Virginia Madsen

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Virginia Madsen
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BornVirginia G. Madsen[1]
(1961-09-11) September 11, 1961 (age 52)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Danny Huston (1989–1992)
ChildrenJack Antonio (born 1994)
RelativesMichael Madsen (brother)
Website
virginia-madsen.org
 
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Virginia Madsen
VirginiaMadsenSFIFF06 adj.jpg
BornVirginia G. Madsen[1]
(1961-09-11) September 11, 1961 (age 52)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Danny Huston (1989–1992)
ChildrenJack Antonio (born 1994)
RelativesMichael Madsen (brother)
Website
virginia-madsen.org

Virginia G. Madsen (born September 11, 1961) is an American actress and documentary film producer. She rose to fame during the 1980s, having appeared in several films aimed at a teenage audience. Two decades later, she had an Academy Award and Golden Globe–nominated role in the 2004 film Sideways. Her other films include Electric Dreams (1984), Creator (1985), Candyman (1992), The Prophecy (1995), Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), The Rainmaker (1997), The Haunting (1999), The Number 23 (2007), The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) and The Magic of Belle Isle (2012).

Early life[edit]

Madsen was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Elaine (née Melson), an Emmy-winning poet, producer and playwright who often works for PBS, and Calvin Madsen, a fireman.[2] Madsen's mother left a career in corporate business to pursue a writing career.[3] Madsen's brother is actor Michael Madsen. Her paternal grandparents were Danish, and her mother has English, Irish, Scottish, German, and distant Native American, ancestry.[4][5] Madsen is a graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.[6][7]

Her first effort as an actress was as her brother’s assistant in magic shows the two would concoct for their family. She later attended the Ted Liss Acting Studio in Chicago and Harand Camp Adult Theater Seminar in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Of her experience with Liss, she said: "I had wanted to join his class since I was 12. It was well worth the wait because I don't think I could have got that sort of training anywhere else especially in the United States...I always wanted to make a real career out of acting."[8]

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

Audiences first caught a glimpse of Madsen on film in a bit part she landed as Lisa in the teen sex comedy Class, along with an appearance in Kenny Loggins' music video "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)" from the Footloose soundtrack. She portrayed a cellist named Madeline in Electric Dreams (1984), which was the first film release by Virgin Films Production Company.[citation needed] She was cast as Princess Irulan in David Lynch's science fiction epic Dune (1984).[9] In 1986 she was Boris's (Victor Spano's) romantic interest, Barbara, in Creator which starred Peter O'Toole.

Madsen first became popular with audiences in 1986 with her portrayal of a Catholic schoolgirl who fell in love with a boy from a prison camp in Duncan Gibbons's Fire with Fire. As beauty queen Dixie Lee Boxx, she was the sexy love interest of minor-league baseball manager Cecil "Stud" Cantrell (William Petersen) in the made-for-cable Long Gone (1987). She played a secretary in the 1988 comedy Hot to Trot and appeared as Maddie Hayes' cousin in the final season of Moonlighting. She also starred in the 1992 horror film Candyman.

Madsen at the 81st Academy Awards

Madsen appeared in a small role in the Francis Ford Coppola drama The Rainmaker (1997) starring Matt Damon. Film critic Roger Ebert said that Madsen had a "strong scene,"[10] while reviewer James Berardinelli noted that "the supporting cast is solid, with turns from... Virginia Madsen as a witness for the plaintiff".[11] Madsen had spent more than twenty years in minor films before her breakout critically acclaimed performance in Sideways (2004). The role catapulted her onto the Hollywood A-list.[12] Her first major role after Sideways was opposite Harrison Ford in Firewall. She later appeared in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, in a key role as the angel. She co-starred with Jim Carrey in The Number 23 and Billy Bob Thornton in The Astronaut Farmer; both films opened in North America on February 23, 2007.

She voiced Queen Hippolyte, mother of Wonder Woman, in the 2009 animated Wonder Woman film.

Television[edit]

Madsen has made numerous television appearances including Star Trek: Voyager, CSI: Miami, Dawson's Creek, The Practice, Frasier, and other series. She was also co-host of the long-running TV series Unsolved Mysteries in 1999, during the show's second (and final) season on CBS. She starred opposite Ray Liotta in CBS's short-lived crime drama series Smith. She also had a recurring role in the final season of the USA series Monk.

