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Virginia Madsen

Virginia G. Madsen is an American actress and producer. She made her film debut in Class (1983), which was filmed in her native Chicago. She soon moved to Los Angeles. In 1984, David Lynch cast her in the science fiction film Dune as Princess Irulan. Madsen was then cast in a series of successful teen movies, including Electric Dreams (1984), Modern Girls (1986), and Fire with Fire (1986).

She is most known for her role as Helen Lyle in the horror film Candyman (1992); and for her performance as Maya in Alexander Payne's film Sideways (2004), for which she received numerous awards and nominations, including nominations for the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other film appearances include Long Gone(1987), Gotham (1988), The Hot Spot (1990), Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), The Rainmaker(1997), A Prairie Home Companion (2006), The Haunting in Connecticut (2009), Red Riding Hood (2011), and All the Wilderness (2014).

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Swamp Thing (2019)
Starring as Maria Sunderland (8 episodes)
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (2018)
Starring as Tamara Quinn (10 episodes)
Designated Survivor (2016)
Guest starring as Kimble Hookstraten (15 episodes)
American Gothic (2016)
Starring as Madeline Hawthorne (13 episodes)
Dead Rising (2015)
Starring as Maggie
Celebrity Name Game (2014)
Guest starring as Virginia Madsen (2 episodes)
Witches of East End (2013)
Guest starring as Penelope Gardiner (8 episodes)
Elementary (2012)
Guest starring as Paige Cowan (3 episodes)
Hell on Wheels (2011)
Guest starring as Hannah Durant (4 episodes)
The Event (2010)
Guest starring as Senator Catherine Lewis (4 episodes)
Scoundrels (2010)
Starring as Cheryl West (8 episodes)
Smith (2006)
Starring as Hope Stevens
Spider-Man (2003)
Guest starring as Silver Sable (2 episodes)
American Dreams (2002)
Guest starring as Rebecca Sandstrom (7 episodes)
Monk (2002)
Guest starring as T.K. Jensen (3 episodes)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Guest starring as Beth Anne Rollins
Dawson's Creek (1998)
Guest starring as Maddy
The Practice (1997)
Guest starring as Marsha Ellison (2 episodes)
Star Trek: Voyager (1995)
Guest starring as Kellin
Frasier (1993)
Guest starring as Cassandra Stone (4 episodes)
Oscars (1953)
Guest starring as Virginia Madsen