Hope Davis

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Hope Davis
File:Hope Davis 2010.jpg
Davis at the 2010 Peabody Award
Born (1964-03-23) March 23, 1964 (age 55)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater Vassar College (B.S., 1986)[1]
Spouse(s) Jon Patrick Walker

Hope Davis (born March 23, 1964) is an American actress. She has starred in more than 20 feature films, including Flatliners (1990), Next Stop Wonderland (1998), Arlington Road (1999), Mumford (1999), About Schmidt (2002), American Splendor (2003), Proof (2005), Infamous (2006), The Lodger (2009) and Real Steel (2011). For her role in the original Broadway production of God of Carnage in 2009, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play. She has also received two Emmy Award nominations, for her 2009 role in the TV series In Treatment and the 2010 TV movie The Special Relationship.

Personal life

Davis, second of three children, was born in Englewood, New Jersey, the daughter of Joan, a librarian (at one time, for the elementary section of Elisabeth Morrow School), and William Davis, an engineer.[2] Davis has described her mother as a "great storyteller" who would take Davis and her siblings to museums or to "something cultural" every Sunday after church.[3][4] Davis was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey[5] and graduated in 1982 from Tenafly High School.[6] She was a childhood friend of Mira Sorvino, with whom she wrote and acted in backyard plays.

She is married to actor Jon Patrick Walker. They have two daughters, Georgia (born August 31, 2002) and Mae (born December 30, 2004).



Davis majored in cognitive science at Vassar College, but then made her debut as a dramatic actress in the 1990 film Flatliners, starring as William Baldwin's fiancée. She then appeared in the hit film Home Alone in a small role as a Parisian airport receptionist. Later, she starred in independent films such as The Daytrippers (1995) and Next Stop Wonderland (1998). These led her to roles in Hollywood films such as the thriller Arlington Road (1999), and About Schmidt (2002). In 2003, she starred opposite Paul Giamatti in the movie adaptation of the Harvey Pekar comic American Splendor as the comic book version of Pekar's real-life wife, Joyce Brabner. For this role, Davis won the New York Film Critics Circle award and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In 2009, she was cast as Hillary Rodham Clinton in the BBC / HBO film The Special Relationship, released in 2010.[7] She has received a nomination for Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie[8] for her performance as Clinton.


Her major stage debut came after she starred for Joel Schumacher (her "Flatliners" director) in the David Mamet play Speed-the-Plow with William Petersen at the Remains Theater in Chicago in 1992. Later, she had lead roles in the New York premiere of Rebecca Gilman's Spinning into Butter in 2000, and in the 2005 audio play Hope Leaves the Theater, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. This was a segment of the sound-only production Theater of the New Ear, which debuted at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. The title actually refers to Davis's character "leaving the theater."

She returned to the stage in 2009, appearing in Broadway's God of Carnage with Marcia Gay Harden, James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels,[9] a role that gained her a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Play.


Davis co-starred as the bitter and self-deprecating Mia with Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne in the second season (2009) of HBO's In Treatment, a dramatic series that tracks the backstory and progress of five patients during their series of psychological therapeutic sessions. Mia is a successful, unmarried malpractice attorney who returns to therapy with Dr. Paul Weston after a 20-year absence because of a lack of stability in her personal life.

Davis also starred in an NBC short-lived drama series called Deadline with Oliver Platt in 2001. She played the ex-wife to Platt's character at a newspaper giant.


