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Winslet at the 2011 Venice Film Festival


Kate Elizabeth Winslet
5 October 1975 (age 38)
Reading, Berkshire, England


Actress, singer

Years active






Kate Elizabeth WinsletCBE (born 5 October 1975),[1] is an English actress and singer. She was the youngest person to acquire six Academy Award nominations, and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Reader (2008). She has won awards from the Screen Actors GuildBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association among others, and has been nominated twice for an Emmy Award for television acting, winning once for her performance in the 2011 miniseries Mildred Pierce, in which she played the title role. In 2012 she received the Honorary César Award. She is one of the few actresses to have won three of the four major American entertainment awards (EGOT), with her OscarEmmy and Grammy wins.[2][3]



Brought up in Berkshire, Winslet studied drama from childhood, and began her career in British television in 1991. She made her film debut in Heavenly Creatures (1994), for which she received her first notable critical praise. She achieved recognition for her subsequent work in a supporting role in Sense and Sensibility (1995) and for her leading role in Titanic (1997), the highest-grossing film in the world at the time.[4]

Since 2000, Winslet's performances have continued to draw positive comments from film critics, and she has been nominated for various awards for her work in such films as Quills (2000), Iris (2001), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004),Finding Neverland (2004), Little Children (2006), The Reader (2008) and Revolutionary Road (2008). Her performance in the last of these prompted New York magazine critic David Edelstein to describe her as "the best English-speaking film actress of her generation".[5] The romantic comedy The Holiday and the animated film Flushed Away (both 2006) are among the biggest commercial successes of her career.

Winslet was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children in 2000. She has been included as a vocalist on some soundtracks of works she has performed in, and the single "What If" from the soundtrack for Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001) was a hit single in several European countries. Winslet has a mezzo-soprano singing voice.[6]

Early life

Born in Reading, Berkshire, Kate Elizabeth Winslet[1] is the second of four children of Sally Anne (née Bridges), a barmaid, and Roger John Winslet, a swimming pool contractor.[7]

Winslet began studying drama at the age of 11 at the Redroofs Theatre School,[8] a co-educational independent school in Maidenhead, Berkshire, where she was head girl.[9] At the age of 12, Winslet appeared in a television advertisement directed by filmmaker Tim Pope for Sugar Puffscereal. Pope said her naturalism was "there from the start".[10]



Winslet's acting career began on television, with a co-starring role in the BBC children's science fiction serial Dark Season.[11] This role was followed by appearances in the made-for-TV film Anglo-Saxon Attitudes in 1992, the sitcom Get Back,and an episode of the medical drama Casualtyin 1993.[11]

In 1992, Winslet attended a casting call for Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures in London. Winslet auditioned for the part of Juliet Hulme, a teenager who assists in the murder of the mother of her best friend, Pauline Parker (played by Melanie Lynskey). She won the role over 175 other girls.[12] The film included Winslet's singing debut, and her a cappella version of "Sono Andati", an aria from La Bohème,[13] was featured on the film's soundtrack.[14] The film was released to favourable reviews in 1994 and won Jackson and partner Fran Walsh a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.[15] Winslet was awarded an Empire Award and a London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the Year for her performance.[16] The Washington Post writer Desson Thomson commented: "As Juliet, Winslet is a bright-eyed ball of fire, lighting up every scene she’s in. She's offset perfectly by Lynskey, whose quietly smoldering Pauline completes the delicate, dangerous partnership."[17] Speaking about her experience on a film set as an absolute beginner, Winslet noted: "With Heavenly Creatures, all I knew I had to do was completely become that person. In a way it was quite nice doing [the film] and not knowing a bloody thing."[18]

The following year, Winslet auditioned for the small but pivotal role of Lucy Steele in the adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, featuring Emma ThompsonHugh Grant and Alan Rickman.[19] She was instead cast in the second leading role of Marianne Dashwood.[19] DirectorAng Lee admitted he was initially worried about the way Winslet had attacked her role in Heavenly Creatures and thus required her to exercise t'ai chi, read Austen-era Gothic novels and poetry, and work with a piano teacher to fit the grace of the role.[19] Budgeted at US$16.5 million ($25.5 million in current year dollars) the film became a financial and critical success, resulting in a worldwide box office total of $135 million ($208.9 million) and various awards for Winslet, winning her both a BAFTA and a Screen Actors' Guild Award, and nominations for both an Academy Awardand a Golden Globe.[16][20]

In 1996, Winslet starred in both Jude and Hamlet. In Michael Winterbottom's Jude, based on the Victorian novel Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, she played Sue Bridehead, a young woman with suffragette leanings who falls in love with her cousin, played by Christopher Eccleston. Acclaimed among critics, it was not a success at the box office, barely grossing $2 million ($3 million) worldwide.[21][22] Richard Corliss of Time magazine said "Winslet is worthy of [...] the camera's scrupulous adoration. She's perfect, a modernist ahead of her time [...] and Jude is a handsome showcase for her gifts."[23] Winslet played Ophelia, Hamlet's drowned lover, in Kenneth Branagh's all star-cast film version of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. The film garnered largely positive reviews and earned Winslet her second Empire Award.[16][24]


In mid-1996, Winslet began filming James Cameron's Titanic (1997), alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.[25] Gwyneth PaltrowClaire Danes, and Gabrielle Anwar had been considered for the role;[26][27][28] when they turned it down, Winslet campaigned heavily for it. She sent Cameron daily notes from England, and thanks to assistance from her agent Hylda Queally, Cameron eventually invited her to Hollywood for auditions.[29] Cameron described the character as "an Audrey Hepburn type" and was initially uncertain about casting Winslet even after her screen test impressed him.[26]After she screen tested with DiCaprio, Winslet was so thoroughly impressed with him, that she whispered to Cameron, "He's great. Even if you don't pick me, pick him." Winslet sent Cameron a single rose with a card signed "From Your Rose" and lobbied him by phone. "You don't understand!" she pleaded one day when she reached him by mobile phone in his Humvee. "I am Rose! I don't know why you're even seeing anyone else!" Her persistence, as well as her talent, eventually convinced him to cast her in the role.[26]

Cast as the sensitive seventeen-year-old Rose DeWitt Bukater, a fictional first-class socialite who survives the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic, Winslet's experience was emotionally demanding.[30] "Titanic was totally different and nothing could have prepared me for it. ... We were really scared about the whole adventure. ... Jim [Cameron] is a perfectionist, a real genius at making movies. But there was all this bad press before it came out, and that was really upsetting."[30] Against expectations, the film went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing more than $1.843 billion ($2.8 billion) in box-office receipts worldwide,[31] and transformed Winslet into a commercial movie star.[32] Subsequently, she was nominated for most of the high-profile awards, winning a European Film Award.[16][33]


