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Marcia Gay Harden

Marcia Gay Harden was born on August 14, 1959, in La Jolla, California, the third of five children. Her mother, Beverly (Bushfield), was a homemaker, and her father, Thad Harold Harden, was in the military. The family relocated often -- she first became interested in the theater when the family was living in Greece, and she had attended plays in ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015 Get a Job (completed)
Katherine Dunn
 2015-2016 Code Black (TV Series)
Dr. Leanne Rorish / Leanne Rorish
- Cardiac Support (2016) ... Leanne Rorish
- The Son Rises (2015) ... Leanne Rorish
 2015 After Words
 2015 Grandma
 2014 You're Not You
 2013 The Wine of Summer
 2005-2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
FBI Agent Dana Lewis / Star Morrison
- Raw (2005) ... Star Morrison / FBI Agent Dana Lewis
 2012-2013 TRON: Uprising (TV Series)
- Welcome Home (2013) ... Keller (voice)
- State of Mind (2012) ... Keller (voice)
 2012 Bent (TV Series)
Vanessa Carter
- Mom (2012) ... Vanessa Carter
 2012 Body of Proof (TV Series)
Sheila Temple
- Sympathy for the Devil (2012) ... Sheila Temple
 2012/III Noah
Aamah (voice)
 2012 If I Were You
 2012 Isabel (TV Movie)
Frances Lorenz
 2011 Smothered (TV Movie)
 2011 Innocent (TV Movie)
Barbara Sabich
 2010 A Cat in Paris
Jeanne (English version, voice)
 2009 The Maiden Heist
Rose Barlow
 2009 The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (TV Movie)
Janina Krzyzanowska
 2008 The Tower (TV Movie)
Zoe Cafritz
 2008 Sex and Lies in Sin City (TV Movie)
Becky Binion
 2008/I Home
 2006 Canvas
Mary Marino
 2006 In from the Night (TV Movie)
Vicki Miller
 2006 American Dreamz
First Lady
 2006 Drift (TV Movie)
 2005 An American Girl Adventure (TV Movie)
Mrs. Martha Merriman
 2005 American Gun
Janet Huttenson
 2005 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Willa Cather
- Willa Cather: The Road Is All (2005) ... Willa Cather (voice)
 2005 Hate (TV Movie)
Chief Jackie Mantello
 2004 See You in My Dreams (TV Movie)
Angela Brown
 2004 She's Too Young (TV Movie)
Trish Vogul
 2001-2002 The Education of Max Bickford (TV Series)
Andrea Haskell
- The Pursuit of Happiness (2002) ... Andrea Haskell
- One More Time (2002) ... Andrea Haskell
- The Egg and I (2002) ... Andrea Haskell
- The Bad Girl (2002) ... Andrea Haskell
- Murder of the First (2002) ... Andrea Haskell
 2002 King of Texas (TV Movie)
Mrs. Susannah Lear Tumlinson
 2002 Guilty Hearts (TV Movie)
Jenny Moran
 2002 In the Echo (TV Movie)
 2001 Walking Shadow (TV Movie)
Susan Silverman
 2001 Gaudi Afternoon
 2000 From Where I Sit (TV Movie)
 2000 Thin Air (TV Movie)
Susan Silverman
 1998 Meet Joe Black
 1998 It All Came True
Michelle Tippet
 1998 Labor of Love (TV Movie)
Annie Pines
 1997 Flubber
Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds
 1996 The First Wives Club
Dr. Leslie Rosen
 1996 The Daytrippers
 1995 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Joan Garbarek
- A Doll's Eyes (1995) ... Joan Garbarek
 1995 Fallen Angels (TV Series)
- Good Housekeeping (1995) ... Marie
 1995 Convict Cowboy (TV Movie)
 1995 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Talking With (1995)
 1995 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Barbara Tomilson
- Internal Affairs (1995) ... Barbara Tomilson
 1994 Safe Passage
 1993 Geoffrey Beene 30 (Short)
 1992 Used People
 1992 Sinatra (TV Movie)
Ava Gardner
 1992 Crush
 1991 Late for Dinner
Joy Husband
 1991 Fever (TV Movie)
 1991 In Broad Daylight (TV Movie)
Adina Rowan
 1990 Kojak: None So Blind (TV Movie)
 1989 Gideon Oliver (TV Series)
- Sleep Well, Professor Oliver (1989) ... Lila
 1988 Superman 50th Anniversary (TV Movie documentary)
Marcia Connelly (as Marcia Harden)
 1988 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Librarian, Joan
- Ties That Bind (1988) ... Librarian, Joan (as Gay Hagen)
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
- In the Lion's Den (1987) ... Kim
 1986 The Imagemaker
Stage Manager
 1984 Footloose
Dancer (uncredited)
 1979 Not Only Strangers (Short)
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Alternate Names:

Gay Hagen | Marcia Harden | Marsha Gay Harden


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The only thing that seemed to me I could do in such a way that no one else could was acting. I thought, I can be a doctor, but there's going to be someone else who is just as good or better. I can be a lawyer, which I still sometimes think I would love to be, but I think there's someone who can do it just as good or better. So, being an actor, there will be people who can do it just as good or ... See more »


On December 15, 2003, her young nephew and niece were killed in a tragic fire. The deaths occurred when the Queens, New York, apartment, owned by her former sister-in-law, went up in flames after a burning candle set a sofa on fire. Her ex-sister-in-law also later died from injuries received in the fire. See more »


Often plays conflicted, unsure characters who go through a radical change in their lives

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soooooo good in the mist lrickards
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