Birth Date: August 14, 1959
Birth Place: La Jolla, California, USA
Claim to Fame: Pollock, 2000
Scene Stealer: Marcia Gay Harden, actress on stage , screen and television for over 10 years.
The Coen Brothers finally introduced Marcia to the big screen with an often noted striking feature debute as seductress Verna in their film-noir "Millers Crossing", co-starring Albert Finney and Gabriel Byrne. The acclaim with "Millers Crossing" was followed by the independent comedy "Late for Dinner" and a leading role in the disturbing "Crush" by Alison Maclean, which was hailed at the Cannes Film Festival". Marcia also joined the all-star cast, including Shirley MacLaine, Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy and Marcello Mastroianni in the comedy "Used People". Despite her promsing start in film, Marcia returned to the stage to score her yet biggest success of her career, performing Valium-loving Mormon wife Harper Pitt in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" on Broadway, a role that not only recognized her with a nomination for the Tony Award but won her the World Theatre Award in 1993. Her stage performances were continued with turns in "The Years" and "Those the River Keeps", both at the Goodman Theatre, while her film career was reduced to smaller performances through the 90's. Her most notable performances include the critically acclaimed "The Spitfire Grill", and supporting turns in "The First Wives Club", "Safe Passage" and "Desperate Measures". Her credit can be also found in the blockbuster hits "Flubber", opposite Robin Williams, and as Anthony Hopkins' daughter in "Meet Joe Black".
Another turn in her career was launched by Ed Harris, who casted Marcia as Lee Krasner in his biopic on the American painter Jackson Pollock. Her nothing less than brilliant performance not only resulted some of the best reviews of her career but also the Oscar as Best Support-ing Actress of 2001. The dawning years of the new millennium were undeniably kind to the tireless actress, and after a trio of made-for-television movies in the year 2000 Harden essayed the role of a stylish but enigmatic catalyst to a mystery with decidedly comic undertones in Susan Seidelman's "Gaudi Afternoon". A brief foray into sitcom territory followed soon thereafter when Harden co-starred with Richard Dreyfuss in shortlived television series "The Education of Max Bickford", and the following year found her sticking to the small screen for the mini-series "Guilty Hearts" and the made-for-television feature "King of Texas", co-starring Patrick Stewart (the latter earning her a a Golden Sattelite nomination). Equally busy in 2003, Harden abandoned the small screen to work with some of the most acclaimed filmmakers in Hollywood. Joining Daryl Hannah and Mary Steenburgen, Marcia played one of six women on their way to adopt a child in Latin America, the John Sayles-directed drama was hailed by critics but missed by audiences. She once again received critical praise for her tour de force performance as despaired wife Celeste Boyle who suspects her husband of murdering their friends' daughter in Clint Eastwood's masterpiece "Mystic River". Recognized with six Oscar nominations in 2004, Marcia received her second Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance.
Information of Mrs. Harden's private life will be limited to the following facts. Marcia met her husband Thaddeus Scheel, whom she married in 1996, on the set of "The Spitfire Grill". The couple has a daughter, Eulala Grace, born in 1998, and are currently awaiting twins.
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