Virginia Gayle Madsen is an American actress and film producer. She made her film debut in Class (1983), which was filmed in her native Chicago. After moving to Los Angeles, director David Lynch cast her as Princess Irulan in the science fiction film Dune (1984) Madsen starred in a series of successful teen movies, including Electric Dreams (1984), Modern Girls (1986), and Fire with Fire (1986). She received further recognition for her starring role as Helen Lyle in the horror film Candyman (1992) For her performance in Alexander Payne's comedy-drama Sideways (2004), Madsen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. On television, Madsen has appeared in the comedy series Frasier, the period drama series American Dreams, and the DC Universe superhero horror series Swamp Thing (2019)
Madsen made her acting debut at age 22, in a bit part where she landed her role as Lisa in the comedy film Class (1983). She next appeared in Kenny Loggins' music video for "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)" from the Footloose soundtrack. Madsen first became popular with audiences in 1986 with her portrayal of a Catholic school girl who fell in love with a boy from a prison camp. She was the love interest of minor league baseball manager Cecil "Stud" Cantrell (William Petersen) in the HBO original film Long Gone. Madsen played Allison Rowe, a secretary in the comedy film Hot to Trot ( 1988) She also starred as Helen Lyle in the horror film Candyman (1992) Madsen appeared in a small role in the Francis Ford Coppola drama The Rainmaker (1997) Virginia Madsen had a critically acclaimed performance as a supporting actress in Sideways (2004), directed by Alexander Payne. Film critic Roger Ebert said she had a "strong scene" in the film. Madsen also had a role as a witness for the plaintiff in "Sideways" Her first major role after Sideways was opposite Harrison Ford in Firewall. She later appeared in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, in a key role as the angel. She co-starred alongside Jim Carrey in The Number 23 and Billy Bob Thornton in The Astronaut Farmer. In 1988, Madsen appeared as Maddie Hayes' cousin in the fifth and final season of the ABC drama series Moonlighting. She has since made various television appearances, including Star Trek: Voyager, CSI: Miami, Dawson's Creek, The Practice, Frasier, and other television series. She voiced Queen Hippolyte, mother of Wonder Woman, in the animated film Wonder Woman (2009). She was also co-host of the long-running television series Unsolved Mysteries in 1999. She starred alongside Ray Liotta in the short-lived CBS crime drama series Smith. She also had a recurring role in the eighth and final season in the USA Network comedy-drama series Monk. In 2010, she landed the starring role of Cheryl West in the ABC comedy- drama series Scoundrels. In December 2010, it was announced that she would be joining the cast in the NBC science fiction series The Event. In 2012, she joined the cast of the AMC western drama series Hell on Wheels as Mrs. Hannah Durant, first appearing in episode eight of season 2, "The Lord's Day" In 2013, Madsen began appearing on Lifetime's Witches of East End as Penelope Gardiner. She starred as Congresswoman Kimble Hookstraten in the first season of the ABC political drama series Designated Survivor. In 2008, she formed her own film production company called Title IX Productions. The film is a documentary about the lives of older women. On the creation of the film, she said her mother's active lifestyle was an inspiration. "My mother's level of activity, of productivity, was exactly why I thought a project like this would work," she said. "I'm going to Holland, and then I'm going here and there and I'm writing my book," he says. "That's really what it's about. But that's really not what I'm doing. I'm not going to do that every day."
Danny and Madsen were married after meeting on the set of Mr. Huston. The North was released in 1988. They were married in 1989 and then divorced in 1992. There was a long-term relationship between Madsen and Antonio Sabto Jr. She had one son from 1993 to 1998 with her.
Virginia Gayle Madsen was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Elaine Madsen (née Elaine Loretta Melson), who became an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author, and Calvin Madsen, a firefighter. Her mother left a career in finance to pursue an arts career, encouraged by Roger Ebert. Madsen is a graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. Her paternal grandparents were Danish, and her mother has English, Irish, Scottish, German and distant Native American ancestry. Madsen later attended the Ted Liss Acting Studio in Chicago, and Harand Camp Adult Theater Seminar. "It was well worth the wait because I don't think I could have got that sort of training anywhere else especially in the United States," he says. "I always wanted to make a real career out of acting." "I don't know if I've ever been so happy in my whole life," he adds.
