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Marcia Gay Harden

Award-Winning Actress; LGBTQ+ Rights, Healthcare & Alzheimer's Disease Advocate

Award-Winning Actress; LGBTQ+ Rights, Healthcare & Alzheimer's Disease Advocate

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Marcia Gay Harden Biography

Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden has forged a remarkable body of work, always staying true to her chameleon style of “becoming the character.” Her character portraits have been described by critics as searing, heartbreaking, inventive, pure and profane simultaneously, astonishing, authentic, and sensuous. From the glamorous Ava Gardner in Sinatra to the artist Lee Krasner in Pollock (for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress) to the down and out Celeste in Mystic River Harden has created a signature style based in character transformation. Her versatility and wide-range have been praised in such films as Millers Crossing, The First Wives Club, Meet Joe Black, Mona Lisa Smile, The Hoax, and Used People.

Up next is the highly anticipated Universal film Fifty Shades of Grey, in which she plays Christian Grey’s mother. The release of this film has been set for Valentine’s Day 2015. Recent projects include Elsa & Fred starring the legendary Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, the ABC comedy series "Trophy Wife," which starred Malin Ackerman, Bradley Whitford, and Michaela Watkins and Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight, starring Emma Stone, Colin Firth, and Jacki Weaver. This fall, Harden reprised her role as First Amendment attorney Rebecca Halliday in the critically acclaimed guest star role on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series "The Newsroom."

Harden has chosen a life away from mainstream Hollywood, crossing between independent and studio films, and television and theatre. In 2011 Harden reprised the role she originated on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning play "God of Carnage" along with the original cast with a tremendously successful stage run at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles. In 2009, it was her exceptional Broadway performance in this starring role that garnered her the Best Actress Tony Award. Her fellow-nominated co-stars in the play included James Gandolfini, Hope Davis, and Jeff Daniels. Additionally, she received an Outer Circle Critics Award for her performance, as well as nominations from the Drama Desk and Drama League. That same year, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her role in The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler.

Other nominations include a Tony nomination for Tony Kushner’s "Angels in America" (for which she won the Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards), an Emmy nomination for her guest appearance on "Law and Order: SVU," also an Independent Spirit Award nomination for American Gun.

Additional television appearances include: starring in Lifetime’s The Amanda Knox Story, portraying Amanda’s mother Edda Mellas opposite Hayden Panettiere, co-starring in the critically acclaimed FX drama "Damages" opposite William Hurt and Glenn Close.

Additional film credits include: Parkland, which also starred Billy Bob Thornton, Paul Giamatti and Ron Livingston, If I Were You co-starring Aidan Quinn, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You, with Peter Gallagher and Ellen Burstyn, Detachment co-starring Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks, and Lucy Liu for Tribeca Films. Harden co-starred in Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It, in which her daughter Eulala Scheel also had a co-starring role, The Maiden Heist with William H. Macy, Morgan Freeman, and Christopher Walken, Canvas, Rails and Ties, Stephen King’s The Mist for which she won a Saturn Award,) Sean Penn’s Into the Wild, and The Christmas Cottage with Peter O’Toole.

From 2015 to 2018, Harden portrayed Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian Grey's mother, in the film trilogy Fifty Shades of Gray, which starred Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.

Harden is an advocate for awareness and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, which her mother has. Harden testified in front of the U.S. Senate in June 2018 to advocate on behalf of the more than 5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, including her mother, urging Congress to continue to prioritize critical legislation and disease-research funding increases. That same year, Harden released "Seasons of My Mother," a memoir that shares insight into her intimate, profound relationship with her mother.

Harden graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Theatre and an MFA from the Graduate Acting program at New York University.

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 05/21/2024.

Marcia Gay Harden Videos

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    Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden is sharing her personal story in her new book, "The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of ...
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Marcia Gay Harden Books

  • The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers
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