elcome 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, 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!!!
Oct 2018

Mary McDonnell has been scheduled to appear at Fredonia State College about three times in the last two decades.

But the award-winning stage, television and film actress had to cancel coming to her alma mater each time. She was just too in demand as an actress to complete the journey.

But nothing is going to stop her now making it for the college’s homecoming weekend starting Friday.

“Each time it was interrupted by my work schedule, where I would suddenly get a job,” said McDonnell.

“I am so excited to come back, having not been back for so long,” added McDonnell, who lives in Southern California with her actor husband of 34 years, Randle Mell. “I heard it might snow. That would be fun, too.”

McDonnell, who gave the 1999 commencement address at Fredonia, is going to be busy.

The big event is “An Afternoon with Mary McDonnell” at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Robert W. Marvel Theater, in which she will discuss her career on Broadway, in film and in television.

It could be a long discussion. Her credits are too numerous to mention. They include Oscar nominations for her portrayal of Stands With a Fist in the 1991 Oscar-winning film, “Dances with Wolves,” and for playing a paraplegic soap opera star in the 1992 movie “Passion Fish.”

On television, she earned a Peabody Award as Laura Roslin, the president of the universe in the Syfy network series “Battlestar Galactica.”

She earned her second Emmy nomination as Capt. Sharon Raydor on the TNT series “The Closer,” which led to her starring in the spin-off “Major Crimes” in the same role. Her first Emmy nomination was for a recurring role on “ER.”

She began her career in the theater, receiving an Obie Award for her performance in Emily Mann’s “Still Life” and playing the title role in Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Heidi Chronicles” and Mann’s “Execution of Justice.”

On Friday, she can be asked about all those credits and more in a question-and-answer session during a private event with the theater and dance department.

It is McDonnell’s way of giving back to the college that she feels she owes so much.

“Well, Fredonia changed my life,” said the 1974 graduate.

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