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The Devil's Light
Sister Ann, who believes performing exorcisms is her calling, but is at odds with a exorcism school's rules and eventually comes face to face with a demonic force that infests the school and has myste...
"That Click" is a documentary about legendary photographer Douglas Kirkland that depicts sixty years of pop culture ranging from photojournalism to celebrity portraits, from film photography to global...
Operation Christmas Drop
While gathering evidence to support the closing of a tropical U.S. The congressional aide warms to the captain of the Air Force base.
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A CDC researcher investigates a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana, but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. No one is safe when the marsh is murky an...
A self-destructive punk rocker struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.
It Was Always You, Helen
An interview with actor Virginia Madsen about her work in Candyman.
A broken, guilt-ridden young vet attempts to make the amends while renting a room from his fallen brother's widow.
Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian returns to his Texas hometown and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.
A Change of Heart
Discouraged with cards that life has felt him, Hank is a man whose circumstances have steered him to fear change, but his town is adhering less to traditional white man and wife partnerships of which ...
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Burn Your Maps
A family in emotional turmoil is taken by surprise in this quirky adventure where an eccentric 8-year-old American boy, Wes, has an existential epiphany - He believes that he is in fact a Mongolian go...
Better Watch Out
On a quiet suburban street tucked within a'safe neighborhood', a babysitter is forced to defend a twelve-year-old boy from strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is not a normal...
A prominent Boston family attempts to redefine itself in the wake of a chilling discovery that links their recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders spanning decades — amid the mounting suspi...
Lifelong friends stumble back home after high school when word goes out on Facebook that the most popular among them has died. Old girlfriends, boyfriends, new lovers, parents, your first dead friend ...
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A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.
Metropolis explores one important world city each episode, uncovering rich historical secrets behind its extraordinary location.
Road to Capri
One dead father. Two mothers. Two brothers who didn't know they were brothers. One inheritance.
When Laura Harris's kidnapped son returns after eleven devastating years, what she thinks will be a dream come true turns out to be a family nightmare.
A ticket-taker at the local cinema believes he is the son of God. He has agreed to decide the eternal fate of everyone he comes in to contact with.
Dead Rising: Watchtower
Based on the game, Dead Rising takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection whi...
Grace Stirs Up Success
Grace is excited for the summer so she can start a business with her friends, but things take an unexpected turn when her mom announces a trip to Paris. There, Grace must learn to get along with her F...
All the Wilderness
Keeping to himself in the wake his father's death, James Charm finds refuge in solitary walks and creating morbid sketches — until a charismatic new friend and a quirky young woman begin to draw him o...
A filmmaker sets out to make a new project in order to figure out how he's screwed up every relationship he's ever had.
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Witches of East End
In East Haven, Long Island's secluded seaside town, the adventures of the Beauchamp family are led by their two adult daughters, who are unaware that they are their family's next generation of witches...
Voluptuous beauty Anna Nicole Smith marries an elderly millionaire and poses for Playboy, but after her husband's death, her excessive drinking, pill-popping and weight fluctuations take their toll.
The Last Keepers
This romantic fantasy movie is about two people who are the last survivors of an ancient line of goddess worshipers, who sell art at a shop. When their teenage daughter Rhea falls in love with a poeti...
Crazy Kind of Love
A broken family finds their relationships to one another changed by a new arrival in the household.
The Hot Flashes
An unlikely basketball team of unappreciated middle-aged Texas women, all former high school champs, challenge the current high school girls' state champ to raise money for breast cancer prevention. A...
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A crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD's most impossible cases is the subject of a modern-day drama. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manha...
Set in Charlotte, N.C., the story opens with everyone desperate to solve the latest crisis: a serial killer is specializing in out-of-town businessmen. Hammer and West make the murder investigation th...
The Magic of Belle Isle
In an effort to tap into his original talent, a wheelchair-bound author moves to a rural town, where he befriends a single mother and her three kids, who help reignite his passion for writing.
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Hell on Wheels
The epic story of post-Civil War America is told by Hell on Wheels, which focuses on a Confederate soldier who avenges the death of his wife by Union soldiers. His journey takes him west to Hell on Wh...
Red Riding Hood
Valerie is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter, but her parents have arranged for her to marry another man, who is wealthy. When they learn that Peter's older sister has been killed by a werewolf ...
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A family of small-time criminals try to go after the father who is going to prison.
