Patricia Clarkson (born December 29, 1959) is an American Academy
Award-nominated and Emmy-winning actress.
Patricia was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of Jacquelyn (née Brechtel), a prominent local New Orleans politician and councilwoman, and Arthur, a school administrator who worked at the Department of Medicine of Louisiana State University. Patricia Clarkson studied drama at Fordham University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and earned her MFA at the Yale School of Drama before making her film debut in The Untouchables in 1987.
Patricia had supporting roles in a series of high-profile films in her early career, including The Dead Pool, Rocket Gibraltar and Everybody's All-American. Patricia Clarkson 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, Patricia has nevertheless appeared in such major films as The Green Mile, Far from Heaven and Good Night, and Good Luck..
In 2002, she originated her role as Sarah O'Connor (a.k.a. "Aunt Sarah") in HBO's Six Feet Under. Patricia Clarkson went on to win an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress that year for her performance, a feat she repeated for the same role in 2006.
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. Later that year, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Pieces of April, in which she plays an acerbic mother dying of cancer.
In 2006, she portrayed Sadie Burke, in All the King's Men, set in her native New Orleans. Recently, she had a small role in Elegy (2008). Patricia plays the woman who thinks she's Ben Kingsley's girlfriend and then finds out more. Patricia gained strong acclaim for her strong work. Elegy is based on Philip Roth's novel.
Patricia returned to New Orleans for 2009 January 17 reopening of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts. She served as Master of Ceremonies for a gala celebration featuring Plácido Domingo in concert with the New Orleans Opera directed by Robert Lyall. Patricia also made a cameo appearance in Saturday Night Live's "Motherlover" Digital Short on May 9, 2009. The video featured Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake, and Susan Sarandon.
In addition to her television and movie roles, Patricia was also hired by BMW to do voice overs in their commercials.
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