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Also Known As: Patricia Colleen Nelligan Died:
Born: March 16, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, Ontario, CA Profession: actor

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The distinguished career of stage and screen veteran Kate Nelligan was graced by creative highs and accolades. An actress whose range encompassed both roles of passion and harsh resolve, the Canadian native made her way to the illustrious stages of England before taking aim at the equally impressive stages on Broadway. From the stark drama of David Hare's "Plenty" to the silver screen whimsy of "Frankie and Johnny" (1991), Nelligan's career was a testament to the actress' ability to diversify her talents while successfully avoiding the punishment of being typecast.

The distinguished career of stage and screen veteran Kate Nelligan was graced by creative highs and accolades. An actress whose range encompassed both roles of passion and harsh resolve, the Canadian native made her way to the illustrious stages of England before taking aim at the equally impressive stages on Broadway. From the stark drama of David Hare's "Plenty" to the silver screen whimsy of "Frankie and Johnny" (1991), Nelligan's career was a testament to the actress' ability to diversify her talents while successfully avoiding the punishment of being typecast.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Premonition (2007)
2.
3.
 Wrinkle in Time, A (2004) Mrs Which
4.
 Walter and Henry (2001) Elizabeth
5.
 Love Is Strange (1999) Kathryn
6.
 Cider House Rules, The (1999) Olive Worthington
7.
 Swing Vote (1999) Sara Marie Brandwynne
8.
 Boy Meets Girl (1998)
9.
 U.S. Marshals (1998) Us Marshal Walsh
10.
 Stolen Moments (1997) Narration
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Milestones close milestones

1972:
Joined the Bristol Old Vic repertory company
1972:
Professional stage debut in "Barefoot in the Park" at Little Theatre, Bristol, England
1974:
London stage debut, "Knuckle"
1975:
Film debut, "The Romantic Englishwoman"
1975:
US TV debut, "The Count of Monte Cristo"
1976:
Appeared on syndicated TV series, "The Onedin Line"
1981:
Delivered a strong performance as the heroine "Therese Raquin" in British TV adaptation; aired on PBS in USA
1981:
Moved to Los Angeles
1983:
Broadway debut, "Plenty"; received Tony nomination
1984:
Earned second Tony nomination for her portrayal of Josie Hogan in revival of Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten"
1985:
Breakthrough film role, "Eleni"
1985:
Portrayed writer Virginia Woolf in the Off-Broadway production "Virginia"
1988:
Garnered third Tony nod for "Serious Money"
1988:
Cast as the free-spirited mother raising her young son in Michael Weller's semi-autobiographical play "Spoils of War"; recreated role in 1994 ABC adaptation
1991:
Earned praise for supporting role in "Frankie and Johnnie"
1991:
Starred in PBS adaptation of Jon Robin Baitz's "Three Hotels"
1991:
Cast as the imperious Lila Wingo in the film version of "The Prince of Tides"; earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination
1993:
Played Kate in TV adaptation of Harold Pinter's "Old Times"
1995:
Appeared in the female-driven ensemble of "How to Make an American Quilt"
1999:
Had cameo role as Paul Rudd's mother in "The Cider House Rules"
2001:
Co-starred in the Canadian TV-movie, "Walter and Henry"
2004:
Starred in the Canadian television miniseries, "Human Cargo"
2007:
Cast as Sandra Bullock's mother in the thriller, "Premonition"
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Education

York University: North York , Ontario -
Central School of Speech and Drama: -

Notes

As a teenager, Nelligan was the top-ranked Canadian woman amateur tennis player.

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husband:
Robert Reale. Pianist, arranger, songwriter. Born c. 1956; married February 19, 1989.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Patrick Joseph Nelligan. Factory repairman.
mother:
Josephine Alice Nelligan. School teacher. Was institutionalized for alcohol abuse and psychological problems from the time her daughter was a teenager; died in 1974 at age 47.
son:
Gabriel Joseph Reale. Born on July 23, 1992.

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