Unlike other celebrities who rose from low echelons of life to the higher ranks they enjoy currently, Elizabeth McGovern had what can be termed as ‘a lucky childhood’. She is related by blood to the likes of Ethelbert Watts and Admiral Charles Snyder, who were American Diplomat and Congressman respectively. William Montgomery, who was an adventurer, was her paternal grandfather. The parents too, are personalities who mater in the society. The father was a university professor while mother was a high school teacher.
The multi talented lady has a band that performs mostly Christmas ballads. She has been with the Nelson Brothers band for the last six years where she is also an ardent guitar player apart from being a composer. During a recent interview, the actress cum musician admitted openly that singing is a whole new opportunity to her. Very few people are even aware she actually sings and were surprised when they found out she was part of the Nelson Band, a team that she helped form.
Her career in acting began in 1980s when she was studying at Julliard School in New York. She had earlier on performed in The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder and this impressed Agent Joan Scott. Joan asked her to take acting lessons which she did at American Conservatory Theater before moving to Julliard School. After completion of her course, she began appearing in plays before graduating to theater. Her role as Elizabeth Gardner in Love Letters was in October 1989. She also acted in Painting Churches, A Mid Summer Night Dreams and Maids of Honor among others.
By 1981, she had already received an Academy Award for her role as Evelyn Nesbit. She was voted the Best Supporting Actress. She also starred in a series of other movies like Johnny Handsome, The Handmaid’s Tale and many others. Her sterling performances in these plays led to bigger roles which have made her one of the famous actresses in Hollywood. Apart from the movies, she also appears in TV. She has starred in TV programs like Law and Oder, Brocken Glass, Tales from the Crypt and Shelley’s Duvall’s Fairy Tale Theater among others.
Born in 1961 in Evanston Illinois, the actress/musician enjoyed lots of success in acting and now in music. When she was 23 years old, she met actor Sean Penn who had an interest in her. They had an affair which never culminated into marriage. In 1992, she married Simon Curtis a British film director. The couple has two kids.
In a recent interview, Elizabeth says balancing her life between acting and music is a challenge she is getting used to. Since Downtown Abbey shoots for six months of the year, the rest of it is left for her to do more on her music. Being an avid writer, the actress also pens her thoughts when there is free time to do so. She says she enjoys playing her guitar when there is time for it. Perhaps this is one celebrity who is really enjoying her life.