Father of Invention
Nearly a decade after a faulty product landed him in prison, an arrogant inventor is determined to restore his reputation and rebuild his fortune. But first, he has to convince his estranged daughter ...
On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a daughter of untold beauty, grace and strength: Princess Diana. When an Army fighter pilot, Steve Trevor, ...
I Know a Woman Like That
Actress Virginia Madsen collaborates with her mother Elaine Madsen to produce this documentary, which profiles a collection of fascinating woman between 64 and 94 years old. Among those featured in t...
The Haunting in Connecticut
When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they discover that their charming Victorian home was once a funeral parlor and that the owner's son served as a demonic messenger.
A Chicago journalist suffering from memory loss takes leaves from his job and returns to his rural hometown, where he bonds with his Alzheimer's impaired uncle Rollie and his old flame.
Believing that bad karma is keeping him from realizing his dream, hip clothing designer Amer Atrash (Philippe Caland) attempts to orchestrate salvation -- with unexpected results -- in this indie dram...
Being Michael Madsen
Actor Michael Madsen turns the tables on notorious paparazzo, Billy Dant, by hiring a trio of documentary filmmakers to chronicle Dant's life, loves, and troubles.
When Robin's daughter Lacy wants to buy an expensive guitar, Robin reminisces about the days when she was a teenager, asking her dad for her first car, an Olds Cutlass Supreme.
The Number 23
Walter Sparrow is an animal control officer and he becomes obsessed with a book that seems to be based on his own life. He notices similarities between what he reads and what he's experienced as soon ...
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The Megan Mullally Show
The Megan Mullally Show is an American talk show hosted by Megan Mullally that debuted in syndication on September 18, 2006, and was cancelled in January 2007 due to its low ratings. Early promotions ...
The Astronaut Farmer
Charles Farmer left the Air Force to save his family's ranch after his father died. Like most American ranchers, he owes his bank money. He's an astronomer with a rocket in his barn, which he wants to...
Though Bobby Stevens appears to be a regular family man with a nine-to-five job, he's actually an expert thief who is seeking a few last big jobs so he can finally leave the business for a comfortable...
A Prairie Home Companion
There is a backstage look at what goes on during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold cou...
State-of-the-art security system creator, Jack Stanfield has cemented his reputation as a man who's thought of everything. But when a criminal finds a way into Jack's personal life, everything Jack ho...
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Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?
Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang become involved in a supernatural mystery in Egypt.
I Love the '90s: Part Deux
I Love the '90s: Part Deux is a miniseries on VH1 in which various music and TV personalities reminisce about 1990s culture. It premiered on January 17, 2005. This series is a sequel to I Love the '90...
Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild
With school out for the summer, The Littles are vacationing in a cabin by the lake, and Stuart is so excited he could burst! But when Snowbell the cat is captured by a mean-spirited creature known si...
Nobody Knows Anything!
An aspiring filmmaker learns that success in Hollywood doesn't come as easy as she suspected as she attempts to discover the formula to success. When the guidance of her helpful has-been uncle fails t...
Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisl...
Brave New Girl
Holly has everything it takes to be a star; the voice, the dream and the dedication, but she lacks the means to break away from her humble Texas upbringing. Then she gets the chance to attend an art a...
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There are five heroes under one roof for the Teen TITANS. Their names are Robin, Starfire, Raven, Cyborg, and Beast Boy, and they live in a large tower. There were no secret identities. No place to go...
A police chief's daughter, a sales agent for a home-security firm, meets an art gallery owner. Love and envy lead them to hatch a plot to steal overlooked but valuable paintings from her wealthy clien...
The strain of juggling her responsibilities as wife, mother, and successful paralegal have worn Emma Burke out. Thus it is that Emma welcomes the opportunity to briefly take leave of her Boston home a...
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series ran for 13 episodes in 2003 and was based on the comic book character Spider-Man. Sam Raimi directed the first Spider-Man film in 2002. The show was broadcasted on ...
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Uniformed cops, detectives, witnesses, the media, the fire department and rescue squad, even the criminals themselves, are examined in each episode of this series, which is set in contemporary Los Ang...
CSI: Miami follows Crime Scene Investigators working for the Miami-Dade Police Department as they use physical evidence, similar to their Las Vegas counterparts, to solve gruesome murders. The Miami C...
