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One of film, theater and television's uniquely original talents, the versatile MARCIA GAY HARDEN (First Lady) garnered a second Academy Award© nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Celeste Boyle in Mystic River, the critically acclaimed film by the legendary Clint Eastwood, in 2004. Harden plays the wife of Tim Robbins' character whose doubt about his innocence in a gruesome murder drives her away from her troubled husband. The stellar cast includes Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne and Laura Linney. 

Next up for Harden is IFC's American Gun, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. Forest Whitaker and Donald Sutherland also star in the film. Later this year, Harden plays Richard Gere's wife in the Lasse Hallström film Hoax, which also stars Alfred Molina. Additionally, Harden stars in Disney's The Invisible, directed by Davis S. Goyer. Recent films include Paramount Pictures' Bad News Bears, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Greg Kinnear; the Fox comedy Welcome to Mooseport, opposite Gene Hackman and Ray Romano; as well as Dylan Kidd's P.S., opposite Laura Linney.

2003 proved to be a busy year for Harden with three films in release; the abovementioned Mystic River; Revolution Studios' Mona Lisa Smile, directed by Mike Newell. In the film, Harden's character Nancy Abbey plays a teacher and a friend to Julia Roberts' character. The film also stars Julia Stiles, Kirsten Dunst and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Additionally, Harden was featured as part of a brilliant ensemble in Casa de los Babys, the story of six American women who travel to Mexico to adopt babies. The film is written and directed by legendary filmmaker John Sayles. Harden co-starred along with Daryl Hannah, Lili Taylor, Mary Steenburgen, Rita Moreno and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2003.

Harden won the Academy Award© in 2001 for her stunning portrayal of Lee Krasner, opposite Ed Harris, in the feature film Pollock—about pioneer abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock and his artist wife. The film re-teamed her with Harris, with whom she last performed on stage in the New York Shakespeare Festival premiere production of Sam Shephard's Simpatico. In addition to the Oscar® that year, Harden won the New York Film Critics Award for best supporting actress and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

The Coen brothers directing team discovered Harden, giving her the female lead in their critically acclaimed feature Miller's Crossing, opposite Albert Finney, Gabriel Byrne and John Turturro. She moved on to the leads in Late for Dinner and Used People. Other features include the Warner Bros.' film Space Cowboys, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner; Meet Joe Black, which starred Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins; Walt Disney's hit Flubber, with Robin Williams; Desperate Measures, with Andy Garcia and Michael Keaton; Safe Passage, with Susan Sarandon, Sam Shepard and Robert Sean Leonard; the highly acclaimed independent feature Crush, which was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival; the blockbuster comedy The First Wives Club; and Gaudi Afternoon, shot on location in Barcelona. This film was directed by Susan Seidelman and starred Judy Davis, Juliette Lewis and Lili Taylor.

She received the Spirit of Sundance Award for her richly layered work in The Spitfire Grill, which also won the audience award at Sundance.

Television appearances include appearing opposite Patrick Stewart in King of Texas for TNT—an epic Western that transplanted Shakespeare's King Lear to 1840's Texas; the CBS drama series The Education of Max Bickford, opposite Richard Dreyfuss; and the highly rated A&E original movie Small Vices, opposite Joe Mantegna.

Additionally, Harden re-teamed wit

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