Fast Facts

  • Began acting on the stage with the Teenage Drama Workshop at California State University when she was 12.
  • Performed with the Los Angeles Free Shakespeare Company for two years, while still attending high school. 
  • First TV gig was playing the guitar while performing a Beatles tune on The Gong Show in 1976. 
  • Played lead role of Maria in her senior-class production of The Sound of Music, opposite Kevin Spacey's Captain Von Trapp; her performance was seen by Hollywood talent agent Meyer Mishkin, who was so impressed that he signed her as a client.
  • Learned American Sign Language for her role as Maggie, the daughter of deaf parents eager to make a life of her own, in the acclaimed TV-movie Love Is Never Silent (1985).
  • In 1992, released her first album, a collection of folk songs, entitled What Might Be.
  • Converted to Judaism in 2003.

Awards

  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 1995, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2014, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special: Winner
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1983, Genie Awards — Best Performance by a Foreign Actress: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress for a Miniseries or a Special: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee

Relationships

  • Patrick Mapel — Son
  • Val Kilmer — Ex-significant Other
  • A Martinez — Ex-husband
  • William Sweet Mapel — Ex-husband
  • Marilyn — Mother
  • Jack Walter Mapel — Son
  • Happy Atticus Mapel — Son
  • Dave Maloney — Great-uncle
  • Calla Louise Mapel — Daughter
  • Riley Sam Mapel — Son

College

  • Attended California State University, Northridge, CA

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  • Birth Name: Mary Megan Winningham
  • Birth Place: Phoenix, AZ
  • Birthday: May 16, 1959, Taurus
  • Profession: Actor, Musician, Singer/songwriter
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