Academy Award Winners For Best Supporting Actress

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Gale Sondergaard
Sly, manipulative, dangerously cunning and sinister were the key words that best described the roles that Gale Sondergaard played in motion pictures, making her one of the most talented character actresses ever seen on the screen. She was educated at the University of Minnesota and later married director Herbert J. Biberman...
“ Year: 1936. Movie: Anthony Adverse. Nominated With: Beulah Bondi, Alice Brady, Bonita Granville and Maria Ouspenskaya ” - erick-palacios04
Alice Brady
Alice Brady was born in New York City on November 2, 1892. She was interested in the stage from childhood, as her father was famed Broadway producer William A. Brady. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York, since this was the film capital at the time. Her first film was at the age of 22 when she starred in As Ye Sow...
“ Year: 1937. Movie: In Old Chicago. Nominated With: Andrea Leeds, Anne Shirley, Claire Trevor and May Whitty ” - erick-palacios04
Fay Bainter
Fay Bainter's career began as a child performer in 1898. For some time, she was a member of the traveling cast of the Morosco Stock Company in Los Angeles. In 1912, she made her Broadway debut in 'The Rose of Panama', but this and her subsequent play 'The Bridal Path' (1913), were conspicuous failures...
“ Year: 1938. Movie: Jezebel. Nominated With: Beulah Bondi, Billie Burke, Spring Byington and Miliza Korjus ” - erick-palacios04
Hattie McDaniel
After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West. Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams. In this one, directed by George Stevens and aided and abetted by star Katharine Hepburn...
“ Year: 1939. Movie: Gone With The Wind. Nominated With: Olivia de Havilland, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Edna May Oliver and Maria Ouspenskaya ” - erick-palacios04
Jane Darwell
Missouri-born Jane Darwell was the daughter of a railroad president and grew up on a ranch in Missouri. She nursed ambitions to be an opera singer, but put it off because of her father's disapproval (she eventually changed her name to Darwell from the family name of Woodward so as not to "sully" the family name)...
“ Year: 1940. Movie: The Grapes of Wrath. Nominated With: Judith Anderson, Ruth Hussey, Barbara O'Neil and Marjorie Rambeau ” - erick-palacios04
Mary Astor
Mary Astor was born, Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke, on May 3, 1906 in Quincy, Illinois to a German immigrant father, Otto Ludwig Langhanke, and an American mother from Illinois, Helen Marie Vasconcellos, of Portuguese and Irish ancestry. Her parents were very ambitious for her as they recognized Mary's beauty and knowing if they played their cards right...
“ Year: 1941. Movie: The Great Lie. Nominated With: Sara Allgood, Patricia Collinge, Teresa Wright and Margaret Wycherly ” - erick-palacios04
Teresa Wright
A natural and lovely talent who was discovered for films by Samuel Goldwyn, the always likable Teresa Wright distinguished herself early on in high-caliber, Oscar-worthy form -- the only performer ever to be nominated for Oscars for her first three films. Always true to herself, she was able to earn Hollywood stardom on her own unglamorized terms...
“ Year: 1942. Movie: Mrs. Miniver. Nominated With: Gladys Cooper, Agnes Moorehead, Susan Peters and May Whitty ” - erick-palacios04
Katina Paxinou
Katina Paxinou was born in 1900, in Piraeus, Greece. She first appeared on stage in 1928, in an Athens production of Henry Bataille's "La femme nue". In the early 1930's she was one of the founding members of the National Theatre of Greece (previously named Royal Theatre) and performed several major roles in Sophocles' "Electra"...
“ Year: 1943. Movie: For Whom The Bell Tolls. Nominated With: Gladys Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Anne Revere and Lucile Watson ” - erick-palacios04
Ethel Barrymore
Ethel Barrymore was the second of three children seemingly destined for the actor's life of their parents Maurice and Georgiana. Maurice Barrymore had emigrated from England in 1875, and after graduating from Cambridge in law had shocked his family by becoming an actor. Georgiana Drew of Philadelphia acted in her parents' stage company...
