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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 28 April 1952Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameMary Eileen McDonnell
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mary Eileen McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and raised in Ithaca, New York. After graduating from the State University of New York at Fredonia, she attended drama school and joined the Long Wharf Theatre Company on the East Coast. It was not until 20 years after working on the theater stage that she had her breakthrough role in Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves (1990). Her other films include Sneakers (1992), Passion Fish (1992), Independence Day (1996), and Donnie Darko (2001). She has since received two Academy Award nominations for Dances with Wolves and Passion Fish. She also received an Emmy Award nomination for her role as Eleanor Carter on the television series ER (1994). She also played President Laura Roslin on the re-imagined television series Battlestar Galactica (2004). She lives in Pacific Palisades, California with her husband, actor Randle Mell, and their two children: Olivia and Michael.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gustaf Molin <gumo@hem2.passagen.se>

Spouse (1)

Randle Mell (1984 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Deep smooth voice

Trivia (16)

Has taught acting classes with her husband, Randle Mell, even after being nominated for an Academy Award.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1990" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 42.
Mother, with Randle Mell, of daughter Olivia Mell and son Michael Mell.
Attended Fredonia State University.
Was a cast member of the medical drama E/R (1984) and also has a recurring role on the 1990s medical drama of nearly the same name, ER (1994).
Moved to Los Angeles, California, as an adult with her husband and daughter.
Though born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, she was raised in Ithaca, New York.
Plays the First Lady during a devastating attack by aliens in Independence Day (1996), and the President after a devastating attack by robots in Battlestar Galactica (2004).
Has appeared in four films with Alfre Woodard: Grand Canyon (1991), Passion Fish (1992), Blue Chips (1994) and Mumford (1999).
Has been a huge fan of Vanessa Redgrave since the 1970s.
Twice played alongside a non-human named Boomer; a dog in Independence Day (1996) and a Cylon in Battlestar Galactica (2004).
Was offered the part of May-Alice Culhane in Passion Fish (1992) before it was even written.
The role of Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica (2004) was written with her in mind. She was the first actor offered the role by creator Ronald D. Moore.
Was a competitive and synchronized swimmer as a child and still swims to keep in shape.
After graduation, she moved to New York City. While looking for acting work, she supported herself by selling Fuller brushes door to door in Rockefeller Center. In the classic struggling-actress tradition, she also worked as a waitress.
Mary and her family lived for a time just outside Philadelphia in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania, where she attended Port Kennedy Kindergarten, 1957-58.

Personal Quotes (3)

Actors are part of a certain percentage of people on this planet who have an emotional vocabulary as a primary experience. It's as if their life is experienced emotionally and then that is translated intellectually or conceptually into the performance.
It's really important for actors to feel that they're more than something for hire.
We have to get back to the beauty of just being alive in this present moment.

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