Lindsay Ann Crouse
May 12, 1948
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Radcliffe College (B.A., 1970)|
(m. 1977; div. 1990)
|Children||2, including Zosia Mamet|
Lindsay Ann Crouse (born May 12, 1948) is an American actress. She made her Broadway debut in the 1972 revival of Much Ado About Nothing and appeared in her first film in 1976 in All the President's Men. For her role in the 1984 film Places in the Heart, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include Slap Shot (1977), Between the Lines (1977), The Verdict (1982), Prefontaine (1997), and The Insider (1999). She also had a leading role in the 1987 film House of Games, which was directed by her then-husband David Mamet. In 1996, she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for "Between Mother and Daughter", an episode of CBS Schoolbreak Special. She is also a Grammy Award nominee.
Crouse was born in New York City, the daughter of Anna (née Erskine; 1916-2014) and Russel Crouse, a playwright. Her maternal grandparents were author and educator John Erskine and his wife Pauline Ives. Lindsay Ann Crouse's full name is an intentional tribute to the Broadway writing partnership of Lindsay and Crouse, which consisted of her father and his writing partner, Howard Lindsay. The two wrote much of The Sound of Music. Their 1946 play State of the Union won that year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Their last collaboration was Mr. President in 1962. "In our family, the work ethic was held up as some kind of byword," Crouse says. "At any hour, somebody's typewriter was going."
After graduating from the Chapin School in 1966  and Radcliffe College in 1970, Crouse began her performing career as a modern and jazz dancer, but she soon switched to acting and made her Broadway debut in Much Ado About Nothing in 1972. She received her acting training at HB Studio in New York City.
Crouse's film career began in 1976, with small roles in television and theatrical movies. In 1977, she appeared as Lily Braden, the discontented wife of hockey player Ned Braden in Slap Shot. Crouse was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1984 movie Places in the Heart. Among her films was a starring role in House of Games, the 1987 film directed and written by her then-husband David Mamet, in which she plays Margaret Ford, a psychiatrist who is intrigued by the art of the con. "It's always hard to be directed by someone who's close to you," Crouse says. "Because everybody needs to go home and complain about the director. Everybody."
Crouse has appeared in featured and guest roles in a number of television series. Notable roles include a recurring portrayal of Kate McBride, a lesbian police officer on Hill Street Blues during its sixth season in 1986. This was the first lesbian recurring character on a major network. Crouse is also known for her role in the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where she was a recurring supporting cast member playing Professor Maggie Walsh. Crouse has also guest-starred on Alias, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Columbo, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, ER, Millennium, and NYPD Blue.
In recent years, Crouse has concentrated on the theater. "Once you get your driver's license, you end your film career," says Crouse. "Look at my generation. Great actresses like Glenn Close and Susan Sarandon--there's nothing written for anyone over a certain age." In 2007, Crouse opened a revival of The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman show about the life of poet Emily Dickinson, at the Gloucester Stage in Gloucester, Massachusetts. "You can't stop and recite something," says Crouse. "You have to keep the poetry very, very active, which is pretty easy with Dickinson. She was striving so hard to understand what life was about. It's very dramatic poetry in that way.
Crouse appeared in Lee Blessing's Going to St. Ives with the Gloucester Stage Company during the summer of 2008 and provided the narration for Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place, a documentary film about Virginia Lee Burton.
Crouse married playwright David Mamet in 1977. The two had met during the production on Slap Shot.John Lahr writes in his book Show and Tell: New Yorker Profiles that when Mamet married Crouse in 1977, he "married into show business aristocracy". Lahr also writes that Mamet got his first screenwriting assignment through Crouse. Crouse was on her way to audition for Bob Rafelson's 1981 remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice and Mamet told Crouse to tell Rafelson that "he was a fool if he didn't hire me to write the screenplay." Although Mamet was joking, Crouse did it and Rafelson called Mamet; when the director asked why he should hire him for the screenplay, Mamet replied: "Because I'll give you a good screenplay or a sincere apology." Mamet got the job. She and Mamet divorced in 1990. Their marriage produced two daughters, Willa and Zosia Mamet.
Crouse's brother is Timothy Crouse, author of The Boys on the Bus about political journalism during the 1972 presidential campaign. Timothy Crouse also co-authored a new libretto for the musical Anything Goes with John Weidman that opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Broadway on October 19, 1987, and ran for 784 performances.