Hideous Kinky, a low-budget hippie romance shot before the release of Titanic, was Winslet's sole film of 1998.[34] Winslet had rejected offers to play the leading roles in Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Anna and the King (1999) in favour of the role of a young English mother named Julia who moves with her daughters from London to Morocco hoping to start a new life.[34][35] The film garnered generally mixed reviews and received only limited distribution,[36] resulting in a worldwide gross of $5 million ($7.1 million).[37] Despite the success of Titanic, the next film Winslet opted to star in was Holy Smoke! (1999), featuring Harvey Keitel, another low-budget project—much to the chagrin of her agents, who felt "miserable" about her preference of arthouse films.[18][30] Feeling pressured, Winslet has said she "never saw Titanic as a springboard for bigger films or bigger pay cheques", knowing that "it could have been that, but would have destroyed [her]."[38] That same year she voiced Brigid in the computer animated film Faeries.[39]

Winslet appeared in the period piece Quills with Geoffrey Rush and Joaquin Phoenix, released in 2000 and inspired by the life and work of the Marquis de Sade. The actress served as somewhat of a "patron saint" of the film for being the first big name to back it, accepting the role of achambermaid in the asylum and the courier of the Marquis' manuscripts to the underground publishers.[40] Well received by critics, the film garnered numerous accolades for Winslet, including nominations for SAG and Satellite Awards.[16] The film was a modest arthouse success, averaging $27,709 ($37,947) per screen its debut weekend, and eventually grossing $18 million ($24.7 million) internationally.[41]

In 2001's Enigma, Winslet played a young woman who finds herself falling for a brilliant young World War II code breaker, played by Dougray Scott.[42] It was her first war film, and Winslet regarded "making Enigma a brilliant experience" as she was five months pregnant at the time of the shoot, forcing some tricky camera work from the director Michael Apted.[42] Generally well-received,[43] Winslet was awarded a British Independent Film Award for her performance,[16] and A. O. Scott of The New York Times described Winslet as "more crush-worthy than ever."[44] In the same year she appeared in Richard Eyre's critically acclaimed film Iris, portraying novelist Iris Murdoch. Winslet shared her role with Judi Dench, with both actresses portraying Murdoch at different phases of her life.[45] Subsequently, each of them was nominated for an Academy Award the following year, earning Winslet her third nomination.[16] Also in 2001, she voiced the character Belle in the animated motion picture Christmas Carol: The Movie, based on the Charles Dickens classic novel. For the film, Winslet recorded the song "What If", which was released in November 2001 as a single[46] with proceeds donated to two of Winslet's favourite charities, the N.S.P.C.C. and the Sargeant Cancer Foundation for Children.[46][47] A Europe-wide top ten hit, it reached number one in Austria, Belgium and Ireland,[48] number six on the UK Singles Chart,[49] and won the 2002 OGAE Song Contest.[50]

Her next film role was in the 2003 drama The Life of David Gale, in which she played an ambitious journalist who interviews a death-sentenced professor, played by Kevin Spacey, in his final weeks before execution. The film underperformed at international box offices, garnering only half of its $50,000,000 budget,[51] and generating mostly critical reviews,[52] with Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times calling it a "silly movie."[53]


Following The Life of David Gale, Winslet appeared with Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), a neosurrealistic indie-drama by French director Michel Gondry. In the film, she played the role of Clementine Kruczynski, a chatty, spontaneous and somewhat neuroticwoman, who decides to have all memories of her ex-boyfriend erased from her mind.[54] The role was a departure from her previous roles, with Winslet revealing in an interview with Variety that she was initially upended about her casting in the film: "This was not the type of thing I was being offered [...] I was just thrilled that there was something he had seen in me, in spite of the corsets, that he thought was going to work for Clementine."[55] The film was a critical and financial success.[56] Winslet received rave reviews for her Academy Award-nominated performance, whichPeter Travers of Rolling Stone described as "electrifying and bruisingly vulnerable."[57]

Her final film in 2004 was Finding Neverland. The story of the production focused on Scottish writer J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) and his platonic relationship with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Winslet), whose sons inspired him to pen the classic play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. During promotion of the film, Winslet noted of her portrayal "It was very important for me in playing Sylvia that I was already a mother myself, because I don’t think I could have played that part if I didn’t know what it felt like to be a parent and have those responsibilities and that amount of love that you give to a child [...] and I've always got a baby somewhere, or both of them, all over my face."[58] The film received favourable reviews and proved to be an international success, becoming Winslet's highest-grossing film since Titanic with a total of $118 million worldwide.[59][60]

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Winslet at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival

In 2005, Winslet appeared in an episode of BBC's comedy series Extras as a satirical version of herself. While dressed as a nun, she was portrayed giving phone sex tips to the romantically challenged character of Maggie.[61] Her performance in the episode led to her first nomination for an Emmy Award.[16] In Romance & Cigarettes (2005), a musical romantic comedy written and directed by John Turturro, she played the character Tula, described by Winslet as "a slut, someone who’s essentially foulmouthed and has bad manners and really doesn’t know how to dress."[62] Hand-picked by Turturro, who was impressed with her display of dancing ability in Holy Smoke!, Winslet was praised for her performance,[62] which included her interpretation ofConnie Francis's "Scapricciatiello (Do You Love Me Like You Kiss Me)".[63] Derek Elley of Variety wrote: "Onscreen less, but blessed with the showiest role, filthiest one-liners, [and] a perfect Lancashire accent that's comical enough in the Gotham setting Winslet throws herself into the role with an infectious gusto."[64]

After declining an invitation to appear in Woody Allen's film Match Point (2005), Winslet stated that she wanted to be able to spend more time with her children.[65] She began 2006 with All the King's Men, featuring Sean Penn and Jude Law. Winslet played the role of Anne Stanton, the childhood sweetheart of Jack Burden (Law). The film was critically and financially unsuccessful.[66][67] Todd McCarthy of Variety summed it up as "overstuffed and fatally miscast [...] Absent any point of engagement to become involved in the characters, the film feels stillborn and is unlikely to stir public excitement, even in an election year."[68]

Winslet fared far better when she joined the cast of Todd Field's Little Children, playing Sarah Pierce, a bored housewife who has a torrid affair with a married neighbour, played by Patrick Wilson. Both her performance and the film received rave reviews;A.O. Scott of The New York Times wrote: "In too many recent movies intelligence is woefully undervalued, and it is this quality—even more than its considerable beauty—that distinguishes Little Children from its peers. The result is a film that is challenging, accessible and hard to stop thinking about. Ms. Winslet, as fine an actress as any working in movies today, registers every flicker of Sarah’s pride, self-doubt and desire, inspiring a mixture of recognition, pity and concern that amounts, by the end of the movie, to something like love. That Ms. Winslet is so lovable makes the deficit of love in Sarah’s life all the more painful."[69] For her work in the film, she was honoured with a Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year from BAFTA/LA, a Los Angeles-based offshoot of the BAFTA Awards.[70] and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, and at 31, became the youngest actress to ever garner five Oscar nominations.[71]

