Lydia Susanna Hunt, better known by her stage name Linda Hunt, is an American actress. After making her film debut playing Mrs. Oxheart in Popeye, Hunt's breakthrough came playing the male character Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first person to win an Oscar portraying a character of the opposite sex, she has had great success in films such as The Bostonians, Silverado, Waiting for the Moon, She-Devil, Kindergarten Cop, If Looks Could Kill, Rain Without Thunder, Twenty Bucks and Younger, Prêt-à-Porter, The Relic, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, Yours Mine and Ours, Stranger than Fiction. Hunt has had a successful television career, she played Rose in the television movie Basements and narrated in the television movie The New Chimpanzees. She guest-starred on Hallmark Hall of Fame in both 1978 and 1987, Space Rangers in 1993, Carnivale in both 2003 and 2005, Without a Trace in 2008, The Unit in 2008, Nip Tuck in 2009.
From 1997 to 2002, Hunt played the recurring role of Judge Zoey Hiller on The Practice. She portrays Henrietta "Hetty" Lange on the CBS television series NCIS: Los Angeles, a role she has played since 2009, for which she has received two Teen Choice Awards, she is the narrator for the Greek era of the God of War video game franchise. Hunt was born on April 1945, in Morristown, New Jersey, her father, Raymond Davy Hunt, was vice president of Harper Fuel Oil. Her mother, Elsie Doying Hunt, was a piano teacher who taught at the Westport School of Music, performed with the Saugatuck Congregational Church Choir in Westport, where Hunt was raised, she has an older sister named Marcia. Hunt attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago, now part of DePaul University. Hunt's film debut in 1980 was in Robert Altman's musical comedy Popeye. Two years she co-starred as Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously, Peter Weir's film adaptation of the novel of the same name.
For her role as the male Chinese-Australian photographer Billy Kwan, Hunt won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1983, becoming the first person to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex. In addition, the character had the condition of dwarfism. In her screen test, Hunt wore a hairpiece, a fake moustache, "paste-on pieces above her eyes to Asian". To accomplish the role during production, Hunt shortened "her hair and dye it black wore padding around her waist, shaved her eyebrows, carried something in her shirt pocket." In her 1986 interview with the Bomb magazine, Hunt remarked that Billy Kwan "is supra-personal layers of sexual ambiguity"Hunt played a nurse in She-Devil and the austere school principal opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop in 1990. Hunt played the assassin Ilsa Grunt in If Looks Could Kill opposite Richard Roger Rees. Hunt was a well-known stage actress before she entered television, she made her Broadway debut in a 1975 production of Ah, Wilderness.
She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her work in the 1984 play End of the World. She received two ensemble Obie Awards for her work Off-Broadway in Top Girls and A Metamorphosis in Miniature, she created the role of Aunt Dan in Wallace Shawn's play Lemon. She was a member of the Long Wharf Theatre Company in Connecticut. There she played the Player Queen among other roles, she portrayed Sister Aloysius in the Pasadena Playhouse production of John Patrick Shanley's play Doubt. She was praised for her performance as the title character in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. Hunt appeared as Pope Joan in Caryl Churchill's Top Girls when London's Royal Court Theatre's production was staged at the Public Theater in New York. In an interview with writer Craig Gholson and actor Vincent Caristi, Hunt discussed her experience acting in theatre, "Acting onstage is like an explosion each night, and what comes in at you all the time as you are trying to... create something, a tremendous act of organization and concentration.".
Her television appearances include recurring roles as Judge Zoey Hiller on David E. Kelley's series The Practice and as Dr. Claire Bryson on Without a Trace, she has narrated several installments of The American Experience on PBS. Since 2009, she has co-starred as Operations Manager Henrietta "Hetty" Lange, on the CBS show NCIS: Los Angeles with Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen, Miguel Ferrer and Barrett Foa. Hunt has a rich, resonant voice, which she has used in numerous documentaries and commercials, she is the on-air host for City Arts & Lectures, a radio program recorded by KQED public radio at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco, a program that presents interviews with celebrated writers and thinkers addressing contemporary ideas and values discussing the creative process. Hunt was chosen by Walt Disney Feature Animation to lend her enigmatic speaking and singing voice to Grandmother Willow in the animated musical film Pocahontas and its direct-to-video sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World.