Crouse is a Buddhist and a direct student of Sumati Marut. In 2005, she organized an annual Buddhist educational program, originally held at the Windhover Center for the Performing Arts in Rockport, Massachusetts, and then in 2010 moved to The Governor's Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts. "[Buddhism] is not an exclusive club. It has something to offer everyone at all levels," says Crouse. "Buddhism is dynamic and has captured the interests of Americans. Even our quantum physics validate[s] ideas the Buddha taught 2,500 years ago."
|1976||All the President's Men||Kay Eddy|
|1977||Slap Shot||Lily Braden|
|1977||Between the Lines||Abbie|
|1981||Prince of the City||Carla Ciello|
|1982||The Verdict||Kaitlin Costello|
|1983||Krull||Princess Lyssa (voice)|
|1984||Iceman||Dr. Diane Brady|
|1984||Places in the Heart||Margaret Lomax|
|1987||House of Games||Margaret Ford|
|1989||Brave Irene||Narrator (voice)||Short film|
|1990||Desperate Hours||Brenda Chandler|
|1995||Bye Bye Love||Grace Damico|
|1995||The Indian in the Cupboard||Jane|
|1996||The Arrival||Ilana Green|
|1998||Progeny||Dr. Susan Lamarche|
|1999||Stranger in My House||Patti Young|
|1999||The Insider||Sharon Tiller|
|2000||One Hell of a Guy||Judge Davis|
|2007||Mr. Brooks||Captain Lister|
|2013||Somewhere Slow||Katherine Franklin|
|1976||Eleanor and Franklin||Marjorie Bennett||TV film|
|1976||The Tenth Level||Karen||TV film|
|1977||Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years||Marjorie Bennett||TV film|
|1980||Paul's Case||First Actress||TV film|
|1981||Summer Solstice||Young Maggie Burnside||TV film|
|1982||Kennedy's Children||Rona||TV film|
|1985||ABC Afterschool Special||Louise Sanders||Episode: "I Want to Go Home"|
|1986-1987||Hill Street Blues||Kate McBride||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|1987||The Equalizer||Sarah McGee||Episode: "Solo"|
|1988||American Playhouse||Ronnie||Episode: "Lemon Sky"|
|1989||Columbo||Dr. Joan Allenby||Episode: Sex and the Married Detective|
|1989||CBS Summer Playhouse||Annie Holscher||Episode: "American Nuclear"|
|1990||Everyday Heroes||Janet Florine||TV film|
|1990||Lifestories||Rebecca McManus||Episode: "Rebecca McManus and Steve Arnold"|
|1990||L.A. Law||Sharon Cummings||Episode: "Outward Bound"|
|1992||Batman: The Animated Series||Mrs. Grant (voice)||Episode: "I've Got Batman in My Basement"|
|1993||Murder, She Wrote||Louise Anderson-Crowe||Episode: "Killer Radio"|
|1993||Civil Wars||Dianne Ralston||Episodes: "Captain Kangaroo Court", "A Liver Runs Through It"|
|1993||Chantilly Lace||Rheza||TV film|
|1993||Final Appeal||Dana Cartier||TV film|
|1993||Law & Order||Diane Meade||Episode: "Promises to Keep"|
|1993||The Halloween Tree||Additional Voices||TV film|
|1994||Out of Darkness||Kim Donaldson||TV film|
|1994||Traps||Laura Parkhurst||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|1994||L.A. Law||Sharon Cummings||Episode: "Finish Line"|
|1994||Parallel Lives||Una Pace||TV film|
|1995||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Anna Leone||Episode: "Between Mother and Daughter"|
|1996||ER||Dr. Anna Castiglioni||Episode: "Baby Shower"|
|1996||Norma Jean & Marilyn||Natasha Lytess||TV film|
|1996||If These Walls Could Talk||Frances White||Segment, "1996"|
|1996||Millennium||Ardis Cohen||Episode: "Kingdom Come"|
|1996||NYPD Blue||Jane Wallace||Episode: "Ted and Carey's Bogus Adventure"|
|1997||NYPD Blue||Jane Wallace||Episode: "Alice Doesn't Fit Here Anymore"|
|1998||Brimstone||Dr. Julia Martin||Episode: "Heat"|
|1999||Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder||Caroline Ingalls||TV film|
|1999||The Outer Limits||Gwen Sawyer||Episode: "Tribunal"|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Kate||Episode: "Such a Time as This"|
|1999||Law & Order||Judge Denise Grobman||Episode: "DNR"|
|1999-2000||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Prof. Maggie Walsh||Recurring role (9 episodes)|
|2001||The Warden||Maureen Redmond||TV film|
|2001-2002||Providence||Lauren MacKenzie||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2002||Frasier||Peg||Episodes: "Juvenilia", "The Proposal"|
|2002||The Division||Donna B. / Julie M.||Episode: "Forgive Me, Father"|
|2002||Alias||Dr. Carson Evans||Episode: "The Prophecy"|
|2002||Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder||Caroline Ingalls||TV film|
|2002||Arliss||Sharon 'Sydney' Perelli||Episode: "The Immortal"|
|2003||Hack||Beth Kulvicki||Episodes: "Forgive, But Don't Forget", "Black Eye", "Sinners and Saints", "All Others Pay Cash"|
|2003||Dragnet||Capt. Ruth Hagermann||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Dr. Mona Lavelle||Episode: "Ch-Ch-Changes"|
|2005||Law & Order||Judge Deirdre Hellstrom||Episode: "Red Ball"|
|2005||Criminal Minds||Mary Mays||Episode: "Blood Hungry"|
|2007||Drive||The Boss||Episode: "Rearview"|
|2009-2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Judge Andrews||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2010||FlashForward||Mrs. Kirby||Episodes: "Revelation Zero: Parts 1 & 2"|