Virginia Madsen
American actress
Virginia Madsen
Virginia G. Madsen is an American actress and documentary film producer. She came to fame during the 1980s, having appeared in several films aimed at a teenage audience. Two decades later, she had an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated role in the 2004 film Sideways.
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Movie Review: <i>Joy</i>.. Forget About It!!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Without Jennifer Lawrence, there would be no Joy. Joy lags until Bradley Cooper enters and sparks fly between him and Jennifer Lawrence, then they fizzle and the film snores on. Boring. Great cast, but no flow of energy. De Niro is ho hum while Isabella Rossellini as his love interest oddly enough gives this film life. Rossellini has the energy missing throughout this film. Diane Ladd has a small thankless role as Joy's grandmother though she is a delight to watch. This is the story of four generations of women and how Joy Mangano becomes a millionaire inventing a mop. It is clear the Joy Mangano has had a hand in the production of this film not only because she is given a producing credit, but because her character is handled with kid gloves. Enough. David Russell, director, wanted to do a woman's film, but please couldn't he have done a better one. His ego directed this and brought out great actors which a film does not make. Joy does not flow, but is a series of vignettes glued ...
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There is No Joy in 'Joy' Land, Mighty JLaw Has Struck Out
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"Joy" is the third film collaboration between actress Jennifer Lawrence and director David O. Russell. In the past they created "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle". Those early efforts were mega-successes and resulted in good box office and numerous awards. "Joy" was anticipated to be a product which would have the same amount of success, but having viewed the film I beg to disagree. It is a joyless movie composed of a series of vignettes rather than a cohesive storyline, and the acting on display is not exceptional. Joy Mangano (Lawrence) is seen at the start of the film to be a divorced woman raising her two children. Her mother (Virginia Madsen) and her grandmother (Diane Ladd) live with her and her children as well as her ex-husband Tony (Edgar Ramirez). Shortly after the movie starts her father Rudy (Robert De Niro) moves back in with her, following a separation from his girlfriend. This chaotic state of affairs makes Joy appear more a victim than anything else. She ...
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Tarantino Rides Again: The 'Hateful Eight' Premieres
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The eight gunslingers in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight really are hateful, so why do we like watching them so much, and so long -- 3-and-a-half hours -- give or take, including an overture and intermission. Not only can't you take your eyes off them, you want to catch every word of Quentin Tarantino's clever script. Utilizing the tropes of Westerns -- he claims The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was a big influence -- Tarantino's Western borders on horror, as the eight come together in a cabin in a snowstorm. Act I features a stagecoach: John Ruth (Kurt Russell), a bounty hunter, wants to bring his charge, Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), to Red Rock for hanging, and for the reward. Another bounty hunter, Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), wants a ride. He wisely advises, better to bring her in dead. Driving past a Christ on the Cross, this company arrives at a storm hounded pit stop, and the rest of the bearded group: Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Demian Bichir, Michael Madsen ...
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Virginia Madsen of 'Joy' spreads cheer at Children's Action Network's holiday fundraiser
LATimes - about 1 year
The event: Supporters of Children’s Action Network had their pick of designer holiday wreaths on Wednesday at Winter Wonderful, a fundraiser at a private residence in Holmby Hills with proceeds going toward finding permanent homes for children in foster care. The scene: Guests sampled hors d’oeuvres...
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Arclight Cinemas Shine a Light on Women in Entertainment
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In her 2014 Best Actress Academy Award acceptance speech for Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett thanked the audiences who went to see the film and then said - There are those of us in the industry who are foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences, they are not. Audiences want to see them, and in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people. This was rightly met with thunderous applause. I don't know where Cate will be this Thursday, November 5th, but I believe she would be thrilled about Arclight Cinemas' inaugural Women In Entertainment summit, a full day (8:30am to 5pm) of forward-thinking conversations exploring a variety of topics that greatly impact women: from human rights and women's leadership to storytelling across platforms and empowering the next generation of women to emerge as creative powerhouses. All events will take place in Hollywood's iconic Cineramadome on Sunset Boulevard. Cate Blanchett's 2014 Academ ...
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Virginia Madsen on playing Jennifer Lawrence's mom in 'Joy': It was 'a really perfect fit'
LATimes - over 1 year
Sometimes a particular bit of casting in a movie is so on-target it's hard to believe no one thought of it before. Take for example the actress Virginia Madsen playing mother to the title character played by Jennifer Lawrence in the new film "Joy." Madsen and Lawrence have the same spirited, spiky...
