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January 14, 2022

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Martha Plimpton

Learn More About Martha Plimpton, see Then & Now pictures, and find out What She's Been Up To on Celebrity Nooz

BIRTH DATE: November 16, 1970 in New York City, New York, USA

BIRTH NAME: Martha Campbell Plimpton

CLAIM TO FAME: Martha Plimpton is an American actress, singer and former model best know to audiences as Stef Steinbrenner in the Richard Donner film The Goonies (1985).

FAMILY LIFE: No info found.

INFO: She is the daughter of actors Keith Carradine and Shelley Plimpton, who met while performing in the original Broadway run of Hair.

Her paternal grandfather was actor John Carradine.

She is an eighth cousin once removed of writer and editor George Plimpton, and, despite the different spelling, cartoonist Bill Plympton.

Member of The Steppenwolf Theatre Company Ensemble.

She attended the Professional Children's School in Manhattan.

Became a vegetarian as a teen after her boyfriend, the late River Phoenix, introduced her to the lifestyle.

She co-founded a production company, Everything is Horrible, which has produced short films for the internet.

She's a spokesperson for the Center for Reproductive Rights' Draw the Line campaign; a global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination and dignity as basic human rights.

TRIVIA: Her first stage appearance was when her mother brought her on stage in costume for the curtain call of the short-lived Broadway play The Leaf People.

Plimpton began her career as a model, securing an early 1980s campaign for Calvin Klein.

She made her feature film debut with a small role in the film Rollover (1981).

Her breakthrough performance was as Stef Steinbrenner in the 1985 film The Goonies.

During the filming of The Goonies (1985), she made a bet with director Richard Donner that she would stop biting her nails. Donner paid up several years later, while they were doing the film's DVD audio commentary.

This began Plimpton being cast in the role of a rebellious tomboy, beginning with her performance as the Reverend Spellgood (Andre Gregory)'s daughter in the 1986 film The Mosquito Coast, starring Harrison Ford.

In 1986, Plimpton began a romantic relationship with The Mosquito Coast co-star River Phoenix. Their relationship lasted from February 1986 to June 1989; the relationship ended due to Phoenix's substance abuse.

This was released shortly before Running on Empty, an Oscar-nominated film, for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award.

In her late teenaged years, Plimpton was also active in theater, performing in regional theater in Seattle, Washington.

In 2002, Plimpton was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the television drama 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'.

In 2003, Plimpton narrated the audio book "Diary" by Chuck Palahniuk.

In 2004, she guest-starred in an episode of 7th Heaven, and wrote the episode of the show entitled "Red Socks", which aired in 2005.

She received the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in Tom Stoppard's "The Coast of Utopia" (2007).

In 2009, Plimpton starred on the Fox sitcom Raising Hope. Plimpton was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Virginia Chance.

She had a recurring role in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife from 2009 to 2013, playing attorney Patti Nyholm. Her performance earned her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2012.

In 2010, she starred in Ed Gass-Donnelly's independent crime thriller Small Town Murder Songs, and was given a trophy for best actress by the Whistler Film Festival.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Currently, Plimpton is filming the TV Series 'Sprung' with 'Raising Hope' co-star Garret Dillahunt. She has also been cast in the TV Series 'A Town Called Malice', which is in pre-production.


2021 The Cinnamon Bear: A Holiday Adventure (Podcast Series)...Wintergreen Witch

2021 Generation (TV Series)...Megan
All 16 episodes

2021 Mass...Gail

2019-2020 Vampirina (TV Series short)...Briana
- Double Double Halloween Trouble/The Creepover (2020) ... Briana (voice)
- The Hauntley Girls/The Not So Haunted House (2019) ... Briana

2020 Flack (TV Series)...Clara
- Clara (2020) ... Clara

2020 Doc McStuffins (TV Series)...Duchess of Bedazzle
- Bedazzled! (2020) ... Duchess of Bedazzle (voice)

2019 Baroness Von Sketch Show (TV Series)...Margo / Captain Marvellous
- Those Chickens Won't Clean Themselves (2019) ... Margo
- No One Wants to Be That Lady (2019) ... Captain Marvellous

2019 Frozen II...Yelena (voice)

2019 Brockmire (TV Series)...Shirley
- Opening Day (2019) ... Shirley
- Disabled List (2019) ... Shirley
- The Yips (2019) ... Shirley
- Clubhouse Cancer (2019) ... Shirley

2019 At Home with Amy Sedaris (TV Series)...Debbie Jo Jo
- Creativity (2019) ... Debbie Jo Jo

2018 The Shivering Truth (TV Series)
- Ogled Inklings (2018) ... (voice)

2018 Honey Bee...Louise

2018 The Guest Book (TV Series)...Shelley
- Under Cover (2018) ... Shelley

2015-2018 Younger (TV Series)...Cheryl Sussman
- Lizability (2018) ... Cheryl Sussman
- Fraudlein (2018) ... Cheryl Sussman
- Beyond Therapy (2016) ... Cheryl Sussman
- The Old Ma'am and the C (2015) ... Cheryl Sussman

2018 The Blacklist (TV Series)...Dr. Sharon Fulton
- The Capricorn Killer (No. 19) (2018) ... Dr. Sharon Fulton
- Mr. Raleigh Sinclair III (No. 51) (2018) ... Dr. Sharon Fulton

