Lindsay Crouse

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Lindsay Crouse
BornLindsay Ann Crouse
(1948-05-12) May 12, 1948 (age 66)
New York City
Spouse(s)David Mamet (m. 1977–90)
Rick Blue (m. 1998)
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Lindsay Crouse
BornLindsay Ann Crouse
(1948-05-12) May 12, 1948 (age 66)
New York City
Spouse(s)David Mamet (m. 1977–90)
Rick Blue (m. 1998)

Lindsay Ann Crouse (born May 12, 1948) is an American actress. She made her Broadway debut in the 1972 revival of Much Ado About Nothing and appeared in her first film in 1976 in All the President's Men. For her role in the 1984 film Places in the Heart, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actresss. Her other films include Slap Shot (1976), Between the Lines (1977), The Verdict (1982), Prefontaine (1997) and The Insider (1999). She also had a leading role in the 1987 film House of Games, which was directed by her then husband David Mamet. In 1996, she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Between Mother and Daughter, an episode of CBS Schoolbreak Special. She is also a Grammy Award nominee.

Early life[edit]

Crouse was born in New York City, the daughter of Anna (née Erskine) and Russel Crouse, a playwright.[1] Her maternal grandparents were Pauline (Ives) and author and educator John Erskine.[2][3] Her full name—Lindsay Ann Crouse—is an intentional tribute to the Broadway writing partnership of Lindsay and Crouse. Her father and his writing partner, Howard Lindsay, wrote much of The Sound of Music.[4] Their 1946 play State of the Union won that year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Their last collaboration was Mr. President in 1962. "In our family, the work ethic was held up as some kind of byword," Crouse says.[5] "At any hour, somebody's typewriter was going."[5]

Acting career[edit]

After graduating from Radcliffe College in 1970,[5] Crouse began her performing career as a modern and jazz dancer but she soon switched to acting and made her broadway debut in Much Ado About Nothing in 1972.[1]

Crouse's film career began in 1976, with small roles in television and theatrical movies. In 1977 she appeared as Lily Braden, the discontented wife of hockey player Ned Braden, in the comedy classic Slap Shot. Crouse was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1984 movie Places in the Heart. Among her films was a starring role in House of Games, the 1987 film directed and written by her then-husband David Mamet in which she plays Margaret Ford, a psychiatrist who is intrigued by the art of the con.[6] "It's always hard to be directed by someone who's close to you," Crouse says. "Because everybody needs to go home and complain about the director. Everybody."[6]

Crouse has appeared in featured and guest roles in a number of television series. Notable roles include a recurring portrayal of Kate McBride, a lesbian police officer on Hill Street Blues during its sixth season in 1986, one of the earliest appearances of a lesbian character in a major American TV show. Crouse is also known for her role in the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where she was a recurring supporting cast member playing Professor Maggie Walsh. Crouse has also guest-starred on Alias, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Columbo, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, ER, Millennium, and NYPD Blue.

In recent years, Crouse has concentrated on the theater.[7] "Once you get your driver's license, you end your film career," says Crouse.[7] "Look at my generation. Great actresses like Glenn Close and Susan Sarandon—there's nothing written for anyone over a certain age."[7] In 2007 Crouse opened a revival of The Belle of Amherst, a one woman show about the life of poet Emily Dickinson, at the Gloucester Stage in Gloucester, Massachusetts.[8] "You can't stop and recite something," says Crouse.[8] "You have to keep the poetry very, very active, which is pretty easy with Dickinson. She was striving so hard to understand what life was about. It's very dramatic poetry in that way.[8]

Crouse appeared in Lee Blessing's Going to St. Ives with the Gloucester Stage Company during the summer of 2008[9] and provided the narration for Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place, a documentary film about Virginia Lee Burton.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Crouse married playwright David Mamet in 1977.[11] Crouse caught Mamet's eye in the hockey classic Slap Shot.[11] When he heard she had a part in his play Reunion at the Yale Repertory Theater, Mamet packed a bag and told a friend, "I'm going to New Haven to marry Lindsay Crouse."[11] When the two did indeed wed, Crouse's mother took her aside and told her what Oscar Hammerstein had told her when she married Russel Crouse: "A playwright's wife is the only woman who knows how her husband feels when she's having a baby."[11]

