Marcia Gay Harden files for divorce from her husband of 15 years

I love Marcia Gay Harden. I think she’s cool, y’all. She’s a talented actress and she’s not fussy about the work she takes on – she reminds me of an English actress that way. You know how the English actors just take whatever job they’re offered, and they don’t even care if it’s TV or film? Marcia is like that too – in the years after she won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar, she’s done guest spots on TV shows like Law & Order: SVU, a TV movie about Amanda Knox, a guest arc on Royal Pains, and several appearances on Damages, all in addition to her extensive film and theater work. Seriously – go look at her IMDB. She works all the time! She’s so awesome.

Not so awesome? She and her husband of 15 years are getting a divorce. They have three kids, and I believe their main residence is in NYC.

Marcia Gay Harden has decided to end her marriage.

After 15 years of marriage, the Oscar winning actress has filed for divorce from her husband, Thaddaeus Scheel, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“For the sake of the couple’s three children, Harden would like to request that the family’s privacy be respected at this time,” the rep says in a statement. “No further comments will be made on this matter, and we thank you for your understanding.”

The actress and Scheel have 7-year-old twins and a 13-year-old daughter.

Harden, 52, won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2001 for Pollock. She was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Mystic River in 2004. Most recently, she won a Tony Award in 2009 for God of Carnage.

[From People]

That’s sad… 15 years! That’s a long time to be married to someone. I wonder… do you think there will some scandal coming out at a later date, like there was with Debra Messing’s divorce (and her subsequent jumpoff relationship with a costar)? I want to think Marcia isn’t fooling around. She’s just too awesome.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Veruca says:

    I always find it funny when these people make an international announcement, and then ask for privacy in the same breath.

    Didn’t Janet Jackson (one of the most famous people on the planet) manage to be married and divorced and none of us knew?

    I’m sorry, my cynicism is showing again, but it seems to me Marcia’s saying, “Pay attention to me now!!”

  2. bea says:

    I really like how she dresses!

    That’ a shame. He looks like he might be the culprit if there is one…….she doesn’t seem like the type to hook up with a random co-star.

    Plus, 15 years is a long time – both people can really change in that period of time….sad.

  3. k says:

    I feel like this was a blind item. Or maybe it was just my guess to a BI.

  4. Tilly says:

    I LOVE her! I happened to see her in the movie Whip It this weekend and commented on what an under utilized actress she is. Sorry to hear about the divorce…always painful.

  5. Jayna says:

    She’s been the breadwinner in the family forever – I think. Maybe that had something to do with it.

    More marriages than not are held together by children, not because there is anything left between the couple.

  6. carrie says:

    my boyfriend always says that he will cheat with Marcia Gay Hayden and i totally agree!

  7. Marna says:

    So they’ve been married 15 years and he is 13 years younger than her. Which means they got married when he was 24 and she was 37! Go Marcia!! Maybe she just wants to find another young stud.

  8. ShazBot says:

    There was a blind awhile back about a husband cheating on a wife (oscar winning, stage) and she had basically moved their kids back to LA and left him in NYC. Most people assumed it was her, and I guess this is a confirmation of that.

  9. brin says:

    That’s sad. If there is a scandal, I’m sure we’ll hear about it (ugh).

  10. melmel says:

    She was in my favorite made for tv movie on lifetime, She`s too young. Too bad about the divorce

  11. Jen says:

    National Enquirer had her as a blind item which they’ve now revealed to be about her:

    “This 50-something, Oscar-winning film star recently left her cheating husband in NYC and moved to Los Angeles with their three kids. The theater-trained performer dumped her hubby after learning about his mistress! Who is she?”

    Mistress? Ouch.

    The link to the reveal is here, Kaiser.

  12. Kaiser says:

    Thanks for the blind item tip! That’s sad if it’s true. I guess that’s why SHE filed – she found out about the mistress.

  13. RobN says:

    Why would anybody even bother coming up with a blind that involves marcia gay harden? It’s hard to imagine that there were enough people interested in her to even bother guessing.

  14. Embee says:

    I love her! Although I often confuse her and Jeanne Triplehorn, whom I also love. Sad about the divorce and even sadder if he betrayed her.

  15. Jen34 says:

    She was in my favorite episode ever of Homicide: Life on the Streets. She played a mom whose son was hit by a stray bullet in a mall and was put on life support. I believe it was called Doll’s Eyes.

  16. Willow says:

    Feeling badly for her; and, so proud that she isn’t staying with a cheater. I have to say their children are so beautiful.

  17. Mouse says:

    Love Marcia! Just watched The Spitfire Grill and she was fantastic in it.

  18. the original bellaluna says:

    Bummer. She really is an under-rated actress. I like just about everything she’s done. (Remember her in Mona Lisa Smile? Sad.)

  19. Beatriz says:

    I hope she’s dealing okay with the split, loved her since mystic river :D

  20. Lara says:

    Great actress! Loved her in Damages, she was actually hot as an intelligent and seductive attorney/mistress. Hope she is also strong enough to handle the divorce. I wish her all the best.