The most celebrated actress of the ‘80s, Debra Winger’s early career was full of dramatic soul-bearing performances, winning numerous award nominations and plaudits for her roles in Urban Cowboy with John Travolta, An Officer and a Gentleman with Richard Gere, and Terms of Endearment opposite Jack Nicholson.
With subsequent roles in The Sheltering Sky, A Dangerous Woman and Shadowlands, she cemented her position as a formidable talent and triple Oscar-nominee. Yet, despite all her acclaim, she has appeared in just four films since the 2008 critically acclaimed drama Rachel Getting Married, alongside Anne Hathaway.
If TV’s Law & Order is considered a starting point for many actors, then Winger curiously appeared in a 2010 episode of the long-running cop drama, going on to feature as a series regular in the now-cancelled sitcom The Ranch with Ashton Kutcher.
Largely absent from both big and small screens – at a time when older actors are now enjoying career resurgences thanks to TV and streaming content – Winger, 65, remains surprisingly quiet.
Previously wed to Timothy Hutton with whom she has a son, Noah, 33, now a documentary filmmaker, she has been married 24 years to actor/director Arliss Howard (The Lost World: Jurassic Park).
Famously difficult – most notably falling out with her Terms of Endearment co-star Shirley MacLaine – studios were put off by her fiery passion, although perhaps she will be welcomed back into the fold next year with the release of drama With/In, an anthology film set during the COVID-19 pandemic in which she stars in a segment with her hubby, who also directs.