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Patricia Clarkson – MovieActors.com

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Clarkson in The Dead Pool.

About Patricia Clarkson (1959 – )
Yale-trained actress, Patricia Clarkson, began her career on the New York stage before going onto the big screen.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of Jacquelyn (née Brechtel), and Arthur, Patricia studied drama at Fordham University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and earned her MFA at the Yale School of Drama.

Patricia made her film debut in The Untouchables in 1987. The relative newcomer scored again with a great performance as the fast-talking television journalist opposite Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry finale The Dead Pool (1988). Her career progressed with supporting appearances as Burt Lancaster's daughter in Rocket Gibraltar (1988), the story of an eccentric wealthy family as well as in Everybody's All American (1988), a period drama set in the South.

While she worked steadily on stage and in television movies throughout the 1990s, the actress' career really caught fire in the new millennium with a string of critically acclaimed performances in Far from Heaven (2002), The Station Agent (2003) and Pieces of April (2003) for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Taking a break from the whirlwind couple years onscreen, Patricia took on the coveted role of Blanche DuBois in a Washington D.C. production of A Streetcar Named Desire in 2004 and made her next impression in Craig Lucas' satirical Hollywood-set indie The Dying Gaul (2004).

In 2006 she received her second Emmy Award for her continuing guest appearances on Six Feet Under and portrayed Sadie Burke, in All the King's Men, set in her native New Orleans. Her success continued in 2007 with a supporting role in the successful box office romance No Reservations and Lars and the Real Girl.

She had a wonderful performance as the supportive drama teacher of a gifted but emotionally troubled girl (Elle Fanning) in Phoebe in Wonderland (2009) then teamed with Allen again in the filmmaker's return to New York-set films, Whatever Works (2009).

Patricia was honored by the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival when she received one of the 2010 Volta awards for achievements in her career.

Patricia Clarkson's notable movie credits include...

One Day (2011)
Friends With Benefits (2011)
Main Street (2010)
Easy A (2010)
Legendary (2010)
Shutter Island (2010)
Phoebe in Wonderland (2009)
Whatever Works (2009)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Married Life (2007)
Pieces Of April (2003)
The Station Agent (2003)
Far From Heaven (2002)
The Pledge (2001)
The Green Mile (1999) The Dead Pool (1988)
Rocket Gibraltar (1988)
Everybody's All-American (1988)
The Untouchables (1987)


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Patricia Clarkson in The Green Mile (1999).

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Clarkson in Married Life (2007).

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Clarkson in Rocket Gibraltar (1988).

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Patricia Clarkson in The Dead Pool (1988).

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Patricia Clarkson in Pieces Of April (2003).