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Debra Winger

Mary Debra 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 & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment Emma Horton
An Officer and a Gentleman
The Sheltering Sky
The Sheltering Sky Kit Moresby
Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy Sissy


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 2017 The Lovers (post-production)
 2016-2017 The Ranch (TV Series)
Maggie Bennett
- Gone as a Girl Can Get (2017) ... Maggie Bennett (credit only)
- Leavin' Been Comin' (For a Long, Long Time) (2016) ... Maggie Bennett
- The Cowboy Rides Away (2016) ... Maggie Bennett
- I've Come to Expect It from You (2016) ... Maggie Bennett
- Easy Come, Easy Go (2016) ... Maggie Bennett
 2014 The Red Tent (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 2 (2014) ... Rebecca
- Part 1 (2014) ... Rebecca
 2014 Hear My Song
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
 1979 The Warriors
Girl on Subway (uncredited)
 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:

"Ivanov"-a stage play by Anton Chekhov performed with her second husband Arliss Howard at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts 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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I used to love going on a junket and promoting a film when it was not a 24-hour news cycle, and when there weren't so many media outlets. You could actually talk about the film. And I don't mean to harp on this because, really, it's fine. It's just that it eats itself. It becomes about itself, and its symbiotic and weird and I don't understand the celebrity of it. See more »


She became notorious for turning down worthy roles in many popular films, such as Jodie Foster's roles in Taxi Driver (1976), The Accused (1988) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Brooke Shields' roles in Pretty Baby (1978) and The Blue Lagoon (1980), Liza Minnelli's role in Arthur (1981), Daryl Hannah's role in Splash (1984), Linda Hamilton's role in The Terminator (1984), Sissy Spacek's roles... See more »


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