Celia Weston Biography

Birthday: 1951-12-14
Place of Birth: Spartanburg, South Carolina
Wiki Biography: Direct from Spartanburg, South Carolina, this tall, blonde actress may not exude shimmering star potential, but she certainly has earned the respect of stage and film audiences alike for her many touching portrayals of matter-of-fact, down-to-earth Southern folk. For someone who first attracted attention as a hash-slinging replacement for Diane Ladd (herself a replacement for the ever-popular Polly Holliday) in the final, languishing years of the popular CBS sitcom "Alice" (1976), Celia Weston certainly has evolved into one of the more sought-after character performers of "Deep South" film drama. Born December 14, 1951, and raised in South Carolina, Celia, along with her sister, enjoyed creating their own little world of characters, acting out small skits and later began appearing in local plays. She did not, however, meet the unanimous encouragement of her family when the one-time art and psychology major at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, decided to do an abrupt about-face and study acting. She earned an Artist Diploma in Drama at the North Carolina School of the Arts before moving to London to continue her training. More than determined, she eventually returned to the States in 1977 and studied with Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof while slinging hash herself in New York City. In between, there was sporadic regional and off-off-Broadway work along with summer stock. At age 28, Celia made a big leap with her Broadway debut in "Loose Ends" (1979) starring Kevin Kline. Following her prime theater role in Edward Albee's "The Lady from Dubuque" in 1980 and a small part in Clint Eastwood's film Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), Hollywood showed her the money when she became the new Southern-fried waitress in town alongside Linda Lavin and Beth Howland on the "Alice" series. Her character of Jolene was given rather short shrift during the four seasons (1981-1985) she appeared. Although Celia valiantly tried the invest the role with some spunk and sass, she was the newcomer and was too often overshadowed by the other two. Following the show's demise, she had a number of lean years before her luck changed again. In 1988, she was handed a couple of featured roles in the movies Stars and Bars (1988) and A New Life (1988). Her penchant for toned-down, unaffected realism was not overlooked. While interspersing theater roles with the sudden upswing of film parts now coming her way, she finally came into her own in both venues in the mid-to-late 1990s. After earning critical applause for her brittle dramatic turn as the backwoods mother of a murdered child in Dead Man Walking (1995), she went on to win an Outer Critics Award and Tony nomination for her Southern matron in Broadway's acclaimed "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" (1997). Preferring art-house obscurity to mainstream popularity, Celia has stayed true for the most part with classier, character-driven drama and it has paid off in career dividends. An always interesting presence, her gals can tangle and backbite with the best of them or show true grit and/or extreme emotional fragility at times of unbearable sorrow. Celia has also played a variety of dialects over the years. A gregarious and eccentric turn as a possible mother to a searching Ben Stiller in the wonderful Flirting with Disaster (1996) led to her Civil War wife in Ride with the Devil (1999/I); her grieving, prejudicial Teutonic mother in Snow Falling on Cedars (1999); the part of Cate Blanchett's haughty aunt in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999); and the Southern belle-like mental patient in K-Pax (2001). In addition, her Southern roots have complimented such Tennessee Williams' plays as "Summer and Smoke" and "Suddenly Last Summer" on Broadway. Into the millennium, Celia is still going strong. She has been a vibrant presence in such ensemble films as In the Bedroom (2001), Far from Heaven (2002) and The Village (2004). In 2005, she received one of her best roles in years as the dressed-down Southern matriarch in the obscure independent film Junebug (2005), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Alice Jolene Hunnicutt 1981 - 1982
Undermind 2003 Crime
Hulk Mrs. Krensler 2003 Action
Out of Order Carrie 2003 - 2012
Invasion 2005 - 2006 Sci Fi
The Box Lana Burns 2009 Drama
Memphis Beat Paula Ann Hendricks 2010 Comedy
The Village Vivian Percy 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Honky Tonk Freeway 1982 Action, Comedy
Lost Angels 1989 Drama
Little Man Tate 1991 0
Dead Man Walking Mary Beth Percy 1995 0
Unstrung Heroes Amelia 1995 Comedy, Drama
Flirting with Disaster 1996 Comedy
The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 Game Show, Comedy, 0
Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 Biography
Getting to Know You Bottle Lady 1999 Comedy, Drama
Hanging Up Madge Turner 2000
In the Bedroom Katie Grinnel 2001 Game Show, 0
Hearts in Atlantis Alana Files 2001 0, Game Show
Igby Goes Down 2002 0
Far from Heaven 2002 Drama, Romance
Undermind 2003
Hulk Mrs. Krensler 2003 0
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 Comedy, Romance
The Village 2004 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
No Reservations Mrs. Peterson 2007 0, Biography
The Invasion 2007 Sport, Game Show, 0, Reality Tv
Invasion 2007 Sci Fi, Thriller
Joshua Hazel Cairn 2007 Drama, Thriller
The Box Lana Burns 2009 Sport, Game Show
Observe and Report 2009 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Knight and Day 2010 0, 0
After.Life 2010 Drama, Horror, Mystery
After Life 2010 Drama, Horror, Mystery
Demoted Jane 2012 Comedy
Quad Arlene 2013 Drama
Afterlife 2015