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A cool, classic beauty, a vibrant blonde mane and an exuberant flair for the dramatic, VIRGINIA MADSEN (Beth Stanfield) is one of Hollywood's most versatile and unique actresses. Madsen received amazing reviews for her Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated performance in Alexander Payne's film Sideways. The Independent Spirit Award-winning actress has an illustrious resume of acting roles opposite the most notable and respected actors in film, making her one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood. And her resume just keeps growing with starring roles alongside Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the comedic drama A Prairie Home Companion, and with Billy Bob Thornton in the satirical comedy The Astronaut Farmer, as well as in the dramatic true story In the Shadow of Wings. There is plenty more, and yet, this is just the beginning for Madsen, as she grows even more glamorous and worldly with the infinite grace of a bona-fide old Hollywood movie star. 

With a career as diverse and eclectic as the characters she portrays, Madsen has worked in Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker with Matt Damon; Rob Reiner's Ghosts of Mississippi with Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg and James Woods; the cult classic Candyman with Kasi Lemmons; Highlander 2 with Sean Connery; The Hot Spot directed by Dennis Hopper; HBO's first feature Long Gone and David Lynch's Dune. She also completed a recurring stint on NBC's critically acclaimed television series American Dreams. Madsen's versatility was also seen in the independent film Almost Salinas, opposite John Mahoney and American Gun, opposite Academy Award-winner James Coburn.  After her work on Firewall, Madsen was directed by the legendary Robert Altman in A Prairie Home Companion, an adaptation of Garrison Keillor's beloved radio show, opposite Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly. 

Currently, she is in New Mexico shooting The Astronaut Farmer opposite Billy Bob Thornton, a story about an eccentric farmer who dreams of space travel and sets out to build a rocket in his barn. Madsen plays Thornton's wife, Audie, who believes in her husband's dreams, against all odds. The film also stars Bruce Dern and Bruce Willis. From there, Madsen will travel to Africa to shoot Arthur Seidelman's In the Shadow of Wings, where she portrays an American plastic surgeon whose family is killed in an airplane crash while on vacation in Kenya. 

Hailing from Illinois, Madsen grew up just north of Chicago. Her father was a fireman and her mother was an Emmy-Award winning filmmaker. As a child, she adored watching old black & white and silent films. It wasn't long before Madsen's drive and focus transformed her from a shy teenager into a fledgling stage actress.

It was destiny for Madsen to become a star as her determination and talent quickly paid off. When a Polaroid landed on the desk of the famed director David Lynch, he cast her in his film Dune. Immediately following, Madsen landed a role in the first "computer” film Electric Dreams. 

When Madsen became pregnant with her then-love interest Antonio Sabato Jr., she put her successful career on hold and had a baby boy, Jack. It wasn't until Jack was in pre-school that the actress had notions of re-entering her Hollywood career. Upon hearing of Madsen's desire to act again, Francis Ford Coppola asked her to audition for his latest project, the film version of John Grisham's legal thriller The Rainmaker – a role that re-established Madsen's dynamic career. And with the critical acclaim she received for her portrayal of Maya in Sideways and her upcoming starring roles, it is apparent that her hiatus to raise a family did nothing to hinder this go-getter from resilient success.

With the reestablishment of her thriving acting career, Madsen finds herself facing the ultimate

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