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Overview (3)

Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameIlleana Hesselberg
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Illeana Douglas is an actress, writer, and producer. Born with show business in her blood, she is the granddaughter of screen legend Melvyn Douglas. Illeana began studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. While working in New York as a stand-up comedian and sketch comedy artist, she got a job "screaming" for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). This led to a long working relationship in the films, New York Stories (1989), Goodfellas (1990) and Cape Fear (1991). She received critical acclaim as the suspicious sister of Matt Dillon in To Die For (1995), as "Denise Waverly" in Grace of My Heart (1996) and "Roberta Allsworth" in Ghost World (2001). On television, she has appeared on Entourage (2004), Ugly Betty (2006), and received an Emmy nomination as "Angela" on Six Feet Under (2001).

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Spouse (2)

Jonathan Axelrod (16 May 1998 - 13 March 2001) ( divorced)
George Axelrod (? - ?)

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Trivia (9)

Granddaughter of Melvyn Douglas.
Former daughter-in-law of George Axelrod and Joan Axelrod. Former sister-in-law of actress Nina Axelrod.
Ms. Douglas trained for two years (1981 to 1983) at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC before attending Neighborhood Playhouse.
First cousin of actress Ele Keats.
She can be seen playing the role of Aerosmith's band manager in the hologram video used on the "Rock n Roller Coaster" ride in the Hollywood Studios theme park at Disney World in Orlando. She and band leader Steve Tyler both grew up in Massachusetts.
Illeana won Best Actress "The Green" at the 2011 Williamsburg Independent Film Festival.
She has appeared in four films directed by Martin Scorsese: The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), New York Stories (1989), Goodfellas (1990) and Cape Fear (1991).
Was in a relationship with Martin Scorsese from 1988 to 1997.
Alumna of the AADA (American Academy of Dramatic Arts), Class of 1983.

Personal Quotes (9)

I'm a big fan of Albert Brooks, Nichols and May. I'd like to follow in their footsteps and do comedy films.
I wore a lot of vintage clothing. I dressed like a reporter, with a little card in my hat. I had these fantasies of who I wanted to be, so I'd dress like an explorer, a cowboy. I dressed up like Elton John a lot too. That was another period.
I love anything to do with ventriloquism and magic.
I had an obsession that I was male characters from movies.
I love sketch comedy. My real goal is to do something with Albert Brooks. That would be my fantasy. I stay up night and day thinking up stuff he might find funny.
I met Patricia Neal, John Houseman. But I loved my grandfather because he was this kind, talented man.
I'm a huge poster collector.
I loved the idea of the Nerd as Hero, which Ghost World also had.
We were big Saturday Night Live and Eddie Murphy fans.

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