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Lindsay Crouse
Lindsay Ann Crouse

(1948-05-12) May 12, 1948 (age 70)
Alma mater Radcliffe College (B.A., 1970)
Years active1972–2013
David Mamet
(m. 1977;div. 1990)

Rick Blue
(m. 1998)
Children2, including Zosia Mamet

Lindsay Ann Crouse (born May 12, 1948) is an American actress. She made her Broadway debut in the 1972 revival of Much Ado About Nothing and appeared in her first film in 1976 in All the President's Men . For her role in the 1984 film Places in the Heart , she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include Slap Shot (1977), Between the Lines (1977), The Verdict (1982), Prefontaine (1997), and The Insider (1999). She also had a leading role in the 1987 film House of Games , which was directed by her then-husband David Mamet. In 1996, she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for "Between Mother and Daughter", an episode of CBS Schoolbreak Special . She is also a Grammy Award nominee.

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<i>All the Presidents Men</i> (film) 1976 film by Alan J. Pakula

All the President's Men is a 1976 American political thriller film about the Watergate scandal, which brought down the presidency of Richard M. Nixon. Directed by Alan J. Pakula with a screenplay by William Goldman, it is based on the 1974 non-fiction book of the same name by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, the two journalists investigating the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post. The film stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein, respectively; it was produced by Walter Coblenz for Redford's Wildwood Enterprises.

<i>Places in the Heart</i> 1984 film by Robert Benton

Places in the Heart is a 1984 American drama film written and directed by Robert Benton about a U.S. Depression-era Texas widow who tries to save the family farm with the help of a blind white man and a poor black man. The film stars Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris, Ray Baker, Amy Madigan, John Malkovich, Danny Glover, Jerry Haynes and Terry O'Quinn. It was filmed in Waxahachie, Texas on Jack Davis' farm. Field won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.


Early life

Crouse was born in New York City, the daughter of Anna (née Erskine; 1916–2014) [1] and Russel Crouse, a playwright. [2] Her maternal grandparents were Pauline (Ives) and author and educator John Erskine. [3] [4] Her full name—Lindsay Ann Crouse—is an intentional tribute to the Broadway writing partnership of Lindsay and Crouse, which consisted of her father and his writing partner, Howard Lindsay. The two wrote much of The Sound of Music . [5] Their 1946 play State of the Union won that year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Their last collaboration was Mr. President in 1962. "In our family, the work ethic was held up as some kind of byword," Crouse says. "At any hour, somebody's typewriter was going." [6]

Russel Crouse was an American playwright and librettist, best known for his work in the Broadway writing partnership of Lindsay and Crouse.

John Erskine (educator) American educator

John Erskine was an American educator and author, pianist and composer. He was an English professor at Amherst College from 1903 to 1909, followed by Columbia University from 1909 and 1937. During his tenure at Columbia University he formulated the General Honors Course—responsible for inspiring the influential Great Books movement. He published over 100 books, novels, criticism, and essays including his most important essay, The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent (1915).

Lindsay and Crouse was the writing team of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, who collaborated famously from 1935 to 1962 on a succession of Broadway comedies and musicals. Their first collaboration was the rewriting of the book of Anything Goes (1934), which became a major hit and has been frequently revived. In 1946, they were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for their 1945 play, State of the Union.

Acting career

After graduating from the Chapin School in 1966 [7] and Radcliffe College in 1970, [6] Crouse began her performing career as a modern and jazz dancer, but she soon switched to acting and made her Broadway debut in Much Ado About Nothing in 1972. [2] She received her acting training at HB Studio [8] in New York City.

Chapin School

Chapin School is an all-girls independent day school located in Manhattan in New York City.

Radcliffe College former womens college in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Radcliffe College was a women's liberal arts college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and functioned as the female coordinate institution for the all-male Harvard College. It was also one of the Seven Sisters colleges, among which it shared with Bryn Mawr College, Wellesley College, Smith College, and others the popular reputation of having a particularly intellectual, literary, and independent-minded female student body. Radcliffe conferred Radcliffe College diplomas to undergraduates and graduate students for the first 70 or so years of its history and then joint Harvard-Radcliffe diplomas to undergraduates beginning in 1963. A formal "non-merger merger" agreement with Harvard was signed in 1977, with full integration with Harvard completed in 1999. Today, within Harvard University, Radcliffe's former administrative campus is home to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and former Radcliffe housing at the Radcliffe Quadrangle has been incorporated into the Harvard College house system. Under the terms of the 1999 consolidation, the Radcliffe Yard and the Radcliffe Quadrangle retain the "Radcliffe" designation in perpetuity.

HB Studio performing arts school in Greenwich Village, New York City

The HB Studio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering professional training in the performing arts through classes, workshops, free lectures, theater productions, theater rentals, a theater artist residency program, as well as full-time study through their International Student Program and Uta Hagen Institute.

