Illeana Douglas | Biography
Illeana Douglas is hilarious in her webseries, Easy to Assemble. Born in 1965, she is one of the quintessential women in comedy and improvisational acting in America. She has an amazing acting talent and is a successful screenwriter, producer and director. From her breakthrough role in Cape Fear in 1991, she went on to appear in movies like Grace of My Heart, To Die For, Ghost World and was a regular appearance in American series such as Action, Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show and Law & Order.
Raised in heavy hippy culture in Quincy, Massachusetts, her modern parents were supportive of her. She divided her time between Connecticut, Massachusetts and also lived in New York in her youth. She has Italian and German roots from her parents. Her grandfather is the late actor Melvyn Douglas with whom she bonded over his passion for theatre and history. Her career was also heavily influenced by her relationship with Martin Scorsese. She dated the film director for almost eight years in the 1990s and also appeared in his films. She has also been married once. She tied the knot with author Jonathan Axelrod on May 16, 1998 and they were married for over two years before separating. She became a step mother to his child during their marriage however they didn’t have children of their own.
Illeana is the star of IKEA’s hit comedy webseries, Easy to Assemble which premiers on My Damn Channel. She is the creator of the IKEA sponsored series which centers on the actress and her fictional job at IKEA. The series has an impressive cast including actors like Jeff Goldblum, Jane Lynch, Keanu Reeves, Justin Bateman, Tom Arnold among others. The show has been critically acclaimed and has won several awards like Webby Award Honoree Best Writing, NAPTE Digital Luminary Award, four Streamy Awards and seven nominations in 2010. Easy to Assemble has been a great success over the years boosting her total net worth to $5 million dollars. For Easy to Assemble, Illeana has received several solo awards at ceremonies including Webby Awards and Banff Comedy Festival. She had dreamed of excelling in show business since she was a teen. When she graduated high school in 1981, she flew to New York City where she enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. It was at Neighborhood Playhouse where she reinvented herself and dived into sketch comedy. She came across her former boyfriend Martin Scorsese then and he cast her in his movie New York Stories. Her breakthrough role was in Cape Fear in 1991. She also popularly appeared in Grace of My Heart and To Die For. She worked on a few movies later but her part was cut out from a series of movies. She broke the dry spell with Grief which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In addition to film roles, she started gracing the television screens with roles in The Larry Sanders Show, Frasier, Six Feet Under and Entourage. She was seen in the Lifetime Original Not Like Everyone Else in 2006 and had a brief role in Ugly Betty. Illeana is a jack of all trades; she is also great at creating and directing. In 1993, she released The Perfect Woman and has been constantly putting out her own works such as Illeanarama. She is also popularly known for her contribution to Turner Classic Movies’ Friday Night Spotlight.
Despite her initial bout of rejections, Illeana has conquered the industry as a one of a kind talent. As an actress, she has flourished exponentially over the years of experience in the performing arts. With already a huge following on the internet, she aspires to bring her hit webseries to mainstream television.
Illeana Douglas, often described as quirky, has been a staple in the comedy scene in American television. Over the years she has received several awards for her talent and is a veteran star in television. She has been entertaining millions of fans with her quirky humor and casual demeanor.