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Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden has forged a remarkable body of work, always staying true to her chameleon style of “becoming the character.” Her character portraits have been described by critics as “searing”, “heartbreaking”, “inventive”, “pure and profane simultaneously”, “astonishing”, “authentic”, and “sensuous”. From the glamorous Ava Gardner in “Sinatra”, to the artist Lee Krasner in “Pollock” (for which she won the best supporting actress Oscar®), to the down and out Celeste in “Mystic River” (another Academy Award® nomination) Marcia has created a signature style based in character transformation. Her versatility and wide range have been praised in such films as “Millers Crossing,” “The First Wives Club,” “Meet Joe Black,” “Mona Lisa Smile,” “The Hoax,” and “Used People.”
Marcia has chosen a life away from mainstream Hollywood, crossing between independent and studio films, and television and theater. She recently garnered a best actress Tony® Award for her starring role in the Tony® Award winning Broadway play “God of Carnage.” Her nominated co-stars in the play included James Gandolfini, Hope Davis and Jeff Daniels. Additionally, she received an Outer Circle Critics Award for her performance, as well as nominations from the Drama Desk and Drama League. She was recently nominated for an Emmy® Award for outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie for her role in “The Courageous Heart” of Irena Sendler. Other nominations include a Tony® nomination for Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” (for which she won the Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards), an Emmy® nomination for her guest appearance on “Law and Order: SVU,” also an Independent Spirit Award nomination for “American Gun.”
Marcia’s most recent films include Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It,” in which her daughter Eulala Scheel had a co-starring role; “The Maiden Heist” with William H. Macy, Morgan Freeman, and Christopher Walken; “Canvas, Rails and Ties;” Stephen King’s “The Mist” (for which she won a Saturn Award); Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild;” and “The Christmas Cottage” with Peter O’Toole. On the television front Marcia co-starred in the critically acclaimed FX drama “Damages” opposite William Hurt and Glenn Close. Up next, Marcia can be seen starring in “If I Were You,” with Aidan Quinn and Valerie Mahaffey.
Marcia graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in theatre and an MFA from the Graduate Acting program at New York University. She resides in Harlem with her husband and three children.