Margene Heffman

played by Ginnifer Goodwin

Margene is the third - and youngest - Henrickson wife. Her single mother raised her...

Character Bio

Margene is the third -- and youngest -- Henrickson wife. Her single mother raised her in small-town Colorado after her father left when Margene was only three years old. When Margene's mother picked up and moved to Salt Lake City, she dragged Margene with her.

After graduating from high school in Salt Lake, Margene began working for Bill in his original Henrickson Home Plus store as a customer service representative. Seeing that Margene was not exactly adept at retail work, Bill hired her to babysit his children back home. Gradually, Margene began to fall in with the family, recognizing a love and stability she'd never had before. Eventually Bill, Barb and Nicki brought Margene into the family as the third sister-wife. Less complicated than Nicki and more pliant than Barb, Margene has been a safe harbor for Bill. Though the other wives tend to write her off as inexperienced and unreliable, she typically responds with eagerness rather than indignation. The most sexual of the three wives, despite recently giving birth to three babies -- Aaron, Lester and baby Nell -- she occasionally feels trapped, missing her previous, less principled life as well as a sense of purpose beyond being a wife, sister-wife and mother. But lately, Margene's found she has a certain entrepreneurial talent.

Bio

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Ginnifer Goodwin quickly found a home in Hollywood. With effusive talent, she shined in the Oscar-nominated biopic Walk the Line, as Johnny Cash's first wife, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. Goodwin was most recently seen in the ensemble comedy 'He's Just Not that Into You' based on the best-selling book by Greg Behrendt, with Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore.

Goodwin will next be seen in Tom Ford's directorial debut 'A Single Man.' She co-stars with Julianne Moore and Colin Firth in this drama that centers on an English professor who tries to go about his typical day in Los Angeles after the sudden death of his partner. In August 2010, her next film will be released, Ramona and Beezus, based on the classic children's book series by Beverly Cleary. Elizabeth Allen is directing the Fox 2000 film. Goodwin plays 10-year-old Ramona's favorite person, Aunt Bea, and Bridget Moynahan and John Corbett will play the two girls' parents, Dorothy and Bob Quimby.

Her breakthrough role was in her first feature film - Mike Newell's 'Mona Lisa Smile,' starring alongside Julia Roberts, Marcia Gay Harden and Kirsten Dunst. This freshman performance garnered industry buzz and critical interest, and she was considered a standout among an experienced ensemble. Soon after, she starred in Robert Luketic's romantic comedy, 'Win a Date with Tad Hamilton,' opposite Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace and Josh Duhamel. She has also lent her acting talents to a small cameo in Jon Kasdan's 'In the Land of Women.' Goodwin was most recently seen in the independent project 'Day Zero' with Chris Klein and Elijah Woods. She recently wrapped the indie comedy 'Birds of America' co-starring Matthew Perry and Hillary Swank which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Goodwin is classically trained in English theatre. She studied at Stratford-upon-Avon's Shakespeare Institute, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She also earned an "Acting Shakespeare Certificate" at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she played Joan of Arc, Ophelia and Jessica in 'The Merchant of Venice. ' A few years later, she attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

At Boston University, Goodwin performed at the Huntington Theatre in productions such as 'Dead End' with Broadway director Nicholas Martin. Subsequently, Goodwin was awarded with the Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award by The Bette Davis Foundation, and graduated with honors.

After her college graduation, she quickly got a small role on 'Law and Order.' Then, at the top of its second season, NBC's 'Ed' welcomed Goodwin as a regular. She also starred in Comedy Central's collaboration with Tribeca Films: 'Porn N Chicken.'

Goodwin currently resides in Los Angeles.