2017 The Yellow Wallpaper (Short)...Janie (voice)

2017 Hello Again...Ruth

2016-2017 The Real O'Neals (TV Series)...Eileen O'Neal
All 29 episodes

2015 Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series (Video Game)...Olivia (voice)

2014 Supreme Court: No Girls Allowed (Short)

2010-2014 Raising Hope (TV Series)...Virginia Chance
All 88 episodes

2009-2013 The Good Wife (TV Series)...Patti Nyholm
- What's in the Box? (2013) ... Patti Nyholm
- The Dream Team (2012) ... Patti Nyholm
- In Sickness (2011) ... Patti Nyholm
- Heart (2010) ... Patti Nyholm
- Fleas (2010) ... Patti Nyholm (uncredited)
- Crash (2009) ... Patti Nyholm

2010-2011 How to Make It in America (TV Series)...Edie Weitz
- What's in a Name? (2011) ... Edie Weitz
- Never Say Die (2010) ... Edie Weitz
- Keep on Truck'n (2010) ... Edie Weitz
- Big in Japan (2010) ... Edie Weitz
- Unhappy Birthday (2010) ... Edie Weitz
- Paper, Denim + Dollars (2010) ... Edie Weitz

2011 Company...Sarah

2010 Small Town Murder Songs...Sam

2010 Fringe (TV Series)...Sheriff Ann Mathis
- Northwest Passage (2010) ... Sheriff Ann Mathis

2010 Remember Me...Alyssa Craig's Mom (uncredited)

2009 Medium (TV Series)...Rosemary Widdick
- Pain Killer (2009) ... Rosemary Widdick

2009 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)...Pam Michaelson
- Goodbye (2009) ... Pam Michaelson
- Good Mourning (2009) ... Pam Michaelson

2008 Gone to the Dogs (Short)...Leslie (unconfirmed)

2008 The End of Steve (TV Movie)...Lydia

2008 Puppy Love (TV Series)...Leslie

2007 Dante's Inferno...Celia / Lobbyist Singer / Lizzie Borden (voice)

2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)...Jo Gage
- Blind Spot (2006) ... Jo Gage

2006 Marvelous...Gwen

2006 Surface (TV Series)...Mr. Big / Dr. Morris
- Episode #1.13 (2006) ... Mr. Big / Dr. Morris
- Episode #1.12 (2006) ... Mr. Big

2004 7th Heaven (TV Series)...Venus
- Regret to Inform (2004) ... Venus

2004 Hair High...Miss Crumbles (voice)

2003 Karen Sisco (TV Series)...Chelsea Wentworth
- The One That Got Away (2003) ... Chelsea Wentworth

2003 Hack (TV Series)...Louise O'Connor
- Black Eye (2003) ... Louise O'Connor

2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)...Claire Rinato
- Denial (2002) ... Claire Rinato

2001 The Sleepy Time Gal...Rebecca

1999 ER (TV Series)...Meg Corwin
- Humpty Dumpty (1999) ... Meg Corwin
- The Peace of Wild Things (1999) ... Meg Corwin
- Truth & Consequences (1999) ... Meg Corwin
- Sins of the Fathers (1999) ... Meg Corwin

1999 200 Cigarettes...Monica

1998 The Defenders: Taking the First (TV Movie)...M.J. Preston

1998 Pecker...Tina

1998 Music from Another Room...Karen

1998 The Defenders: Choice of Evils (TV Movie)...Mary Jane Preston

1997 The Defenders: Payback (TV Movie)...M.J. Preston

1997 Colin Fitz Lives!...Ann

1997 Eye of God...Ainsley DuPree

1996 Fish (Short)...Chime

1996 I'm Not Rappaport...Laurie Campbell

1996 Beautiful Girls...Jan

1996 I Shot Andy Warhol...Stevie

1995 Last Summer in the Hamptons...Chloe Garfield

1994 The Beans of Egypt, Maine...Earlene

1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle...Jane Grant

1993 Josh and S.A.M. ...Alison

1993 The Perfect Woman (Short)

1993 Chantilly Lace (TV Movie)...Ann

1993 Daybreak (TV Movie)...Laurie

1992 Inside Monkey Zetterland...Sofie

1992 A Blink of Paradise (Short)...Mother

1991 A Woman at War (TV Movie)...Helene Moszkiewiez

1991 Samantha...Samantha

1990 Stanley & Iris...Kelly

1989 Parenthood...Julie

1989 Silence Like Glass...Claudia Jacoby

1988 Another Woman...Laura

1988 Running on Empty...Lorna Phillips

1988 Stars and Bars...Bryant

1987 Shy People...Grace

1986 A Life in the Day (Short)

1986 The Mosquito Coast...Emily Spellgood

1985 Cyndi Lauper: The Goonies 'R' Good Enough (Music Video)...Stef (uncredited)

1985 Cyndi Lauper: The Goonies 'R' Good Enough (Part 2) (Music Video)...Stef (uncredited)

1985 Family Ties (TV Series)...Jessie Blake
- You've Got a Friend (1985) ... Jessie Blake

1985 The Goonies...Stef

1984 The River Rat...Jonsy

1983 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)...Rhona
- The Hand Me Down Kid (1983) ... Rhona

1981 Rollover...Fewster's Older Daughter

To see Then & Now pictures of Martha Plimpton, visit: Celebrity Nooz