American actress who is known for her role as Annie Kinsella in the 1989 film Field of DreamsIris Crowe in the HBO television series Carnivale.
Madigan was born in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Dolores, a union worker,John Madigan, a Chicago-area political analyst, newspaper journalist, broadcastmedia personalitylawyer.Madigan studied philosophy at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, piano at the The Music Conservatory of Chicago College of Performing Arts,also attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.She moved to Los Angeles in 1970.
Madigan was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the 1985 film Twice in a Lifetime. From 2003 to 2005, she starred in the HBO series Carnivàle as Iris Crowe, the sister of sinister preacher Brother Justin Crowe (Clancy Brown). Madigan also played keyboard, percussions,vocals behind Steve Goodman on tour throughout the late 70s. Later she briefly recorded with Danny Sheridans Eli Radish B replacing former Pure Prarie League vocalist Starr Smith. She was (with singers Fred BliffertJesse Roe) one-third of the group Jelly whose only album, A True Story, was released by Asylum in 1977. At the 71st Academy Awards, Madigan was one of several performers who refused to applaud Elia Kazan, due to his controversial activities during his career.