“ Year: 1944. Movie: None But the Lonely Heart. Nominated With: Jennifer Jones, Angela Lansbury, Aline McMahon and Agnes Moorehead ” - erick-palacios04
Anne Revere
Veteran character actress Anne Revere became another in the long line of talented artists whose careers would crash under the weight of the "Red Scare" hysteria that tore through Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Manhattan and a direct descendant of Revolutionary War figure Paul Revere, Anne graduated from Wellesley College, then trained for the stage at the American Laboratory Theatre...
“ Year: 1945. Movie: National Velvet. Nominated With: Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Angela Lansbury and Joan Lorring ” - erick-palacios04
Anne Baxter
Actress, All About Eve
Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, the world-renowned architect. Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City, which at that time was still the hub of the entertainment industry even though the film colony was moving west...
“ Year: 1946. Movie: The Razor's Edge. Nominated With: Ethel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Flora Robson and Gale Sondergaard ” - erick-palacios04
Celeste Holm
Actress, All About Eve
Celeste Holm was an only child, born into a home where her mother was a painter and her father worked in insurance. She would study acting at the University of Chicago and make her stage debut in 1936. Her Broadway debut came when she was 19. She appeared in many successful plays, including "The Women"...
“ Year: 1947. Movie: Gentleman's Agreement. Nominated With: Ethel Barrymore, Gloria Grahame, Marjorie Main and Anne Revere ” - erick-palacios04
Claire Trevor
Actress, Stagecoach
Claire Trevor was born Claire Wemlinger in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, NY, the only child of Fifth Avenue merchant-tailor Noel Wemlinger, an immigrant Frenchman from Paris who lost his business during the Depression, and his Belfast-born wife Betty. Trevor's interest in acting began when she was 11 years old...
“ Year: 1948. Movie: Key Largo. Nominated With: Barbara Bel Geddes, Ellen Corby, Agnes Moorehead and Jean Simmons ” - erick-palacios04
Mercedes McCambridge
Actress, The Exorcist
Mercedes McCambridge is a highly-talented radio performer who won a best supporting Actress Oscar for her film debut. Mercedes McCambridge was born in Joliet, Illinois, to Marie (Mahaffry) and John Patrick McCambridge, a farmer. She was of mostly Irish (with a small amount of English and German) ancestry...
“ Year: 1949. Movie: All The King's Men. Nominated With: Ethel Barrymore, Celeste Holm, Elsa Lanchester and Ethel Waters ” - erick-palacios04
Josephine Hull
Actress, Harvey
Josephine Sherwood changed her name after marrying stage actor Shelly Hull in 1910. She studied drama at Radcliffe College -- much to the dismay of her parents -- and first worked on the stage in a stock company in Boston. Her husband died in 1919, aged 35, of Spanish influenza. Josephine left the...
“ Year: 1950. Movie: Harvey. Nominated With: Hope Emerson, Celeste Holm, Nancy Olson and Thelma Ritter ” - erick-palacios04
Kim Hunter
Her father, Donald Cole, was a consulting engineer, and died in 1926 when Kim was only 3 years old. Her mother, Grace Lind, once performed as a concert pianist. She had one brother who was eight years older than she, and she was educated at Miami Beach High. According to an in-depth article on Kim Hunter by Joseph Collura in the October 2009 issue of "Classic Images"...
“ Year: 1951. Movie: A Streetcar Named Desire. Nominated With: Joan Blondell, Mildred Dunnock, Lee Grant and Thelma Ritter ” - erick-palacios04
Gloria Grahame
Gloria Hallward, an acting pupil of her mother (stage actress and teacher Jean Grahame), acted professionally while still in high school. In 1944 Louis B. Mayer saw her on Broadway and gave her an MGM contract under the name Gloria Grahame. Her debut in the title role of Blonde Fever was auspicious...
