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Born: Catherine Keener,
1961, Miami, Florida, USA
Raised in Hialeah, Florida
Spouse : Dermot Mulroney, married 1991
Son: Clyde Mulroney; born June 1999; father, Dermot Mulroney
Father: Jim, manager of a Western Auto store
Siblings: four; two older and two younger; one sister who is an
Education: Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts; B.A., English
and History, 1983
The third of five children, Catherine
Keener grew up in the Little Havana section of Miami, the youngest
of a huge pack of cousins who always hung out together. She was
temporarily expelled in the 11th grade and was a chief instigator
in her crowd of ungovernable teen-age girlfriends.
Keener attended Wheaton College, an
expensive women's liberal arts school in Norton, Mass., where her
classmates were so affluent, they made her feel "different, out
of place. Just this chick from Miami." She majored in English and
After graduation, she moved to New
York and worked as an assistant to a casting agent who convinced
her to try acting.
Keener has been a popular actress
on the indie film scene until her role as the sexually direct Maxine
in Spike Jonze's hit Being John Malkovich (1999) earned her
an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and the
kind of media attention she hates.
Keener lives with actor husband Dermot
Mulroney and their son, Clyde, in Los Angeles.
"I just can't believe where my life has
"We think that we become other people, which is exactly like
the film. You think that fifteen minutes inside John Malkovich would
let you know what it's like to be him. Lottie says "I was John Malkovich"
but she was fifteen minutes in a shower. That was all. There is
sort of an analogy to actors. We try to convey, and sometimes think
that we've captured another person's being, in two months of work.