Debra Winger is an renowned actor and producer.
She is acknowledged as one of the finest actors on stage and screen, with credits including more than 20 films. Winger has received three Academy Award nominations and has been nominated four times by the Golden Globes.
Winger lost her sight for 10 months after an accident at age 17. She prepared herself for the possibility that her vision would never be restored. During this period, she decided that, if she recovered, she would move to California and take up an acting career.
The role that first gave Winger a taste of large-scale success was that of Linda Carter's super-powered younger sister in the fantasy television series Wonder Woman. Her first critical success in film came in 1980, with her portrayal of John Travolta's mechanical-bull riding girlfriend in Urban Cowboy.
She received her first Oscar nomination in 1982, for her performance in An Officer and a Gentleman. Winger's other films from the 1980s and 1990s include Terms of Endearment, Shadowlands, Cannery Row, Made in Heaven, The Sheltering Sky, Leap of Faith, A Dangerous Woman, and Forget Paris.
In 1995, Winger began a six-year break from her film career, during which she appeared on stage at the American Repertory Theater (in Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, among others), toured with the London Symphony (performing Michael Tilson Thomas's composition based on the life of Anne Frank), and taught at Harvard University.
She made her return to film in 2001, with Big Bad Love, for which she was an actor and producer. Roles in Radio and Eulogy followed in 2003 and 2004, respectively. In 2010, she returned to television as a high school principal in an episode of Law & Order. She also joined the cast of HBO's In Treatment as one of the three patients featured in the third season. Her latest acting project was a role in The Being Experience, released in 2013.
Winger is also involved with several nonprofit humanitarian and social justice organizations, including serving as an ambassador for Sightsavers International, a nonprofit organization that works to combat blindness in developing countries by providing specialist treatment and eye care.
In 2008, she published her debut book Undiscovered, a collection of deeply personal vignettes reflecting on her life.