In the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, California, on August 14, 1959, Marcia Gay Harden was born to Beverly, a homemaker, and Thad, a US Navy lieutenant. She is one of four sisters and one brother. Harden’s family frequently relocated due to his father’s work, including stops in Germany, Japan, and Greece, among others.
Harden eventually settled in Maryland, where he enrolled at Clinton’s Surrattsville High School. Later, she earned a bachelor’s degree in drama from UT Austin. This was in 1980. After that, Harden attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated with an MFA in 1988.
What is Marcia Gay Harden’s Net Worth?
The American actress Marcia Gay Harden is worth $8 million. Marcia Gay Harden won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film Pollock and is best recognized for her roles in the movie The First Wives Club, Mystic River, Mona Lisa Smile, and others. She has been seen on numerous television episodes, including “The Newsroom,” “Code Black,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Trophy Wife,” and “The Morning Show.” Harden, meanwhile, has been in such critically acclaimed stage productions as “Angels in America” and “God of Carnage” on Broadway.
Film Career in the 90s
In the 1990 gangster thriller “Miller’s Crossing,” directed by the Coen brothers, Harden played her first major film role as Verna Bernbaum. From there, she went on to star in films including “Late for Dinner,” “Crush,” “Used People,” and “Safe Passage.”
The year 1996 was Harden’s biggest in film because she appeared in five movies: “The Spitfire Grill,” “The Daytrippers,” “The First Wives Club,” “Spy Hard,” and “Far Harbor.” She went on to play doctors in two very different films: the science fiction comedy Flubber and the action thriller Desperate Measures. For Harden, “Meet Joe Black” and “Curtain Call” were his last two credits from the ’90s.
Marcia Gay Harden Television Career
Harden first featured on television in the late 1980s, in episodes of “Simon & Simon” and “Gideon Oliver.” She appeared in several TV movies at the beginning of the following decade, including “In Broad Daylight,” “Fever,” and “Sinatra.” Subsequently, Harden guest-starred on the TV shows ‘Fallen Angels,’ ‘Chicago Hope,’ and ‘Homicide: Life on the Street.
By the end of the 1990s, she had been in three television movies: “Path to Paradise,” “Labor of Love,” and “Spenser: Small Vices.” She played Susan Silverman, a character she again portrayed in the follow-up films “Thin Air” and “Walking Shadow.” Harden played Andrea Haskell on the short-lived sitcom “The Education of Max Bickford” from 2001 to 2002. Following this, she appeared in several more TV movies, such as “King of Texas,” “She’s Too Young,” and “Felicity: An American Girl Adventure.” Harden’s role as FBI Special Agent Dana Lewis on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” first appeared in 2005.
When season two of the legal drama series “Damages” began airing in 2009, Harden was already a prominent cast member, portraying the role of corporate attorney Claire Maddox. She was nominated for an Emmy that same year for her performance in the TV movie “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler.”
Her resume thereafter expanded to include roles in TV movies like “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy” and “Innocent,” as well as guest spots on shows like “Body of Proof” and “Bent.” Harden had a starring part in the sitcom “Trophy Wife” in 2013 and 2014, and a supporting role in the political drama “The Newsroom” in the same year. In 2015, she made her television debut in the recurring roles of Hannah Keating on “How to Get Away with Murder” and as Dr. Leanne Rorish on the medical drama series “Code Black.” Harden also had recurring parts on “The Morning Show” and “Uncoupled,” among other shows.
Marcia Gay Harden Personal Life
It was in 1996 that Harden tied the knot with his prop master, Thaddaeus Scheel. They brought the world Eulala, a daughter, and Hudson and Julitta, identical twins. When Harden and Scheel split up in 2012, it was final.
Harden enjoys the Japanese craft of ikebana and pottery making. The 2018 novel “The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers” is about her experiences learning ikebana from her mother in Japan.