Mary McDonnell Vault your largest fansite dedicated to actress Mary McDonnell

  • 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!!!

    INTERVIEW: Mary McDonnell joins arm in arm with Gloria Steinem at McCarter

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Hollywood SOAPBOX. Celebrated actor Mary McDonnell, known for her memorable turns in TV and film, has completed a professional 360 by rejoining with a theatrical muse from her early days acting on stage. That creative partner is Emily Mann, artistic director of McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey. For Mann’s 30th […]


    Steinem, Audience Members Share Their Stories in “Gloria: A Life”; Mary McDonnell Stars in Emily Mann’s Drama at McCarter

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Town Topics. McCarter Theatre is presenting Gloria: A Life. Originally directed for off-Broadway by Diane Paulus, this groundbreaking drama has been restaged for McCarter by playwright Emily Mann. This production opens Mann’s 30th and final season as the company’s artistic director and resident playwright. Gloria: A Life was conceived by actor Kathy Najimy. Najimy […]


    BWW Review: GLORIA: A LIFE at McCarter with Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Broadway World. GLORIA: A LIFE, at McCarter is an education. For some, it’s a review. They lived parallel lives. For others, it’s a survey course on a woman and a movement that broke down rigid barriers to gender equality. The play, as the title suggests, is about Gloria Steinem, a woman whose work […]


    McCarter Theater Review: ‘Gloria: A Life’

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Princeton Info. Emily Mann’s “Gloria: A Life” has so many intersecting and overlapping facets, the play, also directed by Mann for Princeton’s McCarter Theater, needs to be reviewed from several perspectives, as if it were a cubist painting. Let’s start with the piece’s structure, a work of genius on Mann’s part. The […]


    McDonnell channels Steinem brilliantly in ‘Gloria: A Life’ at McCarter Theatre

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from The Trentonian. Mary McDonnell needed almost no time to channel Gloria Steinem in “Gloria: A Life”, now playing at McCarter’s Berlind’s Theater in Princeton. In fact, the first line of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” barely finished playing before McDonnell, a two-time Academy Award nominee, immersed into her role of Steinem. […]


    ‘Gloria: A Life’ focuses on the feminist icon, but also honors other oft-overlooked women who aided the movement

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from NJ.com The first act of “Gloria: A Life” – at the McCarter Theatre Center through Oct. 6 – highlights the work of well-known political activist Gloria Steinem and a few of the lesser-known but equally passionate women and men who mentored her, joined her or were inspired by her. The second act is more unconventional: Audience […]


    Mary McDonnell to star in Gloria: A Life at McCarter Theatre Center

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Theater Mania. McCarter Theatre Center has announced that two-time Academy Award nominee Mary McDonnell has been cast as Gloria Steinem in its production of Emily Mann’s Gloria: A Life. The show is described as follows: “Gloria Steinem first raised her voice five decades ago, championing equality for all. Today, her vision is more […]


    Mary McDonnell to Star as Gloria Steinem in Gloria: A Life in New Jersey

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from PlayBill. Emily Mann’s play, seen Off-Broadway last season, will begin performances at the McCarter Theatre Center in September. Two-time Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell (Dances With Wolves, Passion Fish) will star as Gloria Steinem in the McCarter Theatre Center production of Gloria: A Life, which will begin previews September 6 in Princeton, New Jersey. […]


    Mary McDonnell To Star In “Gloria: A Life” at McCarter Theatre Center

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from New Jersey Stage. (PRINCETON, NJ) —  Two-time Academy Award nominee Mary McDonnell has been cast in the title role of Gloria Steinem in Emily Mann’s Gloria: A Life, the opening production in McCarter Theatre Center’s 2019-2020 Theater Series. The production runs from September 6 to October 6 and is produced in association with American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. It’s arichly-detailed tapestry […]


    Mary McDonnell to Star in GLORIA: A LIFE at McCarter Theatre Center

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Broadway World. Two-time Academy Award nominee Mary McDonnell has been cast in the title role of Gloria Steinem in Emily’ Mann’s Gloria: A Life, the opening production in McCarter Theatre Center’s 2019-2020 Theater Series. A richly-detailed tapestry about one of the most inspiring and remarkable women of our time, the McCarter production features a dynamic all-female cast […]


    ECCC: Battlestar Galacticast Live Episode

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Admin Note: This is a transcript of the live panel, not questions and answers word by word. With the help of my friend Silvia, we put together our notes watching it live and made the highlights from it. There is no video. What is Battlestar Galacticast? Battlestar Galactica star Tricia Helfer and TV writer/journalist Marc […]


    Two-time Oscar nominee speaks at Bryant women’s summit

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from WPRI 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 […]


    At Bryant University women’s summit, lessons in sisterhood

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Providence Journal. 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 […]


    Let’s talk about… what happened to Sharon Raydor (a year on).

