Illeana Douglas

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Illeana Douglas
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Illeana Douglas at the Streamy Awards, 2009
Born(1965-07-25) July 25, 1965 (age 48)
Massachusetts, United States
OccupationActress, director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Jonathan Axelrod (1998-2001; divorced)
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Illeana Douglas
Ileana Douglas cropped.jpg
Illeana Douglas at the Streamy Awards, 2009
Born(1965-07-25) July 25, 1965 (age 48)
Massachusetts, United States
OccupationActress, director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Jonathan Axelrod (1998-2001; divorced)

Illeana Douglas (born July 25, 1965)[1] is an American actress, director, screenwriter, and producer.


Douglas is a granddaughter of the actor Melvyn Douglas and his first wife, artist Rosalind Hightower, and has said that her grandfather's performance in Being There, in particular, was influential on her own career.[2][3] Her paternal great-grandfather was Latvian-born composer and pianist Edouard Hesselberg.[4][5]


Douglas is known for her part in Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear (1991) – one of four Scorsese films in which she has appeared – plus her starring role as singer-songwriter Denise Waverly in Allison Anders' Grace of My Heart (1996) and supporting roles in To Die For (1995) and Ghost World (2001).

On television, Douglas appeared briefly as Garry Shandling's love interest on The Larry Sanders Show, starred in the series Action (1999) with Jay Mohr, guest starred on Seinfeld, Frasier and The Drew Carey Show, and has played a public defender on several episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2002 and 2003. She appeared in two episodes of the critically acclaimed HBO TV-series Six Feet Under, both of which earned Emmy nominations for Guest Actress in a Drama. She also appeared as Mrs. Ari's sister Marci in the Season 7 finale of Entourage.

In 2006, she starred in the Lifetime TV film Not Like Everyone Else and played herself in Pittsburgh opposite Jeff Goldblum. In 2007, Douglas was added to the cast of Ugly Betty, playing Sheila, an editor for MODE magazine.[6]

At the Walt Disney World Resort in the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park, Douglas plays Aerosmith's manager in the preshow video for the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster attraction.[7] She later appeared in an Aerosmith music video as Liv Tyler's mother.[citation needed]

Douglas has tried her hand at writing and directing, with a comedy short The Perfect Woman (1993), the documentary Everybody Just Stay Calm—Stories in Independent Filmmaking (1994), and the satire Boy Crazy, Girl Crazier (1995); and she has been the producer for several projects including Illeanarama, a collection of her short films for the Sundance Channel.[8]

In April 2011, she was scheduled to begin a potentially recurring role on the CW drama series Gossip Girl as Lily's older sister, Carol, though Sheila Kelley replaced her as Carol due to scheduling conflicts.[9]

Personal life

Douglas, June 24, 2007

From 1989 until 1997, Douglas was the companion of director Martin Scorsese.[10]

On 16 May 1998, she married producer and writer Jonathan Axelrod, the stepson of producer George Axelrod; they divorced in 2001.[10][11][12][13][14]



1987Hello AgainMother in park
1988The Last Temptation of ChristCrowd member
1989New York StoriesPaulette's friend
1991Guilty by SuspicionNan
1991Cape FearLori Davis
1993Alice: The Miracle of the AndesLiliana Methol
1993Household SaintsEvelyn Santangelo
1994Quiz ShowWoman at book party
1995Search and DestroyMarie Davenport
1995JudgementLaurelShort film
1995To Die ForJanice MarettoNominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1996Wedding Bell BluesJasmine
1996Grace of My HeartDenise Waverly
1997Picture PerfectDarcy O'Neil
1997Weapons of Mass DistractionRita PascoTelevision movie
1997Rough RidersEdith RooseveltTelevision movie
1997Bella MafiaTeresa Scorpio LucianoTelevision movie
1997HacksGeorgia Feckler
1998The Thin Pink LineJulia Bullock
1999Stir of EchoesLisa Weil
1999Happy, TexasDoreen Schaefer
1999Message in a BottleLina PaulNominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Drama
1999LanskyAnna LanskyTelevision movie
1999Rock 'n' Roller CoasterBand managerShort film
2000The Next Best ThingElizabeth Ryder
2001Ghost WorldRoberta Allsworth
2002The New GuyKiki Pierce
2002Point of OriginKateTelevision movie
2002The Adventures of Pluto NashDr. Mona Zimmer
2003The KissJoyce Rothman
2003Missing BrendanJulie Conroy
2005The CaliforniansOlive Ransom
2006Not Like Everyone ElseToni BlackbearTelevision movie
2006Factory GirlDiana Vreeland
2006The BondageElaine Edwards
2007Walk the TalkJill
2007Order UpWaitressShort film
2007Osso BuccoMegan
2008The Year of Getting to Know UsChristine Jacobson
2008OtisKate Lawson
2009April ShowersSally
2009Life Is Hot in CracktownMommy


1995Homicide: Life on the StreetGina DoolenEpisode: "Autofocus"
1995The Single GuyMarthaEpisode: "Sister"
1998SeinfeldLorettaEpisode: "The Strong Box"
1999Brother's KeeperGinnyEpisode: "Dating the Teacher"
1999-2000ActionWendy Ward13 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
2001FrasierKenny's wifeEpisode: "Hungry Heart"
2001The Drew Carey ShowRachel Murray2 episodes
2001-2005Six Feet UnderAngela3 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2002-2003Law & Order: Special Victims UnitGina Bernardo3 episodes
2006CrumbsShelley3 episodes
2006-2007SharkGloria Dent2 episodes
2007Ugly BettySheila3 episodes
2008Law & Order: Criminal IntentBeverly TysonEpisode: "Contract"
2008-2012Easy to AssembleIlleana48 episodes
2010-2011EntourageMarcie2 episodes
2011The CapeNetta Stilton2 episodes
2013MaronHerselfEpisode: "Dominatrix"
2013Drop Dead DivaDr. RezaEpisode: "The Kiss"

Web television


  1. ^ "Biography". 1965-07-25. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  2. ^ Delfin Vigil (2009-02-15). "Illeana Douglas inspired by Melvyn's 'Being There'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  3. ^ Melvyn Douglas and Tom Arthur, See You At the Movies: The Autobiography of Melvyn Douglas, University Press of America, 1986, pages 63 and 64
  4. ^ Firefly Digital, Inc.,, 800-397-1624. "Dictionary A - Louisiana Historical Association". Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  5. ^ "Hesselberg, Edouard (Gregory), an essay written by Helmut Kallman in The Canadian Encyclopaedia: The Encyclopaedia of Music in Canada, published online at Hesselberg's birth name reportedly was Edward Kurljandsky Graoidanin.
  6. ^ From US Weekly (July 11, 2007)[dead link]
  7. ^ Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith with Illeana Douglas The Official Disney Fan Club. August 4, 2011.
  8. ^ Illeanarama on the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael. "Gossip Girl Exclusive: Illeana Douglas Drops Out" January 15, 2011
  10. ^ a b "Noteworthy: Message in a Bottle's Illeana Douglas, Martin Scorsese's Ex-Girlfriend, Triumphs in Her Marriage and in Movies" 1 March 1999, People Magazine
  11. ^ Musto, Michael (Jun 2, 1998). "NY Mirror". Village Voice. 
  12. ^ Kevin Maynard, "Q&A: Illeana Douglas, The Veteran Scene-Stealer Sparkles in 'The Next Best Thing'", Out, page 44
  13. ^ "Kiss of the Straight Men", The Advocate, 5 December 2000, page 22
  14. ^ Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies, HarperCollins, 2003, page 142

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