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Aruba Film Festival Showcases Local Talent Against Beautiful Backdrop
Huffington Post - over 1 year
When was the last time you saw a film by a Caribbean filmmaker? Exactly. While blockbuster films like the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise use the islands' stunning scenery as the backdrop for adventure, actual filmmakers from the Caribbean struggle mightily to get their stories seen, even in their own island nations. Last week, the fifth annual Aruba International Film Festival highlighted the triumphs and challenges of Caribbean talent. The white sands of Palm Beach in Aruba - Photo by Gina Hall Oscar-nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Sideways) was in attendance and serves as what she calls "the unofficial ambassador" of the fest. She hopes to drum up support for the films among locals and tourists from South America, Europe and the U.S. She told me that while no one really has to twist her arm to come to an island as beautiful as Aruba, she really loves coming each year to see films from local talent, which she would otherwise miss back in the U.S. "Especially the ...
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Designing Woman Loree Rodkin
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Photos courtesy of Gabriel Machado, from the studio Machado Cicala Morassut in Argentina. Maybe Candace Bushnell could write a more adventurous femme du monde then Loree Rodkin, designer of her own eponymous line of precious jewelry, eyewear, fragrance, couture and home scents. Her unique journey to her own design luxury empire began with a lucrative chance commission as an interior designer launched by her first client real estate tycoon, Victor Drai, followed by interiors for Brian Wilson, Rod Stewart, Bernie Taupin and Alice Cooper. Her lover, ballet dancer turned actor, Alexsandr Godunov, led her transition into a career as a successful talent manager for superstars to be Brad Pitt, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey Jr. and Virginia Madsen. In 1988, a hobby evolved into a passion for modern, hip, edgy jewelry design, inspiring her to produce her signature pieces: Goth bondage rings, briolette-studded bracelets, multi hoop earrings, necklaces of Medieval crosses and daggers, an ...
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The 'Witches' Are Coming
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Get ready to meet the "Witches of East End." The newest Lifetime drama, inspired by Melissa de la Cruz's New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, will premiere on Sunday, October 6 at 10 p.m. ET, just in time for Halloween. "Witches of East End," which stars Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Mädchen Amick and Rachel Boston, follows the Beauchamps, a family of witches who live in East Haven, a sleepy, secluded seaside town. Ormond plays free-spirited Joanna, mother to wild-child bartender Freya (Dewan-Tatum) and shy librarian Ingrid (boston). Freya's engaged to the man of her dreams, Dash Gardiner (Eric Winter), but she's also drawn to his brother Killian (Daniel DiTomasso) -- sound familiar, "Vampire Diaries" fans? -- and she starts to notice some bizarre things happening around her. Though neither Freya nor her sister knows about their bewitching birthright, their aunt, Wendy (Amick) arrives with a warning that forces Joanna to reveal the truth. The ...
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Vivian Diller, Ph.D.: Menopause in the Media: It's About Time!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Isn't it somehow fitting that the director of Desperately Seeking Susan and the very first episode of Sex In The City has now done a film about menopause called The Hot Flashes? Yes, we all grow up, even those sassy 30-somethings who forever changed the way we viewed women, sex and NYC. And while Susan Seidelman's new movie doesn't star Sarah Jessica Parker and Co., it features a cast of dynamic women who may change the way we ultimately view middle age. Brooke Shields, Wanda Sykes, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Madsen and Camryn Manheim play former basketball champs who take on a high school team to raise money for cancer awareness. The movie challenges not only stereotypes about gender, but about menopause itself, a topic that all too often has gone underground and been misunderstood. Like the popular play "Menopause the Musical," Seidelman's film draws on the kind of humor women use to deal with uncomfortable midlife symptoms. For many, irritability and moodiness create an em ...
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Sophia Stuart: Women With Balls and Hot Flashes
Huffington Post - over 3 years
To paraphrase the great Mary Poppins, if you want to deliver a serious message (such as, "When it comes to breast cancer, early detection saves lives"), try a spoonful of sugar. The Hot Flashes is definitely sweet -- and pretty salty too -- with a witty script from Brad Hennig that gives Wanda Sykes and Camryn Manheim the sort of lines that make you whoop out loud. Director Susan Seidelman presides over a fast-paced comedy with surprisingly slick sporting action right up to the final buzzer and a powerful story that shows it's never too late to live your own life. The Hot Flashes is set in Texas, right in the middle of the Bible belt, where the women still have big hair, drive pick up trucks and have a Reputation To Protect. Brooke Shields plays Beth Humphrey, a woman who has just reached a certain age, and is bewildered and befogged. She is in a marriage (to a two-timing rat, played oh-so-silkily by Eric Roberts) that has fallen into the twin lazy boy loungers and frozen ...
