Marcia Gay Harden

Marcia Gay Harden


August 14, 1959

Also Known For : Movie Actress

Birth Place : La Jolla, California, United States of America

Zodiac Sign : Leo

Chinese Zodiac : Pig

Birth Element : Earth

Marcia Gay Harden Biography, Life, Interesting Facts

Marcia Gay Harden was born 14th August 1959, to Thad and Beverly Harden. She was born in La Jolla, California, in the United States. Harden's father was a Naval officer, and she had four siblings.

Harden studied at Surrattsville High School, situated in Maryland. She graduated in 1976, and she then enrolled at the University of Texas. She graduated in 1980 with her degree in theatre. Harden then studied at New York University, at the Tisch School of the Arts. In 1988, she graduated with her master's degree in fine arts.


In 1987, Harden made her television debut in an episode of CBS Summer Playhouse. She followed this in 1988 with an appearance on Simon & Simon. Harden's first film role was in 1990. She acted in Miller's Crossing. At this early stage of her career, Harden still worked as a caterer to bring in an income.

Harden also ventured into the theater, and in 1993, she debuted on Broadway. Between 1990 and 2018, Harden was in 55 movies. These include the Fifty Shades trilogy, in 2015, 2017, and 2018. She was also in The First Wives Club (1996), and Mystic River (2003).

During the same period, Harden was in 20 television movies, and she has appeared in nearly twenty series. These include 22 episodes of The Education of Max Bickford (2001). She was also in ten episodes of The Newsroom (2013-2014).

Harden also starred in Code Black from 2015 – 2018.

In 2018, Harden released her memoirs, called, The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers.


Awards And Honors

Harden has won nine awards from her 27 award nominations.

These include one Academy Award and one Tony Award. She has also won a New York Film Critics Circle Award.



Harden married Thaddaeus Scheel in 1966. Scheel was a prop master, and they met on the set of one of her movies.

The couple has three children, but they divorced in 2012.