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Elizabeth McGovern Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jul 18, 1961
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

The daughter of educators, Elizabeth McGovern moved from her home town of Evanston, Illinois to Los Angeles when her father, a law professor at Northwestern, transferred to UCLA. Discovered for the movies while appearing in a high-school play, McGovern made an impressive screen debut as the girlfriend of emotionally disturbed teenager [[Performer~P34188~Timothy Hutton~timothyhutton]] in the Oscar-winning [[Feature~V36600~Ordinary People~ordinarypeople]] (1980). The following year, she earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of notorious turn-of-the-century "kept lady" Evelyn Nesbit Shaw in [[Feature~V40107~Ragtime.~ragtime]] She honed her acting skills at Julliard and the American Conservatory Theatre, then made her off-Broadway debut in a 1981 production of [[Feature~V50133~To Be Young, Gifted and Black;~tobeyounggiftedblack]] her later stage credits include [[Feature~V120480~Painting Churches~thechurch]] and The Hitch-hiker. Carefully avoiding the make-work roles usually reserved for actresses of her generation, McGovern has opted for offbeat characterizations in such films as [[Feature~V40007~Racing with the Moon~racingwiththemoon]] (1984) and [[Feature~V36329~Once Upon a Time in America.~onceuponatimeinamerica]] She seems unconcerned with the size of her roles, so long as she can make a lasting impression as witness [[Feature~V21379~The Handmaid's Tale~thehandmaidstale]] (1991) in which she deftly handles her role with such formidable co-stars as [[Performer~P60084~Natasha Richardson~natasharichardson]] and [[Performer~P88530~Robert Duvall~robertduvall]] with her brief appearance as self-deprecating lesbian prostitute Moira. Elizabeth McGovern also starred in the 1995 TV sitcom If Not for You. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi