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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 14, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA Profession: actor, waitress

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A tall, blonde actress adept at both comedy and drama, easily adaptable to playing "real folks" such as frowsy women and po' white trash, Celia Weston is best recalled by TV audiences for the four seasons (1981-85) she served slop at Mel's Diner in the CBS sitcom "Alice". But, since the 1990s, she has proven a formidable character player on stage and in films.

A tall, blonde actress adept at both comedy and drama, easily adaptable to playing "real folks" such as frowsy women and po' white trash, Celia Weston is best recalled by TV audiences for the four seasons (1981-85) she served slop at Mel's Diner in the CBS sitcom "Alice". But, since the 1990s, she has proven a formidable character player on stage and in films.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Knight and Day (2010)
3.
 Extra Man, The (2010)
4.
 Box, The (2009)
5.
 Happy Tears (2009)
6.
 After Life (2009)
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 Joshua (2007)
9.
 Invasion, The (2007)
10.
 No Reservations (2007)
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Raised in South Carolina
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Attended theater school in London
1977:
Moved to NYC
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Acted in regional theater and Off-Off- and Off-Broadway productions
1979:
Broadway debut in "Loose Ends"
1980:
Made first TV pilot, "The Single Life" (NBC)
1981:
Acted in the short-lived Broadway play "The Lady From Dubuque", by Edward Albee
1981:
Feature film debut in "Honky Tonk Freeway"
1981:
Played waitress Jolene Hunnicut on "Alice" (CBS)
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Moved to New Orleans to be wit then-fiance; broke off engagement and resumed career
1988:
Returned to feature films in character parts in "Stars and Bars" and "A New Life"
1995:
Acted in Tennessee Williams' "Suddenly Last Summer" alongside Elizabeth Ashley in Broadway revival
1995:
Had key role in "Dead Man Walking"
1996:
Co-starred in "Flirting With Disaster"
1997:
Earned acclaim and a Tony nomination for her turn as an upbeat assimilated Jew in 1939 Atlanta in Alfred Uhry's award-winning "The Last Night of Ballyhoo"
1999:
Appeared in "Ride With the Devil" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley"
2000:
Co-starred on Broadway in Sam Shepard's "True West"
2001:
Had featured turns in "Hearts in Atlantis" and "In the Bedroom"
2002:
Played Jeff Goldblum's wife Bunny in the indie hit "Igby Goes Down"
2002:
Appeared in the critically acclaimed "Far from Heaven" by director Todd Haynes
2003:
Cast in the Showtime series "Out of Order"
2003:
Appeared in Ang Lee's "The Hulk" based on the Marvel comic book character
2004:
Starred with William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village"
2005:
Co-starred in the southern independent drama "Junebug"; premiered at Sundance
2007:
Co-starred with Sam Rockwell in the dramedy "Joshua"; screened at sundance
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Education

Salem College: Winston-Salem , North Carolina -
Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama: -
HB Studios: New York , New York -
North Carolina School of the Arts: Winston-Salem , North Carolina - 1973

Notes

"These days, if you're in a hit series, you get your first million-dollar movie deal for the hiatus. Back then, you really closed doors for yourself by being on TV. I have no regrets about doing "Alice", but it took me several years to get beyond it.

TV life is enriching in other ways. You have a certain amount of time off, a terrific income, and a normalcy that you don't get very often as an actor. Unless you're Harrison Ford or Barbra Streisand, you can't be in this profession and not have fears about financial security." --Celia Weston quoted in InTheater, September 26, 1997.

"In a movie, you've got to have your stroke of genius on the day they're shooting that scene., There are performances that are saved [by editing] in movies that would be telltale onstage. In the theater, there's time to grow with every performance. At the risk of sounding corny, it's a very spiritual thing to go to the theater and play as an actor, to have a wonderful role and the gifts to realize it for that playwright and that audience." --Weston to InTheater, September 26, 1997.

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