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An Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner, PATRICIA CLARKSON is one of today's most respected actresses.

Ms. Clarkson's continuous innovative work in independent film earned her the Independent Award for Acting Excellence at the 2009 ShoWest Awards. In 2003, her performance in Peter Hedges' Pieces of April brought her nominations for Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Broadcast Film Critics Association, Independent Spirit, and Academy Awards. The National Board of Review and the National Society of Film Critics cited her as that year's Best Supporting Actress for her work in both Pieces of April and Thomas McCarthy's The Station Agent. Her work in the two films, tandemed with her portrayal in David Gordon Green's All the Real Girls, additionally earned her the 2003 Sundance Film Festival's Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance.

Most recently, she received rave reviews for her starring role in Ruba Nadda's Cairo Time, which won the Best Canadian Feature award at the Toronto International Film Festival; and starred opposite Emma Stone and Stanley Tucci in Will Gluck's boxoffice hit Easy A. She has reteamed with the latter director on the soon-to-be-released Friends with Benefits.

Ms. Clarkson's other film credits include: Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island; Woody Allen's Whatever Works and Vicky Cristina Barcelona; Blind Date, opposite director Stanley Tucci; Isabel Coixet's Elegy; Scott Hicks' No Reservations; Steven Zaillian's All the King's Men; Craig Gillespie's Lars and the Real Girl; George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck, for which she and the cast received both Screen Actors Guild and Gotham Award nominations for Best Ensemble; Todd Haynes' Far from Heaven, also for Focus Features, which won her the New York Film Critics Circle and National Society of Film Critics awards for Best Supporting Actress; Rose Troche's The Safety of Objects, for which she won the Deauville Festival of American Cinema's award for Best Female Performance; Sean Penn's The Pledge; Frank Darabont's The Green Mile, for which she and a cast that included Tom Hanks and James Cromwell received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Ensemble; Lisa Cholodenko's High Art, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress; Joe Johnston's Jumanji; Daniel Petrie's Rocket Gibraltar; and Brian De Palma's The Untouchables.

On television, she guest-starred in the celebrated series Six Feet Under, for which she won an Emmy Award in 2002 and again in 2006. Ms. Clarkson's other notable TV credits include a multi-episode stint on Frasier; a regular role on Murder One; and, on Saturday Night Live, the memorable "Motherlover” music video.

Born and raised in New Orleans, she was acting in school plays by 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 arts. She earned her MFA at the prestigious Yale School of Drama, where she appeared in Electra, Pacific Overtures, Pericles, La Ronde, The Lower Depths, and The Misanthrope. Ms. Clarkson made her professional acting debut on the New York stage. There, she has appeared in Eastern Standard, both on and off-Broadway; Nicky Silver's acclaimed plays Maidens Prayer, for which she received Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award nominations and Raised in Captivity; Oliver Oliver; Jerry Zaks' Lincoln Center staging of John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves; and several of Richard Greenberg's plays, including Three Days of Rain. Her regional credits include performing with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the South Coast Repertory, and Yale Repertory.

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