Brenda Fricker Poster


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Overview (1)

Born in Dublin, Ireland

Mini Bio (1)

This Irish character actress gained experience in Irish theater and with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Court Theatre Company in Great Britain. Brenda Fricker received great acclaim for her Oscar-winning supporting performance as the determined mother of a son afflicted with cerebral palsy in "My Left Foot" (1989). Venturing to Hollywood in the 1990s, she played a homeless woman befriended by kid-on-the-loose Macaulay Culkin in the sequel "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992) and followed up with a more zany mother role in the little-seen "So I Married an Axe Murderer" (1993). Having acted on English TV on the BBC series "Casualty", Fricker began conquering US TV with roles in the "American Playhouse" presentation "Lethal Innocence" (1991) and the miniseries "The Sound and the Silence" (1993). Fricker offered memorable support as Albert Finney's exasperated sister in "A Man of No Importance" (1994) and appeared in support of Robin Wright in Pen Densham's "Moll Flanders" and as Matthew McConaughey's secretary in Joel Schumacher's "A Time to Kill" (both 1996).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: s-cheyne@supanet.co.uk

Spouse (1)

Barry Davies (1979 - 1988) (divorced)

Trivia (9)

As a teenager, a car accident left her out of commission for nearly two years; later she suffered from a case of tuberculosis and the removal of a kidney.
Ventured into acting, beginning on the stage, whilst working as a journalist for The Irish Times and worked extensively on the Irish stage before moving to London.
Is diabetic.
Became pregnant six times during her marriage to Barry Davies; on all of those occasions she suffered miscarriages.
Divorced Barry Davies in 1988 due to his alcoholism; they later reconciled in 1990 and remained together until his untimely death the following year.
Residing in The Liberties neighborhood of Dublin, Ireland. [2010]
Was the 99th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for My Left Foot (1989) at The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) on March 26, 1990.
Is one of 4 actresses to have won an Oscar for a movie where they acted out a labor, Fricker's being for My Left Foot (1989). The others are Luise Rainer for The Good Earth (1937), Mary Astor for The Great Lie (1941) and Kim Hunter for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951).
Is one of 6 actresses to have won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing a character who is pregnant at some point during the film, hers being for My Left Foot (1989). The others are Mary Astor for The Great Lie (1941)_, Kim Hunter for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Mary Steenburgen for Melvin and Howard (1980), Rachel Weisz for The Constant Gardener (2005), and Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006).

Personal Quotes (3)

If you're doing a scene and you think you're doing it wrong, just swear in the middle of it and then the director can't use it. It's an arrogant way of doing it, but unfortunately it's the only way of self-protection. You have to be a bit anarchic sometimes.
When you are lying drunk at the airport you're Irish. When you win an Oscar you're British.
I don't think awards are good, I don't think you should pluck somebody out of a job that is so communal and give them an award and everybody else is kind of left behind. I don't like awards. [They create] a competition element that shouldn't be there in our job, it really shouldn't, because it's such a family affair.

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