LARS AND THE REAL GIRL
PATRICIA CLARKSON (Dr. Dagmar) The roles Patricia Clarkson plays are as varied as the
platform in which she plays them. Her comfort in taking on roles from motion pictures, television
and the theatre has earned her great accolades and success, and has become one of today's most
respected actresses in the entertainment industry.
Clarkson is wrapped production on several films including Stanley Tucci's Blind Date in
Belgium., Daniel Banz's directorial debut Phoebe in Wonderland and Woody Allen's Untitled
Spanish project in Barcelona opposite Scarlett Johanson and Javier Bardem.
Blind Date centers around a couple (Tucci and Clarkson) who have lost a child and tries
to rebuild their relationship by pretending to be other people by meeting on blind dates.
In Phoebe in Wonderland she stars opposite Felicity Huffman, Bill Pullman and Elle
Faning. Clarkson plays the role of an unconventional drama teacher who tries to guide a
rebellions little girl (Fanning).
In addition to Lars and the Real Girl, this fall she will be seen in Elegy opposite Sir Ben
Kingsley and Dennis Hopper. Directed by Isabel Coixet, the film is based on the novel by Philip
Roth about a cultural critic, played by Kingsley, who's life is thrown into disarray after an
encounter with a student. MGM is scheduled to release the film November 16th.
Earlier this year, Clarkson wrapped production on Married Life, a romantic drama set in
the 1940s directed by Ira Sachs which also stars Pierce Brosnan, Rachel McAdams and Chris
Additional credits include: All The King's Men, Goodnight, and, Good Luck, They Dying
Gaul and The Woods, Far from Heaven, Pieces of April, The Station Agent, Miracle, High Art,
Dogville, Welcome to Collinwood, The Pledge, The Green Mile, Everybody's All-American, The
Dead Pool, Rocket Gibraltar, Tune in Tomorrow, Joe Gould's Secret, Wendigo and Brian De
Palma's "The Untouchables", her film debut.
In 2003, Clarkson's work in two independent films earned her unparalleled recognition.
She was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG Award, Broadcast Film Critics
Award and an independent Spirit Award for her role in Pieces of April. In addition, the Sundance
Film Festival awarded her the Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance in Pieces of April, The
Station Agent and All the Real Girls. Her performance in The Station Agent earned her a SAG
Award nomination for Best Actress and Best Ensemble Cast. The National Board of Review and
the National Society of Film Critics named her Best Supporting Actress of the Year for her work
in Pieces of April and The Station Agent.
She also won best-supporting-actress awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and
National Society of Film Critics for her performance in Todd Haynes' Far From Heaven. That
role also earned her a nomination from the Chicago Film Critics.
Her performance as Greta in Lisa Cholodenko's High Art earned her a nomination for an
IFP Independent Spirit Award.
On television, Clarkson won an Emmy in 2006 and 2002 for her guest-starring role on
HBO's acclaimed drama, Six Feet Under.
Clarkson made her professional acting debut on the New York stage. Her theatre credits
include "Eastern Standard" (on and off-Broadway), "Maidens Prayer" (for which she received
Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award Nominations), "Raised in Captivity", "Oliver
Oliver", "The House of Blue Leaves", and "Three Days of Rain". Her regional credits include
performances at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, South Coast Repertory, and Yale Repertory."
Born and raised in New Orleans, Clarkson began acting in school plays in her early teens.
After studying speech at Louisiana State University for two years, she transferred to Fordham
University in New York, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in theatre a
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