Catherine Keener is an American actress most notable for her work in Being John Malkovich (1999) where she played the character of Maxine Lund, the love interest of her co-worker Craig Schwartz (played by John Cusack) who she, however, did not return his affection for her. Her excellent portrayal of Maxine’s character in this film, as well as that of Nelle Harper Lee in Capote (2005), earned her 2 Academy Award nominations in the Best Supporting Actress category.
Aside from these, there is still a whole lot more to learn about the actress. The paragraphs below did justice to that.
Catherine Keener – Biography
The actress’ full name is Catherine Ann Keener and she was born on the 23rd of March 1959 in Miami, Florida. Catherine was born into a family of 5 children as the 3rd child. Her parents are Evelyn (née Jamiel) and Jim Keener. She is of Irish descent from her father’s side and Lebanese from her mother’s side.
Catherine was raised alongside her siblings as a Roman Catholic faithful in Hialeah, a city in Florida where she also attended Monsignor Edward Pace High School, in Miami Gardens, Florida. After her high school studies, Ann enrolled at Wheaton College, in Norton, Massachusetts where she majored in American Studies and as well enrolled in a theatre program. As a junior in college, she had her first theatrical performance in Uncommon Women and Others, a Wendy Wasserstein production. Catherine Keener later graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Movies And TV Shows
The Miami, Florida born actress began her career on-screen in the year 1986. She had roles in both a film and television series. Catherine played as a waitress in the episode: “The House of the Rising Flan” of L.A. Law. She also acted as another waitress (more specifically a cocktail waitress) in the film About Last Night… Ann ended the 80’s with more acting roles in TV series like Ohara, Knightwatch, CBS Summer Playhouse, and the film Survival Quest.
In the next decade, Catherine Keener first had a cameo as Trucker’s girl in Catchfire (1990). This was followed by her starring in films like Switch, Johnny Suede, Thelma & Louise, The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag and Seinfeld (a television series). Ann went on to expanded her acting portfolio playing various characters in films like The Cemetery Club, Living in Oblivion, Walking and Talking, Boys, Box of Moonlight, The Real Blonde, Out of Sight, Your Friends & Neighbors, Simpatico and of course, her Academy Award recognized role in Being John Malkovich. In this same era, the actress starred in various television works like Heroine of Hell and If These Walls Could Talk.
At the dawn of the millennium, Catherine Keener remained on course in her acting profession with roles in Lovely & Amazing, Adaptation (a cameo role as herself), Full Frontal, Death to Smoochy, Simone, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The Interpreter, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Capote (her Academy Award-nominated role as Nelle Harper Lee). In the second half of the decade, Keener landed roles in Friends with Money (2006), An American Crime, Into the Wild, Hamlet 2, What Just Happened, Synecdoche, New York, Genova, The Soloist, Where the Wild Things Are and the quadruple of Please Give, Cyrus, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and Trust all in 2010. In this era, she didn’t star in any television projects.
From 2011 to the time of our last update, the Being John Malkovich and Capote star has acted in films like The Oranges, Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, Maladies (all in 2011), A Late Quartet (2012), The Croods, Enough Said, Captain Phillips, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa in 2013. The trio of Elephant Song, War Story and Elephant Song in 2014, Accidental Love (2015) and Unless (2016). In 2017, the talented actress played various roles in Get Out, Little Pink House, We Don’t Belong Here, and November Criminals. The following year, she was Donna Beam in Nostalgia, the voice of Evelyn Deavor / Screenslaver in Incredibles and Cynthia Foards in Sicario: Day of the Soldado.
Her television works in this decade include How and Why (2014, as Alice), Mary Dorman in 5 episodes of Show Me a Hero (2015), Kase in 5 episodes of Forever (2018) and Dierdre in 10 episodes of Kidding (2018-present).
Other Facts About Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener is possibly a single woman at the moment.
Before now, she was married to who she first met on the set of Survival Quest in 1989. Things looked good between them and they began dating. They got married in the presence of their kith and kin in 1990. In the course of their marriage, the couple welcomed a son born in the year 1999 who they named Clyde. However, by 2005, their marriage had already started deteriorating as they got separated. They filed for divorce in June 2007 and by December 19, 2007, their divorce was finalized.
Following the end of her first marriage, the actress as reported by some sources got into a relationship with Benicio Del Toro in 2008. But it seemed the following year, they broke up with each other.
With a career that has spanned over 3 decades, Catherine Keener has been able to amass a net worth of about $8 million.
The actress stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches or 1.73m. She has light brown hair. Her other body stats/measurements like her weight, bust, waist and hip size have not been disclosed publicly.