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Biography #2Patricia Clarkson, born and raised in New Orleans, was acting in school plays in her early teens. After studying speech at Louisiana State University for two years, she transferred to Fordham University in New York, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in theatre arts. She earned her M.F.A. at the prestigious Yale School of Drama, where she appeared in Electra, Pacific Overtures, Pericles, La Ronde, The Lower Depths and The Misanthrope at the Yale Theatre.
She made her professional acting debut on the New York stage, where she has appeared in Eastern Standard both on and Off Broadway; Nicky Silver's Raised in Captivity and The Maiden's Prayer, for which she received Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award nominations; and the Manhattan Theatre Club's presentations of Wolfman, Oliver, Oliver and Richard Greenberg's acclaimed Three Days of Rain.
Her regional credits include stagings at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the South Coast Repertory and the Yale Repertory. She also co-starred in John Guare's Tony-winning House of Blue Leaves at Lincoln Center, and had to leave her role of the deaf movie star in that play to make her movie debut as Eliot Ness' wife in Brian DePalma's highly-praised 1987 gangster epic, The Untouchables.
While maintaining a busy career on the stage, she continued with movie roles in such projects as Simply Irresistible, Pharaoh's Army, Jumanji, Rocket Gibraltar, Everybody's All-American, The Dead Pool and Tune in Tomorrow. She won raves for her role of Greta in the critically acclaimed independent drama High Art. Upcoming feature projects include Wayward Son with Harry Connick Jr. and Baroness and the Pig.
On television, Clarkson starred in Steven Bochco's courtroom drama, Murder One, and has also guest-starred on Law & Order. She appeared in two Hallmark Hall of Fame telefilms, London Suite and An American Story, and also co-starred in TNT's Four Eyes and Six Guns and the CBS miniseries Queen.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)
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