Elizabeth McGovern

Actress / Singer-songwriter / Composer / Television Actress / Stage Actress / Film Actress | * 07/18/1961 (59) | Evanston, Illinois, USA
Elizabeth Lee McGovern (born July 18, 1961) is an American film, television, and theater actor, and musician. She received an Academy Award nomination for her role as Evelyn Nesbit in the 1981 film Ragtime. She is also known for her performance as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, in the British drama series Downton Abbey, for which she has been nominated for an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award. Her other films include Ordinary People (1980), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), The Handmaid's Tale (1990), The Wings of the Dove (1997) and The Chaperone (2018). ()
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Elizabeth McGovern (born July 18, 1961) is an American film, television, and theater actor. In 1980, while studying at Juilliard, McGovern was offered a part in her first film, Ordinary People, in which she played the girlfriend of troubled teenager Timothy Hutton. The following year she completed her education as an actress at the American Conservatory Theatre and at The Juilliard School, and began to appear in plays, first Off-Broadway and later in famous theaters. In 1981, she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Evelyn Nesbit in the film Ragtime. In 1984, she starred in Sergio Leone's gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America as Robert De Niro's romantic interest, Deborah Gelly. In 1989, she played Mickey Rourke's girlfriend in Johnny Handsome, directed by Walter Hill, and the same year she appeared as a rebellious lesbian in Volker Schlöndorff's thriller The Handmaid's Tale.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Elizabeth McGovern

Theatre World Award Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

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Movies with Elizabeth McGovern as Actress(55)

as Cora Crawley2019 Downton Abbey
as Karen MacCauley2018 The Commuter
as Elaine Mozell2018 The Wife
as Norma2018 The Chaperone
as Shirley2016 Showing Roots
as Carolyn2015 Unexpected
as Dolly Adams2015 Swung
as Judge Florence-Marie Cooper2015 Woman in Gold
as Narrator2012 Screen Goddesses
as Jane2011 Angels Crest
as Cora Crawley2011 Christmas at Downton Abbey
as Mrs. Lizewski2010 Kick-Ass
as Marmara2010 Clash of the Titans
as Tallulah 'Tutu' Williams2008 Inconceivable
as Mrs Honeychurch2007 A Room with a View
as Ellen Doubleday2007 Daphne
as Donna2006 The Truth
as Candice Hopper2003 Thursday the 12th
as Mrs. Berman2001 Buffalo Soldiers
as Edna Lee2001 The Flamingo Rising
as Mrs. Carry Fisher2000 The House of Mirth
as Elizabeth2000 Manila
as Sara Kate1997 Clover
as Susan Stringham1997 The Wings of the Dove
as Celia Rayburn1996 The Summer of Ben Tyler
as Noëlle Guillaumet1996 Wings of Courage
as Margaret Hyman1996 Broken Glass
as Emily1994 The Favor
as Beatrice-Joanna1993 The Changeling
as De Flores1993 The Changeling
as Lydia1993 King of the Hill
as Fanny1993 Me and Veronica
as Moira1990 The Handmaid's Tale
as Elena Quince1990 Tune in Tomorrow...
as Stella Anderson1990 A Shock to the System
as Donna McCarty1989 Johnny Handsome
as Kristen 'Kristy' Briggs1988 She's Having a Baby
as Denise1987 The Bedroom Window
as Mary Dalton1986 Native Son
as Deborah Gelly1984 Once Upon a Time in America
as Caddie Winger1984 Racing with the Moon
as Chloe Allen1983 Lovesick
as Evelyn Nesbit1981 Ragtime
as Jeannine Pratt1980 Ordinary People

TV Shows/Series with Elizabeth McGovern as Actress(13)

Movies with Elizabeth McGovern as Crew(1)

Production/Producer2018 The Chaperone

Additional Information

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Born: Tuesday, 07/18 1961 (July) in Evanston (current age: 59 years + 25 days)
Zodiac sign: Cancer (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Juilliard School
Spouses (current/former): Simon Curtis
Siblings: Cammie McGovern
Elizabeth McGovern frequently works together with these people:
Michelle Dockery (5x, Actress)
Eric Idle (5x, Actor)
Shelley Duvall (5x, Actress)
Jill Abbinanti (5x, Crew)
Warren Leight (5x, Crew)
Mariska Hargitay (4x, Actress)
Paul Dooley (4x, Actor)
Julian Fellowes (4x, Actor)
Sam Waterston (4x, Actor)
Roy Dotrice (4x, Actor)
Eric Willner (4x, Cast)
Kevin Fox (4x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1191, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 07/15/2020