Illeana Douglas
American actress
Illeana Douglas
Illeana Douglas is an American actress, director, screenwriter, and producer.
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The Time Actress Illeana Douglas Made Marlon Brando Cry
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Illeana Douglas has been a Hollywood fixture since the mid-'80s, but it was through her then-boyfriend, Martin Scorsese, that the actress had a moment she'll never forget with the legendary actor Marlon Brando. Douglas was meeting Brando for the first time at a restaurant, and the actress was so nervous, she "couldn't look at him," she told HuffPost Live in a Monday conversation. "I was sort of darting out of the corner of my eye, looking at him." "When I finally did lock eyes [with] him, I literally just burst out crying," she continued. "This flood of emotion came out." Douglas, who recently published the memoir I Blame Dennis Hopper, went on to profess her admiration to the "Godfather" actor, telling him "everything I am and want to be is because of you." From there, "it was like the earth started to move," she recounted. "We just got tuned into each other and then he started crying," she recalled. "Suddenly, we were just on this wave of emotion where we reall ...
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Illeana Douglas' 'great bunch of stories' includes one about Brando
LATimes - over 1 year
Illeana Douglas was a teenager when she visited the set of the 1979 film classic "Being There," starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine and her beloved grandfather Melvyn Douglas, who would win his second supporting actor Oscar for the satire. An aspiring actress, Douglas was thrilled when her...
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Illeana Douglas' 'great bunch of stories' includes one about Brando
LATimes - over 1 year
Illeana Douglas was a teenager when she visited the set of the 1979 film classic "Being There," starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine and her beloved grandfather Melvyn Douglas, who would win his second supporting actor Oscar for the satire. An aspiring actress, Douglas was thrilled when her...
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LATimes article
Illeana Douglas' 'great bunch of stories' includes one about Brando
LATimes - over 1 year
Illeana Douglas was a teenager when she visited the set of the 1979 film classic "Being There," starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine and her beloved grandfather Melvyn Douglas, who would win his second supporting actor Oscar for the satire. An aspiring actress, Douglas was thrilled when her...
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LATimes article
Illeana Douglas' 'great bunch of stories' includes one about Brando
LATimes - over 1 year
Illeana Douglas was a teenager when she visited the set of the 1979 film classic "Being There," starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine and her beloved grandfather Melvyn Douglas, who would win his second supporting actor Oscar for the satire. An aspiring actress, Douglas was thrilled when her...
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LATimes article
Illeana Douglas' 'great bunch of stories' includes one about Brando
LATimes - over 1 year
Illeana Douglas was a teenager when she visited the set of the 1979 film classic "Being There," starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine and her beloved grandfather Melvyn Douglas, who would win his second supporting actor Oscar for the satire. An aspiring actress, Douglas was thrilled when her...
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    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 49
    Additionally, Douglas wrote a memoir called I Blame Dennis Hopper which was published by Flatiron Books in 2015.
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    In 2015, in association with the advocacy group, Women in Film, Douglas presented a month-long series on the TCM cable channel called "Trailblazing Women," an initiative to highlight women's contributions to the art of cinema.
    More Details Hide Details Douglas became involved in the project when she found out that the American Film Institute's list of 100 greatest American movies didn't include any movies directed by women. The series was also in response to active discussions about the gender imbalance in Hollywood. The series will present work by female pioneers like Dorothy Arzner, Alice Guy-Blaché, Agnès Varda, Lina Wertmüller, as well as interviews with Allison Anders, Amy Heckerling, Julie Dash, and others. The series will be a multi-year event, with the first year's focus on women directors from the 1920s to the present. Each night is themed, with programming topics from foreign films to African-American filmmakers.
    In 2015, Douglas is producing and mentoring women filmmakers a web-series for Jill Soloway called "The Skinny."
    More Details Hide Details Douglas worked on a Turner Classic Movies series called Friday Night Spotlight, a prime-time show featuring a month-long festival of movies programmed by special guests. The season that she worked on focused on the theme "Second Looks". Douglas said that curating, writing, and working on this series allowed her to use her movie knowledge while making it funny, entertaining, and informative.
