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Born: May 9, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hamilton, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, housekeeper

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Canadian-born brunette actress Wendy Crewson attended Queens University in Kingston, Ontario where she won the prestigious Lorne Greene Award for outstanding work in the theater. She then studied at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London before returning across the pond to begin an acting career that has seen her work both here and in her native country. Crewson performed in television nearly a decade before her first feature "The Doctor" (1991) opened in theaters. A regular on the short-lived CBS dramatic series "Hard Copy" (1987) that introduced her to husband Michael Murphy, she also acted with him in Robert Altman's critically-acclaimed HBO series "Tanner '88" (1988). Crewson's first significant feature role came as the mother of an evil Macauley Culkin in "The Good Son" (1993). She starred opposite Tim Allen in his impressive debut in "The Santa Clause" (1995), a film better than the standard holiday fare indicated by the title. Crewson was the attractive single female brought to distract Peter Gallagher from his preoccupation with dead wife Michelle Pfeiffer in "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday" (1996) and brought warmth to her role as First Lady Grace Marshall opposite Harrison...

Canadian-born brunette actress Wendy Crewson attended Queens University in Kingston, Ontario where she won the prestigious Lorne Greene Award for outstanding work in the theater. She then studied at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London before returning across the pond to begin an acting career that has seen her work both here and in her native country. Crewson performed in television nearly a decade before her first feature "The Doctor" (1991) opened in theaters. A regular on the short-lived CBS dramatic series "Hard Copy" (1987) that introduced her to husband Michael Murphy, she also acted with him in Robert Altman's critically-acclaimed HBO series "Tanner '88" (1988).

Crewson's first significant feature role came as the mother of an evil Macauley Culkin in "The Good Son" (1993). She starred opposite Tim Allen in his impressive debut in "The Santa Clause" (1995), a film better than the standard holiday fare indicated by the title. Crewson was the attractive single female brought to distract Peter Gallagher from his preoccupation with dead wife Michelle Pfeiffer in "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday" (1996) and brought warmth to her role as First Lady Grace Marshall opposite Harrison Ford in the blockbuster "Air Force One" (1997). TV provided her a turn as Roberta Crachit in "Ebbie" (1995), a gender-bent "A Christmas Carol" starring Susan Lucci, and Crewson has kept busy on the small screen, assuming the role of Susan Silverman in a pair of telepics based on the Robert Urich TV series adapted from Robert Parker's "Spenser For Hire" novels, as well as essaying novelist Gail Bowen's heroine Joanne Kilbourn in a series of Lifetime TV movies under the banner title "Criminal Instinct." She also had prominent roles in "The Last Brickmaker in America" (2001) starring Sidney Poitier, and "The Matthew Shepard Story" (2002). On the big screen, the actress has continued to make her presence known, largely in supporting roles. She appeared as one of robotic Robin Williams' owners in "Bicentennial Man" (1999), as the conservative, in-the-dark mother of one of the lesbian lovers in "Better Than Chocolate" (1999), as Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife in "The Sixth Day" (2000) and as part of the ensemble of the multi-storylined "Between Strangers" (2002). In 2001 Crewson also co-executive produced and starred in the independent film "Suddenly Naked," in which she played a lonely Jackie Collins-style novelist who falls for a much-younger man.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Into the Forest (2015)
2.
 Room (2015)
3.
 Vow, The (2012)
5.
 Antiviral (2012)
6.
 Formosa Betrayed (2010)
7.
 Seeker, The (2007)
8.
9.
 Eight Below (2006)
10.
 Covenant, The (2006)
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While supporting herself as a "chargirl" in London, keeping houses for the wealthy, including the great granddaughter of pre-Raphaelite painter William Hollman Hunt, founded the American Repertory Theatre with other American actors; produced productions like "Hot L Baltimore" and "Archie and Mehitabel"
1982:
US TV-movie debut, "Rona Jaffe's 'Mazes and Monsters'" (ABC)
1987:
Met husband Michael Murphy when the two starred in the short-lived CBS crime series "Hard Copy"
1988:
Played first mistress to Presidential candidate Jack Tanner (Michael Murphy) in HBO's critically-acclaimed series "Tanner '88", directed by Robert Altman
1989:
First feature released in theaters, "The Doctor", starring William Hurt
1993:
First significant feature role, mother of evil Macauley Culkin, in "The Good Son"
1994:
Assumed the role of Susan Silverman in a pair of TV movies reviving Robert Urich's "Spenser For Hire" TV character
1994:
Played Tim Allen's ex-wife in "The Santa Claus"
1995:
Played Roberta Crachit in the Lifetime TV-movie "Ebbie", a gender-bent "A Christmas Carol", starring Susan Lucci in title role
1996:
Appeared in "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday"
1997:
Portrayed Harrison Ford's wife, the First Lady, in "Air Force One"
1997:
Co-starred in "Gang Related"
1998:
Played Faye Stafford in the Tom Hanks-produced HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon"
1999:
Co-starred in "Better Than Chocolate"
1999:
Appeared as "Ma'am" in the Robin Williams film "Bicentennial Man"
2000:
Produced and starred in the romantic comedy "Suddenly Naked"
2000:
Appeared as Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife in "The 6th Day"
2000:
Played widowed detective Joanne Killborne, novelist Gail Bowen's recurring heroine, in a series of Lifetime telepics entitled "Criminal Instinct"
2001:
Starred alongside Sidney Poitier in the CBS TV movie "The Last Brickmaker in America"
2001:
Played Maggie Steech in ABC's summer series "The Beast"
2002:
Cast in the ensemble independent film "Between Strangers" (lensed 2001)
2002:
Appeared in the telepic "The Matthew Shepard Story"
2002:
Reprised her role for "The Santa Claus 2"
2003:
Joined the cast of Fox's "24" in a recurring role as Dr. Anne Packard
2004:
Cast in the thriller "The Clearing" which starred Robert Redford and Helen Mirren
2006:
Reprised role as Tim Allen's ex-wife in "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause"
2007:
Co-starred with husband, Michael Murphy in Sarah Polley's directorial debut, "Away From Her"
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Education

Queens University: Kingston , Ontario -
Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art: -

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husband:
Michael Murphy. Actor. Born May 5, 1938.

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daughter:
Maggie Murphy. Born c. 1989; father, Michael Murphy.
son:
John Branton Murphy. Born August 20, 1992; father, Michael Murphy.

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