Mercedes Ruehl

as Herself - Winner: Best Leading Actress in a Play in the movie The 45th Annual Tony Awards

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Real name is Mercedes J. Ruehl
Was born at 28 February 1948 (now is 70 years old) in Queens, New York City, New York, USA

Mercedes Ruehl was born February 28, 1948 in Jackson Heights, Queens,New York City to Mercedes Ruehl, a school teacher, and Vincent Ruehl,an FBI agent. She made several film and television appearance beforecoming to her most successfully received role in 'Terry Gilliam' 's The Fisher King (1991) . She played the part of'Jeff Bridges (I)' 's on-screen supportive yet neurotic girlfriend,Anne. Her performance in the film earned her an Oscar, a Golden Globe,Saturn Award, American Comedy Award, BSFC Award, CFCA Award, LAFCAAward and a Pasinetti Award.

While Mercedes is first and foremost anactress of the stage, we should acknowledge her spellbindingperformances as the mentally deranged and overbearing Connie Russo in Married to the Mob (1988) , the mentally challenged, protective,loving, and adventurous Bella in 'Neil Simon (I)' 's Lost in Yonkers (1993) , and the dying and determinedtitle-character in Roseanna's Grave (1997) . .

There is some small facts about Mercedes Ruehl:
  • Her father was of German and Irish descent and her mother was of Cuban and Irish ancestry.
  • Won Broadway's 1991 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for "Lost in Yonkers." She was nominated on two other occasions: in 1995 as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for a revival of "The Shadow Box," and in 2002 as Best Actress (Play) for 'Edward Albee' ' s "The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?"
  • Won a 2005 Obie Award for her performance in "Woman Before A Glass."
  • She and 'Irene Worth' both won Tony Awards for their roles in the Broadway production of 'Neil Simon (I)' 's "Lost in Yonkers." She and Worth reprise their respective roles in Simon's film version, Lost in Yonkers (1993) .
  • She and her husband have adopted a son, Jake Xavier Ruehl Geiser, born in May 1997.
  • One son, Christopher, given up for adoption when she was 28. Reunited in the late 90s when he was 21 and godfather to his half-brother Jake.
  • Graduated in English from The College of New Rochelle, New York, in 1969.
  • Her husband, David Geiser, is an abstract expressionist painter.
  • She lives with her husband in East Hampton, Long Island, NY.
  • She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
  • Joined the Board of Trustees of Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, NY on Tuesday, March 15, 2011.
  • Her brother, American-Australian columnist and humorist 'Peter Ruehl' , passed away suddenly on April 12, 2011. A respected journalist/columnist for the Australian Financial Review, the 64 year old was survived by his Australian wife, and three children: Mercedes, John, and Tom.
  • Was the 103rd actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Fisher King (1991) at The 64th Annual Academy Awards (1992) (TV) on March 30, 1992.
  • Is one of 26 actresses to have won an Academy Award for their performance in a comedy; hers being for The Fisher King (1991) . The others, in chronological order, are: 'Claudette Colbert (I)' (It Happened One Night (1934) ), 'Loretta Young (I)' (The Farmer's Daughter (1947) ), 'Josephine Hull' (Harvey (1950) ), 'Judy Holliday' (Born Yesterday (1950) ), 'Audrey Hepburn (I)' (Roman Holiday (1953) ), 'Goldie Hawn' (Cactus Flower (1969) ), 'Glenda Jackson (I)' (A Touch of Class (1973) ), 'Lee Grant (I)' (Shampoo (1975) ), 'Diane Keaton' (Annie Hall (1977) ), 'Maggie Smith (I)' (California Suite (1978) ), 'Mary Steenburgen' (Melvin and Howard (1980) ), 'Jessica Lange (I)' (Tootsie (1982) ), 'Anjelica Huston' (Prizzi's Honor (1985) ), 'Olympia Dukakis' (Moonstruck (1987) ), 'Cher (I)' (Moonstruck (1987) ), 'Jessica Tandy' (Driving Miss Daisy (1989) ), 'Dianne Wiest' (Bullets Over Broadway (1994) ), 'Mira Sorvino' (Mighty Aphrodite (1995) ), 'Frances McDormand' (Fargo (1996) ), 'Helen Hunt (I)' (As Good as It Gets (1997) ), 'Judi Dench' (Shakespeare in Love (1998) ), 'Gwyneth Paltrow' (Shakespeare in Love (1998) ), 'Penelope Cruz' (Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) ), and 'Jennifer Lawrence (III)' (Silver Linings Playbook (2012) ).
  • Gave birth to her 1st child at age 28, a son Christopher Robert Ruehl in April 1976. Child's father is unknown to the public and Ruehl subsequently gave her son up for adoption.
  • Paternal granddaughter of William Edward Ruehl (1889-1956) and Kathleen Viola Tobin (1894-1964).
