Photo of Debra Winger Debra Winger

Debra Winger was born May 16, 1955, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Prior to acting, she spent three months serving in the Israeli Army. A 1977 debut in the teen sex comedy Slumber Party '57 and her regular role on TV's "Wonder Woman" garnered no attention, but riding a mechanical bull in her breakthrough film Urban Cowboy (1980) certainly did.

Winger's natural style was most appealing in An Officer and a Gentleman and Terms of Endearment, earning her back-to-back Oscar nominations. Her third nomination came as C.S. Lewis's cancer-stricken American wife in Shadowlands (1993).

Winger's other roles, both comic and dramatic, include Cannery Row, Legal Eagles, The Sheltering Sky and Forget Paris. She took a break from studio films in the late 1990s, returning in 2003 for Radio. She also provided some of the vocals for the title character in E.T.: The Extraterrestrial.

Debra Winger in The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky

1990 R

Debra Winger and John Malkovich are Kit and Port Moresby, two American artists traveling through postwar Africa in this adaptation of Paul Bowles's novel. Having drifted apart, the couple seek to escape their alienation by exploring the unfamiliar -- but find much more than they bargained for. Director Bernardo Bertolucci and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro fabulously capture the forbidding beauty of the Saharan locations.

  • Debra Winger in An Officer and a Gentleman An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Debra Winger in Urban Cowboy Urban Cowboy
  • Debra Winger in Radio Radio
  • Debra Winger in Rachel Getting Married Rachel Getting Married
  • Debra Winger in Terms of Endearment Terms of Endearment
  • Debra Winger in Cannery Row Cannery Row
  • Debra Winger in The Life and Faith of C.S. Lewis The Life and Faith of C.S. Lewis
  • Debra Winger in Dawn Anna Dawn Anna
  • Debra Winger in Legal Eagles Legal Eagles
  • Debra Winger in Eulogy Eulogy
  • Debra Winger in Wonder Woman Wonder Woman
  • Debra Winger in Wilder Napalm Wilder Napalm
  • Debra Winger in Thank God It's Friday Thank God It's Friday
  • Debra Winger in Everybody Wins Everybody Wins
  • Debra Winger in The Red Tent The Red Tent
  • Debra Winger in French Postcards French Postcards
  • Debra Winger in Sometimes in April Sometimes in April
  • Debra Winger in Lola Versus Lola Versus