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Sapphire Bookmine (a personal fan blog). Let’s talk about… what happened to Sharon Raydor (a year on). 2018 has been a pretty crazy year. I am not going to spend any time tonight talking about politics, the downfall of economy, the abysmal disdain towards human rights of the current President of the US […]


    MCM Comic Con: Live Stage Panel

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Admin Note: because of the high demand for a video of the live panel of Mary at MCM in Birmingham on Saturday, I thought this transcript could be helpful to you. So helped by my friend Silvia, we filled this resume for you to read and know what it was about. There is no video, […]


    Oscar nominee, Pell Award recipient Mary McDonnell talks about her career

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Providence Journal. She was Stands With A Fist in “Dances with Wolves,” President Laura Roslin in “Battlestar Galactica,” Captain Sharon Raydor in “The Closer” and then “Major Crimes.” She was Stands With A Fist in “Dances with Wolves,” President Laura Roslin in “Battlestar Galactica,” Captain Sharon Raydor in “The Closer” and then “Major […]


    SUNY Fredonia welcomes back famous student

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from The Observer. Although rain-filled clouds may have dampened some of SUNY Fredonia’s homecoming weekend activities, they certainly did not overshadow the exciting return of one of the college’s most famous alumni: actress Mary McDonnell, class of 1974. The two-time Oscar-nominated actress returned to campus for the first time since 1999, and has […]


    Award-winning actress Mary McDonnell feels ‘Fredonia changed my life’

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Buffalo News. 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. […]


    Behind the Curtain with Mary McDonnell: Reddit, Product Placement, and Her Message to Millennial Feminists

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from merging with MostlyMary. Mary McDonnell is a busy woman. The second season of her hit show on TNT, Major Crimes, was just extended to 19 episodes. She’ll be shooting through Thanksgiving of this year, leaving her little time to join her fellow BSG alums on the convention circuit. She’s finding new ways to […]


    Robin Siegel: Revealing Beauty on “Major Crimes”

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Mostly Mary. Each week on Major Crimes, Sharon Raydor commands the screen in her crisp Armani, sleek locks, and flawless makeup. Her polished looks are the result of collaboration among costume designer Greg LaVoi, hair stylist department head Stacey K. Black, and makeup artist department co-head Robin Siegel. Robin began working with the […]


    Meet the Fans: “Mary Cares” Founder Mary Knight

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Mostly Mary. Hi, Mary! Thanks for taking the time to talk with us and kick off our fan interview series. We’re here to talk about Mary McDonnell and the Mary Cares fundraiser, but first, let’s talk about you. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life outside the fan community. […]


    Meet the Fans: “RememberLaura” Founder Adrienne M.

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Mostly Mary. In this next installment of Mostly Mary’s “Meet The Fans” interview series, we take a peek into the past and chat with Adrienne M., founder of the RememberLaura LiveJournal community. Created shortly after the final episode of Battlestar Galactica aired, the community brought fans together with the tagline “coping with Laura’s death by celebrating her […]


    Mary McDonnell to Receive 2018 Pell Lifetime Achievement Award

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Broadway World. Trinity Repertory Company announced today that actress Mary McDonnell will be honored with the 2018 Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts at the theater’s 22nd annual Pell Awards Gala on Monday, May 21, 2018. A two-time Oscar nominee for Dances with Wolves and Passion Fish, McDonnell’s theater, film and television career […]


    Mary McDonnell on the Finale of ‘Major Crimes’: ‘I’ve Never Experienced Anything Quite Like This’

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Variety. “Major Crimes” star Mary McDonnell shares with Variety her thoughts on the show’s final season, which saw her character, Sharon Raydor, killed off. I have been watching, reading and listening to the fans’ reactions to Sharon’s death, and it’s taken me a while to find the essence of my experience. I have been approached […]