Her voice work includes the character of Management in Carnivàle, the narrator for the Greek era of the God of War series of video games, in which she voiced the Titan Gaia in 2007's God of War II. She narrated the
University of Montana
The University of Montana is a public research university in Missoula, Montana. UM is its second largest campus; the University’s mission focuses on integrating the liberal arts and sciences into undergraduate and professional studies. UM reported 10,962 undergraduate and graduate students in fall 2018; the University of Montana ranks 17th in the nation and fifth among public universities in producing Rhodes Scholars, with 28 such scholars. The University of Montana has 11 Truman Scholars, 14 Goldwater Scholars and 40 Udall Scholars to its name; the University of Montana's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library houses the earliest authorized edition of the Lewis and Clark journals. An act of Congress of February 18, 1881 dedicated 72 sections in Montana Territory for the creation of the University. Montana was admitted to the Union on November 8, 1889, the Montana Legislature soon began to consider where the state's permanent capital and state university would be located. To be sure that the new state university would be located in Missoula, the city's leaders made an agreement with the standing capital of Helena that Missoula would stay out of the bidding for the new capital and would support Helena over its leading competitor, Anaconda.
The cities' bids were supported by the rival "Copper Kings," William A. Clark and Marcus Daly, respectively. Missoula won the legislative vote for the new university at the Third Montana Legislative Assembly in February 1893; the University was formally opened in 1895. While plans for a university campus were progressing, classes were temporarily held at nearby Willard School; the South Missoula Land Company, owned by A. B. Hammond, Richard Eddy and Marcus Daly, joined with the Higgins family in donating land for the new campus. In June 1898 the cornerstone for A. J. Gibson designed University Hall was laid and Missoula became "the University City." The University of Montana comprises eleven full colleges and schools: College of Humanities & Sciences. A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation; the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences is divided into five academic departments and the Institute of Educational Research and Service. In 1914, the University of Montana School of Law became a member of The Association of American Law Schools and in 1923, the School received accreditation from the American Bar Association.
The W. A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation offers five undergraduate majors and five Master's of Science and three PhDs. Applicants For the fall 2017 term, 6,182 students applied to the University of Montana. Ninety-three percent were accepted; the entering freshman class had an average high school GPA of 3.55, the middle 50% range of SAT scores were 540-650 for reading and writing, 520-620 for math, while the ACT Composite range was 21–26. The original plan of the University campus was designed by one of its first professors, Frederich Scheuch, who called for the central oval to be surrounded by immediate and future University buildings. Although Scheuch's plan called for all building entrances to face the center of the Oval, forming a radiating building pattern, buildings were constructed with three-story in the Renaissance Revival style, with hipped roofs and Spanish green roof tiles; the first set of buildings were set up around the oval in 1895. Since that time, various campus plans and architectural styles have been used.
Today the campus consists of 220 acres and is bordered to the east by Mount Sentinel and the north by the Clark Fork River. The main campus comprises 64 buildings, including nine residence halls and various athletic venues, including Washington–Grizzly Stadium, a 26,500-seat football stadium and the Adams Center, a 7,500-seat multi-purpose arena where the university's basketball teams play. Landmarks include: The OvalA 3 acres swath of grass running east to west, marking the traditional center of the university. Today it is divided into quadrants by two intersecting brick-laid paths, though the oval was solid grass and forbidden to be crossed by students. A double row of trees was planted around the oval on Arbor Day 1896, but many of the trees have since died and are in the process of being replanted; the original gravel driveway that once surrounded the Oval has been replaced by sidewalk. The original master plan of the university called for all buildings to face the center of the oval, but this plan proved difficult and a new plan was created in 1935.
On the western extreme of the Oval is a life-sized grizzly bear statue created by ceramic artist and sculptor Rudy Autio in 1969. The bronze statue took one year to create. Many photographs of the university picture the bear with the Oval, University Hall, Mount Sentinel's'M' in the background; the "M" trailA 3/4 mile long trail with 13 switchbacks that rises 620 feet from the University of Montana at the base of Mount Sentinel. The trail offers sweeping views of the city below. There is debate of. Around 1908, members of the Forestry Club forged a zigzag trail up the mountain and students carried up stones to shape the symbol of the University of Montana. Originall
Patricia Davies Clarkson is an American actress. She has starred in numerous leading and supporting roles in a variety of films, ranging from independent features to major studio productions, her accolades include one Academy Award nomination, two Golden Globe Award nominations, four Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, one Tony Award nomination, two Primetime Emmy Awards, two National Society of Film Critics Awards, one British Independent Film Award. Born and raised in New Orleans to a politician mother and school administrator father, Clarkson earned a degree in drama from Fordham University before attending the Yale School of Drama, where she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree, she made her feature film debut in Brian De Palma's mob drama The Untouchables, followed by a supporting role in Clint Eastwood's The Dead Pool. After appearing in numerous minor roles in the early and mid-1990s, she garnered critical attention for her portrayal of a drug-addicted actress in the independent drama High Art.
