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.
2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
2007, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
2007, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee
2001, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee
2003, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
1993, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
2009, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
2000, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
2009, Tony — Actress (Play): Winner
Hudson Harden Scheel — Son
Stephanie O'Brien — Sister
Beverly Bushfield Harden — Mother
Eulala Grace Scheel — Daughter
Julitta Dee Harden Scheel — Daughter
Thaddaeus Scheel — Husband (separated)
Thaddeus Harden — Brother
Thaddeus Harden — Father
Leslie Jernigan — Sister
Sheryl Peyton — Sister
Attended Deree Pierce, Athens, Greece; attended University of Maryland, Munich, Germany; University of Texas, Austin, Texas, United States (BA in Theater, 1980); New York University, New York, New York, United States (MFA, 1988)