The name may not immediately ring a bell, but, with appearances in over 60 films and television shows you must have experienced the talent of Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden. Marcia was born on August 14, 1959, in La Jolla, California. As the child of a Naval officer, Marcia moved around quite a bit, living in Japan, Germany, Greece as well as California and Maryland, where she attended high school. She spent many years in school studying acting, receiving a BA in Theater from the University of Texas and an Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University. In the late '80s, she made appearances in small parts in made-for-TV movies and shows such as Simon & Simon. Her first film role was in 1986's The Imagemaker. It wasn't until she worked with the Coen Brothers on the 1990 drama Miller's Crossing that Marcia gained exposure to a wider audience, and she went on to appear in a number of high-profile films in the '90s, including Meet Joe Black, First Wives Club and The Spitfire Grill. Her portrayal of Lee Krasner, the wife of abstract artist Jackson Pollock, won her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2001 for Pollock. She received another nomination for her work in 2003's Mystic River. Her first role on Broadway, as the wife of a closeted gay man in Angels in America brought her critical acclaim and a Tony Award nomination. Her career is till going strong, with recent roles in American Dreamz, The Mist and the Sean Penn-directed Into the Wild. Her ability to take on any role - and do it well - makes Marcia one of the industry's most reliable actresses.
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