Laura Leggett Linney is an American actress and singer. She is the recipient of several awards, including two Golden Globe Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards, has been nominated for three Academy Awards and four Tony Awards. Linney made her Broadway debut in 1990 before going on to receive Tony Award nominations for the 2002 revival of The Crucible, the original Broadway productions of Sight Unseen and Time Stands Still, the 2017 revival of The Little Foxes. On television, she won her first Emmy Award for the television film Wild Iris, had subsequent wins for the sitcom Frasier and the miniseries John Adams. From 2010–13, she starred in the Showtime series The Big C, which won her a fourth Emmy in 2013, in 2017 she began starring in the Netflix crime series Ozark. Linney is an established film actress, she made her film debut with a minor role in Lorenzo's Oil and went on to receive Academy Award nominations for the dramas You Can Count On Me, The Savages. Her other films include Primal Fear, The Truman Show, Mystic River, Love Actually, The Squid and the Whale, The Nanny Diaries, Hyde Park on Hudson, Mr. Holmes and Nocturnal Animals.
Linney was born in Manhattan. Her mother Miriam Anderson "Ann" Perse was a nurse at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, her father Romulus Zachariah Linney IV was a playwright and professor. Linney's paternal great-great-grandfather was Republican U. S. Congressman Romulus Zachariah Linney, she grew up in modest circumstances. She has a half-sister named Susan from her father's second marriage. Linney is a 1982 graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School, an elite preparatory school in New England for which she serves as the chair of the Arts Advisory Council, she attended Northwestern University before transferring to Brown University, where she studied acting with Jim Barnhill and John Emigh and served on the board of Production Workshop, the university's student theater group. During her senior year at Brown, she performed in one of her father's plays as Lady Ada Lovelace in a production of Childe Byron, a drama in which poet Lord Byron mends a taut, distant relationship with his daughter Ada.
Linney graduated from Brown in 1986. She went on to study acting at the Juilliard School as a member of Group 19, which included Jeanne Tripplehorn, she received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Juilliard when she delivered the school's commencement address in 2009. Linney first appeared in minor roles in a few early 1990s films, including Lorenzo's Oil and Dave, She was cast in a series of high-profile thrillers, including Congo, Primal Fear and Absolute Power, she made her Hollywood breakthrough in 1998, praised for playing Jim Carrey's on-screen wife in The Truman Show. In 2000, she starred Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count On Me alongside Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Broderick; the film was met with positive reviews from critics with an approval rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, the consensus reading, "You Can Count On Me may look like it belongs on the small screen, but the movie surprises with its simple yet affecting story. Beautifully acted and crafted, the movie will draw you in."
Linney was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. In 2003, Linney appeared in Clint Eastwood's Mystic River alongside Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Marcia Gay Harden; the film received a 88% on Rotten Tomatoes with the critics consensus reading, "Anchored by the exceptional acting of its strong cast, Mystic River is a somber drama that unfolds in layers and conveys the tragedy of its story with visceral power." Linney received a BAFTA Award nomination for her performance. That same year she starred in the popular holiday film Love Actually alongside Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, she appeared in Alan Parker's The Life of David Gale alongside Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey. In 2004, She reunited her Love Actually co-star Liam Neeson in Kinsey, as the title character's wife, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe Award. In 2005, Linney starred in Noah Baumbach's the comedy-drama The Squid and the Whale alongside Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg.
It received rave reviews from critic's earning a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus reading, "this is a piercingly honest, acidly witty look at divorce and its impact on a family." She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance. Linney appeared in the political satire Man of the Year alongside Robin Williams and the comedy-drama The Nanny Diaries opposite Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, based on the book by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus,She appeared in Tamara Jenkins' The Savages with Philip Seymour Hoffman, she received a third Academy Award nomination for her performance. In 2012, she starred in Roger Mitchell's Hyde Park on Hudson alongside Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt; the film starred Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams and Samuel West. Murray won nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance. In 2015, she starred in Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes alongside Ian McKellen; the film received rave reviews, earning a 89% on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus reading, "Mr. Holmes focuses on the man behind the mysteries, while it may lack Baker Street thrills, it more than compensates with tenderly wrought, well-acted drama."In 2016, She appeared in Clint Eastwood's Sully with Tom Hanks.
