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Martha Plimpton played the title character in Steppenwolf's Hedda Gabler. She was Tony-nominted and won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award for her performance in Lincoln Center's The Coast of Utopia. Martha was only a teenager when she appeared in the 1980's films The River Rat, The Goonies, The Mosquito Coast and Running on Empty. You can see her in Fox's Raising Hope. She also donates her time and efforts to the inner-city arts initiative "52nd Street Project." (Source: www.steppenwolf.org)
She has show biz in her blood. Martha Plimpton was born November 16, 1970, in New York City to two actors: Keith Carradine and Shelley Plimpton. Martha began her career at age 8, when her mom had a friend of hers, composer Elizabeth Swados, enroll her in an actors' workshop. At age 10, she got a small part in Rollover (1981), and also made a series of Calvin Klein commercials. Her first substantial film role was as a tomboy in The River Rat (1984); the following year, Steven Spielberg cast her in The Goonies (1985). Martha met River Phoenix while they were both filming The Mosquito Coast (1986), but since she was only 15 at the time, she did not go out with him. Even though she had a small part in the movie, it established her as a serious actress. Martha appeared in movies such as the screwball comedy Stars and Bars (1988) and, that same year, she was paired again with Phoenix in Running on Empty (1988). They dated for a while and then broke up. For a while, she was engaged to actor Jon Patrick Walker. As if making movies didn't keep her busy enough, Martha frequently worked at theaters and made her Chicago debut with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company Ensemble in "The Libertine" in 1996. As a member of that ensemble, she received a National Medal of Arts award in the autumn of 1998. As for movies, Colin Fitz Lives! (1997) and Eye of God (1997) in which she plays the starring role, have been run at the Sundance Film Festival. Although some recent movies have had low box office (Pecker (1998) $2.1 million, and 200 Cigarettes (1999) $6.8 million), Martha's performances shine and she often rises above her material. Perhaps recalling how important acting lessons were to her as a child, she donates her time and efforts to the "52nd Street Project" which is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to matching the inner-city children with professional theater artists to create original theater, by writing, directing and performing their own plays. Perhaps one of the inner-city kids she is coaching will be the next famous actress in Hollywood.
www.awardsdaily.com)There is a moment in the final quarter of Fran Kranz’s deliberately claustrophobic, intense new film Mass where one of a quartet of horrifically psychologically scarred parents finds herself at a cathartic crossroads and she makes an extraordinarily difficult, life-changing decision. It’s an emotionally wrenching scene and a call for compassion. It’s also feels so real you want to do something—until you realize you can’t. You’re not really there. The actor embodying the role is Martha Plimpton, someone who has been showing her versatility for five decades since the age of 11 when she made her film debut in Alan J. Pakula’s thriller Rollover starring Jane Fonda. (Source:
[WARNING: This story contains spoilers from Friday's series finale of Raising Hope. Read at your own risk.] Raising Hope ended its run on Friday the way the Fox family comedy spent most of its four years on the air: in an offbeat, but heartwarming way. After first popping up in... (Source: www.tvguide.com)