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Mare Winningham Biography

Birth Name:
Mary Megan Winningham
Birth Place:
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Profession
Actor, musician, singer/songwriter

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

  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1998Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress for a Miniseries or a Special: nominated
  • 1996Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: winner
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1995Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1990Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: nominated
  • 1986Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1983Genie Awards-Best Performance by a Foreign Actress: nominated
  • 1980Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special: winner

Relationships