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Debra Winger

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Movie Actress who have gave outstanding shows with regards to Endearment and An Official along with a Gentleman. She earned a Tokyo International Film Event Award for Greatest Actress on her behalf performance inside a Dangerous Ladies. She is at a vehicle accident which briefly rendered her blind. She was nominated to discover the best Actress Oscar Honor on multiple events through the entire ’80s and ’90s. She wedded Timothy Hutton in 1986, as well as the few had a boy called Noah. She after that wedded Arliss Howard in 1996 and welcomed her second boy, Gideon. She starred with Danny DeVito with regards to Endearment.

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Full Name Debra Winger
Date Of Birth May 16, 1955
Place Of Birth Cleveland Heights, OH
Height 1.63 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education California State University, Northridge
Nationality American
Spouse Arliss Howard, Timothy Hutton
Children Noah Hutton, Gideon Babe Ruth Howard
Parents Ruth Felder-Winger, Robert Winger
Awards National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, TIFF Award for Lifetime Achievement
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress, BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Movies An Officer and a Gentleman, Terms of Endearment, Urban Cowboy, The Lovers, Shadowlands, Rachel Getting Married, Legal Eagles, The Sheltering Sky, Searching for Debra Winger, Big Bad Love, Forget Paris, Black Widow, Mike's Murder, A Dangerous Woman, Cannery Row, Leap of Faith, Wilder Napalm, Betrayed, Lola Versus, Slumber Party '57, Made in Heaven, Everybody Wins, Dawn Anna, Sometimes in April, Thank God It's Friday, Boychoir, French Postcards, Radio, Eulogy, The Warriors, In the Woods, The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True, Divine Rapture, The Life and Faith of C.S. Lewis: The Magic Never Ends, Special Olympics, How It Ended, A Special Kind of Love
TV Shows In Treatment, The Ranch, The Red Tent
Star Sign Taurus

