Catherine Ann Keener
(born March 23, 1959) is an American actress. She has been nominated for the Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress
for Being John Malkovich
(1999) and Capote
(2005). She also appeared in the critically acclaimed Into the Wild
Keener was born in Miami
, Florida, the third of five children of Evelyn and Jim Keener, a manager of an automotive store. 14 April 2006, Entertainment Weekly
Keener was raised Roman Catholic
and attended Catholic schools. Her sister Elizabeth Keener
is also an actress.
Keener attended Wheaton College
, in Norton, Massachusetts
, where she lived with an aunt in order to save on room and board, feeling out of place among her more privileged peers. Keener majored in English and history, enrolling in a theater course only when she was unable to get into a photography class. Her first theatrical production was the Wendy Wasserstein
play, Uncommon Women and Others
, during her Junior year at Wheaton.
Keener had a supporting role as Lt. Cricket Sideris in the television series, "Ohara
," about an Asian detective. The series ran from January, 1987 to May, 1988.
Keener's first film appearance was one line in About Last Night...
(1986). Although she... Read More