Marcia Gay Harden

Harden in 2016, photo by kathclick/

Place of Birth: La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 14, 1959

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish and Irish

Marcia Gay Harden is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Pollock (2000).

Marcia is the daughter of Beverly and Thad Harold Harden, a U.S. Navy officer. Her parents were from Texas. Because of her father’s work, Marcia was raised in Japan, Germany, Greece, California, and Maryland. She has three children with her former husband, prop master Thaddaeus Scheel.

Marcia’s paternal grandfather was Richard Harold Harden (the son of Thaddeus Edgar Harden and Dollie/Dolly Decatur Baggett). Richard was born in Texas. Thaddeus was the son of Asbery/Asbury Jenkins Harden and Mary Etta Gober. Dollie was the daughter of Joseph Evander Baggett and Decatur Josephine McCleskey/McClesky.

Marcia’s paternal grandmother was Annie/Ann/Anna F. Hanson (the daughter of Laban Bates Hanson and Annie C. Boyd). Marcia’s grandmother Annie was born in Texas. Laban was the son of James Oliver Hanson and Harriet Evelyn Phillips. Marcia’s great-grandmother Annie was the daughter of James Robert Boyd and Mary Ann Johnston.

Marcia’s maternal grandfather was George Heylmun Bushfield (the son of Oscar Ross Bushfield and Florence B. Heylmun/Heylum). George was born in Kansas. Oscar was the son of Samuel Bushfield and Margaret Eveline/Evaline/Evelyn Carley. Florence was the daughter of William R. Heylmun and Mary Winifred Cook.

Marcia’s maternal grandmother was Courtney Jackson Riddler (the daughter of Lyle L. Jackson and Lydia Jackson Courtney). Marcia’s grandmother Courtney was born in Texas. Lyle was the son of Milton Jackson and Susan. Lydia was the daughter of Richard Bullock Courtney and Pauline Cady Stoddard. She re-married to Garth Arthur Riddler.

Sources: Genealogy of Marcia’s father –

Genealogy of Marcia’s father (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Marcia’s paternal grandfather, Richard Harold Harden –

Genealogies of Marcia’s maternal grandparents, George Heylmun Bushfield and Courtney Jackson Riddler –

Marcia’s maternal grandmother, Courtney Jackson Riddler, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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