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Also Known As: Catherine Ann Keener Died:
Born: March 23, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Miami, Florida, USA Profession: actress, casting agent

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Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated actress Catherine Keener was a solid force in American independent cinema, where she built up a following in films from directors like Tom DiCillo and Nicole Holofcener during the 1990s. The effortless, naturalistic acting style that landed her roles as wry, likable bohemians and stern, archly observed professionals found wider audiences the following decade with diverse offerings like Spike Jonze's "Being John Malkovich" (2000), Judd Apatow's monster summer comedy "40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005), and the gripping period literary drama "Capote" (2005). For an actress with a dedication to interesting, well-developed female characters, Keener managed to beat the odds and maintain a steady presence in movie theaters as the go-to actress for vanity-free portraits of real women with relatable quirks and foibles.

Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated actress Catherine Keener was a solid force in American independent cinema, where she built up a following in films from directors like Tom DiCillo and Nicole Holofcener during the 1990s. The effortless, naturalistic acting style that landed her roles as wry, likable bohemians and stern, archly observed professionals found wider audiences the following decade with diverse offerings like Spike Jonze's "Being John Malkovich" (2000), Judd Apatow's monster summer comedy "40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005), and the gripping period literary drama "Capote" (2005). For an actress with a dedication to interesting, well-developed female characters, Keener managed to beat the odds and maintain a steady presence in movie theaters as the go-to actress for vanity-free portraits of real women with relatable quirks and foibles.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 War Story (2014)
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 Croods, The (2013)
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 Captain Phillips (2013)
8.
 Frank or Francis (2013)
9.
 Enough Said (2013)
10.
 Please Give (2010)
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Enrolled in a theater course her sophomore year at Wheaton College
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After college, moved to NYC to work as an intern at Hughes-Moss casting agency
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Moved to Los Angeles and worked as an assistant to casting director Gail Eisenstadt
1986:
Cast by Eisenstadt in film debut "About Last Night"
1986:
TV debut, "The Alan King Show" (CBS)
1987:
Series debut as regular, "Ohara" (ABC)
1989:
First film with future husband Dermot Mulroney, "Survival Quest"
1989:
TV movie debut, "Curse of the Corn People" (CBS)
1991:
First film with writer/director Tom DiCillo, "Johnny Suede" opposite Brad Pitt
1992:
Appeared as an artist on "The Letter" episode of "Seinfeld" (NBC)
1994:
Re-teamed with DiCillo for 17-minute comedy short "Scene Six, Take One"
1995:
Played first feature lead in Tom DiCillo's "Living in Oblivion," a feature length version of "Scene Six, Take One"
1996:
Re-teamed with DiCillo for "Box of Moonlight"
1996:
Starred opposite Anne Heche in Nicole Holofcener's feature directorial debut "Walking and Talking"
1996:
Appeared in "If These Walls Could Talk" (HBO), as Demi Moore's judgmental sister-in-law
1997:
Fifth film with DiCillo, "The Real Blonde"
1998:
Made cameo as George Clooney's former mistress in "Out of Sight"
1998:
Played Ben Stiller's significant other who flirts with lesbianism in Neil LaBute's "Your Friends & Neighbors"
1999:
Earned critical praise as Maxine, the bitchy co-worker of John Cusack in Spike Jonze's "Being John Malkovich"
1999:
Played Nick Nolte's girlfriend in Matthew Warchus' screen adaptation of Sam Shepard's stage play "Simpatico"
2001:
Starred in critically acclaimed "Lovely and Amazing," the second feature by writer and director Nicole Holofcener
2002:
Appeared in Steven Soderbergh's ensemble film "Full Frontal"
2002:
Co-starred with Edward Norton in off-Broadway revival of "Burn This"
2005:
Co-starred with Daniel Day-Lewis in "The Ballad of Jack and Rose"
2005:
Portrayed writer Harper Lee opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in biopic drama "Capote"
2005:
Cast as Steve Carell's love interest in Judd Apatow's "40-Year-Old Virgin"
2006:
Co-starred with Joan Cusack, Jennifer Aniston, and Frances McDormand in Nicole Holofcener's "Friends with Money"
2007:
Portrayed Gertrude Baniszewski, the seemingly ordinary housewife who imprisoned and tortured a beautiful teenager in Tommy O'Haver's "An American Crime" (Showtime)
2007:
Played Jan Burres in Sean Penn's adaptation of non-fiction book "Into the Wild"
2008:
Co-starred in Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut "Synecdoche, New York"
2009:
Played a <i>Los Angeles Times</i> editor in "The Soloist"
2009:
Played the mother in Spike Jonze's live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book "Where the Wild Things Are"
2010:
Cast as Sally Jackson, the title character's mother in film adaptation "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"
2010:
Fourth collaboration with director Nicole Holofcener, "Please Give"
2010:
Co-starred with Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei in comedy "Cyrus"
2011:
Played the mother of a young girl targeted by an online sexual predator in "Trust"
2012:
Co-starred with Jane Fonda in comedy-drama "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding"
2013:
Voiced the matriarch of a prehistoric family in DreamWorks animated comedy "The Croods"
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Education

Monsignor Edward Pace High School: Hialeah , Florida -
New York University: New York , New York -
Immaculate Conception Catholic School: Hialeah , Florida -
Wheaton College: Norton , Massachusetts - 1983
Wheaton College: Norton , Massachusetts - 1983

Notes

"I met my husband, Dermot [Mulroney], on a movie set for something called 'Survival Quest'. One day I started drowning. I'm getting carried down the river and Dermot jumped in to save me. He was the only one out of a hundred crew guys who inconvenienced himself. Anyway, we were carried two miles down the river together. Dermot and I fell in love even though we were both with other people at the time." --Catherine Keener quoted in the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, August 16, 1998

On her work in the Pat Morita cop show "Ohara": "I was so bad! Thank God those shows are not on the air anymore. On 'Ohara', I played a little cop sidekick named Cricket. I didn't know what I was doing. I did 10 episodes, and then they recast. I got fired essentially." --Keener to Rene Rodriguez in THE MIAMI HERALD, October 31, 1999

"I don't do a lot of press and stuff like that, only because--ugh, let's face it, who wants to? I'm not in big movies, but the movies that I am in now all have big stars in them, so they have to do more press than I do. That's part of my grand plan. It's a much more preferable life for me. You want your private life to remain private. And I'm guarded anyway. I've told you too much already!" --Keener to THE MIAMI HEARALD, October 31, 1999

About Tom DiCillo's "Johnny Suede": "It was the first movie I made wherein I felt the difference between making a good movie and making a movie that meant nothing. Honestly, I think my performance had a lot to do with Tom. I don't know, maybe it was based on someone he knows very well, but he took a lot of care with me. A lot of the time, actors are only as good as their director, and I know with me that's often the case. I don't think I'm in his next one. I think he's moving on! I get to work with other people, he can too." --Keener to Michael Atkinson in the VILLAGE VOICE, November 2, 1999

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husband:
Dermot Mulroney. Actor. Born 1963; married c. 1991; appeared together in "Survival Quest" (1989), "Scene Six, Take One" (1994), "Living in Oblivion" (1995), "Box of Moonlight" (1996) and "Lovely and Amazing" (2002).

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son:
Clyde Mulroney. Born c. June 1999.

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