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People in Film | Patricia Clarkson

Posted June 17, 2011 to photo album "People in Film | Patricia Clarkson"

The New Orleans-born actress finds a way to make every film she’s in better.

Patricia Clarkson: An Essential Character
Between New Orleans and New York
For Yale And Theater
Character Actor And Beyond
The Queen of Sundance
Big Films, Small Films, Character Part, Film Star
Between New Orleans and New York

Between New Orleans and New York

Clarkson with her mother and father

Born in New Orleans on December 29, 1959, just a few days before the sixties began, Clarkson would grow up to represent two worlds––the refined and honorable south of her youth and the cultural sophistication of her life today. Born into a household of a strong mother––her mother Jacquelyn (Brechtel) Clarkson is a local politician ––and four smart, successful sisters, she did not lack for role models. Clarkson later joked to theHollywoodInterview that her poor father, Arthur ("Buzz") Clarkson, a public health administrator, “lived in a house of six women and two female dogs. I mean…but I think he kind of loved it! …He has male grandchildren now, so the estrogen count that he had to live with has petered out somewhat.” And while she grew up proud of who she was, she also delighted in being other people. “Since the time I was 13 or 14 when I was first involved with theatre, I really just loved transforming,” She recounted to Screenwize, “I loved entering another character and taking that journey – entering a different life for a while.”