Virginia Madsen, an American actress, has garnered critical acclaim for her stellar performances in both horror film Candyman and Alexander Payne’s Sideways. Her most well-known roles were Helen Lyle in Candyman and Maya in Sideways respectively.
She has founded Title IX Productions as well, where her first project with her mother was the documentary I Know a Woman Like That.
Early Life and Education
Virginia Madsen was born September 11 in Winnetka, Illinois and attended New Trier East High School before going on to study acting with city theater productions and summer performance camps. Her parents Calvin Madsen (firefighter) and Elaine Madsen (writer, poet, producer and playwright). Virginia then studied acting at city theater productions and summer performance camps before going onto become an accomplished actress herself.
She made her film debut in 1983 in Class, then appeared in films directed by David Lynch such as Dune and Electric Dreams. Additionally, she appeared in many television series like Moonlighting and Frasier.
Mother of one son, she currently resides in Los Angeles and owns Title IX Productions; through which she recently directed I Know A Woman Like That with Karly Meola.
Virginia Madsen, an American actress renowned for her stellar on-screen performances and garnering much praise and fan support in Hollywood, is widely revered and beloved among her audiences. Her resume boasts roles alongside many of Hollywood’s finest actors.
She made her acting debut in 1983 with Class and soon moved to Los Angeles where she found a role as Princess Irulan in David Lynch’s science fiction film Dune – leading to additional movie and television acting jobs for her.
Her breakthrough performance came with Alexander Payne’s Sideways (2004) which earned critical acclaim and propelled her into stardom. Since then, she has gone on to appear in films such as Firewall, A Prairie Home Companion, The Number 23 and The Ripple Effect among others. Additionally to acting, she also enjoys photography and has displayed her work at several galleries around Los Angeles.
Achievement and Honors
Virginia Madsen is an esteemed movie actress known for her many critically-acclaimed performances in films like Fire with Fire (1986). Since then she has appeared in several successful ’90s movies like Slam Dance, Long Gone, and Hot to Trot with equal success.
Her television credits also include Moonlighting, The Practice, Frasier and American Dreams; she speaks multiple languages fluently and has an admiration for literature.
Madsen first met director Danny Huston while filming Mr. North in 1989 and they later divorced three years later; since then she has had various relationships and one child.
Virginia Madsen was born in Chicago, Illinois to Elaine Madsen – an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author – and Calvin Madsen – a firefighter. She has one brother named Michael Madsen (an actor) as well as Irish and Native American heritage.
She first appeared as an extra in the 1983 film Class, before going on to star in 1987’s Hot to Trot comedy film and 1984 science fiction flick Dune as well as 1986 thriller film Fire with Fire.
She first gained critical acclaim and fame through her performance in 2004’s Sideways, which earned her critical acclaim and increased her fame. Since then she has gone on to appear in other movies including Firewall, A Prairie Home Companion and The Number 23 as well as numerous television series including The Practice and CSI: Miami.
Virginia Madsen managed to return to acting after taking time away to raise her child, with outstanding talent and captivating on-screen performances earning critical acclaim and garnering her a dedicated fan base. Since making her first film debut as cellist in 1984 with Electric Dreams she has gone on to star in Dune, Creator, Fire with Fire, Long Gone among many other productions.
She has appeared on many popular TV series such as ‘Star Trek: Voyager’, ‘CSI: Miami’, ‘Dawson’s Creek’, The Practice’, Frasier, Smith and Monk to name just a few. Additionally she runs her own production company Title IX Productions as well. In 1989 she married actor/director Danny Huston; this marriage ended after five years and divorce two years later in 1992; now in a relationship with Antonio Sabato Jr and mothering one son.