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Virginia Madsen

One of the hottest stars of the mid-1980s, Virginia Madsen has since played a variety of roles that have cemented her reputation as a fantastic actress who can adapt to any part. Virginia was born in Chicago, Illinois, and belongs to an acting family -- with her brother, Michael Madsen, also an actor, and her mother, Elaine Madsen (née Melson), an ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 26 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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The Haunting in Connecticut


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 2017 A Change of Heart (completed)
  Road to Capri (pre-production)
  The Flyer Hold Up (announced)
Patricia Hartland
 2016 Elementary (TV Series)
- Render, and Then Seize Her (2016) ... Paige
- Up to Heaven and Down to Hell (2016) ... Paige
 2016 Safe Neighborhood
 2016 Burn Your Maps
 2015/I Joy
 2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Beth Anne Rollins
- Maternal Instincts (2015) ... Beth Anne Rollins
 2015/II Lost Boy
Laura Harris
 2015 Grace Stirs Up Success
Mrs. Thomas
 2015 Dead Rising: Watchtower
 2015 Walter
 2014 Babylon Fields (TV Movie)
 2014 All the Wilderness
Abigail Charm
 2013 Jake Squared
 2013 The Hot Flashes
Clementine Winks
 2013 Anna Nicole (TV Movie)
Virgie Arthur
 2013 Susanna (TV Series)
- Episode #1.12 (2013) ... Mel
 2013 The Last Keepers
Abigail Carver
 2013 Hatfields & McCoys (TV Movie)
Eloise McCoy
 2012 Ruth & Erica (TV Series)
- September (2012) ... Mel
 2012 Hell on Wheels (TV Series)
Hannah Durant
- Blood Moon Rising (2012) ... Hannah Durant
- Blood Moon (2012) ... Hannah Durant
- The Lord's Day (2012) ... Hannah Durant
- Viva La Mexico (2012) ... Hannah Durant (uncredited)
 2012 Jan (TV Series)
- Wine Bar (2012) ... Mel
- Trust (2012) ... Mel
- No Camera (2012) ... Mel
- Dunce (2012) ... Mel
- Mace (2012) ... Mel
 2012 Hornet's Nest (TV Movie)
Judy Hammer
 2011 Marriage Drama with Virginia Madsen (Short)
Virginia / Linda
 2010 Scoundrels (TV Series)
Cheryl West
- Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf (2010) ... Cheryl West
- That's the Way the Money Goes (2010) ... Cheryl West
- Birds of a Feather Flock Together (2010) ... Cheryl West
- Yes, Sir, Yes, Sir, Three Bags Full (2010) ... Cheryl West
- Where Have You Been, Charming Billy? (2010) ... Cheryl West
 2009 Wonder Woman (Video)
Hippolyta (voice)
 2007 Cutlass (Short)
 2006-2007 Smith (TV Series)
Hope Stevens
- Seven (2007) ... Hope Stevens (credit only)
- Six (2007) ... Hope Stevens
- Five (2007) ... Hope Stevens (credit only)
- Four (2007) ... Hope Stevens
- Three (2006) ... Hope Stevens
 2006 A Prairie Home Companion
Dangerous Woman
 2005 Teen Titans (TV Series)
- The Prophecy (2005) ... Arella (voice)
 2004 Sideways
 2004 Brave New Girl (TV Movie)
Wanda Lovell
 2003 Boomtown (TV Series)
Erika Ashland
- The Big Picture (2003) ... Erika Ashland
 2003 CSI: Miami (TV Series)
Krista Walker
- Death Grip (2003) ... Krista Walker
 2003 Spider-Man (TV Series)
Silver Sable
- Mind Games: Part 1 (2003) ... Silver Sable (voice)
- Spider-Man Dis-Abled (2003) ... Silver Sable (voice)
 2003 Dawson's Creek (TV Series)
- All Good Things... (2003) ... Maddy
 2003 Tempted (TV Movie)
Emma Burke
 2002 Justice League (TV Series)
Dr. Sarah Corwin / Black-Haired Girl
- The Brave and the Bold (2002) ... Dr. Sarah Corwin / Black-Haired Girl (voice)
 2001 The Practice (TV Series)
Marsha Ellison
- Killing Time (2001) ... Marsha Ellison
- The Candidate (2001) ... Marsha Ellison
 2001 Just Ask My Children (TV Movie)
Brenda Kniffen
 2001 Crossfire Trail (TV Movie)
Ann Rodney
 2000 The Inspector General (TV Movie)
 2000 Children of Fortune (TV Movie)
Ingrid Bast
 2000 After Sex
 1999 Ballad of the Nightingale
Mo Lewis
 1998 Star Trek: Voyager (TV Series)
- Unforgettable (1998) ... Kellin
 1997 The Apocalypse Watch (TV Movie)
Karin De Vries
 1996 Just Your Luck (Video)
 1994 Earth 2 (TV Series)
Alonzo Solace's Dance Partner
- The Church of Morgan (1994) ... Alonzo Solace's Dance Partner (uncredited)
 1994 Bitter Vengeance (TV Movie)
Annie Westford
 1993 Linda (TV Movie)
Linda Cowley
 1992 A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story (TV Movie)
Carolyn Warmus
 1991 Love Kills (TV Movie)
Rebecca Bishop
 1991 Victim of Love (TV Movie)
Carla Simmons
 1991 Ironclads (TV Movie)
Betty Stuart
 1989 Third Degree Burn (TV Movie)
Anne Scholes
 1989 Moonlighting (TV Series)
Lorraine Anne Charnock
- Lunar Eclipse (1989) ... Lorraine Anne Charnock
- Eine Kleine Nacht Murder (1989) ... Lorraine Anne Charnock
- When Girls Collide (1989) ... Lorraine Anne Charnock
 1989 Michael Jackson: Liberian Girl (Video short)
Virginia Madsen (uncredited)
 1988 Gotham (TV Movie)
Rachel Carlyle
 1987 Long Gone (TV Movie)
Dixie Lee Boxx
 1987 The Hitchhiker (TV Series)
- Perfect Order (1987) ... Christina
 1986 Fire with Fire
 1984 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Lou Ellen Purdy
- A Matter of Principle (1984) ... Lou Ellen Purdy
 1983 Class
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Appeared in Kenny Loggins's music video for "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)". See more »

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Playing "Lisa" in Fire with Fire (1986) is a perfect example of how I am, intense, impulsive, full of love and ready to risk it all if I have to. Playing her was incredibly easy, as everything was just so natural. See more »


Was once engaged to actor Billy Campbell. They went to Hollywood together to pursue acting careers and lived in Pacific Palisades. Virginia graduated from New Trier East High School in 1979, a year before Rusty Schwimmer. She was known as "Gina" at NTE and was very active in the school's theater department. Other New Trier graduates include Ralph Bellamy, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Hugh O'Brian... See more »



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