“ Year: 1952. Movie: The Bad and the Beautiful. Nominated With: Jean Hagen, Collete Marchand, Terry Moore and Thelma Ritter ” - erick-palacios04
Donna Reed
Donna Reed was born in the midwestern town of Denison, Iowa, on January 27, 1921, as Donna Belle Mullenger. A small town - a population of less than 3,000 people - Denison was located by the Boyer River, and was the county seat of Crawford County. Donna grew up as a farm girl, much like many young girls in western Iowa...
“ Year: 1953. Movie: From Here To Eternity. Nominated With: Grace Kelly, Geraldine Page, Marjorie Rambeau and Thelma Ritter ” - erick-palacios04
Eva Marie Saint
Played one of most famous female leads in movie history, opposite Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront. She certainly brought "real acting" in a time when melodrama still ran rampant in the industry. Who can forget her memorable argument scene with Brando when she says, "I didn't say I don't love you...
“ Year: 1954. Movie: On The Waterfront. Nominated With: Nina Foch, Katy Jurado, Jan Sterling and Claire Trevor ” - erick-palacios04
Jo Van Fleet
Jo Van Fleet was born on December 30, 1914 in Oakland, California. She established herself as a notable dramatic actress on Broadway over several years, winning a Tony Award in 1954 for her skill in a difficult role, playing an unsympathetic, even abusive character, in Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" with Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint...
“ Year: 1955. Movie: East of Eden. Nomianted With: Betsy Blair, Peggy Lee, Marisa Pavan and Natalie Wood ” - erick-palacios04
Dorothy Malone
Actress, Peyton Place
The blonde, sultry, dreamy-eyed beauty of Dorothy Malone, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, took some time before it made an impact with American filmgoing audiences. But once she did, she played it for all it was worth in her one chance Academy Award-winning "bad girl" performance, a role quite unlike the classy and straight-laced lady herself...
“ Year: 1956. Movie: Written on the Wind. Nominated With: Milfred Dunnock, Eileen Heckart, Mercedes McCambridge and Patty McCormack ” - erick-palacios04
Miyoshi Umeki
Although she projected the typical Japanese female stereotype of humbleness, delicacy and subservience in most of her prime film and stage roles, beguiling, tiny-framed Miyoshi Umeki was nevertheless an assertive scene-stealer. This docile and deceptive-looking talent with the cropped hair and heart-shaped face radiated charm and innocence so effortlessly...
“ Year: 1957. Movie: Sayonara. Nominated With: Carolyn Jones, Elsa Lanchester, Hope Lange and Diane Varsi ” - erick-palacios04
Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller, daughter of Frank and Marie Hiller, was born on 15th August 1912 in Bramhall, near Stockport, Cheshire, England. She was educated at Winceby House School, Bexhill then moved on to Manchester Repertory Theatre. She appeared on stage in Sir John Barry's tour of Evensong, then as Sally Hardcastle in Love on the Dole...
“ Year: 1958. Movie: Separate Tables. Nominated With: Peggy Cass, Martha Hyer, Maureen Stapleton and Cara Williams ” - erick-palacios04
Shelley Winters
Actress, Lolita
Shelley Winters was born Shirley Schrift of very humble beginnings on August 18, 1920 (some sources list 1922) in East St. Louis, Illinois. Her mother, Rose (Winter), was born in Missouri, to Austrian Jewish parents, and her father, Jonas Schrift, was an Austrian Jewish immigrant. Her father moved the family to Brooklyn when she was still young so that he...
“ Year: 1959. Movie: The Diary on Anne Frank. Nominated With: Hermione Baddeley, Susan Kohner, Juanita Moore and Thelma Ritter ” - erick-palacios04
Shirley Jones
Named after child star Shirley Temple, Shirley Jones started singing at the age of six. She started formal training at the age of 12 and would dream of singing with her idol, Gordon MacRae. Upon graduating from high school, Shirley went to New York to audition for the casting director of Rodgers & Hammerstein...
“ Year: 1960. Movie: Elmer Gantry. Nominated With: Glynis Johns, Shirley Knight, Janet Leigh and Mary Ure ” - erick-palacios04
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career for the better part of six decades. One of the very few (and very first) performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, she was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) and farmer Francisco José "Paco" Alverío...