    Emmy Roundtable: Drama actresses

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from The Hollywood Reporter. This year’s Emmy actress contenders aren’t afraid to steal the spotlight. The Hollywood Reporter: You’ve all worked in both film and television. What’s the biggest difference? Anna Paquin: For HBO, we shoot single camera, so it doesn’t feel any different to shooting a (movie). The place that I have experienced the […]


    Mary McDonnell on ‘Major Crimes’: There’s more to Sharon Raydor

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Chicago Tribune. When Capt. Sharon Raydor first took over the Major Crimes Division of the LAPD, her detectives were wary of the seemingly by-the-book former head of Internal Affairs who had given their former boss, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, such a hard time. As Season 2 of TNT’s hit drama “Major […]


    Spotlight: Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 22, 2020

    Article taken from Entertainment Weekly. A certain female presidential candidate has driven Mary McDonnell to abuse an unsuspecting piece of silverware. Rather than use the fork to poke at her poached eggs, McDonnell — who knows from female leadership after three seasons as President Laura Roslin on Sci Fi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica — smacks it against the […]


    MAJOR CRIMES: Mary McDonnell Interview

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from The TV Watchtower. Taking the helm of the new TNT drama series MAJOR CRIMES as it spins-off from THE CLOSER, Mary McDonnell embraces the challenge. In a recent press conference call, Mary talked candidly about both series and what to expect as THE CLOSER wraps and MAJOR CRIMES prepares for its debut. […]


    Mary McDonnell’s farewell–and her advice for understanding ‘Battlestar’

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from Los Angeles Times. Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, the stars of “Battlestar Galactica” who have been appearing in New York the last two nights, have been saying official goodbyes. Last night at the U.N., McDonnell — photographed here at the embargoed finale screening in New York on Monday night — summed up the […]


    Performer of the Week: Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from TV Line. THE PERFORMER | Mary McDonnell THE SHOW | Major Crimes THE EPISODE | “Conspiracy Theory: Part 4” (Dec. 19, 2017) THE PERFORMANCE | What was most affecting about Mary McDonnell’s Major Crimes swan song (or, technically, penultimate episode) was the nature of the scene that came midway through the hour. Because yes, earlier in […]


    ‘Major Crimes’ Team Reflects on Sharon’s Evolution, Differentiating From ‘The Closer’

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from Variety. Spoiler alert: Do not read unless you have watched “Conspiracy Theory Part 4,” the second of two “Major Crimes” episodes that aired on TNT Tuesday, Dec. 19. A shocking event occurred in the ninth episode of the final season of “Major Crimes”: The squad’s intrepid and dedicated leader, Sharon Raydor, who […]


    Major Crimes Boss: Final Season Features ‘Extraordinary’ Swan Song for Mary McDonnell and a ‘Defiant’ Closer

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from TVLine. Sensing that the end was nigh, Major Crimes creator James Duff says, “I felt like I had to write a finale that would be worthy of the series, and worthy of the cast.” But he also packed into the TNT drama’s 13-episode farewell run (launching tonight at 9/8c) an extra something extra, building up to its closer […]


    Laura Roslin, Mother of Humanity: How Battlestar Galactica Dismantles Stereotypes about Middle-Aged Women

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from The Sassy Lady Writes Battlestar Galactica is one of the most popular, most critically acclaimed and at the same time also most overlooked science fiction shows of the 21st century (no Emmy for actors, writers or directors, seriously?). Set mainly in space, at the brink of the end of humanity, it creates a […]


    The Battlestar Galactica Giggle Fit That Almost Got Mary McDonnell and Katee Sackhoff Fired?!

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from E!Online Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica is regarded as one of the best shows produced for television in recent memory. The science fiction drama touched on everything from human emotion to politics, after a devastating attack wiped out the majority of the human race. But what would it look like today? “It’s hard to […]


    ‘Battlestar Galactica’ reunion at ATX Television Festival reveals that the cylons never had a plan

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from Los Angeles Times For die-hard fans of the Syfy drama “Battlestar Galactica,” the closing night reunion panel at the ATX Television Festival was a treat-filled trip down memory lane. Seven key cast members — Edward James Olmos (Admiral Adama), Mary McDonnell (President Laura Roslin), Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck), James Callis (Gaius Baltar), Tricia […]