    In June 2015, it was announced that Douglas was attached to co-star opposite Sean Astin in the independent feature film, Unleashed, that will be directed by Dream with the Fishes filmmaker Finn Taylor.
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  • 2008
    Age 42
    From 2008 to 2012, Douglas starred in a web series sponsored by IKEA called Easy to Assemble, where she plays herself as an actor-in-recovery-from-acting who goes to work at IKEA.
    More Details Hide Details Douglas said that she has a great deal of autonomy from sponsor Ikea, whose only condition was that the show be suitable for children and families. It was canceled after 4 seasons.
  • 2007
    Age 41
    In 2007, Douglas was added to the cast of Ugly Betty, playing Sheila, an editor for MODE magazine.
    More Details Hide Details Douglas spent time in Sweden shooting a TV show called Welcome to Sweden, which is produced by Amy Poehler and stars Lena Olin and Will Farrell. A co-Swedish/American production that will air on Swedish TV but will be sold on Netflix. Douglas has written and directed a comedy short The Perfect Woman (1993) (a satire about what men really want from women), the documentary Everybody Just Stay Calm—Stories in Independent Filmmaking (1994), and the satire Boy Crazy, Girl Crazier (1995). She has been the producer for several projects including Illeanarama, a collection of her short films for the Sundance Channel.
  • 2006
    Age 40
    In 2006, she starred in the Lifetime TV film Not Like Everyone Else and played herself in Pittsburgh opposite Jeff Goldblum.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Age 36
    She guest starred on Seinfeld, Frasier and The Drew Carey Show, and has played a public defender on several episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2002 and 2003.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in two episodes of the critically acclaimed HBO TV-series Six Feet Under, both of which earned Emmy nominations for Guest Actress in a Drama. She appeared as Mrs. Ari's sister Marci in the Season 7 finale of Entourage.
  • 1999
    Age 33
    In 1999, she had a starring role opposite Jay Mohr in the series Action.
    More Details Hide Details She played a television executive who started out as a prostitute who had Mohr as a regular customer.
  • 1998
    Age 32
    On 16 May 1998, she married producer and writer Jonathan Axelrod, the stepson of producer George Axelrod; they divorced in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Douglas said that the period after her divorce was difficult both emotionally and financially, and that she relocated from living in Los Angeles to the New York area, where she took classes at her former school, the Neighborhood Playhouse, and worked in theater. She also began writing and directing. Douglas is a vegetarian. She was named after a deposed Romanian princess, Princess Illeana.
    On television, Douglas appeared in a memorable role as one of Garry Shandling's love interest towards the end of the series, The Larry Sanders Show, in 1998.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 29
    Douglas said that when she worked on 1995's To Die For, the director Gus Van Sant taught her about the technical aspects of filmmaking, like camera blocking, film lenses, and modulating a performance for film.
    More Details Hide Details It was also a movie where she felt that the Meisner technique she learned at the Neighborhood Playhouse started to connect for her.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1981
    Age 15
    After graduating from high school in 1981, Douglas moved to New York City.
    More Details Hide Details She was 17 years old. Obsessed with the movies from her childhood, Douglas wanted to be in show business. She stayed with relatives in various temporary arrangements. Douglas attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she was a contemporary of Elias Koteas and Lou Mustillo. Mustillo and Douglas were not asked back to school after their first year. When she was 18 years old, Douglas went to work for Steve Rubell at the Morgans Hotel. While there, Douglas decided to reinvent herself and began attending Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, where she studied with the acting teacher Richard Pinter. While she was working in a sketch comedy group called Manhattan Punchline, one of the troupe members suggested she try stand-up comedy. Douglas decided to give it a try, working briefly at Stand Up New York. She found the writing and acting easy, but the performing very difficult. She didn't like the graphic comedy style then in vogue, and didn't like the lifestyle.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on July 25, 1965.
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