Patricia Davies Clarkson (born December 29, 1959) is an American Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning actress.Clarkson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of Jackie Clarkson (nÃ©e Brechtel), a prominent local New Orleans politician and councilwoman, and Arthur Clarkson, a school administrator who worked at the Department of Medicine of Louisiana State University. Clarkson studied drama at Fordham University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and earned her MFA at the Yale School of Drama before making her film debut in The Untouchables in 1987.Patricia Clarkson had supporting roles in a series of high-profile films in her early career, including The Dead Pool, Rocket Gibraltar and Everybody's All-American. She starred in the short-run television series Davis Rules, and in the miniseries Alex Haley's Queen. Other television appearances have included the role of "Aunt Sarah" in Six Feet Under, for which she won two Emmy Awards.More often a character actor than a leading woman, Clarkson's other appearances in major films have included The Green Mile, Far from Heaven and Good Night and Good Luck. In 2003, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Pieces of April, in which she plays an acerbic mother dying of cancer. She gained more critical acclaim in 2003 for her work in The Station Agent. In 2006, She portrayed Sadie Burke, in All the Kings Men, set in her native New Orleans.