  • Daughter of Vincent Edward (1920-2003) and Mercedes Ruehl (b. 1920).
  • Paternal great granddaughter of William Ruehl (1859-1923) and Catherine Downing (1867-1932).
  • Is one of 22 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of New York. The others are 'Alice Brady' , 'Teresa Wright (I)' , 'Anne Revere' , 'Celeste Holm' , 'Claire Trevor' , 'Judy Holliday' , 'Shirley Booth (I)' , 'Susan Hayward (I)' , 'Patty Duke' , 'Anne Bancroft (I)' , 'Barbra Streisand' , 'Jane Fonda' , 'Lee Grant (I)' , 'Beatrice Straight' , 'Whoopi Goldberg' , 'Marisa Tomei' , 'Mira Sorvino' , 'Susan Sarandon' , 'Jennifer Connelly' , 'Melissa Leo (I)' and 'Anne Hathaway' .
Also look some video clip about Mercedes Ruehl:
There is the list of movies, where Mercedes Ruehl was taked part:
1 A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story movie A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story 2006 as Sylvia Guerrero
2 Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos movie Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos 1976 as American girl in casino
3 Star Spangled Banners movie Star Spangled Banners 2013 as Rosalind Banner
4 SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground movie SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground 1997 as Leyla (segment "Underground")
5 The 56th Annual Tony Awards movie The 56th Annual Tony Awards 2002 as Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Play
6 The 80th Annual Academy Awards movie The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2008 as Herself
7 Untitled Paul Reiser Project movie Untitled Paul Reiser Project 2006 as Rochelle
8 Whats Cooking? movie Whats Cooking? 2000 as Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Avila
9 Monday Mornings movie Monday Mornings 2013 as Judge Beverly Natheson
10 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson movie The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005 as Herself - Guest
11 The Rosie ODonnell Show movie The Rosie ODonnell Show 1996 as Herself - Guest
12 84 Charing Cross Road movie 84 Charing Cross Road 1987 as Kay
13 A Conversation with Art Director Roy Christopher movie A Conversation with Art Director Roy Christopher 2004 as Kate Costas
14 A Happy Death movie A Happy Death 2008 as Aunt Rosa
15 All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story movie All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story 2000 as Jane Newhall
16 Another You movie Another You 1991 as Elaine/Mimi Kravitz
17 Bad Apple movie Bad Apple 2004 as Lorraine Gibbons
18 Big movie Big 1988 as Mrs. Baskin
19 Bulldog Crazy movie Bulldog Crazy 2004 as Kate Costas
20 Chu and Blossom movie Chu and Blossom 2014 as Mrs. Fefterg
21 Crazy People movie Crazy People 1990 as Dr. Liz Baylor
22 Crimes and Misdemeanors movie Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 as Party Guest
23 Doctors of the Dark Side movie Doctors of the Dark Side 2011 as Narrator
24 Doubt movie Doubt 2013 as Mrs. Syd Newman
25 El Jefe movie El Jefe 2012 as Delmi Rodriguez
26 Four Friends movie Four Friends 1981 as Woman in Taxi
27 Gia movie Gia 1998 as Kathleen Carangi
28 Goldstar, Ohio movie Goldstar, Ohio 2010 as Adriana Rock
29 Guilt by Association movie Guilt by Association 2002 as Susan Walker
30 Heartburn movie Heartburn 1986 as Eve
31 Indictment: The McMartin Trial movie Indictment: The McMartin Trial 1995 as Lael Rubin
32 Last Action Hero movie Last Action Hero 1993 as Irene Madigan
33 Leader of the Band movie Leader of the Band 1987 as Miss Cooper
34 Lost in Yonkers movie Lost in Yonkers 1993 as Bella Kurnitz
35 Loving Leah movie Loving Leah 2009 as Janice Lever
36 Married to the Mob movie Married to the Mob 1988 as Connie Russo
37 Mom at Sixteen movie Mom at Sixteen 2005 as Terry Jeffries
38 More Dogs Than Bones movie More Dogs Than Bones 2000 as Victoria 'Vic' Galletti
39 North Shore Fish movie North Shore Fish 1997 as Florence
40 On Hope movie On Hope 1994 as Wendy
There is the list of some articles of Mercedes Ruehl:
  • "The New York Times" (USA), 6 June 2008, Vol. 157, Iss. 54,333, pg. E1 & E16, by: Ben Brantley, "Resurrecting an Artist's Greatest Creation: Herself"
There is the list of some printed articles of Mercedes J. Ruehl:
  • "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1993, Vol. 6, Iss. 8, pg. 68-69, by: staff, "Anatomy Awards 4: Mercedes Ruehl"
There is the list of some quotes of Mercedes Ruehl:
  • [accepting her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Fisher King (1991) ] I went to New York to study acting the summer I was 21 and like thousands of actors before me and thousands of actors after me, I went through the usual scores of moonlighting jobs and the usual scores of rejection and the usual legions of prophets of doom who were always there and always at the ready to give you the up-to-minute odds against you ever making anything of yourself in this business. And at this moment, all of those doleful memories have suddenly transformed themselves into nothing more than the sort of charming and amusing anecdotes from my memoirs!
  • [on stage vs screen] Stage is harder, and it pays less, and it's gruelling and I like it much better. Because on stage it's the actor's medium; film is the director's medium and television is arguably the producer/writer's medium. But on stage, you get out there, you're creating a character, nobody can pull you off, nobody can edit you and you can get deeply into a character and dwell there.
  • [on The Warriors (1979) ] That's the first thing I ever did. I remember filming that little scene and being terrified, just a scared thing, like a quivering aspen leaf. I wasn't prepared for it.
  • [on Married to the Mob (1988) ] The first day shooting, I got there, like, two hours early. I got suited up in all that makeup, which was a lot because we were playing Long Island mob housewives. I'd been working my five lines all that time, just pacing-pacing-pacing. Finally, just before I walk on the set, I decide I'm going to go to the bathroom one more time. So I go. And I get locked in the bathroom. Now, there's so much happening on the set that nobody can hear me knocking and calling. And I'm thinking, "I am dead in the water. I am an unemployed actress." Finally, somebody springs me from the bathroom, and I get on the set and everybody laughs, thank god. From that moment on, working on the movie was delightful.
  • [accepting her Tony award for Lost in Yonkers] Thank you. This is one of the great moments of my life. It's very hard to breathe. With all due respect to the great House of Chanel, the dress doesn't make it any easier!
  • [on Big (1988) ] I remember watching 'Tom Hanks' in the scene where he first sees himself, as an adult, in the bathroom mirror. He did at least 12 takes. Every time, he did something different; every time, believable. I was astounded by his level of concentration: Boy, that's really a superior practitioner of this craft!
  • [on playing Connie Russo in Married to the Mob (1988) ] That was fun from beginning to end. 'Jonathan Demme' just kept saying, "Take her further, further, further." So I did, I did, I did.
  • [on life as a struggling actress] I must have worked in at least a dozen places in New York as a waitress. I was a milkmaid in the ice cream corner of the Plaza Hotel; I had to wear a milkmaid's costume. I worked at Teachers on the Upper West Side, at the Buffalo Roadhouse in Greenwich Village and I did a memorable summer at the White Horse CafĂ©. I was terrible when I started, but after about five or six years I became dangerously good at it, maybe even better at that time than I was as an actress. I also passed out leaflets and modelled fur coats for a few weeks at the Sheraton. I got one job through a friend - she said, "Look, you can get $125 if you put on a costume and be the Sauza Tequila rooster at the Coliseum." It was for the New York ski show for a weekend. I had great legs in those days, I must say. I had this huge, ugly, seven-foot costume on, but my legs were just in red tights, and all day long, gentlemen would come up to me and say, "Darling, can I be around when you take that rooster costume off?"
  • [on winning a Tony and an Oscar within a year of each other] That blew me away. I didn't see it coming! You think, "Well, I'm made in the shade for life." You go through this period of assuming the fountain will never cease giving forth and the roles will never cease coming. So you buy your own hype for a little bit, and you have to be cut down to size again. Oh, the cycles of life! But yes, that was a wonderful time.
  • [on The Fisher King (1991) ] The screenplay was witty, more or less perfect - one of the few I ever worked on that didn't have to be re-tooled or re-doctored. It was written by 'Richard LaGravenese' and of all the writers I've worked with before or since in film - any kind of film, television film, feature film - he writes for women; he writes for women with a knowing instinct, the way 'Tennessee Williams' wrote for women with a knowing instinct, and so it was my role in that film and how he wrote it and how sympathetic he was for it and because there was a great deal of Richard actually in that role, that I think on an unconscious level it just kind of powered through.
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