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Joan Allen Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

Joan Allen was born on the 20th August 1956, in Rochelle, Illinois USA, of British and German descent. She is an actress who is probably best recognized for starring in the role of Elizabeth Proctor in the film “The Crucible”, playing Laine Hanson in the film “The Contender” (2000), portraying Colonel Margaret Rayne in the TV series “The Killing” (2014), and as Claire Warren in the TV series “The Family” (2016). Her acting career has been active since 1977.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Joan Allen is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Joan’s net worth is over $8 million, accumulated through her successful career in the entertainment industry.

Joan Allen Net Worth $8 Million

Joan Allen is the youngest of four children born to James Jefferson Allen, who was the owner of a gas station, and Dorothea Marie, who was a homemaker. She went to Rochelle Township High School, after which she enrolled at Eastern Illinois University, where she began performing in plays alongside John Malkovich, but later she transferred to Northern Illinois University, from which she graduated with a BFA degree in Theater.

Her acting career began initially on the stage, when in 1977 she joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble, together with Malkovich, appearing in a number of productions, such as her role of Hellen Stott in “And A Nightingale Sang”, for which she won a Clarence Derwent Award in 1984.

In the following year, she moved to the big screen, making her debut appearance in the film “Compromising Positions”, as Mary Alice Mahoney. In 1986, she was cast in two films – “Manhunter” playing Reba McClane, and “Peggy Sue Got Married” portraying Maddy Nagle. By the next decade, she had also starred in the role of Vera Tucker in the 1988 film “Tucker: The Man And His Dream”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Since then, her career has only gone upwards, as well as her net worth.
During the next decade, Joan’s name became more and more recognized, and she was soon able to acquire high profile roles in popular TV series and films. By the mid- 1990s, she had won the role of Zeena in “Ethan Frome” (1991), played Bonnie Waitzkin in “Searching For Bobby Fischer” (1993), and appeared as Margaret Roberts in “Mad Love” (1995). In 1995 Joan was also selected for the role of Pat Nixon in the TV series “Nixon”, starring alongside Anthony Hopkins and Powers Boothe. Her next major role was in the 1997 film “Face/Off”, with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in leading roles. All of these added a considerable amount to her net worth.

The new millennium didn’t change too much for her, as she continued to line up success after success, earning roles in such TV and film titles as “The Notebook” (2004) playing Anne Hamilton, “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007) as Pam Landy, and “Georgia O’Keeffe” (2009) in the title role. To speak further about her career, she was also selected to play Claire Lachay in the TV series “Luck” (2012), and in the same year she reprised the role of Pam Landy in the film “The Bourne Legacy”. Most recently, she appeared in the TV series “The Killing” (2014), the film “Room” (2015), and in the TV series “The Family” (2016). Her net worth is certainly rising.

Thanks to her accomplishments in the film industry, Joan has earned a number of recognitions and awards, including the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work on “Nixon”, San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress for her works on “Yes” and “The Upside Of Anger”. Beside that, she has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy, three Golden Globe and three Academy Awards.

Speaking about her personal life, Joan Allen was married to actor Peter Friedman (1990-2002), with whom she has a daughter. She is currently unmarried.

