Iconic indie queen Illeana Douglas is a hit with critics and moviegoers alike. She is currently playing herself on the hit show Maron for IFC and is doing a stint on Lifetimes Drop Dead Diva. She will soon be seen in Welcome to Sweden, a Swedish/American comedy shot in Sweden and produced by Amy Poehler. In May 2013, Illeana, an avid film buff, hosted Second Looks- films that deserve a second chance for Turner Classic Movies. She just wrapped filming the comedy All Stars (2013) with Fred Willard, Richard Kind, and John Goodman, Sister (2013) with Barbara Hershey and Max Rose with Jerry Lewis and Kevin Pollak. She has been winning awards for Chez Upshaw (2012), with Kevin Pollak, Molly Sims and Greg Grunberg and It’s Dark Here (2013), based on a true story of a mother’s struggle with her son’s descent into schizophrenia, A Country Christmas (2013) also with Kevin Pollak, was released December, 2013. She starred in the critically acclaimed The Green (2011) alongside Cheyenne Jackson and Julia Ormond. Douglas won best supporting actress for her role at the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Illeana’s hit web series Easy To Assemble, available on Daily Motion and on the official website, www.YouTube.com/EasyToAssembleTV, is in its fourth season entitled “This Side Up.” It has garnered over 5 million views this year. Easy to Assemble has been downloaded over 30 million times and has been called, “The most successful branded show of all time” by Ad-Week. In 2009 Easy To Assemble became an instant web sensation, featuring such stars as Jeff Goldblum, Craig Bierko, Kevin Pollak, Jane Lynch, Cheri Oteri, Patricia Heaton, Tim Meadows, Daryl Sabara, Tom Arnold, Fred Willard, Roger Bart, Justine Bateman and more. Easy to Assemble follows Douglas as she starts a talk show on the main floor of IKEA called This Side Up and discovers the best role she never played was herself.
In recognition of its tremendous contribution to web-based entertainment, Easy To Assemble has won six Webby Awards (2010-2013) for Best Performance, Best Writing, and Best Comedy. Two Streamy Awards for Best Ensemble Cast in a Web Series and Best Product Integration. The 2010 BANFF Outstanding Online Performance Award, the 2010 NAPTE Digital Luminary Award and the Innovator Award at the 2010 Independent Television Festival.
Illeana Douglas first came to prominence as Matt Dillon’s suspicious sister in Gus Van Sant’s To Die For (1995), for which she was New York Film Critics award nominee, and has since been a staple on the independent film scene with memorable performances in Ghost World (2001), Dummy (2003), Happy, Texas (1999), Grace of My Heart (1996) and Search and Destroy (1995) Douglas has starred in numerous big-screen features including Goodfellas (1990) Cape Fear (1991) Stir of Echoes (1999), Alive (1993), Picture Perfect (1997), Message in a Bottle (1999), The Next Best Thing (2000), Factory Girl (2006), Pittsburgh (2006) and many more.
On television, she was on the eighth and final season of HBO’s Entourage, reprising her role as the sister of Ari Gold’s wife, and was a regular on Ugly Betty and Six Feet Under, which earned her an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Angela. Additionally, she has been featured in recurring and guest-starring roles on many of television’s biggest shows including Law & Order: SVU, The Drew Carey Show, Frazier, Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show and Politically Incorrect.
While working for a New York film publicist, Douglas was asked to dub screams and provide additional dialogue for Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). This led to a long association with Scorsese, acting in New York Stories (1989), Goodfellas (1990) and Cape Fear (1991) and developing and co-producing for Cappa Productions Search and Destroy (1995) and Grace of My Heart (1996), a London Film Critics award nominee. With Scorsese’s encouragement she began writing and directing. Her first effort, The Perfect Woman (1993), won Best Short at Aspen Shorts Fest and was a nominee for a Cable Ace Award. Everybody Just Stay Calm (1994), was a documentary made for IFC about the comedic trials of independent filmmaking. Boy Crazy, Girl Crazier (1996) and Confessions of a Movie Lover were also made for Bravo and IFC. She wrote, directed, produced, and starred in Devil Talk, Supermarket, and Illeanarama, which have played, in numerous festivals and on the Sundance Channel. Supermarket was nominated for a regional Emmy and later developed into Illeanarama for the Oxygen Network. She developed and produced Celebrity Garage Sale (2008) for A&E She was executive producer on the film Life Without Dick (2002) starring Sarah Jessica Parker and wrote and produced the short Soulmates (2011). She co-produced the documentary Kingdom Come (2013) now playing on Showtime.