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      Grace Zabriskie

      Grace Zabriskie

      Highest Rated: 100% Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: May 17, 1941

      Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

      A character actress given to tasty bit parts, Grace Zabriskie vacillates between erotic exhibitionists and colorful, brassy mothers. Since making her feature debut in "Norma Rae" (1978), the New Orleans-born actress has gone on to leave an indelible mark on both the small and big screens. She has been particularly effective in movies playing mothers, albeit not the kind that would be embraced by June Cleaver. In "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982), Zabriskie portrayed Debra Winger's mom while in "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989), she was the rejecting parent of Matt Dillon. The actress drew on her roots as Dennis Quaid's Cajun mom in "The Big Easy" (1986) and was another Southern mother, this time to Sissy Spacek, in "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" (1994). Two of her most memorable feature parts were as a crazed killer (in a role tailored specifically for her) in David Lynch's "Wild at Heart" (1990) and as Malcolm McDowall's wife in "Chain of Desire" (1993), for which she donned a maid's uniform and wig for a softly sadistic sex scene. Along with a steady string of low-profile indie films, Zabriskie has appeared in "A Family Thing" (1996), "Armageddon" (1998), "Gone In Sixty Seconds" (2001), "The House on Turk Street" (2002) and, in a particularly effective turn, as the near-catatonic victim of "The Grudge" (2004). On the small screen, the actress has lent her unique talents to a variety of memorable roles. Zabriskie was effective as a snake-handler who attempts to romance a detective in a two-part 1986 installment of NBC's "Hill Street Blues" and as the supportive wife of Admiral Elmo Zumwalt in the CBS biopic "My Father, My Son" (1988). Zabriskie went on to play the grandmother of a child stricken with AIDS in "The Ryan White Story" (ABC, 1989), and the therapist of a sexually abused teen in "A Deadly Silence" (ABC, 1989). The following year, David Lynch tapped her to portray the excessively sobbing mother of murder victim Laura Palmer in the quirky primetime serial "Twin Peaks" (ABC), which she reprised in the confusing 1993 feature prequel "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me." Zabriskie had the recurring role of the mother of Susan Ross, George Costanza's ill-fated fiancee in several episodes of "Seinfeld." She also offered an effective supporting turn as Jennifer Jason Leigh's mother in the controversial but critically-praised "Bastard Out of Carolina" (Showtime, 1996). She also had a recurring stint as Yellow Teeth on the sci-fi series "John Doe" (UPN, 2002-2003) and appeared as The Crone on the popular WB witchcraft-lite series "Charmed."

      Highest rated movies

      Bastard Out of Carolina
      The Waterdance
      Norma Rae
      The Big Easy
      Chrystal
      My Own Private Idaho
      A Family Thing
      Inland Empire

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      Grace Zabriskie MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE, from left: Grace Zabriski e, Michael Shannon, Chloe Sevigny, 2009. ©Unified Pictures/c ourtesy THE PASSION OF DARKLY NOON, Grace Zabriskie, 1995 THE GRUDGE, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Grace Zabriskie, 2004, (c) Columbia AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, (aka OFICIAL Y CABALLERO), Grace Zabriskie, Debra Winger, 1982, (c) Paramount/courtesy Everettt Collection MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, Grace Zabriskie, River Phoenix, 1991 The Killing, Grace Zabriskie, 'Head Shots', Season 3, Ep. #4, 06/16/2013, ©AMC The Killing, Grace Zabriskie, 'That You Fear the Most', Season 3, Ep. #2, 06/02/2013, ©AMC The Killing, Grace Zabriskie, 'Head Shots', Season 3, Ep. #4, 06/16/2013, ©AMC CHILD'S PLAY 2, Grace Zabriskie, Jenny Agutter, Alex Vincent, 1990, (c)Universal WILD AT HEART, Grace Zabriskie, 1990, (c) Samuel Goldwyn TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME, Grace Zabriskie, Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, 1992, (c)New Line Cinemas FERNGULLY: THE LAST RAINFOREST, Samantha Mathis as Krysta, Grace Zabriskie as Magi Lune, 1992. © 20th Century Fox CHILD'S PLAY 2, Grace Zabriskie, Chucky, 1990, (c) Universal FERNGULLY: THE LAST RAINFOREST, Grace Zabriskie as Magi Lune, 1992. © 20th Century Fox The Killing, Grace Zabriskie, 'That You Fear the Most', Season 3, Ep. #2, 06/02/2013, ©AMC POLAROID Photo: Chris Reardon © 2017 Dimension Films GALAXY OF TERROR, Bernard Behrens (front left), Grace Zabriskie (front right), 1981, © New World GALAXY OF TERROR, from left: Zalman King, Sid Haig, BernardBehrens (seated), Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Grace Zabriskie (seated), 1981, © New World Releasing Ray Donovan, Grace Zabriskie, 'The Octopus', Season 3, Ep. #9, 09/06/2015, ©SHO

