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  • Name: Mare Winningham
  • Date of Birth: May 16, 1959
  • Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Mini-bio: Mare Winningham is a critically acclaimed performer on stage, television, and occasionally feature films. She began her career performing a song on TV's notorious Gong Show. While playing Maria in a h... read moreigh school production of The Sound of Music, opposite classmate Kevin Spacey, Winningham was spotted by Hollywood agent Meyer Mishkin who landed her a role in the short-lived TV Western series The Young Pioneers in 1978. This led to her first TV movie, Special Olympics. For her role as an independent-minded farmer's daughter in 1980's Amber Waves, she won an Emmy. That year, Winningham made her feature-film debut starring opposite Paul Simon in Robert M. Young's One-Trick Pony. She fared better in her next film, Threshold (1981), where she played the recipient of an artificial heart. Winningham then went on to play a number of supporting roles and the occasional lead in a series of unremarkable films. She continues to fare much better on television, where she has appeared in popular films such as The Thorn Birds (1983) and Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues (1984). She was part of the ensemble in the Gen X touchstone St. Elmo's Fire in 1985 and went on to appear in Shy People, Miracle Mile, the Tom Hanks with a dog vehicle Turner and Hooch, and Wyatt Earp. She earned long-deserved award recognition in 1995 for playing a successful singer struggling with her drug-addicted sister in Georgia. Her work in that film garnered her an Oscar nomination Best Supporting Actress, and she won that award at that year's Independent Spirit Awards. She had a recurring role on the hit medical drama ER at the close of the '90s. As the 21st century began she maintained her status as a first-class character actress appearing in a variety of projects such as Snap Decision, The Adventures of Ociee Nash, and Dandelion. She enjoyed a recurring role on Grey's Anatomy, but she found even greater small screen success with back to back Emmy nominations for Best Supporting actress in a movie or miniseries in 2011 and 2012 with her work in Mildred Pierce and Hatfields & McCoys. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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  • There were 9 members of the Brat Pack: Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Mare Winningham and...  Answer »
  • 1988. Anthony Edwards & Mare Winningham. A phone call advises that nuclear missles are enroute. Will detonate in 70 minutes. Last scene is helicopter sinking into LaBrea Tar pits, while palm trees explode into flames. A real love story.  Answer »
  • In "St. Elmo's Fire", Mare Winningham wants Rob Lowe, and Rob Lowe fools around with Demi Moore, who wants to introduce Andrew McCarthy to her gay friend, but Andrew is crazy about Ally Sheedy, who is about to marry Judd Nelson... But, who is Emilio EstÚvez crazy about?  Answer »
  • How are Mare Winningham and Kevin Spacey connected outside of the realm of acting?  Answer »

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