Carrie Coon Biography
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Also Known As: Carrie Alexandra Coon
Born Country: United States
Born in: Copley Township, Ohio, United States
Famous as: Actress
Spouse/Ex-: Tracy Letts (m. 2013)
father: John Coon
mother: Paula (née Ploenes)
U.S. State: Ohio
education: University of Mount Union (BA) University of Wisconsin–Madison (MFA)
awards: 2016 · The Leftovers - Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series
2017 · Fargo
The Leftovers - TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama
2018 · Mary Jane - Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
2018 · Mary Jane - Obie Award for Performance
Carrie Alexandra Coon is an American actress known for portraying Nora Durst in the HBO supernatural mystery drama series ‘The Leftovers’, Gloria Burgle in the FX anthology series 'Fargo', Vera Walker in ‘The Sinner’, Meg Greenfield in the political drama ‘The Post’, and Proxima Midnight in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is also a prolific stage actress and received a Tony Award nomination for the 2012 revival of ‘Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ An Ohio native, Coon received an M.F.A. degree in acting from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She made her screen debut in 2011 in an episode of the NBC drama series ‘The Playboy Club’. Her cinematic debut occurred three years later, in David Fincher’s thriller drama ‘Gone Girl’. Coon received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for ‘Fargo’. In 2015, she served as an associate producer on the comedy-drama ‘Lost Colony’.
- Born on January 24, 1981, in Copley, Ohio, USA, Carrie Coon is the middle of five children of Paula (née Ploenes) and John Coon. She is of German, English, French, and Slovak-Hungarian ancestry.
- She studied at Copley High School, graduating in 1999, and subsequently enrolled at the University of Mount Union. After she earned her B.A. in English and Spanish in 2003, she attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, receiving her M.F.A. degree in acting in 2006.
- Carrie Coon was hired by Madison Repertory Theatre right out of college. She had her professional debut in a production of ‘Our Town’. Later, she joined American Players Theatre and spent the ensuing four seasons with them.
- In 2008, she relocated to Chicago and acted in a production of ‘Brontë’ at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. For the next few years, she travelled back and forth between Wisconsin and Chicago, working for theatre companies in both Chicago and Milwaukee.
- Her big break occurred in 2010 when she landed the role of Honey in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of ‘Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ Her performance was well-received, and she soon started working in several other productions in Chicago. The play was performed in Washington D.C. and New York, eventually making its way to Broadway.
- Coon’s screen debut came in 2011, in an episode of the short-lived NBC period drama series ‘The Playboy Club’.
- She joined the likes of Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, and Ann Dowd on the cast of HBO’s supernatural mystery drama series ‘The Leftovers’ (2014-17). Her character, Nora Durst, is a mother and wife whose children and husband disappear during the “Sudden Departure.” For her performance, she received a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 2016.
- In 2014, she had her big screen debut in ‘Gone Girl’, portraying the role of Margo “Go” Dunne, Nick Dunne’s (Ben Affleck) sister. Adapted from the 2012 novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, the film garnered her several nominations, including an Empire Award nomination for Best Female Newcomer.
- In April 2015, Coon severed her professional ties with The Gersh Agency and joined United Talent Agency. She took part in readings for her husband’s 2015–16 season play ‘Mary Page Marlowe’ and had agreed to work in the production in Chicago if her commitment to ‘The Leftovers’ allowed. She was one of the six actresses to play the titular character in the 2016 production of the play at Steppenwolf.
- In 2017, she portrayed the titular character in an Off-Broadway production of ‘Mary Jane’ at the New York Theatre Workshop. This performance earned her widespread acclaim as well as an Obie Award and a Lucille Lortel Award in 2018.
- Coon shared screen space with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in Steven Spielberg’s 2017 historical political thriller film ‘The Post’. She was cast as the real-life editorial writer and journalist Meg Greenfield in the film. A year later, she starred in Jody Hill’s Netflix film ‘The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter’.
- She made her MCU debut in 2018, portraying “Child of Thanos” Proxima Midnight in ‘Avengers: Infinity War”. She was also part of the cast of its sequel, ‘Avengers: Endgame’, but her involvement in it was as an uncredited voice artist.
- She worked in two other films in 2018, science fiction crime drama ‘Kin’ and neo-noir heist film ‘Widows. She also played Vera Walker in the anthology crime-drama series ‘The Sinner’. Coon is set to star in the upcoming horror-comedy ‘Ghostbusters 2020’ and thriller ‘The Nest’.
- In the third season (2017) of the FX anthology series ‘Fargo’, Carrie Coon essayed the role of former Eden Valley police chief Gloria Burgle. She received an Emmy nod for the role and won the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama for it and Nora Durst in ‘The Leftovers’.
- In September 2013, Carrie Coon married actor, screenwriter, and playwright Tracy Letts. Their son, Haskell, was born on March 13, 2018.
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