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Judith Davis is an Australian actress known for her work in film and theatre. With a career spanning over 40 years she is commended for her versatility and is regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation with frequent collaborator Woody Allen describing her as "one of the most exciting actresses in the world", she is the recipient of eight AACTA Awards, three Emmy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and has received two Academy Award nominations. Davis is a 1977 graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, where she starred opposite Mel Gibson in Romeo and Juliet. Most of Davis's stage work has been in Australia, including Piaf, Hedda Gabler and The Seagull, but she starred in the 1982 London production of Insignificance, for which she was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actress, the 1989 Los Angeles production of Hapgood, she returned to the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2017 to direct Money. She went on to win the British Academy Film Awards for both Best Actress and Most Promising Newcomer for the 1979 film My Brilliant Career, two Australian Film Institute Awards as Best Actress for Winter of Our Dreams and Supporting Actress for Hoodwink, went onto receive Academy Award nominations for A Passage to India and Husbands and Wives.
This making her the first Australian to receive nominations in both categories and the fourth Australian actress to receive an Academy Award nomination. Her other film roles include High Rolling, Who Dares Wins, High Tide, Alice, George Sand in Impromptu, Barton Fink, Dark Blood, Absolute Power, Deconstructing Harry, The Man Who Sued God, The Break-up, Anne d'Arpajon in Marie Antoinette, The Eye of the Storm, To Rome with Love, The Young and Prodigious T. S. Spivet and The Dressmaker. For her television work, Davis won Primetime Emmy Awards for Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, for playing Judy Garland in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows and The Starter Wife and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows and One Against the Wind. Other television roles include Water Under the Bridge, A Woman Called Golda, A Cooler Climate, Nancy Reagan in The Reagans, Coast to Coast, Sante Kimes in A Little Thing Called Murder, Page Eight, Hedda Hopper in Feud: Bette and Joan and Mystery Road Davis was born in Perth, Western Australia, had a strict Catholic upbringing.
She was educated at Loreto Convent and the Western Australian Institute of Technology and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney in 1977. She has been married to actor and fellow NIDA graduate Colin Friels since 1984, they have a son and a daughter. The relationship was in the media when an argument led to a court order against Friels – however, they remained together at that time, they live in the Sydney area of New South Wales. After making her feature film debut in the 1977 buddy comedy High Rolling, Davis first came to prominence for her role as Sybylla Melvyn in the coming-of-age saga My Brilliant Career, for which she won BAFTA Awards for Best Actress and Best Newcomer. Davis was praised for her performance; the term “once in a lifetime” tends to be slapped around like a bumper sticker, but this meaty role lives up to the accolade." Her breakthrough success continued with lead roles in the Australian New Wave classics Winter of Our Dreams, as a waif-like heroin addict, the drama Heatwave, as a radical tenant organizer, the thriller Hoodwink, as a sexually-repressed clergyman's wife.
Of her performance in Winter of Our Dreams, Roger Ebert noted, "Davis brought a kind of wiry, feisty intelligence to My Brilliant Career, playing an Australian farm woman who rather felt she would do things her own way. She's wonderful again this time, in a different role as an insecure, skinny street waif. Performs her movement magnificently."Her international film career began in 1981 when she played the younger version of Ingrid Bergman's Golda Meir in the television docudrama A Woman Called Golda, a role for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie, followed by the role of a terrorist in the controversial British film Who Dares Wins. In 1984, she was cast as Adela Quested in David Lean's final film A Passage to India, an adaptation of E. M. Forster's novel, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress; the film became a critics' favourite, opening to tremendous praise worldwide and Variety praised Davis for having "the rare gift of being able to look plain at one moment and uncommonly beautiful at another.