    Battlestar Galactica cast reunites to discuss show’s legacy

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from Entertainment Weekly After eight years, the crew of the Battlestar Galactica is back! At the ATX Television Festival’s main event Saturday night in Austin, Texas, the show’s cast and creator, Ronald D. Moore, reunited at the Paramount Theater for the Entertainment Weekly-sponsored panel. Joining Moore on stage: Edward James Olmos (William Adama), […]


    ‘Battlestar Galactica’ ATX Reunion Goes According to Plan (Sort Of)

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from Variety AUSTIN, Texas — The lively and laughter-filled “Battlestar Galactica” panel at the ATX Television Festival started to seem like an episode of the show about halfway through its nearly two-hour running time: Technical glitches garbled the Skype participation of cast member Jamie Bamber, who called in from France. Maybe it was […]


    Battlestar Galactica’s Mary McDonnell Talked Trump, Hillary, and Reading the Show in 2017 at a Special Reunion Event

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from Vulture Battlestar Galactica’s reputation as a powerful post-9/11 allegory preceded itself as the cast and creator Ronald D. Moore reunited Saturday at the closing night event of the 2017 ATX Television Festival. While there were plenty of funny audition stories and insider’s secrets to be shared — and no shortage of reminiscing […]


    Kyra Sedgwick, Liz Tigelaar & Mara Brock Akil Call For Gender Equality: “We’ve Been Working For Men For a Long Time” – ATX

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from Deadline “Honestly as an actor, I’ve spent much of my life making something better, or more three-dimensional than it is on the page,” Kyra Sedgwick said during a panel discussion entitled Complex, Not Complicated: A Look at a Woman’s Character at the ATX Television Festival.  “It’s hard to wait around for great […]


    The Comicpalooza Experience: A Love Letter To Mary McDonnell, Olivia Jane And Their Fans

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from Telfie As someone who has met quite a few people standing in the limelight, I feel eligible to say that, while most of them usually try to be friendly, very few of them are willing to encounter their fans with true and honest respect. I am not talking about when you run […]


    Fargo adds Battlestar Galactica veteran to cast

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from EW We may be a few episodes into Fargo season 3, but there’s a surprise addition to the cast that hasn’t yet been announced. Battlestar Galactica veteran and Major Crimes star Mary McDonnell has booked a guest arc on the FX drama. She plays “the so-called storage queen of The Great Lakes region, Ruby […]


    From Fans Point of View: Across the stars

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from Journeys of the soul Laura Roslin and Bill Adama are the leading characters of Battlestar Galactica, a SyFy (former SciFi) series which aired in the US between 2004 and 2009. BSG (as it is referred to by its fans) is undeniably an ensemble cast show, where secondary characters get their own fine […]


    Show Runner James Duff Shares 12 Things You Need to Know for Season 5B of Major Crimes

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from Parade Major Crimes returns for the second half of Season 5 tonight and things get personal for Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) when Deputy Chief Winnie Davis (guest star Camryn Manheim), who considers Sharon as competition for the promotion to Assistant Chief of the LAPD, which is currently being filled on a […]


    Major Crimes Boss Previews Andy’s Fate and the Fight for Taylor’s Job, Makes Us Very Afraid of Hit-and-Runs

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from TVLine Certain showrunners bring certain traits to the interview table. Marc Guggenheim isn’t afraid to call out ‘shippers. Yankees fan Adam Horowitz tries to slip in baseball “spoilers.” Shane Brennan practically wrote headlines for you (“Do not miss the first 45 seconds!”). As for Major Crimes creator James Duff? Over the years […]


    Why Battlestar Galactica‘s President Roslin Defies Political Stereotypes

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from TOR.Com Four years ago, a historic election rocked America…but 2008 was also the year Battlestar Galactica went off the air, to the dismay of fans everywhere. The story of our distant human relatives forever in conflict with their robot creations—The Cylons—was not only super entertaining, full of real drama and some of […]


    Does Major Crimes Have a Queer Character Problem?

