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Debra Winger
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Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:

This perky, throaty brunette came to acting via a route much different than those taken by most of her contemporaries. As a teenager she emigrated to Israel, where she worked for two years on a collective farm and served in the Army. Upon returning to the States, she was involved in a serious accident that left her in a coma. Partially paralyzed and blinded in one eye for several months, Winger thought long and hard about where her life was going, and decided that upon recuperating she would become an actress. She did, making several commercials before being cast as Lynda Carter's little sister Drusilla on the popular "Wonder Woman" TV series. Winger appeared in small roles in the nondescript Slumber Party '57 (1977), Thank God It's Friday (1978), and French Postcards (1979) before beating out more than 200 hopefuls for the lead in Urban Cowboy (1980), which paired her with John Travolta and gave her an opportunity to demonstrate her ability. This arresting, star-making performance led to her casting as a homegrown hopeful Juliet opposite Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), which earned her an Oscar nomination, and as Shirley MacLaine's cancerstricken daughter in Terms of Endearment (1983), for which she was Oscarnominated again. She replaced Raquel Welch in Cannery Row (1982), which was barely seen, and agreed to star in Mike's Murder for Urban Cowboy director James Bridges, but that muddled thriller sat on the shelf until 1984. She also participated in the extraordinary success of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), but in an unusual way: her distinctive voice was among those used for the alien visitor.

Winger quickly made it known that she was not interested in playing the Hollywood game and was content to let long periods go by without making movies, rather than appear in something she didn't feel strongly about. She regretted saying yes to a blatantly commercial film, Legal Eagles (1986), that didn't show her to best advantage, but was back in form in the stylish thriller Black Widow (1986), and made the best of an underwritten role in Costa Gavras' melodrama about white supremacists, Betrayed (1988). (Married for several years to actor Timothy Hutton, she made a cameo appearance, as a man, in his 1987 film Made in Heaven Everybody Wins (1990) had Nick Nolte as costar, and an Arthur Miller script, but it turned out badly. Later that year she found personal fulfillment playing a hedonist in Bernardo Bertolucci's enigmatic The Sheltering Sky (1990). Originally announced to star in A League of Their Ownshe backed out of the project early on, and then became uncharacteristically busy: she was terrific as Steve Martin's saucy partner in crime in Leap of Faith (1992), then starred in three 1993 releases: the misfired comedy Wilder Napalm, A Dangerous Womanin which she brilliantly played a retarded woman, and Shadowlands in which she delivered an intelligent, moving (and Oscar-nominated) performance as Joy Gresham, the American poet who fell in love with British author C. S. Lewis (Anthony Hopkins). This spurt of activity brought cheers from Winger admirers, and served as a reminder that she is one of the most gifted actresses in films. In 1995, she costarred with Billy Crystal in Forget Paris.

Debra Winger stared in:

Title Year Saw with/at: Own On? Rating
An Officer and a Gentleman 1982 Kim Ziegelmayer in Rhode Island? 1/2 *
Legal Eagles 1986 With Jessica **
Black Widow 1987 With Jessica **
Made in Heaven 1987 With Jessica * 1/2
Shadowlands 1994 Showcase Orange DVD *** 1/2
Forget Paris 1995 With Kim **