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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 & 24 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment Emma Horton
(1983)
An Officer and a Gentleman
(1982)
Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy Sissy
(1980)

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 2016-2017 The Ranch (TV Series)
Maggie Bennett
- Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up) (2017) ... Maggie Bennett
- Big Money (2017) ... Maggie Bennett
- When You Come Back to Me Again (2017) ... Maggie Bennett
- Do What You Gotta Do (2017) ... Maggie Bennett
- More Than a Memory (2017) ... Maggie Bennett
 2017 Comrade Detective (TV Series)
Iona Anghel
- No Exit (2017) ... Iona Anghel (voice)
 2017/I The Lovers
Mary
 2014 The Red Tent (TV Mini-Series)
Rebecca
- Part 2 (2014) ... Rebecca
- Part 1 (2014) ... Rebecca
 2014 Boychoir
Ms. Steel
 2012 Lola Versus
Robin
 2011 How It Ended (Short)
 2010 In Treatment (TV Series)
Frances Greer
- Frances: Week Seven (2010) ... Frances Greer
- Frances: Week Six (2010) ... Frances Greer
- Frances: Week Five (2010) ... Frances Greer
- Frances: Week Four (2010) ... Frances Greer
- Frances: Week Three (2010) ... Frances Greer
 2010 Law & Order (TV Series)
Principal Woodside
- Boy on Fire (2010) ... Principal Woodside
 2007 Whatever Happened To? (TV Series)
- Country Girls (2007)
 2005 Sometimes in April (TV Movie)
Prudence Bushnell
 2005 Dawn Anna (TV Movie)
Dawn Anna Townsend
 2004 Eulogy
Alice Collins
 2003 Radio
Linda
 2001 Big Bad Love
Marilyn
 1995 Forget Paris
Ellen Andrews Gordon
 1993 Shadowlands
Joy Gresham
 1993 A Dangerous Woman
Martha Horgan
 1993 Wilder Napalm
Vida Foudroyant
 1992 Leap of Faith
Jane
 1992 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Debra
- A Day With Debra (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)
 1987 Black Widow
Alexandra
 1986 Legal Eagles
Laura Kelly
 1984 Mike's Murder
Betty Parrish
 1983 Terms of Endearment
Emma Horton
 1982 An Officer and a Gentleman
Paula Pokrifki
 1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Nurse Zombie Carrying Poodle (uncredited)
 1982 Cannery Row
Suzy DeSoto
 1980 Urban Cowboy
Sissy
 1979 French Postcards
Melanie
 1979 The Warriors
Girl on Subway (uncredited)
 1978 James at 16 (TV Series)
Alicia
- Hunter Country (1978) ... Alicia
 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
 1976-1977 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Drusilla / Wonder Girl
- Wonder Woman in Hollywood (1977) ... Drusilla / Wonder Girl
- The Feminum Mystique: Part 2 (1976) ... Drusilla / Wonder Girl
- The Feminum Mystique: Part 1 (1976) ... Drusilla / Wonder Girl
 1976 Slumber Party '57
Debbie
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Other Works:

(1970s) stand up comedienne in Los Angeles, California See more »

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

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Alternate Names:

Emmett | Debbie Winger

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Personal Quote:

[Reflecting on her modern family after the 2016 presidential election] This past Thanksgiving, I had my husband [Arliss Howard] and my stepson's mother and my oldest son's father [Timothy Hutton], all of us all together at the house. That was a first. And it was great. There wasn't that strain, finally. I think after the election, a lot of people felt, whatever side you were on, "Just, wow, who ... See more »

Trivia:

Her notorious off-camera clashes with equally mercurial Shirley MacLaine brought out the best in both actresses in the complexity of their on-camera contentious mother/daughter relationship during the making of their Oscar-winning film Terms of Endearment (1983). When MacLaine nabbed the Best Actress Oscar instead of fellow nominee Winger in 1984 and famously shouted, "I deserve this!," she ... See more »

Trademark:

Deep throaty voice

Star Sign:

Taurus

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