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#Fact
1 She didn't get along with her leading man Richard Gere during the making of the hit film An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). She publicly called him a "brickwall", while he said there was "tension" between them. He played the title role, had top billing, had more screen time and earned a larger salary than her, while hers was just a love interest role. Still, he reacted badly when he realized that she was stealing every scene she was in with her charisma and acting talent that resulted in a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her, while he wasn't nominated at all. Thirty years later, they patched things up when she presented him with an award at the Rome Film Festival.
2 In spite of her reputation of being difficult, several people repeatedly worked with her because of her talent: filmmaker James Bridges( Urban Cowboy (1980) and Mike's Murder (1984)), actors Nick Nolte( Cannery Row (1982) and Everybody Wins (1990)) and Gabriel Byrne( A Dangerous Woman (1993) and In Treatment (2008)), actresses Angie Dickinson ( Police Woman: Task Force: Cop Killer: Part 1 (1976) and Big Bad Love (2001)) and Rosanna Arquette (Big Bad Love (2001) and Searching for Debra Winger (2002)), writer/actor David Mamet ( Black Widow (1987) and the stage play "The Anarchist" (2012)), her first husband Timothy Hutton((Made in Heaven (1987) and Betrayed (1988)) and current husband Arliss Howard(Wilder Napalm (1993), Big Bad Love (2001), Dawn Anna (2005)), the stage plays "How I Learned To Drive" (1998) and "Ivanov" (1999)).
3 She was angry when director Penny Marshall cast Madonna in A League of Their Own (1992) telling her, "You're making an Elvis movie." Marshall didn't know what that meant, which frustrated Winger even more, since she dropped out of the film and Geena Davis got her role. Madonna was no fan of Winger either, since she told Carrie Fisher that one of her nicknames was Kit Moresby, a character from a novel she loved, until she saw the film adaptation of that novel where Winger played Kit in The Sheltering Sky (1990). She told Fisher, "I didn't want to be Kit Moresby anymore, because it was so disappointing. I didn't want people to think that I was Debra Winger." What's ironic is that both their ex-husbands Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn worked together twice in Taps (1981) and The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) and became friends.
4 She had a on-and-off relationship with Senator Bob Kerrey from 1982 to 1990, but she never married him contrary to persistent rumors, although they remained friends. She picked husbands, who, like her, were also actors. Unlike her, both Timothy Hutton and Arliss Howard were both Gentiles. However, she raised the sons she had with them in Jewish faith.
5 She had seen her first husband actor Timothy Hutton on TV when he accepted the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Ordinary People (1980) and fell in love with him. She met him in person two years later in 1983 for a film that they were supposed to be cast in called "Road Show" but it was revamped and made with different actors a decade later under a new title Medicine Man (1992). Hutton later said they talked for six hours about everything at that first meeting, and Winger said there was so much electricity between them that they got scared and ran in opposite directions. They kept running into each other once every six months, and Hutton later described these encounters "like turning magnets around." They finally stuck together when Winger emceed Farm Aid on New Year's Eve in 1986 and Hutton was one of the guests. Almost immediately, they started living together and married just three months later. Despair followed the happy occasion. Her orthodox Jewish grandmother stopped talking to her, because Hutton wasn't Jewish. Worse, Winger miscarried when she got pregnant on her wedding night. She got pregnant again and gave birth to their son Noah Hutton in 1987, but just a year later, they separated and divorced two years later. During their short marriage, they appeared together in two films (Made in Heaven (1987) and Betrayed (1988)) that flopped at the box office, as well as a "Life" magazine cover. A decade after their divorce, Winger (married to her second husband Arliss Howard) said that there was "no bad blood" between them.
6 She spent a good part of the 1980s trying to get the studios to cast her in a biography of the torch-singer Libby Holman, and another on Isabel Eberhardt, a 19th-century mystic who became involved in fighting religious wars in the Middle East. But she had burned bridges with influential Hollywood people with her outspokenness, and the studios were also reluctant to finance female-driven films, so the two biographies were never made.
7 When she was 14, her father had installed a burglar alarm for the celebrated director George Cukor and told him that his daughter wanted to be a actress. Cukor looked at Winger and told her, "That voice, and you got no walk and you got no class!" She suspected that her father might have put Cukor up to this, in order to discourage her from pursuing a acting career. Cukor was still alive when Winger became a star with Urban Cowboy (1980) but he didn't get a chance to know about her first Oscar nomination as Best Actress for An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), since the nomination was announced a few days after he died.
8 Friends with Sheena Easton.
9 Directed by eight Academy Award winners: Steven Spielberg, Jonathan Demme, James L. Brooks, Taylor Hackford, Costa-Gavras, Bernardo Bertolucci, David S. Ward and Richard Attenborough.
10 She was originally signed to play Peggy Sue Bodell in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) but was forced to withdraw after her back was severely injured in a bicycle accident. Debra missed out on other roles, due to the many months it took her to fully recover.
11 She also turned down the role of Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction (1987), which went to Glenn Close.
12 She also turned down Karen Allen's role in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), which turned out to be one of the highest grossing films of all time.
13 Her notorious off-camera clashes with equally mercurial Shirley MacLaine brought out the best in both actresses in the complexity of their on-camera contentious mother/daughter relationship during the making of their Oscar-winning film Terms of Endearment (1983). When MacLaine nabbed the Best Actress Oscar instead of fellow nominee Winger in 1984 and famously shouted, "I deserve this!," she managed to address her co-star as "dear Debra" despite the fact there was no love lost between them.
14 In 1995, she appeared in London, Washington, and New York with both the London Symphony and the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, performing his composition based on the life of Anne Frank.
15 She became notorious for turning down worthy roles in many popular films, such as Jodie Foster's roles in Taxi Driver (1976), The Accused (1988) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Brooke Shields' roles in Pretty Baby (1978) and The Blue Lagoon (1980), Liza Minnelli's role in Arthur (1981), Daryl Hannah's role in Splash (1984), Linda Hamilton's role in The Terminator (1984), Sissy Spacek's roles in Marie (1985) and Crimes of the Heart (1986), Kathleen Turner's role in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Barbra Streisand's role in Nuts (1987), Susan Sarandon's role in Bull Durham (1988), Michelle Pfeiffer's role in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Jessica Lange's role in Music Box (1989), Julia Roberts' role in Pretty Woman (1990), Demi Moore's role in Ghost (1990), Geena Davis' roles in Thelma & Louise (1991) and A League of Their Own (1992), Sharon Stone's role in Basic Instinct (1992), Ellen Barkin's role in This Boy's Life (1993), Meg Ryan's role in Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), Sandra Bullock's role in Speed (1994) and Nicole Kidman's role in To Die For (1995).
16 She was given the choice of the two roles in Black Widow (1987); she chose the role of the FBI agent, because she didn't understand the motivation as to why the Black Widow kills, so the title role went to Theresa Russell.
17 Didn't like working with Lynda Carter on Wonder Woman (1975) but Lynda said that they didn't have any problems and was like a big sister to her.
18 At first, she was excited about winning the role of Wonder Girl on the television series Wonder Woman (1975) but quickly became disillusioned and spent all her salary from the series to hire an attorney to get her out of her contract.
19 James L. Brooks wrote Broadcast News (1987) especially for her, but she turned it down because she was pregnant with her son Noah Hutton, and the role went to Holly Hunter, who was nominated for an Oscar for it.
20 Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 42, a son Babe Howard on June 15, 1997. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Arliss Howard.
21 Gave birth to her 1st child at age 31, a son Emmanuel Noah Hutton (aka Noah Hutton) on April 29, 1987. Child's father is her 1st (now ex) husband, Timothy Hutton.
22 Sister-in-law of actor/writer Jim Howard.
23 Had a romance with then-Governor of Nebraska Bob Kerrey during the filming of Terms of Endearment (1983).
24 Attended and graduated from James Monroe High School in Sepulveda, California in 1973.
25 Attended and graduated from Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High School in Northridge, California in 1970.
26 Daughter of Robert and Ruth Winger.
27 Born at 5:15pm-EDT


