Lindsay Ann Crouse
May 12, 1948
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Radcliffe College (B.A., 1970)|
(m. 1977;div. 1990)
|Children||2, 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.
Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. The play was included in the First Folio, published in 1623.
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.
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.
Crouse was born in New York City, the daughter of Anna (née Erskine; 1916–2014)and Russel Crouse, a playwright. Her maternal grandparents were Pauline (Ives) and author and educator John Erskine. 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 . 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."
Russel Crouse was an American playwright and librettist, best known for his work in the Broadway writing partnership of Lindsay and Crouse.
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.
After graduating from the Chapin School in 1966and Radcliffe College in 1970, 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. She received her acting training at HB Studio in New York City.
Chapin School is an all-girls independent day school located in Manhattan in New York City.
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.
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."
Slap Shot is a 1977 American sports comedy film directed by George Roy Hill, written by Nancy Dowd and starring Paul Newman and Michael Ontkean. It depicts a minor league hockey team that resorts to violent play to gain popularity in a declining factory town.
The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress is an award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is given in honor of an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role while working within the film industry. The award was traditionally presented by the previous year's Best Supporting Actor winner.
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 .
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.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American supernatural drama television series based on the 1992 film of the same name. It was created by Joss Whedon under his production tag, Mutant Enemy Productions, with later co-executive producers being Jane Espenson, David Fury, David Greenwalt, Doug Petrie, Marti Noxon, and David Solomon.
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."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.
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 Abigail Sarandon is an American actress and activist. She has received an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and has been nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards and nine Golden Globe Awards. She is known for her social and political activism for a variety of causes. She was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.
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 2008and provided the narration for Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place, a documentary film about Virginia Lee Burton.
Crouse married playwright David Mamet in 1977. The two had met during the production on Slap Shot.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. She and Mamet divorced in 1990. 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.
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,and then in 2010 moved to The Governor's Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts. "[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."
|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)|
|1984||Iceman||Dr. Diane Brady|
|1984||Places in the Heart||Margaret Lomax|
|1987||House of Games||Margaret Ford|
|1989||Brave Irene||Narrator (voice)||Short film|
|1990||Desperate Hours||Brenda Chandler|
|1995||Bye Bye Love||Grace Damico|
|1995||The Indian in the Cupboard||Jane|
|1996||The Arrival||Ilana Green|
|1998||Progeny||Dr. Susan Lamarche|
|1999||Stranger in My House||Patti Young|
|1999||The Insider||Sharon Tiller|
|2000||One Hell of a Guy||Judge Davis|
|2007||Mr. Brooks||Captain Lister|
|2013||Somewhere Slow||Katherine Franklin|
|1976||Eleanor and Franklin||Marjorie Bennett||TV film|
|1976||The Tenth Level||Karen||TV film|
|1977||Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years||TV film|
|1980||Paul's Case||First Actress||TV film|
|1981||Summer Solstice||Maggie||TV film|
|1982||Kennedy's Children||Rona||TV film|
|1985||ABC Afterschool Special||Louise Sanders||Episode: "I Want to Go Home"|
|1986–1987||Hill Street Blues||Kate McBride||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|1987||The Equalizer||Sarah McGee||Episode: "Solo"|
|1988||American Playhouse||Ronnie||Episode: "Lemon Sky"|
|1989||Columbo||Dr. Joan Allenby||Episode: Sex and the Married Detective|
|1989||CBS Summer Playhouse||Annie Holscher||Episode: "American Nuclear"|
|1990||Everyday Heroes||Janet Florine||TV film|
|1990||Lifestories||Rebecca McManus||Episode: "Rebecca McManus and Steve Arnold"|
|1990||L.A. Law||Sharon Cummings||Episode: "Outward Bound"|
|1992||Batman: The Animated Series||Mrs. Grant (voice)||Episode: "I've Got Batman in My Basement"|
|1993||Murder, She Wrote||Louise Anderson-Crowe||Episode: "Killer Radio"|
|1993||Civil Wars||Dianne Ralston||Episodes: "Captain Kangaroo Court", "A Liver Runs Through It"|
|1993||Chantilly Lace||Rheza||TV film|
|1993||Final Appeal||Dana Cartier||TV film|
|1993||Law & Order||Diane Meade||Episode: "Promises to Keep"|
|1993||The Halloween Tree||Additional Voices||TV film|
|1994||Out of Darkness||Kim Donaldson||TV film|
|1994||Traps||Laura Parkhurst||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|1994||L.A. Law||Sharon Cummings||Episode: "Finish Line"|
|1994||Parallel Lives||Una Pace||TV film|
|1995||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Anna Leone||Episode: "Between Mother and Daughter"|
|1996||ER||Dr. Anna Castiglioni||Episode: "Baby Shower"|
|1996||Norma Jean & Marilyn||Natasha Lytess||TV film|
|1996||If These Walls Could Talk||Frances White||Segment, "1996"|
|1996||Millennium||Ardis Cohen||Episode: "Kingdom Come"|
|1996||NYPD Blue||Jane Wallace||Episode: "Ted and Carey's Bogus Adventure"|
|1997||NYPD Blue||Jane Wallace||Episode: "Alice Doesn't Fit Here Anymore"|
|1998||Brimstone||Dr. Julia Martin||Episode: "Heat"|
|1999||Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder||Caroline Ingalls||TV film|
|1999||The Outer Limits||Gwen Sawyer||Episode: "Tribunal"|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Kate||Episode: "Such a Time as This"|
|1999||Law & Order||Judge Denise Grobman||Episode: "DNR"|
|1999–2000||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Prof. Maggie Walsh||Recurring role (9 episodes)|
|2001||The Warden||Maureen Redmond||TV film|
|2001||Providence||Lauren MacKenzie||Episodes: "The Honeymoon's Over", "Rocky Road"|
|2002||Providence||Lauren MacKenzie||Episodes: "The Start of Something Big", "All the King's Men"|
|2002||Frasier||Peg||Episodes: "Juvenilia", "The Proposal"|
|2002||The Division||Donna B. / Julie M.||Episode: "Forgive Me, Father"|
|2002||Alias||Dr. Carson Evans||Episode: "The Prophecy"|
|2002||Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder||Caroline Ingalls||TV film|
|2002||Arliss||Sharon 'Sydney' Perelli||Episode: "The Immortal"|
|2003||Hack||Beth Kulvicki||Episodes: "Forgive, But Don't Forget", "Black Eye", "Sinners and Saints", "All Others Pay Cash"|
|2003||Dragnet||Capt. Ruth Hagermann||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Dr. Mona Lavelle||Episode: "Ch-Ch-Changes"|
|2005||Law & Order||Judge Deirdre Hellstrom||Episode: "Red Ball"|
|2005||Criminal Minds||Mary Mays||Episode: "Blood Hungry"|
|2007||Drive||The Boss||Episode: "Rearview"|
|2009–2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Judge Andrews||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2010||FlashForward||Mrs. Kirby||Episodes: "Revelation Zero: Parts 1 & 2"|
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