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HOPE DAVIS (Marilyn Bartlett) was named 2003 Best Actress of the Year by the New York Film Critics Circle for her work in two of the year's most critically acclaimed independent features - "American Splendor", directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, and Alan Rudolph's "The Secret Lives of Dentists."

Davis won a Golden Globe Award nomination for her portrayal of Joyce Brabner, the fiercely intelligent, sardonic wife and collaborator to Paul Giamatti's Harvey Pekar, in "American Splendor" (LA Film Critics' Best Picture of 2003). Davis also received an IFP Spirit Award nomination for her performance opposite Campbell Scott in "The Secret Lives of Dentists," Alan Rudolph's intimate look at a contemporary marriage compromised by children and infidelity, based upon Jane Smiley's novella "The Age of Grief".

Davis first garnered critical attention for her work in a trio of independent hits -- Greg Mottola's "The Daytrippers," Bart Freundlich's "The Myth of Fingerprints" and Brad Anderson's "Next Stop Wonderland."   Her filmography includes the black comedy "The Matador" with Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan, written and directed by Richard Shepard; Gore Verbinski's "The Weatherman" opposite Nicolas Cage; John Madden's adaptation of David Auburn's Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play "Proof" opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins and Jake Gyllenhaal; "Duma" with Campbell Scott, for director Carroll Ballard ("Fly Away Home," "The Black Stallion"); a delicious turn as Jack Nicholson's daughter in Alexander Payne's "About Schmidt" (Los Angeles Film Critics' Best Picture of 2002); "Hearts in Atlantis" opposite Anthony Hopkins; Campbell Scott's "Final" with Denis Leary; Stanley Tucci's "Joe Gould's Secret" and "The Imposters"; the political thriller "Arlington Road" with Jeff Bridges and Tim Robbins; and Lawrence Kasdan's "Mumford."  

Davis's recent roles include Douglas McGrath's "Infamous" and "The Hoax," directed by Lasse Hallström.

Davis will be seen in two upcoming films: Michael Winterbottom's "Genova," starring Colin Firth and Catherine Keener, and Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut "Synecdoche, NY," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Samantha Morton. Most recently, Davis wrapped shooting "The Lodger" opposite Alfred Molina.

Davis recently performed "Hope Leaves the Theatre," part of the radio plays "Theatre of the New Ear" for Sirius Radio, which was written by Charlie Kaufman and was performed alongside Meryl Streep and Peter Dinklage.   In addition to "Camino Real" at the famed Williamstown Theatre Festival, her other stage credits include Lincoln Center productions of Rebecca Gilman's "Spinning Into Butter," "Ivanov" opposite Kevin Kline and "Two Shakespearean Actors."  Off-Broadway, Davis has appeared in "Pterodactyls," "The Food Chain," "The Iceman Cometh" and David Mamet's "Speed the Plow," directed by Joel Schumacher.


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