Rosemarie DeWitt

Rosemarie DeWitt

Born Rosemarie Braddock DeWitt
(1971-10-26) October 26, 1971
Flushing, Queens, New York, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Chris Messina (m. 1995; div. 2006)
Ron Livingston (m. 2009)
Children 1

Rosemarie Braddock DeWitt[1][2] (born October 26, 1971)[3] is an American actress. DeWitt played Emily Lehman in the Fox television series Standoff (2006–07), co-starring with her future husband Ron Livingston, as well as Charmaine Craine on United States of Tara. She also was the title character in 2008's Rachel Getting Married, garnering several awards and nominations for best supporting actress. She starred in the horror/thriller Poltergeist (2015), a remake of the 1982 film of the same name.

Early life

DeWitt was born in Flushing, Queens, New York, the daughter of Rosemarie (Braddock) and Kenny DeWitt. She is a granddaughter of boxer James J. Braddock,[4] and played the role of neighbor Sara Wilson in the movie Cinderella Man, which depicted James J. Braddock's life.

DeWitt lived in Hanover Township, New Jersey and is a graduate of Whippany Park High School.[5] She performed in several high school productions.[6][7] She attended the New College at Hofstra University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in creative studies.[8] While at Hofstra University, she also joined Alpha Phi. She had additional training at The Actors Center in New York.[6]



DeWitt performed in numerous off Broadway plays.[9] Most notably, she starred in John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at the Second Stage Theatre;[6] George S. Kaufman's The Butter and Egg Man at the Atlantic Theater Company;[6] and Craig Lucas' Small Tragedy, for which the entire cast won an Obie Award.[6] From May 4–23, 2010, DeWitt appeared in MCC Theater's Off Broadway play Family Week, written by Beth Henley and directed by Jonathan Demme. In its review of the play, the New York Times stated that DeWitt's lead performance "has many affecting moments as the beleaguered Claire."[10]


DeWitt at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards

DeWitt appeared in Showtime's series United States of Tara as Tara's sister, Charmaine. She appeared in Season 1 of the AMC series, Mad Men, as Midge Daniels, lead character Don Draper's bohemian mistress, and returned for one episode in Season 4. She co-starred with Ron Livingston in the 2006–2007 Fox series Standoff. She played FBI hostage negotiator Emily Lehman. DeWitt has also appeared on television in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Sex and the City, Rescue Me, and Love Monkey.


DeWitt is featured in the film, Margaret opposite Anna Paquin and Mark Ruffalo. Additional film credits include Purple Violets, Off the Black, Shut Up and Sing, The Great New Wonderful, Blackbird and How I Got Lost.[11] She plays the role of Rachel in the Jonathan Demme-directed movie Rachel Getting Married (2008) alongside Anne Hathaway, for which she won several critics' awards and a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress.[12]

DeWitt played Ben Affleck's character's wife in the corporate drama The Company Men.[13] In 2011 she played Hannah, one of the three lead characters in the critically acclaimed Your Sister's Sister, opposite Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass. In 2011, she played Renee Blair in the film A Little Bit of Heaven starring Kate Hudson.[14]

In 2012, she played Alice in Gus Van Sant's film Promised Land, released on December 28, 2012.[15]

Personal life

She married actor Ron Livingston, her co-star in Standoff, on November 2, 2009, in San Francisco.[16] In May 2013, They announced that they had adopted a daughter. Gracie James Livingston was born on April 29, 2013.[17]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Fresh Cut Grass Actor
2005 The Great New Wonderful Debbie
Cinderella Man Sara Wilson
Buy It Now Mom
2006 The Wedding Weekend Dana
Doris Doris
Off the Black Debra
2007 Purple Violets Murph's Hamptons fling
2008 Afterschool Teacher
Rachel Getting Married Rachel Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Virtuoso Award[18]
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress[19]
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Newcomer
Nominated – Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated – International Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actress[20]
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (3rd place)
2009 Tenure Beth
How I Got Lost Leslie
2010 The Company Men Maggie Walker
2011 A Little Bit of Heaven Renee Blair
Your Sister's Sister Hannah Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated – International Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actress[21]
Margaret Mrs. Marretti
2012 The Odd Life of Timothy Green Brenda Best
Nobody Walks Julie
The Watch Abby Trautwig
Promised Land Alice
2013 Touchy Feely Abby
2014 Men, Women & Children Helen Truby
Kill the Messenger Susan Webb
2015 Digging for Fire Lee
Poltergeist Amy Bowen
2016 La La Land Laura
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gloria Palmera 1 episode
2003 Sex and the City Fern 1 episode
2005 The Commuters Trisha TV-Film
Rescue Me Heather 2 episodes
2006 Love Monkey Abby Powell 1 episode
2006–2007 Standoff Emily Lehman 18 episodes
2007, 2010 Mad Men Midge Daniels 7 episodes
2009 Wainy Days June 1 episode
2009–2011 United States of Tara Charmaine Craine 36 episodes
2014 Olive Kitteridge Rachel Coulson HBO miniseries; 2 episodes
2017 Black Mirror


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  3. "Good Morning!". 1980-01-01. Retrieved 2012-10-05.
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  5. "The Star Next Door", June 15, 2010, New Jersey Monthly. Accessed May 8, 2011
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  10. "Speed Bumps and Potholes on the Road to Recovery" May 5, 2010, New York Times
  11. "How I Got Lost". Amazon. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
  12. Rachel Getting Married, LA Times, accessed June 6, 2010
  13. "Revisiting the Psyches of Troubled Women" May 18, 2010, New York Times
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  15. Gerhardt, Tina (31 December 2012). "Matt Damon Exposes Fracking in Promised Land". The Progressive.
  16. "'Office Space' star Ron Livingston weds" November 11, 2009, The Associated Press,
  17. "Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt Welcome Daughter Gracie James" May 23, 2013, People Magazine Online
  18. "SBIFF '09: Rosemarie DeWitt Named Virtuoso". Santa Barbara Independent. 2009-01-28. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  19. "Dallas critics love 'Slumdog'". Variety. 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  20. "6th Annual ICS Award Nominees". AwardsDaily. 2009-01-17. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  21. "The Master, Holy Motors Dominate ICS Award Nominees". 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
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