Illeana Douglas

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Illeana Douglas (born July 25, 1965) is an American actress, director, screenwriter, and producer.


Douglas is a granddaughter of the actor Melvyn Douglas and his first wife, artist Rosalind Hightower, and has said that her grandfather's performance in Being There, in particular, was influential on her own career. Her paternal great-grandfather was Latvian-born composer and pianist Edouard Hesselberg.


Douglas is known for her part in Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear (1991) " one of four Scorsese films in which she has appeared " plus her starring role as singer-songwriter Denise Waverly in Allison Anders' Grace of My Heart (1996) and supporting roles in To Die For (1995) and Ghost World (2001).

On television, Douglas appeared briefly as Garry Shandling's love interest on The Larry Sanders Show, starred in the series Action (1999) with Jay Mohr, guest starred on Seinfeld, Frasier and The Drew Carey Show, and has played a public defender on several episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2002 and 2003. She appeared in two episodes of the critically acclaimed HBO TV-series Six Feet Under, both of which earned Emmy nominations for Guest Actress in a Drama. She also appeared as Mrs. Ari's sister Marci in the Season 7 finale of Entourage.

In 2006, she starred in the Lifetime TV film Not Like Everyone Else and played herself in Pittsburgh opposite Jeff Goldblum. In 2007, Douglas was added to the cast of Ugly Betty, playing Sheila, an editor for MODE magazine.

At the Walt Disney World Resort in the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park, Douglas plays Aerosmith's manager in the preshow video for the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster attraction. She later appeared in an Aerosmith music video as Liv Tyler's mother.

Douglas has tried her hand at writing and directing, with a comedy short The Perfect Woman (1993), the documentary Everybody Just Stay Calm"?Stories in Independent Filmmaking (1994), and the satire Boy Crazy, Girl Crazier (1995); and she has been the producer for several projects including Illeanarama, a collection of her short films for the Sundance Channel.

In April 2011, she was scheduled to begin a potentially recurring role on the CW drama series Gossip Girl as Lily's older sister, Carol, though Sheila Kelley replaced her as Carol due to scheduling conflicts.

Personal life

From 1989 until 1997, Douglas was the companion of director Martin Scorsese.

On 16 May 1998, she married producer and writer Jonathan Axelrod, the stepson of producer George Axelrod; they divorced in 2001.



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Hello Again Mother in park
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ Crowd member
1989 New York Stories Paulette's friend
1990 Goodfellas Rosie
1991 Guilty by Suspicion Nan
1991 Cape Fear Lori Davis
1993 Alice: The Miracle of the Andes Liliana Methol
1993 Household Saints Evelyn Santangelo
1993 Grief Leslie
1994 Quiz Show Woman at book party
1995 Search and Destroy Marie Davenport
1995 Judgement Laurel Short film
1995 To Die For Janice Maretto Nominated"?Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated"?Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1996 Wedding Bell Blues Jasmine
1996 Grace of My Heart Denise Waverly
1997 Picture Perfect Darcy O'Neil
1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction Rita Pasco Television movie
1997 Rough Riders Edith Roosevelt Television movie
1997 Bella Mafia Teresa Scorpio Luciano Television movie
1997 Hacks Georgia Feckler
1998 The Thin Pink Line Julia Bullock
1999 Flypaper Laura
1999 Stir of Echoes Lisa Weil
1999 Happy, Texas Doreen Schaefer
1999 Message in a Bottle Lina Paul Nominated"?Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress " Drama
1999 Lansky Anna Lansky Television movie
1999 Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Band manager Short film
2000 The Next Best Thing Elizabeth Ryder
2001 Ghost World Roberta Allsworth
2002 Dummy Heidi
2002 The New Guy Kiki Pierce
2002 Point of Origin Kate Television movie
2002 The Adventures of Pluto Nash Dr. Mona Zimmer
2003 The Kiss Joyce Rothman
2003 Missing Brendan Julie Conroy
2005 Alchemy KJ
2005 The Californians Olive Ransom
2006 Not Like Everyone Else Toni Blackbear Television movie
2006 Factory Girl Diana Vreeland
2006 The Bondage Elaine Edwards
2007 Walk the Talk Jill
2007 Order Up Waitress Short film
2007 Osso Bucco Megan
2007 Expired Wilman
2008 The Year of Getting to Know Us Christine Jacobson
2008 Otis Kate Lawson
2009 April Showers Sally
2009 Life Is Hot in Cracktown Mommy


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Homicide: Life on the Street Gina Doolen Episode: "Autofocus"
1995 The Single Guy Martha Episode: "Sister"
1998 Seinfeld Loretta Episode: "The Strong Box"
1999 Brother's Keeper Ginny Episode: "Dating the Teacher"
1999-2000 Action Wendy Ward 13 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Actress " Television Series Musical or Comedy
2001 Frasier Kenny's wife Episode: "Hungry Heart"
2001 The Drew Carey Show Rachel Murray 2 episodes
2001-2005 Six Feet Under Angela 3 episodes
Nominated"?Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2002-2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gina Bernardo 3 episodes
2006 Crumbs Shelley 3 episodes
2006-2007 Shark Gloria Dent 2 episodes
2007 Ugly Betty Sheila 3 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Beverly Tyson Episode: "Contract"
2008-2012 Easy to Assemble Illeana 48 episodes
2010-2011 Entourage Marcie 2 episodes
2011 The Cape Netta Stilton 2 episodes
2013 Maron Herself Episode: "Dominatrix"

Web television

  • Easy to Assemble (2008-2012)

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