Virginia Madsen is one of Hollywood’s most talented actresses. Madsen is an Academy Award nominee that has released over 35 films since her starring role. Audiences first caught a glimpse of her as Princess Irulan in the 1984 science fiction epic Dune.
In 1986, Madsen captured the hearts of audiences with an intense portrayal of a Catholic school girl who fell in love with a boy from a prison camp in Duncan Gibbin’s Fire with Fire.
Oscar nominated for her role in Sideways (2004), she played Maya, a waitress who falls in love with Miles (Paul Giamatti), a writer traveling through California.
Madsen earned a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a cast in a motion picture and is the recipient of the 2004 Best Supporting Actress award from the Chicago Film Critics Association, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Seattle Film Critics Association, Toronto Film Critics Association and Vancouver Film Critics Circle. She has also been honored with an Independent Spirit Award.
Virginia belongs to an acting family -- with her brother Michael Madsen, also an actor, and her mother, Elaine Madsen, an Emmy-winning writer and producer.
In 1993, she won best actress at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for her role in Candyman. Madsen has starred in films including; The Number 23, The Astronauts Wife, Firewall, Artworks and Ghosts of Mississippi.
She graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois and attended the Ted Liss Acting Studio in Chicago and Harand Camp Adult Theater Seminar in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.