Clarkson went on to appear in numerous supporting roles in such films as The Green Mile, The Pledge, Dogville. She garnered further critical acclaim in 2003 for her performances in the drama films The Station Agent, which earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, Pieces of April, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Clarkson appeared as a recurring guest star on the HBO series Six Feet Under from 2002 to 2006, won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her performance. Other credits from the 2000s include Good Night, Good Luck and the Real Girl, Elegy. In 2010, Clarkson had a supporting role in Martin Scorsese's thriller Shutter Island, followed by roles in the mainstream comedies Easy A and Friends with Benefits, she subsequently portrayed the villainous Ava Paige in its two sequels. She returned to theater in 2014, playing the role of Madge Kendal in a Broadway production of The Elephant Man, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress.
In 2017, she won a British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Sally Potter's drama The Party, guest-starred on the Netflix series House of Cards. She co-starred with Amy Adams on the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects in 2018, for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film. Clarkson was born in New Orleans, the daughter of Jackie Clarkson, a New Orleans politician and councilwoman, Arthur "Buzz" Clarkson, a school administrator who worked at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, she is one of five sisters. She was raised on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. From 1977 to 1979, Clarkson studied speech pathology at Louisiana State University before deciding she wanted to pursue a drama degree. In 1980, she transferred to Fordham University in New York City to enroll in their undergraduate acting program, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 1982, she earned her Master of Fine Arts at the Yale School of Drama in 1985.
After graduating from the Yale School of Drama, Clarkson was cast in a 1986 Broadway production of The House of Blue Leaves as a replacement in the role of Corrinna Stroller. The following year, she made her feature film debut in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables, portraying Catherine Ness, the wife of US Treasury Prohibition agent Elliott Ness. Clarkson stated she was financially struggling during this time and was paying student loans, that De Palma expanded her role in the film as she only had several days' worth of shooting; the next year, she was cast in Clint Eastwood's The Dead Pool, the fifth installment in the Dirty Harry film series. In 1989, she returned to Broadway portraying a Wall Street investment counselor whose brother is diagnosed with AIDS. Clarkson has stated that beginning in the early 1990s, she went through a turbulent period in her career and was unable to find significant work, she had a small role in Jumanji before being cast in the independent drama High Art, portraying a drug-addicted German actress in New York City.
Her performance earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1999, Clarkson appeared in a supporting role as an ailing wife of a prison warden in The Green Mile, nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast; the same year, she had a supporting part in the romantic comedy Simply Irresistible, followed by a supporting part in Stanley Tucci's biopic Joe Gould's Secret. Next, she portrayed a single mother in the drama The Safety of Objects, had a supporting role opposite Jack Nicholson in the Sean Penn-directed thriller The Pledge, playing the mother of a murder victim, she had a leading role in the independent horror film Wendigo, directed by Larry Fessenden, in the comedy Welcome to Collinwood. Roger Ebert praised the performances in the former, noting: "The actors have an unforced, natural quality that looks easy but is hard to do." In 2002, Clarkson was cast in a supporting role in Todd Haynes's period drama Far from Heaven, opposite Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid, playing the neighbor of a repressed housewife in the 1950s.
The same year, she starred as Margaret White in the television film adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie. Between 2002 and 2005, Clarkson had a guest-starring role on the HBO drama series Six Feet Under, playing Sarah O'Connor, the arti
Dame Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft, known professionally as Peggy Ashcroft, was an English actress whose career spanned more than sixty years, who, along with contemporaries John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. Born to a comfortable middle-class family, Ashcroft was determined from an early age to become an actress, despite parental opposition, she was working in smaller theatres before graduating from drama school, within two years thereafter she was starring in the West End. Ashcroft maintained her leading place in British theatre for the next fifty years. Always attracted by the ideals of permanent theatrical ensembles, she did much of her work for the Old Vic in the early 1930s, John Gielgud's companies in the 1930s and 1940s, the Royal Shakespeare Company from the 1950s and the National Theatre from the 1970s. While well regarded in Shakespeare, Ashcroft was known for her commitment to modern drama, appearing in plays by Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter.