She followed Little Children with a role in Nancy Meyersromantic comedy The Holiday, also starring Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black. In it she played Iris, a British woman who temporarily exchanges homes with an American woman (Diaz). Released to a mixed reception by critics,[72] the film became Winslet's biggest commercial success in nine years, grossing more than $205 million worldwide.[73] Also in 2006, Winslet provided her voice for several smaller projects. In the CG-animatedFlushed Away, she voiced Rita, a scavenging sewer rat who helps Roddy (Hugh Jackman) escape from the city of Ratropolis and return to his luxurious Kensington origins. A critical and commercial success, the film collected $177,665,672 at international box offices.[74]


In 2007, Winslet reunited with Leonardo DiCaprio to film Revolutionary Road (2008), directed by her husband at the time, Sam Mendes. Winslet had suggested that both should work with her on a film adaptation of the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates after reading the script byJustin Haythe.[75] Resulting in both "a blessing and an added pressure" on-set, the reunion was her first experience working with Mendes.[76] Portraying a couple in a failing marriage in the 1950s, DiCaprio and Winslet watched period videos promoting life in the suburbs to prepare themselves for the film,[76] which earned them favourable reviews.[77] In his review of the film, David Edelstein of New York magazine stated that "[t]here isn’t a banal moment in Winslet’s performance—not a gesture, not a word. Is Winslet now the best English-speaking film actress of her generation? I think so."[5] Winslet was awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance, her seventh nomination from the Golden Globes.[16]

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Winslet at the 2007 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Also released in late 2008, the film competed against Winslet's other project, a film adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's 1995 novel The Reader, directed by Stephen Daldry and featuring Ralph Fiennes and David Kross in supporting roles. Originally the first choice for her role, she was initially not able to take on the role due to a scheduling conflict with Revolutionary Road, and Nicole Kidman replaced her.[78] A month after filming began, however, Kidman left the film due to her pregnancy before filming of her had begun, enabling Winslet to rejoin the film.[78] Employing a German accent, Winslet portrayed a former Nazi concentration camp guard who has an affair with a teenager (Kross) who, as an adult, witnesses her war crimes trial.[79]She later said the role was difficult for her, as she was naturally unable "to sympathise with an SS guard."[80] Because the film required full frontal nudity, a merkin was made for her. In an interview for Allure she related how she refused to use it: "Guys, I am going to have to draw the line at a pubic wig,..."[81][82] While the film garnered mixed reviews in general,[83] Winslet received favourable reviews for her performance.[83] The following year, she earned her sixth Academy Award nomination and went on to win the Best Actress award, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress, a Screen Actors' Guild Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.[16]

In 2011, Winslet headlined in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, a small screen adaptation of James M. Cain's 1941 novel of the same name, directed by Todd Haynes.[84] Co-starring Guy Pearce and Evan Rachel Wood, she portrayed a self-sacrificing mother during the Great Depression who finds herself separated from her husband and falling in love with a new man, all the while trying to earn her narcissistic daughter's love and respect. Broadcast to moderate ratings,[85] the five-part series earned generally favourable reviews,[86] with Salon.com calling it a "quiet, heartbreaking masterpiece".[87] Winslet won an Emmy Award,[88] a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film,[89] and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie for her performance.[90]

Also in 2011, Winslet appeared in Steven Soderbergh's disaster film Contagion, featuring an ensemble cast consisting of Marion CotillardMatt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law. The thriller follows the rapid progress of a lethal indirect contacttransmission virus that kills within days. Winslet portrayed an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer who becomes infected with the disease over the course of her investigation.[91] Winslet's other 2011 film project, Roman Polanski's Carnage, premiered at the 68th Venice Film Festival. An adaptation of the play God of Carnage by French playwright Yasmina Reza, the black comedy follows two sets of parents who meet up to talk after their children have been in a fight that day at school.Jodie FosterJohn C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz co-starred in the film, which critics felt was less "compelling on the screen as it was on the stage", but made "up for its flaws with Polanski's smooth direction and assured performances from Winslet and Foster."[92] For her performance Winslet received a second nomination by the Hollywood Foreign Press that year.[93]


In 2012, Winslet's audiobook performance of Émile Zola's Thérèse Raquin was released at Audible.com.[94] AudioFile's review said, "Kate Winslet reads as though she is relishing every morsel of the drama […] She clearly loves the book, and her pleasure in the text is infectious. She grabs listeners and doesn’t let go."[95] Her first 2013 release was Movie 43, an independent anthology black comedy film that featured 14 different storylines, with each segment having a different director.[96] Winslet's segment, titled The Catch, was directed by Peter Farrelly and revolves around a single businesswoman who goes on a blind date with the city's most eligible bachelor, played by Hugh Jackman, only to be shocked when he removes his scarf, revealing a pair of testicles dangling from his neck.[97] The compilation film was universally panned by critics, with the Chicago Sun-Times calling it "the Citizen Kane of awful".[98]

In 2013, Winslet appeared in Jason Reitman's big screen adaptation of Joyce Maynard's 2009 novel Labor Day, also starring Josh Brolin and Tobey Maguire, which she declared "a very romantic movie, though a bizarre one."[99][100] While the film was met with a generally mixed reception from critics,[101] Winslet received favorable reviews for her portrayal of Adele, a mentally fragile, repressed single mom of a 13-year-old son who gives shelter to an escaped prisoner during a long summer week-end.[102] For her performance, Winslet earned her tenth Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.[103][99]

In 2014, Winslet appeared in Neil Burger's film adaption of the 2011 young adult novel Divergent, by Veronica Roth.[104] On playing the antagonist Jeanine Matthews in the film, Winslet said that "The idea went through my head that I have never played a baddie before, I was almost kind of surprised."[105] Her performance met with positive response from critics; Screendaily praised her performance as the antagonist as "understated",[106] while Indiewire said "Winslet is pure poison as Jeanine Matthews."[107]

Winslet will next appear alongside Matthias Schoenaerts in Alan Rickman's period drama A Little Chaos about rival landscape gardeners commissioned by Louis XIV to create a fountain at Versailles.[108] In May 2013 it was announced that Winslet will star as Tilly Dunnage in Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker with filming slated to start in 2014.[109] In addition, she has been cast in Kenneth Branagh's film Guernsey, based on the novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows.[110][111]

Personal life

Relationships and children

While on the set of the 1991 TV series Dark Season, Winslet met actor and writer Stephen Tredre, with whom she had a four-and-a-half-year relationship.[112] Winslet and Tredre remained close after their separation in 1995.[113] He died of bone cancer during the opening week of Titanic, causing her to miss the film's Los Angeles premiere to attend his funeral in London.[114]

On 22 November 1998, Winslet married film director Jim Threapleton, whom she met while on the set of Hideous Kinky in 1997.[115][116] They have a daughter, Mia Honey Threapleton,[116] who was born in October 2000 in London.[115] Winslet and Threapleton divorced on 13 December 2001.[117]

