Marcia Gay Harden Biography

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Born: August 14, 1959


Date of Birth: August 14, 1959

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Harden received a B.A. from the University of Texas. She then went on to study theater at New York University and achieved an M.F.A.

Harden began working in theater in Washington, D.C. where she received two Helen Hayes Award nominations. She followed up her success in Washington with a starring role on Broadway in the play Angels in America, winning a Theater World Award for Best Actress, as well as Drama Desk and Tony nominations.

The Coen Brothers were the first to cast Harden in a feature film, giving her the female lead in their critically acclaimed film Miller's Crossing (1990). She went on to land more leading roles in Late for Dinner(1991), Used People (1992) and Safe Passage (1994).

On television, Harden received an ACE nomination for her performance in Fever. She also landed roles in telefilms like Convict Cowboy, Path to Paradise, Labor of Love and Thin Air.

In the late '90s Harden appeared in more mainstream films like The First Wives Club, Flubber, Meet Joe Black and Space Cowboys. But she continues to successfully divide her time between film (both blockbuster and indie), television and theatrical appearances. She most recently starred in Fifty Shades of Grey(2015) playing Christian Grey's mother.

Married to Thaddaeus Scheel since 1996, she and her husband have three children—a daughter, Eulala Grace, and twins (one boy and one girl) named Hudson and Julitta.

Harden won the 2001 Oscar® for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Pollock. In 2004, she received her second Academy Award nomination for her role as a distraught wife who suspects her husband of murder in Mystic River (2003).


Fifty Shades Darker(2017)
Fifty Shades of Grey(2015)
Elsa & Fred(2014)
Magic in the Moonlight(2014)
Noah's Ark: The New Beginning (2009) (voice)
Whip It(2009)
The Maiden Heist(2009)
The Christmas Cottage(2007)
The Mist(2007)
Rails & Ties(2007)
Into the Wild(2007)
The Hoax(2007)
The Invisible(2007)
The Dead Girl (2006)
American Dreamz(2006)
American Gun(2005)
Bad News Bears(2005)
Welcome to Mooseport(2004)
Just Like Mona (2003)
Mona Lisa Smile(2003)
Mystic River(2003)
Casa de Los Babys(2003)
Just Like Mona (2001)
Gaudi Afternoon (2000)
Space Cowboys(2000)
Curtain Call(1999)
Guilty Hearts(1999)
Meet Joe Black(1998)
Desperate Measures(1998)
The Daytrippers (1996)
Far Harbor (1996)
Spy Hard (1996)
The Spitfire Grill (1996)
The First Wives Club (1996)
Fallen Angels, Good Housekeeping (1995)
Safe Passage (1994)
Used People (1992)
Late for Dinner (1991)
Miller's Crossing(1990)

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