Why can't Hollywood figure out what to do with Illeana Douglas?

Douglas_lShe was hilarious on Action, so memorable guest-starring on Six Feet Under, and now, Illeana Douglas is set to… host Celebrity Garage Sale on A&E? Seriously? With all the Cashmere Mafia/Lipstick Jungle/Dirty Sexy Money dramedies making their way to the air, not a single network exec thought to snag this versatile comedienne for a starring role? So go ahead and watch Douglas sift through Tom Arnold’s trash if you want, but I’m going to rewatch the Action pilot (below the jump) to relive the moment her prostitute character gets dragged by a limo from her fur coat and takes liberties with poor Keanu Reeves. Good times!

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  • Larry

    I love her! She’s so underrated.

  • mike

    isnt she on ugly betty now? she popped up for a few scenes then….poof! i have always liked her since i saw “to die for”!!

  • peach

    I thought she was joining the cast of Ugly Betty but after 2 episodes she vanished! I hope she comes back or gets a juicy role elsewhere soon!

  • reh

    don’t forget how great she was on The Larry Sanders Show way back when – like when Larry forced her to rehearse her talking points while they were in bed!
    BTW, that is a great picture of her. where do i get that adorable sweater?

  • bud

    We love her too. She’s in the pre show at Rockn Rollercoaster at WDW. One of the reasons we love that ride.

  • josher

    Loved her on Action. She’s always semed more like a character actress to me.

  • horse’s a**

    Um, maybe it’s because she’s a dog?

  • Nix

    She got her starmaker vehicle with “Grace of My Heart”. Yeah.

  • What?

    Content not available? Whaaaaah!

  • Ceballos

    Douglas is reliably great. I mean, she even livened up Lisa Loeb’s reality relationship show “#1 Single” on E! (hey, my girlfriend was into it…and so was I, who am I kidding?)
    Anyway, I agree that this woman should have her own TV gig (preferrably on cable) where they can just cut her loose. Then again, the title of this post could easily become a regular feature. “Why can’t Hollywood figure out what to do with (fill in name of your favorite tragically underused actress)?”

  • Ryan

    One of the great oversites in Oscar history is Illeana Douglas in To Die For. Her description of the wedding rings, her skating at the end…good stuff.

  • Shelley

    Was she in that meatloaf video…”anything but that” or something?

    I keep thinking she was that chick.

  • Anonymous

    She’s been a guest star on “Ugly Betty” too. Where’s the mention for that? It’s better than nothing, and it could be written as a larger role in the future.

  • MelinCal

    I’m sorry but she is just a terrible actress.

  • Stephen

    As good as she was in “To Die For,” I think she was even more spectacular in “Cape Fear.” She held her own with Bob DeNiro, even when he was gnawing at her face.

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