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Overview (4)

Born in Monroe, Georgia, USA
Birth NameFrances Hardman Conroy
Nicknames Franny
Frannie
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Award-winning veteran stage actress Frances Conroy was introduced and encouraged by her parents to explore the elements of theater. Born Frances Hardman Conroy in Monroe, Georgia on November 13, 1953, she attended high school in Long Island and experienced classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse as a teenager. The pale, blue-eyed redhead also studied drama at Dickinson College and the Juilliard School (BFA) where she was taught, at the latter college, by theater greats John Houseman and Marian Seldes.

Following potent dramatic roles in such classical productions as "Mother Courage...and Her Children," "King Lear," "All's Well That Ends Well," "Measure for Measure" and "Othello" (as Desdemona) in the late 70s, Frances made her Broadway debut with "The Lady from Dubuque" in 1980. She went on to earn a well-respected name for herself under the Broadway and off-Broadway lights throughout the 1980s in such esteemed plays as "Our Town" (as Mrs. Gibbs), "The Little Foxes (as Birdie) and "In the Summer House." She also appeared with Ms. Seldes in the well-received plays "Ring 'Round the Moon" and "A Bright Room Called Day."

A performer with the The Acting Company, Frances won a Drama Desk Award for "The Secret Rapture" and an Obie for "The Last Yankee." In 2000 she received the Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony nomination for "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan." Her other Broadway credits include "Ring Round the Moon", "The Little Foxes", "The Rehearsal" (Drama Desk Nominee), "Broken Glass", "In the Summer House" (Drama Desk Nominee) and "The Secret Rapture" (Drama Desk Nominee). Conroy's numerous Off- Broadway plays include "The Dinner Party", "The Skin of Our Teeth", "The Last Yankee" and "Othello" (Drama Desk Nominee).

An actress of subtle power, great depth and astonishing versatility, she has both an aloof serenity and faintly sad/sensitive ambiance that makes her all the more mysterious and intriguing. She came out to California in 1985 at the invitation of director Houseman and appeared in more theater plays, including "Richard III," at San Diego's Globe Theater. She also earned a sprinkling of generally overlooked film and TV parts, including small parts in Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979) (debut), Another Woman (1988) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). Showing a distinct flair for the offbeat and neurotic, nothing really pushed the envelope for her on screen quite like her series' turn as the dowdy, emotionally frail undertaker's widow Ruth Fisher in the cult hit TV series Six Feet Under (2001). During the five-season run she won both a Golden Globe and three Screen Actors Guild awards and was nominated four times for an Emmy.

Film roles have been sparse, marking her then, she has been offered a number of interesting, more prominent parts in such movies as Die, Mommie, Die! (2003), Catwoman (2004), The Aviator (2004), Shopgirl (2005), The Wicker Man (2006), The Linkletter Show: Episode dated 26 December 1966 (1966) and Welcome to Happiness (2015). She has also appeared in several other TV series of late, most notably American Horror Story (2011) in which she earned her fifth and sixth Emmy nomination.

In 1992, she married actor/husband Jan Munroe, an L.A. performance artist. After a six-year absence from theatre work, Frances returned in a 2006 production of "Pyrenees" by David Greig at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (2)

Jan Munroe (April 1992 - present)
Jonathan Furst (1980 - ?) ( divorced)

Trivia (5)

Her father, Vincent Paul Conroy, was born in Ogden, Utah, to Irish-American parents Edward Maurice Conroy and Bertha Augusta Hassett. Her mother, Ossie Hardman (Ray), was born in Georgia, to Harry Anderson Ray and Myrtle Mobley.
Was nominated for Broadway's 2000 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for Arthur Miller's "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan."
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Supporting Actress category for her performance in the film Catwoman (2004), she failed to receive a nomination however.
Was good friends with Arthur Miller.
She was in a car crash once and got corneal damage of her eye caused by a strike to the eye. The cornea sometimes appear glazed or lighter in color after trauma. Her vision and light sensitivity is compromised, so that is why that eye may act differently than the other one. This type of corneal scarring is actually fairly common and easy to hide. She has said that she normally wears a colored lens to hide it. However in American Horror Story (2011) season one Ryan Murphy asked her to not cover it and he used it as a part of Moira's story. It represented her cause of death, being shot in the eye.

Personal Quotes (2)

I guess you're happy if you have some kind of balance in you. I'm a human being. I have days when I feel paralyzed, days when I feel like a slug. Then I have days when I have good energy, I've read the newspaper and I've done different things.
It's actually meditative to sit in a character for an extended period of time, realizing what your relationship is to who you're playing and then letting go, just being there.

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