Douglas, Illeana 1965–

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Douglas, Illeana 1965–


Original name, Illeana Hesselberg; born July 25, 1965, in Quincy, MA; daughter of Gregory and Joan Douglas; granddaughter of Melvyn Douglas (an actor); stepgrandaughter of Helen Gahagan Douglas (an actress, singer, and politician); married Jonathan Axelrod (a television producer), May 16, 1998 (divorced, March 13, 2001). Education: Attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.

Addresses: Agent—Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Career: Actress, director, producer, and writer. Worked as a stand-up comedian while in her teens; owned a production company; played rock band Aerosmith's manager in the preshow at Walt Disney World's Rock 'n' Roll Coaster, 1999. Worked for Peggy Siegal (a publicist) in New York City, 1988.

Awards, Honors: Best Short Film Prize, Aspen Film Festival, 1993, for The Perfect Woman; Prize, Aspen Film Festival, 1995, for Boy Crazy, Girl Crazier; Chlotrudis Award nomination, best supporting actress, Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, Saturn Award nomination, best supporting actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, 1996, both for To Die For; Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite supporting actress in a drama or romance, 2000, for Message in a Bottle; Golden Satellite Award, best performance by an actress in a comedy or musical series, International Press Academy, 2000, for Action; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actress in a drama series, 2002, for Six Feet Under.


Film Appearances:

Mother in park, Hello Again, Buena Vista, 1987.

Voice in crowd, The Last Temptation of Christ, Universal, 1988.

Paulette's friend, "Life Lessons," New York Stories, Buena Vista, 1989.

Rosie, Goodfellas (also known as GoodFellas), Warner Bros., 1990.

Nan, Guilty by Suspicion (also known as La liste noire), Warner Bros., 1991.

Lori Davis, Cape Fear, Universal, 1991.

(Scenes deleted) Angie's neighbor, Jungle Fever, 1991.

Lilliana Methol, Alive (also known as Alive: The Miracle of the Andes), Buena Vista, 1993.

Leslie, Grief, Strand Releasing, 1993.

Evelyn Santangelo, Household Saints, Fine Line Features, 1993.

The Perfect Woman (short), 1993.

Elizabeth, woman at book party, Quiz Show, Buena Vista, 1994.

Celena, Boy Crazy, Girl Crazier (short), 1995.

Marie Davenport, Search and Destroy (also known as The Four Rules), October Films, 1995.

Janice Maretto, To Die For, Columbia, 1995.

Laurel, Judgement, 1995.

Jasmine, Wedding Bell Blues, Curb Entertainment, 1996.

Edna Buxton/Denise Waverly, Grace of My Heart, Gramercy Pictures, 1996.

Darcy O'Neil, Picture Perfect, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997.

Georgia Feckler, Hacks (also known as The Big Twist and Sink or Swim), Shoreline Entertainment, 1997.

Laura, Flypaper, Trimark, 1997.

Herself, Pitch (documentary), The Asylum, 1997.

Julia Bullock, The Thin Pink Line, 1998.

Lina Paul, Message in a Bottle, Warner Bros., 1999.

Anita Dick, Can't Stop Dancing, 1999.

Lisa Weil, Stir of Echoes, Artisan Entertainment, 1999.

Ms. Schaefer, Happy, Texas, Miramax, 1999.

Elizabeth Ryder, The Next Best Thing, Paramount, 2000.

Roberta Allsworth, Ghost World, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2001.

Heidi, Dummy, Artisan Entertainment, 2002.

Kiki Pierce, The New Guy, Columbia, 2002.

Dr. Mona Zimmer, The Adventures of Pluto Nash (also known as Pluto Nash), Warner Bros., 2002.

Herself, Making of "Ghost World" (documentary short), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2002.

Joyce Rothman, The Kiss, 2003.

Julie Conroy, Missing Brendan, 2003.

Cameo, Surviving Eden, 2004.

Herself, Supermarket (short), Illeanarama, 2004.

Donna, I'm Perfect, 2005.

Olive Ransom, The Californians, Fabrication Films,2005.

Elaine Edwards, Bondage, Eccentric Cattle Entertainment, 2006.