The Washington Post wrote, "With makeup the color of smudged ivory, her pallor enhanced by the off-white linens she wears, Davis is daringly unattractive for a leading lady. Davis' neuroticism, her way of twitching and thrusting her jaw and looking up hungrily beneath the brim of her straw hat, brings to life the ravenous sexuality beneath Miss Quested's decorous exterior."She retur
Alfre Woodard is an American actress and political activist. Woodard has been named accomplished actors of her generation, she has been nominated once for an Academy Award and Grammy Award and 18 times for an Emmy Award and has won a Golden Globe Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Woodard began her acting career in theater. After her breakthrough role in the Off-Broadway play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, she made her film debut in Remember My Name. In 1983, she won major critical praise and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Cross Creek. In the same year, Woodard won her first Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in the NBC drama series Hill Street Blues. In the 1980s, Woodard had leading Emmy Award-nominated performances in a number of made for television movies, another Emmy-winning role as a woman dying of leukemia in the pilot episode of L. A. Law, she starred as Dr. Roxanne Turner in the NBC medical drama St. Elsewhere, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1986, for Guest Actress in 1988.
In the 1990s, Woodard starred in films such as Grand Canyon and Souls, How to Make an American Quilt, Primal Fear and Star Trek: First Contact. She drew critical praise for her performances in the independent dramas Passion Fish, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as Down in the Delta. For her lead role in the HBO film Miss Evers' Boys, Woodard won Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Awards, several another awards. In years she has appeared in several blockbusters, like K-PAX, The Core, The Forgotten, starred in independent films, won her fourth Emmy Award for The Practice in 2003. From 2005 to 2006, Woodard starred as Betty Applewhite in the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives, starred in several short-lived series, she appeared in the films The Family That Preys, 12 Years a Slave and Annabelle, has worked as a political activist and producer. Woodard is a founder of Artists for a New South Africa, an organization devoted to advancing democracy and equality in that country.
She is a board member of AMPAS. Woodard was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Constance, a homemaker, Marion H. Woodard, an entrepreneur and interior designer, she is the youngest of three children. She was a cheerleader in high school. Woodard attended Bishop Kelley High School, a private Catholic school in Tulsa and graduated from there in 1970, she studied drama at Boston University. Woodard made her professional theater debut in 1974 on Washington, D. C.'s Arena Stage. In 1976, she moved to California, she said, "When I came to L. A. people told me there were no film roles for black actors... I'm not a fool. I know that, but I was always confident that I knew my craft." Her breakthrough role was in the Off-Broadway play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf in 1977. The next year, Woodard made her film debut in Remember My Name, a thriller written and directed by Alan Rudolph. In the same year, she had a leading role in The Trial of the Moke, a Great Performances television movie co-starring Samuel L. Jackson.
In 1980, Woodard had a role in the ensemble comedy film. She appeared in the NBC miniseries The Sophisticated Gents, had a regular role alongside Catherine Hicks and Tim Matheson in the short-lived comedy-drama Tucker's Witch. In 1983, Woodard starred opposite Mary Steenburgen in the biography drama film Cross Creek directed by Martin Ritt. For her performance in the film, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1983, Woodard won her first Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category for her three-episode arc as Doris Robson in the NBC critically acclaimed serial drama, Hill Street Blues, her next television role was on the short-lived NBC sitcom Sara starring Geena Davis. In the next few years, Woodard received critical acclaim for her lead performances in a number of made for television movies, she was nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards for her roles in the films Words by Heart, Unnatural Causes, A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story.
In 1986, Woodard starred opposite Farrah Fawcett in the drama film Extremities based on a 1982 Off-Broadway play of the same name by William Mastrosimone. She won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as a woman dying of leukemia in the pilot episode of the NBC drama series, L. A. Law. From 1985 to 1986, she was regular cast member of the NBC medical drama, St. Elsewhere, She played the role of Dr. Roxanne Turner, a strong doctor and the love interest of the Denzel Washington character, she left the show after a single season, but guest-starred in 1988. Woodard was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1986, for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 1988, for St. Elsewhere. In 1998, Woodard reprised the role for a sixth-season episode of Homicide: Life on the Street entitled "Mercy", she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her guest performance in the show. In 1987, Woodard played the role of South African Activist Winnie Mandela in the HBO film Mandela.
