Patricia Clarkson

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Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson 2011.jpg
Clarkson at the Hugo premiere, New York City, 21 November 2011
BornPatricia Davies Clarkson
(1959-12-29) December 29, 1959 (age 53)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1985–present
 
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Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson 2011.jpg
Clarkson at the Hugo premiere, New York City, 21 November 2011
BornPatricia Davies Clarkson
(1959-12-29) December 29, 1959 (age 53)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1985–present

Patricia Davies Clarkson (born December 29, 1959) is an American actress. After studying drama on the East Coast, Clarkson launched her acting career in 1985 (a guest spot on Spenser: For Hire being one of her first acting jobs), and has worked steadily in both film and television since. She has starred in many leading and supporting roles in numerous well-known films such as The Untouchables, The Green Mile, Far from Heaven, Shutter Island, Good Night, and Good Luck, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and Cairo Time, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Pieces of April (2003). She twice won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her recurring role in Six Feet Under and starred in the popular and highly-rated television miniseries Queen.

Early life[edit]

Clarkson was born in New Orleans, the daughter of Jacquelyn (née Brechtel), a local New Orleans politician and councilwoman, and Arthur, a school administrator who worked at the Department of Medicine of Louisiana State University.[1][2] Clarkson's great-grandfather was from Barcelona, Spain,[3] and her great-grandmother was from Lithuania.[citation needed]

Clarkson studied drama at Fordham University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and earned her MFA at the Yale School of Drama[4] before making her film debut in The Untouchables in 1987.

Career[edit]

Clarkson's Broadway theatre credits include The House of Blue Leaves and Eastern Standard.

Clarkson had supporting roles in a series of high-profile films in her early career. Her first movie role, at age 27, was as the wife of Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) in The Untouchables. She was also featured in The Dead Pool, Rocket Gibraltar and Everybody's All-American. She starred in the short-run television series Davis Rules, and in the miniseries Alex Haley's Queen. More often a character actor than a leading woman, she has also appeared in such major films as The Green Mile (1999), Far from Heaven (2002), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) and Lars and the Real Girl (2007). Her breakthrough role was in High Art (1998) where her portrayal of Greta, a German, drug-addicted lesbian former model, gained rave reviews. She has said about acting, "I’m deeply invested in everything I do, and it’s a good thing, because acting is the only thing I know how to do."[5]

Clarkson at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Whatever Works

In 2002, she originated her role as Sarah O'Connor (a.k.a. "Aunt Sarah") in HBO's Six Feet Under. She went on to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series that year for her performance, a feat she repeated for the same role in 2006.

In 2003, she gained critical acclaim and a Special Jury Prize for her work in four films that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival: All the Real Girls, The Baroness and the Pig, The Station Agent and Pieces of April.[6][7] Later in the year, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Pieces of April, in which she plays an acerbic mother dying of cancer.

In 2006, she portrayed Sadie Burke, in All the King's Men, set in her native New Orleans. In 2008, she had supporting roles in Elegy, as a womanizer's put-upon girlfriend, and Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona as an unhappily-married housewife.

In the summer of 2008 producer Gerald Peary approached Clarkson to ask if she would do the voice-over for the documentary film For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism. Says Peary, "She agreed to do the narration ... And she was so nice, and so cooperative, and so prepared, and so intelligent. And one of the key reasons she wanted to do the movie was that she regularly reads criticism, and has a genuine respect for the critic profession.[8]

Clarkson returned to New Orleans for the January 17, 2009, reopening of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts. She served as Master of Ceremonies for a gala featuring Plácido Domingo in concert with the New Orleans Opera, conducted by Robert Lyall.[9] She also made a cameo appearance in the Saturday Night Live Digital Short "Motherlover" on May 9, 2009. The video featured Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake, and Susan Sarandon. She reprised the role on May 21, 2011 in the Digital Short "3-Way (The Golden Rule)". In 2010, she starred in Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island.[10] Clarkson was honored by the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival when she received one of the 2010 Volta awards for achievements in her career.[11]

