Martha Campbell Plimpton (born November 16, 1970) is an American model turned actress.
Plimpton was born in New York City to actors Keith Carradine and Shelley Plimpton, who were not married at the time of her birth; her paternal grandfather was actor John Carradine. Her first stage appearance was when her mother brought her on stage in costume for the curtain call of the short-lived Broadway play The Leaf People.
Plimpton began her career in modeling, securing an early '80s campaign for Calvin Klein. After a featured appearance in the 1981 film Rollover, she appeared in the Deep South independent drama The River Rat opposite Tommy Lee Jones. Her breakthrough performance was as Stef Steinbrenner in the 1985 feature film The Goonies. She also appeared that year in a featured role on the television sitcom Family Ties.
This would begin a trend of Plimpton being repeatedly cast in the role of a rebellious tomboy for several years, beginning with her critically lauded performance as the...
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200 Cigarettes is a 1999 comedy-drama film that starred Ben Affleck, Elvis Costello, Kate Hudson, Jay Mohr, Christina Ricci, Paul Rudd, Martha Plimpton, Casey Affleck, Courtney Love, Dave Chappelle, Janeane Garofalo, Guillermo Díaz, Gaby Hoffmann, Catherine Kellner, Brian McCardie, Nicole Parker and Angela Featherstone, and features paintings by Sally Davies.The film follows various plot arcs all occurring on New Year's Eve of 1981. The central character is Monica (Plimpton) who is throwing a big New Year bash that she is desperately afraid no one will attend. As of early evening the only person to have arrived is her friend Hillary (Kellner). As she desperately tries to convince Hillary to stay, we learn about various other groupings of individuals who are all in one way or another on their way to the party.Long Island teens Val (Ricci) and Stephie (Hoffmann) have lied to their parents and said they are spending the night at each other's houses. In reality they are venturing into ...,
Beautiful Girls (1996) is a film directed by Ted Demme and starring Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman, Mira Sorvino, Annabeth Gish, Timothy Hutton, Lauren Holly, Natalie Portman, Martha Plimpton, Michael Rapaport and Rosie O'Donnell.
A piano player (played by Timothy Hutton), at a crossroads in his life, returns to his hometown for a high school reunion, where he finds that his classmates are not very successful in life either, especially not in love. His heart, however, is captured by a young girl who is only thirteen but an "old soul" (played by Natalie Portman).
The theme song to the film is "Beautiful Girl" by singer Pete Droge.
Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg was living in Boston, waiting to see if Disney would use his script for Con Air. He said in an interview, "It was the worst winter ever in this small hometown. Snow plows were coming by, and I was just tired of writing these movies with people getting shot and killed. So I said, 'There is more action going on in my hometown with my...,
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle was a film released in 1994. It was written and directed by Alan Rudolph and starred Jennifer Jason Leigh as the writer Dorothy Parker.The film revolves around Mrs. Parker's life, career, and romances. Mrs. Parker (1893-1967) was a writer, critic, wit and champion for social justice.Mrs. Parker was an original member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of writers, actors and critics that met almost daily from 1919-1929 at Manhattan's Algonquin Hotel.Many respected actors appear in very brief roles in the film. Actress Martha Plimpton discussed this in her appearance on the Jon Favreau documentary program Dinner for Five; she stated that much dialogue was improvised in the style of the real-life characters actors were playing, but that many of those characters were not integral to the plot. As such many of the actors had much larger parts that were edited down to nearly nothing. The following is a list of the actors and the real-life personalities...,
Samantha is a 1992 American movie starring actress Martha Plimpton. Though at the time already a film actress for nearly ten years, this was the first vehicle in which Plimpton was the star. The film co-starred Mary Kay Place, Hector Elizondo, Ione Skye and Dermot Mulroney. It was a commercial failure, with mixed critical review.
The film was released in the summer and promoted as a romance blockbuster. A soundtrack/score album was released in anticipation of success that never came. The film revolves around Plimpton as the title character, a hugely talented violinist who discovers on her 21st birthday that she was left on the steps of her parents' (Place and Elizondo) home and subsequently adopted.
She goes into a panic, asserting that everything she has believed herself to be is a lie. She abandons music (just before her senior university recital) and moves in with childhood friend Henry (Mulroney). As she searches for her true identity she becomes oblivious to the inconvienience...