“ Year: 1961. Movie: West Side Story. Nomianted With: Fay Bainter, Judy Garland, Lotte Lenya and Una Merkel ” - erick-palacios04
Patty Duke
Patty Duke was born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York, to Frances Margaret (McMahon), a cashier, and John Patrick Duke, a cab driver and handyman. She is of Irish, and one eighth German, descent. Her acting career began when she was introduced to her brother Ray Duke's managers...
“ Year: 1962. Movie: The Miracle Worker. Nominated With: Mary Badham, Shirley Knight, Angela Lansbury and Thelma Ritter ” - erick-palacios04
Margaret Rutherford
One is always at pains to locate a reference to Margaret Rutherford which does not characterize her as either jut-chinned, eccentric or both. But such, taken together, made for the charm of the woman. The combination of those most mundane of attributes has led some to suggest that she was made for the role of Agatha Christie's indomitable sleuth...
“ Year: 1963. Movie: The V.I.P.s. Nominated With: Diane Cilento, Edith Evans, Joyce Redman and Lilia Skala ” - erick-palacios04
“ Year: 1964. Movie: Zorba the Greek. Nominated With: Gladys Cooper, Edith Evans, Grayson Hall and Agnes Moorehead ” - erick-palacios04
Shelley Winters
Actress, Lolita
Shelley Winters was born Shirley Schrift of very humble beginnings on August 18, 1920 (some sources list 1922) in East St. Louis, Illinois. Her mother, Rose (Winter), was born in Missouri, to Austrian Jewish parents, and her father, Jonas Schrift, was an Austrian Jewish immigrant. Her father moved the family to Brooklyn when she was still young so that he...
“ Year: 1965. Movie: A Patch of Blue. Nominated With: Ruth Gordon, Joyce Redman, Maggie Smith and Peggy Wood ” - erick-palacios04
Sandy Dennis
It would not be easy for anyone to out-do one of American theater's finest thespians, but somehow actress Sandy Dennis managed to even out-quirk the legendary Geraldine Page when it came to affecting nervous ticks and offbeat mannerisms on stage and in film. She and Page had few peers when it came to the neurotic-dispensing department...
“ Year: 1966. Movie: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Nominated With: Wendy Hiller, Jocelyn LeGarde, Vivien Merchant and Geraldine Page ” - erick-palacios04
Estelle Parsons
The charming, witty, and immeasurably gifted Estelle Parsons was born November 20, 1927 in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Elinor and Eben Parsons. She attended the Oak Grove School for Girls in Maine, and later graduated from Connecticut College in 1949. She worked as a singer with a band before she became the first Women's Editor on Today...
“ Year: 1967. Movie: Bonnie and Clyde. Nominated With: Carol Channing, Mildred Natwick, Beah Richards and Katharine Ross ” - erick-palacios04
Ruth Gordon
When Ruth Gordon convinced her father, a sea captain, to let her pursue acting she came to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in a few silents made at Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1915. She made her Broadway debut in "Peter Pan" as Nibs the same year. The next 20 years she spent on stage...
“ Year: 1968. Movie: Rosemary's Baby. Nominated With: Lynn Carlin, Sondra Locke, Kay Medford and Estelle Parsons ” - erick-palacios04
Goldie Hawn
Actress, Overboard
Goldie Jeanne Hawn was born in Washington D.C., to Laura Hawn (née Steinhoff), a jewelry shop/dance school owner, and Rut Hawn (Edward Rutledge Hawn), a band musician. She has a sister, Patti Hawn, and a brother, Edward, who died before she was born. She was raised in the Jewish religion...
“ Year: 1969. Movie: Cactus Flower. Nominated With: Catherine Burns, Dyan Cannon, Sylvia Miles and Susannah York ” - erick-palacios04
Helen Hayes
Known as "The First lady of the American Theater", Helen Hayes had a legendary career on stage and in films and television that spanned over eighty years. Hayes was born in Washington, D.C., to Catherine Estelle "Essie" Hayes, an actress who worked in touring companies, and Francis van Arnum Brown, a clerk and salesman...
