Fast Facts

  • Father was a captain in the U.S. Navy and the family lived in Europe and Japan.
  • Beat out Julia Roberts, Demi Moore and Jennifer Jason Leigh for the female lead in 1990's Miller's Crossing.
  • In 2004, she and fellow University of Texas grad Renee Zellweger were both Oscar-nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Harden for Mystic River and eventual winner Zellweger for Cold Mountain).
  • Received the 2005 Texas Film Hall of Fame Award.
  • Her 2009 performance as a writer in God of Carnage, a play performed at New York's Bernard Jacobs Theater, was called "inspired" by the New York Times, and it clearly was: She copped a Tony. 
  • Although she did not actually attend her own commencement ceremony upon graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, she did deliver the commencement speech there in 2010.

Awards

  • 2003, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1993, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 2000, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2009, Tony — Actress (Play): Winner
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Hudson Harden Scheel — Son
  • Stephanie O'Brien — Sister
  • Eulala Grace Scheel — Daughter
  • Julitta Dee Harden Scheel — Daughter
  • Thaddaeus Scheel — Husband (separated)
  • Beverly Bushfield Harden — Mother
  • Leslie Jernigan — Sister
  • Sheryl Peyton — Sister
  • Thaddeus Harden — Brother
  • Thaddeus Harden — Father

College

  • Attended Deree Pierce, Athens, Greece; attended University of Maryland, Munich, Germany; University of Texas, Austin, TX (BA in Theater, 1980); New York University, New York, NY (MFA, 1988)

Details

  • Birth Place: La Jolla, CA
  • Birthday: August 14, 1959, Leo
  • Profession: Actor
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