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from Slate. TNT’s Major Crimes is what I think of as a whiplash show—one where I’ve never been quite sure how comfortable I should feel about its queer content. On one hand, it features a team of heterosexual cops who are unfailingly respectful of the LGBTQ victims and suspects they interact with, along […]


    ‘Major Crimes’ Star Mary McDonnell Talks Season Five, Character Development, Rusty, Shandy & More

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from TVWise When Kyra Sedgwick decided to leave her award winning role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on The Closer after some seven seasons, James Duff and TNT executive Michael Wright soon settled on the notion of continuing the show with a new lead in the form of a spin-off titled Major Crimes. […]


    Sci-Fi Blast From The Past – Mary McDonnell Interview

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from SciFiAndTvTalk Once again, I  have decided to open up the interview vault and revisit some of the many interviews I have had the pleasure of writing over the years and that just appeared in-print and not on-line. Today’s interview is with Mary McDonnell, who talks about her work in Battlestar Galactica. Enjoy, and keep […]


    Five things on… Mary McDonnell (Sharon Raydor in Major Crimes on France 2)

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article translated from Programme TV Monday nights, France 2 airs Major Crimes, series lead by Mary McDonnell. Télé 2 semaines gives you five info on the actress. 1) She practiced synchronized swimming Mary McDonnell was born in 1952 in Pennsylvania. Since young age, she practiced synchonized swimming. Still today, she swims regularly, also to keep in shape. 2) She went […]


    From Battlestar Galactica to Major Crimes: retrospective on Mary McDonnell’s career

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article translated from Allocine Very well known to the fans of Battlestar Galactica, Mary McDonnell is filling out her career ever since 2012 already with the character of Captain Sharon Raydor in Major Crimes. We focus on her remarkable journey. A promising start A native of Pennsylvania in the United States, Mary McDonnell starts a […]


    Major Crimes Star Mary McDonnell Dishes On Sharon, Andy, Rusty And More

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from Parade Major Crimes continues toward the end of Season 4 tonight with the second of five special episodes, as they delve into an ongoing case that is proving more difficult to solve than normal. “In this case we didn’t know what was happening, and because it’s multiple crimes, a hot case and a […]


    ‘Dances With Wolves’ Star Mary McDonnell Visits Rosebud

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from Sicangu Scribe ROSEBUD – Mary McDonnell, the actress who played Stands With A Fist in the movie Dances With Wolves, spent the weekend in Rosebud. The actress attended SGU Founder’s Day activities over the weekend. She facilitated an acting class for interested people on the SGU campus on Friday morning. She also […]


    TNT’s ‘Major Crimes’ Renewed For Fifth Season

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from TV Wise TNT is far from done with Captain Sharon Raydor and the detectives of the Major Crimes Division. The Turner owned cable network has renewed their hit series Major Crimes for a fifth season, to air in 2016. While a final episode order has not been set, sources tell TVWise that […]


    Broken Glass awards celebrates women in film

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from The Desert Sun The word is out:  This Palm Springs Women In Film & TV (PSWIFT) luncheon event is more sophisticated and celebrity-packed than many evening galas. But then, what would you expect from an event run by the likes of  president Patti Gribow, co-chair ElaineChurch, vocal performer Patricia Welch,  interviewer Pattie Daly Caruso,  emcee Karen Devine and special events chair DeAnn Lubell-Ames; plus the […]


    How ‘Dances with Wolves’ Became an Unexpected Hit 25 Years Ago

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from ABC News Before “Waterworld,” Kevin Costner’s biggest gamble was “Dances with Wolves.” That the film — which was released 25 years ago today — went on to win seven of the 12 Academy Awards it was nominated for, including best picture and best director for Costner, grossed more than $400 million worldwide […]


    ‘Dances with Wolves’: 25 Fun Facts to Celebrate 25 Years

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from Bio “Dances with Wolves” opened in theaters 25 years ago today. Here’s a look back at some of the facts, figures, and stories behind the Oscar-winning phenomenon. In 1903, an outlaw bandit aimed his pistol at movie audiences and fired. It was a shot felt round the world. With the ten-minute-long The […]


    Jane Seymour, Mary McDonnell among PSWIFT honorees

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from The Desert Sun When Jane Seymour was growing up in England, she didn’t know there was such a thing as glass ceilings. It wasn’t till she tried her hand at Hollywood that she came upon a few stumbling blocks that gave her pause. She had just gotten the lead in “Dr. Quinn Medicine […]


    “Battlestar Galactica: Journey of the Soul”

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    The year 2015 marks the tenth anniversary of Ronald D. Moore’s re-imagined Battlestar Galactica (thank you, Lords of Kobol!). Never before have I felt the urge to write an article about a television series, and I hope this fact alone makes you want to know more; for instance, what could possibly cause this grown-up, levelheaded […]