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      71% No Score Yet Cryptozoo Joan (Voice) $32.3K 2021
      0% No Score Yet Polaroid Lena Sable (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe Frank: Somewhere Out There Unknown (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 71% Rosemont Josephine (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Polaroid Lena (Character) - 2015
      48% 72% The Judge Mrs. Blackwell (Character) $2.7M 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blind Malice Nanna (Character) - 2014
      55% 42% Wrong Cops Donna (Character) - 2013
      50% 44% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Mrs. McCullum (Character) - 2009
      17% 23% Bob Funk Mrs. Funk (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 24% Brothel Madam (Character) - 2008
      7% 53% License to Wed Grandma Jones (Character) $43.8M 2007
      72% 75% Inland Empire Visitor #1 (Character) - 2006
      80% 57% Chrystal Gladys (Character) $80.7K 2004
      41% 46% The Grudge Emma Williams (Character) $110.2M 2004
      No Score Yet 58% The Last Letter Mrs. Allison (Character) - 2004
      25% 25% The House on Turk Street Mrs. Quarre (Character) - 2002
      20% 35% R.S.V.P. Mary Franklin (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 8% They Crawl Mrs. Gage (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Home: The Horror Story Grace Parkinson (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 52% A Texas Funeral Murtis (Character) - 2000
      25% 77% Gone in Sixty Seconds Helen Raines (Character) $101.6M 2000
      No Score Yet 46% Trash Mrs. DeMarie (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 21% Houdini Mrs. Weiss (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dante's View Geraldine (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 53% Me & Will Edith (Character) - 1998
      43% 73% Armageddon Dottie (Character) $201.6M 1998
      55% 43% Sparkler Sherri (Character) $5.5K 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet George B. The Mother (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 0% Dead Men Can't Dance Brig. Gen. Burke (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Devil's Child Rose DeMarco (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder at My Door Grandma (Character) - 1996
      73% 72% A Family Thing Ruby (Character) $10.1M 1996
      No Score Yet 92% A Promise to Carolyn Francie Harper (Character) - 1996
      100% 84% Bastard Out of Carolina Granny (Character) - 1996
      44% 55% The Passion of Darkly Noon Roxy (Character) - 1995
      22% No Score Yet Desert Winds Jackie's Mother (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 75% A Good Day to Die Rose (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 25% The Crew Gloria Pierce (Character) - 1994
      39% 32% Drop Zone Winona (Character) $26.7M 1994
      No Score Yet 80% Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story Ethel (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonds of Love Emma Smith (Character) - 1993
      17% 28% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Mrs. Hankshaw (Character) $1.7M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Miracle Child Adeleine Newberry (Character) - 1993
      60% No Score Yet Chain of Desire Linda Bailey (Character) $3.1K 1993
      94% 63% The Waterdance Pat (Character) $1.7M 1992
      67% 64% FernGully ... the Last Rainforest Magi Lune (Voice) $20.9M 1992
      63% 78% Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Sarah Palmer (Character) $4.2M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A House of Secrets and Lies Ruby (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 28% The Servants of Twilight Grace Spivey (Character) - 1991
      80% 80% My Own Private Idaho Alena (Character) $6.4M 1991
      No Score Yet 15% Ambition Mrs. Merrick (Character) $282.5K 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Prison Stories: Women on the Inside Genevieve (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 0% Intimate Stranger Dana P. Ashley (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Megaville Mrs. Palinov (Character) - 1990
      40% 52% Child's Play 2 Grace Poole (Character) $26.9M 1990
      65% 81% Wild at Heart Juana Durango (Character) $14.5M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hometown Boy Makes Good Helen Geary (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 67% The Ryan White Story Gloria White (Character) - 1989
      40% 49% The Boost Sheryl (Character) $766.8K 1988
      50% 50% Rampage Naomi Reece (Character) $322.5K 1987
      89% 61% The Big Easy Mama (Character) $15.5M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadow Chasers Mary Komatar (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 77% The Burning Bed Flossie Hughes (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet M.A.D.D.: The Candy Lightner Story Silvie Alice Kohler (Character) - 1983
      29% 28% Galaxy of Terror Captain Trantor (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 83% The Private Eyes Nanny (Character) - 1980
      91% 79% Norma Rae Linette Odum (Character) - 1979

      TV

      Credit
      43% 41% Mike Camille D'Amato (Character) 2022
      94% 83% Twin Peaks: The Return Sarah Palmer (Character) 2017
      72% 85% Ray Donovan Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      80% 83% Big Love Lois Henrickson (Character) 2006-2007 2009-2011
      No Score Yet 90% Charmed Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      73% No Score Yet John Doe Unknown (Guest Star) 2002-2003
      No Score Yet 83% The Guardian Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      81% 95% The West Wing Isabel (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet 81% The King of Queens Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dharma & Greg Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      89% 92% Seinfeld Mrs. Ross (Guest Star) 1992 1996 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High Incident Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Wanda Padzik (Guest Star) 1995 1997
      43% No Score Yet The Burning Zone Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      50% No Score Yet Second Noah Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fallen Angels Virna (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Children of the Dust Unknown (Character) 1995
      71% No Score Yet Angel Falls Cuema (Character) 1993
      78% 92% Twin Peaks Sarah Palmer (Character),
      Unknown (Voice)
      1990-1991
      82% 99% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet People Like Us Unknown (Character) 1990
      97% No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Terry Sylvestri (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Dolls Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1981