Her career was wholly spent in the live theatre until the 1980s, when she turned to television and cinema with considerable success, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and several British and European awards. Ashcroft was born in Croydon, the younger child and only daughter of William Worsley Ashcroft, a land agent, his wife, Violetta Maud, née Bernheim. According to her biographer Michael Billington Violetta Ashcroft was of Danish and German-Jewish descent and a keen amateur actress. Ashcroft's father was killed on active service in the First World War, she attended Woodford School, East Croydon, where one of her teachers encouraged her love of Shakespeare, but neither her teachers nor her mother approved of her desire to become a professional actress. Ashcroft was determined, at the age of sixteen, she enrolled at the Central School of Speech and Drama, run by Elsie Fogerty, from whom her mother had taken lessons some years before; the school's emphasis was on the voice and elegant diction, which did not appeal to Ashcroft or to her fellow pupil Laurence Olivier.
She learned more from reading My Life in Art by Constantin Stanislavski, the influential director of the Moscow Art Theatre. While still a student, Ashcroft made her professional stage debut at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in a revival of J. M. Barrie's Dear Brutus opposite Ralph Richardson, with whom she had been impressed when she saw him in Charles Doran's touring company while she was still a schoolgirl, she graduated from the Central School in 1927 with London University's Diploma in Dramatic Art. Never much drawn to the West End or stardom, she learned her craft with small companies in fringe theatres, her first notable West End role was Naemi in Jew Süss in 1929, an extravagantly theatrical production, in which she won praise for the naturalism and truth of her playing. In the same year she married Rupert Hart-Davis an aspiring actor a well-known publisher, he described the marriage as "a sad failure: we were much too young to know what we wanted... after much agony we parted and were duly divorced.
Nowadays Peggy and I lunch together once or twice a year in a Soho restaurant and have a lovely nostalgic-romantic talk of shared memories of long ago. She is a lovely person and the best actress living." In 1930 Ashcroft was cast as Desdemona in a production of Othello at the Savoy Theatre, starring Paul Robeson in the title role. The production was not well received; the production prompted a political awakening in Ashcroft, astonished to receive hate-mail for appearing onstage with a black actor. During the run she had a brief affair with Robeson, followed by another with the writer J. B. Priestley, put an end to her first marriage. Hart-Davis was granted a divorce in 1933, on the grounds of Ashcroft's adultery with the director Theodore Komisarjevsky. Among those impressed by Ashcroft's performance as Desdemona was John Gielgud established as a West End star, he recalled, "When Peggy came on in the Senate scene it was as if all the lights in the theatre had gone up". In 1932 he was invited by the Oxford University Dramatic Society to try his hand at directing, in the society's production of Romeo and Juliet.
Ashcroft as Juliet and Edith Evans as the nurse won golden notices, although their director notorious for his innocent slips of the tongue, referred to them as "Two leading ladies, the like of whom I hope I shall never meet again." Ashcroft joined the Old Vic company for the 1932–33 season. The theatre, in an unfashionable area of London south of the Thames, was run by Lilian Baylis to offer plays and operas to a working-class audience at low ticket prices, she paid her performers modest wages, but the theatre was known for its unrivaled repertory of classics Shakespeare, many West End stars took a large pay cut to work there. It was, in the place to learn Shakespearean technique and try new ideas. During the season Ashcroft played five Shakespeare heroines, as well as Kate in She Stoops to Conquer, Mary Stuart in a new play by John Drinkwater, Lady Teazle in The School for Scandal. In 1933 she made The Wandering Jew, she was not attracted to the medium of cinema and made only four more films over the next quarter-century.