Clarkson in the fourth season of the NBC mockumentary Parks and Recreation began portraying the recurring role of Tammy One, Parks Department head Ron Swanson's first wife.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Clarkson published a post for Natural Resources Defense Council's magazine OnEarth. She also released a public service announcement talking about her experiences growing up in New Orleans. Both pieces were released July 26, 2010.[13]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Untouchables, TheThe UntouchablesCatherine Ness
1988Dead Pool, TheThe Dead PoolSamantha Walker
Rocket GibraltarRose Black
Everybody's All-AmericanLeslie Stone
1990Tune in TomorrowAunt Olga
1992Four Eyes and Six GunsLucy Laughton
1995Pharaoh's ArmySarah Anders
JumanjiCarol Anne Parrish
1998Playing by HeartAllison
High ArtGretaNominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
1999Green Mile, TheThe Green MileMelinda MooresSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Wayward SonWesley
Simply IrresistibleLois McNally
2000Falling Like ThisCaroline Lockhart
Joe Gould's SecretVivian Marquie
2001Safety of Objects, TheThe Safety of ObjectsAnnette JenningsDeauville American Film Festival Award for Best Female Performance
San Diego Film Critics Society - Body of Work Award
Pledge, TheThe PledgeMargaret Larsen
WendigoKim
2002Welcome to CollinwoodRosalind
Far from HeavenEleanor FineChlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Heartbreak HospitalLottie Ohrwasher
Baroness and the Pig, TheThe Baroness and the PigThe Baroness
2003DogvilleVera
Station Agent, TheThe Station AgentOlivia HarrisBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
San Diego Film Critics Society - Body of Work Award
Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize
Nominated — Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
All the Real GirlsElvira FineSan Diego Film Critics Society - Body of Work Award
Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize
Pieces of AprilJoy BurnsBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
San Diego Film Critics Society - Body of Work Award
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated — Las Vegas Film Critics Society 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
2004MiraclePatti Brooks
2005Good Night, and Good Luck.Shirley WershbaNominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Dying Gaul, TheThe Dying GaulElaine Tishop
2006Woods, TheThe WoodsMs. Traverse
All the King's MenSadie Burke
2007No ReservationsPaula
Lars and the Real GirlDagmar
Married LifePat Allen
2008Blind DateJanna
Phoebe in WonderlandMiss Dodger
ElegyCarolyn
Vicky Cristina BarcelonaJudy Nash
2009Whatever WorksMarietta
2081Narratorvoice
For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film CriticismNarrator
Cairo TimeJuliette Grant
2010Shutter Island2nd Rachel Solando
LegendarySharon Chetley
Main StreetWilla
Easy ARosemary Penderghast
2011Friends with BenefitsLorna
One DayAlison Mayhew
2013The EastSharon
2014The Maze RunnerChancellor Ava Paige

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985Spenser: For HireElizabeth Haller1 episode
1986Equalizer, TheThe EqualizerDeborah Wade1 episode
1990Old Man and the Sea, TheThe Old Man and the SeaMary Pruitt
1990Tales from the CryptSuzy1 episode
1990Law & OrderLaura Winthrop1 episode
1991Davis RulesCosmo Yeargin8 episodes
1992Blind Man's BluffDr. Virginia Hertz
1992American Story, AnAn American StoryBarbara Meade
1992Legacy of LiesPat Rafael
1992Four Eyes and Six GunsLucy Laughton
1993QueenElizabeth "Lizzie" PerkinsTelevision miniseries
1993Caught in the ActMeg
1994She Led Two LivesDesiree Parnell
1995–96Murder OneAnnie Hoffman20 episodes
1996London SuiteDiana Nichols
1996Wedding, TheThe WeddingDella McNeil
2000WonderlandMrs. Tammy Banger8 episodes
2001FrasierClaire French5 episodes
2002CarrieMargaret White
2002–05Six Feet UnderSarah O'Connor7 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2002, 2006)
2007American MastersNarrator1 episode
2009Saturday Night LiveMother of Justin Timberlake's characterMay 9, 2009 SNL Digital Short "Motherlover"
2011Saturday Night LiveMother of Justin Timberlake's characterMay 21, 2011 SNL Digital Short 3-Way (The Golden Rule)
2011Parks and RecreationTammy Swanson IEpisodes: "I'm Leslie Knope" and "Ron and Tammys"
2012The Dust BowlHazel Lucas Shawdirected by Ken Burns
2012FiveMia KnowlesMiniseries

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patricia Clarkson Biography (1959-)
  2. ^ Patricia Clarkson Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson Interview – "MARRIED LIFE"
  4. ^ "Clarkson Shifts Her Weight" in the Washington Times, 2008, March 28, pp. D1
  5. ^ Altmann, Howard 'Patricia Clarkson', BOMB Magazine, Spring 2010, retrieved July 21, 2011
  6. ^ Gordon, Devin, "A Woman on the Verge of a Breakthrough" in Newsweek, 20 October 2003, pp. 11
  7. ^ "Move Over Sundance Kids, There's a New...Star of Indies", New York Post, 23 January 2003, p. 39
  8. ^ SXSW '09 Interview: For the Love of Movies Director & Film Critic Gerald Peary by Erik Childress
  9. ^ Theodore P. Mahne, "Star Emcee Patricia Clarkson Shares in the Excitement over Tonight's Opera Gala", The Times-Picayune, 2009 January 17, pp. C1, C3
  10. ^ "Video Interviews: Shutter Island - Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Dennis Lehane", DreadCentral.com
  11. ^ JDIFF announce recipients of this year's Volta Awards, Filmbase; retrieved 2010-02-24
  12. ^ Michael Ausiello (July 28, 2011). "Parks and Recreation Exclusive: Patricia Clarkson to Raise Hell as Tammy 1". TVLine. 
  13. ^ Patricia Clarkson (July 26, 2010). "Returning to the Gulf After BP Destroyed It". OneEarth.org. 

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