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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.
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Made first Broadway appearance in the acclaimed New York Shakespeare Festival revival of "Much Ado About Nothing"
TV-movie debut in "Eleanor and Franklin" (ABC)
Screen acting debut in "All the President's Men"
Featured in the ensemble of "Between the Lines", a low-budget comedy-drama about the staff of an underground Boston newspaper
Had featured role as the wealthy wife of a hockey player (Michael Ontkean) in "Slap Shot"; first film with Paul Newman
Member of the Circle Repertory Company; acted in such acclaimed productions as "Reunion" (1979) and "Childe Byron" (1981)
Played the lead character of Margaret (essayed by Myrna Loy) in flashbacks in the ABC drama "Summer Solstice"
Second movie with Paul Newman, "The Verdict"; scripted by Mamet
Co-starred with Timothy Hutton in "Iceman"
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"
Moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts (date approximate)
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
Played the wife of a man convinced he had been abducted by aliens in "Communion"
Returned to Broadway in revival of Harold Pinter's play "The Homecoming"
Acted in the ensemble of the improved TV-movie "Chantilly Lace", a Showtime comedy-drama directed by Linda Yellen
Was a regular on the short-lived CBS police drama "Traps"
Reteamed with Yellen for the similarly improved "Parallel Lives" (Showtime)
Cast as Randy Quaid's bitter ex-wife in "Bye Bye, Love"
Portrayed Marilyn Monroe's acting coach in the HBO movie "Norma Jean and Marilyn"
Acted in "Prefontaine", portraying the runner's mom
Offered fine turn as Lowell Bergman's wife in the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "The Insider"
Appeared alongside Ally Sheedy in the TNT drama "The Warden"
Co-starred with John Mahoney in the L.A. premiere of stage play "The Weir"