Fast Facts

  • Father was in the U.S. Army, so the family lived in Germany as well as a number of American towns.
  • Studied ballet at the School of American Ballet in New York City.
  • During a 1979 theater performance of The Art of Dining, a flaming dessert ignited her costume, and she spent three weeks in the hospital with burns.
  • After screening the first-day rushes of Bullets Over Broadway (1994), she was so disheartened with her "awful" performance that she asked director Woody Allen to fire her. He refused, and she went on to win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the role.
  • Was the first performer to win two Oscars (Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets Over Broadway) in films directed by same person (Allen).
  • Worked as an adjunct professor for Columbia University's Theatre Arts Program.

Awards

  • 1994, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2006, Sundance Film Festival — Dramatic Special Jury Award: Best Ensemble Performance: Winner
  • 1986, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1989, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2009, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
  • 1995, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Winner
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1988, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Emily Wiest — Daughter
  • Lily Wiest — Daughter
  • Melissa Winstone Wiest — Mother
  • Greg Wiest — Brother
  • Don Wiest — Brother

College

  • Attended University of Maryland, College Park, MD

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  • Birth Place: Kansas City, MO
  • Profession: Actor

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