Award winning actress Illeana Douglas is a hit with critics and moviegoers alike. Current films include She’s Funny That Way (2015) directed by Peter Bogdanovitch, The Bronze (2015) Pearly Gates (2015) All Stars (2014) Sisters (2014) with Barbara Hershey, Max Rose (2013) with Jerry Lewis, and Chez Upshaw with Kevin Pollak (2012), for which Douglas won the LA IFS Best Actress Award, and The Green (2012) for which Douglas won best supporting actress at the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Illeana first came to prominence as Matt Dillon’s suspicious sister in Gus Van Sant’s To Die For (1995), for which she was a New York Film Critics award nominee. Other memorable performances are Goodfellas (1991) Cape Fear (1993) Alive (1993) Search and Destroy (1995) Grief (1995) Grace of My Heart (1996)) Picture Perfect (1997), Message in a Bottle (1999) Happy, Texas (1999), Stir of Echoes (1999), The Next Best Thing (2000), Ghost World (2001) Dummy (2003), Factory Girl (2006), Pittsburgh (2006) Notable television movies are Rough Riders, Bella Mafia, Weapons of Mass Distraction (1998-1999) Lansky, (2000) Point of Origin (2001)
Illeana has a recurring role on the hit NBC show Welcome to Sweden now in it’s second season. (2014-2015) Welcome to Sweden is a Swedish/American comedy shot in Sweden and produced by Amy Poehler. She guest starred on Maron for IFC (2013) Grey’s Anatomy (2013) and Lifetimes Drop Dead Diva. (2012-2013) Entourage, and Six Feet Under, which earned her an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Angela. Illeana starred as Wendy Ward in Action (1999-2000) Additionally, she has been featured in recurring and guest-star roles in Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order, Ugly Betty, The Drew Carey Show, Frazier, Seinfeld, and The Larry Sanders Show.
Illeana’s hit web series Easy To Assemble www.YouTube.com/EasyToAssembleTV has been downloaded over 40 million times and has been called, “The most successful branded show of all time” by Ad-Week. Easy to Assemble features Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Pollak, Jane Lynch, Cheri Oteri, Patricia Heaton, Tim Meadows, Daryl Sabara, Tom Arnold, Fred Willard, Roger Bart, Justine Bateman and spawned a spin-off Sparhusen which starred Keanu Reeves. Easy To Assemble has won six Webby Awards (2010-2013) for Best Performance, Best Writing, and Best Branded Series. Sparhusen won a Webby Award for Best Short Comedy. Easy to Assemble won two Streamy Awards for Best Ensemble Cast in a Web Series and Best Product Integration. The 2010 BANFF Outstanding Online Performance Award, the 2010 NAPTE Digital Luminary Award and the Innovator Award at the 2010 Independent Television Festival.
Illeana began her career as a stand up comedian and sketch performer at Stand Up New York and The Manhattan Punchline. While working for a New York film publicist, Douglas was asked to dub screams and provide additional dialogue for Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). This led to a long association with Scorsese, acting in New York Stories (1989), Goodfellas (1990) and Cape Fear (1991) and developing and co-producing for Cappa Productions Search and Destroy (1995) and Grace of My Heart (1996) While working for Martin Scorsese’s company Cappa she developed Bedlam, and The Lost Army. With his encouragement she also began writing and directing. Her first effort, The Perfect Woman (1993), won Best Short at Aspen Shorts Fest and was a nominee for a Cable Ace Award. It was later sold to Miramax. Everybody Just Stay Calm (1994), was a documentary made for IFC about the comedic trials of independent filmmaking which starred Scorsese, Ang Lee, David O.Russel, Kevin Smith, and many other filmmakers. Boy Crazy, Girl Crazier (1996) and the television pilot Confessions of a Movie Lover were also made for Bravo and IFC. She wrote, directed, produced, and starred in Devil Talk, Supermarket, and Illeanarama, which have played, in numerous festivals and on the Sundance Channel. Supermarket was nominated for a regional Emmy and later developed into Illeanarama for the Oxygen Network. She developed and produced and starred in Celebrity Garage Sale (2009) for A&E. She was executive producer on the film Life Without Dick (2002) starring Sarah Jessica Parker and wrote and produced the short Soulmates (2011), which aired on Lifetime. She Co-produced the documentary Kingdom Come (2013) and is a producer on Chez Upshaw (2012) as well as the web-series The Skinny (2015)
Her first book called I Blame Dennis Hopper: Stories of a life inside and outside the movies will be out in Dec. 2015 and is published by Flatiron Books.