“ Year: 1970. Movie: Airport. Nominated With: Karen Black, Lee Grant, Sally Kellerman and Maureen Stapleton ” - erick-palacios04
Cloris Leachman
Actress, The Croods
The record-breaking actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars. Cloris Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne "Buck" Leachman and the former Cloris Wallace. Her father's family owned a lumber company, Leachman Lumber Co. She is of Czech (from her maternal grandmother) and English descent...
“ Year: 1971. Movie: The Last Picture Show. Nominated With: Ann-Margret, Ellen Burstyn, Barbara Harris and Margaret Leighton ” - erick-palacios04
Eileen Heckart
Versatile, award-winning character actress Eileen Heckart, with the lean, horsey face and assured, fervent gait, was born Anna Eileen Stark on March 29, 1919, in Columbus, Ohio. An only child, she lived with her mother after her parents separated at age 2. Her childhood was an acutely unhappy one. Her mother...
“ Year: 1972. Movie: Butterflies Are Free. Nominated With: Jeannie Berlin, Geraldine Page, Susan Tyrrell and Shelley Winters ” - erick-palacios04
“ Year: 1973. Movie: Paper Moon. Nominated With: Linda Blair, Candy Clark, Madeline Kahn and Sylvia Sidney ” - erick-palacios04
Ingrid Bergman
Actress, Casablanca
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with Meryl Streep, both are second only to Katharine Hepburn...
“ Year: 1974. Movie: Murder on the Orient Express. Nominated With: Valentina Cortese, Madeline Kahn, Diane Ladd and Talia Shire ” - erick-palacios04
Lee Grant
Academy Award winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, 1925 in Manhattan, New York City, to Witia (Haskell), a teacher and actress, and Abraham Rosenthal, an educator and realtor. Her father was of Romanian Jewish descent, and her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Lee made her stage debut at age 4 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City...
“ Year: 1975. Movie: Shampoo. Nominated With: Ronee Blackley, Sylvia Miles, Lily Tomlin and Brenda Vaccaro ” - erick-palacios04
Beatrice Straight
Actress, Poltergeist
In her long career, Beatrice Straight actually did very little work in the movies, plying her trade mostly onstage. But when she did grace the silver screen, she did it with great skill. Her first love was theater, having debuted on Broadway in the 1935 "Bitter Oleander". Her work garnered her much acclaim...
“ Year: 1976. Movie: Network. Nominated With: Jane Alexander, Jodie Foster, Lee Grant and Piper Laurie ” - erick-palacios04
Vanessa Redgrave
On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, Vanessa Redgrave...
“ Year: 1977. Movie: Julia. Nominated With: Leslie Browne, Quinn Cummings, Melinda Dillon and Tuesday Weld ” - erick-palacios04
Maggie Smith
One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor Robert Stephens and to playwright Beverley Cross...
“ Year: 1978. Movie: California Suite. Nominated With: Dyan Cannon, Penelope Milford, Maureen Stapleton and Meryl Streep ” - erick-palacios04
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 19 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep...
“ Year: 1979. Movie: Kramer vs. Kramer. Nominated With: Jane Alexander Barbara Barrie, Candice Bergen and Mariel Hemingway ” - erick-palacios04
Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenburgen is an Academy Award-winning American actress. She was born February 8, 1953, in Newport, Arkansas, USA. Her mother, Nellie May (Wall) Steenburgen, was a school-board secretary, and her father, Maurice H. Steenburgen, was a freight-train conductor. Her surname comes from distant Dutch ancestry, and her roots also include English, Scottish, and Welsh...
“ Year: 1980. Movie: Melvin and Howard. Nominated With: Eileen Brennan, Eva le Gallienne, Cathy Moriarty and Diana Scarwid ” - erick-palacios04
Maureen Stapleton
Actress, Cocoon
Academy Award-winner Maureen Stapleton was born June 21, 1925 in Troy, New York, to Irene (née Walsh) and John P. Stapleton. Her family was of Irish descent. Maureen moved to New York City at the age of eighteen and did modeling to pay the bills. Already a Tony Award-winner, she made her Academy Award-nominated...
