Patricia Clarkson
Actress
Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Davies Clarkson is an American actress. After studying drama on the East Coast, Clarkson launched her acting career in 1985, and has worked steadily in both film and television since beginning her career.
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Patricia Clarkson thrives on acting in her 50s
LATimes - about 1 year
Within 30 seconds of meeting Patricia Clarkson, it's easy to feel as if you've known her a lifetime. The star of "Learning to Drive" is complimentary, smiling, gesturing — all while offering a seat at her favorite restaurant: Café Loup. Native to New Orleans, Clarkson has learned to fit in perfectly...
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Who’s Your Broadway Crush?
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Helen Mirren, Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and other Tony Award nominees reveal their crushes of the stage.
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Exclusive: 'Learning to Drive' trailer
USA Today - almost 2 years
The trailer for 'Learning to Drive,' starring Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson, directed by Isabel Coixet.          
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Weeping, Shooting And A Belly Full Of Gum In 'October Gale'
NPR - almost 2 years
Patricia Clarkson stars in a disappointing tale of a grieving woman who happens to find a gorgeous young guy with a bullet hole in him in the middle of her elegant cabin floor. » E-Mail This
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'The Maze Runner' Casts Patricia Clarkson
MTV News - over 3 years
Despite more than a month of production deep inside the cinematic labyrinth of "The Maze Runner," another casting announcement for the dystopian drama has founds its way to the wire. Entertainment Weekly reports that Patricia Clarkson has joined the cast of the film in a pivotal role. (One, it should be added, is a spoiler in and of itself if you haven't read the James Dashner novel upon which the film is based, so we'll let you decide whether to click to the full report or not. But suffice it to say, SHE'S IN THE MOVIE.) "The Maze Runner" follows Thomas (played by "Teen Wolf" star Dylan O'Brien), who wakes up in an elevator with a gnarly case of amnesia. But that's just par for the course for the boys who arrive in the Glade, a large enclosure surrounded by a deadly maze. No one knows why they're there, or how to get out—only that they're being watched. Set for a February 14, 2014 release, the film also stars Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Will Poulte ...
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Pedro Almodóvar: Pedro Almodóvar Interviews Pedro Almodóvar
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I'm sitting at the keyboard in my briefs and t-shirt. I can see Fifth Avenue through my windows. I take advantage of this seclusion to interview myself. Q: Why? A: To announce the re-release of I'm So Excited in theaters. Q: So? A: Re-releases are for summer. It's a custom that's been lost in Spain and I'm pushin for a comeback. Q: Isn't it a bit soon for a re-release of I'm So Excited? Shouldn't you wait at least 20 years for the movie to maybe become a classic? A: Not today, everything goes by so quickly. As a matter of fact, in the time it's taken to write this text, I'm no longer in New York. I'm in Los Angeles, and under my terrace, I can hear the roar of cars on Sunset Boulevard. Getting back to the topic of the re-release, I would recommend anyone who has the chance to premiere and re-release to do it as soon as possible. I'm not sure we'll have movie theaters a year from now. Q: But your movie premiered only a few months ago. A: That's why it's ...
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Laura Shamas, Ph.D.: Hit and Myth: The East
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The direction of east is linked to light. The sun rises from the east, ex oriente lux, a sign of dawn. The East, a new eco-terrorism thriller, written by Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, and directed by Batmanglij, taps into this "rising" motif. Thematically, the film explores illegal activism efforts rising to save the planet from environmental and pharmaceutical disasters caused by corporations. The story centers on an undercover operative renamed "Sarah Moss" (Brit Marling) as a trickster female protagonist. A former FBI agent, she works for Hiller Brood, a powerful private intel company; Hiller Brood is headquartered in Virginia, surrounded by pastoral horse farms. Moss's new assignment: to infiltrate the eco-terrorism collective known as The East. The East targets business executives responsible for ecological and medical mayhem, related to catastrophes. As Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), HB's imposing boss, gives Sarah the top secret assignment, she cautions her not to l ...
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New Eco-Terrorism Movie Is 'Wish Fulfillment' Says Star
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Brit Marling first got the idea for the new eco-thriller "The East" four years ago. She just didn't know it then. It was 2009 when Marling and director Zal Batmanglij decided to travel around the country for what Marling calls an "adventure." "We had been reading a lot about the anarchist movement and freeing collectives. The ideas were so interesting," Marling, 29, told HuffPost Entertainment. "I remember reading an anarchist manifesto online that was so beautifully written and so impacting and it had no byline. They just did not care about credit or ego or vanity. It was just about sharing ideas. I was like, 'Who are these people? I want to know these people.'" Marling and Batmanglij spent the summer of 2009 doing just that, sleeping on rooftops, train hopping and meeting with anarchist collectives. By September, they were back in Los Angeles, where they decided to turn their experiences into screenplays. The pair co-wrote "Sound of My Voice" and then later, "The East. ...
