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Mary McDonnell

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.

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Apr 28, 1952 In Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series American Experience 1988-10-04
Latest Project:
Series Fargo 2014-04-15

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Battlestar Galactica
Fargo Ruby Goldfarb 4 episodes, 2017 2014-04-15
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
Major Crimes Sharon Raydor 105 episodes, 2012-2018 2012-08-13
Grey's Anatomy Unknown 2005-03-27
Battlestar Galactica President Laura Roslin 74 episodes, 2004-2009 2005-01-14
The Closer Unknown 2005-06-13
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
A Man Called Hawk Unknown 1989-01-28
American Experience Unknown 1988-10-04