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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 23, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Englewood, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor

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A dramatic actress of film and stage whose quiet exterior belied her intensity, Hope Davis excelled in both supporting and leading roles, bringing strength to numerous independent films like "The Daytrippers" (1996), "Next Stop Wonderland" (1998), "About Schmidt" (2002) and "American Splendor" (2003). A veteran of the Chicago theater scene, she made her feature debut in "Flatliners" (1990) and slowly worked her way up the ranks to major roles, wowing audiences and critics alike with her versatility. In "The Daytrippers," she was cast as an embittered housewife who sets out on an interstate journey with her family to discover if her husband is cheating on her, while "Wonderland" showed her skill with gentle romantic comedy. Meanwhile, her Hollywood efforts, including "Arlington Road" (1999) and "The Weather Man" (2005), tended to shoehorn her into sad-eyed spousal roles. But she quickly dispelled such projects with marvelously uncharacteristic turns in "American Splendor," "Infamous" (2005) and "Synechdoche, New York" (2008). Her devotion to mature, uncompromising features, as well as to the theater world - where she earned acclaim and recognition for "God of Carnage" (2009) - helped to establish her...

A dramatic actress of film and stage whose quiet exterior belied her intensity, Hope Davis excelled in both supporting and leading roles, bringing strength to numerous independent films like "The Daytrippers" (1996), "Next Stop Wonderland" (1998), "About Schmidt" (2002) and "American Splendor" (2003). A veteran of the Chicago theater scene, she made her feature debut in "Flatliners" (1990) and slowly worked her way up the ranks to major roles, wowing audiences and critics alike with her versatility. In "The Daytrippers," she was cast as an embittered housewife who sets out on an interstate journey with her family to discover if her husband is cheating on her, while "Wonderland" showed her skill with gentle romantic comedy. Meanwhile, her Hollywood efforts, including "Arlington Road" (1999) and "The Weather Man" (2005), tended to shoehorn her into sad-eyed spousal roles. But she quickly dispelled such projects with marvelously uncharacteristic turns in "American Splendor," "Infamous" (2005) and "Synechdoche, New York" (2008). Her devotion to mature, uncompromising features, as well as to the theater world - where she earned acclaim and recognition for "God of Carnage" (2009) - helped to establish her as a respected and committed performer with whom many wanted to work.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 After the Fall (2013)
2.
 Disconnect (2013)
3.
 Heat (2013)
4.
 Love, Marilyn (2012)
5.
 Real Steel (2011)
7.
 Lodger, The (2009)
8.
9.
 Genova (2008)
10.
 Charlie Bartlett (2007)
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Raised in Tenafly, NJ; performed in plays with Mira Sorvino
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After college, moved to London to study acting
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Returned to the U.S. and began acting career in Chicago
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Professional debut, appeared in a Chicago production of David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow"
1990:
Played Margie in Chicago production of "The Iceman Cometh"
1990:
Screen debut, "Flatliners"; first collaboration with Joel Schumacher
1991:
Off-Broadway debut in "Can Can"
1992:
Broadway debut in "Two Shakespearean Actors"
1992:
Appeared in two episodes of "2000 Malibu Road" (CBS); directed by Schumacher
1993:
Breakthrough stage performance in Nicky Silver's off-Broadway play "Pterodactyls"
1995:
Reunited with Silver for "The Food Chain"; Silver wrote the role explicitly for Davis
1995:
Initial screen appearance in film also featuring Stanley Tucci, "Kiss of Death"
1996:
Had first screen lead in Greg Mottola's "The Daytrippers"; Tucci played her husband
1997:
Had featured role in the independent film "The Myth of Fingerprints"
1998:
Starred in the indie hit "Next Stop, Wonderland"
1998:
Played a plain heiress in Stanley Tucci's "The Impostors"
1999:
Had featured role in Lawrence Kasdan's "Mumford"
2000:
Reunited with Tucci to play his wife in "Joe Gould's Secret"
2000:
Acted off-Broadway in "Spinning Into Butter"
2000:
Played regular role of a journalist on the short-lived NBC drama series "Deadline"
2001:
Co-starred with Denis Leary in the digitally-shot "Final"; directed by Campbell Scott
2001:
Played a somewhat embittered single mother in "Hearts in Atlantis"
2002:
Played Jack Nicholson's daughter in "About Schmidt"
2003:
Re-teamed with Campbell Scott in "The Secret Lives of Dentists"; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best supporting female
2003:
Co-starred with Paul Giamatti in the independent feature "American Splendor"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a supporting role
2005:
Co-starred in the big screen adaptation of the David Auburn play "Proof" opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal
2005:
Portrayed Nicolas Cage's ex-wife in the dark comedy "The Weather Man," directed by Gore Verbinski
2005:
Co-starred with Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan in Richard Shepard's "The Matador"
2006:
Co-starred in the Truman Capote biopic "Infamous"
2007:
Cast in Lasse Hallström's "The Hoax," starring Richard Gere
2007:
Portrayed three different characters in John August's directing debut "The Nines"
2008:
Cast as the mother in the comedy "Charlie Bartlett"
2009:
Returned to the stage for the Broadway production of Yasmina Reza¿s "God of Carnage"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play
2009:
Joined the second season of the HBO series "In Treatment"; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
2010:
Portrayed Hillary Clinton in HBO's "The Special Relationship"; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
2011:
Cast alongside Susan Sarandon and Lee Pace in the HBO TV-movie "The Miraculous Year"
2011:
Appeared in the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce"
2011:
Cast opposite Hugh Jackman in the robot-boxing drama "Real Steel"
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Education

Vassar College: Poughkeepsie , New York -
HB Studios: New York , New York -
Tenafly High School: Tenafly , New Jersey - 1982

Notes

Davis is distantly related to playwright Noel Coward. Coward was first cousin to Davis' grandfather.

"I think she is a star. What makes a star with the public has nothing to do with acting. She's a character actress, which is the greatest thing you can be. I think she can do anything." --Joel Schumacher in LOS ANGELES TIMES, March 13, 1997

"It's a cruel business. I'll never forget I had this one audition in Chicago. It was for a horror film or something, and there was this really angry casting director. And after my audition, he sat me down and told me why I would never be successful. He talked about what about my face didn't work, how I carried myself like a classical leading lady but looked like something else. It took me a year to let that go." --Hope Davis in LOS ANGELES TIMES, March 13, 1997

"There's no one like her onstage these days. She has a swan-like, anemic beauty that is also absurdly cartoonish." --Ben Brantley, theater critic for THE NEW YORK TIMES.

Davis told INTERVIEW in March 1997, that her goal was "always being part of a story that is not just about escapism and commercialism, but rather has something to say to people--a message that I can live with."

"I love acting. It's my whole life. I actually can't think of anything in the world I would rather do. This is my cream. And I love the nomadic existence. I'm not good at staying in one place for a long time and doing the same thing day after day." --Hope Davis in INTERVIEW, September, 1997

"I've kind of arrived at the place where I want to be, and I'd love to stay here for awhile. I love working on independent films, and I love doing theatre. I'm pretty damned content." --Davis in INTERVIEW, September 1997

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husband:
Ford Evanson. Playwright. Divorced.

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