Hope Davis

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Hope Davis
Hope Davis 2010.jpg
Davis at the 2010 Peabody Award
Born(1964-03-23) March 23, 1964 (age 50)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma materVassar College (B.S., 1986)[1]
Spouse(s)Jon Patrick Walker
 
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Hope Davis
Hope Davis 2010.jpg
Davis at the 2010 Peabody Award
Born(1964-03-23) March 23, 1964 (age 50)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma materVassar College (B.S., 1986)[1]
Spouse(s)Jon Patrick Walker

Hope Davis (born March 23, 1964) is an American actress. She has starred in more than 20 feature films, including Flatliners (1990), Next Stop Wonderland (1998), Arlington Road (1999), Mumford (1999), About Schmidt (2002), American Splendor (2003), Proof (2005), Infamous (2006), The Lodger (2009) and Real Steel (2011). For her role in the original Broadway production of God of Carnage in 2009, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play. She has also received two Emmy Award nominations, for her 2009 role in the TV series In Treatment and the 2010 TV movie The Special Relationship.

Personal life[edit]

Davis, second of three children, was born in Englewood, New Jersey, the daughter of Joan, a librarian (at one time, for the elementary section of Elisabeth Morrow School), and William Davis, an engineer.[2] Davis has described her mother as a "great storyteller" who would take Davis and her siblings to museums or to "something cultural" every Sunday after church.[3][4] Davis was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey[5] and graduated in 1982 from Tenafly High School.[6] She was a childhood friend of Mira Sorvino, with whom she wrote and acted in backyard plays.

She is married to actor Jon Patrick Walker. They have two daughters, Georgia (born August 31, 2002) and Mae (born December 30, 2004).

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

Davis majored in cognitive science at Vassar College, but then made her debut as a dramatic actress in the 1990 film Flatliners, starring as William Baldwin's fiancée. She then appeared in the hit film Home Alone in a small role as a Parisian airport receptionist. Later, she starred in independent films such as The Daytrippers (1995) and Next Stop Wonderland (1998). These led her to roles in Hollywood films such as the thriller Arlington Road (1999), and About Schmidt (2002). In 2003, she starred opposite Paul Giamatti in the movie adaptation of the Harvey Pekar comic American Splendor as the comic book version of Pekar's real-life wife, Joyce Brabner. For this role, Davis won the New York Film Critics Circle award and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In 2009, she was cast as Hillary Rodham Clinton in the BBC / HBO film The Special Relationship, released in 2010.[7] She has received a nomination for Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie[8] for her performance as Clinton.

Stage[edit]

Her major stage debut came after she starred for Joel Schumacher (her "Flatliners" director) in the David Mamet play Speed-the-Plow with William Petersen at the Remains Theater in Chicago in 1992. Later, she had lead roles in the New York premiere of Rebecca Gilman's Spinning into Butter in 2000, and in the 2005 audio play Hope Leaves the Theater, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. This was a segment of the sound-only production Theater of the New Ear, which debuted at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. The title actually refers to Davis's character "leaving the theater."

She returned to the stage in 2009, appearing in Broadway's God of Carnage with Marcia Gay Harden, James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels,[9] a role that gained her a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Play.

Television[edit]

Davis co-starred as the bitter and self-deprecating Mia with Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne in the second season (2009) of HBO's In Treatment, a dramatic series that tracks the backstory and progress of five patients during their series of psychological therapeutic sessions. Mia is a successful, unmarried malpractice attorney who returns to therapy with Dr. Paul Weston after a 20-year absence because of a lack of stability in her personal life.

Davis also starred in an NBC short-lived drama series called Deadline with Oliver Platt in 2001. She played the ex-wife to Platt's character at a newspaper giant.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1990FlatlinersAnne Coldren
1990Home AloneFrench Ticket Agent
1995Run for CoverPrescott's Secretary
1995Kiss of DeathJunior's Girlfriend
1996Daytrippers, TheThe DaytrippersEliza Malone D'Amico
1996Mr. WrongAnnie
1997Myth of Fingerprints, TheThe Myth of FingerprintsMargaret
1997GuyCamera
1998Next Stop WonderlandErin Castleton
1998Impostors, TheThe ImpostorsEmily Essendine
1999Arlington RoadBrooke Wolfe
1999MumfordSofie Crisp
2000Joe Gould's SecretTherese Mitchell
2001FinalDr. Ann Johnson
2001Hearts in AtlantisLiz Garfield
2002About SchmidtJeannie SchmidtNominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (3rd place)
2002Secret Lives of Dentists, TheThe Secret Lives of DentistsDana HurstNew York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress also for American Splendor
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress also for American Splendor (2nd place)
2003American SplendorJoyce BrabnerNew York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress also for The Secret Lives of Dentists
Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress also for The Secret Lives of Dentists (2nd place)
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2005Matador, TheThe MatadorCarolyn 'Bean' Wright
2005DumaKristin
2005ProofClaire
2005Weather Man, TheThe Weather ManNoreen
2006InfamousSlim Keith
2006Hoax, TheThe HoaxAndrea Tate
2007Nines, TheThe NinesSarah / Susan / Sierra
2007Charlie BartlettMarilyn Bartlett
2008Synecdoche, New YorkMadeleine GravisGotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Independent Spirit Awards: Robert Altman Award
2008GenovaMarianne
2009Lodger, TheThe LodgerEllen Bunting
2011Family Tree, TheThe Family TreeBunnie Burnett
2011Real SteelAunt Debra
2012DisconnectLydia Boyd
2013Louder Than WordsBrenda Fareri
2014Wild CardCompleted
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2000–2001DeadlineBrooke Benton13 episodes
2006–2007Six DegreesLaura Morgan13 episodes
2009In TreatmentMia7 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2010Special Relationship, TheThe Special RelationshipHillary ClintonTV movie
Nominated – 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
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2011Spring/FallEdenTV movie
2011Miraculous Year, TheThe Miraculous YearMandy VanceTV movie
2011Mildred PierceMrs. ForresterTV miniseries
2012–2013The NewsroomNina Howard4 episodes
2013Law & Order: Special Victims UnitViola Mesner1 episode, "Born Psychopath"
2013The OrdainedPackyTV movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ "“THE FAMILY TREE” screening and reception with writer, producer MARK LISSON", Vassar College, October 2011
  2. ^ Abele, Robert (Aug 10, 2003). "Less is really more; Actress Hope Davis prefers to make her mark in low-budget enterprises like 'The Secret Lives of Dentists' and 'American Splendor.'". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ interview by Tavis Smiley (September 26, 2005). "Hope Davis". PBS. 
  4. ^ WEBER, BRUCE (August 20, 1995). "THEATER; The Fine Edge Between a Role And Real Life". New York Times. 
  5. ^ Kennedy, Dana. "THE NEW SEASON/FILM: UP AND COMING: Hope Davis; Lucky for Her, She Flunked the 'Nuprin' Audition", The New York Times, September 13, 1998. Accessed December 18, 2013. "Ms. Davis, who grew up in Tenafly, N.J., where she was the second of three daughters, has no explanation for her long, lean period other than to say, 'I just wasn't ready for success.'"
  6. ^ Rohan, Virginia. " North Jersey-bred and talented too", The Record (Bergen County), June 18, 2007. Accessed July 5, 2007. "Hope Davis: Class of 1982, Tenafly High School."
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (8 July 2009). "Hope Davis to play Hillary Clinton". The Hollywood Reporter (Nielsen Business Media).
  8. ^ "Hope Davis Emmy Nominated". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  9. ^ Gandolfini Stars on Broadway in God of Carnage The Associated Press, January 12, 2009

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