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Debra Winger

Debra Winger
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Debra Winger Biography

Debra Winger has been acknowledged as one of the screen's finest actresses since her stunning breakthrough in Urban Cowboy. Her roles in Shadowlands, An Officer and a Gentleman and Terms of Endearment all garnered Winger Academy Award nominations as well as praise from critics and others.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Winger later moved west with her family. After college, Debra began taking acting lessons, which led to local workshop productions. Not long after, she made her feature film debut in Thank God It's Friday, followed shortly by French Postcards. But it was her co-starring role with John Travolta in Urban Cowboy that brought her to the world's attention. Read Full Bio >>

Debra Winger Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2009 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female Rachel Getting Married (2008). Nominated
2009 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Rachel Getting Married (2008). Nominated
2008 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Rachel Getting Married (2008). 3rd place
2008 Gotham Awards Rachel Getting Married (2008). Nominated
2005 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Dawn Anna (2005) (TV). Nominated

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Debra Winger Trivia

  • Daughter of a meat-packer
  • Born at 5:15pm-EDT
  • Turned down the Glenn Close role in Fatal Attraction (1987).
  • Graduated from Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High School, Northridge, California, in 1970.
  • Graduated from James Monroe High School, Sepulveda, California, in 1973.
  • Had a romance with then-Governor of Nebraska Bob Kerrey during the filming of Terms of Endearment.
  • Sister-in-law of actor/writer Jim Howard.
  • Mother of Noah Hutton with Timothy Hutton
  • Measurements: 34B-23-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Has a second son named Babe (with Arliss Howard).
  • James L. Brooks wrote Broadcast News (1987) especially for her, but she turned it down because she was pregnant with her son Noah, and the role went to Holly Hunter.
  • At first, she was excited about winning the role of Wonder Girl on the TV series Wonder Woman (1976) but quickly became disillusioned and spent all her salary from the show to hire an attorney to get her out of her contract.
  • Didn't like working with Lynda Carter on "Wonder Woman," but Lynda said that they didn't have any problems and was like a big sister to her.
  • She was given the choice of the two roles in Black Widow (1987); she chose the role of the FBI agent, because she didn't understand the motivation as to why the Black Widow kills, so the title role went to Theresa Russell.
  • She became notorious for turning down worthy roles in quality films, such as Kathleen Turner's role in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Susan Sarandon's role in Bull Durham (1988), Michelle Pfeiffer's role in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Jessica Lange's role in The Music Box(1989), and Geena Davis' role in A League of their Own (1992).
  • Originally cast as Jane Craig in Broadcast News (1987). The role eventually went to `Holly Hunter' .


Debra Winger Photos

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    6th Annual Rome International Film Festival - Award Ceremony Red Carpet - Arrivals

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    6th Annual Rome International Film Festival - Official Awards Closing Ceremony - Arrivals

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    "Nurse Jackie" Showtime Series World Premiere - Arrivals

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    2009 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals

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    "The Pink Panther 2" New York Premiere - Arrivals

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    Birth Movie Premiere

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