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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 11, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, singer, art gallery worker, waitress

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A powerful presence famous for her strong, unglamorous characters, Amy Madigan started off as a rock musician but made her big-screen debut as a pregnant teenage inmate in "Love Child" (1982) with Beau Bridges. She met and married Ed Harris when they played adulterous lovers in "Places in the Heart" (1984) and earned an Oscar nomination as Gene Hackman's angry daughter in "Twice in a Lifetime" (1985). Supporting roles as John Candy's girlfriend in "Uncle Buck" (1989), Holly Hunter's lawyer in "Roe vs. Wade" (NBC, 1989) and Kevin Costner's wife in the cinematic home run "Field of Dreams" (1989) cemented her onscreen legacy, but she would go on to notch roles in successes like "Pollock" (2000) and "Gone Baby Gone" (2007). In her later career, Madigan landed juicy television roles, including a murderous sister on "Carnivàle" (HBO, 2003-05), the title character's therapist on "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ) and the mother of the mysterious sci-fi superagent Olivia on "Fringe" (Fox, 2008-2013). Although she never became a major movie star, the multiple award-winning Amy Madigan consistently delivered accomplished, fiery performances.

A powerful presence famous for her strong, unglamorous characters, Amy Madigan started off as a rock musician but made her big-screen debut as a pregnant teenage inmate in "Love Child" (1982) with Beau Bridges. She met and married Ed Harris when they played adulterous lovers in "Places in the Heart" (1984) and earned an Oscar nomination as Gene Hackman's angry daughter in "Twice in a Lifetime" (1985). Supporting roles as John Candy's girlfriend in "Uncle Buck" (1989), Holly Hunter's lawyer in "Roe vs. Wade" (NBC, 1989) and Kevin Costner's wife in the cinematic home run "Field of Dreams" (1989) cemented her onscreen legacy, but she would go on to notch roles in successes like "Pollock" (2000) and "Gone Baby Gone" (2007). In her later career, Madigan landed juicy television roles, including a murderous sister on "Carnivàle" (HBO, 2003-05), the title character's therapist on "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ) and the mother of the mysterious sci-fi superagent Olivia on "Fringe" (Fox, 2008-2013). Although she never became a major movie star, the multiple award-winning Amy Madigan consistently delivered accomplished, fiery performances.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Frontera (2014)
2.
 Future Weather (2012)
3.
 That's What I Am (2011)
4.
 Living Proof (2008)
5.
 Gone Baby Gone (2007)
7.
 Winter Passing (2005) Lori Lansky
8.
 Ranch, The (2004) Mary
9.
 Time for Dancing, A (2004) Jackie
10.
 Admissions (2004)
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Performed in school plays and talent shows as a child
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Studied classical piano for nine years at the Chicago Conservatory
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Toured the country for 10 years with rock bands performing in bars and clubs
1970:
Settled in Los Angeles
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First acting job, TV guest shot on "Hart to Hart"
1982:
Feature acting debut as star of "Love Child" opposite Beau Bridges
1983:
Married co-star Ed Harris during the Texas shoot of "Places in the Heart"
1986:
Credited as a song performer in Walter Hill's "Crossroads"
1989:
Played Kevin Costner's wife in "Field of Dreams"
1998:
Co-starred in the ensemble "With Friends Like These..." a comedy helmed by Philip Frank Messina
2000:
Portrayed Peggy Guggenheim in "Pollock," directed by and starring Ed Harris
2002:
Cast in the HBO film, "The Laramie Project" based on the true story of an American town in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard
2003:
Cast as Iris Crowe in the HBO drama series "Carnivàle"
2006:
Co-starred in the indie film "Winter Passing," helmed by Adam Rapp
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Education

Marquette University: Milwaukee , Wisconsin -
The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: Los Angeles , California -
Chicago Conservatory: -

Notes

"If Amy Madigan scores low on the recognition scale, it's only because she's of the chameleon school of acting. She's so real on screen that, at first, the results hardly seem to be performances. Then you come to the next film and see that acting is involved, acting of such intensity that it erases any trace of artifice." --From "Spotlight: Amy Madigan" by Denise Abbott in The Hollywood Reporter, August 11, 1989.

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husband:
Ed Harris. Actor. Married 1983.

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father:
John Madigan. Journalist, political analyst. Newspaper journalist for 51 years before retirement; worked for CBS in Chicago and Washington; former news director for CBS currently spokesperson for Illinois Supreme Court.
mother:
Dolores Madigan. Formerly a homemaker; works for the Teamsters.
daughter:
Lily Dolores Harris. Born May 3, 1993; father Ed Harris.

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