Following her separation from Threapleton, Winslet began a relationship with director Sam Mendes in 2001,[117] and she married him on 24 May 2003 on the island of Anguilla.[115] Their son, Joe Alfie Winslet Mendes, was born on 22 December 2003 in New York City.[115] Winslet and Mendes announced their separation in March 2010,[118] and divorced in 2011.[119][120]

In August 2011, a fire broke out at a residence in which Winslet, her children, and her then-boyfriend, model Louis Dowler, were staying on Necker Island, the private resort island of Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. The fire caused significant damage to the home, but no injuries.[121]

During the same August 2011 holiday on Necker Island, Winslet met fellow guest Ned Rocknroll, and they soon began dating.[122] Rocknroll was born Ned Abel Smith, but later legally changed his name.[123] He is a nephew of Richard Branson and works for Virgin Galactic, the space-travel division of his uncle's business.[122][124] Rocknroll was previously married to Eliza Pearson, daughter of Viscount Cowdray.[125] Winslet and Rocknroll became engaged in the summer of 2012.[126] It was announced in September 2012 that the couple had relocated from New York to live in the UK permanently, moving into a heritage home in South Downs National Park in West Sussex.[127][128] Winslet and Rocknroll married in a private ceremony in New York in December 2012.[126][129] The couple's son, Bear Blaze Winslet, was born in the County of Sussex, England, on 7 December 2013.[130][131]

Experiences and interests

Winslet's weight fluctuations over the years have been well documented by the media.[112][115] She has been outspoken about her refusal to allow Hollywood to dictate her weight.[132][133] In February 2003, the British edition of GQ magazine published photographs of Winslet that had been digitally altered to make her look dramatically thinner.[115] Winslet issued a statement that the alterations were made without her consent, saying, "I just didn't want people to think I was a hypocrite and that I'd suddenly lost 30 lbs or whatever".[134] GQ subsequently issued an apology.[133]She won a libel suit in 2009 against the British tabloid The Daily Mail after it printed that she had lied about her exercise regimen.[135] Winslet stated that she had requested an apology to demonstrate her commitment to the views that she has always expressed regarding women's body issues, namely that women should accept their appearance with pride.[135]

In 2010, Winslet narrated a video for PETA, encouraging chefs to remove foie gras from their menus and asking consumers to boycott restaurants that serve it. Winslet is a vegetarian.[136][137]

Winslet narrated the documentary A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism, which focused on Keli Thorsteinsson, who has autism, and his mother, Margret Ericsdottir. The documentary was generally released on 24 September 2010, after airing on HBO in April of the same year. Her involvement in the documentary led to her founding the non-profit organisation, the Golden Hat Foundation, whose mission is to eliminate barriers for people with autism.[138][139] In 2011, Winslet received the Yo Dona award for Best Humanitarian Work for her work with the Golden Hat.[140]

Awards and nominations

Winslet won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Reader (2008). She won two Golden Globe Awards in the same year: Best Actress (Drama) for Revolutionary Road and Best Supporting Actress for The Reader. She has won two BAFTA AwardsBest Actress forThe Reader, and Best Supporting Actress for Sense and Sensibility (1995). She has earned a total of six Academy Award nominations, ten Golden Globe nominations, and seven BAFTA nominations.[133][141][142]

She has received numerous awards from other organisations, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress for Iris (2001) and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Sense and Sensibility and The ReaderPremiere magazine named her portrayal of Clementine Kruczynski in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) as the 81st greatest film performance of all time.[143]

Winslet was selected for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.[144] She received the star at 6262 Hollywood Blvd.[145] which was unveiled on March 17, 2014 at Saint Patrick's Day by Winslet with Kathy Bates and James Cameron as guest speakers at the unveiling ceremony.[146][147][148]

Academy Award nomination milestones

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Winslet at the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009

Winslet set the mark as the youngest actor to receive five nominations, at age 31, for Little Children (2006). She surpassed Bette Davis, who was 33 when she received her fifth nomination for her performance in The Little Foxes (1941).[149] With her Best Actress nomination for The Reader, Winslet became the youngest actor to receive six Oscar nominations. At age 33, Winslet passed the mark Davis, one year older, set with Now, Voyager (1942).[150]

Winslet received Academy Award nominations as the younger versions of the characters played by fellow nominees Gloria Stuart, as Rose, in Titanic (1997)[151] and Judi Dench, as Iris Murdoch, in Iris.[152] These are the only instances of the younger and older versions of a character in the same film both yielding Academy Award nominations, thus making Winslet the only actor to twice share an Oscar nomination with another for portraying the same character.[151]

When she was not nominated for her work in Revolutionary Road, Winslet became only the second actress to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress (Drama) without getting an Oscar nomination for the same performance (Shirley MacLaine was the first forMadame Sousatzka (1988), and she won the Golden Globe in a three-way tie). Academy rules allow an actor to receive no more than one nomination in a given category; as the Academy nominating process determined that Winslet's work in The Readerwould be considered a lead performance—unlike the Golden Globes, which considered it a supporting performance—she could not also receive a Best Actress nomination for Revolutionary Road.[153][154]

Awards for other work

In 2000, Winslet won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for Listen To the Storyteller.[155][156] She was nominated for an Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for playing herself in a 2005 episode of Extras.[157]At the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards, Winslet won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role as the titular character in Mildred Pierce.


She was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to drama.[158][159]


