Martha Plimpton stars in "Raising Hope" on FOX as Virginia Chance.

Multi-talented Martha Plimpton has achieved success on stage, screen and television. She made her film debut in Alan J. Pakula's "Rollover" and went on to star in over 30 films. She was only a teenager when she appeared in the 1980s films "The River Rat," "The Goonies," "The Mosquito Coast," "Running on Empty," Ron Howard's "Parenthood," and "Stanley & Iris," starring Jane Fonda and Robert De Niro. In the 1990s, she was in John Waters' "Pecker," "I Shot Andy Warhol," "I'm Not Rappaport," starring Walter Matthau, "Beautiful Girls," starring Matt Dillon and Timothy Hutton, and "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle," starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Matthew Broderick.

Plimpton also starred in her one-woman cabaret act at Lincoln Center to critical acclaim and sold-out audiences. Prior to that, she starred opposite Stockard Channing in "Pal Joey" for the Roundabout Theater Company. The performance garnered her a third Tony Award nomination, a Drama League Award nomination and a Drama Desk Nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. In 2008, Plimpton starred in "Top Girls" for the Manhattan Theatre Club opposite Marisa Tomei, which resulted in Tony and Drama League nominations. She played the title character in Steppenwolf Theatre's "Hedda Gabler." As a member of their ensemble, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts Award.



Her additional theater credits include Lincoln Center Theatre productions of William Shakespeare's "Cymbeline" and Tom Stoppard's "The Coast of Utopia," for which she Tony-nominated and won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award. She was also seen in the Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Conor McPherson's "Shining City" at the Manhattan Theatre Club, "False Servant" at Classic Stage Company, "Hurleyburly," "Hobson's Choice," "Sixteen Wounded," "Second Hand Memory" and "The Libertine."

Plimpton's memorable television appearances include playing recurring roles in HBO's "How to Make It in America" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," which garnered her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. She was also seen in episodes of "Fringe," "The Good Wife," "Medium," "Grey's Anatomy," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "7th Heaven" and "ER."

She donates her time and efforts to the inner-city arts initiative 52nd Street Project.

She resides in New York City.




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Age: 46 years old
Birthday: November 16, 1970
Height: 5' 5"
Full Name / Real Name: Martha Campbell Plimpton
Birthplace: New York, NY


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