Catherine Keener is an American actress. She officially broke into films with one line in ?About Last Night? (1986). Although she struggled professionally the next few years, one low-quality project had an unexpected dividend. Keener met actor Dermot Mulroney working on Survival Quest (1989) when Mulroney got himself stuck trying to scale a cliff. The two dated and then married in 1990.
Keener earned her first starring role in ?Johnny Suede? with the then unknown Brad Pitt. Her performance gained critical acclaim and earned her her first Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead. She later went on to work with director Tom Dicillo, again, in ?Living in Oblivion? (1995). Two years later, Keener was again nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in ?Walking and Talking,? an independent cult-comedy film.
In 2000, Keener earned her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in ?Being John Malkovich.? 2005 was a breakout year for Keener at the box office as she appeared in the political thriller ?The Interpreter,? was the love interest of Steve Carell in ?The 40-Year-Old Virgin,? and portrayed Harper Lee in ?Capote.? This performance earned her several awards and nominations, including her second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 2006, she starred in the film ?Friends with Money,? directed by Nicole Holofcener, with friend Jennifer Aniston.