Main article: Kate Winslet filmography

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Kate Winslet


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    20. Jump up^ "Sense & Sensibility". The Numbers. Retrieved 2 February 2009.
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    36. Jump up^ "Hideous Kinky (1999)"Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 4 February 2009.
    37. Jump up^ "Hideous Kinky". The Numbers. Retrieved 4 February 2009.
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    45. Jump up^ Howe, Desson (15 February 2002). "Iris: Heroic on a Human Scale"The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
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    74. Jump up^ "Flushed Away". The Numbers. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
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    81. Jump up^ Hannah Morrill. Kate Winslet, UnscriptedAllure, 3 June 2009.
      NOTE: Many sources claim that she wore a merkin by only quoting part of this interview. This is the full quote from the printed issue:
      "Let me tell you, The Reader was not glamorous for me in terms of body-hair maintenance. I had to grow it in, because you can't have a landing strip in 1950, you know? And then because of years of waxing, as all of us girls know, it doesn't come back quite the way it used to. They even made me a merkin because they were so concerned that I might not be able to grow enough. I said, 'Guys, I am going to have to draw the line at a pubic wig, but you can shoot my own snatch up close and personal.'"
    82. Jump up^ Lindsy Van Gelder. Your Bikini Line, Your Business?Allure, 26 August 2009: "Kate Winslet joked with Allure about having one made for her (that she didn't wear) in The Reader,..."
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    84. Jump up^ Clark, Krystal (13 September 2010). "Kate Winslet in HBO’s Mildred Pierce Trailer"ScreenCrave. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
    85. Jump up^ Collins, Scott (29 March 2011). "HBO's 'Mildred Pierce' With Kate Winslet Opens To Disappointing Ratings"Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
    86. Jump up^ "Mildred Pierce"Metacritic. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
    87. Jump up^ Zoller Seitz, Matt (24 March 2011). "Mildred Pierce Is A Quiet, Heartbreaking Masterpiece"Salon.com. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
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    92. Jump up^ "Carnage"Rotten TomatoesFlixter. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
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    98. Jump up^ Roeper, Richard (25 January 2013). "There's awful and THEN there's 'Movie 43'"Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
    99. Jump up to:a b "Nominee Profile: Kate Winslet (Labor Day)". GoldenGlobes.com accessdate=21 March 2014.
    100. Jump up^ Breznican, Anthony (16 June 2011). "Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin to join Jason Reitman's drama 'Labor Day'"Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
    101. Jump up^ "Labor Day (2014)"Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
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    104. Jump up^ Lyttelton, Oliver (24 January 2013). "Kate Winslet Joins Young Adult Adaptation 'Divergent' Alongside Shailene Woodley".IndieWire. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
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    107. Jump up^ "REVIEW: Does 'Divergent' Have Legs?". Retrieved March 17, 2014.
    108. Jump up^ Jagernauth, Kevin (17 January 2013). "Kate Winslet & Matthias Schoenaerts To Star in Alan Rickman Directed Period Drama 'A Little Chaos'"IndieWire. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
    109. Jump up^ Jagernauth, Kevin (7 August 2013). "Kate Winslet, Judy Davis to Star in Revenge Dramedy 'The Dressmaker'"The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
    110. Jump up^ Lyttelton, Oliver (13 January 2012). "Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin to join Jason Reitman's drama 'Labor Day'"IndieWire. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
    111. Jump up^ "Potato Peel Pie film to begin shoot in the autumn"Guernsey News. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
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    113. Jump up^ Moreton, Cole (12 September 1999). "Film world acclaims writer's final act"The Independent. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
    114. Jump up^ "Kate Winslet: Queen of the World"Parade. 5 November 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
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    116. Jump up to:a b Cadwalladr, Carole (19 August 2007). "Life after Kate: a happier ending"The Guardian. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
    117. Jump up to:a b "Winslet's divorce finalised"BBC News. 12 December 2001. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
    118. Jump up^ "Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes split". BBC. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
    119. Jump up^ Ashley Reich. Kate Winslet Opens Up About Divorce From Sam Mendes In British Vogue. Huffington Post. First Posted: 3/8/11. Updated: 25 May 2011
    120. Jump up^ Harper's Bazaar (UK), November 2011
    121. Jump up^ Gina Serpe. Kate Winslet and Family Escape Unscathed After Fire Breaks Out at Vacation Spot E! Online. 22 August 2011
    122. Jump up to:a b Natalie Finn. Ned Rocknroll: 5 Things to Know About Kate Winslet's Third Husband E! Online. 26 December 2012
    123. Jump up^ Estes, Adam Clark (26 December 2012). "How Kate Winslet's New Husband Got the Name Ned Rocknroll"The Atlantic. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
    124. Jump up^ Maggie Coughlan. Kate Winslet's New Husband, Ned Rocknroll: 5 Things You Should Know People. 27 December 2012
    125. Jump up^ "Jonathan Rhys Meyers' former girlfriend finds a man she can bank on"Daily Telegraph. 18 January 2013.
    126. Jump up to:a b Mike Fleeman. Kate Winslet Marries in Secret People. 26 December 2012
    127. Jump up^ Richard Eden. Kate Winslet moves back to Britain to live with her Rocknroll lover The Daily Telegraph. 23 September 2012
    128. Jump up^ Richard Eden. Titanic battle for Kate Winslet over her 'suburban’ house plans The Daily Telegraph. 2 December 2012
    129. Jump up^ "Kate Winslet marries Ned RocknRoll in private New York ceremony"BBC News. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
    130. Jump up^ Finn, Natalie (December 10, 2013). "Kate Winslet Gives Birth to a Baby Boy, Her First Child With Husband Ned Rocknroll"E! Online. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
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Linney, a presenter at the Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, January 2009


Laura Leggett Linney
February 5, 1964 (age 50)
New York CityNew York,United States


Brown University (BFA 1986),Juilliard School (1990)


Actress and singer

Years active



John Adams
The Big C


David Adkins (m. 1995–2000)

Marc Schauer (m. 2009)




Romulus Linney (deceased)
Miriam Anderson Perse (née Leggett)


Romulus Zachariah Linney(great-great-grandfather)

Laura Leggett Linney
 (born February 5, 1964) is an American actress (film, television, and theatre) and singer. She is most well known for her performances in films such as The Truman ShowMystic River and Kinsey, among others. She also played the lead role of Cathy Jamison in the Showtime series The Big C, which completed its fourth and final season in May 2013.

During her career she has received four Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Additionally she has been the recipient of three Academy Award nominations and three Tony Award nominations.



Early life and education

Linney was born in Manhattan. Her mother, Miriam Anderson "Ann" Perse (née Leggett), is a nurse who worked at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and her father, Romulus Zachariah Linney IV (1930-2011), was a well-known playwright and professor.[1][2][3][4] Linney's paternal great-great-grandfather was Republican U.S. Congressman Romulus Zachariah Linney. Linney grew up in modest circumstances, living with her mother in a small one-bedroom apartment.[5] She has a half-sister, Susan, from her father's second marriage.

She is a 1982 graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School, an elite preparatory school in New England, for which she currently serves as the chair of the Arts Advisory Council. She then attended Northwestern University before transferring toBrown University, where she studied acting with Jim Barnhill and John Emigh and served on the board of Production Workshop, the university's student theatre group.[3] It was during her senior year at Brown that she performed in one of her father's plays, when she played Lady Ada Lovelace in a production of Romulus Linney's Childe Byron, a drama in which Ada's father, the poet Lord Byron, mends a taut, distant relationship with his daughter.[6] Linney graduated from Brown with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1986.[7] She went on to study acting at the Juilliard School as a member of Group 19 (1986–1990), which also included Jeanne Tripplehorn.[8] Linney later received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Juilliard when she delivered the school's commencement address in 2009.[9]


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Linney at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival

Linney appeared in minor roles in a few early 1990s films, including Dave in 1993, before coming to prominence in the public television mini-series Tales of the City.[3] She was then cast in a series of high-profile thrillers, including CongoPrimal Fear and Absolute Power. She made her Hollywood breakthrough in 1998, playing Jim Carrey's on-screen wife in The Truman Show, for which she received critical acclaim.[3]

In 2000, Linney was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film You Can Count on Me.[3] The same year, she also appeared in the role of an artist's model in the low-budget film Maze with Rob Morrow. In 2003, Linney appeared in several notable films, including Mystic RiverLove Actually and The Life of David Gale. Her 2004 performance in Kinsey, again as the title character's wife, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[3]

In 2005, Linney starred in the horror film The Exorcism of Emily Rose and the comedy-drama The Squid and the Whale. For the latter role, she received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy". In 2006, Linney appeared in the political satire Man of the Year, the comedy Driving Lessons (starring Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame), and the Australian drama Jindabyne by Ray Lawrence. Jindabyne was based onRaymond Carver's short story So Much Water so Close to Home.

