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
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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