She spent several weeks listening to tapes of Winnie to match her accent. She did not win an Emmy
Breathing Lessons is a 1989 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by American author Anne Tyler. It is her eleventh novel; the story describes the joys and pains of the ordinary marriage of Ira and Maggie Moran as they travel from Baltimore to attend a funeral and back home again in one day. It examines Maggie's attempts to reconcile her son and daughter-in-law. During the journey to the funeral, we learn how both Ira and Maggie have forgone their youthful dreams and feel they have settled for an "ordinary life." We experience how they exasperate each other -- too meddling. A few detours during their 90-mile drive reveal Ira and Maggie's "incompatibilities, unmet expectations—and lasting love". Edward Hoagland describes the novel: "Maggie, surprised by life, which did not live up to her honeymoon, has become an incorrigible prompter, and she has horned in to bring about the birth of her first grandchild by stopping a 17-year-old girl named Fiona at the door of an abortion clinic and steering her into marrying Maggie's son, the father and, like Fiona, a dropout from high school....
The book's principal event is a 90-mile trip that Maggie and Ira make from Baltimore...to a country town in Pennsylvania where a high school classmate has scheduled an elaborate funeral for her husband. Maggie...indulges her habit of pouring her heart out to every listening stranger, which infuriates Ira, uncommunicative to start with, has reached the point where Maggie can divine his moods only from the pop songs of the 1950's that he whistles.... Maggie, although exasperating...is trying to make a difference, to connect or unite people, beat the drum for forgiveness and compromise. As Ira explains, "It's Maggie's weakness, she believes. She thinks the people she loves are better than they are, so she starts changing things around to suit her point of view of them." In 1994, a television movie based on the book was made for the Hallmark Hall of Fame. It was directed by John Erman, starred James Garner and Joanne Woodward as Ira and Maggie Moran, it was filmed in the Pittsburgh PA area. Joanne Woodward won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance.
Kevin McKeon adapted the novel into a stage play. From June 6 – 29, 2003, he directed its premier run at the Book-It Repertory Theatre, at Seattle Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, in Seattle, Washington. In her review in The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani writes, "In Miss Tyler's capable hands...the Morans' outing...becomes a metaphor both for their 28-year marital odyssey, for the halting, circuitous journey all of us make through life - away from and back to our family roots, out of innocence into sorrow and loss. To followers of the author's work, the Morans will be recognizable as Tyler creations. There's a quaint, homespun quality to them that, given a less talented and generous writer, might seem cloying or sentimental.... Miss Tyler is able to examine, the conflict, felt by nearly all her characters, between domesticity and freedom, between heredity and independence. In addition, she is able, with her usual grace and magnanimity, to chronicle the ever-shifting covenants made by parents and children and wives, in doing so, to depict both the losses - and redemptions - wrought by the passage of time."Edward Hoagland wrote: "Anne Tyler, blessedly prolific and graced with an effortless-seeming talent at describing whole rafts of intricately individualized people, might be described as a domestic novelist, one of that great line descending from Jane Austen.
