Catherine Keener

Catherine Keener


3/26/1960, Miami, Florida, USA

Birth Name

Catherine Ann Keener


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Catherine Keener was born on March 23, 1959, in Miami, Florida. She only started acting when she took a theater course at college, due to her favoured photography course being full up. Her first major role was as a guest star in an episode of Seinfeld, playing Jerry's…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2008, Catherine was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for An American Crime.

    • Catherine has been nominated for six SAG awards. In three different years, she was nominated for both Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for the same movie. In 2000 the movie was Being John Malkovich. In 2006 the movie was Capote. In 2008 the movie was Into The Wild.

    • Catherine Keener is 5' 8" tall.

    • Catherin was listed in Entertainment Weekly's 'Top 25 Actresses' list, as one of the 'up and coming' stars to watch.

    • Catherine was featured on the covers of the Canadian magazine Famous in 2002, and with Edward Norton on Timeout New York in 2003.

    • Catherine made a cameo in Charlie Kauffman's Adaptation in 2002.

    • Catherine was interviewed by Jennifer Aniston in Details magazine.

    • Catherine was provided with a strict set of rules by director Steven Soderbergh on the set of Full Frontal, to make sure that the budget did not exceed $2 million to make. The rules stipulated: all actors were to provide their own wardrobe, maintain their own hair and makeup, and drive themselves to and from the set every day.

    • Catherine was devastated when famed author Harper Lee, who she played in Capote, refused to speak with her before filming. The author, who had been celebrated author Truman Capote's best friend since childhood refused to cooperate with the making of the film. Lee did contact Keener after filming, to tell her that she enjoyed the film.

    • Catherine shielded a surprised Jennifer Aniston from a reporter on The Today Show. The pair appeared to talk about a movie that they were filming, Friends With Money, when the questions started to turn personal on Aniston. The reporter was warned before taping, that all personal topics were 'off limits', yet when the interview started, the reporter asked about Jennifer's wedding plans with actor Vince Vaughn. Catherine stepped in, and told the reporter to 'back off' and stick to the topic at hand.

    • Catherine played Anna alongside Edward Norton in the stage production of Burn This, by Lanford Wilson, in September 2002.

    • Catherine landed her first starring role in Johnny Suede, alongside then-unknown Brad Pitt.

    • Catherine played Jerry's girlfriend on an episode of Seinfeld called 'The Letter'. She was the artist that painted the infamous portrait of Kramer.

    • Catherine met actor Dermot Mulroney while they were filming Survival Quest in 1989, the two dated then married in 1990. They filed for divorce in Fall of 2007.

    • Catherine interned as an assistant to casting agent Gail Eisenstadtin in New York in 1983, following her to Los Angeles, California when she moved her office. Eisenstadtin asked Catherine what her ultimate career goal was, and she answered that she wanted to act. After pulling some strings, her dreams came true when she landed bit parts in movies like About Last Night... in 1996.

    • Catherine was nominated for an Academy Award, in 1999, in the category of Best Supporting Actress, for her role in the motion picture Being John Malkovich. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for the movie.

    • Catherine was nominated for an Academy award in 2005, in the category of 'Best Supporting Actress', for her performance in the movie Capote.

    • Catherine is good friends with Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt.

    • Catherine's first film appearance was in About Last Night (1986).

    • Catherine is the third of five children.

    • Catherine has one son.

    • Catherine attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Hialeah, Florida. She began to rebel in her high school years, and was expelled in 11th grade. She reconsidered her priorities, and returned to school to graduate with grades that were high enough to be accepted into college. She graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts in 1983.

    • Catherine is the older sister of Elizabeth Keener.

  • Quotes

    • Catherine Keener: Most times when people pitch you as being perfect for a part… they don't look at you as an actor who can transform. A lot of people are so literal.

    • Catherine: My favorite roles are the ones that I can add a little of my own personality into, If I find that I have nothing in common with the character, I will refuse the role. Maybe the similarity is as minute as we both like to shop! There. A common ground.

    • Catherine: I am a well-adjusted star, in my opinion. I don't let it go to my head, I focus on the normality of my daily life, and take the big days as they come. My heart is content with my husband and son.

    • Catherine Keener: 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.

    • Catherine Keener: Luck favors the prepared.

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