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(born September 11, 1950) is an American actress, producer, and singer. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1985 film Twice in a Lifetime. Her other film credits include Love Child (1982), Places in the Heart (1984), Field of Dreams (1989), Uncle Buck (1989), The Dark Half (1993), Pollock (2000), and Gone Baby Gone (2007). Madigan won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her portrayal of Sarah Weddington in the 1989 television film Roe vs. Wade.
Her first television role was as the character Adele on an episode of Hart to Hart in 1981. She followed this guest starring role with a role in the television film Crazy Times. The following year, Madigan made her film debut as Terry Jean Moore in Love Child, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress. In 1983, she starred as Alison Ransom in the television film The Day After.
Madigan made her Off-Broadway debut in 1987, portraying Sue Jack Tiller in The Lucky Spot by Beth Henley, for which she won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play. In 1988, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance in The Prince of Pennsylvania.
In 1989, Madigan played the wife of Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. That same year, she played Chanice Kobolowski, the girlfriend of John Candy's character, in the John Hughes film Uncle Buck. Also in 1989, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her performance as Sarah Weddington in the television film Roe vs. Wade. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
In 1991, she starred opposite Olympia Dukakis in the Emmy-nominated television film Lucky Day. Madigan made her Broadway debut in the role of Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1992, opposite Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin. She was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Debut Performance for her role in the play. In 1996, she and Harris produced and starred in the television film Riders of the Purple Sage. Madigan then starred with Tilda Swinton in Female Perversions. In 1997, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance as Brett Armerson in the film Loved. In 2000, she portrayed Peggy Guggenheim in the film Pollock, which her husband directed, produced, and starred in.
In 2002, she had a supporting role as Reggie Fluty, the officer who first responded to the call for aid for a dying Matthew Shepard, in the television film The Laramie Project. In 2003-2005, Madigan played the supporting role of Iris Crowe/Irina, sister of villain Justin Crowe, in HBO's series Carnivále. In 2005, Madigan starred as Lori Lansky in Winter Passing, directed by Adam Rapp. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
The following year, she had a supporting role as Patricia Carver, a CIA headquarters analyst, in the Emmy-winning television film The Path to 9/11. In 2007, Madigan played the sister-in-law of Helene (Amy Ryan), Beatrice "Bea" McCready, in the film Gone Baby Gone, directed by Ben Affleck. In 2008, she played Dr. Katharine Wyatt on several episodes of ABC's medical drama series Grey's Anatomy. (Source:
Dizikes, Cynthia (March 7, 2012). "John Madigan, Chicago newsman, dies at 94". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 20, 2014
A powerful presence famous for her strong, unglamorous characters, Amy Madigan started off as a rock musician but made her big-screen debut as a pregnant teenage inmate in "Love Child" (1982) with Beau Bridges. She met and married Ed Harris when they played adulterous lovers in "Places in the Heart" (1984) and earned an Oscar nomination as Gene Hackman's angry daughter in "Twice in a Lifetime" (1985). Supporting roles as John Candy's girlfriend in "Uncle Buck" (1989), Holly Hunter's lawyer in "Roe vs. Wade" (NBC, 1989) and Kevin Costner's wife in the cinematic home run "Field of Dreams" (1989) cemented her onscreen legacy, but she would go on to notch roles in successes like "Pollock" (2000) and "Gone Baby Gone" (2007). In her later career, Madigan landed juicy television roles, including a murderous sister on "Carnivàle" (HBO, 2003-05), the title character's therapist on "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ) and the mother of the mysterious sci-fi superagent Olivia on "Fringe" (Fox, 2008-2013). Although she never became a major movie star, the multiple award-winning Amy Madigan consistently delivered accomplished, fiery performances. (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)