An actress, director, writer, and producer, JENNIFER JASON LEIGH is acknowledged by both critics and fans as one of the most daring performers of her generation. Leigh was last seen in Brad Anderson's The Machinist, starring Christian Bale, and Jane Campion's In the Cut opposite Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, and Kevin Bacon. She recently completed production on Todd Solonz's Palindromes, with Ellen Barkin, and Childstar, directed by Don McKellar. Leigh also appeared in Sam Mendes' Road to Perdition, starring opposite Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, and Jude Law.
In 2001, Leigh made her directional debut with Fine Line's The Anniversary Party, for which she received a citation for Excellence in Filmmaking from The National Board of Review, and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay.
Leigh first came to prominence in 1990 winning both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Last Exit to Brooklyn and Miami Blues.
In 1993, Leigh made director Robert Altman's Short Cuts; three years later she reunited with Altman for the film Kansas City. In 1994, Leigh played Dorothy Parker in Alan Rudolph's Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, which Altman produced. For her performance as Parker, she was named Best Actress by The National Society of Film Critics and The Chicago Film Critics and was nominated for both the Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Best Actress Awards.
Leigh went on to produce Georgia, directed by Ulu Grosbard, for which she won the New York Film Critics Circle Best Actress Award and the Montreal Film Festival Award for Best Actress, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress.
Leigh's career has been honored with numerous retrospectives, including the prestigious American Cinematheque, Telluride Film Festival, and the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York.
In 2002, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented Leigh with its Young Friends of Film Honors, an annual tribute to an outstanding film artist whose work is especially enjoyed and admired by today's young filmgoers.
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