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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 18 July 1961Evanston, Illinois, USA
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Daughter of a law professor at Northwestern University, she moved with her family to Los Angeles when he transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.). She began acting in school plays at North Hollywood High, graduated from The Oakwood School and then continued her stage training at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and the drama division of The Juilliard School in New York. Following a pleasant screen debut in Robert Redford's Oscar-winning Ordinary People (1980), McGovern gave a great performance as Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime (1981) for which she earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress. She has continued performing on stage between film assignments rather than concentrate on being a film star.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kieran Lee <kjl@psych.st-andrews.ac.uk>

Spouse (1)

Simon Curtis (12 December 1992 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (17)

Her younger sister Cammie McGovern is a novelist, whose latest novel [2006] is "Eye Contact."
Dropped out of college when she was studying acting at The Juilliard School in order to accept the ingénue role in Ordinary People (1980).
As a young actress on the New York stage, McGovern was required in one play to pray over some candles that were set on a bed. Realizing that the bed had caught fire halfway through her monologue, McGovern kept talking while trying to pat out the flames. She thought she had the situation pretty well under control, when firefighters suddenly arrived onstage to clear the theater.
Was engaged to Sean Penn after falling in love on the set of Racing with the Moon (1984).
Has a brother, William Montgomery McGovern, "Monty" who is a professor of mathematics.
Sings and plays guitar in her own band "Sadie and the Hotheads".
Has lived in West London (UK) since 1992.
Daughter of Katie and Bill McGovern.
Has two daughters named Matilda (b. July 1993) and Grace Curtis (b. 1998).
Counts Henry James and Edith Wharton among her favorite authors.
Now lives in England, UK [April 2006]
Is appearing in the British series "Downton Abbey" which is presently showing on PBS in the USA. [January 2011]
Recently appeared on British television in a situation comedy written by her husband Simon Curtis. [February 2008]
Appeared opposite Richard Dreyfuss and David Suchet in the disastrous production of Complicit directed by Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic. [January 2009]
Her band "Sadie and the Hotheads" (formed 2007) opened for Sting at the Montreux Jazz Festival Switzerland (July 16th, 2013).
Met husband-to-be Simon Curtis on Performance: Tales from Hollywood (1992), an episode of the popular BBC TV series Performance (1992), where Curtis was a producer.
She has Scottish, English, and more distant German, ancestry.

Personal Quotes (1)

On careers other than acting: "I probably would have become a veterinarian, or I might have lived on a ranch somewhere and raised horses, or I might have become more serious about painting, or I might have worked in a Burger King."

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