She is interested not in divorce or infidelity, but in marriage -- not much in isolation, estrangement and other fashionable concerns, but in courtship, child raising and filial responsibility. It's...a mark of her competence that in this fractionated era she can write so well about blood links and family funerals, old friendships or the dogged pull of thwarted love, of blunted love affairs or marital mismatches that neither mend nor end. Her eye is kindly and versatile, after going at each new set of characters with authorial eagerness and an exuberant tumble of details, she tends to arrive at a set of conclusions about them, a sort of golden mean." Breathing Lessons won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1989 and was a finalist for the 1988 National Book Award. It was Time Magazine's Book of the Year. Breathing Lessons on IMDb Photos of the first edition of Breathing Lessons
Claire Catherine Danes is an American actress. She is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2012, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015. Danes gained early recognition as Angela Chase in the acclaimed 1994 teen drama series My So-Called Life; the role won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She made her film debut the same year in Little Women, her other films include Home for the Holidays, Romeo + Juliet, The Rainmaker, Les Misérables, Brokedown Palace, the 1999 English dub of Princess Mononoke, Igby Goes Down, The Hours, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Stardust, Brigsby Bear, A Kid Like Jake. From 1998 to 2000, Danes attended Yale University before dropping out to return to acting, she appeared in an Off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues in 2000, made her Broadway debut playing Eliza Doolittle in the 2007 revival of Pygmalion.
In 2010, she portrayed Temple Grandin in the acclaimed HBO TV film Temple Grandin, which won her a second Golden Globe and her first Primetime Emmy Award for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. Since 2011, she has starred as Carrie Mathison in the Showtime drama series Homeland, for which she has won two Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, two Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama. Danes was born in the Manhattan borough of New York City, the daughter of a sculptor and printmaking artist, Carla Danes, a photographer, Christopher Danes, she has an older brother, a lawyer. Danes' parents met. Danes' mother was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1945 and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and education from the Rhode Island School of Design, an Associate of Applied Science in textile design from Fashion Institute of Technology, a master's degree in early childhood education from Hunter College, a Master of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design.
During Danes' childhood her mother ran a small toddler day-care center called Danes Tribe out of the family's SoHo loft to supplement her work as a painter and textile designer, served as Danes' manager. Danes' father was born in Austin, Texas, in 1944 and, after studying biology and civil engineering at Brown University, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied with Harry Callahan. During Danes' childhood her father worked as a general contractor for 20 years, working on residential buildings in a company he ran called Overall Construction in New York, he worked as a photographer and computer consultant. He is the son of Gibson Andrew Danes, a former dean of the Yale School of Art and Architecture from 1958 to 1968. Danes is named after her paternal grandmother, Claire Danes, who died in 1953; the family lived in an artist's loft on Crosby Street. Danes attended P. S. 3 and PS 11 for elementary school and Professional Performing Arts School for junior high school.
Danes attended the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies in New York City. She attended The Dalton School for one year of high school before moving with her parents to Santa Monica, California for the role in My So-Called Life. Danes said. Danes graduated from the Lycée Français de Los Angeles in 1997. In 1998, Danes began studies at Yale University. Director Oliver Stone wrote a letter of recommendation. After studying for two years as a psychology major, she dropped out to focus on her film career. Danes started studying dance. Danes took dance classes from Ellen Robbins at Dance Theater Workshop and acting classes at HB Studiothe Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute at the age of 10, she appeared in video productions in New York City. Although she continued to dance, Danes said that her focus shifted to acting by the time she was nine years old, her audition with Miloš Forman when she was 11 led to roles in several student films. She signed with agent Karen Friedman at the Writers & Artists talent agency at age 12.
At age 13, Danes got her first big job working on the Dudley Moore TV sitcom pilot called Dudley, shot at Silvercup Studios in Astoria, Queens. Danes played a teenage murderer in a guest starring role on Law & Order in the season three episode "Skin Deep", she appeared in an episode of HBO's Lifestories: Families in Crisis entitled "The Coming out of Heidi Leiter". In March 1993, a pilot episode was shot, it would be another year and a half before broadcast. She starred as the 15-year-old Angela Chase in the television drama series My So-Called Life, starring in the show and providing voiceovers for 17 of the series' 19 episodes, including the pilot episode. For her role, she received an Emmy nomination. Despite being canceled after only 19 episodes, My So-Called Life has developed a large cult following. In 1995, she starred in the Soul Asylum music video for "Just Like Anyone". In 2010, Danes starred in the HBO production of Temple Grandin, a biopic about the eponymous woman with autism, she won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie, the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
Cicely L. Tyson is an American actress and former fashion model whose acting career has spanned more than six decades. Tyson is the recipient of three Primetime Emmy Awards, four Black Reel Awards, one Screen Actor Guild Award, one Tony Award and an honorary Academy Award. Having appeared in minor film and television roles early in her career, Tyson garnered widespread attention and critical acclaim for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder. Tyson's portrayal of the title role in the 1974 television film The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman won her further praise. Tyson has continued to act on television in the 21st century. In 2011, she played the role of Constantine Jefferson in the award-winning film The Help, she has played the role of Ophelia Harkness in American Broadcasting Company's legal drama How to Get Away With Murder since the show's inception in 2014. In addition to her screen career, Tyson has appeared in various theater productions, she received a Drama Desk Award in 1962 for her Off-Broadway performance in Moon on a Rainbow Shawl.
