Studied piano at the Chicago Conservatory, philosophy at Marquette University and acting at Los Angeles' Lee Strasberg Institute.
Toured as a musician for more than 10 years with a number of different rock bands.
Posed in Playboy magazine in the 1970s smeared in jelly to promote her rock band Jelly.
Appeared opposite husband Ed Harris in Places in the Heart (1984), Alamo Bay (1985), Riders of the Purple Sage (1996), Pollock (2000), Just a Dream (2002), Winter Passing (2005) and Gone Baby Gone (2007).
Served on the national board of NARAL Pro-Choice America, a pro-choice/women's rights organization.
1989, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
1998, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee
1985, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
1983, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Nominee
1989, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee
Dolores Madigan — Mother
John Madigan — Father
Ed Harris — Husband
Lily Dolores Harris — Daughter
Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States (BA in Philosophy, 1972)