In 2007, Linney appeared in the spy thriller Breach, the comedy-drama The Nanny Diaries opposite Scarlett Johansson and based on the book by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus,[10] and The Savages with Philip Seymour Hoffman.[3] She received a third Academy Award nomination for The Savages, this time for Best Actress.[11]

In 2008, Linney starred in The Other Man, opposite Liam Neeson, with whom she had starred in Kinsey and Love Actually, and Antonio Banderas.


Linney starred as Mary Ann Singleton in the television adaptations of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City books (1993, 1998 and 2001). She won her first Emmy Award[12] in 2002 for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie" for Wild Iris. In 2004, she won her second Emmy Award as "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series," for her recurring role as the final love interest of Frasier Crane in the television series Frasier.[3] In 2008, Linney won an Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her portrayal of Abigail Adams, wife of the second president of the United States, in the HBO mini-series John Adams.[3]

In October 1994, Linney guest-starred in an episode of Law & Order (episode "Blue Bamboo") as "Martha Bowen". She played a blonde American singer who successfully claimed "battered woman syndrome" as a defense to the murder of a Japanese businessman.

Laura Linney returned to series television as actress and executive producer in Showtime's half-hour series about cancer, The Big C, which debuted in mid-2010. She starred as a suburban wife and mother who explores the emotional ups and downs of suffering cancer, and the changes it brings to her life and her sense of who she is.[13] She won a Golden Globe award for her performance in January 2011.

Since 2009, she has served as host of the PBS television series Masterpiece Classic.


Linney's extensive stage credits on Broadway and elsewhere include Hedda Gabler, for which she won the 1994 Joe A. Callaway Award,[14] and Holiday in December 1995 through January 1996 (based on the 1938 movie starring Katharine Hepburn).[15] She received a Best Actress Tony Award nomination for her role in the Broadway production of The Crucible in March 2002 through June 2002.[16][17] She was nominated again in 2005 for Sight Unseen, in which she appeared on Broadway in May 2004 through July 2004.[18][19]

Linney also appeared on Sandra Boynton's children's CD, Philadelphia Chickens, on which she sings "Please Can I Keep It?", and played La Marquise de Merteuil in a revival of Christopher Hampton's play Les Liaisons Dangereuses.[20]

Linney had a three-month run on Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies, from January 28, 2010 through March 27, 2010. She was nominated for a 2010 Tony award for Best Leading Actress in a Play. The play returned to Broadway with most of the original cast in September 2010 and closed on January 30, 2011.[21]

Personal life

Linney married David Adkins in 1995; they divorced in 2000. In 2007, she became engaged to Marc Schauer (not to be confused with Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer), a real estate agent from Telluride, Colorado.[22] At her wedding in May 2009, actor Liam Neeson walked her down the aisle.[23] On January 8, 2014, they welcomed a son named Bennett Armistead Schauer.[24]

Linney was a guest and presenter at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009.[25]


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Lily Magraw



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Mary Ann Singleton

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Searching for Bobby Fischer

School Teacher



Blind Spot




Law & Order

Martha Bowen

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A Simple Twist of Fate

Nancy Lambert Newland




Dr. Karen Ross



Primal Fear

Janet Venable



Absolute Power

Kate Whitney



The Truman Show

Meryl Burbank/Hannah Gill



More Tales of the City

Mary Ann Singleton

TV mini-series: 6 episodes


Love Letters

Melisa Gardner Cobb

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Rachel Van Dyke



The House of Mirth

Bertha Dorset



You Can Count on Me

Samantha 'Sammy' Prescott







Running Mates

Lauren Hartman

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Wild Iris

Iris Bravard

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Mary Ann Singleton

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The Mothman Prophecies

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The Laramie Project

Sherry Johnson



The Life of David Gale

Constance Harraway



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Annabeth Markum



Love Actually





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Louise Harrington



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Erin Bruner



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Joan Berkman







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Laura Marshall



Man of the Year

Eleanor Green



The Hottest State




The Armenian Genocide

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Kate Burroughs



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Wendy Savage



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Mrs. X



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Abigail Adams

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The City of Your Final Destination




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Sympathy for Delicious

Nina Hogue



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Cathy Jamison

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The Details




Arthur Christmas

North Pole Computer



Hyde Park on Hudson

Margaret Suckley



The Fifth Estate

Sarah Shaw


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Nov 8, 1990 – Jan 5, 1992


Sight Unseen




The Seagull


Nov 29, 1992 – Jan 10, 1993


Hedda Gabler

Thea Elvsted

Jul 10 – Aug 7, 1994



Linda Seton

Dec 3, 1995 – Jan 14, 1996




Apr 26 – Jun 14, 1998


Uncle Vanya

Yelena Andreyevna

Apr 30 – Jun 11, 2000


The Crucible

Elizabeth Proctor

Mar 7 – Jun 9, 2002


Sight Unseen


May 25 – Jul 25, 2004


Les liaisons dangereuses

La Marquise de Merteuil

May 1 – Jul 6, 2008


Time Stands Still

Sarah Goodwin

Jan 28, 2010 – Jan 30, 2011

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Laura Linney


    1. Jump up^ "Laura Linney Biography (1964–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
    2. Jump up^ "Laura Linney Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
    3. Jump up to:a b c d e f g h i Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2009
    4. Jump up^ Cloninger Boggs, Mary Olivia (1981). The indubitable Busbees and their kin. M.O.C. Boggs. p. 105.
    5. Jump up^ Studio 360 broadcast, March 28, 2010
    6. Jump up^ Cohen, Patrica, "Genuine Actress Flirts With Stardom," NY Times, January 20, 2010
    7. Jump up^ "Laura Linney"All Movie GuideThe New York Times. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
    8. Jump up^ "Alumni News"The Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
    9. Jump up^ "Laura Linney to Deliver Commencement Address and Receive Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at Juilliard's 104th Commencement Ceremony"Press ReleaseThe Juilliard School. May 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-03-21. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
    10. Jump up^ "Linney Opens The Nanny Diaries". Cinemablend.com. March 14, 2006. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
    11. Jump up^ "Philip Seymour Hoffman's Next is The Savages". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
    12. Jump up^ Laura Linney Emmy Award Winner
    13. Jump up^ Bryant, Adam (August 27, 2009). "Showtime and Laura Linney to Tackle Cancer in New Series"TVGuide.com. Retrieved August 27, 2009.
    14. Jump up^ .asp "The Joe A. Callaway Award List" actorsequity.org, accessed January 31, 2011
    15. Jump up^ Canby, Vincent."Theater Review:The Wee Problems Of the Seriously Rich In the Frenzied 20's"New York Times, December 4, 1995
    16. Jump up^ Brantley, Ben."Theater Review:Two Against Mob Rule Who Can Turn Up the Heat"New York Times, March 8, 2002
    17. Jump up^ Pogrebin, Robin."'Millie' Leads the Tony Nominations With 11; 'Morning's' Earns 9"New York Times, May 7, 2002
    18. Jump up^ Gans, Andrew; Allen, Morgan; Simonson, Robert."2004–2005 Tony Nominations Announced; Spamalot Garners 14 Nominations"playbill.com, May 10, 2005
    19. Jump up^ Brantley."Theater Review:A Fragile Victim of Love Long Past"New York Times, May 26, 2004
    20. Jump up^ Smith, Liz (March 13, 2008). "Watch the hot actress thrive!". Nypost.com. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
    21. Jump up^ Jones, Kenneth. "Broadway's 'Time Stands Still', Acclaimed Drama About War Scars, Closes Jan. 30" playbill.com, January 30, 2011
    22. Jump up^ "Laura Linney Is Engaged". People.com. August 20, 2007. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
    23. Jump up^ "Liam Neeson walked Laura Linney down the aisle". nymag.com. July 28, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
    24. Jump up^ "Surprise! Laura Linney Welcomes a Son". People.com. January 17, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
    25. Jump up^ HBO.com – We Are One[dead link]