“ Year: 1981. Movie: Reds. Nominated With: Melinda Dillon, Jane Fonda, Joan Hackett and Elizabeth McGovern ” - erick-palacios04
Jessica Lange
Actress, Big Fish
Jessica Phyllis Lange was born 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota, to Dorothy Florence (Sahlman) and Albert John Lange, a traveling salesman and teacher. She is of Finnish (mother) and Dutch and German (father) descent. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama...
“ Year: 1982. Movie: Tootsie. Nominated With: Glenn Close, Teri Garr, Kim Stanley and Lesley Ann Warren ” - erick-palacios04
Linda Hunt
Veteran character actress Linda Hunt was Born April 2, 1945 in Morristown, New Jersey to Raymond Davy Hunter and Elsie Doying Hunter. She attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago (now part of DePaul University). Her film debut was in Robert Altman's Popeye...
“ Year: 1983. Movie: The Year of Living Dangerously. Nominated With: Cher, Glenn Close, Amy Irving and Alfre Woodward ” - erick-palacios04
Peggy Ashcroft
Actress, The 39 Steps
Academy Award-winning, legendary English actress - who maintained her status in the British acting elite for decades. Made a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956. Almost always on stage, she appeared rarely in film, her first being The Wandering Jew. On stage she was cast in many a Shakespearean role...
“ Year: 1984. Movie: A Passage To India. Nominated With: Glenn Close, Lindsay Crouse, Christine Lahti and Geraldine Page ” - erick-palacios04
Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, to prima ballerina Enrica "Ricki" (Soma) and director and actor John Huston. Her mother, who was from New York, was of Italian descent, and her father had English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Huston spent most of her childhood overseas...
“ Year: 1985. Movie: Prizzi's Honor. Nominated With: Margaret Avery, Amy Madigan, Meg Tilly and Oprah Winfrey ” - erick-palacios04
Dianne Wiest
One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Her mother, Anne Stewart (Keddie), was a nurse from Auchtermuchty, Scotland, and her father, Bernard John Wiest, was a college dean and social worker who was born in Pennsylvania, of German and Croatian descent...
“ Year: 1986. Movie: Hannah and Her Sisters. Nominated With: Tess Harper, Piper Laurie, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Maggie Smith ” - erick-palacios04
Olympia Dukakis
Long a vital, respected lady of the classic and contemporary stage this grand lady did not become a household name and sought-after film actress until age 56 when she turned in a glorious, Oscar-winning perf as Cher's sardonic mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck. Since then movie...
“ Year: 1987. Movie: Moonstruck. Nominated With: Norma Aleandro, Anne Archer, Anne Ramsey and Ann Sothern ” - erick-palacios04
Geena Davis
Actress, Beetlejuice
As a child, Geena dreamed of being an actress. While in high school, she felt left out and had low self-esteem because, at 6 feet, she was the tallest girl in school. After high school graduation, Geena entered New England College in New Hampshire and then transferred the next year to Boston University...
“ Year: 1988. Movie: The Accidental Tourist. Nominated With: Joan Cusack, Frances McDormand, Michelle Pfeiffer and Sigourney Weaver ” - erick-palacios04
Brenda Fricker
Actress, My Left Foot
This Irish character actress gained experience in Irish theater and with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Court Theatre Company in Great Britain. Brenda Fricker received great acclaim for her Oscar-winning supporting performance as the determined mother of a son afflicted with cerebral palsy in "My Left Foot" (1989)...
“ Year: 1989. Movie: My Left Food. Nominated With: Angelica Huston, Lena Olin, Julia Roberts and Dianne Wiest ” - erick-palacios04
Whoopi Goldberg
Self, The View
Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while taking small parts on Broadway...
