Secretary
Johnny SuedeYvonneNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Thelma & LouiseHal's wifeScenes cut[12]
1992The Gun in Betty Lou's HandbagSuzanne
1993The Cemetery ClubEster's Daughter
1995Living in OblivionNicole Springer
1996Walking and TalkingAmeliaNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
BoysJilly
Box of MoonlightFloatie Dupre
1997The Real BlondeMary
1998Out of SightAdele Delisi
Your Friends & NeighborsTerri
19998mmAmy Welles
SimpaticoCecilia
Being John MalkovichMaxine LundFlorida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001Lovely & AmazingMichelle MarksNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2002AdaptationHerselfCameo
Full FrontalLee
Death to SmoochyNora Wells
S1m0neElaine Christian
2005The Ballad of Jack and RoseKathleenBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
The InterpreterDotLos Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
The 40-Year-Old VirginTrish PiedmontBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
CapoteNelle Harper LeeBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2006Friends with MoneyChristine
2007An American CrimeGertrude BaniszewskiTV Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Into the WildJan BurresNominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2008Hamlet 2Brie Marschz
What Just HappenedLou Tarnow
Synecdoche, New YorkAdele LackGotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award
GenovaBarbara
2009The SoloistMary Weston
Where the Wild Things AreConniealso associate producer
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
2010Please GiveKateNominated—Comedy Film Award for Best Leading Actress
Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
CyrusJamie
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning ThiefSally Jackson
TrustLynn Cameron
2011The OrangesPaige Walling
Peace, Love & MisunderstandingDiane
MaladiesCatherine
2012A Late QuartetJuliette Gelbart
2013The CroodsUgga
Enough SaidMarianne
Captain PhillipsAndrea Phillips
Jackass Presents: Bad GrandpaEllie
2014War StoryLeealso producer
Post-production
Begin AgainMiriamPost-production
2015BlackbirdPre-production
TBANailedRep. Pam HendricksonUnfinished and unreleased. During production in 2008, production was halted as financing collapsed.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Catherine Keener '83 receives Oscar nomination for Capote role", News release, Wheaton College, February 8, 2006
  2. ^ Birth Database
  3. ^ a b Being Catherine Keener 14 April 2006, Entertainment Weekly
  4. ^ Whitty, Stephen (2010-05-09). "Two-time Oscar nominee Catherine Keener has earned a reputation for mastering complex roles". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  5. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/catherine-keener
  6. ^ "'Catherine Keener'". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  7. ^ "'Catherine Keener: America’s muse captures British director of Genova'". The Times. 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  8. ^ a b c "Being Catherine Keener" August 27, 2006, New York Times
  9. ^ "Dermot Mulroney Files for Divorce from Catherine Keener". People.com. June 11, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney Divorce Finalized". Extra (TV program). October 31, 2007. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Divorce papers" (PDF). Los Angeles County Superior Court (Extra). October 30, 2007. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ Anderson, Matt (13 February 2011). "Thelma & Louise". Movie Habit. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ By NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief. "David O. Russell Film Shut Down 4th Time". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 

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