Alison Elliott got a lot of attention for (modern-set) The Spitfire Grill (1996), and a lot of MY attention for The Wings of the Dove, in which she plays the earnest American heiress who contrasts with Helena Bonham Carter‘s character. She hasn’t done enough period films, and hasn’t done enough work — her IMDB resume goes through 2017, but it’s mostly been smaller stuff recently. Nonetheless, I heart her red-headed-ness ever so much, so she’s my Woman Crush Wednesday!
Wyatt Earp (1994)
A western with Kevin Costner as the famous lawman. Elliott plays Lou(isa), the wife of Earp’s brother Morgan.
The Buccaneers (1995)
Elliott plays conventional older sister Nan, who marries an English aristocrat who doesn’t love her. While I think she’s great in the role, she’s not one of the characters who appeal to me — but that’s because she responds to a loveless marriage by getting pinchy and bitchy.
The Wings of the Dove (1997)
The reason I love Alison Elliott! She plays Milly, the uber-rich American heiress who nonetheless manages to be kind, loving, and unpretentious. It helps that she’s got a mysterious illness and is unrequited in love.
The Miracle Worker (2000)
She plays teacher Anne Sullivan, who teaches (a way-too-cute) Helen Keller American Sign Language (and much more).
The Song of the Lark (2001)
An adaptation of a Willa Cather novel, in which a country girl is torn between the piano and singing.
Red Betsy (2003)
“A close-knit Midwestern farm family deals with loss, change, and social progress during the 1940’s” per IMDB.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Another western, this time about Jesse James (Brad Pitt). Elliott plays Martha Bolton, the widowed sister of Robert Ford.
Why isn’t there more Alison Elliott in historical costume??!!