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Debra Winger


Mary Debra Winger was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1955 to a Jewish family. Her maternal grandparents called her Mary, while her parents called her Debra. (Her father named her Debra after his favorite actress, Debra Paget). The family moved to California when Debra was five. She fell in love with acting in high school but kept it a secret from her... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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 2014 Boychoir (post-production)
Ms. Steel
 2011 How It Ended (Short)
 2010 Law & Order (TV Series)
Principal Woodside
- Boy on Fire (2010) ... Principal Woodside
 2005 Sometimes in April (TV Movie)
Prudence Bushnell
 2005 Dawn Anna (TV Movie)
Dawn Anna Townsend
 2003 Radio
Linda
 2001 Big Bad Love
Marilyn
 1993 A Dangerous Woman
Martha Horgan
 1992 Leap of Faith
Jane Larson
 1992 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Debra
- Episode #23.59 (1992) ... Debra
 1990 The Sheltering Sky
Kit Moresby
 1990 Everybody Wins
Angela Crispini
 1988 Betrayed
Katie Phillips / Cathy Weaver
 1987 Made in Heaven
Emmett Humbird (as Emmett)
 1986 Legal Eagles
Laura Kelly
 1984 Mike's Murder
Betty Parrish
 1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Nurse Zombie Carrying Poodle (uncredited)
 1982 Cannery Row
Suzy DeSoto
 1979 French Postcards
Melanie
 1978 James at 16 (TV Series)
- Hunter Country (1978)
 1978 Thank God It's Friday
Jennifer
 1978 Police Woman (TV Series)
Phyllis Baxter
- Battered Teachers (1978) ... Phyllis Baxter
 1978 Special Olympics (TV Movie)
Sherrie Hensley
 1977 Szysznyk (TV Series)
Jenny
- Run, Jenny, Run (1977) ... Jenny
 1976 Slumber Party '57
Debbie
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Other Works:

TV commercial for Cheer detergent (1978) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Interviews | 3 Articles | 10 Pictorials | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Emmett | Debbie Winger

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Legal Eagles (1986)] I don't regret doing it, but I don't think it stands on its own against good films. It was a nightmare to make. Shooting was supposed to be ten weeks, and it went on for four months. And it was fat - almost $40 million - and, politically, I'm opposed to that kind of money unless it's an epic. I took my salary and left. See more »

Trivia:

James L. Brooks wrote Broadcast News (1987) especially for her, but she turned it down because she was pregnant with her son Noah Hutton, and the role went to Holly Hunter, who was nominated for an Oscar for it. See more »

Trademark:

Deep throaty voice

Star Sign:

Taurus

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