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VIRGINIA MADSEN

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  • OCCUPATION

    Actor

  • HOMETOWN

    Chicago, IL

  • CURRENT RESIDENCE

    Los Angeles, CA

Independent Spirit Award winner and Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-nominated Virginia Madsen has acted in films since 1984, and is perhaps most critically acclaimed for her role in Sideways. Ms. Madsen also owns a production company, Title IX Productions. 

What would the title of your autobiography be?
“Don’t Eat the Props”

What can’t you travel without and why?
I don’t think I can tell you that in polite company.

Where is your favorite travel destination?
I have many places in the world I truly love to visit and many more I have yet to see but I will say that besides my hometown, I love New York and Venice, Italy.

If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be and why?
Tiny Fey. I imagine that after we shoot an episode of ’30 Rock’ we would go to her favorite haunts. Okay, I admit that’s a wish. But don’t you just wish you could hang out with her in the Big Apple? Yeah, I thought so.

What or who inspired you recently and why?
Morgan Freeman. I just finished shooting “Summer at Dog Dave’s” with him in Greenwood Lake, NY. He introduced me to Nelson Mandela Day, which takes place every July 18th. Nelson Mandela has spent 67 years in public service and asks everyone to spend 67 minutes serving their community to make the world a better place. I took the kids who were my ‘movie family’ to donate groceries to a local food pantry. It was just beautiful.