She appeared with Kenny Loggins in the music video "I'm Free", from the Footloose soundtrack (1984).

In 2010, she landed the starring role of Cheryl West in the ABC crime series Scoundrels. In December 2010, it was announced that she will be joining the cast of NBC's science fiction action series The Event.[13] In 2012, she joined the cast of the AMC television show Hell on Wheels as Mrs. Durant, first appearing in episode eight of season 2, "The Lord's Day."

Producer[edit]

In 2008, she formed her own film production company called Title IX Prods.[14] Her first project was a film made with her mother called I Know a Woman Like That. The film is a documentary about the lives of older women. On the creation of the film, she said her mother's active lifestyle was an inspiration to start filming.

"My mother's level of activity, of productivity, was exactly why I thought a project like this would work. Originally, when we put the idea together, she had said, 'I'm far too busy. I'm going to Holland, and then I'm going here and there and I'm writing my book.' But that's really what it's about."[15]

Her second project is called Fighting Gravity and is about the inability of female ski jumpers to obtain recognition in Olympic competition.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Madsen was married to actor and director Danny Huston after meeting on the set of Mr. North. They were married in 1989 but divorced in 1992.[17]

Madsen was in a long term relationship with Antonio Sabato, Jr. They had a son together, Jack Antonio (born August 6, 1994).[18]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1983ClassLisa
1984Electric DreamsMadeline Robistat
1984DunePrincess Irulan
1985CreatorBarbara Spencer
1985Mussolini: The Untold StoryClaretta PetacciTelevision miniseries
1986Fire with FireLisa Taylor
1986Modern GirlsKelly
1987Slam DanceYolanda Caldwell
1987Zombie HighAndrea
1987Long GoneDixie Lee BoxxTelevision movie
1988GothamRachel CarlyleTelevision movie
1988Mr. NorthSally Boffin
1988Hot to TrotAllison Rowe
1989Third Degree BurnAnne ScholesTelevision movie
1989Heart of DixieDelia June Curry
1990The Hot SpotDolly Harshaw
1991Victim of LoveCarla SimonsTelevision movie
1991Becoming ColettePolaire
1991Highlander II: The QuickeningLouise Marcus
1991IroncladsBetty StuartTelevision movie
1992A Murderous Affair: Carolyn Warmus The StoryCarolyn WarmusTelevision movie
1992CandymanHelen LyleSaturn Award for Best Actress
1994Caroline at MidnightSusan Prince
1994Blue TigerGina Hayes
1995The ProphecyKatherine
1996Just Your LuckKim
1996Ghosts of MississippiDixie DeLaughter
1997The RainmakerJackie Lemanczyk
1998Ballad of the NightingaleUnknown
1998AmbushedLucy Monroe
1999The FlorentineMolly
1999The HauntingJane
2000Lying in WaitVera Miller
2000Children of FortuneIngrid BastTelevision movie
2000After SexTraci
2001Crossfire TrailAnne RodneyTelevision movie
2001Full DisclosureBrenda Hopkins
2001Almost SalinasClare
2001Just Ask My ChildrenBrenda KniffenTelevision movie
2002American GunPenny Tillman
2003ArtworksEmma Becker
2003Nobody Knows Anything!Prison Lawyer
2003TemptedEmma Burke
2004SidewaysMayaBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Los Angeles Film Critics Association 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
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2004Brave New GirlWanda LovellTelevision movie
2005Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?Cleopatra
2005Stuart Little 3: Call of the WildBeast
2006FirewallBeth Stanfield
2006A Prairie Home CompanionDangerous WomanNominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2007The Astronaut FarmerAudrey 'Audie' Farmer
2007Ripple EffectSherry
2007The Number 23Agatha Sparrow / Fabrizia
2007CutlassRobin
2007Being Michael Madsen
2008Diminished CapacityCharlotte
2009The Haunting in ConnecticutSara Campbell
2009Wonder WomanQueen Hippolyta
2009AmeliaDorothy BinneyDeleted scenes
2010Father of InventionLorraine
2011Red Riding HoodSuzette
2012Long Time GoneAugusta
2012The Magic of Belle IsleCharlotte O'Neil
2013The Last KeepersAbigail Carver
2013The Hot FlashesClementine Winks
2013Crazy Kind of LoveAugusta Iris
2013The Anna Nicole StoryVirgie Arthurtelevision movie