Adrian Monk was once a rising star with the San Francisco Police Department, renowned for using unconventional means to solve the department's most baffling cases. After the murder of his wife, he dev...
American Dreams is an American television drama program on the NBC television network, produced by Once A Frog and Dick Clark productions, in association with Universal Network Television and NBC Stud...
A father uses the serial number on a hand gun in an attempt to track down his daughter's killer. The truth he uncovers is an unsettling reminder of the dangers of keeping handguns.
A reporter discovers a woman who is a suspected terrorist.
Rafe Covington is as good as his word, and he's determined to keep his promise to a dying man that he'll look after the man's widow and Wyoming ranch. But the widow doubts the integrity of drifter Cov...
Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies
Blonde, beautiful and talented, Marion Davies was the first and funniest screwball comedienne. As star of two of the best comedies ever made, Show People and The Patsy, she combined zany slapstick and...
Life takes a strange turn when a group of outsiders come to the small town of Cholame, the famed site of James Dean's fatal car crash. Cholame's only business, a diner owned by Max (John Mahoney), is ...
Lying in Wait
Young bachelor Babee is looking after his dead mother's estate when married couple Keith and Vera move in. Babee becomes attracted to them by the beautiful Vera and the risk taking Keith. However at a...
Just Ask My Children
Based on the true story of a modern-day witch hunt, in which a couple is falsely accused and imprisoned for molesting their own children.
A group of attractive women get together for a weekend of bonding, hoping to relax and getaway from the anxiety of their boyfriends. The women travel out of town which leads them to picking up men of ...
Children of Fortune
Navy detective Dave Passenger is assigned to investigate the murder of a sailor's girlfriend. Dave follows the trail of evidence to a small Arizona community where polygamy is still being practiced. A...
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Sexually-based offenses are considered particularly heinous in the criminal justice system. In New York City, the detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known ...
There is a doctor named Dr. Eleanor,Luke, and Theo are invited by David to be part of a sleep disorder study at the Hill House. The unfortunate guests see the true nature of the mansion's horror when ...
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn
Craig Kilborn hosted this zany talk show, which followed David Letterman's show, from 1999 until 2004. Kilborn left The Daily Show in 1999 to be this show's host after Tom Synder retired. The segment ...
The bar in an old Pennsylvania steel town, housed with many of life's losers and disillusioned men, is the main setting for this slice-of-life film. Michael Madsen is the bar owner, who is deep in deb...
Ballad of the Nightingale
A down-on-her luck prostitute embarks on a wild adventure that puts her in contact with the Mafia.
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The fictional lives of a close-knit group of teenagers through high school and college are portrayed in the American teen drama "Dawson's Creek".
Jim Natter, the leader of a violent Kuk Klux Klan lodge, is shot dead. His teenage son Eric Natter is found nearby, and taken into police custody for his protection pending the investigation. While fo...
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The most exciting events of the day are currently being discussed on ABC daytime's morning chat fest. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertai...
When Rudy Baylor, a young attorney with no clients, goes to work for a seedy ambulance chaser, he wants to help the parents of a dying boy in their lawsuit against an insurance company. Rudy and his p...
A provocative legal drama focused on young associates at a bare-bones Boston firm and their scrappy boss, Bobby Donnell. The show's forte is its storylines about “people who walk a moral tightrope.”
The Apocalypse Watch
A CIA analyst takes over a case from his brother, a field agent who was killed in the line of duty, in this thriller based on a Robert Ludlum novel.
Highlander 2: To Be or Not to Be a Sequel
This "Making of" featurette was included on the DVD Release of "Highlander II: The Quickening" The Renegade Version, which was director Russell Mulcahy's revision to the story arc AND a re-cut of the ...
Just Your Luck
Six million dollars suddenly goes up for grabs when an aged diner's heart fails after he discovers that he has won the lottery. Which of the remaining late-night dining regulars will get the cash? How...
Ghosts of Mississippi
Ghosts of Mississippi is a drama covering the final trial of the assassin, Bryon De La Beckwith, of the 60s civil rights leader Medgar Evers. It begins with the murder and the events surrounding the t...
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Earth 2 is an American science fiction television series which aired on NBC from November 6, 1994 to June 4, 1995. The show was canceled after one season of 22 episodes. It follows the journey and set...
Gena is a sweet and dedicated mother to her little son. One day, whilst shopping with him for a halloween mask, her son is accidently shot through the chest by a Japanese Gunman, trying to kill an opp...