During her professional and personal relationship with Komisarjevsky, whom she married in 1934 and left in 1936, Ashcroft learned from him what Billington calls "the vital importance of discipline and the idea that t
Juliette Lake Lewis is an American actress and singer known for her portrayals of offbeat characters in films with dark themes. She began her career with small television roles in the late 1980s. In 1991 she received acclaim for her performance in Cape Fear, for which she received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, she has since appeared in films such as Kalifornia. Lewis received an Emmy Award nomination for her performance in the HBO film Hysterical Blindness, her subsequent television work has included series such as The Firm, Wayward Pines, Secrets and Lies. In 2004, Lewis launched a career as a singer and musician, leading the American rock band Juliette and the Licks, she has since embarked on a solo career. Lewis was born in Los Angeles, California to actor Geoffrey Lewis and his second wife, Glenis Batley, a graphic designer, she has eight siblings: brothers Lightfield, Peter and Matthew. Lewis' first on-screen appearance was an uncredited bit part in Bronco Billy, which starred her father.
She appeared in The Wonder Years as Wayne's girlfriend in Episodes 24, 34 and 36. She played Audrey Griswold in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Lewis first garnered international attention and acclaim in 1991 with her turn as Danielle Bowden in Martin Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, as well as an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Over the next few years, she appeared in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives, Peter Medak's Romeo Is Bleeding, opposite Brad Pitt in Kalifornia. In 1993, she acted alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp in the drama film What's Eating Gilbert Grape, she played Mallory Knox in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. She played a rock singer in the film Strange Days, doing her own singing on covers of two songs written by PJ Harvey, she received an Emmy nomination for her performance in Hysterical Blindness in 2003. She appeared in the HIM music video for "Buried Alive By Love" in 2003, she appeared in the 2004 film Starsky & Hutch, playing the role of Kitty, as Reese Feldman's girlfriend.
Lewis appeared in Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV, providing the voice of "Juliette", the host of fictional radio station "Radio Broker"'. She appeared in a Gap commercial in which she was dancing with Daft Punk to the tune of the song "Digital Love", she appeared in the Jan Kounen film Renegade with Vincent Cassel. In 2012 she starred in the short-lived series The Firm, on NBC as Tammy, assistant to lead character Mitch McDeere. Secrets & Lies 2015 TV Series She reprised her role as Audrey Griswold in 2012 in a series of Old Navy holiday commercials featuring the Griswold family. In 2015, she had a small role in the television series Wayward Pines, a psychological thriller by M. Night Shyamalan. Lewis will appear in the premiere season of The Conners as Blue, girlfriend of Darlene Conner's ex-husband David Healy. Lewis launched a career as a solo singer and musician, leading American rock band Juliette and the Licks until 2009 when she went solo and released the album entitled Terra Incognita.
Lewis features on the track "Bad Brother" by the band The Infidels, from The Crow: Salvation Soundtrack album, released on April 2000. Lewis has appeared on three tracks by electronic music group The Prodigy's 2004 CD Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. In 2006, Blender magazine included her in their hottest women of rock music list. In 2009, Lewis performed at the Przystanek Woodstock in Poland. In 2010, she played at the Rock for People festival in the Czech Republic. In December 2010, Lewis hosted the game television show Never Mind the Buzzcocks and repeated in January 2012. In 2013, Lewis contributed backing vocals to the track, "Saint of Impossible Causes", on Joseph Arthur's tenth studio album, The Ballad of Boogie Christ, she appeared in the music video for "City of Angels" by Thirty Seconds to Mars. In 2015, Lewis contributed vocals to the song "Stickup" by electronic artists Karma Fields & Morten, released on Monstercat. Lewis has supported Little Kids Rock, a US nonprofit organization that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.
S. public schools, by painting a Fender Strat guitar and donating it to an auction to raise money for the organization. After dropping out of high school, Lewis got into trouble with the law for driving illegally at age 15 was arrested for illegally patronizing a nightclub when she was 16. From 1990 to 1993 Lewis dated Brad Pitt. While in her 20s she went into rehabilitation for drug addiction. Lewis married professional skateboarder Steve Berra in 1999. Lewis identifies herself as both a Scientologist. …Like a Bolt of Lightning You're Speaking My Language Four on the Floor Terra Incognita Future Deep Official website Juliette Lewis on Twitter Juliette Lewis on IMDb Juliette Lewis at AllMovie Juliette Lewis discography at MusicBrainz Wolf, Matt. "Juliette Lewis". Interview. Theatre. Archived from the original on 2006-09-01. Goldstein, Melissa. "Juliette Lewis Explains Her "Dark" New Album". Spin
Mary Nell Steenburgen is an American actress and singer. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing the role of Lynda Dummar in Jonathan Demme's 1980 film Melvin and Howard. Steenburgen, who studied at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse in the 1970s received a Golden Globe nomination for the 1981 film Ragtime, a BAFTA TV Award nomination for the 1985 miniseries Tender is the Night and an Emmy Award nomination for the 1988 TV film The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank, her other film appearances include Cross Creek, Back to the Future Part III, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Brave One, Step Brothers, The Proposal, The Help. Steenburgen was born in Newport, Arkansas, to Nellie Mae, a school-board secretary, Maurice Hoffman Steenburgen, a freight-train conductor who worked at the Missouri Pacific Railroad, she has Nancy Kelly, a teacher. Her ancestry includes Dutch, English and Welsh. In 1971, she enrolled at Hendrix College to study drama.
