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Debra Winger

Debra Lynn Winger was born May 16, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruth (Felder), an officer manager, and Robert Jack Winger, a meat packer. She is from a Jewish family (originally from Austria-Hungary and the Russian Empire). Her maternal grandparents called her Mary, while her parents called her Debra (her father named her Debra after his favorite ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 The Ranch (TV Series) (pre-production)
 2014 The Red Tent (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 2 (2014) ... Rebecca
- Part 1 (2014) ... Rebecca
 2014 Boychoir
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
 2001 Big Bad Love
 1993 A Dangerous Woman
Martha Horgan
 1992 Leap of Faith
Jane Larson
 1992 Sesame Street (TV Series)
- 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
 1978 James at 16 (TV Series)
- Hunter Country (1978)
 1978 Thank God It's Friday
 1978 Police Woman (TV Series)
Phyllis Baxter
- Battered Teachers (1978) ... Phyllis Baxter
 1978 Special Olympics (TV Movie)
Sherrie Hensley
 1977 Szysznyk (TV Series)
- Run, Jenny, Run (1977) ... Jenny
 1976 Slumber Party '57
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Other Works:

Performed as Li'l Bit in the play How I Learned to Drive in American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, Sept 18, 1998 to Oct 10, 1998. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Emmett | Debbie Winger


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 »


Didn't like working with Lynda Carter on Wonder Woman (1975) but Lynda said that they didn't have any problems and was like a big sister to her. See more »


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