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An actress who brings an unguarded, yet grounded reality to the characters she plays, CATHERINE KEENER (Lee) has established herself as one of today's most respected actors.

Keener can recently be seen in the Warner Bros. comedy, "Death to Smoochy" starring Robin Williams, Edward Norton and Jon Stewart. Directed by Danny Devito, the story follows the revenge plot of a popular Barney-like kid show host who is replaced by the network. His hated on-air replacement then starts a romantic tryst with his former lover, a VP of development portrayed by Keener.

Currently, Keener can be seen in director Nicole Holofcener's "Lovely and Amazing." Making its debut at the Toronto Film Festival, this finely observed comedy is Holofcener's sophomore effort. It is an intimate family portrait of four hapless but resilient women. Keener plays the eldest daughter of the family, a former homecoming queen, who is stuck in a loveless marriage. The cast of this Good Machine production also includes Brenda Blethyn, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dermot Mulroney and Michael Nouri.

Also this summer, Keener will play Al Pacino's ex-wife in New Line Cinema's upcoming comedy "Simone". The film also stars Jason Schwartzman and Pruitt Taylor Vince. Written, produced and directed by Andrew Niccol, the film centers on a disillusioned producer's, played by Paciono, desperate attempt to create a computer generated virtual actress after his leading lady walks off themovie.

In 2000, Keener was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her starring role in Spike Jonze's "Being John Malkovich." Written by Charlie Kaufman, the controversial and innovative film follows the events after a puppeteer discovers a portal that leads into John Malkovich's head. Keener plays the manipulative co-worker who seduces the puppeteer, his wife and Malkovich during the course of the film. Later this year, Keener makes a cameo appearance in Jonze's "Adaptation."

Keener starred in "Simpatico," the film based on the play by Sam Shepard. Directed by Matthew Warchus, the film is set against the backdrop of high stakes horse racing and concerns the efforts of two men to come to terms with a scam they ran twenty years ago that destroyed an innocent man's life and their own friendship. The film features an impressive cast including Jeff Bridges, Nick Nolte, Sharon Stone, and Albert Finney.

Other films include Soderbergh's critically acclaimed "Out of Sight" with George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez and Ving Rhames; Neil LaBute's controversial ensemble drama, "Your Friends and Neighbors" with Ben Stiller, Jason Patric, Amy Brenneman, Aaron Eckhart, and Nastassja Kinski and Holofcener's "Walking and Talking," co-starring Anne Heche. Four collaborations with director Tom DiCillo -- "The Real Blonde," "Box of Moonlight," "Living In Oblivion," and "Johnny Suede" -- also highlight her filmography.

Keener's television credits include the critically acclaimed HBO anthology, "If These Walls Could Talk," which was produced by Demi Moore and directed by Nancy Savoca, as well as a notable guest appearance on "Seinfeld."

On stage, Keener has starred in "Blues Til The End of Time" at the Theatre Geo in Los Angeles, as well as such productions as "In The Bargain," "Uncommon Women & Others," "Getting Out," "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man In The Moon Marigolds," and "Chamber Music." This fall, Keener returns to the stage with the Signature Theater Company, in an off Broadway revival of Langford Wilson's "Burn This" with Edward Norton.


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