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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Family2016TV SeriesClaire Warren
Room2015/INancy
Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power2014Narrator (voice)
A Good Marriage2014Darcy Anderson
The Killing2014TV SeriesColonel Margaret Rayne
The Bourne Legacy2012Pam Landy
Luck2012TV SeriesClaire Lachay
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim2011Video GameDelphine (voice)
Good Sharma2010Veronica
Georgia O'Keeffe2009TV MovieGeorgia O'Keeffe
Hachi: A Dog's Tale2009Cate Wilson
Death Race2008Hennessey
Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh2008DocumentaryCatherine Senesh (voice)
The Bourne Ultimatum2007Pam Landy
Bonneville2006Carol Brimm
The Upside of Anger2005Terry Ann Wolfmeyer
Yes2004/IShe
The Bourne Supremacy2004Pamela Landy
The Notebook2004Anne Hamilton
Off the Map2003Arlene
The Mists of Avalon2001TV Mini-SeriesMorgause
The Contender2000Laine Hanson
When the Sky Falls2000Sinead Hamilton
All the Rage1999Helen
Pleasantville1998Betty Parker
Face/Off1997Dr. Eve Archer
The Ice Storm1997Elena Hood
The Crucible1996Elizabeth Proctor
Frasier1996TV SeriesLydia
Nixon1995Pat Nixon
Mad Love1995Margaret Roberts
Josh and S.A.M.1993Caroline
Searching for Bobby Fischer1993Bonnie Waitzkin
Ethan Frome1993Zeena
Without Warning: The James Brady Story1991TV MovieSarah Brady
In Country1989Irene
Tucker: The Man and His Dream1988Vera Tucker
The Twilight Zone1987TV SeriesSally Dobbs (segment "Shelter Skelter")
The Room Upstairs1987TV MovieEllie
American Playhouse1987TV SeriesAnn Deever
Peggy Sue Got Married1986Maddy Nagle
Zeisters1986Lala
Manhunter1986Reba McClane
Compromising Positions1985Mary Alice Mahoney
Evergreen1985TV Mini-SeriesIris Friedman
Say Goodnight, Gracie1983TV Movie
A Wedding1978Extra (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Georgia O'Keeffe2009TV Movie executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Who Will Write Our History2017Documentary post-productionNarration (voice)
Manhunter: Courting a Killer - An Interview with Joan Allen2016Video documentary shortHerself
Good Morning America2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2008-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Making 'Room'2016Video documentary shortHerself / Nancy
Celebrity Conversations2015TV SeriesHerself
Waking the T. Rex: The Story of SUE2010Documentary shortNarrator
Independent Lens2010TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards2010TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Mini - Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Death Race: Start Your Engines - Making a Death Race2008Video documentary shortHerself
Death Race: Behind the Wheel - Dissecting the Stunts2008Video documentary shortHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1999-2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2007-2008TV SeriesHerself
Rachael Ray2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The View2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Cinetipp2008TV Series documentaryPam Landy
The Bourne Ultimatum: The Evolution of Nicky2007Video shortHerself
The Light and the Dark: The Making of 'Face/Off'2007Video documentaryHerself
Trumbo2007DocumentaryHerself
The Bourne Ultimatum: T4 Movie Special2007TV MovieHerself
HBO First Look2000-2007TV Series documentaryHerself
The Rape of Europa2006DocumentaryNarrator
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Creating 'The Upside of Anger'2005Video documentary shortHerself
The 59th Annual Tony Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Revival of a Play
California Entertainment Weekly2005TV SeriesHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Charlie Rose1998-2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Today2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Bourne Supremacy: Matching Identities: Casting of 'The Bourne Supremacy'2004Video documentary shortHerself
The Bourne Supremacy: On the Move with Jason Bourne2004Video shortHerself
Anatomy of a Scene2004TV Series documentaryHerself
The Contender: The Making of a Political Thriller2001Video documentary shortHerself
American Experience1999-2001TV Series documentaryHerself - Reader
The Big Show2001TV MovieHerself
The 55th Annual Tony Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Play & One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-2001TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Presenter (uncredited)
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Inside 'Manhunter'2001Video documentary shortHerself
Under the Hood: Making 'Tucker'2000Video documentary shortHerself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHerself
Steppenwolf Theatre Company: 25 Years on the Edge2000DocumentaryHerself
New York: A Documentary Film1999TV Series documentary
Saturday Night Live1998TV SeriesHerself - Host
The 1998 Annual ShoWest Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Supporting Actress of Year
The 69th Annual Academy Awards1997TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards1997TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Previous Winner
The 68th Annual Academy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Female Actor in a Leading Role / Best Ensemble
Late Show with David Letterman1996TV SeriesHerself
Nixon: Featurette1995Video documentary shortHerself
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play
Working in the Theatre1989TV Series documentaryHerself
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Leading Actress in a Play
Voices & Visions: Robert Frost1988TV Movie documentaryMrs. Frost

