Saturday, November 2, 2013
Deborah Kara Unger - 1964
Deborah Kara Unger (born 12 May 1964) is a Canadian actress.Bearing talent and cool, sophisticated beauty in equal measure, Deborah Kara Unger is one of Canada's most visible actresses. A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, where she was born in 1966, Unger first distinguished herself as the first Canadian-born actress to be accepted to the prestigious Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art. While in Australia, she made her professional debut on the television miniseries Bangkok Hilton (1989), in which she co-starred with Nicole Kidman and Denholm Elliott. On the screen, Unger, who had been appearing in films since 1990, first made an impression on audiences with her role as a hyper-sexual patient who reveals more than just her neuroses to her psychiatrist (Annabella Sciorra) in Whispers in the Dark (1992). She earned an additional dose of notoriety when she again revealed all in David Cronenberg's controversial Crash (1996), which cast her as the wife of car crash survivor and fetishist James Spader. Roles in such films as David Fincher's psychological thriller The Game (1997) and the made-for-TV The Rat Pack (1998) -- which featured Unger as Ava Gardner -- followed, and in 1999 the actress could be seen in no less than three major motion pictures.
In Payback, Unger played Mel Gibson's double-crossing girlfriend; István Szabó's historical epic Sunshine cast her as the wife of a Communist party official, while in Norman Jewison's The Hurricane, Unger starred as a Canadian activist working to free a wrongfully imprisoned championship boxer (Denzel Washington). She continued to work steadily as the 21st century began in a variety of projects including Signs & Wonders, The Salton Sea, A Love Song for Bobby Long, Silent Hill, Shake Hands with the Devil, 88 Minutes, and the Emilio Estevez drama The Way.From 2006 to 2010, she appeared in the movies The Alibi, Things That Hang from Trees, 88 Minutes, Walled In, Messages Deleted and The Way. In 2010 she won the award Action On Film International Film Festival for career achievements. In 2011 she received her first starring role in TV series called Combat Hospital, which premieres in June on ABC. In 2012, Unger reprise her role as Dahlia Gillespie in a sequel to Silent Hill, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D in 2012.