Patricia Clarkson Biography

Birthday: 1959-12-29
Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Wiki Biography: This remarkable, one-of-a-kind actress has, since the early 1990s, intrigued film and TV audiences with her glowing, yet careworn eccentricity and old world-styled glamour. Very much in demand these days as a character player, Patricia Clarkson nevertheless continues to avoid the temptation of money-making mainstream filming while reaping kudos and acting awards in out-of-the-way projects. The New Orleans born-and-bred performer with the given name of Patricia Davies Clarkson was born on December 29, 1959, the daughter of Arthur ("Buzz") Clarkson, a school administrator, and Jacquelyn (Brechtel) Clarkson, a local city politician and councilwoman. Patricia demonstrated an early interest in acting and managed to appear in a few junior high and high school-level plays while growing up. She took her basic college studies at Louisiana State University, studying speech for two years, before transferring to New York's Fordham University and graduating with honors in theatre arts. Accepted into the prestigious Yale School of Drama graduate program, she earned her Master of Fine Arts after gracing a wide range of productions including "Electra," "Pericles," "Twelfth Night", "The Lower Depths," "The Misanthrope," "Pacific Overtures" and "La Ronde". From there she took on New York City where she attracted strong East Coast notice in 1986 for her portrayal of Corrina in "The House of Blue Leaves" and in such other plays as "Eastern Standard" (1988) and "Wolf-Man" (1989). Known for her organic approach to acting, the flaxen-maned actress decided to try out her trademark whiskey voice in Hollywood at age 28, making her movie debut as Mrs. Eliot Ness in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (1987) starring Kevin Costner. The following years she gained attention for playing Samantha Walker in The Dead Pool (1988) where she starred opposite Clint Eastwood's popular "Dirty Harry" character. Playing supportive, wifely types at the onset, she became a strong contender for character stardom by the mid-to-late 1990s, not only on stage but in the independent film arena. On stage Patricia received impressive notices for her contributions to the plays "Raised in Captivity," "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan," "Three Days of Rain" and, in particular, "The Maiden's Prayer," which nabbed her both Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award nominations. In 2004, she finally enacted the classic part she seemed born to play, that of Southern belle Blanche DuBois in the Kennedy Center production of "A Streetcar Named Desire". She earned glowing notices. On camera she was offered roles of marked diversity. From the heavier dramatics of a film like Pharaoh's Army (1995), she could move deftly into light comedy, courtesy of Neil Simon in the TV-movie London Suite (1996) (TV). It was, however, her bleak, convulsive portrayal of Greta, a strung-out, heroin-happy German has-been actress, opposite a resurgent Ally Sheedy in the acclaimed art film High Art (1998) that truly put Patricia on the indie map. From this she was handed a silver plate's worth of excitingly offbeat roles. In 2003 alone, Patricia received a special acting prize at the Sundance Film Festival for her superb work in three films: as a somber, grieving artist in The Station Agent (2003), a cold-hearted cancer victim in Pieces of April (2003) and a jokey, get-with-it mom in All the Real Girls (2003). She was nominated for a "Supporting Actress" Oscar for the second movie mentioned. On TV Patricia received two Emmys for her recurring guest part as Frances Conroy's free-spirited sister in the acclaimed black comedy series "Six Feet Under" (2001). She also received the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics awards for her supporting work in the gorgeous, 1950s-styled melodrama Far from Heaven (2002), as a prim and proper Stepford-wife and deceptive friend to Julianne Moore. No matter the size, such as her extended cameos in The Green Mile (1999), All the Real Girls (2003), Miracle (2004) and Elegy (2008/I), Patricia manages to make the most of whatever screen time she has, often stealing scenes effortlessly. Seen everywhere because of her in-demand status in Hollywood, Patricia recently worked for director/actor Woody Allen. Impressed with her small but excellent contribution in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), she was promoted to a lead in his more recent picture Whatever Works (2009).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Untouchables 1987 Crime
Davis Rules 1991 Comedy
Alex Haley's Queen Lizzie 1993
Murder One 1996 - 1997 Crime
Jumanji Carol Parrish 1996 - 1997 Adventure
Prohibition Eliza Hackett 2011 History
Friends with Benefits Lorna 2011 Comedy
Suburbia Annette Jennings 2012 Crime
The Dust Bowl Hazel Lucas Shaw 2012 Documentary
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Untouchables 1987 Comedy, 0, 0
Rocket Gibraltar 1988 0
The Dead Pool Samantha Walker 1988 Action, Crime, Drama
Tune in Tomorrow 1990
Four Eyes and Six Guns 1992 Comedy
Jumanji Carol Parrish 1995
London Suite Diana Nichols 1996 Comedy
High Art 1998 0
Wayward Son 1999
The Green Mile Melinda Moores 1999 0, 0
Simply Irresistible 1999 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
The Pledge Margaret Larsen 2001 Comedy, Game Show
Falling Like This Caroline Lockhart 2001
Welcome to Collinwood Rosalind 2002
The Safety of Objects 2002 Drama
Far from Heaven Eleanor Fine 2002 Drama, Romance
Heartbreak Hospital Lottie Ohrwasher 2002 Comedy, Thriller
Pieces of April Joy Burns 2003 0
The Station Agent Olivia Harris 2003 0
The Baroness and the Pig The Baroness 2003 Drama
Dogville Vera 2003 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
All the Real Girls Elvira 2003 Drama, Romance
The Miracle Patty Brooks 2004
Good Night, and Good Luck. Shirley Wershba 2005
Pharaoh's Army Sarah Anders 2005
The Dying Gaul 2005
All the King's Men Sadie Burke 2006 Drama, Thriller
The Woods Ms. Traverse 2006 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
No Reservations Paula 2007 0, Biography
Married Life Pat Allen 2007 Comedy, 0
Lars and the Real Girl Dagmar 2007 Comedy, Drama
Phoebe in Wonderland 2008
Elegy Carolyn 2008 Drama, Romance
Vicky Cristina Barcelona Judy 2008 Drama, Romance
Blind Date Janna 2008 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Whatever Works 2009 0
Cairo Time Juliette 2010
Shutter Island Rachel 2 2010 0
Legendary Sharon Chetley 2010
Easy A Rosemary 2010 Comedy, Romance
Friends With Benefits Lorna 2011
Last Weekend Celia Green 2013 Comedy
The East Sharon 2013 Thriller
The Maze Runner Ava Paige 2014 Sport, 0, Game Show
October Gale Helen Matthews 2014 Drama, Romance, Thriller
The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials Ava Paige 2015
Miracle 2018 0