Welcome to Mary McDonnell Vault, your online resource dedicated to actress Mary McDonnell. You better know Mary for her role as Captain Sharon Raydor for the TNT crime series The Closer & Major Crimes. But she also did others like Battlestar Galactica, Independence Day, Donnie Darko, Dances with Wolves, Sneakers and many others. Site is comprehensive of a big photogallery with events, photoshoots, magazines, stills, a media archive dedicated to all fans fanarts on Mary, an extensive press library to collect all the articles and interviews on her and a video gallery section for recorded interviews, sneak peeks and trailers of her projects. We claim no rights to know her personally and it's absolutely respectful of her privacy and paparazzi-free!!!
SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — For the twenty-second year in a row, Bryant University hosted a Women’s Summit on Friday, featuring leaders in business and culture to promote empowerment and inspire women.
Among the keynote speakers was Mary McDonnell, an actress, producer, podcast host, and 2018 winner of Trinity Repertory Company’s Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. Twice nominated for an Oscar, her roles across film and television include “Dances with Wolves,” “Sneakers,” the reboot of “Battlestar Galactica,” “The Closer” and “Major Crimes.” The latter two dramas featured strong female leads in the criminal investigation field, with McDonnell helming “Major Crimes,” which was spun off from the Kyra Sedgewick-starring “The Closer.” McDonnell’s “Lady Bam Podcast” documents conversations with an emphasis on women in entertainment.
Read the whole article/interview in our press library.
Famed Hollywood actress Mary McDonnell and her sister, a professor at Bryant, say strong women in their life, including each other, have been a source of strength.
SMITHFIELD — One is a two-time Oscar-nominated actress and the other is an award-winning sociology professor, but these sisters know that they would not be where they are today without each other.
“My sister’s life as a feminist and as a sociologist and as a teacher and as an educator has really influenced the way I interpret the roles that I read,” said Mary McDonnell, a television, film and stage actress, as she sat next to her sister, Judith McDonnell, who is a professor at Bryant University. “Part of the reason I think I have been in the position I’m in is because I was fortunate enough to be raised around women such as Judy.”
Mary McDonnell, who starred as Commander Sharon Raydor in the TNT series “Major Crimes” and also played President Laura Roslin in “Battlestar Galactica” and Stands With A Fist in the film “Dances with Wolves,” gave a keynote speech Friday at Bryant’s annual women’s summit.
Read the whole article/interview in our press library
And as the weekend is over, the remaining fun is to share a few pictures donated to Mary McDonnell Vault exclusively by my wonderful friend Lisa W., in addition to the one posted by Discussing Network yesterday. I’ve heard only great things from this panel and as a reminder, LadyBAM Podcast said it’ll be featured in an upcoming episode of the podcast, so stay tuned!!!
Appearing: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress, who is known for her character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles.
After 20 years after working in theater, she had her breakthrough film role, in Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves (1990), playing Stands with a Fist, a white woman raised by the Sioux Indians. McDonnell received an Academy Award nomination for the role and also garnered a Best Actress Academy Award® nomination and Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of a paraplegic soap opera star in John Sayles’ critically acclaimed Passion Fish (1992).
McDonnell’s extensive list of film credits include the Lawrence Kasdan films Grand Canyon and Mumford; Sneakers, opposite Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier and Sir Ben Kingsley; Roland Emmerich’s smash Independence Day, with Bill Pullman and Will Smith; acclaimed art-house cult-hit Donnie Darko; and Margin Call, opposite Kevin Spacey, which also earned her the Robert Altman Award at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards. On the small screen, McDonnell starred in four seasons on the Syfy Network’s award-winning series Battlestar Galactica in her critically praised performance as the President Laura Roslin. The series earned a Peabody Award, and AFI deemed the series TV Program of the Year for two years in a row. McDonnell garnered an Emmy nomination for her recurring guest role on the television series ER. Some of her other television credits include the ABC hit series Grey’s Anatomy, the CBS series High Society, TNT’s adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The American Clock, the critically acclaimed CBS movie Behind The Mask and Lifetime’s Two Small Voices.
Mary stars as Captain Sharon Raydor on the TNT’s hit drama series Major Crimes, the follow-up to The Closer, in which McDonnell originated the role and for which she earned a Primetime Emmy® nomination.
Check out info and tickets at their website.
For this Mary Monday, which is also President Day, I could not exempt myself from posting some Laura Roslin related content, and since our precious María Traver had recently sent me photos from some magazine she bought at conventions, I thought it was a perfect choice for the day. Take a look and enjoy!
Mary McDonnell is the consummate American film, stage, and television actress, a two-time Oscar-nominee known for portraying powerful and complex female characters. By melding vulnerability and strength, she has created distinctive characters on Broadway (the title role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles), in films (Stands With a Fist in Dances with Wolves) and on TV (President Laura Roslin on “Battlestar Galactica”).
Earning an Emmy nomination on TNT’s “The Closer,” McDonnell continued her portrayal of Commander Sharon Raydor, a woman navigating leadership in the male-dominated field of law enforcement for six seasons on the hit spin-off, “Major Crimes.”
Join McDonnell as she discusses her career with Elizabeth Blair, senior Arts Desk producer and reporter at NPR.
As Mary confirmed herself, she will be participating to the Women’s Summit Event on March 15, 2019.
The mission of the Bryant University Women’s Summit® is to empower women professionally, personally, and financially.
Through the years the Women’s Summit® has incorporated current trends in education, leadership, entrepreneurship, communication, diversity, health, wellness, technology and financial topics in order to provide educationally enriching breakout sessions which support our attendees professional and personal aspirations. Hear powerful, nationally known keynote speakers, and enjoy networking throughout the day.
Info at their website wsummit.bryant.edu
Hello everyone and welcome the audio section of the site, a place to collect all audio interviews (no video, no image) Mary did during the years. This was such a valuable and good section from Mostly Mary that I needed to find a way to import into the site and gladly I managed to create a small corner for it.
You can find the audios separated by years, with title, reference article if any as well as the original poster one.
Hope you find it useful and like, take a look and enjoy!
And here we are to the 7th and last day of the Birthday Celebration of Mary McDonnell Vault. This has been another year of fun and love and I appreciate all the messages and wishes, nothing of this would be possible if there wasn’t Mary obviously but you too, you all make this place the special thing it is to me, so million thanks for always visiting, supporting and sharing.
Today’s post is an additional album of an old convention, it seems that Mary had already been in Birmingham at the MCM in 2009 and here are photos that Dorthe Hansen kindly shared exclusively with MMV. Please do not repost or use for fanart.
Since I didn’t have a clear date for these, they are all in the same album (but from different days) and I gave it a generical date, based on this recap video (Mary appears at 1.45).
Thanks to Michael S. Müller, we have now more beautiful pictures of Mary during her days at the 2008 convention of FedCon in Bonn. Take a look and enjoy! Please do not repost them or use for fanarts. Thank you!