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Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Jr.
May 15, 1905


February 6, 1994 (aged 88)
Los AngelesCalifornia, U.S.



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Lenore Kipp (1931–1960)
Patricia Medina (1960–1994)


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Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Jr.
 (May 15, 1905 – February 6, 1994) was an American film, stage and television actor. Cotten achieved prominence on Broadway, starring in the original stage productions of The Philadelphia Story and Sabrina Fair. He first gained worldwide fame in the Orson Welles films Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), and Journey into Fear (1943), for which Cotten was also credited with the screenplay. He went on to star in such popular films asShadow of a Doubt (1943), Love Letters (1945), Duel in the Sun (1946), Portrait of Jennie (1948) and The Third Man (1949).



Life and career

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Joseph Cotten modeled for The American Magazine (September 1931)

Joseph Cotten was born in 1905 in Petersburg, Virginia, the son of Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Sr., an assistant postmaster and his wife, Sally Willson Cotten.[1]:224 He worked as an advertising agent after studying acting at the Hickman School of Speech and Expression in Washington, D.C. His work as a theatre critic inspired him to become involved in theatre productions, first in Virginia, then in New York City. Cotten made his Broadway debut in 1930.

In 1934 Cotten met and became friends with Orson Welles, a fellow cast member on CBS Radio's The American School of the Air.[1]:30–31 Cotten had his first starring role in Welles's second production for the Federal Theatre Project — the farce Horse Eats Hat, adapted by Welles and Edwin Denby from Eugène Marin Labiche's play Un Chapeau de Paille d'Italie.[1]:34 [2] The play was presented from September 26 to December 5, 1936, at the Maxine Elliott Theatre, New York.[3]:334

In 1937 Cotten became an inaugural member of Welles's Mercury Theatre company, starring in Broadway productions of Julius CaesarThe Shoemaker's Holiday and Danton's Death, and in radio dramas presented on The Mercury Theatre on the Air and The Campbell Playhouse.

Cotten made his film debut in the Welles-directed short, Too Much Johnson, a comedy that was intended to complement an aborted 1938 Mercury stage production of William Gillette's 1890 play. The film was never screened in public; it was reported in 2013 that a print had been discovered in Prodenone, Italy.[4]

Cotten returned to Broadway in 1939, creating the role of C. K. Dexter Haven opposite Katharine Hepburn's Tracy Lord in the original production of Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story. The play ran for a year at the Shubert Theatre, and in the months before its extensive national tour a film version was to be made by MGM. Cotten went to Hollywood, but discovered there that his stage success in The Philadelphia Story translated to, in the words of his agent Leland Hayward, "spending a solid year creating the Cary Grant role." Hayward suggested that they call Cotten's good pal, Orson Welles. "He's been making big waves out here," Hayward said. "Maybe nobody in Hollywood ever heard of the Shubert Theatre in New York, but everybody certainly knows about the Mercury Theatre in New York."[1]:34–37

Citizen Kane[edit]

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Joseph Cotten is introduced in the trailerfor Citizen Kane (1941)

After the success of Welles's War of the Worlds 1938 Halloween radio broadcast, Welles gained a unique contract with RKO Pictures. The two-picture deal promised full creative control for the young director below an agreed budget limit, and Welles's intention was to feature the Mercury Players in his productions. Shooting had still not begun on a Welles film after a year, but after a meeting with writer Herman J. Mankiewicz Welles had a suitable project.

In mid-1940 filming began on Citizen Kane, portraying the life of a press magnate (played by Welles) who starts out as an idealist but eventually turns into a corrupt, lonely old man. The film featured Cotten prominently in the role of Kane's best friendJedediah Leland, eventually a drama critic for one of Kane's papers.

When released on May 1, 1941, Citizen Kane — based in part on the life of William Randolph Hearst — did not do much business at theaters; Hearst owned numerous major newspapers, and forbade them to carry advertisements for the film. Nominated for nine Academy Awards in 1942, the film won only for Best Screenplay, for Mankiewicz and Welles. Citizen Kane launched the film careers of the Mercury Players, including Agnes Moorehead (who played Kane's mother), Ruth Warrick(Kane's first wife), and Ray Collins (Kane's political opponent). However, Cotten was the only one of the four to find major success as a lead in Hollywood outside of Citizen Kane; Moorehead and Collins became successful character film actors and Warrick spent decades in a career in daytime television.

Later collaborations with Welles

Cotten starred a year later in Welles's adaptation and production of The Magnificent Ambersons. After the commercial disappointment of Citizen Kane, RKO was apprehensive about the new film, and after poor preview responses, cut it by nearly an hour before its release. Though at points the film appeared disjointed, it was well received by critics. Despite the critical accolades Cotten received for his performance, he was again snubbed by the Academy.

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Cotten and Dolores del Río in Journey into Fear (1943)

Cotten and Welles (uncredited) wrote the Nazi-related thriller Journey into Fear (1943) based on the novel by Eric Ambler. Released by RKO, the Mercury production was directed by Norman Foster. It was a collaborative effort due to the difficulties shooting the film and the pressures related to Welles's imminent departure to South America to begin work on It's All True.[3]:165, 377

After Welles's return he and Cotten co-produced The Mercury Wonder Show for members of the U.S. armed services. Opening August 3, 1943, the all-star magic and variety show was presented in a tent at 9000 Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood. Featured were Welles (Orson the Magnificent), Cotten (Jo-Jo the Great), Rita Hayworth (forced to quit by Columbia Pictures boss Harry Cohn and replaced by Marlene DietrichAgnes Moorehead (Calliope Aggie) and others. Tickets were free to servicemen, and more than 48,000 of them had seen show by September 1943.[3]:177, 377–378

In film, Cotten and Welles worked together in The Third Man (1949). Cotten portrays a writer of pulp fiction who travels to postwar Vienna to meet his friend Harry Lime (Welles). When he arrives, he discovers that Lime has died, and is determined to prove to the police that it was murder, but uncovers an even darker secret.

