Virginia Madsen is beloved by horror genre fans for her performance as Helen Lyle opposite Tony Todd in the cult classic Candyman, which earned her the Saturn Award for Best Actress. Madsen was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Maya in Sideways. Fans may also recognize her as Princess Irulan in Dune, Sara Campbell from The Haunting in Connecticut, Mrs. Hannah Durant on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, and recently she gave the Beauchamp witches a taste of their own spells on Lifetime’s Witches of East End.
Since Madsen began her on-screen career in 1983, she’s gone on to film numerous big screen, television, and online films including Dead Rising: Watchtower, Crazy Kind of Love, Lost Boy (TV), Red Riding Hood, The Astronaut Farmer, DC Universe’s animated feature Wonder Woman where she voiced Hippolyta, A Prairie Home Companion, Firewall, The Haunting, The Number 23, The Rainmaker, The Prophecy, Highlander II: The Quickening, Fire with Fire, and many more.
In 1984, Madsen appeared in her first TV series role on American Playhouse. Her television appearances include voice-over work on Justice League Unlimited, Spider-Man, and Justice League. Madsen can also be seen on The Event, Scoundrels, Monk, American Dreams, Dawson’s Creek, CSI: Miami, The Practice, Frasier, Star Trek: Voyager, Moonlighting, and a few other shows.
Madsen’s upcoming film is Road to Capri. Future projects include David O Russell’s’ Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence, and Burn your Maps, with Vera Farmiga.
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