“ Year: 1990. Movie: Ghost. Nomianted With: Annette Bening, Lorraine Bracco, Diane Lad and Mary McDonnell ” - erick-palacios04
Mercedes Ruehl
Actress, Big
Mercedes Ruehl was born February 28, 1948 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City to Mercedes Ruehl, a school teacher, and Vincent Ruehl, an FBI agent. She made several film and television appearance before coming to her most successfully received role in Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King. She played the part of Jeff Bridges's on-screen supportive yet neurotic girlfriend...
“ Year: 1991. Movie: The Fisher King. Nominated With: Diane Ladd, Juliette Lewis, Kate Nelligan and Jessica Tandy ” - erick-palacios04
Marisa Tomei
Actress, The Wrestler
Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York to mother Patricia "Addie" Tomei, an English teacher and father Gary Tomei, a lawyer. Marisa also has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy Brooklyn accent...
“ Year: 1992. Movie: My Cousin Vinny. Nominated With: Judy Davis, Joan Plowright, Vanessa Redgrave and Miranda Richardson ” - erick-palacios04
Anna Paquin
Actress, The Piano
Anna Paquin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1982, to Mary (Brophy), an English teacher from Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a Canadian phys-ed teacher of part French-Canadian descent. Anna moved to her mother's native country when she was four years old. Her first acting job ever was at age nine in the film The Piano...
“ Year: 1993. Movie: The Piano. Nominated With: Holly Hunter, Rosie Perez, Winona Ryder and Emma Thompson ” - erick-palacios04
Dianne Wiest
One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Her mother, Anne Stewart (Keddie), was a nurse from Auchtermuchty, Scotland, and her father, Bernard John Wiest, was a college dean and social worker who was born in Pennsylvania, of German and Croatian descent...
“ Year: 1994. Movie: Bullet Over Broadway. Nominated With: Rosemary Harris, Helen Mirren, Uma Thurman and Jennifer Tilly ” - erick-palacios04
Mira Sorvino
Actress, Mimic
Mira Katherine Sorvino was born on September 28, 1967 in Manhattan. She is the daughter of Lorraine Davis, an actress turned drama therapist, and veteran character actor Paul Sorvino. Her father's family were Italian immigrants. The young Sorvino was intelligent, an avid reader and an exceptional scholar...
“ Year: 1995. Movie: Mightly Aphrodite. Nominated With: Joan Allen, Kathleen Quinlan, Mare Winningham and Kate Winslet ” - erick-palacios04
Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche was born in Paris, France, to Monique Yvette Stalens, a director, teacher, and actress, and Jean-Marie Binoche, a sculptor, director, and actor. Her mother was born in Czestochowa, Poland, of French, Walloon Belgian, and Polish descent, while her father is French. Juliette was only 23 when she first attracted the attention of international film critics with The Unbearable Lightness of Being...
“ Year: 1996. Movie: The English Patient. Nominated With: Joan Allen, Lauren Bacall, Barbara Hershey and Marianne Jean-Baptiste ” - erick-palacios04
Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger was born December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia, the third of five children. She is the daughter of Ann Lee (Cordell) and Donald Wade Basinger, a loan manager. Both her parents had been in entertainment; her father had played big-band jazz, and her mother had performed water ballet in several Esther Williams movies...
“ Year: 1997. Movie: L.A. Confidential. Nominated With: Joan Cusack, Minnie Driver, Julianne Moore and Gloria Stuart ” - erick-palacios04
Judi Dench
Actress, Skyfall
Judi Dench was born in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre...
“ Year: 1998. Movie: Shakespeare In Love. Nominated With: Kathy Bates, Brenda Blethyn, Rachel Griffiths and Lynn Redgrave ” - erick-palacios04
Angelina Jolie
Actress, Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
“ Year: 1999. Movie: Girl, Interrupted. Nominated With: Toni Collette, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton and Chloe Sevigny ” - erick-palacios04
Marcia Gay Harden
Actress, Into the Wild
Marcia Gay Harden was born on August 14, 1959, in La Jolla, California, the third of five children. Her mother, Beverly (Bushfield), was a homemaker, and her father, Thad Harold Harden, was in the military. The family relocated often -- she first became interested in the theater when the family was living in Greece...
