Through this happenstance, Douglas met Scorsese, his editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, as well as filmmaker Michael Powell, and provided many ADR of crowd sounds. While working for a New York film publicist, Douglas was asked to dub screams and provide additional dialogue for Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). [11] During high school, Douglas visited the set while they were shooting on location in Asheville, North Carolina and got to meet Sellers, whose work she admired greatly. She has had memorable performances in Goodfellas (1991) Cape Fear (1993) Alive (1993), Search and Destroy (1995) Grief (1995) Grace of My Heart (1996) Picture Perfect (1997) Message in a Bottle (1999) Happy, Texas (1999) Stir of Echoes (1999) The Next Best Thing (2000) Ghost World (2001) Dummy (2003) Factory Girl (2006) Pittsburgh (2006) Some television movies include Rough Riders (1998) Bella Mafia (1999) Lansky (2000) Point of Origin (2001) and Weapons of Mass Distraction (1998). [15], Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, "Illeana Douglas helps shine spotlight on female directors in TCM film festival", "Illeana Douglas on Living in an 'Easy Rider' Commune, Dressing Like Richard Dreyfuss and Hollywood's Deep-Seated Sexism (Q&A)", "Final Analysis: Illeana Douglas - Actress Illeana Douglas discusses rejection and how it's helped her career", "Illeana Douglas inspired by Melvyn's 'Being There, "Playing the Woman Beside the Man Who Took San Juan Hill", "Movie Review: Grace of My Heart (1996) - One Fine Day at the Brill Building", "Q&A: Illeana Douglas, The Veteran Scene-Stealer Sparkles in 'The Next Best Thing, "Sean Astin, Illeana Douglas Join Indie 'Unleashed' (Exclusive)", "Comedy Investigation! A Night at the Movies: Hollywood Goes to Washington, The Fabulous Life Presents: Really Rich Real Estate, Gotta Get Off This Merry Go Round: Sex, Dolls and Showtunes, The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Tom Brokaw/Illeana Douglas/Leonard Garment, Sarah Jessica Parker/Tim Meadows/Illeana Douglas, David Alan Grier/Illeana Douglas/John Pizzarelli. [8], After graduating from high school, Douglas moved to New York City. Illeana Hesselberg (born July 25, 1965), most commonly known as Illeana Douglas,[1] is an American actress, director, screenwriter, and producer. It’s Dark Here (2013), Chez Upshaw with Kevin Pollak (2012), for which Douglas won the LA IFS Best Actress Award, The Green (2012) for which Douglas won best supporting actress for her role at the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. In 1969 Illeana Douglas' parents saw the film Easy Rider and were transformed.
[8], In 2015, in association with the advocacy group, Women in Film, Douglas presented a month-long series on the TCM cable channel called "Trailblazing Women," an initiative to highlight women's contributions to the art of cinema. [8] Douglas said that her maternal grandmother, a former Rockette, had really wanted to be an actor. [9], Douglas notes the contrast between her working-class Italian roots and the glamorous Hollywood world of her paternal side of the family. [29] She was named after Princess Ileana of Romania. She guest starred on Seinfeld, Frasier and The Drew Carey Show, and has played a public defender on several episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2002 and 2003.

She instilled in Douglas a love for the movies, which they attended together frequently when she was a child. [32], From 1989 until 1997, Douglas was the companion of director Martin Scorsese. She has been in a 2001 episode of Six Feet Under – for which she received a Primetime Emmy nomination as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series and won the Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series award from OFTA, the Online Film & Television Association – and in the TV series Action opposite Jay Mohr – for which she won a Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. [1], Douglas grew up in Connecticut, in the Old Saybrook area, and has said that she was also raised in many other cities, in Massachusetts where her father lived, Connecticut where her mother lived, and New York, where her extended family resided. 1 Midnight Madness, Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time, Parts 1-3, Illeana Douglas on Goliath, Female Filmmakers & Why She Blames Dennis Hopper, Illeana Douglas/Terri, Bindi & Robert Irwin, AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steve Martin. Douglas said it took her a long time to figure out the contrasting diversity, to put both halves together. Illeana Douglas is an actress, writer, and producer. She was executive producer on the film Life Without Dick (2002) starring Sarah Jessica Parker. The series will present work by female pioneers like Dorothy Arzner, Alice Guy-Blaché, Agnès Varda, Lina Wertmüller, as well as interviews with Allison Anders, Amy Heckerling, Julie Dash, and others. Current films include She’s Funny That Way (2015) directed by Peter Bogdanovitch, Pearly Gates (2015) All Stars (2014) Sisters (2014) with Barbara Hershey, and Max Rose (2013) with Jerry Lewis. [17] In 1999, she had a starring role opposite Jay Mohr in the series Action. Everybody Just Stay Calm was about the comedic trials of independent filmmaking and featured interviews with Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee, David O.Russel, Kevin Smith, and many others. [27] Not long after the book's release, she began a podcast with the same title.

[26] The series will be a multi-year event, with the first year's focus on women directors from the 1920s to the present. Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. Soon Scorsese and Douglas began a long-term relationship.
Sparhusen won a Webby Award for Best Short Comedy.

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