Crouse's film career began in 1976, with small roles in television and theatrical movies. In 1977, she appeared as Lily Braden, the discontented wife of hockey player Ned Braden in Slap Shot . Crouse was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1984 movie Places in the Heart . Among her films was a starring role in House of Games , the 1987 film directed and written by her then-husband David Mamet, in which she plays Margaret Ford, a psychiatrist who is intrigued by the art of the con. "It's always hard to be directed by someone who's close to you," Crouse says. "Because everybody needs to go home and complain about the director. Everybody." [9]

<i>Slap Shot</i> (film) 1977 ice hockey film directed by George Roy Hill

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Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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<i>House of Games</i> 1987 film by David Mamet

House of Games is a 1987 heist-thriller film directed by David Mamet, his directorial debut. He also wrote the screenplay, based on a story he co-wrote with Jonathan Katz. The film's cast includes Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Ricky Jay, and J. T. Walsh.

Crouse has appeared in featured and guest roles in a number of television series. Notable roles include a recurring portrayal of Kate McBride, a lesbian police officer on Hill Street Blues during its sixth season in 1986, one of the earliest appearances of a lesbian character in a major American TV show. Crouse is also known for her role in the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer , where she was a recurring supporting cast member playing Professor Maggie Walsh. Crouse has also guest-starred on Alias , CSI: Crime Scene Investigation , Columbo , Criminal Minds , Law & Order , ER , Millennium , and NYPD Blue .

<i>Hill Street Blues</i> American serial police drama (1981-1987)

Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that aired on NBC in primetime from 1981 to 1987 for 146 episodes. The show chronicled the lives of the staff of a single police station located on the fictional Hill Street, in an unnamed large city, with "blues" being a slang term for police officers for their blue uniforms. The show received critical acclaim, and its production innovations influenced many subsequent dramatic television series produced in the United States and Canada. Its debut season was rewarded with eight Emmy Awards, a debut season record surpassed only by The West Wing. The show received 98 Emmy nominations during its run.

<i>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</i> American horror television series (1997-2003)

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Professor Maggie Walsh is a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The character is portrayed by Lindsay Crouse.

In recent years, Crouse has concentrated on the theater. "Once you get your driver's license, you end your film career," says Crouse. "Look at my generation. Great actresses like Glenn Close and Susan Sarandon—there's nothing written for anyone over a certain age." [10] In 2007, Crouse opened a revival of The Belle of Amherst , a one-woman show about the life of poet Emily Dickinson, at the Gloucester Stage in Gloucester, Massachusetts. "You can't stop and recite something," says Crouse. "You have to keep the poetry very, very active, which is pretty easy with Dickinson. She was striving so hard to understand what life was about. It's very dramatic poetry in that way. [11]

Glenn Close American actress

Glenn Close is an American actress, singer, and producer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including three Tony Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three Primetime Emmy Awards. A seven-time Academy Award nominee, she holds the record as the actress to have the most nominations without winning. In 2016, Close was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame, and in 2019, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Susan Sarandon American actress and activist

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A revival is a restaging of a stage production after its original run has closed. New material may be added. A filmed version is said to be an adaptation and requires writing of a screenplay. Revivals are common in Broadway theatre.

Crouse appeared in Lee Blessing's Going to St. Ives with the Gloucester Stage Company during the summer of 2008 [12] and provided the narration for Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place, a documentary film about Virginia Lee Burton. [13]

Personal life

Crouse married playwright David Mamet in 1977. The two had met during the production on Slap Shot. [14] John Lahr writes in his book Show and Tell: New Yorker Profiles that when Mamet married Crouse in 1977, he "married into show business aristocracy". Lahr also writes that Mamet got his first screenwriting assignment through Crouse. Crouse was on her way to audition for Bob Rafelson's 1981 remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice and Mamet told Crouse to tell Rafelson that "he was a fool if he didn't hire me to write the screenplay." Although Mamet was joking, Crouse did it and Rafelson called Mamet; when the director asked why he should hire him for the screenplay, Mamet replied: "Because I'll give you a good screenplay or a sincere apology." Mamet got the job. [15] She and Mamet divorced in 1990. [16] Their marriage produced two daughters, Willa and Zosia Mamet.

Crouse's brother is Timothy Crouse, author of The Boys on the Bus about political journalism during the 1972 presidential campaign. Timothy Crouse also co-authored a new libretto for the musical Anything Goes with John Weidman that opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Broadway on October 19, 1987, and ran for 784 performances. [17]

Buddhist beliefs

Crouse is a Buddhist and a direct student of Sumati Marut. In 2005, she organized an annual Buddhist educational program, originally held at the Windhover Center for the Performing Arts in Rockport, Massachusetts, [18] and then in 2010 moved to The Governor's Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts. [19] "[Buddhism] is not an exclusive club. It has something to offer everyone at all levels," says Crouse. "Buddhism is dynamic and has captured the interests of Americans. Even our quantum physics validate[s] ideas the Buddha taught 2,500 years ago." [20]



