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Debra Winger : biography

16 May 1955 –

Mary Debra Winger (born May 16, 1955) is an American actress. She gained critical acclaim for her performance in Urban Cowboy in 1980. She then gave Academy Award-nominated performances in An Officer and a Gentleman, Terms of Endearment, and Shadowlands.

She has also been nominated for four Golden Globe awards, two BAFTA awards, an Emmy Award, and won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress for Terms of Endearment and the Tokyo International Film Festival Award for Best Actress for A Dangerous Woman.

Personal life

Winger’s three-year relationship with actor Andrew Rubin ended in 1980.http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20077215,00.html From 1983 to 1985 Winger dated Bob Kerrey, at the time the Governor of Nebraska, whom she met while filming Terms of Endearment in Lincoln, Nebraska.

From 1986 to 1990 she was married to actor Timothy Hutton with whom she had a son, Noah Hutton, a documentary filmmaker born in 1987. The marriage ended in divorce., by Rachel Cooke, The Guardian, column "The Observer", Sunday 28 December 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2010., Gaynor Flynn, The Independent, Friday, 24 October 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2010.

In 1996 she married actor/director Arliss Howard, whom she met on the set of the film Wilder Napalm. Their son, Gideon Babe Ruth Howard (known as Babe), was born in 1997. She is stepmother to Sam Howard, Arliss’ son from his prior marriage.

Early years

Winger was born as Mary Debra Winger in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, into an Orthodox Jewish family, to Robert Winger, a meat packer, and Ruth (née Felder), an office manager. She has stated publicly and with amusement that the Internet has a growing "snowball" of claims that she had volunteered in an Israeli Kibbutz, whereas she was merely on a typical Israeli youth program that visited the kibbutz. After returning to the United States, she was involved in a car accident and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage; as a result, she was left partially paralyzed and blind for ten months, having initially been told that she would never see again. With time on her hands to think about her life, she decided that, if she recovered, she would move to California and become an actress. She later recovered.

Filmography

Year E.T E.T Notes
1976 Slumber Party ’57 Debbie
1976-77 Wonder Woman Drusilla (Wonder Girl) (3 episodes)
1978 Thank God It’s Friday Jennifer
1979 French Postcards Melanie
1980 Urban Cowboy Sissy Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best NewcomerNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion PictureNominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated — New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
1982 Cannery Row Suzy DeSoto
1982 An Officer and a Gentleman Paula Pokrifki Nominated — Academy Award for Best ActressNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1983 Terms of Endearment Emma Horton National Society of Film Critics Award for Best ActressNominated — Academy Award for Best ActressNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture DramaNominated — New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
1984 Mike’s Murder Betty Parrish
1986 Legal Eagles Laura J. Kelly
1987 Black Widow Alexandra ‘Alex’ Barnes
1987 Made in Heaven Emmett Humbird (credited as "Emmett" himself)
1988 Betrayed Catherine Weaver
1990 Everybody Wins Angela Crispini
1990 The Sheltering Sky Kit Moresby Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
1992 Leap of Faith Jane Larson
1993 Wilder Napalm Vida Foudroyant
1993 Shadowlands Joy Gresham Nominated — Academy Award for Best ActressNominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading RoleNominated — Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
1993 A Dangerous Woman Martha Horgan Tokyo International Film Festival Award for Best ActressNominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best ActressNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture DramaNominated — Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
1995 Forget Paris Ellen Andrews Gordon
2001 Big Bad Love Marilyn
2003 Radio Linda
2004 Eulogy Alice Collins
2005 Sometimes in April Prudence Bushnell
2005 Dawn Anna Dawn Anna Townsend Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
2008 Rachel Getting Married Abby Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best CastNominated — Gotham Independent Film Award for Best CastNominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting FemaleNominated — New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (Shared with co-star Rosemarie DeWitt)
2010 Law & Order Mrs. Woodside Episode: "Boy on Fire"
2010 In Treatment Frances 7 episodes
2012 Lola Versus Robin