Patricia Davies Clarkson
December 29, 1959 (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
It makes perfect sense that such an enchanting creature was born in the World's most magical place. Patricia Clarkson is one of my favorite actresses working today. She always brings so much charisma and warmth to her roles. In addition to that, she frequently plays the world's coolest mom - in Easy A, Friends with Benefits and One Day, only to name the few. But the kind of roles I enjoy her most in are the free spirited, artistic types - she played the wonderful character of Sarah O'Connor in acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under. That role brought her two well deserved Emmy awards.
Clarkson is like the female equivalent of Richard Jenkins - she may be in the movie only for few minutes, but she totally steals the spotlight and her work is what you remember best. This is the case for many romantic comedies she appeared in but also for other movies - though people raved about Penelope Cruz's beauty in Elegy, Clarkson, statuesque, classy and insanely sexy stole the movie for me. She has only one scene in underrated The Pledge, but what a scene it is - she manages to create nuanced, memorable work with only few minutes of screen time.
She manages to impresses me even in films I don't like - for example Shutter Island and Dogville. She shines in her supporting turns in Woody Allen's movies - Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Whatever Works - I thought it was a big shame she didn't get enough recognition for the latter one. She played deeply religious, conservative wife and mother who changes upon meeting the artists and free thinkers. She turns into fun loving artist and her scenes are definitely the most hilarious in the movie.
Clarkson only has one Academy Award nomination - for her role as Katie Holmes's mother in Pieces of April. She has starred in many acclaimed movies, though, including Far From Heaven and The Green Mile. This year she made surprise and hilarious appearance as Ron Swanson's evil and calculating ex wife - Tammy 1 - in Parks and Recreation.
Lars and the Real Girl
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
The Green Mile
Far from Heaven
The Station Agent
Six Feet Under
Pieces of April
Lars and the Real Girl
5 fun facts:
- Some of her favorite movies are: Desk Set (1957), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Gaslight (1944), Gosford Park (2001), Sexy Beast (2000), and Y tu mamá también (2001).
- Credits Ingrid Bergman as one of her favorite actresses, and the reason she became one.
- The youngest of five girls.
- Close friend of Amy Ryan.
- Clarkson took on the coveted role of Blanche DuBois in a Washington D.C. production of A Streetcar Named Desire in 2004