Elizabeth McGovern Biography (1961-)

Born July 18, 1961, in Evanston, IL; daughter of William Montgomery (a professor) and Katharine Woolcot (a high school teacher; maiden name, Watts) McGovern; married Simon Curtis (a director and producer), December 12, 1992; children: Matilda Curtis, Grace Curtis. Addresses: Agent: United Talent Agency, 9560 San Vicente Blvd., Fifth Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Manager: Eli Selden, Artists Management Group, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 212, BeverlyHills, CA 90212.

Birth Details
July 18, 1961
Evanston, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Last Year's Model, 1979
  • Jeannine, Ordinary People, Paramount, 1980
  • Evelyn Nesbit Thaw, Ragtime, Paramount, 1981
  • Chloe Allen, Lovesick, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Caddie Winger, Racing with the Moon, Paramount, 1984
  • Deborah, Once upon a Time in America (also known as C'era una volta in America), Warner Bros., 1984
  • Mary Dalton, Native Son, Vestron, 1986
  • Denise Connely, Bedroom Window, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group,1987
  • Kristen "Kristy" Briggs, She's Having a Baby, Paramount, 1988
  • Donna McCarty, Johnny Handsome, TriStar, 1989
  • Elena Quince, Tune In Tomorrow (also known as Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter), Cinecom, 1990
  • Moira, The Handmaid's Tale (also known as Die Geschichte der Dienerin), Cinecom, 1990
  • Stella Anderson, A Shock to the System, Corsair, 1990
  • Fanny, Me and Veronica, 1992
  • Lydia, King of the Hill, Gramercy, 1993
  • Emily, The Favor (also known as The Indecent Favour), Orion, 1994
  • Nolle Guillaumet, Wings of Courage (also known as Guillaumet, les ailes du courage), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1995
  • Susan Stringham, The Wings of the Dove, Miramax, 1997
  • Till Turner, The Misadventures of Margaret (also known as Les folies de Margaret), TF1 International, 1998
  • Diane, The Man with Rain in His Shoes (also known as If Only ... , Twice upon a Yesterday, Lieber gestern als nie, and Lluvia en los zapatos), Trimark Pictures, 1999
  • Carry Fisher, The House of Mirth (also known as Chez les heureux du monde and Haus Bellomont), Sony Pictures Classics, 2000
  • Elizabeth, Manila, Senator Film, 2000
  • Mrs. Berman, Buffalo Soldiers, Miramax, 2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Miniseries
  • Helen Schwartz, "Tales from Hollywood," American Playhouse, PBS, 1992
  • Ashenden, Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • Lady Marguerite Blakeney, The Scarlet Pimpernel, BBC and Arts andEntertainment, 1999
  • Susie Hawkins, Hawk, BBC, 2000
  • Movies
  • Vicki, "The Man in the Brooks Brothers Suit," Women and Men: Stories of Seduction, HBO, 1990
  • Beatrice-Joanna, The Changeling, syndicated, 1994
  • Janice Diller, Broken Trust (also known as Court of Honor),TNT, 1995
  • Celia Rayburn, The Summer of Ben Tyler, CBS, 1996
  • Sara Kate, Clover, USA Network, 1997
  • Marguerite Blakeney, The Scarlet Pimpernel and the Kidnapped King,BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Marguerite Blakeney, The Scarlet Pimpernel Meets Madame Guillotine, BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Edna Lee, The Flamingo Rising, CBS, 2001
  • Series
  • Jessie Kent, If Not for You, CBS, 1995
  • Mel, Table 12, 2001
  • Specials
  • Narrator, Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam, HBO, 1988
  • Voice, In Search of Oz, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Margaret Hyman, Broken Glass, PBS, 1996
  • Episodic
  • California Fever, CBS, 1979
  • "Horror in the Night," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1996
  • Appeared in the title role, "Snow White," Faerie Tale Theater (also known as Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theater), Showtime.
  • Other
  • Candice Hopper, Thursday the 12th, 2000
  • Stage Appearances
  • Lea, My Sister in This House, Second Stage Theatre, New York City,1981
  • To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, Theatre-Off-Park, New York City, 1981
  • Title role, Major Barbara, Alaska Repertory Theatre, Anchorage, 1982
  • Margaret Church, Painting Churches, Lamb's Theatre, New York City,1983
  • Viola, Twelfth Night, Huntington Theatre, Boston, MA, 1984
  • Carol, The Hitchhiker, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Peggy Whitton, A Map of the World, Public Theatre, New York City,1985
  • Julia, Two Gentlemen of Verona, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • Lemon, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Mark Taper Too, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1987
  • Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream, New York Shakespeare Festival,Public Theatre, 1988
  • Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, Edison Theatre, New York City, 1989-1990
  • When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, CA, 1989-1990
  • Isabelle Brown, Maids of Honor, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre, 1990
  • Masha, The Three Sisters, Atlantic Theatre, New York City, 1991
  • Ophelia, Hamlet, Roundabout Theatre Company, Criterion Theatre, New York City, 1992
  • The Misanthrope, 1996
  • Nan/Lina, Three Days of Rain, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London, 1999
  • Dinner with Friends, London, 2001
  • The Vagina Monologues, London, 2001
  • Appeared in Ring around the World, produced in Washington, DC; also appeared in As You Like It, Dwarfman, Master of a Million Shapes, and Hotel Play.

Further Reference


    • Entertainment Weekly, September 22, 1995, p. 68
    • National Review, May 15, 1995, p. 68

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