Catherine Keener

Catherine Keener

Actor
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Life Story

Catherine Keener is an American actress, Oscar-nominated for her roles in the independent films Being John Malkovich (1999) and Capote (2005). Acclaimed in her community for her quirky roles in independent film and mainstream such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Keener got her start as a casting director in New York City.

Catherine Ann Keener was born in Miami, Florida, and was raised in Hialeah, FL. She is the daughter of Evelyn (Jamiel) and James Keener, who owned an auto shop. She is of Lebanese (mother) and English, Scottish, and German (father) descent. Keener attended Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She began taking acting classes when she was unable to sign up for a photography class. After graduating, Keener managed a McDonalds in New York City before becoming an assistant casting director and soon relocating to Los Angeles.

Family

Dermot Mulroney (17 November 1990 - 17 December 2007) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia

Attended a Catholic high school, Monsignor Edward Pace High School, Miami, Florida.
Graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts in 1983.
Graduated from Immaculate Conception in Hialeah, Florida
Grew up in Hialeah, Florida.
Ex-sister-in-law of Kieran Mulroney, Sean Mulroney, Conor and Moira Mulroney.
Has been close friends with Brad Pitt since they both starred in 1991's Johnny Suede (1991) together, and they often attend each other's movie premieres.

Personal Quotes 

[on her harshest rejection]: "One director said I just wasn't sexy. It was hard, really hard. I left town for two months with my tail between my legs. But you have to kind of go, okay, maybe I'm not their idea of [sexy], but hell, I can have sex!"
Well, for one thing, I like being a supporting actress. I like to come and go in the film. The interesting characters are very few if you want to be the lead, and they depend on you being beautiful. Since I'm not interested in those parts, the pressure's off, in a way. I'm not cast for my physicality. I find that playing so many characters in so many films is a way to be in the moment.

Filmography

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