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ranch 2016-2017 TV Series Maggie Bennett
The Lovers 2017/I Mary
The Red Tent 2014 TV Mini-Series Rebecca
Boychoir 2014 Ms. Steel
The Being Experience 2013/I
Lola Versus 2012 Robin
How It Ended 2011 Short
In Treatment 2010 TV Series Frances Greer
Law & Order 2010 TV Series Principal Woodside
Rachel Getting Married 2008 Abby
Whatever Happened To? 2007 TV Series
Sometimes in April 2005 TV Movie Prudence Bushnell
Dawn Anna 2005 TV Movie Dawn Anna Townsend
Eulogy 2004 Alice Collins
Radio 2003 Linda
Big Bad Love 2001 Marilyn
Forget Paris 1995 Ellen Andrews Gordon
Shadowlands 1993 Joy Gresham
A Dangerous Woman 1993 Martha Horgan
Wilder Napalm 1993 Vida Foudroyant
Leap of Faith 1992 Jane
Sesame Street 1992 TV Series Debra
The Sheltering Sky 1990 Kit Moresby
Everybody Wins 1990 Angela Crispini
Betrayed 1988 Katie Phillips / Cathy Weaver
Made in Heaven 1987 Emmett Humbird (as Emmett)
Black Widow 1987 Alexandra
Legal Eagles 1986 Laura Kelly
Mike's Murder 1984 Betty Parrish
Terms of Endearment 1983 Emma Horton
An Officer and a Gentleman 1982 Paula Pokrifki
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Nurse Zombie Carrying Poodle (uncredited)
Cannery Row 1982 Suzy DeSoto
Urban Cowboy 1980 Sissy
French Postcards 1979 Melanie
The Warriors 1979 Girl on Subway (uncredited)
James at 16 1978 TV Series Alicia
Thank God It's Friday 1978 Jennifer
Police Woman 1978 TV Series Phyllis Baxter
Special Olympics 1978 TV Movie Sherrie Hensley
Szysznyk 1977 TV Series Jenny
Wonder Woman 1976-1977 TV Series Drusilla Wonder Girl
Slumber Party '57 1976 Debbie