She subsequently traveled to Dallas at the suggestion of her drama teacher where she auditioned for New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse. Steenburgen moved to Manhattan in 1972 after being selected by the Neighborhood Playhouse to study acting, she worked for Doubleday while studying under Will Esper. Steenburgen's break came when she was discovered by Jack Nicholson in the reception room of Paramount's New York office, was cast as the female lead in his second directorial work, the 1978 Western Goin' South. Steenburgen had a leading role in the 1979 film Time After Time as a modern woman who falls in love with author H. G. Wells, played by her future first husband, Malcolm McDowell. In her third film, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1980 film Melvin and Howard, playing Lynda Dummar, the wife of Melvin Dummar a trucker and aspiring singer, who claimed to have befriended reclusive eccentric Howard Hughes. Another notable film appearance came in the well-received 1983 film Cross Creek, in which she played Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling.
In 1985, she starred in the movie One Magic Christmas as a mother and wife who falls on devastating times at Christmas only to rely on a Christmas miracle to save her family. In 1989 she played the wife of Steve Martin's character in Parenthood. In Back to the Future Part III, Steenburgen played Clara Clayton, a school teacher who falls in love with Doc Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd, she was persuaded to play the role by her children, as well as by fans of the Back to the Future films, reprised the role by providing the character's voice in Back to the Future: The Animated Series. Other performances have been: in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, as a woman, having an affair with the title character, she has appeared in the comedy films Step Brothers, starring Will Ferrell, playing the mother of Ferrell's character. Dirty Girl, which features Steenburgen along with Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich and William H. Macy, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2010, she appeared in the critically acclaimed film The Help, starring alongside Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Bryce Dallas Howard, had a featured role as a lounge singer, the romantic interest in a love triangle, in the 2013 comedy Last Vegas.
She had a small part in the 2015 film A Walk in the Woods as Jeannie. In 2018, Steenburgen starred opposite Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen in the romantic comedy film Book Club. In television, Steenburgen appeared as Kate Montgomery in Ink with her husband, Ted Danson, co-starred with Danson as Mary Gulliver in Gulliver's Travels, she has a recurring role as herself with Danson in Curb Your Enthusiasm. Steenburgen co-starred as Helen Girardi, the mother of Amber Tamblyn's title character in Joan of Arcadia. In 2011, she had a recurring role as Josephine in the HBO sitcom Bored to Death with Danson again. Steenburgen starred as Anastasia Lee in the 2011 FX pilot, Outlaw Country, but it was passed by the network, she appeared on FX in the dark sitcom Wilfred from 2011 through 2013 as Catherine Newman, the title character's eccentric and mentally ill mother. Steenburgen had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock from 2012 to 2013 where she played Diana Jessup. In 2014, she began a recurring role as former Dixie Mafia boss Katherine Hale in the fifth and sixth seasons of Justified.