Annie marries Jack Westford, a cop when they met. Six years later, Jack is now working as a security guard in a bank and feels that he was unfairly fired from the force. He also appears to be no longe...
Caroline at Midnight
A policeman's wife falls for a reporter who suspects her husband of corruption and murder.
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After many years at the "Cheers" bar, Frasier moves back home to Seattle to work as a radio psychiatrist after his policeman father gets shot in the hip on duty.
Two couples, friends for a long time, decide to go away together. Things soon take a turn for the worse when Linda and Jeff spend far too much time together instead of with their respective spouses, P...
Erotic French author Colette during her formative years in Paris at the turn of the century, married to a hedonistic bounder who publishes her writings under his name until she leaves him to embark on...
The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.
A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story
A married man meets a beautiful woman and they begin an affair.
Highlander II: The Quickening
The ozone layer is believed to have been destroyed in the year twenty four. It is the responsibility of MacLeod and Rameriz to set things right. There is opposition from both the planet Ziest and a co...
Glamorous fashion photographer Rebecca is getting even. Angered by her husband's infidelity, she takes a lover - a mysterious hunk she fist met during a photo shoot. He's exciting. He's handsome. And,...
Ironclads is a 1991 made-for-television movie produced by Ted Turner's TNT company about the events behind the creation of the CSS Virginia from the remains of the USS Merrimack and the battle between...
Victim Of Love
It's a romantic triangle with a lot of heat when a psychologist (JoBeth Williams) falls in love with a widowed professor (Pierce Brosnan) who's having an affair with one of her patients (Virginia Mads...
Mr. North, a stranger to a small, but wealthy, Rhode Island town, quickly has rumors started about him that he has the power to heal people's ailments...
Hot to Trot
The person is Fred P. After the death of his mother, a speaking horse that also has good knowledge about the stock-market gives Chaney an inheritance. Fred gains a lot at the stock-market of Chicago w...
A New York private eye is looking for a dead person.
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Four to five segments of dramatic re-enactments, interviews and updates of real human and supernatural mysteries are combined. An audience interactive call-to-action request allowed viewers to call in...
An artist, framed for the murder of a woman, is drawn into a web of corruption, blackmail and deceit.
A woman goes to previously all-male boarding school on a scholarship. She begins to separate herself from her boyfriend in order to devote more time to her new environment...
Story of the Tampico Stogies, a low minor-league baseball team, and its star player and manager, Stud' Cantrell, as they battle for the league championship amidst the corruption and racism of the Amer...
They're roomates, gorgeous, and hooked on the glamour and excitement of L.A.'s rock and roll night life, and they all have three things in common. It's a full night when they get mixed up with a rock ...
Fire with Fire
A young woman from a Catholic school and a young man from a nearby prison camp fall in love and run away together to escape the law, the church and their parents.
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After being deceived and going bankrupt, model Maddie is convinced by David to become a partner in a detective agency. They solve cases together, while getting comfortable with each other.
The Hearst and Davies Affair
Dramatization of the scandalous, long-time love affair between the powerful but married publisher and the chorus girl he helped turn into a Ziegfeld star and 1930s film personality.
Mussolini: The Untold Story
The rise and fall of Italy's fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Recounting his life with his wife, children and mistress, this biography (based on the recollections of Mussolini's eldest son, Vittorio...
With the help of student assistant Boris, Dr. was able to steal university equipment. Harry has a plan to clone his dead wife. He met a donor for his experiment and fell in love with him. He was faced...
In the year 10,191, the world is at war for control of the desert planet Dune—the only place where the time-travel substance 'Spice' can be found. But when one leader gives up control, it's only so he...
After having a glass of champagne, Miles buys himself a state-of-the-art computer that starts expressing his thoughts and feelings. Things start to get out of hand when the computer calls himself and ...
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The Hitchhiker is a mystery anthology series that aired from 1983 to 1987 on HBO and First Choice in Canada. The series later moved to the USA Network from 1989 to 1991.
Naive Midwestern prep student Jonathan bonds with his more worldly roommate, Skip, who takes the small-town boy under his wing. At Skip's urging, the inexperienced Jonathan is emboldened to seek out o...
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The Academy Awards
The Academy Awards or The Oscars is an annual American awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievements in the film industry. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially ...
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