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Catherine Ingram: Gotham Salon: "The East," An Eco Thriller
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What is the appropriate moral response to grave injustice? When do ends justify means, and when, if ever, is violence the right solution for addressing social wrongs? These are the compelling questions addressed in Zal Batmanglij's riveting new film, "The East," about corporate-environmental crime and an eco-activist group that fights them. The film does a great job of exploring these issues. There is the timely theme of democracy becoming more and more controlled by corporate power, another exploring the nature-based, mind-exploring freedom rampant among radical fringe groups, and still another as the Internet as a tool of power for ad hoc activist groups to find each other and band together. These contemporary themes converge on the age-old moral question of what is right action in the face of injustice. Is it justified to live by "an eye for an eye"? Or was Gandhi right when he said, "An eye for an eye, and the whole world becomes blind"? Unlike many anti-corporate ...
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Regina Weinreich: Alexander Skarsgard's Eyes: The East's New York Premiere
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The East, a thriller co-written by Brit Marling, who stars, and Zal Batmanglu, who directs, features a Svengali type character played to mesmerizing perfection by Alexander Skarsgard. At the film's New York premiere party at Hotel Chantelle's Rooftop on Monday, the actor who has no doubt honed his skills at fixing you in his gaze in the HBO series True Blood, seemed far from the low key cool he exuded so well in the recent What Maisie Knew, and had more of his Disconnect intensity. As Benji, leader of an anarchist group called The East, determined to make corporations pay for the damage they do to the environment, and to anyone in their path to profits, Skarsgard knows how to charm. To get back at an oil company known to have polluted waters endangering and killing wildlife, the group that also includes Ellen Page as "Isabella Duncan," pumps oil into its CEO's country mansion, coating it with slime. An eye for an eye. You may have had these revenge fantasies yourself. The c ...
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John Lundberg: A Brief Guide to National Poetry Month
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
April is National Poetry Month, poetry lovers! An annual celebration (since 1996) sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, the event aims to spread the gospel of poetry and celebrate the art's rich past and vibrant present. Local celebrations will be popping up all over the country. New York's Southeast Steuben County Library plans to celebrate Prufrock-style: "Guests are invited to break out their favorite hats and join the library for a sumptuous tea" (expect some talk of Michelango). The city of Redmond, Washington is hosting a poetry contest for poems based solely on the spines of books. And the University of Buffalo will hold a 14-hour marathon reading of all 1,789 of Emily Dickinson's poems--an event that would probably terrify Emily Dickinson. The academy's official site previews some of this year's national events. I've highlighted a few of my favorites. The Dear Poet Project This new project, inspired by Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, invites stud ...
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Regina Weinreich: Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper: The Place Beyond the Pines
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Shoulder to shoulder like Homeric heroes, Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper descended the long stairs at the Landmark Theater on Thursday night, joining Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Dane DeHaan and others of the cast and crew onstage for the premiere of Derek Cianfrance's new movie, The Place Beyond the Pinesv. The two actors, perhaps the best of their generation, deliver deft performances as their fictive lives twine, one a carny, the other a cop, in this triptych about fathers and sons on the American landscape, making this the most thrilling two and a half hours of storytelling in the cinemas right now. If you are looking to mix your epic drama with realism, Schenectady is perfect: an upstate New York locale of tract houses, scruffy trailer compounds, blue-collar diners, and secretive woodsy places, where men can meet, (or not meet) for justice served on its own terms. A mysterious stranger with a special "skill set" on motorcycles, Luke (Gosling) wants to father the son he has ...
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“SNL” recap: Justin Timberlake promoted to the Five-Timers club
Salon.com - almost 4 years
Last night, Justin Timberlake joined the ranks of repeat offenders Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Goodman, Drew Barrymore, and Candice Bergen, not necessarily entering the pantheon as a comedy genius per se — though he is a terrific sketch comic. (The guy can't play banjo, notes Steve Martin, working his underminer persona in a dreadful, "SNL"-vet-laden opening monologue that indoctrinates JT into the inner circle, and includes appearances by all "Three Amigos," plus Chevy Chase, Paul Simon, Tom Hanks, Baldwin, Bergen, and "SNL" writer and "Seven Minutes in Heaven's" Mike O'Brien.) So what is it about Timberlake that makes us want him to come back to the Studio 8H every chance he gets? Andy Samberg helped him tap into it, for sure, creating sketches for him as his wingman, allowing him to showcase a charming, suave, cool, self-mocking douche — which he does exceedingly well. Samberg turns up here for two sketches — but, missed opportunity alert: There is no new digital short. (Don' ...
