Joanna Going first gained recognition on the successful NBC soap operas “Search for Tomorrow” (1986), as Evie Stone and “Another World” (1987-1989), as Lisa Grady. She went on to earn a Soap Opera Digest nomination for her starring role on the prime-time revival of “Dark Shadows” (NBC, 1991). Although her early work consisted mainly of soap operas and made-for-TV films, in the mid-1990s, the Washington, D.C, native made her big screen debut in “Wyatt Earp” (1994), directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring Kevin Costner. She was also seen in “How to Make an American Quilt” (1995), from which she was praised for playing young Em Reed, Oliver Stone's “Nixon” (1995), “Eden” (1996), “Keys to Tulsa” (1997), “Inventing the Abbotts” (1997), “Still Breathing“ (1997), “Phantoms” (1998) and “The Runaway Jury” (2003). On working with Oliver Stone and Lawrence Kasdan, she explained, “Larry Kasdan is just a prince. He's amazing in that that experience, for me, is sort of my ideal, as far as filmmaking goes, of actually doing the everyday work and I really adore him. The idea of working with Oliver was very intimidating because I had heard a lot of stories, but the actual work with him was really very pleasant. I was working with Anthony Hopkins and we shot for two days. I just have one scene in Nixon. But I really enjoyed working with him. And I would work with him again.”
More recently, Going worked primarily on the small screen. She played Samantha Veeder on three episodes of “Close to Home” and had a supporting role opposite John Larroquette on “McBride: Dogged” (both 2007). She also acted with Helen Mirren in “Georgetown” (2002).
As for her personal life, Going has been married to Hollywood actor Dylan Walsh since 2004. They have one daughter named Stella (born in 2003). Her love life has also been linked to musician Adam Duritz and screenwriter Harley Peyton (together from 1995 to 1997), who wrote and produced 1997's “Keys to Tulsa.”
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Childhood and Family:
Joanna C. Going was born on July 22, 1963, in Washington, D.C., to John Burke Going (died in 1999 at age 64) and Lorraine M Going (police dispatcher). She is the oldest of six siblings. Joanna grew up in Newport, Rhode Island, and graduated from Rogers High School in 1981. She spent two years at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, before attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
Joanna gave birth to her daughter, Stella Haven Walsh, on November 22, 2003. The girl was fathered by Los Angeles native actor Dylan Walsh (born on November 17, 1963), whom Joanna eventually married on October 10, 2004. The marriage made Joanna the stepmother of Dylan's two children, Thomas and Joanna (mother: actress Melora Walters).
Joanna Going began her career in 1986 with her TV acting debut on the popular NBC daytime soap “Search for Tomorrow,” playing thespian Evie Stone. Shortly after, she joined the cast of another NBC hit soap, “Another World,” where she portrayed psychic Lisa Grady from 1987 to 1989. Following stints in a variety of stage productions in western MA and off-Broadway, she landed her first prime-time assignment in a sci-fi pilot called “Outpost” (1989).
Still on the small screen, Going took on the dual role of Victoria Winters/Josette DuPres on the NBC short-lived remake of the Gothic horror soap opera “Dark Shadows” in 1991 and was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest for Outstanding Actress (Prime Time) for her work in the show. She played a medical student named Kathleen McDermott on the ABC comedy-drama “Going to Extremes” in 1992, the same year she was also featured as a kidnapped bride on the made-for-TV film “Columbo: No Time to Die.” In 1994, Going finally made her motion picture debut as the second wife of Kevin Costner's Earp in Lawrence Kasdan's “Wyatt Earp.”
Going received attention as the youthful version of Jean Simmons' character, Em Reed, in the Jocelyn Moorhouse-directed “How to Make an American Quilt” (1995), starring Winona Ryder and Anne Bancrof. She briefly appeared as an anti-war demonstrator on Oliver Stone's “Nixon” (also 1995) and offered a touching performance as Helen Kunen in “Eden” (1996). She maintained her presence on the small screen in the CBS Western miniseries “Children of the Dust” (1995).
Her film career was further established in 1997 when she was seen in the comic thriller “Keys to Tulsa,” Pat O'Connor's drama “Inventing the Abbotts,” as the eldest “good” sister of Jennifer Connelly and Liv Tyler, and the romantic comedy “Still Breathing,“ starring opposite Brendan Fraser as a con artist. The rest of the decade saw roles in “Blue Christmas,” “Phantoms,” “Heaven” (all 1998) and “NetForce” (1999, TV).
From 2000 to 2003, Going could be seen in such TV films as “Cupid & Cate” (2000), “Home Alone 4” (2002), “Georgetown” (2002, with Helen Mirren) and “111 Gramercy Park” (2003) and in the dramatic thriller “The Runaway Jury” (2003), starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz. In the 2005 miniseries “Into the West,” she was featured alongside Josh Brolin and Gary Busey. Going has since worked primarily for television. More recently, in 2007, she supported John Larroquette and Marta DuBoishad in the mystery “McBride: Dogged” and had a recurring role as Samantha Veeder on the drama series “Close to Home.”
“It's both (the material and the collaborators). I've worked on many independent films, which usually involve young, first-time directors and you don't really know how they're going to be. So, in those cases, you're committing to what's on paper and what you see in the writing. I've worked with several first-time directors in that way. And then I've done other things, where it was just a matter of getting to work with a certain person. I think that the material has to appeal to me and you know, in some way, I have to feel that it's worth spending a few months of my life on.” Joanna Going