Eleanor Melrose

Played by Jennifer Jason Leigh

Eleanor Melrose

Patrick's mother Eleanor is an American heiress of great wealth and weak character. Patrick's father married her to save his upper class family's fading fortunes. Although playful at times and with generally good intentions, her narcissism and ineffectiveness make her incapable of looking out for the well-being of her only child. 

Patrick's mother Eleanor is an American heiress of great wealth and weak character. Patrick's father married her to save his upper class family's fading fortunes. Although playful at times and with generally good intentions, her narcissism and ineffectiveness make her incapable of looking out for the well-being of her only child. 

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Jennifer Jason Leigh came to prominence alongside Sean Penn, Phoebe Cates and Nicolas Cage in Amy Heckerling’s FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH. Six years later, she garnered the Best Supporting Actress awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Boston Society of Film Critics for her portrayals in both Uli Edel’s LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN and George Armitage’s MIAMI BLUES.

Subsequently, Leigh starred in Robert Altman’s films SHORT CUTS and KANSAS CITY, Joel and Ethan Coen’s THE HUDSUCKER PROXY, Barbet Schroeder’s SINGLE WHITE FEMALE, David Cronenberg’s EXISTENZ, Jane Campion’s IN THE CUT, Agnieszka Holland’s WASHINGTON SQUARE, Sam Mendes’ ROAD TO PERDITION and Ulu Grosbard’s GEORGIA, which she also produced. Other films include Lili Fini Zanuck’s RUSH, Ron Howard’s BACKDRAFT, Christopher Guest’s THE BIG PICTURE, Brad Anderson’s THE MACHINIST and Todd Solondz’s PALINDROMES. She also starred in Noah Baumbach’s MARGOT AT THE WEDDING, Charlie Kaufman’s SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK and in GREENBERG, which Leigh also produced with Scott Rudin. 

Leigh was nominated for an Oscar ®, a Golden Globe®, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Critics’ Choice award, and was awarded the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress. The San Diego Film Critics Society Award, Online Film & Television Association Award and North Texas Film Critics Association Award for her tour de force performance in Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT, in which she plays the female lead, Daisy Domergue.

For her work in the stop-motion animated film written ANOMALISA, she received a 2015 Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and an Annie Award nomination. Other recent film credits include GOOD TIME and the sci-fi thriller ANNIHILATION. She will also appear in the upcoming crime drama WHITE BOY RICK.

Leigh stars in the half-hour single camera dramedy ATYPICAL. Other recent film work includes THE SPECTACULAR NOW, HATESHIP LOVESHIP and KILL YOUR DARLINGS. 

Leigh made her writing and directorial debut in 2001 with THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY, which she co-wrote and co-directed with Alan Cumming, and in which they both co-starred.

Broadway credits include CABARET, directed by Sam Mendes, and David Auburn’s PROOF. In 2006, she starred in the American premiere of Mike Leigh’s ABIGAIL’S PARTY for The New Group and in the radio play, ANOMALISA, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles.

Her performance in Alan Rudolph’s MRS. PARKER AND THE VICIOUS CIRCLE won her a Golden Globe nomination, Best Actress awards from the National Society of Film Critics and the Chicago Film Critics Association and her first Independent Spirit Award nomination.

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