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Virginia Madsen helps women talk about painful sex
Fox News - over 3 years
Hot flashes and mood swings are common side effects of menopause.  But there is another one that women aren’t talking about called dyspareunia or painful sex.  Actress Virginia Madsen helps women find the words with a new campaign  
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Virginia Madsen
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 51
    In 2013, Madsen began appearing on Lifetime's Witches of East End as Penelope Gardiner, the main villainess of the first season.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, she formed her own film production company called Title IX Productions. Her first project was a film made with her mother titled I Know a Woman Like That. The film is a documentary about the lives of older women. On the creation of the film, she said her mother's active lifestyle was an inspiration to start filming. "My mother's level of activity, of productivity, was exactly why I thought a project like this would work. Originally, when we put the idea together, she had said, 'I'm far too busy. I'm going to Holland, and then I'm going here and there and I'm writing my book.' But that's really what it's about." Her second project is titled Fighting Gravity and is about the inability of female ski jumpers to obtain recognition in Olympic competition.
  • 2012
    Age 50
    In 2012, she joined the cast of the AMC TV series Hell on Wheels as Mrs. Durant, first appearing in episode eight of season 2, "The Lord's Day".
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  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 48
    In December 2010, it was announced that she will be joining the cast of NBC's science fiction action series The Event.
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    In 2010, she landed the starring role of Cheryl West in the ABC crime series Scoundrels.
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  • 2009
    Age 47
    She voiced Queen Hippolyte, mother of Wonder Woman, in the 2009 animated Wonder Woman film.
    More Details Hide Details Madsen has made numerous television appearances including Star Trek: Voyager, CSI: Miami, Dawson's Creek, The Practice, Frasier and other series. She was also co-host of the long-running television series Unsolved Mysteries in 1999, during the show's second (and final) season on CBS. She starred opposite Ray Liotta in the short-lived CBS crime drama series Smith. She also had a recurring role in the final season of the USA Network comedy-drama series Monk.
  • 2007
    Age 45
    Her first major role after Sideways was opposite Harrison Ford in Firewall. She later appeared in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, in a key role as the angel. She co-starred with Jim Carrey in The Number 23 and Billy Bob Thornton in The Astronaut Farmer; both films released in North America on February 23, 2007.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 30
    She also starred in the 1992 horror film Candyman.
    More Details Hide Details Madsen appeared in a small role in the Francis Ford Coppola drama The Rainmaker (1997) starring Matt Damon. Film critic Roger Ebert said that Madsen had a "strong scene", while reviewer James Berardinelli noted that "the supporting cast is solid, with turns from... Virginia Madsen as a witness for the plaintiff". Madsen had a critically acclaimed performance in Sideways (2004). The role catapulted her onto the Hollywood A-list.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 27
    Madsen was formerly married to actor and director Danny Huston after meeting on the set of Mr. North. They were married in 1989 and divorced in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Madsen was formerly in a long term relationship with Antonio Sabàto, Jr., with whom she had one son, Jack Antonio (born 1994).
  • 1988
    Age 26
    She played a secretary in the 1988 comedy film Hot to Trot, and appeared as Maddie Hayes' cousin in the final season of Moonlighting.
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  • 1987
    Age 25
    Also in 1987, she appeared in the music video for "I Found Someone", by Cher.
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  • 1986
    Age 24
    Madsen first became popular with audiences in 1986 with her portrayal of a Catholic schoolgirl who fell in love with a boy from a prison camp in Duncan Gibbons' Fire with Fire.
    More Details Hide Details As beauty queen Dixie Lee Boxx, she was the sexy love interest of minor-league baseball manager Cecil "Stud" Cantrell (William Petersen) in the made-for-cable film Long Gone (1987).
    In 1986, she starred as Boris' (Vincent Spano) romantic interest Barbara in Creator, which also starred Peter O'Toole.
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  • 1984
    Age 22
    In 1984, David Lynch cast her in the science fiction film Dune as Princess Irulan.
    More Details Hide Details Madsen was then cast in a series of successful teen movies, including Electric Dreams (1984), Modern Girls (1986), and Fire with Fire (1986). She is most known for her role as Helen Lyle in the horror film Candyman (1992); and for her performance as Maya in Alexander Payne's film Sideways (2004), for which she received numerous awards and nominations, including nominations for the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other film appearances include Long Gone (1987), Gotham (1988), The Hot Spot (1990), Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), The Rainmaker (1997), A Prairie Home Companion (2006), The Haunting in Connecticut (2009), Red Riding Hood (2011) and All the Wilderness (2014). Madsen was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Elaine Madsen (née Elaine Loretta Melson), an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author, and Calvin Madsen, a fireman. Madsen's parents divorced in the late 1960s, and her mother left a career in finance to pursue a career in arts, encouraged by film critic Roger Ebert. Madsen's siblings are Cheryl Madsen, an entrepreneur, and actor Michael Madsen. Her paternal grandparents were Danish, and her mother has English, Irish, Scottish, German and distant Native American ancestry. Madsen is a graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on September 11, 1961.
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