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spotlight on Broadway2013TV SeriesHeidi Holland
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Kattan2003TV SpecialMiss Wallace (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAPerformance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleRoom (2015)
2012Career Achievement AwardChicago International Film Festival
2006CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressThe Upside of Anger (2005)
2006Distinguished Actor AwardCostume Designers Guild Awards
2006IFC AwardIowa Film Critics AwardsBest ActressThe Upside of Anger (2005)
2005Nellie Tayloe Ross AwardJackson Hole Film Festival
2005SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressThe Upside of Anger (2005)
2005Peter J. Owens AwardSan Francisco International Film Festival
2005Golden Space Needle AwardSeattle International Film FestivalBest ActressYes (2004)
2004Susan B. Anthony 'Failure is Impossible' AwardHigh Falls Film Festival
2003Golden Starfish Award for Career AchievementHamptons International Film FestivalFor her acting career.
2001Alan J. Pakula AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsThe Contender (2000)· Rod Lurie (screenwriter)
· Gary Oldman
· Jeff Bridges
· Christian Slater
· Sam Elliott
· William Petersen
· Saul Rubinek
· Philip Baker Hall
· Mike Binder
· Robin Thomas
· Mariel Hemingway
2001Spotlight AwardPalm Springs International Film Festival
2000Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsFemale Star of the Year
1999Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressPleasantville (1998)
1999Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressPleasantville (1998)
1999OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActressPleasantville (1998)
1999Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalPleasantville (1998)
1999SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressPleasantville (1998)
1998BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressPleasantville (1998)
1998Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest ActressThe Crucible (1996)
1998LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressPleasantville (1998)
1998ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USASupporting Actress of the Year
1997Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Crucible (1996)
1997SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Crucible (1996)
1996CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressNixon (1995)
1996NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActressNixon (1995)
1995BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressNixon (1995)
1995KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressNixon (1995)
1995LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressNixon (1995)
1995STFC AwardSociety of Texas Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressNixon (1995)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Supporting ActressRoom (2015)
2016VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Supporting Actress in a Canadian FilmRoom (2015)
2010Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionGeorgia O'Keeffe (2009)
2010Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieGeorgia O'Keeffe (2009)
2010Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Made for Television MovieGeorgia O'Keeffe (2009)· Joshua D. Maurer (executive producer)
· Alixandre Witlin (executive producer)
· Tony Mark (producer)
2010Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Lead ActressGeorgia O'Keeffe (2009)
2010OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesGeorgia O'Keeffe (2009)
2010PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Long-Form TelevisionGeorgia O'Keeffe (2009)· Joshua D. Maurer
· Alixandre Witlin
· Anthony Mark
2010ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesGeorgia O'Keeffe (2009)
2009Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressDeath Race (2008)
2007ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsActress of the YearThe Upside of Anger (2005)
2006Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Grownup Love StoryThe Upside of Anger (2005)· Kevin Costner
2006Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressThe Upside of Anger (2005)
2006Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLead ActressThe Upside of Anger (2005)
2006OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ActressThe Upside of Anger (2005)
2006OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressThe Upside of Anger (2005)
2005British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActressYes (2004)
2005DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressThe Upside of Anger (2005)
2005Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Actress of the YearThe Upside of Anger (2005)
2005Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalThe Upside of Anger (2005)
2005WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressThe Upside of Anger (2005)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieThe Mists of Avalon (2001)
2002OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesThe Mists of Avalon (2001)
2001OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Contender (2000)
2001Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaThe Contender (2000)
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actress - DramaThe Contender (2000)
2001CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressThe Contender (2000)
2001DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressThe Contender (2000)
2001Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadThe Contender (2000)
2001OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressThe Contender (2000)
2001PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Contender (2000)
2001Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, DramaThe Contender (2000)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleThe Contender (2000)
2000ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Contender (2000)
2000Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressThe Contender (2000)
1999CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressPleasantville (1998)
1999Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActressPleasantville (1998)
1999ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsActress of the YearThe Ice Storm (1997)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting ActressPleasantville (1998)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Comedy/Musical ActressPleasantville (1998)
1999Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Funniest ScenePleasantville (1998)· Reese Witherspoon
1998Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressFace/Off (1997)
1998Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress - Action/AdventureFace/Off (1997)
1998CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Ice Storm (1997)
1998Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Motion Picture, DramaThe Ice Storm (1997)
1997OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Crucible (1996)
1997Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureThe Crucible (1996)
1997CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Crucible (1996)
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting ActressThe Crucible (1996)
1997Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, DramaThe Crucible (1996)
1996OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleNixon (1995)
1996BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleNixon (1995)
1996ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Crucible (1996)
1996ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleThe Crucible (1996)· Daniel Day-Lewis
· Winona Ryder
· Paul Scofield
· Bruce Davison
· Rob Campbell
· Jeffrey Jones
· Frances Conroy
· Charlayne Woodard
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleNixon (1995)
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastNixon (1995)· Brian Bedford
· Powers Boothe
· Kevin Dunn
· Fyvush Finkel
· Annabeth Gish
· Tony Goldwyn
· Larry Hagman
· Ed Harris
· Edward Herrmann
· Anthony Hopkins
· Bob Hoskins
· Madeline Kahn
· E.G. Marshall
· David Paymer
· David Hyde Pierce
· Paul Sorvino
· Mary Steenburgen
· J.T. Walsh
· James Woods
1995ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleNixon (1995)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RolePleasantville (1998)
1997FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Crucible (1996)
1996BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Crucible (1996)
1996DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressNixon (1995)
1995NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressNixon (1995)