“ Year: 2000. Movie: Pollock. Nominated With: Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand and Julie Walters ” - erick-palacios04
Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan...
“ Year: 2001. Movie: A Beautiful Mind. Nominated With: Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Marisa Tomei and Kate Winslet ” - erick-palacios04
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Actress, Chicago
Catherine Zeta-Jones was born September 25, 1969 in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK. She is the daughter of Patricia (Fair) and David James "Dai" Jones, who formerly owned a candy factory. Her father is of Welsh descent and her mother is of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Her brothers are David Jones (born 1967)...
“ Year: 2002. Movie: Chicago. Nominated With: Kathy Bates, Julianne Moore, Queen Latifah and Meryl Streep ” - erick-palacios04
Renée Zellweger
Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, USA. Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (Andreassen), is a Norwegian-born former nurse and midwife, of Norwegian, Kven (Finnish), and Swedish descent. Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is a Swiss-born engineer. The two married in 1963. Renée has a brother named Drew Zellweger...
“ Year: 2003. Movie: Cold Mountain. Nominated With: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Patricia Clarkson, Marcia Gay Harden and Holly Hunter ” - erick-palacios04
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old...
“ Year: 2004. Movie: The Aviator. Nominated With: Laura Linney, Virginia Madsen, Sophie Okonedo and Natalie Portman ” - erick-palacios04
Rachel Weisz
Actress, The Mummy
Rachel Hannah Weisz was born on 7 March, 1970, in London, U.K., to Edith Ruth (Teich), a psychoanalyst, and George Weisz, an inventor. Her parents both came to England around 1938. Her father is a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and her mother, from Vienna, is of Italian and Austrian Jewish heritage. Rachel has a sister, Minnie, a curator and photographer...
“ Year: 2005. Movie: The Constant Gardener. Nominated With: Amy Adams, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Michelle Williams ” - erick-palacios04
Jennifer Hudson
Actress, Dreamgirls
Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a childhood dream...
“ Year: 2006. Dreamgirls. Nominated With: Adriana Barazza, Cate Blanchett, Abigail Breslin and Rinko Kikuchi ” - erick-palacios04
Tilda Swinton
The iconoclastic gifts of the visually striking and fiercely talented actress Tilda Swinton have been appreciated by a more international audience of late. She was born Katherine Mathilda Swinton on November 5, 1960, in London, England. Her mother, Judith Balfour, Lady Swinton (née Killen), was Australian...
“ Year: 2007. Movie: Michael Clayton. Nominated With: Cate Blanchett, Ruby Dee, Saoirse Ronan and Amy Ryan ” - erick-palacios04
Penélope Cruz
Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance...
“ Year: 2008. Movie: Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Nominated With: Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson and Marisa Tomei ” - erick-palacios04
Actress, Precious
Monique received a standing ovation when she stepped on stage for the first time in the hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, giving her confidence to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. After numerous stand-up performances, she took a leap forward with one of the starring roles in The Parkers. ...
“ Year: 2009. Movie: Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" By Sapphire. Nominated With: Penelope Cruz, Vera Farmiga, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Anna Kendrick ” - erick-palacios04
“ Year: 2010. Movie: The Fighter. Nominated With: Amy Adams, Helena Bonham Carter, Hailee Steinfeld and Jacki Weaver ” - erick-palacios04
Octavia Spencer
Actress, The Help
Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, which she claims is the proverbial buckle of the Bible belt. She's the sixth of seven siblings and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. A "closet" lover of acting, this practical Alabamian knew that she'd someday work in the film industry, but never dreamed it would be in front of the camera...
“ Year: 2011. Movie: The Help. Nominated With: Berenice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Melyssa McCarthy and Janet McTeer ” - erick-palacios04
Anne Hathaway
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real...
“ Year: 2012. Movie: Les Miserables. Nominated With: Amy Adams, Sally Field, Helen Hunt and Jackie Weaver. ” - erick-palacios04