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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 »

Known For

An Officer and a Gentleman
(1982)
Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment Emma Horton
(1983)
The Sheltering Sky
The Sheltering Sky Kit Moresby
(1990)
Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy Sissy
(1980)

Filmography

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 2017 The Lovers (filming)
Mary
 2016 The Ranch (TV Series)
Maggie Bennett
- American Kids (2016) ... Maggie Bennett
- Down the Road (2016) ... Maggie Bennett
- There Goes My Life (2016) ... Maggie Bennett
- Til It's Gone (2016) ... Maggie Bennett
- I Can't Go There (2016) ... Maggie Bennett
 2014 The Red Tent (TV Mini-Series)
Rebecca
- 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
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
 1979 The Warriors
Girl on Subway (uncredited)
 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:

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

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Urban Cowboy (1980)]: I loved it. It was the opening of everything for me because of the way James Bridges worked: the freedom, the collaboration, the end product. It was a slice of life, that movie. I'm real proud of it. See more »

Trivia:

She spent a good part of the 1980s trying to get the studios to cast her in a biography of the torch-singer Libby Holman, and another on Isabel Eberhardt, a 19th-century mystic who became involved in fighting religious wars in the Middle East. But she had burned bridges with influential Hollywood people with her outspokenness, and the studios were also reluctant to finance female-driven films, so... See more »

Trademark:

Deep throaty voice

Star Sign:

Taurus

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