Hope Davis was born on this day in Englewood, NJ in 1964. The acting bug bit Davis early on; as a young girl she often performed neighborhood skits with childhood friend Mira Sorvino. Later, after attending Vassar and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, the actress took to Chicago’s theater scene, where she performed under the direction of John Cusack and Joel Schumacher. Her bond with the famous action director led to her first feature film role in Flatliners.
Her next role was a blip on the cultural scene as the French ticket agent that does little to help a distressed Catherine O’Hara in Home Alone. Since then Davis has found herself an independent film staple, with roles alongside Nicolas Cage (Kiss of Death, The Weather Man) and Campbell Scott (The Daytrippers, The Imposters, Duma, The Secret Lives of Dentists and the ABC drama “Six Degrees”). The blonde actress can be seen later this year in Charlie Bartlett with co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Anton Yelchin.
Factoid: Hope Davis has had many a noticeable role since first affecting that French accent years ago. In 2004 the actress was nominated for both a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress Award (for her work in American Splendor) and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female in The Secret Lives of Dentists.