Jill, Walk the Talk, 2006.

Expired, 2006.

Film Work:

Director, The Perfect Woman (short), 1993.

Director, Everybody Just Stay Calm, 1994.

Director, Boy Crazy, Girl Crazier (short), 1995.

Executive producer, Life Without Dick, TriStar, 2001.

Producer and director, Devil Talk (short), 2003.

Producer and director, Supermarket (short), Illeanarama, 2004.

Director, Sorority Rule, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Wendy Ward, Action, Fox, 1999.

Herself, Illeanarama, Oxygen, 2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Teresa Luciano, Bella Mafia, CBS, 1997.

Edith Roosevelt, Rough Riders (also known as Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders), TNT, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Rita Pascoe, Weapons of Mass Distraction, HBO, 1997.

Anna Lansky, Lansky, HBO, 1999.

Kate, Point of Origin (also known as In the Heat of the Fire), 2002.

K. J., Alchemy, ABC Family, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Host, Everybody Just Stay Calm—Stories in Independent Filmmaking, Independent Film Channel, 1994.

Presenter, The 14th Independent Spirit Awards (also known as The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards), Independent Film Channel, 1998.

Politically Incorrect After Party Presented by Pepsi, ABC, 1999.

Host and narrator, It's Only Rock & Roll! ABC, 2000.

Presenter, The 16th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel, 2001.

Narrator and host, Flops 101: Lessons from the Biz, 2004.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Celia Thompson, The Coven, Lifetime, 2004.

Herself, Illeanarama, Oxygen, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Gina Doolen, "Autofocus," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide), NBC, 1995.

Martha, Sister, The Single Guy, NBC, 1995.

Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show), CBS, 1996.

Loretta, "The Strongbox," Seinfeld, NBC, 1997.

Herself, "Just the Perfect Blendship," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1998.

Herself, "Putting the 'Gay' Back in Litigation, The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1998.

Ginny, "Dating the Teacher," Brother's Keeper, ABC, 1999.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1999.

The Martin Short Show, syndicated, 1999.

Mad TV, Fox, 1999.

Host, The List, VH1, 1999.

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (also known as The Late Late Show), CBS, 2001.

Kenny's wife, "Hungry Heart," Frasier, NBC, 2001.

Rachel Murray, "Drew and the Activist: Parts 1 & 2," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 2001.

Dr. Helen Mead, "A Change Will Do You Good," Strange Frequency, VH1, 2001.

Angela, "The New Person," Six Feet Under, HBO, 2001.

Hollywood Unleashed, Animal Planet, 2001.

Herself, "The Perfect Pitch," Brilliant But Cancelled, Trio, 2002.

Gina Bernardo, "Juvenile," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2002.

Gina Bernardo, "Resilience," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2002.

Dinner for Five, Independent Film Channel, 2002, 2003.

Gina Bernardo, "Tortured," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2003.

(Uncredited) Angela, "Time Flies," Six Feet Under, HBO, 2005.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS, 2005.

Angela, Hold My Hand, Six Feet Under, HBO, 2005.

Television Work; Series:

Executive producer, Illeanarama, Oxygen, 2005.

Television Work; Specials:

Executive producer and director, Everybody Just Stay Calm—Stories in Independent Filmmaking, Independent Film Channel, 1994.

Television Work; Pilots:

Executive producer, Ileanarama, Oxygen, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

Lynn, "Dream House," New Works 1987, Cubiculo Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Alice, The Moment When, Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 2000.

Kate Griswald, Surviving Grace, Union Square Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Mrs. Shinn, Music Man, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh, PA, 2004.

Also appeared in As Sure As You Live, Black Eagles, and Takes on Women.



The Perfect Woman (short), 1993.

Boy Crazy, Girl Crazier (short), 1995.

Supermarket (short), Illeanarama, 2004.

Television Specials:

Everybody Just Stay Calm—Stories in Independent Filmmaking, Independent Film Channel, 1994.

Television Pilots:

Illeanarama, Oxygen, 2005.

Television Episodes:

Illeanarama, Oxygen, 2005.



Premiere, Volume 8, 1994, pp. 37-38.

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