Virginia Madsen

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  • Birth Name: Virginia Gayle Madsen
  • Celeb Name: Virginia Madsen
  • Nicknames: Vmad, V, Gina.
  • Height: 5ft 4.5in (163.8 cm)
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: She has one half-brown, half-green eye while the other is entirely green.
  • Western Zodiac: Virgo
  • Chinese Horoscope: Ox
  • Nationality: American
  • Birth Date: September 11, 1961
  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois
  • Education: New Trier High School // Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, US.
  • Ex Husband: Danny Huston
  • Boyfriend: Nick Holmes
  • Son: Jack Antonio Sabato
  • Father: Cal Madsen
  • Mother: Elaine Madsen
  • Siblings: 1 sister, 1 brother. Cheryl and Michael.
  • Ex-Boyfriends: Billy Campbell , Antonio Sabato Jr.
  • Pets: 2 dogs, 1 cat. Star, Sky and Penn.
  • Claim to fame: as Princess Irulan in Dune (1984)


Carried her son’s Lego action figure with her for good luck at the 2005 Golden Globe Awards.

In 2007, became the first celebrity spokesperson for Botox, which she initially started using in 2003 to help with migraines.

Homeschooled her son, Jack.

Formed a production company called Title IX Productions with Karly Meola in 2008. Their first project, the documentary I Know a Woman Like That, was directed by Madsen’s mom, Elaine.

Her first Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination came from her role in the 2004 film “Sideways”.

Virginia’s comes from an acting family- Michael Madsen her brother is an actor and Elaine Madsen, her mother is an Emmy-winning producer and writer.

Madsen debuted in “Class”, a teen-sex comedy by Andrew McCarthy, at the age of 19. The role was not a well-appreciated one.

American audiences started noticing her after her 1984 role as Princess Irulan in “Dune” the science fiction epic.

Virginia gained popularity after her 1986 film “Fire with Fire”. She portrayed a schoolgirl who falls in love with a prison camp inmate.

During the shooting of the 1992 horror film “Candyman”, she had to be hypnotized in certain scenes to ensure that her pupils remained dilated. After the first few instances, she told her director that she will not go through with the hypnotism sessions.

In the 2009 animated film “Wonder Woman”, she was the voice of Queen Hippolyte, Wonder Woman’s mother.

She has heterochromia. This genetic trait results in different eye pigmentation. Virginia has one half-brown, half-green eye while the other is entirely green.

Madsen is a very frank person. She never hid the fact that she uses Juvederm and Botox. She has teamed-up with Juvederm to educate women about its use. Her objective is that women make wise and informed beauty choices.

Has a child, with Antonio Sabato Jr., named Jack Sabato (b. 6 August 1994).

Her brother, actor Michael Madsen, refuses to see any of her movies in which she appears naked.

Sister, Cheryl Madsen, was an actress. She is also an owner of a restaurant in Wisconsin.

Daughter of Cal Madsen (a firefighter) and Elaine Madsen (a poet). They got divorced in 1968.

Was once engaged to actor Billy Campbell. They went to Hollywood together to pursue acting careers and lived in Pacific Palisades. Virginia graduated from New Trier East High School in 1979, a year before Rusty Schwimmer. She was known as “Gina” at NTE and was very active in the school’s theater department.

Former daughter-in-law of John Huston and Zoe Sallis; former sister-in-law of Tony Huston, Anjelica Huston, and Pat Delaney (as the wife of Tony Huston); also former sister-in-law of Georganne LaPiere, ex-wife of her brother Michael Madsen and half-sister of Cher.

Her father’s parents (Soren and Anna Marie Madsen) came to America from Denmark in the early 1900s. Virginia Madsen is half-Danish.

Her mother has English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry, and is also said to have Native American roots.

Aunt of Michael Madsen’s children Christian Madsen, Cody Setzer, Max Madsen, Kalvin Madsen, Luke Madsen and Hudson Madsen.

Sister-in-law of DeAnna Madsen

Former sister-in-law of Jeannine Bisignano and Georganne LaPiere.

She is allergic to bee stings.

In an interview, she admitted that she was sobbing so hard at the end of Star Trek II: (1982) when Spock died, that she had to go home as soon as the movie was over.

Claims that she was hypnotized for some of the scenes in Candyman (1992).

Alumnus of New Trier High School East, Winnetka, Illinois. Studied at Ted Liss Acting Studio in Chicago and at Harand Camp Adult Theater Seminar in Wisconsin. Attended the Malibu Celebration of Film Gala Honoring Robert Altman In October 2006.

Her relationship with Billy Campbell lasted from 1981 up until she met ex-husband Danny Huston.

Counts Network (1976) and its director Sidney Lumet among her favorite films and directors.