John Lahr writes in his book Show and Tell: New Yorker Profiles that when Mamet married Crouse in 1977, he "married into show business aristocracy."[12] Lahr also writes that Mamet got his first screenwriting assignment through Crouse.[12] Crouse was on her way to audition for Bob Rafelson's 1981 remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice and Mamet told Crouse to tell Rafelson that "he was a fool if he didn't hire me to write the screenplay."[12] Although Mamet was joking, Crouse did it and Rafelson called Mamet and asked Mamet why he should hire him for the screenplay.[12] "Because I'll give you a good screenplay or a sincere apology," said Mamet.[12] Mamet got the job.[12]

Crouse and Mamet have two daughters, Willa and Zosia.[13] They divorced in 1990.[13] Crouse is now married to Rick Blue, a television director and editor.[14]

Crouse's brother is Timothy Crouse, author of The Boys on the Bus about political journalism during the 1972 presidential campaign.[15] Timothy Crouse also co-authored a new libretto for the musical Anything Goes with John Weidman that opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Broadway on October 19, 1987, and ran for 784 performances.[15]

Buddhist beliefs[edit]

Crouse is a Buddhist and a direct student of Ven. Sumati Marut. In 2005 she organized an annual Buddhist educational program, originally held at the Windhover Center for the Performing Arts in Rockport, Massachusetts[16] and then in 2010 moved to The Governor's Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts.[17] "[Buddhism] is not an exclusive club. It has something to offer everyone at all levels," says Crouse.[18] "Buddhism is dynamic and has captured the interests of Americans. Even our quantum physics validate[s] ideas the Buddha taught 2,500 years ago."[18] Audio downloads of Lindsay Crouse's Buddhist teachings are available online at the Asian Classics Institute of Los Angeles and at The Path.



1976All the President's MenKay Eddy
1977Slap ShotLily Braden
1977Between the LinesAbbie
1981Prince of the CityCarla Ciello
1982Verdict, TheThe VerdictKaitlin Costello
1983KrullPrincess Lyssa (voice)
1983DanielRochelle Isaacson
1984IcemanDr. Diane Brady
1984Places in the HeartMargaret Lomax
1987House of GamesMargaret Ford
1989Brave IreneNarrator (voice)Short film
1989CommunionAnne Strieber
1990Desperate HoursBrenda Chandler
1994Being HumanJanet
1995Bye Bye LoveGrace Damico
1995Indian in the Cupboard, TheThe Indian in the CupboardJane
1996Juror, TheThe JurorTallow
1996Arrival, TheThe ArrivalIlana Green
1997PrefontaineElfriede Prefontaine
1998ProgenyDr. Susan Lamarche
1999Stranger in My HousePatti Young
1999Insider, TheThe InsiderSharon Tiller
2000One Hell of a GuyJudge Davis
2001Almost SalinasAllie
2007Mr. BrooksCaptain Lister
2013Somewhere SlowKatherine FranklinCompleted


