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One of film, theatre and television's uniquely original talents, the versatile MARCIA GAY HARDEN garnered a second Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for her performance as Celeste Boyle in the legendary Clint Eastwood's critically-acclaimed MYSTIC RIVER. At present, Harden is in production on Alison Eastwood's directing debut RAILS AND TIES opposite Kevin Bacon for Malpaso Productions. Her forthcoming films include INTO THE WILD directed by Sean Penn; and the independent films CANVAS opposite Joey Pantoliano, and HOME in which she stars opposite her real-life daughter, Eulala Grace Scheel.

Harden's recent films include THE DEAD GIRL directed by Karen Moncrief and starring Toni Colette, Mary Steenbergen and Brittney Murphy; and the supernatural thriller THE INVISIBLE, directed by David S. Goyer She has also been seen recently in the political satire AMERICAN DREAMZ directed by Paul Weitz and co-starring with Dennis Quaid and Hugh Grant; AMERICAN GUN with Forest Whitaker and Donald Sutherland; BAD NEWS BEARS opposite Billy Thornton and Greg Kinnear; WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT starring opposite Gene Hackman and Ray Romano; and in Dylan Kidd's OS opposite Laura Linney 2003 proved to be a busy year for Harden with three films in release, which included MYSTIC RIVER and MONA LISA SMILE directed by Mike Newell and starring Julia Stiles, Kirsten Dunst and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Additionally, Harden was featured as part of a brilliant ensemble in John Sayles' CASA DA LOS BABYS, the story of six American women who travel to Mexico to adopt babies. Harden co-stars with Daryl Hannah, Lili Taylor, Mary Steenburgen, Rita Moreno and Maggie Gyllenhaal. 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. Pictures 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 Susan Seidelman's GAUDI AFTERNOON shot on location in Barcelona and starring 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 playing opposite Patrick Stewart in "King of Texas” for TNT—an epic Western that transplanted Shakespeare's "King Lear” to 1840's Texas; a recent recurring role in the Showtime series "Huff”; the CBS drama series "The Education of Max Bickford” opposite Richard Dreyfuss; and the highly rated A&E original movie "Small Vice” opposite Joe Mantegna. Additionally, Harden re-teamed with Mantegna for A&E's "Thin Air” as well as the CBS movie of the week "Guilty Hearts.” In 1992 Harden quickly came to the attention of television audiences for her portrayal of


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