Patricia Clarkson

Born Dec. 29, 1959, New Orleans native Patricia Clarkson has been a steady contributor to television and feature films. After studying drama at Yale University, she continued to live on the East Coast, diligently working in theater and honing her skills.

Clarkson's film breakthrough came with a supporting turn in 1987's gritty multi-Oscar winner The Untouchables. She continued to work in television, appearing in a recurring guest role on the sitcom "Frasier" and, the following year, as Aunt Sarah on HBO's dark comedy "Six Feet Under."

With her distinct voice and features, Clarkson is easily recognizable in films such as Rocket Gibraltar, The Safety of Objects, Far from Heaven and 2003's comedy Pieces of April, for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as a mother visiting her daughter in New York City for the holidays.