Artist Bio

Frances Fisher

Frances Fisher

(Bio as of September 2004)

Frances Fisher most recently appeared at the Goodman in Finishing the Picture during the 2004/2005 Season. She began her career in theater in Texas at the Orange Community Theatre and apprenticed at the Barter Theatre in Virginia before moving to New York City. In New York, she studied with Stella Adler and is one of the last three students selected by Lee Strasberg to become a member of the Actor's Studio. Her off-Broadway credits include Fool for Love at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, The Hitchhikers at the WPA Theatre, Orpheus Descending at the Actor's Studio, The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Public Theater, A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Stonehouse, The Ruffian on the Stair at Theatre St. Marks, Still Life at The American Place, and The Hunter & The Bird and The Ballygombeen Bequest at St. Clements Theatre. She has played leading roles in regional theaters across the country includ­ing Desire Under the Elms at Hartford Stage: The Chain, written and directed by Elia Kazan, at Hartman Theatre; Hay Fever and Life With Father at The Barter Theatre; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Center Stage Theater; Marne and A Man for All Seasons at Orange Players; Jammed at the Edinburgh International Festival; and Three More Sleepless Nights at the McCadden Theatre, for which she won a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble. Her many television credits include star­ring roles in Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter and Jackie O: A Life Story for CBS and The Audrey Hepburn Story for ABC. She recurred on CBS' Becker and Fox's Titus and was a series regular on Glory Days for the WB and NBC's The Lyon Den. She will next appear in David Kelley's new drama, Boston Legal. Ms. Fisher began her film career with roles in Henry Jaglom's Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?; Tough Guys Don't Dance, written and directed by Norman Mailer; Patty Hearst; Babyfever and Female Perversions. She went on to star in roles opposite Clint Eastwood in the Academy Award-winning Unforgiven and True Crime. Other film credits include the indie festival hits The Rising Place, The Blue Car for Miramax and The Big Tease. Her per­foymance as Kate Winslet's mother in the Academy Award-winning Titanic brought her a Screen Actors Guild nomination as part of Best Ensemble Cast. Recently, Fisher starred opposite Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly in the critically acclaimed House of Sand and Fog and in Laws of Attraction with Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan. She next co-stars in Mrs. Harris with Annette Benning and Ben Kingsley for HBO/Killer Films.

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