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Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson

Eleanor Fine

Patricia Clarkson will shortly be seen starring in David Gordon Green's All the Real Girls; Anthony and Joe Russo's Welcome ti Collinwood (also for Section Eight); Rose Troche's The Safety of Objects (also for Killer Films); and Lars von Trier's Dogville.

For her performance as Greta, opposite Ally Sheedy, in Lisa Cholodenko's High Art, Clarkson was nominated for an IFP Independent Spirit Award. Her many film credits also include Larry Fessenden's Wendigo; Sean Penn's The Pledge; Stanley Tucci's Joe Gould's Secret; Frank Darabont's The Green Mile; Willard Carroll's Playing By Heart and Taylor Hackford's Everybody's All-American (both with Far from Heaven star Dennis Quaid); Joe Johnston's Jumanji; Jon Amiel's Tune in Tomorrow; Buddy Van Horn's The Dead Pool; Daniel Petrie's Rocket Gibraltar; and Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (her film debut).

She recently did multi-episode stints on the hit television series Six Feet Under and Frasier. Her television work has also included a regular role on Murder One. She just completed a starring role in the telefilm remake of Carrie.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Clarkson was acting in school plays by her early teens. After studying speech at Louisiana State University for two years, she transferred to Fordham University in New York, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in theatre arts. She earned her M.F.A. at the prestigious Yale School of Drama, where she appeared in "Electra," "Pacific Overtures," "Pericles," "La Ronde," "The Lower Depths," and "The Misanthrope" at the Yale Theatre.

She made her professional acting debut on the New York stage. There, she has appeared in "Eastern Standard" (both on and off-Broadway); Nicky Silver's acclaimed plays "Maidens Prayer" (for which she received Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award nominations) and "Raised in Captivity"; "Oliver Oliver"; Jerry Zaks' Lincoln Center staging of John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves"; and several of Richard Greenberg's plays, including "Three Days of Rain." Her regional credits include performing with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the South Coast Repertory, and Yale Repertory.