On June 13, 2014, it was announced that Steenburgen would have a recurring role as Delia in the Netflix crime comedy-drama Orange Is the New Black in the third season. From 2015 to 2018, she starred as Gail Klosterman on the comedy series The Last Man on Earth. After minor surgery on her arm, on April 17, 2007, which required a general anesthetic, Steenburgen developed a new passion for singing and songwriting, she by 2017 had composed more than 40 songs. She has collaborated with musicians from Nashville and was signed to Universal Music as a songwriter. In Last Vegas, Steenburgen plays a lounge singer and performs one of her original compositions on screen. In 1978, Steenburgen met and began dating actor Malcolm McDowell while both were co-starring in
Sarah Ellen Polley is a Canadian actress, director and political activist. Polley first garnered attention as a child actress for her role as Ramona Quimby in the television series Ramona, based on Beverly Cleary's books. Subsequently this led to her role as Sara Stanley in the Canadian television series Road to Avonlea, she has starred in many feature films, including Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Guinevere, Go, The Weight of Water, My Life Without Me, Dawn of the Dead, Mr. Nobody. Polley made her feature film directorial debut with Away from Her, for which she won a Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Polley's second film, Take This Waltz, premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, her first documentary film, Stories We Tell, was awarded the $100,000 prize for best Canadian film of the year by the Toronto Film Critics Association. In 2017, Polley executive produced the film A Better Man, wrote the miniseries Alias Grace, based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, which Polley began adapting in 2012.
Polley was born and raised in Toronto, the youngest of five children born to Diane Elizabeth, an actress and casting director, who died of cancer the week of Polley's 11th birthday. Polley was raised by Diane and her second husband, Michael Polley, a British-born actor who became an insurance agent after Diane and he started a family, her siblings are Mark and Joanna, both older, from her mother's first marriage and John Buchan. Her mother, had Scottish ancestry. During her childhood, Polley's siblings teased her because she bore no physical resemblance to Michael. Polley discovered as an adult that her biological father was Harry Gulkin, with whom her mother had an affair. Gulkin, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, was a Quebec-born film producer who produced the 1975 Canadian film Lies My Father Told Me, had met Diane after attending a play in which she acted in Montreal in 1978; when Polley turned 18, she decided to follow up on suggestions from her mother's friends that her biological father might be Geoff Bowes—one of three castmates from her mother's play in Montreal.
Meeting with Gulkin as just someone who could provide information about Diane in Montreal, he informed Polley of his affair with Diane. Bowes and Michael Polley confirmed, in Stories We Tell, that they had sexual relations with Diane during the run of the Montreal play. Gulkin's paternity was confirmed by a DNA test. Polley attended Subway Academy II Earl Haig Secondary School, but dropped out at age 15, her first appearance on screen was at the age of four, as Molly in the Disney film One Magic Christmas. She was in the pilot episode for Friday the 13th – The Series, as well as appearing in a small role in William Fruet's sci-fi horror film Blue Monkey, both in 1987. At age eight, she was cast as Ramona Quimby in the television series Ramona, based on Beverly Cleary's books; that same year, she played one of the lead characters in Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Polley burst into the public eye the following year, 1990, as Sara Stanley on the popular CBC television series Road to Avonlea.
The series made her famous and financially independent, she was hailed as "Canada's Sweetheart" by the popular press. The show was picked up by the Disney Channel for distribution in the United States. At the age of 12, Polley attended an awards ceremony while wearing a peace sign to protest the first Gulf War. Disney executives asked her to remove it, she refused; this soured her relationship with Disney, though she continued on Road to Avonlea until 1994. The show ran until 1996. Polley appeared as Lily on the CBC television series Straight Up, it ran from 1996–1998 and she won the Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series for her role. Polley's subsequent role as Nicole Burnell in the 1997 film The Sweet Hereafter, brought her considerable attention in the United States, her character in the film was an aspiring singer and on the soundtrack, she performed a cover of The Tragically Hip's "Courage" and Jane Siberry's "One More Colour", as well as the film's title track which she co-wrote with Mychael Danna.
In 1998, Polley appeared in the critically acclaimed film Last Night. The following year, she starred, she was cast in the role of Penny Lane in the big-budget 2000 film Almost Famous, but dropped out of the project to return to Canada for the low-budget The Law of Enclosures. Her role in the 2003 film My Life Without Me garnered the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in 2004. In the same year, she starred in a lead role in the remake of Dawn of the Dead, a departure from her other indie roles. In 2005, she starred in The Secret Life of Words, opposite Tim Julie Christie, she was nominated as Best European Actress by the European Film Academy for her role as Hanna. In 2006, Polley took a role on the acclaimed series Slings and Arrows during its third and final season. Polley's father, Michael Polley, was a regular on the show during its entire three-season run, she served as a member of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival jury. In 2008, Polley appeared as Nabby Adams in the HBO miniseries based on the life of John Adams.
Polley played Elise in Jaco Van Dormael's Mr. Nobody, released in 2010. Critical re