Illeana Douglas

Biography: Indy Queen, Illeana Douglas first came to prominence as Matt Dillon's suspicious sister in Gus Van Sant's TO DIE FOR (NY Film Critic's Nominee). Since then she has been a staple on the independent film scene with memorable performances in GHOST WORLD, HAPPY TEXAS, WEDDING BELL BLUES, DUMMY, HACKS and many more. While working for a New York film publicist, Illeana was asked to dub screams and provide additional dialogue for Martin Scorsese's, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST. This led to a long association with Scorsese, acting in NEW YORK STORIES, GOODFELLAS and CAPE FEAR, and developing and co-producing SEARCH AND DESTROY, THE LOST ARMY and GRACE OF MY HEART (London Film Critics Nominee). With Scorsese's encouragement Douglas also began writing and directing. Her first effort, THE PERFECT WOMAN won "Best Short" at Aspen Shorts Fest and was a nominee for a Cable Ace Award. Illeana wrote, produced, and directed EVERYBODY JUST STAY CALM a documentary made for Bravo, about the comedic trials of independent filmmaking and starring many Indie favorites. Next came BOY CRAZY, GIRL CRAZIER and the television pilot CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE LOVER for Bravo and IFC. She developed and was the Executive Producer on the film LIFE WITHOUT DICK starring Sarah Jessica Parker. She premiered her short, DEVIL TALK at Sundance Film Festival 2003. It was picked up by The Sundance Channel and later Illeana created SUPERMARKET, a collection of short films for the Sundance Channel. SUPERMARKET was nominated for a regional EMMY and later developed into ILLEANARAMA SUPERMARKET OF THE STARS As a pilot for the Oxygen Network. Illeana wrote, produced, and starred in SUPERMARKET OF THE STARS which costars Jeff Goldblum, Ed Begley Jr., Justine Bateman and Jane Lynch. It found an audience on YOU TUBE where it was nominated for three TV GUIDE ONLINE AWARDS. BEST SHOW, BEST ACTRESS, and BEST ENSEMBLE. It won the TV GUIDE ONLINE AWARD for BEST ENSEMBLE. This year Illeana wrote, produced and created CELEBRITY GARAGE SALE for the A&E Network. It is a comedy reality pilot that stars Tom Arnold and Kevin Nealon. In it Illeana who also hosts, convinces celebrities to have garage sales for charity. Illeana has also costarred in hits such as STIR OF ECHOES, ALIVE, PICTURE PERFECT, MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE (Blockbuster Award) to name a few, but her heart lies in the indie film world having completed 10 independent films in the past two years including APRIL SHOWERS, EXPIRED, LIFE IS HOT IN CRACKTOWN, FACTORY GIRL, and PITTSBURGH with Jeff Goldblum and THE YEAR OF GETTING TO KNOW US, which premiered at The SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL in 2007. She recently completed APRIL SHOWERS which is a film written and directed by one of the survivors of Columbine. Illeana was nominated for an EMMY for her portrayal of ANGELA on SIX FEET UNDER. She has appeared in notable television dramas as LANSKY, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRACTION, for HBO. ROUGH RIDERS for TNT. Illeana began her career as a stand up and sketch comedian at "Stand Up New York" and "Manhattan Punchline," so situation comedy was an easy transition. She was Gary Shandling's girlfriend on the final season of THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW (Emmy nomination for episode) and starred in Fox's ahead-of-it's-time comedy, ACTION, with Jay Mohr (Golden Satellite Award). She's had memorable roles on UGLY BETTY as SHEILA. Also SEINFELD, FRAISER, CRUMBS, and THE DREW CAREY SHOW. Douglas is the granddaughter of two-time Academy Award winning actor and screen legend Melvyn Douglas and congresswoman/actress/Nixon foe, Helen Gahagan Douglas. Illeana wrote, produced, and starred in EASY TO ASSEMBLE, a comedy web show for IKEA. It launches Sept 22 and stars Tom Arnold, Justine Bateman, Ed Begley Jr,Craig Bierko, Jeff Goldblum, Jane Lynch, Kevin Pollak, Robert Patrick, and Greg Proops. Filmed on location at IKEA it's best described as FLIGHT OF THE CONCORDS meets CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. In addition she is producing and will costar in OH JOY!, a romantic comedy she developed with GREG PRITIKIN the writer director of DUMMY She is developing a documentary called THE CHILDREN OF EASY RIDER with Chris Bradley and a comedy pilot with Tom Arnold called BITE ME. Expand

Illeana Douglas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 50
Highest Metascore: 88 Ghost World
Lowest Metascore: 12 The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
15 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Squirrels to the Nuts TBA Judy tbd
36 Life Is Hot in Cracktown Jun 26, 2009 Mommy 7.5
62 Expired Jun 20, 2008 Cast 6.0
36 Fired! Feb 2, 2007 Herself tbd
45 Factory Girl Dec 29, 2006 Diana Vreeland 6.2
30 Surviving Eden Aug 25, 2006 Cameo 6.5
48 Dummy Sep 12, 2003 Heidi 7.6
12 The Adventures of Pluto Nash Aug 16, 2002 Dr. Mona Zimmer 4.7
88 Ghost World Jul 20, 2001 Roberta Allsworth 8.4
25 The Next Best Thing Mar 3, 2000 Elizabeth Ryder 6.7
67 Stir of Echoes Dec 10, 1999 Lisa Weil 8.7
62 Happy, Texas Oct 1, 1999 Doreen Schaefer 6.8
39 Message in a Bottle Feb 12, 1999 Lina Paul 6.2
44 Picture Perfect Aug 1, 1997 Darcy O'Neil 7.4
86 To Die For Sep 27, 1995 Janice Maretto 7.6
73 Cape Fear Nov 13, 1991 Lori Davis 7.7