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Hope Davis
Hope Davis

Birth Date: March 23, 1964

Birth Place: Englewood, New Jersey, USA

Height: 5' 7"

Occupation: Actress

 

Hope Davis Biography

A Nordic blonde, Hope Davis is one of those actors other actors love to work with; serious about her craft, good at it, and willing to take chances. Best known for her roles in such independent films as "The Daytrippers" (1996) and "The Myth of Fingerprints" (1997), Davis was raised in Tenafly, NJ, where she would often put on shows for the neighborhood with childhood pal Mira Sorvino. A graduate of Vassar College, she went to London to study privately with teachers from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, then returned to the USA and went to Chicago to work on stage. Davis helped form a theater company, was directed by John Cusack in a production of "Alagazam...After the Dog Wars" and by Joel Schumacher in the Chicago production of David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow". She also appeared in numerous productions at the prestigious Goodman Theatre, including "The Iceman Cometh" and "Macbeth". It was while she was in Chicago that Davis made her screen debut, playing the girlfriend of William Baldwin in Schumacher's "Flatliners" and as a French ticket counter clerk in "Home Alone" (1990). Schumacher had become something of a mentor to the actress and cast her in her first TV project as an hysterical psychotic in two episodes of the short-lived drama "2000 Malibu Road" (CBS, 1992).

Returning to New York, Davis became a critics' darling for her stage work, particularly in two plays by Nicky Silver: "Pterodactyls" (1993) and "The Food Chain" (1995). In the former, she was the neurotic daughter of a highly dysfunctional family while in the latter, she was the flighty wife of a man who has disappeared. At the time she was receiving raves for her stage work, Davis could be seen on the big screen playing the girlfriend whom Nicolas Cage "bench presses" in "Kiss of Death". She went on to play Ellen DeGeneres' happily married younger sister in "Mr. Wrong" and a love-obsessed documentary filmmaker in "Guy" (both 1996). She landed her first leading role in 1996 as well. In Greg Motolla's "The Daytrippers", Davis was cast as a suburban woman who suspects that her husband is cheating on her and drives around Manhattan with her family trying to track him down to prove it. Although her role was mostly re-active and she had few lines, she was the dominant presence in the piece. In "Next Stop, Wonderland" (1997), Davis played a lonely nurse who finds true love and was alongside Julianne Moore, Blythe Danner and Noah Wyle in the family drama "The Myth of Fingerprints" (also 1997). The actress became part of actor/directors Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott's unofficial troupe of players, appearing in the ensemble casts of both "The Imposters" (1998) and "Joe Gould's Secret" (2000). She also continued to appeaer in mainstream films, adding her beguiling yet haunting presence to "Mumford" (1999), "Arlington Road" (1999) and "Hearts In Atlantis" (2001). She also teamed with her "Imposters" co-star Oliver Platt for the short-lived TV drama "Deadline" (2001), playing the ex-wife of Platt's hard-boiled reporter character. Receiving perhaps her most exposure yet, she landed the plum role of Jack Nicholson's wayward daughter, about to marry into an eccentric family, in writer-director Alexander Payne's dramedy "About Schmidt" (2002). She had a compelling turn opposite Campbell Scott as a pair of married dentists whose satisfying but emotionally distant family life spirals out of control when the husband begins to suspect infidelity on her part in "The Secret Lives of Dentists" (2003), and won critical plaudits for her quirky portrayal of alternative comic book writer Harvey Pekar's equally eccentric wife Joyce Brabner in the highly praised indie biopic "American Splendor" (2003).

After a brief hiatus from the screen Davis returned in force in 2005 with a highly effective turn as Gwyneth Paltrow's over-controlling, unempathetic sister in director John Madden's film adaptation of David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Proof," followed by a turn as the flummoxed ex-wife of Nicolas Cage's existential-angst-ridden Chicago weather forecaster in director Gore Verbinksi's seriocomic "The Weather Man."

Hope Davis Filmography

1-900 (2007)
Charlie Bartlett (2007) .... Marilyn Bartlett
Untitled John August Project (2006)
The Hoax (2006) .... Andrea Tate
Infamous (2006) .... Slim Keith
"Six Degrees"
- Pilot (2006) TV Episode .... Laura
The Weather Man (2005) .... Noreen
Proof (2005) .... Claire
Duma (2005) .... Kristin
The Matador (2005) .... Carolyn 'Bean' Wright
... aka Mord und Margaritas (Germany)
American Splendor (2003) .... Joyce Brabner
The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002) .... Dana Hurst
About Schmidt (2002) .... Jeannie Schmidt
Hearts in Atlantis (2001) .... Elizabeth Garfield
Final (2001) .... Ann
"Deadline" (2000) TV Series .... Brooke Benton
Joe Gould's Secret (2000) .... Therese Mitchell
Mumford (1999) .... Sofie Crisp
Arlington Road (1999) .... Brooke Wolfe
The Impostors (1998) .... Emily Essendine
Next Stop Wonderland (1998) .... Erin Castleton
Guy (1997) .... Camera
The Myth of Fingerprints (1997) .... Margaret
Mr. Wrong (1996) .... Annie
The Daytrippers (1996) .... Eliza Malone D'Amico
... aka En route vers Manhattan (Canada: French title)
Kiss of Death (1995/I) .... Junior's Girlfriend
Run for Cover (1995) .... Prescott's Secretary
... aka Run for Cover in 3-D (USA: 3-D video title)
Home Alone (1990) .... French Ticket Agent
Flatliners (1990) .... Anne Coldren

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