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Flatliners Anne Coldren
1990 Home Alone French Ticket Agent
1995 Run for Cover Prescott's Secretary
1995 Kiss of Death Junior's Girlfriend
1996 Template:Sortname Eliza Malone D'Amico
1996 Mr. Wrong Annie
1997 Template:Sortname Margaret
1997 Guy Camera
1998 Next Stop Wonderland Erin Castleton
1998 Template:Sortname Emily Essendine
1999 Arlington Road Brooke Wolfe
1999 Mumford Sofie Crisp
2000 Joe Gould's Secret Therese Mitchell
2001 Final Dr. Ann Johnson
2001 Hearts in Atlantis Liz Garfield
2002 About Schmidt Jeannie Schmidt Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (3rd place)
2002 Template:Sortname Dana Hurst New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress also for American Splendor
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress also for American Splendor (2nd place)
2003 American Splendor Joyce Brabner New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress also for The Secret Lives of Dentists
Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress also for The Secret Lives of Dentists (2nd place)
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2005 Template:Sortname Carolyn 'Bean' Wright
2005 Duma Kristin
2005 Proof Claire
2005 Template:Sortname Noreen
2006 Infamous Slim Keith
2006 Template:Sortname Andrea Tate
2007 Template:Sortname Sarah / Susan / Sierra
2007 Charlie Bartlett Marilyn Bartlett
2008 Synecdoche, New York Madeleine Gravis Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Independent Spirit Awards: Robert Altman Award
2008 Genova Marianne
2009 Template:Sortname Ellen Bunting
2011 Template:Sortname Bunnie Burnett
2011 Real Steel Aunt Debra
2012 Disconnect Lydia Boyd
2013 Louder Than Words Brenda Fareri
2014 Wild Card Completed
Year Title Role Notes
2000–2001 Deadline Brooke Benton 13 episodes
2006–2007 Six Degrees Laura Morgan 13 episodes
2009 In Treatment Mia 7 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2010 Template:Sortname Hillary Clinton TV movie
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2011 Spring/Fall Eden TV movie
2011 Template:Sortname Mandy Vance TV movie
2011 Mildred Pierce Mrs. Forrester TV miniseries
2012–2013 The Newsroom Nina Howard 4 episodes
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Viola Mesner 1 episode, "Born Psychopath"
2013 The Ordained Packy TV movie


  1. "“THE FAMILY TREE” screening and reception with writer, producer MARK LISSON", Vassar College, October 2011
  2. Abele, Robert (Aug 10, 2003). "Less is really more; Actress Hope Davis prefers to make her mark in low-budget enterprises like 'The Secret Lives of Dentists' and 'American Splendor.'". Los Angeles Times. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/382730361.html?dids=382730361:382730361&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Aug+10%2C+2003&author=Robert+Abele&pub=Los+Angeles+Times&desc=Less+is+really+more%3B+Actress+Hope+Davis+prefers+to+make+her+mark+in+low-budget+enterprises+like+'The+Secret+Lives+of+Dentists'+and+'American+Splendor.'&pqatl=google. 
  3. interview by Tavis Smiley (September 26, 2005). "Hope Davis". PBS. http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/archive/200509/20050926_davis.html. 
  4. WEBER, BRUCE (August 20, 1995). "THEATER; The Fine Edge Between a Role And Real Life". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CE7D91F3DF933A1575BC0A963958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=print. 
  5. Kennedy, Dana. "THE NEW SEASON/FILM: UP AND COMING: Hope Davis; Lucky for Her, She Flunked the 'Nuprin' Audition", The New York Times, September 13, 1998. Accessed December 18, 2013. "Ms. Davis, who grew up in Tenafly, N.J., where she was the second of three daughters, has no explanation for her long, lean period other than to say, 'I just wasn't ready for success.'"
  6. Rohan, Virginia. " North Jersey-bred and talented too", The Record (Bergen County), June 18, 2007. Accessed July 5, 2007. "Hope Davis: Class of 1982, Tenafly High School."
  7. Andreeva, Nellie (8 July 2009). "Hope Davis to play Hillary Clinton". The Hollywood Reporter (Nielsen Business Media).
  8. "Hope Davis Emmy Nominated". Emmys.com. http://www.emmys.com/celebrities/hope-davis. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  9. Gandolfini Stars on Broadway in God of Carnage The Associated Press, January 12, 2009

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