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bel Borba Aqui 2012 Documentary executive producer
Big Bad Love 2001 executive producer / producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eulogy 2004 performer: "Love & Affection"
The Sheltering Sky 1990 performer: "Oh! Susannah" - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
GasLand 2010 Documentary creative consultant
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 voice: partially-retained E.T. temp track - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tavis Smiley 2017 TV Series Herself
Good Morning America 2017 TV Series Herself
Made in Hollywood 2017 TV Series Herself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2017 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2016 TV Series Herself
Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film 2014 Documentary Herself
Up Late with Alec Baldwin 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
Access Hollywood 2009 TV Series Herself
The View 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
Shootout 2008 TV Series Herself
Texas Monthly Talks 2008 TV Series Herself - Interviewee
Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace 2006 Documentary Narrator (voice)
This Morning 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
Chaos and Order: Making American Theater 2005 Documentary Herself
The Late Late Show 2005 TV Series Herself - Guest
Richard & Judy 2004 TV Series Herself - Guest
Searching for Debra Winger 2002 Documentary Herself
Inside the Actors Studio 2002 TV Series Herself - Guest
Rumi: Poet of the Heart 1998 Documentary Herself / Narrator (voice)
In the Wild 1997 TV Series documentary Herself
The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True 1995 TV Movie documentary The Wicked Witch of the West
The Making of 'Forget Paris' 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
In Search of Angels 1994 Documentary Narrator (voice)
The 66th Annual Academy Awards 1994 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Late Show with David Letterman 1993 TV Series Herself - Guest
Moving Image Salutes Al Pacino 1993 TV Movie Herself
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1991 TV Special Herself - Presenter: 'Awakenings' Film Clip
Late Night with David Letterman 1990 TV Series Herself
Saturday Night Live 1990 TV Series Herself - Host / Various
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Herself - Guest
De película 1987 TV Series Herself - Interviewee
The Barbara Walters Summer Special 1987 TV Series Herself
The 56th Annual Academy Awards 1984 TV Special documentary Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 54th Annual Academy Awards 1982 TV Special documentary Herself - Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film and Best Animated Short Film
The Making of 'Cannery Row' 1982 Video documentary short Herself
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1981 TV Special Herself - Nominee
The Alan Thicke Show 1980 TV Series Herself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hoy nos toca 2017 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2016 TV Series Herself
Premio Donostia a Richard Gere 2007 TV Special Paula Pokrifki
The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
50 Years of Funny Females 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Transilvania International Film Festival
2002 Master Screen Artist Tribute USA Film Festival
1994 Best Actress Award Tokyo International Film Festival A Dangerous Woman (1993)
1984 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actress Terms of Endearment (1983)
1983 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Female Star of the Year

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 WIN Award Women's Image Network Awards Actress Drama Series In Treatment (2008)
2010 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990)
2009 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Supporting Actress Rachel Getting Married (2008)
2009 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Rachel Getting Married (2008) · Anne Hathaway
· Rosemarie DeWitt
· Anna Deavere Smith
· Bill Irwin
· Mather Zickel
· Anisa George
2009 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Rachel Getting Married (2008) · Tunde Adebimpe
· Rosemarie DeWitt
· Anne Hathaway
· Anisa George
· Bill Irwin
· Anna Deavere Smith
· Mather Zickel
2009 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female Rachel Getting Married (2008)
2008 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance Rachel Getting Married (2008) · Anne Hathaway
· Rosemarie DeWitt
· Bill Irwin
· Tunde Adebimpe
· Mather Zickel
· Anna Deavere Smith
· Anisa George
2005 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Dawn Anna (2005)
1994 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Shadowlands (1993)
1994 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama A Dangerous Woman (1993)
1994 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Actress Shadowlands (1993)
1994 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress A Dangerous Woman (1993)
1984 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Terms of Endearment (1983)
1984 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Terms of Endearment (1983)
1984 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actress
1983 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
1983 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
1981 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture Urban Cowboy (1980)
1981 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Female Urban Cowboy (1980)
1981 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles Urban Cowboy (1980)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress A Dangerous Woman (1993)
1983 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Terms of Endearment (1983)
1981 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actress Urban Cowboy (1980)
1980 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Urban Cowboy (1980)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Rachel Getting Married (2008)
1991 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actress Everybody Wins (1990)

