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Also Known As: Lindsay Ann Crouse Died:
Born: May 12, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, pianist, dancer, flutist

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An excellent character actress of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Crouse had established herself as an outstanding off-Broadway actress in such roles as Ophelia opposite William Hurt's "Hamlet" and Viola in "Twelfth Night; she won an Obie in her then-husband David Mamet's "Reunion" in 1980. After a strong cameo in "The Verdict" (1982), a moving performance as an Ethel Rosenberg-inspired character in "Daniel" (1983) and an Oscar-nominated turn in "Places in the Heart" (1984), Crouse played a cool, impressive lead in "House of Games" (1987), written and directed by Mamet. Her film career picked up in the mid-1990s with turns as Randy Quaid's ex-wife in "Bye Bye, Love" (1994), as the boy's mother in "The Indian in the Cupboard" (1995) and in support of Charlie Sheen in sci-fi actioner "The Arrival" (1996). Crouse also appeared briefly as Marilyn Monroe's acting coach in "Norma Jean and Marilyn" (HBO, 1996). She is the daughter of playwright/producer Russel Crouse.

An excellent character actress of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Crouse had established herself as an outstanding off-Broadway actress in such roles as Ophelia opposite William Hurt's "Hamlet" and Viola in "Twelfth Night; she won an Obie in her then-husband David Mamet's "Reunion" in 1980. After a strong cameo in "The Verdict" (1982), a moving performance as an Ethel Rosenberg-inspired character in "Daniel" (1983) and an Oscar-nominated turn in "Places in the Heart" (1984), Crouse played a cool, impressive lead in "House of Games" (1987), written and directed by Mamet. Her film career picked up in the mid-1990s with turns as Randy Quaid's ex-wife in "Bye Bye, Love" (1994), as the boy's mother in "The Indian in the Cupboard" (1995) and in support of Charlie Sheen in sci-fi actioner "The Arrival" (1996). Crouse also appeared briefly as Marilyn Monroe's acting coach in "Norma Jean and Marilyn" (HBO, 1996). She is the daughter of playwright/producer Russel Crouse.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Somewhere Slow (2013)
2.
 Mr. Brooks (2007)
3.
 Cherish (2002) Therapist
4.
 Impostor (2002) Chancellor
6.
 Almost Salinas (2001) Allie
8.
 Insider, The (1999) Sharon Tiller
9.
 Total Stranger (1999) Patti Young
10.
 Progeny (1998) Dr Susan Lamarche
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Milestones close milestones

1972:
Made first Broadway appearance in the acclaimed New York Shakespeare Festival revival of "Much Ado About Nothing"
1976:
Screen acting debut in "All the President's Men"
1976:
TV-movie debut in "Eleanor and Franklin" (ABC)
1977:
Had featured role as the wealthy wife of a hockey player (Michael Ontkean) in "Slap Shot"; first film with Paul Newman
1977:
Featured in the ensemble of "Between the Lines", a low-budget comedy-drama about the staff of an underground Boston newspaper
1979:
Member of the Circle Repertory Company; acted in such acclaimed productions as "Reunion" (1979) and "Childe Byron" (1981)
1981:
Played the lead character of Margaret (essayed by Myrna Loy) in flashbacks in the ABC drama "Summer Solstice"
1982:
Second movie with Paul Newman, "The Verdict"; scripted by Mamet
1984:
Co-starred with Timothy Hutton in "Iceman"
1984:
Received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination as a married woman whose husband is having an affair in a small Texas town in "Places in the Heart"
:
Had recurring role on the popular NBC police drama "Hill Street Blues"
1987:
Moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts (date approximate)
1987:
Had starring role in then-husband David Mamet's film "House of Games"; portrayed a psychiatrist who agrees to help a patient get out of his gambling debt
1989:
Played the wife of a man convinced he had been abducted by aliens in "Communion"
1991:
Returned to Broadway in revival of Harold Pinter's play "The Homecoming"
1993:
Acted in the ensemble of the improved TV-movie "Chantilly Lace", a Showtime comedy-drama directed by Linda Yellen
1994:
Reteamed with Yellen for the similarly improved "Parallel Lives" (Showtime)
1994:
Was a regular on the short-lived CBS police drama "Traps"
1995:
Cast as Randy Quaid's bitter ex-wife in "Bye Bye, Love"
1996:
Portrayed Marilyn Monroe's acting coach in the HBO movie "Norma Jean and Marilyn"
1997:
Acted in "Prefontaine", portraying the runner's mom
1999:
Offered fine turn as Lowell Bergman's wife in the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "The Insider"
:
Had recurring role in episodes of the popular series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB)
2001:
Co-starred with John Mahoney in the L.A. premiere of stage play "The Weir"
2001:
Appeared alongside Ally Sheedy in the TNT drama "The Warden"
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Education

Radcliffe College: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1970

Notes

Named after father's writing partner Howard Lindsay.

"Crouse and Mamet were always an odd pair; to put it mildly. The story goes that he fell in love with her onsceen in the 1977 Paul Newman hockey movie "Slap Shot", and they married less than three months after meeting to do "Reunion" at Yale Rep. A marriage of such temperamental opposites would seem difficult to pull off under the best of circumstacnes, and Mamet's turn to movie directing meant many separations. His inflluence on Crouse's career, as in her starring role as a psychiatirst in his first film, "House of Games" (1987), can only be characterized as mixed: As a New York theater critic obseved 'He always made her look absolutely hideous', or in Ddavid Denby's words, 'Lindsay Crouse, faithfully carrying out her husband's design, gives an almost completely waxen, zomboid performance.'" --Kathy Henderson in Theaterweek, November 18, 1991.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Robert Duvall. Actor. Was living with Crouse when she met Mamet.
husband:
David Mamet. Playwright, screenwriter, director. Married on December 21, 1977; divorced in 1990.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Russel Crouse. Playwright. Born in 1889; died in 1966; collaborated with Howard Lindsay on such plays and musicals as "Life With Father", "The State of the Union", "Call Me Madam" and "The Sound of Music".
mother:
Anna Crouse. Board member of Lincoln Center Theater.
daughter:
Willa Mamet. Born c. 1982.
daughter:
Zosia Mamet. Born February 2, 1988 in Randolph, Vermont.
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