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A beautiful blonde who received long-overdue recognition for her acting skills in 2004, Virginia Madsen was born Sept. 11, 1963, in Chicago, daughter of a firefighter and a writer and sister of actor Michael Madsen (Kill Bill).

After attending the Ted Liss Acting Studio in Chicago, Madsen went to Hollywood, landing a bit part in 1983's Class. The following year, she played Princess Irulan (the opening narrator) in Dune and the female lead in Electric Dreams. Throughout the '80s and '90s, she lit up many a routine film -- Fire with Fire, Creator, Slamdance, Hot to Trot, The Hot Spot, Highlander 2, Mr. North, Candyman and Ghosts of Mississippi.

She was rescued from mid-career obscurity by Alexander Payne, who cast her as Maya in his 2004 smash Sideways. Her touching performance as a lonely waitress/wine expert resulted in a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Virginia Madsen in Joy

Joy

2015 PG-13

After 10 years of trying to mass-market the revolutionary floor mop she had invented, housewife Joy Mangano strikes gold with a personal pitch on QVC that turns her Miracle Mop into an overnight marketing miracle.

  • Virginia Madsen in Dune Dune
  • Virginia Madsen in Dead Rising: Watchtower Dead Rising: Watchtower
  • Virginia Madsen in Sideways Sideways
  • Virginia Madsen in Wonder Woman Wonder Woman
  • Virginia Madsen in The Rainmaker The Rainmaker
  • Virginia Madsen in Crossfire Trail Crossfire Trail
  • Virginia Madsen in The Last Keepers The Last Keepers
  • Virginia Madsen in The Magic of Belle Isle The Magic of Belle Isle
  • Virginia Madsen in Ghosts of Mississippi Ghosts of Mississippi
  • Virginia Madsen in Red Riding Hood Red Riding Hood
  • Virginia Madsen in Scooby-Doo in Where's My Mummy? Scooby-Doo in Where's My Mummy?
  • Virginia Madsen in A Prairie Home Companion A Prairie Home Companion
  • Virginia Madsen in Highlander 2: Renegade Version Highlander 2: Renegade Version
  • Virginia Madsen in Candyman Candyman
  • Virginia Madsen in Firewall Firewall
  • Virginia Madsen in Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild
  • Virginia Madsen in The Number 23 The Number 23
  • Virginia Madsen in Father of Invention Father of Invention
  • Virginia Madsen in The Prophecy The Prophecy
  • Virginia Madsen in The Haunting The Haunting
  • Virginia Madsen in American Gun American Gun
  • Virginia Madsen in Ambushed Ambushed
  • Virginia Madsen in American Dreams American Dreams
  • Virginia Madsen in Artworks Artworks
  • Virginia Madsen in Brave New Girl Brave New Girl
  • Virginia Madsen in The Haunting in Connecticut The Haunting in Connecticut
  • Virginia Madsen in Crazy Kind of Love Crazy Kind of Love
  • Virginia Madsen in American Gothic American Gothic
  • Virginia Madsen in Creator Creator
  • Virginia Madsen in Fire with Fire Fire with Fire
  • Virginia Madsen in Slam Dance Slam Dance
  • Virginia Madsen in The Apocalypse Watch The Apocalypse Watch
  • Virginia Madsen in Dawson's Creek: Series Finale Dawson's Creek: Series Finale
  • Virginia Madsen in Ripple Effect Ripple Effect
  • Virginia Madsen in The Hot Flashes The Hot Flashes
  • Virginia Madsen in Anna Nicole Anna Nicole
  • Virginia Madsen in All the Wilderness All the Wilderness
  • Virginia Madsen in Walter Walter