virginia-m.jpgVirginia Madsen was born on this day September 11, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois.  You have probably seen her in more television and movie appearances than you are aware of, at least that is the case with me.  Madsen’s first movie was a teen comedy in 1983 named Class.  She then played Princess Irulan in the movie Dune 1984.  According to my count she has made about forty-five movies, with three due to come out in 2008.  A few of the many well known movies she has acted in are Fire with Fire in 1986, Gotham 1988, Highlander II: The Quickening 1991, Candyman in 1992 when she won Best Actress in Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.  She was also in The Rainmaker in 1997, The Haunting 1999, then in 2004 for her role in the movie Sideways, she won Best Supporting Actress from the Broadcast Film Critics Association and more than a few other big awards, as well as an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.  Virginia’s next big flick was Firewall with Harrison Ford in 2006,  The Astronaut Farmer in 2007 with Billy Bob and Numbers with Jim Carey in 2007.  She has also appeared in many television series such as Star Trek: Voyager, Dawson’s Creek, The Practice and Frasier.  Her brother is actor Michael Madsen of Reservoir Dogs 1992 and Kill Bill 2003 fame.  An odd fact about Virginia is she has one green eye, and one half-green, half-brown eye from a genetic trait called Heterochromia iridium and what a beautiful set of eyes they are.