Tyson starred as Carrie Watts in the Broadway play The Trip to Bountiful, winning the Tony Award, the Outer Critics Award, the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Play in 2013. Tyson was named a Kennedy Center honoree in 2015. In November 2016, Tyson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. Tyson was born in Harlem on December 19, 1924, the daughter of Frederica Tyson, a domestic worker, William Augustine Tyson, who worked as a carpenter, at any other jobs he could find, her parents were immigrants from Nevis in the West Indies. Her father arrived in New York City at age 21 and was processed at Ellis Island on August 4, 1919. Tyson became a popular fashion model, her first acting role was on the NBC series Frontiers of Faith in 1951. Tyson played her first stage role in 1950 and her first film role in Carib Gold in 1956, but she went on to do more television work, such as the celebrated series East Side/West Side, in which she became the first African American to star in a television drama, the soap opera The Guiding Light.
In 1961, Tyson appeared in the original cast of French playwright Jean Genet's The Blacks, the longest running off-Broadway non-musical of the decade, running for 1,408 performances. On March 25, 1963, Tyson appeared on the game show To Tell The Truth as a decoy contestant for Shirley Abicair, she appeared with Sammy Davis Jr. in the film A Man Called Adam and starred in the film version of Graham Greene's The Comedians. Tyson had a featured role in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, appeared in a segment of Roots. In 1972, Tyson played the role of Rebecca Morgan in the critically acclaimed film Sounder, she was nominated for both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her work in Sounder, won the NSFC Best Actress and NBR Best Actress Awards. In 1974, Tyson played the title role in the television film The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Tyson's portrayal of a young African-American slave won her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie and an Emmy Award for Actress of the Year – Special.
Tyson was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work in this television film. Tyson's acclaimed television roles include: Binta in the 1977 miniseries Roots, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie. In 1991, Tyson appeared in Fried Green Tomatoes as Sipsey. In the 1994–95 television series Sweet Justice, Tyson portrayed a civil rights activist and attorney named Carrie Grace Battle, a character she shaped by consulting with noted Washington, D. C. civil rights and criminal defense lawyer Dovey Johnson Roundtree. Other notable film roles include the dramas Hoodlum and Diary of a Mad Black Woman, the television films Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and A Lesson Before Dying. In 2005, Tyson co-starred in Because of Winn-Dixie. In 2010, Tyson appeared in Why Did I Get Married Too? and narrated the Paul Robeson Award-winning documentary, Up from the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream.
In 2011, Tyson appeared in her first music video in Willow Smith's 21st Century Girl. That same year, she played Constantine Jefferson, a maid in Jackson, Mississippi, in the critically acclaimed period drama The Help. Set in the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, the film won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. At the 67th Tony Awards on June 9, 2013, Tyson won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Miss Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bou
Anjelica Huston is an American actress, producer and former fashion model. Huston became the third generation of her family to receive an Academy Award, when she won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 1985's Prizzi's Honor, joining her father, director John Huston, grandfather, actor Walter Huston, she received further Academy Award nominations for her performances in Enemies: A Love Story and The Grifters, for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, respectively. Huston earned BAFTA nominations for her work in two Woody Allen films: Crimes and Misdemeanors and Manhattan Murder Mystery, she received acclaim for her portrayal of the Grand High Witch in the 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches, earned two Golden Globe nominations for starring as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family and its sequel. Subsequent film credits have included Buffalo'66, Ever After, Blood Work, Daddy Day Care, Seraphim Falls, Choke, 50/50, The Cleanse, she works with director Wes Anderson. On television, Huston has had recurring roles on Huff and Transparent.
