Virginia Madsen Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 18 Aug, 2014
Facts of Virginia Madsen
Date of Birth: 1961 , September-11
Age: 56 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 feet 5 inch
Name Virginia Madsen
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Profession Acting, Modelling
Net Worth $8 Million USD
Body Measurements 36C-26-35 (Bust-Waist-Hip)
Breast Size 36 in
Waist size 26 in
Hip Size 35 in
Neck Size 7
Shoe Size 10
Weight in KG 59 kg
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Born and Birth

Virginia Madsen was born on September 11, 1963, in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Childhood and Family

She was born to Calvin (father) and Elaine Madsen (mother). Fittingly, she was born into a family already well acquainted with the acting world, as well as real-life drama. Her mother is an award-winning writer, poet and producer, while her father was a fire-fighter.

Madsen's mother left a career in corporate business to pursue a writing career. Madsen's brother is actor Michael Madsen. Her paternal grandparents were Danish, and her mother has English, Irish, Scottish, German, and distant Native American, ancestry.


Madsen is a graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. She later attended the Ted Liss Acting Studio in Chicago and Harand Camp Adult Theatre Seminar in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.


Her first effort as an actress was as her brother’s assistant in magic shows the two would concoct for their family. Audiences first caught a glimpse of Madsen on film in a bit part she landed as Lisa in the teen sex comedy Class, along with an appearance in Kenny Loggins' music video "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)" from the Footloose soundtrack. She portrayed a cellist named Madeline in Electric Dreams (1984), which was the first film release by Virgin Films Production Company. She was cast as Princess Irulan in David Lynch's science fiction epic Dune (1984).

Madsen first became popular with audiences in 1986 with her portrayal of a Catholic schoolgirl who fell in love with a boy from a prison camp in Duncan Gibbons's Fire with Fire. As beauty queen Dixie Lee Boxx, she was the sexy love interest of minor-league baseball manager Cecil "Stud" Cantrell (William Petersen) in the made-for-cable Long Gone (1987). She played a secretary in the 1988 comedy Hot to Trot and appeared as Maddie Hayes' cousin in the final season of Moonlighting. She also starred in the 1992 horror film Candyman.

In 2008, she formed her own film production company called Title IX Prods. Her first project was a film made with her mother called I Know a Woman Like That. The film is a documentary about the lives of older women. On the creation of the film, she said her mother's active lifestyle was an inspiration to start filming.

Marriage, Affairs and Divorce

Madsen was married to actor and director Danny Huston after meeting on the set of Mr. North. They got married in 1989 but in 1992, Virginia divorced Huston and soon took up with Antonio Sabato Jr., with whom she had a son, Jack, in 1994. But the relationship with Sabato Jr. did not last.

Height, Weight and Age

She stands about 5 feet and 5 inches tall and a 2013 survey reveals that she weighs around 55 kg. She is now, 52 years of age.

Nationality and Ethnicity

She is an American citizen but has a mixed ancestry from her mother’s side. She is white.

Net worth and Salary

Virginia Madsen has taken the No. 1 spot on People with Money’s top 10 highest-paid actresses for 2014 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.

Plastic Surgery

Madsen, who is nominated for an Oscar for 2004's Sideways, laughs as she tells the story, and her eyes do crinkle slightly when she does. She admits she has been a twice-yearly Botox user since 2003, which puts her in good company; last year more than 3 million doses of the drug—a purified form of botulism toxin that temporarily paralyzes wrinkle-causing muscles were sold in the U.S., making it the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure. 


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