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Birth Place: Evanston, IL

Birthday: July 18, 1961, Cancer

Profession: Actor

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Fast Facts

  • Her mother was an English teacher and her father was a law professor at UCLA.
  • Studied with acting teacher Jared Sakren.
  • Was a student at Juilliard when she accepted the role of Jeannine Pratt in Robert Redford's Ordinary People (1980), her feature-film debut.
  • Dated and was briefly engaged to Sean Penn after meeting him on the set of Racing With the Moon (1984).
  • Lives in London.
  • Dabbles in music as the singer-songwriter of the acoustic band Sadie and the Hotheads.

Awards

  • 1981, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1982, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Nominee
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner

Relationships

  • Bill McGovern — Father
  • Katie McGovern — Mother
  • Simon Curtis — Husband
  • Katharine McGovern — Sister
  • Matilda Curtis — Daughter
  • Grace Curtis — Daughter
  • William McGovern — Brother
  • Rob Reiner — Ex-significant Other
  • Sean Penn — Ex-fiancé

College

  • Attended the Juilliard School, New York, NY

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