She won a Gracie Award for her portrayal of Eileen Rand on Smash. Huston made her directorial debut with the 1996 film Bastard out of Carolina; this was followed by Agnes Browne, in which she starred. She has written two memoirs: A Story Lately Told and Watch Me. Huston was born in Santa Monica, is the daughter of director and actor John Huston and prima ballerina and model Enrica Soma. Huston's paternal grandfather was Canadian-born actor Walter Huston. Huston has Scottish, Scotch-Irish and Welsh ancestry from her father, Italian from her mother, her father was an Irish citizen. She spent much of her childhood in Ireland which she still considers home near Craughwell, County Galway, attended school at Kylemore Abbey. Huston has an older brother, Tony, a younger maternal half-sister named Allegra, whom she called "Legs", a younger paternal half-brother, actor Danny Huston, an adopted older brother, Pablo, she is the aunt of Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston. She lived in England, where she attended Holland Park School.
In the late 1960s, she began taking a few small roles in her father's movies. She began other small roles too, for example, her hands for Deborah Kerr's in the British Casino Royale and advanced to bigger roles in 1969, starring in A Walk with Love and Death, where she played the 16-year-old French noblewoman Claudia opposite Assi Dayan. In the same year, her mother, 39 years old, died in a car accident, she relocated to the United States, where she modeled for several years. While modeling, she worked with photographers such as Bob Richardson. In the early 1970s, with Pat Cleveland, Pat Ast, Karen Bjornson, Alva Chinn, others, became one of fashion designer Halston's favored troupe of models, nicknamed the Halstonettes. Huston studied acting in the early 1980s after deciding to focus more on films, her first notable role was in Bob Rafelson's remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice. Her father cast her as Maerose, daughter of a Mafia don whose love is scorned by a hit man in the film adaptation of Richard Condon's Mafia-satire novel Prizzi's Honor.
Huston won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance, making her the first person in Academy Award history to win an Oscar when a parent and a grandparent had won one. She earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a con artist in Stephen Frears' The Grifters, she starred as the lead in her father's final directorial film, The Dead, an adaptation of a James Joyce story. She was cast as Morticia Addams in the hugely successful 1991 movie adaptation of The Addams Family. In 1993, she reprised the role for the sequel Addams Family Values, she starred in the 1998 Hollywood blockbuster Ever After: A Cinderella Story alongside Drew Barrymore and Melanie Lynskey as the Baroness Rodmilla De Ghent. She starred in two Wes Anderson films, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, as well as appearing in a minor role in 2007's The Darjeeling Limited, she voiced the role of Queen Clarion in the Disney Fairies film series starring Tinker Bell. Huston received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 22, 2010.
In 2011, Huston was in the film Horrid Henry: The Movie. Huston appeared on the NBC television series Smash as Broadway producer Eileen Rand. In 2015 and 2016 Huston appeared in the second and third seasons of the Amazon Video series Transparent. Huston has followed in her father's footsteps in the director's chair, her first directorial credit was Bastard Out of Carolina, followed by Agnes Browne, in which she both directed and starred, Riding the Bus with My Sister. For over 20 years, Huston has been developing a film project on William Butler Yeats. During a visit to the National Library of Ireland in 2010 to look through the Yeats collection, Huston said that she was still developing the project. Huston led a letter campaign organized by the U. S. Campaign for Burma and Human Rights Action Center in November 2007; the letter, signed by over twenty five high-profile individuals from the entertainment business, was addressed to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and urged him to "personally intervene" to secure the release of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma.
In 1995 Huston donated $500 to