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Girl, Interrupted is a 1999 psychological drama film that tells the story of writer Susanna Kaysen's searing account of her 18-month stay at a renowned mental hospital in the late 1960s.
The cast of the film includes some heavy Hollywood hitters and some then unknown actors who have gone on to great success.
Girl, Interrupted (1999) is a film that shows an adolescent girl's struggle to understand her own mental illness.
The film also provides insight into the way other people's opinions and views impact our lives as well as the way our own behaviors impact others.
Winona Ryder (Susana Kaysen)
Winona Ryder portrays Susanna, our protagonist. She is eighteen years old when she is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and sent to the Claymoore psychiatric hospital.
Most people realize that Winona Ryder was already a significant star before the film, and this is only one of the vehicles that helped to secure her popularity. Girl, Interrupted (1999) also helped to demonstrate her well-crafted acting skills.
Today, Ryder is enjoying a resurgence of popularity, thanks to her starring role in Stranger Things. The actress has never married, nor does she have children.
Winona Ryder is also currently working on the film, Haunted Mansion alongside Jamie Lee Curtis, her Girl, Interrupted alum, Jared Leto and Owen Wilson.
Angelina Jolie (Lisa Rowe)
Angelina Jolie's character Lisa is a sociopath. She's charming, manipulative, rebellious and abusive, she has been in the institution since she was twelve, and has escaped multiple times. Most of the other patients revere her and she forms a close bond with Susanna.
Before Girl, Interrupted was released, Jolie was known mostly as the beautiful daughter of actor Jon Voight. However, her performance in the film won her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the 72nd Academy Awards ceremony.
Today, Jolie is a humanitarian, filmmaker, director, producer and style icon. As for her acting, she is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the aforementioned Oscar and three Golden Globes.
She is a mother to six children, she's recently experienced a divorce from film icon, Brad Pitt and she has been named Hollywood's highest-paid actress multiple times.
Most recently, you can catch her as Thena in Marvel's Eternals (2021) and she currently has four films in pre-production. In one of her upcoming films she will play the famed soprano, Maria Callas and in another she revises her role as Maleficent.
Clea DuVall (Georgina Tuskin)
Georgina is the insightful, pathological liar. She is Susanna's seventeen-year-old roommate and her closest confidant, next to Lisa.
DuVall was hot off of her role as Stokes in the film, The Faculty (1998), when she was picked to play the role of Georgina Tuskin.
DuVall also had a decent sized role in the 1999 film, But I'm a Cheerleader, where she plays a teenager who is forcibly sent to a residential conversion therapy camp to "cure" her homosexuality.
Interestingly enough, the actress currently identifies as a lesbian and she's happily married, but she states she was closeted during the making of her earlier films.
Today, Clea DuVall can be found acting on the TV series, House Broken as Elsa and she is currently in pre-production on the upcoming TV series, Day Job, which is set to be released in 2023.
Brittany Murphy (Daisy Randone)
Daisy is the self harming, laxative addicted, chicken carcass hoarding patient whose root cause of illness is the sexual abuse she endures from her father.
Known mostly from her wildly popular role as Tai from the 1999 film, Clueless, Brittany Murphy was a rising star who went on to appear in multiple film projects after her memorable turn as Daisy Randone.
One of Murphy's more standout roles since the release of the film is as the voice of Luanne Platter on the award winning animated TV series, King of the Hill (1997-2010).
In May 2007, Murphy married British screenwriter Simon Monjack. Prior to her marriage, due to noticeable weigh loss, there were rumors that the actress had a substance abuse issue - which she vehemently denied.
On December 20, 2009, Brittany Murphy was pronounced dead after experiencing cardiac arrest. Her untimely death was attributed to a massive amount of over-the-counter prescription medications, which she had apparently used to try to fight a respiratory illness. It was later revealed that Brittany Murphy's official cause of death was pneumonia.
There was a fair amount of mystery surrounding her death and in 2021, HBO tackled the subject in a documentary titled What Happened, Brittany Murphy?
Elizabeth Moss (Polly Clark)
British born Elisabeth Moss plays Polly, a sixteen year old, schizophrenic burn victim. She is very childlike and easily upset. After a creative lie about the cause of her disfiguring injuries, it is eventually reveled that she is a victim of a house fire.
Moss has gone on to great success, from popular stints on TV series' ranging from The West Wing (1999 - 2006) to Mad Men (2007 - 2015). Most popular of all, is her current turn as June Osborn (Offred) on the runaway hit TV series, The Handmaid's Tale.
Elizabeth Moss is currently divorced, she never had any kids and she is a practicing scientologist. As for her current acting roles, you can catch her on The Handmaid's Tale and she is also in pre-production on four projects.
One of Moss' upcoming projects has her in the role of Eleanor Coppola during the making of The Godfather (1972). Eleanor Coppola is Francis Ford Coppola's wife.
Jared Leto (Tobias Jacobs)
Jared Leto plays Tobias Jacobs, Susanna's ex-boyfriend who plans to dodge the draft by escaping to Canada.
Leto is yet another actor who has gone on to crazy success. He's been around for more than 30 years and he's amassed an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
He has starred in several super successful films, such as American Psycho (2000), Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Dallas Buyer's Club (2013) among many others.
Leto is a business man, a singer-songwriter, director, Democrat who publicly supports Barack Obama, he lives a vegan lifestyle, supports gay rights, animal rights and Childhood Diabetes.
Jared Leto is also a ladies man who's been linked to celebrities from Scarlett Johannsson and Katy Katy Perry to Ashley Olsen, and Lindsay Lohan; the actor has no children.
