More Virginia Madsen Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for The Astronaut Farmer)Virginia Madsen received rave reviews for her Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated performance in Alexander Payne's 2004 hit film Sideways, for which she also earned an Independent Spirit Award.
In 2006, Madsen starred in director Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, with Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly; and opposite Harrison Ford in the action thriller Firewall.
Among Madsen's numerous credits are roles in Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker, with Matt Damon; Rob Reiner's Ghosts Of Mississippi, with Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg and James Woods; the cult classic Candyman, with Kasi Lemmons; Hot Spot, directed by Dennis Hopper; HBO's first feature Long Gone; and David Lynch's Dune. She also starred in the independent features Almost Salinas, opposite John Mahoney, and American Gun, opposite James Coburn.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "The Astronaut Farmer" (09-Mar-2007)
Biography #3 (for American Dreams)Born and raised in Chicago, the actress first appeared before audiences in David Lynch's science fiction epic, Dune. However, it wasn't until Madsen's portrayal of a Catholic school girl who was painfully in love with a prison boot camp inmate in the low-budget feature Fire with Fire, that Madsen gained wide-range audience appeal.
Perhaps best known for her roles in such features as Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker and Rob Reiner's Ghosts of Mississippi, Madsen has appeared in a variety of independent films including Almost Salinas opposite John Mahoney. Her other feature-film credits include Candyman, Highlander 2, Mr. North and The Haunting alongside Liam Neeson. Madsen will appear later this year in the independent film American Gun opposite Academy Award winner James Coburn.
Most recently Madsen guest-starred as the wife of a U.S. Senator involved in a high-profile murder case on an episode of the The Practice, a role which she reprised in another episode. Her other television credits include several guest star appearances on NBC's Frasier and the sci-fi series Earth 2. Madsen has starred in several TV movies, including her role as the mother of two boys who falsely accuse her of molesting them in Just Ask My Children and Crossfire Trail alongside Tom Selleck.
Away from the set, Madsen enjoys her Pilates and spinning workout classes, weight training and gardening. She currently resides with her son in Los Angeles.
Bio courtesy NBC for "American Dreams" (16-Mar-2003)