Jennifer Jason Leigh

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Leigh first came to our attention in Amy Heckerling's Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Six years later she garnered the Best Supporting Actress Awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Boston Society of Film Critics for her portrayals in both Uli Edel's Last Exit to Brooklyn and George Armitage's Miami Blues. She starred in two films for Robert Altman – Short Cuts and Kansas City, Joel and Ethan Coen's The Hudsucker Proxy, Barbet Schroeder's Single White Female, David Cronenberg's Existenz, Jane Campion's In The Cut, Agnieszka Holland's Washington Square, Sam Mendes's Road To Perdition and Ulu Grosbard's Georgia, which she produced with the director, and for which she was honored again by the New York Film Critics Circle, this time with the Best Actress Award. Her performance also earned her The Montreal Film Festival Best Actress Award and her second Independent Spirit Award nomination. Jennifer made her writing and directorial debut in 2001 with the critically lauded, The Anniversary Party, which she co-wrote, co-starred and co-directed with Alan Cumming. The Independent Spirit Awards honored the pair with Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay nominations, and the movie garnered a citation for Excellence in Filmmaking from the National Board of Review.

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