Angela Bettis (Janet)
Janet, played by Angela Bettis, is a 22 year old anorexic. Like Lisa, she is harsh and seemingly detached, and like Polly she is also easily upset.
After her appearance in the film, Bettis went on to a moderate string of roles, most notably as the titular character in the 2002 TV adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie.
Bettis is best known for her work in independent horror films and she has production and directing credits as well.
Angela Bettis is currently divorced and she has no children. Her current last film credit is in the supernatural horror film, Ghosts of the Ozarks (2021) and she currently has one film in pre-production.
Jillian Armenante (Cynthia)
As Cynthia, Jillian Armenante plays a 22 year old woman who claims to be a sociopath like Lisa, but it turns out that Cynthia's "illness" is homosexuality.
Soon after the film premiered, Armenante went on to moderate success in the TV series, Judging Amy (1999 - 2005). This was followed by a string of guest starring roles in multiple TV shows over the years.
To date, Jillian Armenante's last appearance is as Harriet in the 2022 TV series, Physical. She is currently married to actress Alice Dodd and they have two daughters.
Whoopi Goldberg (Nurse Valerie)
Whoopi Goldberg is Valerie, the stern but caring head nurse who oversees the girls on the ward. Goldberg was a bona-fide movie star before the film and she remains so afterwards.
She has nearly 200 acting credits, she is also a comedian, author, philanthropist and TV talk show host. To her credit, she has Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy awards.
From The Color Purple (1985) and Sister Act (1990) and today as the chief host of The View, Whoopi Goldberg's success is undeniable. She is three times divorced and she has a daughter.
Vanessa Redgrave (Dr. Sonia Wick)
British actress Vanessa Redgrave plays Dr. Wick, the wise and intuitive head psychologist of the hospital and she holds the key to Susanna's release.
As impressive as this list of thespians is, Redgrave is perhaps the most acclaimed and revered of the pack - with Goldberg and Jolie coming in at a very close second.
Over her six decade span in the industry, Redgrave has amassed an Osar, BAFTA, Tony, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Cannes Film Festival Awards, and 2 Emmys. She and Whoopig Goldberg are amongst a very short list of actors to have accomplished the prestigious Triple Crown of Acting.
She hails from a family of super famous actors, she is a political activist and the mother of two famous acting children, Natasha Richardson (11 May 1963 – 18 March 2009) and Joely Richardson.
Today, Vanessa Redgrave is divorced and in 2015 she revealed failing health due to years of smoking. Her ill health has not put a stop to her acting ability as she currently has three major films in pre-production.
Jeffrey Tambor (Dr. Melvin Potts)
Jeffrey Tambor portrays Dr. Potts, he is the compassionate psychiatrist who initially diagnoses Susanna and suggests her stay at Claymoore.
Tambor has been a familiar face in Hollywood since the late 1970s and he has had a huge career with more than 200 acting credits.
Most recently he held the role of George Bluth/Oscar Bluth in the critically acclaimed TV series, Arrested Development (2003 - 2019).
Memorably, Tambor also held the particularly juicy and award winning role of Maura Pfefferman, the transgendered lead character in the web series, Transparent (2014 - 2019).
Jeffrey Tambor has a two Emmys and a Golden Globe, he and his wife Kasia have four children and he has one other child from a previous relationship.
Joanna Kerns (Annette, Susanna's Mother)
Joanna Kerns portrays Annette, Susanna's deeply disappointed mother who is at her wits end with her daughters behavior.
Although she has nearly 80 acting credits to her name, audiences will remember Kerns most for her role as the matriarch, Maggie Seaver from the 80s TV series, Growing Pains (1985 - 1992).
Kerns' sister is an Olympic gold medalist and her mother was a silent film star. She is a politically active Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton and she was in a relationship with actor Freddie Prinze in the 1970s before his infamous suicide.
Today, Joanna Kerns is married, she has one child and her current last acting credit is as the mother in the 2017 music video, Danny Brown: Ain't It Funny.
Ray Baker (Carl, Susanna's Father)
Carl Kaysen is Susanna's concerned and caring father; he is also sometimes the referee between his wife and child. He is played by actor Ray Baker.
Baker is another face that has been around since the late 1970s. He has appeared as a supporting actor in more than 100 roles. His most notable stint is an 11 episode appearance on TVs Cybill in the 1990s.
He was married to popular actress Patricia Richardson and they have three children. Today, Baker is married to another actress, Colleen Dodson-Baker.
Ray Baker's last credited appearance to date is in a 2018 film short called Yegua.
Travis Fine (John, the Orderly)
Travis Fine plays John, the orderly who has a crush on Susanna. He is later reassigned to the men's ward after he and Susanna kiss and fall asleep together.
After he wrapped Girl, Interrupted (1999), he appeared in a few guest starring roles. His biggest project and last project to date is writing, producing and directing the LGBT film, Any Day Now (2012). Fine is married and he has three children.
Mary Kay Place (Barbara Gilcrest)
Barbara Gilcrest, played by Mary Kay Place, is the angry wife of the English instructor with whom Susanna had an affair. The two have a heated and memorable run-in at an ice cream shop whilst Susanna is on a supervised outing with the girls of the ward.
Place is yet another familiar face who's been around for quite a while, starting in the early the 1970s. She encountered success early on in her career as Loretta Haggers on the TV series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976-1977), for which she received an Emmy award.
She has been in hugely popular films from The Big Chill (1983) to Being John Malkovich (1999). Place is also a recording artists with 3 albums to her credit, including the chart topping country music single, Baby Boy in 1976.
Mary Kay Place never married and she never have children. Her last credited gig to date is when she lent her voice to the 2022 animated film, My Father's Dragon.
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