Marcia Gay Harden doesn’t bother whether it is movies, stage or television while exploring the nuances of her characters; she gets into the skin of every single character and has, time and again, astonished us with her versatility. The actress discovered her flame for theater when her family was in Greece. Her father was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Obviously, the Harden family got accustomed to a globetrotting domestic life that spanned across Texas, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Greece. Harden enrolled in a drama course at the University of Texas before joining New York University for M.F.A. in 1988. She started her acting career even before completing the course. The actress received positive reviews and earned two nominations for Helen Hayes Awards, in 1985 and 1986, for her performances in the theater productions, ‘Crimes of the Heart’ and ‘The Miss Firecracker Contest.’
She made her big-screen debut with a small role in the lesser-known thriller ‘The Imagemaker’ in 1986. Her breakout role came with the 1990 crime-drama ‘Miller’s Crossing’ directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Harden played the role of a loud-mouthed girlfriend of a gangster in the movie which went on to become a critical and commercial success. The character earned Harden considerable visibility and critical praise. Two years later, she returned to the limelight and received positive reviews for the biographical miniseries ‘Sinatra.’ She played the role of Ava Gardner in the show.
But Harder couldn’t cash in on the critical success in the early-90s. After a couple of guest appearances on television shows and minor roles in movies, she shifted her focus into her home turf – the theater. The actress tasted back-to-back success for the next couple of years on stage. In 1992, she took the theater scene by storm with the portrayal of a vicious seductress in the drama ‘Crush.’ In 1996, she stole the heart of the audience as a naive waitress in the play ‘The Spitfire Grill.’ She made her Broadway debut in 1993 with Tony Kushner’s ‘Angels in America.’ The actress portrayed the character of a troubled wife of a gay and Mormon attorney in the production and earned a Tony nomination for her performance.
Harden returned to films with the 2000 comedy ‘Gaudi Afternoon.’ She also appeared in the television movie ‘King of Texas’ in 2002. The actress played a major role in the film, which was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear,’ opposite Patrick Stewart. During 2001-2002, she played a significant role alongside Richard Dreyfuss in the television series ‘The Education of Max Bickford.’ Her long-awaited breakthrough came with the 2003 flick ‘Mystic River’ directed by Clint Eastwood. Harden played the wife of the character donned by Tim Robbins. She earned her first Academy Award nomination for her stunning performance in the movie.
Harden emerged as a prominent character actress after the success of ‘Mystic River.’ Her other works include ‘Bad News Bears’ (2005), ‘The Hoax’ (2006), ‘Into the Wild’ (2007), ‘The Mist’ (2007), and the ‘Fifty Shades’ film series. Now you must be wondering what is the next Marcia Gay Harden movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Marcia Gay Harden films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Marcia Gay Harden movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.