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Annette Bourdeau: What Will Susan Sarandon, Jack Of All Trades, Do Next?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Even after all these years in the spotlight, Susan Sarandon is still full of surprises. A few years ago she managed to make ping pong cool again by launching a hipster-friendly string of lounges called Spin. Now she's co-starring in a new movie called Snitch with ...The Rock? The Rock is great at what he does, he's just not the kind of leading man I usually associate Sarandon with. She's shared the screen with legendary actors like Tommy Lee Jones, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Costner, Sean Penn and Richard Gere, to name just a handful. Sarandon doesn't seem to follow any particular formula when she chooses her projects, which is part of what makes her so cool (and has probably helped her enjoy such a long career in fickle Hollywood). She appears to just go for whatever she wants, without worrying about any pre-calculated "image" or "career strategy." It's resulted in what must have been some pretty fun projects to work on in recent years. She's done everything from video g ...
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Marshall Fine: Movie Review: Inescapable
Huffington Post - about 4 years
There are a number of people whose work I admire involved with Inescapable. So allow me to say some nice things about them before I talk about what is so wrong with this movie. The film is written and directed by Ruba Nadda, a Canadian director of Middle Eastern extraction. Nadda made one of the most compellingly subtle (and little seen) romance dramas of 2009 in Cairo Time, a deliciously restrained tale of longing and temptation that starred the always compelling Patricia Clarkson. That film also starred Alexander Siddig, the star of Inescapable, an intriguing actor whose work in Cairo Time (and in Syriana and other films) has shown a laser-like focus, but also a soulfulness that you don't often see in any movie actor. Either you have it or you don't -- and Siddig has it. So it's a shame that both Siddig and Nadda have gone so wrong with Inescapable, in which Siddig plays a former Syrian secret police officer, returning to his homeland for the first time in decades. ...
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Liz Smith: Barbara Walters on the Mend in Manhattan
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"Mr. Sinatra... I am an Italian!" said the comedienne Kaye Ballard, currying favor way back when. "And I'm an American," harrumphed Sinatra right back. (Funny, the things that turn up in old files.) OUR friend Cindy Adams of the Post settled it once and for all about the popular Barbara Walters. She is back in New York at home recovering from chicken pox with her pet people, Ikadel and George,  watching over her. But Barbara sounds just great according to her pal Suzanne Goodson and she is so glad to be home among her "things." Hoping to see her soon and sending "get well quick" love. A special pet goes to Cha Çha, her ever faithful dog. Theater's national treasure, the musical comedy star and very good actress Elaine Stritch and I celebrated our Groundhog birthdays the other night at Swifty's emporium. Our combined ages were so horrific that Robert picked up the check and brought us a blazing birthday cake. Miss Stritch says she will do a one-week show in the Bob ...
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Regina Weinreich: The Americans at the Russian Tea Room
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Brrrrr! On this chilly weekend, the new FX television series The Americans premiered at the DGA Theater: a young couple played by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell enter a Maryland motel room circa 1960's. Russian spies, they are finding the U.S. summer brutal. Spying an air conditioner, they are relieved to bask in the frigid air. Talk about the Cold War! A question arises: Are American audiences ready to embrace appealing KGB operatives on television? Has enough passed from the post-war era to neutralize our view of Soviet spies? After the first thrilling, action-packed episode, to air this Wednesday night, the crowd including many New York actors: Noah Emmerich who plays a CIA agent in the show, Margo Martindale, as yet to appear in the series, Patricia Clarkson, Amy Ryan, Adam Driver, Tovah Feldshuh, Megan Fox, John Ventimiglia among many others, moved on to the renovated red of the Russian Tea Room where the blinis and beef stroganoff provided warm welcome. Everyone of ...
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'Last Weekend' revives 1951 film site
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
'Last Weekend' revives 1951 film site His movie, "Last Weekend," is a family drama starring Patricia Clarkson and bears scant resemblance to the tragic melodrama of "A Place in the Sun." [...] yet the exquisite ghosts of the Taylor-Clift film, directed by Oscar winner George Stevens, inevitably seep in. [...] we had scenarios where there would be a bunch of young people on the back deck, or goodbyes at the front entryway. A stone-and-beam structure with Arts and Crafts features and exquisite lake views, the Dolby house was built in 1929 on Hurricane Bay, on the western shore of Lake Tahoe. House intactThere were four owners before the Dolbys, but most of the house remains intact: the stone archway where Taylor says goodbye to Clift; the flagstone patio where Taylor's gleaming, upper-crust friends assemble; the broad lawn stretching down to the emerald lake; the boat house and dock. Tall and thin with a gentle manner, Dolby seemed equally thrilled and unsettle ...