1976 All the President's Men Kay Eddy
1977 Slap Shot Lily Braden
1977 Between the Lines Abbie
1981 Prince of the City Carla Ciello
1982 The Verdict Kaitlin Costello
1983 Krull Princess Lyssa (voice)
1983 Daniel Rochelle Isaacson
1984 Iceman Dr. Diane Brady
1984 Places in the Heart Margaret Lomax
1987 House of Games Margaret Ford
1989Brave IreneNarrator (voice)Short film
1989 Communion Anne Strieber
1990 Desperate Hours Brenda Chandler
1994 Being Human Janet
1995 Bye Bye Love Grace Damico
1995 The Indian in the Cupboard Jane
1996 The Juror Tallow
1996 The Arrival Ilana Green
1997 Prefontaine Elfriede Prefontaine
1998 Progeny Dr. Susan Lamarche
1999Stranger in My HousePatti Young
1999 The Insider Sharon Tiller
2000One Hell of a GuyJudge Davis
2001Almost SalinasAllie
2001 Impostor Chancellor
2002 Cherish Therapist
2007 Mr. Brooks Captain Lister
2013 Somewhere Slow Katherine Franklin


1976 Eleanor and Franklin Marjorie BennettTV film
1976 The Tenth Level KarenTV film
1977 Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years TV film
1980Paul's CaseFirst ActressTV film
1981 Summer Solstice MaggieTV film
1982Kennedy's ChildrenRonaTV film
1985 ABC Afterschool Special Louise SandersEpisode: "I Want to Go Home"
1986–1987 Hill Street Blues Kate McBrideRecurring role (5 episodes)
1987 The Equalizer Sarah McGeeEpisode: "Solo"
1988 American Playhouse RonnieEpisode: "Lemon Sky"
1989 Columbo Dr. Joan AllenbyEpisode: Sex and the Married Detective
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Annie HolscherEpisode: "American Nuclear"
1990Everyday HeroesJanet FlorineTV film
1990 Lifestories Rebecca McManusEpisode: "Rebecca McManus and Steve Arnold"
1990 L.A. Law Sharon CummingsEpisode: "Outward Bound"
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Mrs. Grant (voice)Episode: "I've Got Batman in My Basement"
1993 Murder, She Wrote Louise Anderson-CroweEpisode: "Killer Radio"
1993 Civil Wars Dianne RalstonEpisodes: "Captain Kangaroo Court", "A Liver Runs Through It"
1993 Chantilly Lace RhezaTV film
1993Final AppealDana CartierTV film
1993 Law & Order Diane MeadeEpisode: "Promises to Keep"
1993 The Halloween Tree Additional VoicesTV film
1994 Out of Darkness Kim DonaldsonTV film
1994 Traps Laura ParkhurstRecurring role (5 episodes)
1994 L.A. Law Sharon CummingsEpisode: "Finish Line"
1994 Parallel Lives Una PaceTV film
1995 CBS Schoolbreak Special Anna LeoneEpisode: "Between Mother and Daughter"
1996 ER Dr. Anna CastiglioniEpisode: "Baby Shower"
1996 Norma Jean & Marilyn Natasha Lytess TV film
1996 If These Walls Could Talk Frances WhiteSegment, "1996"
1996 Millennium Ardis CohenEpisode: "Kingdom Come"
1996 NYPD Blue Jane WallaceEpisode: "Ted and Carey's Bogus Adventure"
1997 NYPD Blue Jane WallaceEpisode: "Alice Doesn't Fit Here Anymore"
1998 Brimstone Dr. Julia MartinEpisode: "Heat"
1999 Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Caroline Ingalls TV film
1999 The Outer Limits Gwen SawyerEpisode: "Tribunal"
1999 Touched by an Angel KateEpisode: "Such a Time as This"
1999 Law & Order Judge Denise GrobmanEpisode: "DNR"
1999–2000 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Prof. Maggie Walsh Recurring role (9 episodes)
2001The WardenMaureen RedmondTV film
2001 Providence Lauren MacKenzieEpisodes: "The Honeymoon's Over", "Rocky Road"
2002 Providence Lauren MacKenzieEpisodes: "The Start of Something Big", "All the King's Men"
2002 Frasier PegEpisodes: "Juvenilia", "The Proposal"
2002 The Division Donna B. / Julie M.Episode: "Forgive Me, Father"
2002 Alias Dr. Carson EvansEpisode: "The Prophecy"
2002 Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Caroline IngallsTV film
2002 Arliss Sharon 'Sydney' PerelliEpisode: "The Immortal"
2003 Hack Beth KulvickiEpisodes: "Forgive, But Don't Forget", "Black Eye", "Sinners and Saints", "All Others Pay Cash"
2003 Dragnet Capt. Ruth HagermannRecurring role (6 episodes)
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Mona LavelleEpisode: "Ch-Ch-Changes"
2005 Law & Order Judge Deirdre HellstromEpisode: "Red Ball"
2005 Criminal Minds Mary MaysEpisode: "Blood Hungry"
2007 Drive The BossEpisode: "Rearview"
2009–2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Judge AndrewsRecurring role (7 episodes)
2010 FlashForward Mrs. KirbyEpisodes: "Revelation Zero: Parts 1 & 2"

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