Rachel Getting Married
American actress Rosemarie DeWitt acquired recognition after playing Rachel in Jonathan Demme's “Rachel Getting Married” (2008). Delivering a scene-stealing performance, she took home a Satellite Award, a Toronto Film Critics Association Award, a Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award and a Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award and received many additional nominations. On the small screen, she is known as the star of the Fox television series “Standoff” (2006-2007) and for portraying Charmaine on the Showtime new original series “United States of Tara” (2009).
Starting out on stage, DeWitt appeared off-Broadway in such plays as “Anonymous” (2000), her debut, “The Butter and Egg Man” (2002), “Small Tragedy” (2004), in which she and the rest of the cast won an Obie Award, and “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” (2005). She has also appeared in films like “Fresh Cut Grass” (2004), “Cinderella Man” (2005), “Shut Up and Sing” (2006), and “Purple Violets” (2007) and guest starred in the TV series “Law & Order: SVU,” “Sex and the City,” and “Rescue Me.” She also had a recurring role in the series “Mad Men” (2007).
Recently appearing in “How I Got Lost” (2009), DeWitt will play Mrs. Marretti and Maggie Walker in the upcoming movies “Margaret” (2009) and “The Company Men” (2010), respectively.
DeWitt was once listed on Variety's “Ten Actors To Watch” and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Childhood and Family:
Rosemarie DeWitt was born on October 26, 1974, in Flushing, Queens, New York. She is the daughter of Rosemarie Braddock and Kenny DeWitt. Her grandfather, James J. Braddock (born in 1905, died in 1974), was an Irish-American boxer who held a world heavyweight championship title.
Rose attended Whippany Park High School, in Whippany, New Jersey, where she acted in a number of school productions. After graduating in 1989, she majored in creative studies at New College at Hofstra University in New York. She received additional training at the Actors Center in New York.
Rose is a member of Alpha Phi (Theta Mu-Hofstra). She is included in the sorority's list of famous/notable alumnae of the organization.
As a child, Rosemarie DeWitt appeared in school plays but did not consider acting as a career until she watched Blythe Danner and Frances McDormand in a Broadway production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” At the time, she was in high school where she appeared in “Mystery of Edwin Drood.” She received even more encouragement to become an actress after seeing a stage production of “Angels in America.”
A graduate of New York's The Actor’s Center, DeWitt made her off-Broadway debut in June 2000 when she landed a role in a production of Glenn Meizer's “Anonymous” at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre. She would add many off-Broadway productions to her resume, including George S. Kaufman's “The Butter and Egg Man” (2002, as the attractive assistant Jane Weston), Craig Lucas' “Small Tragedy” (2004), where she costarred with Ana Reeder, Mary Shultz, Rob Campbell, Daniel Eric Gold and Lee Pace, and John Patrick Shanley's “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” (2005, as Roberta). The actress shared an Obie Award in the category of Outstanding Performance for her work in “Small Tragedy.”
DeWitt moved on to television when she landed the supporting role of Gloria Palmera on a 2001 episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” called “Victims.” She then appeared as Fern in a 2003 episode of the HBO critically acclaimed series “Sex and the City.” A year later, she made her feature film acting debut in director/writer Matthew Coppola's “Fresh Cut Grass” (2004).
DeWitt next played the lead of Trisha on the CBS dramatic pilot “The Commuters,” opposite David Arquette and Armand Assante, and was cast as Debbie in “The Great New Wonderful” segment “David and Allison's Story,” alongside Judy Greer, Thomas McCarthy, and Stephen Colbert. She also had a two episode role in the Denis Leary-led drama series “Rescue Me” (as Heather), worked with Chelsea Logan and Stacy Jordan in the award winning short film “Buy It Now,” which was written and directed by Antonio Campos, and portrayed Sara Wilson in director Ron Howard's biographical film “Cinderella Man,” which depicted the life of her real-life grandfather, James J. Braddock. Starring Russell Crowe and Renée Zellweger, the film was a success. DeWitt said on getting a part in the film, “Ron (Howard) met with me, but I think it was more as a courtesy. 'I'll meet with her and maybe she'll share some personal anecdotes.' And then I read a scene for him and he was like, 'Oh, OK.' (laughs) I guess he thought, 'Oh, she is an actress.'”
2006 saw DeWitt support David Alan Basche, Chris Bowers, Samrat Chakrabarti and Alexander Chaplin in the independent comedy “Shut Up & Sing,” which brought filmmaker Bruce Leddy recognition at many festivals. She then portrayed the title role in the short “Doris” and costarred with Nick Nolte and Trevor Morgan in the drama film “Off the Black,” which was directed and written by James Ponsoldt. On the small screen, she appeared as Abby Powell in the 2006 episode “The Window” of the CBS short-lived series “Love Monkey” before securing her first series regular role on the Fox drama series “Standoff,” which ran for a season of 18 episodes from September 2006 to July 2007. In the show, she starred as Emily Lehman, a senior negotiator for the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit at the Los Angeles field office.
In 2007, DeWitt returned to feature film in “Purple Violets,” which was directed and written by Edward Burns, who also acted in the film, and starred Selma Blair and Patrick Wilson. Later that same year, she could be seen playing the recurring role of Midge Daniels, the bohemian lover of lead character Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm), on several episodes of the first season of the AMC series “Mad Men.”
Following a part in the Cannes Film Festival-premiered “Afterschool” (2008), DeWitt became the center of attention thanks to her role of Rachel in “Rachel Getting Married,” a well-received film directed by Jonathan Demme and scripted by Sidney Lumet's daughter, Jenny. Working with impressive actors like Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger and Bill Irwin, the gifted actress was able to hold her own. For her good acting job, she was handed a Satellite, a Toronto Film Critics Association, a Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and a Vancouver Film Critics Circle for Best Supporting Actress. She also received nominations at the Independent Spirit awards, Gotham, Chicago Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.
Also in 2008, DeWitt portrayed Beth in the comedy film “Tenure,” opposite Luke Wilson, Gretchen Mol, David Koechner and Sasha Alexander. She then appeared in the drama film “How I Got Lost” (2009), which was shown in various festivals in the U.S., and returned to series TV as a regular cast member with the new Showtime series “United States of Tara,” (2009). The show received primarily favorable reviews and has been renewed for a second season, which will air in early 2010.
Recently, DeWitt completed filming the drama film “Margaret” (2009), directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan. Costars in the film include Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, Krysten Ritter, Mark Ruffalo and Jean Reno. She will also play Maggie Walker in the John Wells upcoming movie “The Company Men,” opposite Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Mario Bello, Craig T. Nelson and Chris Cooper. The drama is slated for a 2010 release.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Virtuoso Award, 2009
Vancouver Film Critics Circle (VFCC): Best Supporting Actress, “Rachel Getting Married,” 2009
Satellite: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, “Rachel Getting Married,” 2008
Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA): Best Supporting Performance, Female, “Rachel Getting Married,” 2008
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA): Best Supporting Actress, “Rachel Getting Married,” 2008
OBIE: Outstanding Performance, “Small Tragedy,” 2004