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Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress, who is known for her character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles. Mary Eileen McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Eileen (Mundy) and John McDonnell, a computer consultant, both of Irish descent. Mary was raised in Ithaca, New York. After ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Independence Day
Independence Day First Lady Marilyn Whitmore
(1996)
Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko Rose Darko
(2001)
Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves Stands With A Fist
(1990)
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica President Laura Roslin
(2004-2009)

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 2017 Fargo (TV Series)
Ruby Goldfarb
- The House of Special Purpose (2017) ... Ruby Goldfarb
 2009 Killer Hair (TV Movie)
Rose
 2005 Mrs. Harris (TV Movie)
Vivian Schulte
 2004 Crazy Like a Fox
Amy Banks
 2003 Nola
Margaret Langworthy
 2002 The Locket (TV Movie)
Helen Staples
 2000-2002 That's Life (TV Series)
Jules O'Grady
- Baum's Thesis (2002) ... Jules O'Grady
- Bad Hair Week (2000) ... Jules O'Grady
 2001 Chestnut Hill (TV Movie)
Jane Eastman
 2000 For All Time (TV Movie)
Laura Brown (as Mary Mcdonnell)
 2000 A Father's Choice (TV Movie)
Susan Shaw
 1999 You Can Thank Me Later
Diane
 1999 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Fly Girls (1999) ... Narrator (voice)
 1999 Replacing Dad (TV Movie)
Linda Marsh
 1999 Behind the Mask (TV Movie)
Mary Shushan
 1999 Ryan Caulfield: Year One (TV Series)
Rachel Caulfield
- Po-Piggity and Other Racial Slurs (1999) ... Rachel Caulfield
- Pilot (1999) ... Rachel Caulfield
 1998 Spanish Fly
Zoe's Mother (voice)
 1998 Evidence of Blood (TV Movie)
Dora Overton
 1997 12 Angry Men (TV Movie)
Judge
 1997 Two Voices (TV Movie)
Sybil Goldrich
 1996 Mariette in Ecstasy
Prioress
 1996 Woman Undone (TV Movie)
Teri Hansen
 1994 Blue Chips
Jenny Bell
 1993 The American Clock (TV Movie)
Rose Baumler
 1992 Sneakers
Liz
 1991 Grand Canyon
Claire
 1991 O Pioneers! (TV Movie)
Alexandra Bergson
 1989 A Man Called Hawk (TV Series)
Mrs. Kirkpatrick
- The Divided Child (1989) ... Mrs. Kirkpatrick
 1988 Tiger Warsaw
Paula Warsaw
 1987 Matewan
Elma Radnor
 1986 Courage (TV Movie)
Gabriella Estrada
 1982 Money on the Side (TV Movie)
Terri
 1956 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Claudia Colfax (1980)
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(February 23 to April 3, 1983) She played Nessa in Kathleen Tolan's play, "A Weekend Near Madison," in a Humana Festival production at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky with Randle Mell (Jim); Robin Groves (Doe); William Mesnik (David) and Holly Hunter (Samantha) in the cast. Emily Mann was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

9 Interviews | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mary Mcdonnell

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

It's really important for actors to feel that they're more than something for hire. See more »

Trivia:

Twice played alongside a non-human named Boomer; a dog in Independence Day (1996) and a Cylon in Battlestar Galactica (2004). See more »

Trademark:

Deep smooth voice

Star Sign:

Taurus

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