The 1940s and 1950s

The characters that Cotten played onscreen during the 1940s ranged from a serial killer in Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943, opposite Teresa Wright) to an eager police detective in Gaslight (1944, with Ingrid BergmanCharles Boyer, andAngela Lansbury in her film debut). Cotten starred with Jennifer Jones in four films: the wartime domestic drama Since You Went Away (1944); the romantic drama Love Letters (1945); the western Duel in the Sun (1946), which remains one of the top 100 highest grossing films of all time when adjusted for inflation; and the critically acclaimed Portrait of Jennie (1948), in which he played a melancholy artist who becomes obsessed with a girl who may have died many years before. As well as reuniting onscreen with Orson Welles in Carol Reed's The Third Man in 1949, he reunited with Hitchcock in Under Capricorn (1949) as an Australian landowner with a shady past.

Exhibitors voted him the 17th most popular star in the US in 1945.[5]

Cotten's screen career cooled in the 1950s with a string of less high-profile roles in films such as the dark Civil War Two Flags West (1950), the Joan Fontaine romance September Affair (1950), and the Marilyn Monroe vehicle Niagara (1953), afterJames Mason turned down the role. His last theatrical releases in the '50s were mostly film-noir and unsuccessful character studies.

On the stage in 1953, Cotten created the role of Linus Larrabee, Jr., in the original Broadway production of Sabrina Fair, opposite Margaret Sullavan. The production ran November 11, 1953–August 21, 1954, and was the basis of the film Sabrina, which starred Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn.[6]

In 1956, Cotten left film for years for a string of successful television ventures, such as the NBC series On Trial (renamed at mid-season The Joseph Cotten Show).

Cotten was featured in Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Ronald Reagan's General Electric Theater. He appeared on May 2, 1957, on NBC's comedy variety series, The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. Near the end of the decade, he made a cameo appearance in Welles's Touch of Evil (1958) and a starring role in the film adaptation of Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon (also 1958). He also appeared as Dick Burlingame and Charles Lawrence in the 1960 episodes "The Blue Goose" and "Dark Fear" of CBS's anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson. He also appeared on NBC's anthology series, The Barbara Stanwyck Show.

The 1960s and 1970s

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Joseph Cotten and Patricia Medina in 1973

In 1960 Cotten married British actress Patricia Medina after his first wife, Lenore Kipp, died of leukemia earlier in the year. After some time away from film, Cotten returned in the horror classic Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), with Bette Davis,Olivia de Havilland, and Agnes Moorehead. The rest of the decade found Cotten in a number of European and Japanese productions, B-movies and made for television movies. He made multiple guest appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. In 1967, he joined Karl SwensonPat Conway, and Dick Foran in the nostalgic western dramatic film Brighty of the Grand Canyon, about a burro who lived in the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River from about 1892-1922. On television, he narrated David L. Wolper's documentary Hollywood and the Stars (1963–64). In 1968 he made a guest appearance in a two-part episode of the series Ironside("Split Second to an Epitaph", 1968).

In the early 1970s, Cotten followed a supporting role in Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) with several horror features: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), with Vincent Price, and Soylent Green (1973), the last film featuring Edward G. Robinson. Later in the decade, Cotten was in several all-star disaster films, including Airport '77 (1977) with James Stewart and again with Olivia de Havilland, and the nuclear thriller Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977). On television, he did a guest spot on The Rockford Files("This Case Is Closed", 1974). He also did a guest spot on "The Love Boat" ("Aunt Hilly", 1981).

Last years

One of Cotten's last films was Heaven's Gate (1980), critically mauled in the United States. Around the same time, he appeared in two episodes of a twist-in-the-tale episode of the British TV series, Tales of the Unexpected, with Wendy Hiller(1979), and Gloria Grahame (1980). He also appeared in three horror films, The HearseDelusion (also known as The House Where Death Lives), and The Survivor. Cotten suffered a stroke in 1981 which caused him to temporarily lose his voice.[7]

Illness and death

On June 8, 1981, Cotten had a heart attack followed by a stroke that affected his speech center. He began years of therapy which in time made it possible for him to speak again. As he began to recover, he and Orson Welles talked on the phone each week for a couple of hours: "He was strong and supportive," Cotten wrote, "and whenever I used the wrong word (which was frequently) he would say, 'That's a much better word, Jo, I'm going to use it.'" He and Welles would meet for lunch and reminisce, and when Cotten said he had written a book Welles asked for the manuscript and read it that same night.[1]:215–217 In a phone conversation October 9, 1985, Welles told his friend and mentor Roger Hill that Cotten had written a book, and Hill asked how it read. "Gentle, witty, and self-effacing, just like Jo," Welles replied. "My only complaint is that it's too brief."[8]:289

Welles died the following day. "Somewhere among his possessions is a manuscript of this book," Cotten wrote on the last page of his autobiography, published in 1987 under the title Vanity Will Get You Somewhere.[1]:217[9]

In 1990 Cotten's larynx was removed due to cancer.[10] He died February 6, 1994, of pneumonia, at the age of 88.[11] He was buried at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Virginia.[12]


Cotten received a Venice Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his work in Portrait of Jennie.

He was portrayed in the film Me and Orson Welles (2009) by James Tupper.



    1. Jump up to:a b c d e f Cotten, Joseph, Vanity Will Get You Somewhere. San Francisco: Mercury House. 1987 ISBN 0-916515-17-6
    2. Jump up^ Leaming, Barbara (1985). Orson Welles. New York City: Viking Penguin Inc. p. 114. ISBN 0-670-52895-1.
    3. Jump up to:a b c Welles, Orson, and Peter Bogdanovich, edited by Jonathan RosenbaumThis is Orson Welles. New York: HarperCollinsPublishers 1992 ISBN 0-06-016616-9.
    4. Jump up^ New York Times, "Early Film of Orson Welles is Rediscovered," August 7, 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/movies/early-film-by-orson-welles-is-rediscovered.html?hp
    5. Jump up^ "Bing Crosby Again Box-Office Leader: Van Johnson Second in Film Poll of Exhibitors – Rogers Wins for Westerns". The New York Times. December 28, 1945. p. 21.
    6. Jump up^ "Sabrina Fair". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
    7. Jump up^ Actor winning battle against stroke
    8. Jump up^ Tarbox, Todd, Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts. Albany, Georgia: BearManor Media, 2013, ISBN 1-59393-260-X.
    9. Jump up^ "'Citizen Kane' star releases witty, irreverent autobiography"The Tuscaloosa News (Associated Press), June 7, 1987. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
    10. Jump up^ Oliver, Myrna (February 7, 1994). "Debonair Actor Joseph Cotten Dies at 88"Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
    11. Jump up^ Flint, Peter B. (February 7, 1994). "Joseph Cotten, 88, Is Dead; Actor on Stage and in Films"The New York Times. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
    12. Jump up^ Joseph Cotten - Petersburg, Virginia].

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