Life and career
Born Madeleine Cornman in Manhattan, New York, she began her career as a child actress in the 1980s, at the age of 14. Corman's first television appearance was in the 1985 ABC Afterschool Special episode I Want to Go Home where she co-starred with John Getz, Seth Green and Marge Redmond.
That same year she was cast in the Linda Feferman-directed teen comedy-drama motion picture Seven Minutes in Heaven. Corman starred opposite actress Jennifer Connelly as 'Polly Franklin', Connelly's character's intervening and overzealous best friend who is in love with a Major League baseball player named 'Zoo Knudsen' (Billy Wirth).
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Corman has frequently appeared on numerous popular American television series. She has made several appearances as various characters on the television drama Law & Order and the HBO comedy Tracey Takes On... opposite comedian Tracey Ullman. She had a recurring role as Ruthie on the ABC comedy series All-American Girl (1994–1995) starring Margaret Cho. She has also appeared small roles in such films as Swingers (1996), Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) and Maid in Manhattan (2002).
She was once married to actor and director Roger M. Thickes from 1992 to 1997.
Corman married Jason "Jace" Alexander, a television and stage director on September 6, 1998, in Carmel, New York. Jace and Maddie have three children and currently live in Dobbs Ferry, in the United States.
She counts actor and thespian Eric Stoltz, with whom she appeared in Some Kind of Wonderful, as a personal friend. In addition, she is the stepdaughter of respected composter Edwin Sherin and the daughter-in-law of Jane Alexander.
- Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985)
- Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
- The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
- My New Gun (1992)
- PCU (1994)
- Boys (1996)
- Mr. Wrong (1996)
- Swingers (1996)
- Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
- Ira and Abby (2006)
- Artie Lange's Beer League (2006)
- The Treatment (2006)
- Morning Glory (2010)
- A Novel Romance (2011)
- What Maisie Knew (2012)
- Lullaby (2014)
- Begin Again (2014)
- Girls (2016)