1976Eleanor and FranklinMarjorie BennettTV film
1976Tenth Level, TheThe Tenth LevelKarenTV film
1977Eleanor and Franklin: The White House YearsTV film
1980Paul's CaseFirst ActressTV film
1981Summer SolsticeMaggieTV film
1982Kennedy's ChildrenRonaTV film
1985ABC Afterschool SpecialLouise SandersEpisode: "I Want to Go Home"
1986–1987Hill Street BluesKate McBrideRecurring role (5 episodes)
1987Equalizer, TheThe EqualizerSarah McGeeEpisode: "Solo"
1988American PlayhouseRonnieEpisode: "Lemon Sky"
1989ColumboDr. Joan AllenbyEpisode: Sex and the Married Detective
1989CBS Summer PlayhouseAnnie HolscherEpisode: "American Nuclear"
1990Everyday HeroesJanet FlorineTV film
1990LifestoriesRebecca McManusEpisode: "Rebecca McManus and Steve Arnold"
1990L.A. LawSharon CummingsEpisode: "Outward Bound"
1992Batman: The Animated SeriesMrs. Grant (voice)Episode: "I've Got Batman in My Basement"
1993Murder, She WroteLouise Anderson-CroweEpisode: "Killer Radio"
1993Civil WarsDianne RalstonEpisodes: "Captain Kangaroo Court", "A Liver Runs Through It"
1993Chantilly LaceRhezaTV film
1993Final AppealDana CartierTV film
1993Law & OrderDiane MeadeEpisode: "Promises to Keep"
1993Halloween Tree, TheThe Halloween TreeAdditional VoicesTV film
1994Out of DarknessKim DonaldsonTV film
1994TrapsLaura ParkhurstRecurring role (5 episodes)
1994L.A. LawSharon CummingsEpisode: "Finish Line"
1994Parallel LivesUna PaceTV film
1995CBS Schoolbreak SpecialAnna LeoneEpisode: "Between Mother and Daughter"
1996ERDr. Anna CastiglioniEpisode: "Baby Shower"
1996Norma Jean & MarilynNatasha LytessTV film
1996If These Walls Could TalkFrances WhiteSegment, "1996"
1996MillenniumArdis CohenEpisode: "Kingdom Come"
1996NYPD BlueJane WallaceEpisode: "Ted and Carey's Bogus Adventure"
1997NYPD BlueJane WallaceEpisode: "Alice Doesn't Fit Here Anymore"
1998BrimstoneDr. Julia MartinEpisode: "Heat"
1999Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls WilderCaroline IngallsTV film
1999Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsGwen SawyerEpisode: "Tribunal"
1999Touched by an AngelKateEpisode: "Such a Time as This"
1999Law & OrderJudge Denise GrobmanEpisode: "DNR"
1999–2000Buffy the Vampire SlayerProf. Maggie WalshRecurring role (9 episodes)
2001Warden, TheThe WardenMaureen RedmondTV film
2001ProvidenceLauren MacKenzieEpisodes: "The Honeymoon's Over", "Rocky Road"
2002ProvidenceLauren MacKenzieEpisodes: "The Start of Something Big", "All the King's Men"
2002FrasierPegEpisodes: "Juvenilia", "The Proposal"
2002Division, TheThe DivisionDonna B. / Julie M.Episode: "Forgive Me, Father"
2002AliasDr. Carson EvansEpisode: "The Prophecy"
2002Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls WilderCaroline IngallsTV film
2002ArlissSharon 'Sydney' PerelliEpisode: "The Immortal"
2003HackBeth KulvickiEpisodes: "Forgive, But Don't Forget", "Black Eye", "Sinners and Saints", "All Others Pay Cash"
2003DragnetCapt. Ruth HagermannRecurring role (6 episodes)
2004CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDr. Mona LavelleEpisode: "Ch-Ch-Changes"
2005Law & OrderJudge Deirdre HellstromEpisode: "Red Ball"
2005Criminal MindsMary MaysEpisode: "Blood Hungry"
2007DriveThe BossEpisode: "Rearview"
2009–2011Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJudge AndrewsRecurring role (7 episodes)
2010FlashForwardMrs. KirbyEpisodes: "Revelation Zero: Parts 1 & 2"


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  2. ^ Newsweek – Google Books. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
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  4. ^ Killeen, Wendy. "Crouse plays the belle." Boston Globe. July 22, 2007]
  5. ^ a b c "Lindsay Crouse keeps up a Family Stage Tradition." New York Times. January 2, 1981.
  6. ^ a b Clements, Warren. "A Master in the Art of the Con." The Globe and Mail. August 31, 2007
  7. ^ a b c Beggy, Carol and Mark Shanahan. "Crouse: No complaints." Boston Globe. July 20, 2007.
  8. ^ a b c "The 'belle' of Gloucester." Innews Weekly. July 25, 2007.
  9. ^ Pope, Jeff. "Gloucester Stage Company plans five plays, Sunday readings for 29th season." Gloucester Times. April 18, 2008.]
  10. ^ "North Shore Film Festival wraps up on May 8 and 9." Wicked Local Manchester. May 7, 2008.]
  11. ^ a b c d "For Mamet and Crouse, A Movie is a Family Affair." New York Times. October 11, 1987.
  12. ^ a b c d e f Show and Tell: New Yorker Profiles by John Lahr. Published in 2000 by University of California Press.
  13. ^ a b "David Mamet (1947–)." Theatre Database.
  14. ^ Frick and Frack. "Heard It On The Grapevine." Babylon Beaconby. September 13, 2007.
  15. ^ a b Bloom, Greg. "Q&A: Timothy Crouse." November 2, 2004.
  16. ^ McCarthy, Gail. "Actress brings third annual Buddhist retreat to Rockport." Gloucester Daily Times. July 23, 2007.
  17. ^ "The Summer Retreat with Ven. Sumati Marut, Cindy Lee, Rick Blue, Lindsay Crouse". 
  18. ^ a b McCarthy, Gail. McCarthy. "Actress brings Buddhist retreat to Windhover." Glouster Daily Times. August 25, 2005.

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