Catherine Keener


Catherine Keener

Infobox actor
birthdate = birth date and age|1959|3|23
birthname = Catherine Ann Keener
birthplace = Miami, Florida
spouse = Dermot Mulroney (1990-2007)
yearsactive = 1986 - present
occupation = actress, producer
awards = BSFC Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005 "Capote" ; "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" ; "The Ballad of Jack and Rose"
FFCC Award for Best Supporting Actress
1999 "Being John Malkovich"
LAFCA Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005 "Capote" ; "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" ; "The Ballad of Jack and Rose" ; "The Interpreter"
NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actress
1999 "Being John Malkovich"
OFCS Award for Best Supporting Actress
1999 "Being John Malkovich"

Catherine Ann Keener (born March 23, 1959) [ [http://www.birthdatabase.com/query.php Birth Database] ] is a two time Academy Award and Emmy-nominated American actress.

Biography

Early life

Keener, the third of five children, was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of Evelyn and Jim Keener, a manager of an automotive store. [ [http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,1183596_3,00.html Being Catherine Keener | Catherine Keener | Pop Culture News | News + Notes | Entertainment Weekly | 3 ] ] She is of Irish descent on her father's side and of Lebanese descent on her mother's. [ [http://www.pogues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=48208&sid=e0b152d7169b73ccdcb3d13267d36abd The Medusa Fora • View topic - The actor and the Pogue ] ] Her sister Elizabeth is also an actress. Keener attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Hialeah, Florida. Although she didn’t get into trouble growing up, by the time she reached high school at Monsignor Edward Pace High School, Keener began rebelliously acting out. She was eventually expelled from the 11th grade, although she later returned to school, and kept her grades up enough to be accepted into college.

She attend Wheaton College, in Norton, Massachusetts where she lived with an aunt in order to save on room and board, feeling out of place among her more privileged peers. Keener majored in English and history, enrolling in a theater course only when she was unable to get into a photography class. Her first theatrical production was the Wendy Wasserstein play, "Uncommon Women and Others," during her Junior year at Wheaton. She took on the character, "Rita."

After graduating in 1983 Keener moved to New York, where she interned as an assistant to casting agent Gail Eisenstadt. When Eisenstadt relocated to Los Angeles shortly afterward, Keener followed, although she was still relatively unambitious. But when Eisenstadt had a heart-to-heart with her about her future, she admitted that she wanted to try acting - an unusual transition from the casting industry. Eisenstadt pulled some strings and Keener began landing small acting parts.

Career

Keener officially broke into films with one line in "About Last Night" (1986). Although she struggled professionally over the next few years one low-quality project had an unexpected dividend. Keener met her future husband, actor Dermot Mulroney in 1987 while working on "Survival Quest" (1989), after Mulroney became stuck while attempting to scale a cliff.

She also guest-starred as an artist on an episode of "Seinfeld" called "The Letter". She played Jerry's girlfriend, an artist who painted the infamous portrait of Kramer. Keener then earned her first starring role in "Johnny Suede" with the then unknown, Brad Pitt. Her performance gained critical acclaim and earned her her first Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead. She went on to work with director Tom Dicillo, again, in "Living in Oblivion" (1995). Two years later she was once again nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in "Walking and Talking", an independent cult-comedy film. Critics fell in love with Keener's naturalness onscreen.

In 2000 Keener earned her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Being John Malkovich". In 2001, she again worked with director Nicole Holofcener in "Lovely and Amazing" garnering her a third Independent Spirit Award nomination. In 2002, she co-starred with Edward Norton in the off-Broadway revival of "Burn This" and the films "Full Frontal", and "S1m0ne", all of which were box office disappointments at the time, but which since have gained a following.

In 2005, she made a huge comeback starring in the political thriller "The Interpreter", "The Ballad of Jack and Rose", opposite Daniel Day-Lewis, and was cast the love interest of the main character in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin". Keener's performance as writer Harper Lee in "Capote" (also 2005) earned her several awards and nominations, including her second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 2006, she starred in the film "Friends with Money", directed by Nicole Holofcener.

In 2007, Keener played Jan Burres in Sean Penn's critically acclaimed film "Into the Wild", based on Jon Krakauer's best-selling book of the same name. In 2008, her film "An American Crime", the true story of Gertrude Baniszewski, a middle-aged mother who tortured and killed Sylvia Likens in her Indiana home, will be aired on Showtime. Keener plays Baniszewski. Her portrayal earned her an Emmy nomination in the Best Actress TV Mini-Series or Movie category.

Personal life

Keener married actor Dermot Mulroney in 1990. The couple had a son Clyde Keener Mulroney (born June 21, 1999), before separating in September 2005. [ [http://movies.go.com/catherine-keener/b760427 Catherine Keener Biography] ] In June 2007, Mulroney filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. [ [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20042149,00.html Dermot Mulroney Files for Divorce from Catherine Keener - Divorced, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney : People.com ] ] The divorce became final on December 19, 2007; she is now dating Benicio Del Toro [ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001416/news#ni0523435] . Keener is a close friend of actors Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, Pitt and Keener having met while filming "Johnny Suede". Keener has homes in Los Angeles and North Carolina.

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards
*2000 Best Supporting Actress for "Being John Malkovich" (nomination)
*2006 Best Supporting Actress for "Capote" (nomination)BAFTA Awards
*2006 Best Supporting Actress for "Capote" (nomination)Chlotrudis Awards
*1997 Best Lead Actress for "Walking and Talking" (nomination)
*2000 Best Supporting Actress for "Being John Malkovich" (win)
*2003 Best Lead Actress for "Lovely and Amazing" (nomination)
*2006 Best Supporting Actress for "Capote" (win)Critics Choice Awards
*2006 Best Supporting Actress for "Capote" (nomination)
*2008 Best Supporting Actress for "Into the Wild" (nomination)Primetime Emmy Awards
*2008 Best Performance by and Actress in a Mini-series or TV-Movie for "An American Crime" (nomination)Golden Globes, USA
*2000 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for "Being John Malkovich" (nomination)Independent Spirit Awards
*1993 Best Female Lead for "Johnny Suede" (nomination)
*1997 Best Female Lead for "Walking and Talking" (nomination)
*2003 Best Female Lead for "Lovely and Amazing" (nomination)Satellite Awards
*2000 Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Musical for "Being John Malkovich (win)
*2003 Best Lead Actress in a Comedy or Musical for "Lovely and Amazing" (nomination)Screen Actors Guild Awards
*2000 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for "Being John Malkovich", Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for "Being John Malkovich" (nominations)
*2006 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for "Capote", Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for "Capote" (nominations)
*2008 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for "Into the Wild (film)", Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for "Into the Wild" (nominations)

Filmography

References

External links

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