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Also Known As: Martha Campbell Plimpton Died:
Born: November 16, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, director

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Actress Martha Plimpton rose from a brief tenure as a teen star to become one of the most respected stage actresses on the New York theater scene, as well as a versatile character performer in films and on television. The daughter of actor Keith Carradine, she made her theater debut at age nine before vaulting to film a few years later; though she was cemented in the minds of many young viewers for her sassy turn in "The Goonies" (1985), she quickly developed into a cagey, complex supporting actress with critically acclaimed turns in "Another Woman" (1988), "Running on Empty" (1988) and "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1996). In the late 1990s, she devoted her attention to plays and musicals, earning several Tony nominations and the respect of the formidable theater community. Over the next decade, Plimpton appeared regularly as a guest star on dozens of television series before joining the cast of the dysfunctional family sitcom "Raising Hope" (Fox, 2010- ). As Virginia Chance, mother of a twenty-something son raising a child of his own, Plimpton showcased her spiky blend of heart, humor and brittle charm that had long made her a favorite with audiences of all ages.

Actress Martha Plimpton rose from a brief tenure as a teen star to become one of the most respected stage actresses on the New York theater scene, as well as a versatile character performer in films and on television. The daughter of actor Keith Carradine, she made her theater debut at age nine before vaulting to film a few years later; though she was cemented in the minds of many young viewers for her sassy turn in "The Goonies" (1985), she quickly developed into a cagey, complex supporting actress with critically acclaimed turns in "Another Woman" (1988), "Running on Empty" (1988) and "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1996). In the late 1990s, she devoted her attention to plays and musicals, earning several Tony nominations and the respect of the formidable theater community. Over the next decade, Plimpton appeared regularly as a guest star on dozens of television series before joining the cast of the dysfunctional family sitcom "Raising Hope" (Fox, 2010- ). As Virginia Chance, mother of a twenty-something son raising a child of his own, Plimpton showcased her spiky blend of heart, humor and brittle charm that had long made her a favorite with audiences of all ages.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Marvelous (2006)
3.
 Hair High (2004) Voice Of Miss Crumbles
4.
 Searching for Debra Winger (2003) Herself
5.
 Sleepy Time Gal, The (2001) Rebecca
6.
 200 Cigarettes (1999) Monica
7.
 Music From Another Room (1998) Karen
8.
 Pecker (1998) Tina
9.
 Defenders: Choice of Evils, The (1998) M J Preston
10.
 Defenders: Taking the First (1998) M J Preston
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Milestones close milestones

1979:
Stage debut at age eight in "The Haggadah" at New York Public Theater
1981:
Made film acting debut in a bit part in "Rollover"
1982:
Appeared in a Calvin Klein jeans commercial at age 11
1983:
TV acting debut, "The Hand-Me-Down Kid"
1985:
First substantial film role, "The River Rat"
1985:
Breakthrough performance as Stef Steinbrenner in "The Goonies"
1986:
Critically lauded performance as the Reverend Spellgood's daughter in "The Mosquito Coast" starring Harrison Ford and her future real-life love interest, River Phoenix
1987:
Co-starred in the critically praised but commercially unsuccessful feature, "Shy People"
1988:
Second film with River Phoenix, the Academy Award-nominated film, "Running on Empty"
1989:
Played the indignant teenage daughter of Dianne Wiest in "Parenthood"
1991:
Co-starred with Campbell Scott in Shakespeare's "Pericles, Prince of Tyre" at the Public Theater
1992:
First feature starring role, "Samantha"
1996:
Portrayed the lesbian lover of radical feminist Valerie Solanas in the indie film "I Shot Andy Warhol"
1997:
Appeared in "The Defenders: Payback", the first of a projected series of TV-movies for Showtime
1997:
Won praise for leading role in "Eye of God"
1998:
Donned a dark wig to play Edward Furlong's sister in John Waters' "Pecker"
1999:
Appeared in the ensemble film "200 Cigarettes"
1999:
Had a recurring role in the television drama "ER" (NBC) as Meg Corwyn
2001:
Starred in a Chicago stage production of "Hedda Gabler"
2001:
Made stage directorial debut with "Absolution," performed at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company
2002:
Nominated for an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the television drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
2004:
Guest-starred on an episode of "7th Heaven" (WB); also received her first writing credit for a different episode that year entitled "Red Socks"
2006:
Cast in the play "The Coast of Utopia," a trilogy by Tom Stoppard; earned a Tony award nomination
:
Formed a production company called, Everything is Horrible; produced a number of short films for the internet
2008:
Appeared in the Broadway play, "Top Girls"; received a Tony award nomination for Featured Actress in a Play
2009:
Earned her third consecutive Tony nomination for her role in "Pal Joey"
2010:
Performed a one-woman show called "Martha Plimpton Sings?"
2010:
Returned to TV to star in the FOX comedy "Raising Hope"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
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Education

Professional Children's School: New York , New York -

Notes

"[Rejection] used to chip away at me, now it makes me stronger, makes me more resolved. I've been doing this [acting] for most of my life. It's not a matter of whether or not I can do these things, I know I can do them. My attitude now is 'Fine, you're not gonna hire me? I'll do it myself.' I'll talk to my friends, I'll be on the phone for nine hours trying to get something going. It's inspiring me now." --Martha Plimpton in BOMB, Summer 1996

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
River Phoenix. Actor. Deceased.
companion:
John Walker.

Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
John Carradine. Actor.
father:
Keith Carradine. Actor. Met Plimpton's mother when he appeared in "Hair"; did not meet daughter until she was four years old.
mother:
Shelley Plimpton. Actor. Met Keith Carradine while appearing in "Hair"; later married and divorced director Daniel Sullivan.
step-father:
Daniel Sullivan. Director. Divorced from Plimpton's mother.
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