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#Fact
1She was awarded the 1987 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Burn This" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2Is left-handed.
3Her father was of English, German, and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) ancestry. Her mother's family was German.
4She was nominated for a 1990 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "Reckless" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
5She was awarded the 1986 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "A Lesson from Aloes", at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
6She was awarded the 1983 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "And a Nightingale Sang", at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
7Studied acting at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston under Glendon Gabbard.
8Parents: Dorothy Allen, a housewife, and Jeff Allen, a gas-station owner. Her father died in 1995.
9Joan has two sisters: Mary Allen (b. 1940), Lynn Allen (b. 1954) and a brother named David Allen (b. 1943).
10Graduated from the same university as Dan Castellaneta, Justin Mentell, and Matt Ricci.
11Chosen as Most Likely to Succeed by friends when graduating from high school.
12Mother was a homemaker and father was a garage attendant.
13Is the youngest of 4 children.
14Her Boston terrier is called Nora.
15Won the 1988 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for her Broadway debut in Lanford Wilson's "Burn This." She was again nominated the next year (1989) in the same category for Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles.".
16Has worked with two "Hannibal Lecters." She appeared in the first Lecter film, Manhunter (1986), with Brian Cox. She later played Pat Nixon in the film Nixon (1995), opposite Anthony Hopkins. Brian Cox later appeared with her again in The Bourne Supremacy (2004).
17Ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
18Mother of Sadie Friedman (born 1994), with Peter Friedman.
19Transferred to Northern Illinois University in 1976 whence she graduated.
20Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38. [1986]
21Has won many Stage awards and won a Tony in 1989 for her debut Broadway performance in Burn This.

#Quote
1It's such a great feeling to make people laugh. I know I've made people cry or want to slit their wrists, but to make people laugh is a very intoxicating, wonderful thing.
2Acting gave me the opportunity to do outrageous things. It allowed me to be sad, happy, angry and lustful, even if it was just vicariously.
3I think there's been a tendency to place me in what has been characterized as the "moral center" of the film. In films like The Ice Storm (1997), The Crucible (1996) and Nixon (1995), that's the sort of the persona that emerged.
4How do we escape who we are? I think going to college, I felt freer. I loved the clean slate. I wasn't known as the sort of nerdy, studious girl. I met gay people for the first time in my life. I needed that expansion from a very conservative little town.
5I was the good girl. The straight A student, on the honor roll, part of the choir . . . I played the cello badly. I did plays.
6I think I knew acting was what I wanted to do. But I was from this small town and there was no place for an adult to recognize it. I think the cheerleading thing was a way of performing. There was the boy element, but more important was the performance element. Once I got to high school and auditioned for a play and got in, I thought this was really what I was looking for. Once that had got cleared up, from 13 on, that was it.
7I'm hard to pin down. I tend to look different in films. I get recognized sometimes. But I just live my life. I get on the bus, I get on the subway, it's not a problem. I think of myself more as a character actor than that ingénue leading lady, who started out something like Michelle Pfeiffer or Jessica Lange. I'm a bit quirkier than that.
8Over 50% of Americans don't agree with the administration [of President George W. Bush]; that's a lot of people. But they don't get the press. I know myself and my friends in New York were devastated after the last election [2004]. We could hardly stand up it was so devastating. And those are the people that I'm around a fair amount.
9I was a very good girl for a long time, that's what really drew me to acting. The stage was the perfect place to be outrageous, to be sad, to be angry, to be all these different things.
10To tell you the truth, if Oliver Stone had wanted Pat Nixon to wear a G-string and swing from a chandelier, I would have played it that way.
11I was very shy, but was desperate to meet boys. So my sister told me to be a cheerleader. I didn't make cheerleading squad, so I thought, "Why not try out for a play?" As soon as I did I found out I absolutely loved it. I could cry and scream and laugh, but in a controlled environment.


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