TitleSalary
Shadowlands (1993) $2,000,000
The Sheltering Sky (1990) $3,000,000
Legal Eagles (1986) $2,500,000
Cannery Row (1982) $150,000

#Quote
1 [In 2008, responding to Lynda Carter's claim that Winger made disparaging comments about the 1970s "Wonder Woman" show where they played sisters] I don't know what she's referring to except I used to make jokes about her costumes. But she did have these golden tits that stuck out and when she turned, they didn't. I was 18 years old, staring at these gold bazooms that didn't move. That's all I ever said. So there you go. Lighten up.
2 [She earned Best Actress Oscar nominations for playing young women who died of cancer in Terms of Endearment (1983) and in Shadowlands (1993)] I remember walking through the living room years ago when the series Roseanne (1988) was on. John Goodman said, "Come on, do you want to go down to the multiplex and watch Debra Winger cough up another lung?" It was the funniest line to me. Then I realized, that's it for me. I can never do another film about death. I've cashed that card.
3 [In 2010, 17 years after her Oscar-nominated performance in Shadowlands (1993) came out, she told the "New York Times"] It was the most literate script I've ever read. I was sad every day that I wouldn't ever say those lines again.
4 [on An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)] I run in to Richard Gere quite a lot and he half jokes, 'Are you still saying terrible things about me?'
5 [on her film debut in Slumber Party '57 (1976)] A cigar-smoking agent had signed me while I was waitressing, but that only resulted in a blue movie.
6 [on Urban Cowboy (1980)]: I loved it. It was the opening of everything for me because of the way James Bridges worked: the freedom, the collaboration, the end product. It was a slice of life, that movie. I'm real proud of it.
7 I do admit to being challenging, but it's always for the work, it's never personal. I will walk out on a scene if it's all lit and ready to go but it's not happening. Just because we're on schedule is no reason to shoot bad acting. Someone once said to me, "You're inconsiderate." And I said, "Inconsiderate? Bad acting is the ultimate inconsideration." It's a collective slap to a million faces at the same time.
8 [on Legal Eagles (1986)] I don't regret doing it, but I don't think it stands on its own against good films. It was a nightmare to make. Shooting was supposed to be ten weeks, and it went on for four months. And it was fat - almost $40 million - and, politically, I'm opposed to that kind of money unless it's an epic. I took my salary and left.
9 I used to love going on a junket and promoting a film when it was not a 24-hour news cycle, and when there weren't so many media outlets. You could actually talk about the film. And I don't mean to harp on this because, really, it's fine. It's just that it eats itself. It becomes about itself, and its symbiotic and weird and I don't understand the celebrity of it.
10 [on being labeled "difficult"] It was like armor. It kept the fainthearted at a distance. But perhaps I was too tough.
11 [on Bernardo Bertolucci] For me, Bernardo is The Function. The only way I can explain it is in the analogy with mathematics and the word 'function' - addition, subtraction, multiplication, anything that numbers go through and change because of it. And when the function is a function of love, the drapes on the windows, the doors that are hung, the characters, the clothes, everything goes through this function and comes out touched and inspired by it. There are a lot of numbers but what really matters is the function.
12 I have trouble with star billing. I remember thinking on Cannery Row (1982): How can I put my name ahead of Steinbeck's?
13 [on her early roles in commercials] I was the all-American face. You name it, honey - American Dairy Milk, Metropolitan Life insurance, McDonald's, Burger King. The Face That Didn't Matter - that's what I called my face.

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