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Lindsay Crouse

Lindsay Crouse
Born Lindsay Ann Crouse
(1948-05-12) May 12, 1948
New York City
Alma mater Radcliffe College (B.A., 1970)
Spouse(s) David Mamet (m. 1977–90)
Rick Blue (m. 1998)
Children 2

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.


  • Early life 1
  • Acting career 2
  • Personal life 3
    • Buddhist beliefs 3.1
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Crouse was born in New York City, the daughter of Anna (née Erskine; 1916-2014)[1] and Russel Crouse, a playwright.[2] Her maternal grandparents were Pauline (Ives) and author and educator John Erskine.[3][4] Her full name—Lindsay Ann Crouse—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.[5] 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.[6] "At any hour, somebody's typewriter was going."[6]

Acting career

After graduating from Radcliffe College in 1970,[6] 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.[2]

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 the comedy classic 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.[7] "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."[7]

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, one of the earliest appearances of a lesbian character in a major American TV show. 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.[8] "Once you get your driver's license, you end your film career," says Crouse.[8] "Look at my generation. Great actresses like Glenn Close and Susan Sarandon—there's nothing written for anyone over a certain age."[8] 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.[9] "You can't stop and recite something," says Crouse.[9] "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.[9]

Crouse appeared in Lee Blessing's Going to St. Ives with the Gloucester Stage Company during the summer of 2008[10] and provided the narration for Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place, a documentary film about Virginia Lee Burton.[11]

Personal life

Crouse married playwright David Mamet in 1977.[12] Crouse caught Mamet's eye in the hockey classic Slap Shot.[12] When he heard she had a part in his play Reunion at the Yale Repertory Theater, Mamet packed a bag and told a friend, "I'm going to New Haven to marry Lindsay Crouse."[12] When the two did indeed wed, Crouse's mother took her aside and told her what Oscar Hammerstein had told her when she married Russel Crouse: "A playwright's wife is the only woman who knows how her husband feels when she's having a baby."[12]

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."[13] Lahr also writes that Mamet got his first screenwriting assignment through Crouse.[13] 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."[13] Although Mamet was joking, Crouse did it and Rafelson called Mamet and asked Mamet why he should hire him for the screenplay.[13] "Because I'll give you a good screenplay or a sincere apology," said Mamet.[13] Mamet got the job.[13]

Crouse and Mamet have two daughters, Willa and Zosia.[14] They divorced in 1990.[14] Crouse is now married to Dick Blue.[15]

Crouse's brother is Timothy Crouse, author of The Boys on the Bus about political journalism during the 1972 presidential campaign.[16] 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.[16]

Buddhist beliefs

Crouse is a Rockport, Massachusetts[17] and then in 2010 moved to The Governor's Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts.[18] "[Buddhism] is not an exclusive club. It has something to offer everyone at all levels," says Crouse.[19] "Buddhism is dynamic and has captured the interests of Americans. Even our quantum physics validate[s] ideas the Buddha taught 2,500 years ago."[19] Audio downloads of Lindsay Crouse's Buddhist teachings are available online at the Asian Classics Institute of Los Angeles and at The Path.



Year Title Role Notes
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 Verdict, TheThe Verdict Kaitlin Costello
1983 Krull Princess Lyssa (voice)
1983 Daniel Rochelle Isaacson
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
1989 Communion Anne Strieber
1990 Desperate Hours Brenda Chandler
1994 Being Human Janet
1995 Bye Bye Love Grace Damico
1995 Indian in the Cupboard, TheThe Indian in the Cupboard Jane
1996 Juror, TheThe Juror Tallow
1996 Arrival, TheThe Arrival Ilana Green
1997 Prefontaine Elfriede Prefontaine
1998 Progeny Dr. Susan Lamarche
1999 Stranger in My House Patti Young
1999 Insider, TheThe Insider Sharon Tiller
2000 One Hell of a Guy Judge Davis
2001 Almost Salinas Allie
2001 Impostor Chancellor
2002 Cherish Therapist
2007 Mr. Brooks Captain Lister
2013 Somewhere Slow Katherine Franklin Completed


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Eleanor and Franklin Marjorie Bennett TV film
1976 Tenth Level, TheThe Tenth Level Karen TV film
1977 Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years TV film
1980 Paul's Case First Actress TV film
1981 Summer Solstice Maggie 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 Equalizer, TheThe 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 Halloween Tree, TheThe 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 Outer Limits, TheThe 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 Warden, TheThe Warden Maureen Redmond TV film
2001 Providence Lauren MacKenzie Episodes: "The Honeymoon's Over", "Rocky Road"
2002 Providence Lauren MacKenzie Episodes: "The Start of Something Big", "All the King's Men"
2002 Frasier Peg Episodes: "Juvenilia", "The Proposal"
2002 Division, TheThe 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"


  1. ^ accessed 2/10/2015
  2. ^ a b """Film Reference. "Lindsay Crouse Biography (1948–).. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Newsweek – Google Books. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Who's who in New York City and State – Lewis Randolph Hamersly – Google Books. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ Killeen, Wendy. "Crouse plays the belle." Boston Globe. July 22, 2007]
  6. ^ a b c "Lindsay Crouse keeps up a Family Stage Tradition." New York Times. January 2, 1981.
  7. ^ a b Clements, Warren. "A Master in the Art of the Con." The Globe and Mail. August 31, 2007
  8. ^ a b c Beggy, Carol and Mark Shanahan. "Crouse: No complaints." Boston Globe. July 20, 2007.
  9. ^ a b c "The 'belle' of Gloucester." Innews Weekly. July 25, 2007.
  10. ^ Pope, Jeff. "Gloucester Stage Company plans five plays, Sunday readings for 29th season." Gloucester Times. April 18, 2008.]
  11. ^ "North Shore Film Festival wraps up on May 8 and 9." Wicked Local Manchester. May 7, 2008.]
  12. ^ a b c d "For Mamet and Crouse, A Movie is a Family Affair." New York Times. October 11, 1987.
  13. ^ a b c d e f Show and Tell: New Yorker Profiles by John Lahr. Published in 2000 by University of California Press.
  14. ^ a b "David Mamet (1947–)." Theatre Database.
  15. ^ Frick and Frack. "Heard It On The Grapevine." Babylon Beaconby. September 13, 2007.
  16. ^ a b Bloom, Greg. "Q&A: Timothy Crouse." November 2, 2004.
  17. ^ McCarthy, Gail. "Actress brings third annual Buddhist retreat to Rockport." Gloucester Daily Times. July 23, 2007.
  18. ^ "The Summer Retreat with Ven. Sumati Marut, Cindy Lee, Rick Blue, Lindsay Crouse". 
  19. ^ a b McCarthy, Gail. McCarthy. "Actress brings Buddhist retreat to Windhover." Glouster Daily Times. August 25, 2005.

External links

  • Lindsay Crouse at the Internet Movie Database
  • Lindsay Crouse brings third annual Buddhist retreat to Rockport
  • Lindsay Crouse Summer Retreat in Massachusetts web site
  • Lindsay Crouse web site
  • Lindsay Crouse's Buddhist Teachings posted online at ACI-LA
  • Lindsay Crouse's additional Buddhist teachings posted online
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