Born on August 14, 1959, Marcia Gay Harden is an Academy Award-winning American actress. She was born in La Jolla, California, but moved often as a child. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in theatre, and had her MFA in the graduate theatre program at New York University.
Marcia Gay Harden has appeared on the episode “In the Lion’s Den” of the CBS Summer Playhouse and had her first screen role in 1986’s The Imagemaker. In 1990 she appeared in the Coen Brothers’ Miller’s Crossing where she gained wide exposure. She was also well-received in her portrayal of Ava Gardner in 1992’s television movie Sinatra. Her Broadway debut came in 1993, appearing in Tony Kusher’s Angels in America, as the character Harper. This earned her a Tony Award nomination. Two years later, she was cast in an episode of Chicago Hope and was also on the series Homicide: Life on the Street. In 1997, she landed the role of Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds in the sci-fi comedy Flubber, also starring Robin Williams. The next year, she was cast in the drama Meet Joe Black, as well as in the TV movie Labor of Love.
In 2000, Marcia Gay Harden received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lee Krasner in Pollock. Her unforgettable portrayal of the artist Jackson Pollock’s wife won her a New York Film Critic’s Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress as well. She also received another Oscar nomination for her role in Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River. She had a guest starring role in the series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2005 to 2006, and had a role in Sean Penn’s critically acclaimed Into the Wild. She is also in the films The Dead Girl and The Invisible, before she appeared in the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist. In 2009, she appeared as a regular on the critically-acclaimed FX series Damages as a shrewd corporate attorney, opposite Glenn Close and William Hurt.