Born on March 23, 1959 in Miami, Florida, Catherine Keener is an actress best known for her role in Capote, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, S1mone, and Being John Malkovich. She has been nominated for an Academy Award twice.
Of Irish and Lebanese descent, Catherine Keener attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School and then Monsignor Edward Pace High School. During her teenage years, she underwent a rebellious phase and was expelled from the 11th grade. She returned to school, however, kept her grades up and was eventually accepted at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. She majored in English and history, and only got into a theater course because she wasn’t able to get into a photography class. She graduated in 1983, moved to New York, and eventually landed a job as an assistant to a casting agent. When such agent moved to Los Angeles, Keener followed and, after a heart to heart talk about a future, decided to pursue professional acting. Her employer was able to pull a few strings and she started bagging some small roles.
In 1986, Catherine Keener had one line in the movie About Last Night. While working in the 1987 film Survival Quest, she met future husband Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding). After guest-starring in an episode of Seinfeld, Keener landed her first starring role in the movie Johnny Suede opposite then unknown Brad Pitt. Her sterling performance earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination – her first. She went on to appear in Living in Oblivion, Walking and Talking, and Being John Malkovich, all critically acclaimed and the last earning her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also starred in an off-Broadway production of Burn This, plus the movies Full Frontal and S1mone.
In 2005, Catherine Keener starred in huge blockbuster hits, the thriller The Interpreter and the comedy The 40-Year-Old-Virgin. She got her second Oscar nomination for the film Capote, also in 2005. She married Mulroney in 1990 and had a son with him. He filed for divorce and it was finalized on December 19, 2007.