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984American PlayhouseLou Ellen PurdyEpisode: "A Matter of Principle"
1989MoonlightingLorraine Anne Charnock3 episodes
1998Star Trek: VoyagerKellinEpisode: "Unforgettable"
1998FrasierCassandra4 episodes
2001The PracticeMarsha Ellison2 episodes
2002–2006Justice LeagueDr. Sarah Corwin4 episodes
2003Dawson's CreekMaddyEpisode: "All Good Things..."
2003CSI: MiamiKrista WalkerEpisode: "Death Grip"
2003Spider-ManSilver Sable2 episodes
2006–2007SmithHope Stevens7 episodes
2009MonkT.K. Jensen3 episodes
2010ScoundrelsCheryl West8 episodes
2011The EventSenator Catherine Lewis4 episodes
2012Hell on WheelsMrs. Durant4 episodes
2012JanMel9 episodes
2013Hatfields & McCoysEloise McCoyUnsold TV pilot
2013Witches of East EndPenelope Gardiner8 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearNominated workAwardResult
1992CandymanSaturn Award for Best ActressWon
2004SidewaysBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best CastWon
2004SidewaysBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best CastWon
2004SidewaysBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressWon
2004SidewaysChicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressWon
2004SidewaysDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressWon
2004SidewaysIndependent Spirit Award for Best Supporting FemaleWon
2004SidewaysLos Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressWon
2004SidewaysNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting ActressWon
2004SidewaysNew York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting ActressWon
2004SidewaysPhoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best CastWon
2004SidewaysSan Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting ActressWon
2004SidewaysScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureWon
2004SidewaysSeattle Film Critics Award for Best Supporting ActressWon
2004SidewaysSoutheastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressWon
2004SidewaysToronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressWon
2004SidewaysVancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting ActressWon
2004SidewaysWashington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressWon
2004SidewaysAcademy Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
2004SidewaysGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion PictureNominated
2004SidewaysOnline Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
2004SidewaysSatellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion PictureNominated
2004SidewaysScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleNominated
2006A Prairie Home CompanionBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best CastNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ From the Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005
  2. ^ Bell, Mark (2007-02-23). "Method Fest to present the 2007 Maverick Award to Michael Madsen". Film Threat. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  3. ^ Kennedy, Lisa (2007-02-21). "A strong role, an equal partner". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  4. ^ Bray, Tony (April 2004). "Virginia Madsen". TV Now. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000515/bio
  6. ^ "Virginia Madsen and Suzanne Adams". TeachersCount. 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  7. ^ Habermehl, Kris (2007-01-25). "Fire Breaks Out At Prestigious High School". Retrieved 2008-06-28. [dead link]
  8. ^ Madsen, Virginia (2007). "Virginia Madsen Biography – Bio – Life History". Virginia Madsen Official Site. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  9. ^ Madsen's opening monologue from Dune ("In this time, the most precious substance in the universe is the spice melange. The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness.") was later sampled by Israel-based group Astral Projection in their tracks "Dancing Galaxy" and "Ambient Galaxy" on their album Dancing Galaxy, and by drum'n'bass artist Aphrodite in his song "Spice (Even Spicier)."
  10. ^ Ebert, Roger (1997-11-21). "The Rainmaker". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  11. ^ Berardinelli, James (1997). "The Rainmaker". ReelViews. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  12. ^ Tarshis, Joan (September 2005). "Virginia Madsen’s Vintage Year". Smoke Magazine Online. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  13. ^ Ausiello, Michael (13 December 2010). "Virginia Madsen Joins NBC’s ‘The Event’". Deadline.com. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  14. ^ Tatiana Siegel, "Virginia Madsen added to 'Amelia'." Variety, April 21, 2008. Retrieved: December 26, 2009
  15. ^ "Ability Magazine: Virginia Madsen and Elaine Madsen Interview" (2010)". Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  16. ^ IMDB, Title IX Prods
  17. ^ Fink, Mitchell (13 July 1992). "People Insider". People. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  18. ^ http://celebritybabies.people.com/2010/06/24/virginia-madsen-says-ex-has-taken-parenthood-on/

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