Virginia Madsen - biography

Actor from United States of America

Virginia Madsen Virginia G. Madsen (born September 11, 1961) is an American actress and documentary film producer. She came to fame during the 1980s, having appeared in several films aimed at a teenage audience. Two decades later, she had an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated role in the 2004 film Sideways. Madsen was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Elaine (née Melson), an Emmy-winning poet, producer and playwright who often works for PBS, and Calvin Madsen, a fireman. Madsen's mother left a career in corporate business to pursue a writing career. Madsen's brother is actor Michael Madsen. Her paternal grandparents were Danish and her mother has Irish and distant Native American ancestry. Madsen is a graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. Her first effort as an actor was as her brother’s assistant in magic shows the two would concoct for their family. She later attended the Ted Liss Acting Studio in Chicago and Harand Camp Adult Theater Seminar in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Of her experience with Liss, she said: "I had wanted to join his class since I was 12. It was well worth the wait because I don't think I could have got that sort of training anywhere else  ( Wikipedia article )


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Elaine Madsen, Calvin Madsen
Antonio Sabàto Jr. Billy Campbell Danny Huston
Jack Antonio
Cheryl Madsen Michael Madsen


Institution From To
New Trier High School


Year Performance Character
2012 The Magic of Belle Isle Charlotte O'Neil
2011 Red Riding Hood Suzette
2011 Marriage Drama with Virginia Madsen Virginia
2009 Wonder Woman Queen Hippolyta
2009 The Haunting in Connecticut Sara Campbell
2009 I Know a Woman Like That
2007 Ripple Effect
2006 The Astronaut Farmer Audrey 'Audie' Farmer
2005 Scooby Doo in Where's My Mummy?
2005 Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild
2004 Brave New Girl
2004 Sideways Maya
2000 After Sex
1998 Ambushed
1996 Ghosts of Mississippi Dixie DeLaughter
1992 A Murderous Affair
1989 Heart of Dixie
1987 Zombie High

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