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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 25 July 1965Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameIlleana Hesselberg
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Born with show business in her blood, Illeana is the granddaughter of screen legend Melvyn Douglas and his first wife, artist Rosalind Hightower. She is the step-granddaughter of Melvin Douglas' second wife, actress and politician Helen Gahagan Douglas. Illeana began studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. As a teenager, she acted in many plays and dabbled in stand-up comedy. In 1988, working for a publicist in New York led to her first movie role. Illeana appeared in several Martin Scorsese films in small roles, but she learned from actors and directors, all the while developing her talents.

In 1993, Illeana directed and starred in a comedy short, The Perfect Woman (1993), which won best short film at the Aspen Film Festival. This success was a turning point, and led to larger parts, like a starring role in the commercially successful movie, To Die For (1995), with big-name stars, and over 20 TV and movie projects. Illeana has developed quite an impressive resume of work. She provides great entertainment for her fans.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: kdhaisch@aol.com

Illeana Douglas is an actress, writer, and producer. She studied at "The Neighborhood Playhouse". While working in New York as a stand-up comedian and sketch comedy artist, she got a job "screaming" for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). This led to a long working relationship in the films, New York Stories (1989), Goodfellas (1990) and Cape Fear (1991). She received critical acclaim as the suspicious sister of Matt Dillon in To Die For (1995), as "Denise Waverly" in Grace of My Heart (1996) and "Roberta Allsworth" in Ghost World (2001). On television, she has appeared on Entourage (2004), Ugly Betty (2006), and received an Emmy nomination as "Angela" on Six Feet Under (2001).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Jonathan Axelrod (16 May 1998 - 13 March 2001) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Illeanarama

Trivia (5)

Granddaughter of Melvyn Douglas.
Former daughter-in-law of George Axelrod and Joan Axelrod. Former sister-in-law of actress Nina Axelrod.
Ms. Douglas trained for two years (1981 to 1983) at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC before attending Neighborhood Playhouse.
She is of Romanian and Italian descent on her mother's side.
First cousin of actress Ele Keats.

Personal Quotes (24)

I'm a big fan of Albert Brooks, Nichols and May. I'd like to follow in their footsteps and do comedy films.
I wore a lot of vintage clothing. I dressed like a reporter, with a little card in my hat. I had these fantasies of who I wanted to be, so I'd dress like an explorer, a cowboy. I dressed up like Elton John a lot too. That was another period.
I love anything to do with ventriloquism and magic.
I had an obsession that I was male characters from movies.
There's too much insecurity on studio sets, with all the people standing around, whispering.
I like doing movies that relate to people's experience.
I know as I'm taking my dying breath, the ambulance guy will ask me why they cancelled Action.
I come from a pretty strange family.
God only knows what else is on the web about me.
I always wanted to get into the horror genre. I like scary movies. I want to go to the fan shows and sign posters with my head hanging by a thread like a B-movie actress.
When I do a character, I try to base it on someone I have met or an experience I've had.
When we were doing a scene, lots of times we would collapse giggling, because it seemed so silly because it felt like we were doing a home movie at times.
I love sketch comedy. My real goal is to do something with Albert Brooks. That would be my fantasy. I stay up night and day thinking up stuff he might find funny.
I've done a few studio films in the last few years where I feel like I've done good work, and then I only end up in two scenes. That's been very disappointing.
I like the idea of capturing people who aren't there to save the world.
I met Patricia Neal, John Houseman. But I loved my grandfather because he was this kind, talented man.
I want to be an animated character. I'm also doing more writing and directing.
I'm a huge poster collector.
I loved the idea of the Nerd as Hero, which Ghost World also had.
In high school, my goal was to be a writer for SNL, then I got into the acting.
The best situation is where they cast you and then they trust you.
It was an interesting way to come across in my first big role. To work with Robert DeNiro was very exciting.
We were big Saturday Night Live and Eddie Murphy fans.
It's nice to see a movie where people are actually succeeding.

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