Marcia Gay Harden
Birth Date: August 14, 1959
Birth Place: La Jolla, California
Notable Films: Into the Wild, Miller’s Crossing, Mystic River, The Mist, Pollock
Awards: Academy Award (Best Actress in a Supporting Role | Pollock)
Marcia Gay Harden Biography:
Harden was born in California, one of five children. Her mother was a housewife, and her father was an officer in the United States Navy. Because of her father’s job, the family moved around a lot when she was a kid, and they lived in Japan, Greece, and the United States. She graduated from Surrattsville High School in Maryland in 1976, before attending the University of Texas at Austin. She did a BA in theater and attended the Tisch School of the Arts in New York.
Her first film role was actually a student movie in 1979. After graduating she took a few small parts in television, in programs including CBS Summer Playhouse, and Simon & Simon. Her first film role was as a moll in the Coen Brother’s Prohibition-era masterpiece Miller’s Crossing (1990). Despite the success of the film she still had to work as a waitress due to not having any money. She managed to win other roles through the ‘90s in movies like Flubber (1997), and Meet Joe Black (1998).
She also joined the Broadway cast of Angels in America in 1993. 2000 was a big year for Harden as she scooped an Oscar for her portrayal of Lee Krasner in Sydney Pollock biopic Pollock (2000). She received another nomination three years later for a supporting turn in Mystic River (2003). Harden has also starred as Grace Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movies. She is a keen practitioner of ikebana, Japanese flower arrangement, which she picked up from her mother.