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“Keep the Lights On”: A gay breakthrough, and a great movie
Salon.com - over 4 years
When we first meet Erik (Danish actor Thure Lindhardt), the New York documentary filmmaker at the center of Ira Sachs' gripping relationship drama "Keep the Lights On," he's got his hand down his pants and is describing himself to a stranger on a phone-sex line. (It's 1998, so yes, such things still exist.) What he says is pretty accurate -- 5-foot-11, blond and handsome, "masculine" -- although we never get to confirm the "six-and-a-half inches, uncut" part. While "Keep the Lights On" is plenty explicit on the subject of gay sexuality, it’s not an NC-17 picture and has relatively little nudity. That's quite an introduction to a character, especially considering that Erik is evidently based on Sachs himself, an indie-film stalwart best known for the 2005 Sundance prizewinner "Forty Shades of Blue" -- in which Rip Torn delivered a memorable performance as a Memphis music producer based on Sachs’ father. As the filmmaker discussed in a recent New York Times interview, while he has lived ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Patricia Clarkson
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 56
    Clarkson has never married and has no children. Interviewed in 2016, she said "I've never wanted to marry, I've never wanted children – I was born without that gene."
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  • 2010
    Age 50
    Clarkson was honored by the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival when she received one of the 2010 Volta awards for achievements in her career.
    More Details Hide Details In the fourth season of the NBC mockumentary Parks and Recreation, Clarkson began portraying the recurring role of Tammy One, Parks Department head Ron Swanson's first wife. In response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Clarkson published a post for Natural Resources Defense Council's magazine OnEarth. She also released a public service announcement talking about her experiences growing up in New Orleans. Both pieces were released on July 26, 2010.
    In 2010, she starred in Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    She also made a cameo appearance in the Saturday Night Live Digital Short "Motherlover" on May 9, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The video featured Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake, and Susan Sarandon. She reprised the role on May 21, 2011 in the Digital Short "3-Way (The Golden Rule)".
    Clarkson returned to New Orleans for the January 17, 2009 reopening of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts.
    More Details Hide Details She served as Master of Ceremonies for a gala featuring Plácido Domingo in concert with the New Orleans Opera, conducted by Robert Lyall.
  • 2008
    Age 48
    In 2008, she had supporting roles in Elegy, as a womanizer's put-upon girlfriend, and Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona as an unhappily married housewife.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, producer Gerald Peary approached Clarkson to do the voice-over for the documentary film For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism. Says Peary, "She agreed to do the narration... And she was so nice, and so cooperative, and so prepared, and so intelligent. And one of the key reasons she wanted to do the movie was that she regularly reads criticism, and has a genuine respect for the critic profession.
  • 2006
    Age 46
    In 2006, she portrayed Sadie Burke, in All the King's Men, set in her native New Orleans.
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  • 2003
    Age 43
    In 2003, she gained critical acclaim and a Special Jury Prize for her work in four films that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival: All the Real Girls, The Baroness and the Pig, The Station Agent and Pieces of April.
    More Details Hide Details Later that same year, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Pieces of April, in which she played an acerbic mother dying of cancer.
  • 2002
    Age 42
    In 2002, she originated her role as Sarah O'Connor (a.k.a. "Aunt Sarah") in HBO's Six Feet Under.
    More Details Hide Details She went on to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series that year for her performance, she repeated for the same role in 2006.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 27
    She then earned her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the Yale School of Drama before making her film debut in The Untouchables in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Clarkson's Broadway theatre credits include The House of Blue Leaves and Eastern Standard. She had supporting roles in a series of high-profile films in her early career. Her first movie role, at age 27, was as the wife of Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) in The Untouchables. She was also featured in The Dead Pool, Rocket Gibraltar and Everybody's All-American. She starred in the short-run television series Davis Rules, and in the miniseries Alex Haley's Queen. More often a character actor than a leading woman, she has also appeared in such major films as The Green Mile (1999), Far from Heaven (2002), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) and Lars and the Real Girl (2007). Her breakthrough role was in High Art (1998) where her portrayal of Greta, a German, drug-addicted lesbian former model, gained rave reviews. She has said about acting, "I’m deeply invested in everything I do, and it’s a good thing, because acting is the only thing I know how to do."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Born on December 29, 1959.
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