More Marcia Gay Harden Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Mystic River)One of film, theatre and television's uniquely original talents, the versatile Marcia Gay Harden won the Academy Award in 2001 for her stunning portrayal of Lee Krasner opposite Ed Harris in the feature film Pollock. In addition to the Oscar, Harden won the New York Film Critics Award for best supporting actress and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.
Following the intensely rewarding experience of filming Mystic River with Clint Eastwood and its all-star cast in Boston, Harden joined Revolution Studios' Mona Lisa Smile, directed by Mike Newell. In the film, Harden plays a fellow teacher and friend to Julia Roberts' character. The film also stars Julia Stiles, Kirsten Dunst and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Harden is currently featured in Casa de Los Babys alongside Daryl Hannah, Lili Taylor, Mary Steenburgan, Rita Moreno and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Babys – the story of six American women who travel to Mexico to adopt babies – is written and directed by legendary filmmaker John Sayles and premiered at this year's Toronto Film Festival. Most recently Harden wrapped production in Toronto on Welcome to Mooseport opposite Gene Hackman and Ray Romano. In the Donald Petrie-helmed comedy, Harden plays right-hand to Hackman's former U.S. President.
The Coen brothers discovered Harden, giving her the female lead in their critically acclaimed feature Miller's Crossing. She moved on to the leads in Late For Dinner and Used People. Other features include the Warner Bros. Pictures film Space Cowboys, also directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner; Meet Joe Black with Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins; Walt Disney's Flubber with Robin Williams; the highly acclaimed independent feature Crush; the blockbuster comedy The First Wives' Club; and The Spitfire Grill, for which she received the Spirit of Sundance Award for her richly layered work.
Television appearances include playing opposite Patrick Stewart in the Shakespearian Western King of Texas for TNT; the CBS drama series The Education of Max Bickford opposite Richard Dreyfuss; and the highly rated A&E original movie Small Vices opposite Joe Mantegna, as well as A&E's Thin Air and the CBS movie of the week Guilty Hearts.
Harden was featured on Broadway in Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America, which earned her a Tony nomination, a Drama Desk Award and a Theater World Award. She also starred in David Rabe's Those the River Keeps, and opposite her Pollock co-star Ed Harris in the world premiere of Sam Shepard's Sympatico. Marcia most recently walked the boards as Masha in the New York Public Theatre's production of The Seagull, directed by Mike Nichols and co-starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Natalie Portman.
The actress graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Theater and went on to earn an MFA from the graduate theatre program at New York University.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Mystic River" (18-Oct-2003)