Biography

Elizabeth McGovern (born July 18, 1961) is an American film, television, and theater actor.

In 1980, while studying at Juilliard, McGovern was offered a part in her first film, Ordinary People, in which she played the girlfriend of troubled teenager Timothy Hutton.

The following year she completed her education as an actress at the American Conservatory Theatre and at The Juilliard School, and began to appear in plays, first Off-Broadway and later in famous theaters.

In 1981, she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Evelyn Nesbit in the film Ragtime.

In 1984, she starred in Sergio Leone's gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America as Robert De Niro's romantic interest, Deborah Gelly. In 1989, she played Mickey Rourke's girlfriend in Johnny Handsome, directed by Walter Hill, and the same year she appeared as a rebellious lesbian in Volker Schlöndorff's thriller The Handmaid's Tale.

Elizabeth McGovern (born July 18, 1961) is an American film, television, and theater actor.

In 1980, while studying at Juilliard, McGovern was offered a part in her first film, Ordinary People, in which she played the girlfriend of troubled teenager Timothy Hutton.

The following year she completed her education as an actress at the American Conservatory Theatre and at The Juilliard School, and began to appear in plays, first Off-Broadway and later in famous theaters.

In 1981, she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Evelyn Nesbit in the film Ragtime.

In 1984, she starred in Sergio Leone's gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America as Robert De Niro's romantic interest, Deborah Gelly. In 1989, she played Mickey Rourke's girlfriend in Johnny Handsome, directed by Walter Hill, and the same year she appeared as a rebellious lesbian in Volker Schlöndorff's thriller The Handmaid's Tale.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 63

Birthday 1961-07-18

Place of Birth Evanston, Illinois, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Untitled Downton Abbey Project as Cora Crawley
2019 The Chaperone as Norma
2018 The Wife as Elaine Mozell
2018 The Commuter as Karen MacCauley
2016 Showing Roots as Shirley
2015 Unexpected as Carolyn
2015 Swung as Dolly Adams
2015 Woman in Gold as Judge Florence-Marie Cooper
2012 Screen Goddesses as Narrator
2012 Cheerful Weather for the Wedding as Mrs. Thatcham
2011 Angels Crest as Jane
2011 Christmas at Downton Abbey as Cora Crawley
2010 Downton Abbey(59 episodes) as Cora Crawley
2010 Clash of the Titans as Marmara
2010 Kick-Ass as Mrs. Lizewski
2009 Appointment with Death as Dame Celia Westholme
2008 Inconceivable as Tallulah 'Tutu' Williams
2008 Freezing(3 episodes)
2007 A Room with a View as Mrs Honeychurch
2007 Daphne as Ellen Doubleday
2007 The Graham Norton Show(2 episodes) as Herself
2006 Three Moons Over Milford(8 episodes)
2006 The Truth as Donna
2003 The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire(8 episodes)
2001 Buffalo Soldiers as Mrs. Berman
2001 The Flamingo Rising as Edna Lee
2000 The House of Mirth as Mrs. Carry Fisher
2000 Manila as Elizabeth
1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit(1 episode)
1999 The Scarlet Pimpernel(6 episodes)
1998 The Misadventures of Margaret as Till Turner
1998 Twice Upon a Yesterday as Diane
1997 The Wings of the Dove as Susan Stringham
1997 Clover as Sara Kate
1996 The Summer of Ben Tyler as Celia Rayburn
1996 Broken Glass as Margaret Hyman
1996 Wings of Courage as Noëlle Guillaumet
1995 If Not for You(9 episodes)
1995 Broken trust
1994 The Favor as Emily
1993 The Changeling as De Flores
1993 The Changeling as Beatrice-Joanna
1993 Me and Veronica as Fanny
1993 King of the Hill as Lydia
1992 Tales from Hollywood
1991 Ashenden(1 episode) as Aileen Somerville
1990 Women and Men: Stories of Seduction as Vicki
1990 A Shock to the System as Stella Anderson
1990 The Handmaid's Tale as Moira
1990 Tune in Tomorrow... as Elena Quince
1989 Johnny Handsome as Donna McCarty
1989 Tales from the Crypt(1 episode)
1988 She's Having a Baby as Kristen 'Kristy' Briggs
1987 The Bedroom Window as Denise
1986 Native Son as Mary Dalton
1984 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Snow White
1984 Once Upon a Time in America as Deborah Gelly
1984 Racing with the Moon as Caddie Winger
1983 Lovesick as Chloe Allen
1982 Faerie Tale Theatre(1 episode) as Snow White
1981 Ragtime as Evelyn Nesbit
1980 Ordinary People as Jeannine Pratt
1979 California Fever(1 episode)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(2 episodes)

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