Debra Winger Biography
She began her acting career in the 1976 sexploitation film entitled Slumber Party 57. She then became part of the TV series Wonder Woman as Drusilla (Wonder Girl). In 1980, Debra Winger starred opposite John Travolta in the movie Urban Cowboy wherein she earned a BAFTA award nomination. This was followed by Cannery Row in 1982, with Nick Nolte. In the same year, she shared the big screen with Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman, and in 1986 she appeared in Legal Eagles with Daryl Hannah and Robert Redford. Her voice was also used in ET in 1982.
Debra Winger, although hot and alluring, is known to be one of the most difficult Hollywood actresses to work with. Her acting credits however, consistently achieved critical acclaim. Her performances in Terms of Endearment and Shadowlands earned Academy Award nominations for Best Actress in 1983 and 1993. When she turned 40 in 1995, Debra Winger took a rest from the show business and spent her time teaching at Harvard University.
Her other film credits include Made in Heaven, Everybody Wins, The Sheltering Sky, Leap of Faith, Black Widow, Betrayed, Wilder Napalm, Cannery Row, A Dangerous Woman, and Sometimes in April, Thank God It's Friday. Debra Winger as well earned this time an Emmy nomination for the title role of Dawn Anna in 2005.
Debra Winger is also active in theater. In 1995, during her hiatus from film, she performed the musical The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True, which was made for the benefit of the Childrens Defense Fund.
Debra Winger was married twice, first from 1986 to 1990 with actor Timothy Hutton. She is currently married to actor/director Arliss Howard. She has a son from each marriage.