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As an actress and filmmaker, Illeana Douglas (originally Hesselberg) has proven her abilities both in front of and behind the camera. She has won acclaim for her feature film and television roles, as well as with several projects that she has written, directed and produced.

Douglas early realized on that she wanted to pursue a career in acting. She was inspired by her grandfather, screen legend Melvyn Douglas. Her grandmother, Helen Gahagan Douglas, is best remembered for her 1950 Senate campaign against Richard M. Nixon.

Birthday: July 25 1965 (1961?) (Leo)

Born: Massachusetts

Raised: Connecticut

Her soon-to-be-x-husband is producer Jonathan Axelrod (filed for dicorce in spring 2001).
Dated Martin Scorsese in the early 90's

Douglas oversees her own production company, Illeanarama, and is presently developing projects for herself as an actress and director. She wrote and directed the highly regarded short films Everybody Just Stay Calm, The Perfect Woman and Boy Crazy, Girl Crazier.

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