Stanley and Iris is a 1990 drama-romance film starring Jane Fonda and Robert De Niro, directed by Martin Ritt. The screenplay by Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch is based of the novel Union Street by Pat Barker.The original music score is composed by John Williams and the cinematography is by Donald McAlpine. The film is marketed with the tagline "Some people need love spelled out for them."Iris Estelle King is a working-class mother with a job at a large commercial bakery who is still getting over the death of her husband though her poverty does not give her much time to grieve. She is sharing her house with her two children, Kelly and Richard, her unemployed sister Sharon, and her thuggish brother-in-law Joe. Joe assaults Sharon and crime in the community is commonplace including robbery, burglary and assault.One of the few bright spots in her life is her blossoming friendship with Stanley Everett Cox, a nice guy who she first meets when he comes to her aid when her purse is...,
Parenthood is a 1989 film starring Steve Martin, Dianne Wiest, Dennis Dugan, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis, Tom Hulce, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Harley Jane Kozak, Eileen Ryan, Helen Shaw, Jasen Fisher, Alisan Porter, Ivyann Schwan and Joaquin Phoenix (as Leaf Phoenix).
The film was directed by Ron Howard; story by Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel & Ron Howard, and screenplay by Ganz & Mandel. It was produced by Brian Grazer. Much of the film is based on the family and parenting experiences of Howard, Ganz, Mandel, and Grazer, who have at least 14 children among the four of them.
Parenthood was nominated for two Academy Awards: Dianne Wiest for Best Supporting Actress, and Randy Newman for Best Song (for "I Love to See You Smile").
The film was adapted into a television show in 1990. The television version was a critical flop and was quickly cancelled, but is notable for featuring an unusual number of people who at the time were unheard of but later...,
Zwei Frauen (American title: Silence Like Glass) is a 1989 German dramatic film. (Though made in Germany it is set in America and features an American cast with all English dialogue.) The film stars Jami Gertz as Eva, a wealthy, snobbish ballerina who is diagnosed with cancer. She is admitted into the youth cancer ward at a hospital where she is forced into humility by her disease. She rooms with fellow cancer patient Claudia (Martha Plimpton), and the majority of the film revolves around their interactions together in their hospital room.
Ultimately Eva goes into remission and is able to continue her life, but not before witnessing another young woman's death and also assisting Claudia to suicide.
The film was nominated for Outstanding Feature Film at the German Film Awards. Notably, actress Plimpton shaved her head for this role, a move that would steer the direction of her career for the next several years. (She would again appear bald in the film Parenthood and accompanied then...,
Running on Empty is a 1988 film featuring River Phoenix, Judd Hirsch, Christine Lahti, and Martha Plimpton and directed by Sidney Lumet. Phoenix was nominated for an Academy Award as best supporting actor for his role in the film; Naomi Foner was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Phoenix was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role at the Golden Globes; Lahti was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress. The film was nominated for Best Director and Best Motion Picture (Drama,) and it won a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay. Plimpton was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture.The film marked the second time Phoenix and Plimpton would play one another's romantic interest.Tagline:In 1971, Arthur and Annie Pope blew up a napalm lab to protest the war... Ever since then they have been on the run from the FBI. They chose their lives. Now their son must choose his.The story revolves around parents Annie...,
Shy People is a critically-acclaimed 1987 American drama about two branches of a family that reunite with tragic results, starring Barbara Hershey, Jill Clayburgh, and Martha Plimpton. It was directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, written by Konchalovsky, Marjorie David and Gerard Brach, and features music by the German electronic music group Tangerine Dream. Hershey won the "Best Actress" award at Cannes Film Festival for her performance. It was one of the last movie roles for actor Merritt Butrick who died from AIDS in 1989.Diana Sullivan (Jill Clayburgh) is a successful Manhattan writer and photojournalist, seemingly oblivious to the serious cocaine addicition that her daughter Grace (Martha Plimpton) has developed. A commission by Cosmopolitan magazine to write an article about a lost branch of Diana's family leads them deep into the bayous of Louisiana, where they encounter Diana's distant cousin, Ruth (Barabara Hershey). Married at 12 to an abusive man whose current whereabouts are an...,
The Goonies was a hit movie in 1985, directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by Steven Spielberg. It is a film about a band of kids from a suburb of Astoria, Oregon, which they have nicknamed the "Goon Docks". The "Goonies", hoping to save their homes in the Goon Docks from demolition, go on an adventure to find the buried treasure of a legendary 17th-century pirate named One-Eyed Willie.
Tagline:They call themselves "The Goonies". The secret caves. The old lighthouse. The lost map. The treacherous traps. The hidden treasure. And Sloth... Join the adventure.Just a day before greedy developers plan to aggressively foreclose on the Goon Docks to demolish it and turn it into a golf course, a young teenager named Mikey Walsh (Sean Astin) finds an old treasure map in his father's attic. Hoping to save their homes from demolition, Mikey and his friends Richard "Data" Wang (Jonathan Ke Quan), Lawrence "Chunk" Cohen (Jeff Cohen), and Clark ...,
Martha Plimpton was born in New York, New York, United States