Virginia Madsen (born September 11, 1961) is an American film actress and producer. She made her film debut in Class (1983), which was filmed in her native Chicago. She soon moved to Los Angeles, and was cast in a series of successful movies for the teenage audience, including Electric Dreams, Modern Girls, and Fire with Fire. In 1984, David Lynch cast her in Dune as Princess Irulan.
She is most known for her role as Helen Lyle in Candyman (1992); and for her performance as Maya in Alexander Payne's film Sideways (2004), for which she received numerous awards, and nominations for the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Her other film appearances include Long Gone, Ghosts of Mississippi, The Hot Spot, Gotham, The Rainmaker, A Prairie Home Companion, and Red Riding Hood...
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