    Broken Glass Award: Ads for Mary

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Because many couldn’t of course know and see all of the lovely ads that Mary got in support of her for the Broken Glass Award, I got my copy thanks to the wonderful Sue and so I thought you would have liked to see them. Please be aware that the quality in scanning isn’t the […]


    Mary McDonnell Talks ‘Major Crimes’, Transitioning Her Character From Villain To Hero And How Prepared She Is When She Gets On Set

    - Posted on September 21, 2020

    Article taken from Daily Actor Mary McDonnell stars as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor on TNT’s Major Crimes, a role that she created first on the long-running series, The Closer. What’s interesting is that when her character first appeared on that show back in 2009, she was portrayed as a villain. Cut to today, […]


    Mary McDonnell And James Duff REDDIT Chat

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Hi Reddit! Mary McDonnell here! I have been many women in many different times. I’m currently Captain Sharon Raydor on Major Crimes, was the president of the universe on Battlestar Galactica, and a hard headed Stands With a Fist out on the prairie (to name a few). With Season 4 of Major Crimes now in […]


    Mary McDonnell And James Duff Spill Spoilers On The New Season Of Major Crimes

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Parade The LAPD Major Crimes team is back to work tonight when four wealthy one percenters are left lying in the back of an SUV outside the emergency room of a hospital. How they got there, what they had in common, and who shot them is the mystery that needs to be […]


    Local short narrated by Mary McDonnell to screen Ballston Spa Film Fest

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Times Union “Menkes Disease: Finding Help & Hope,” a 12-minute documentary narrated by the Oscar-nominated actress Mary McDonnell, will screen along with other short films at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at the Ballston Spa Film Festival. The movie was directed by Ballston Spa filmmaker Daniel DeFabio, whose 6-year-old son, Lucas, has the disease. […]


    Actress Mary McDonnell gives Voice to Awareness of Menkes Disease In New Film

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from RARE Daily Academy Award nominated actress, Mary McDonnell, has lent her voice to a new documentary film depicting life with the rare disorder Menkes Disease. Boys with this genetic disorder generally do not live past ten years of age unless they are treated within days of birth. Filmmaker Daniel DeFabio made the […]


    Mary McDonnell charted her own path

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from The Bulletin LOS ANGELES — The secret to a happy marriage and family is to do everything backward, says actress Mary McDonnell. The star of TNT’s “Major Crimes,” may be by-the-book as Capt. Sharon Raydor, chief of L.A.’s major crimes squad, but as a wife and mother, she threw the book away. […]


    Mary McDonnell got it right by doing things backward

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from ArcaMax LOS ANGELES — The secret to a happy marriage and family is to do everything backward, says actress Mary McDonnell. The star of TNT’s “Major Crimes,” may be by-the-book as Capt. Sharon Raydor, chief of L.A.’s major crimes squad, but as a wife and mother, she threw the book away. She’s […]


    TV Weekly cover: Our Q&A with Mary McDonnell about season 4 of “Major Crimes”

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from TV Weekly Come on, major crimes division — how could you have let Phillip Stroh get away on that deal? We last saw the sadistic killer escaping via Uber. Season 4 of “Major Crimes” (returning to TNT Monday) is themed around courage and we will see more shake-ups in relationships, more Flynn and […]


    ChannelGuide Interview with Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Channel Guide Come on, major crimes division — how could you have let Phillip Stroh get away on that deal? We last saw the sadistic killer escaping via Uber. Season 4 of Major Crimes is themed around courage and we will see more shakeups in relationships, more Flynn and Sharon, and, yes, […]


    People’s Light brings McDonnell and Strathairn back together for ‘Cherry Orchard’

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from philly.com Ibsen brought them together in director Emily Mann’s 1986 production of A Doll’s House. Nearly three decades later, Hollywood stars David Strathairn and Mary McDonnell once again will share a stage, albeit in less astringent material. The duo, whose film collaborations include Sneakers andPassion Fish, arrived in the region last week […]


    THE CHERRY ORCHARD (People’s Light): Capturing the comedy, insight, and pathos of Chekhov

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Phindie Completed in 1904, THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Anton Chekhov’s final dramatic work, is the most often staged of all Russian plays worldwide, and its production at People’s Light & Theatre Company (adaptation by Emily Mann) affirms why. Combining insightful socio-cultural farce with gripping human pathos, its dual nature as comedy and tragedy […]


    Mary McDonnell Injects Star Power Into a New People’s Light & Theatre Production

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Main Line Today tands With a Fist is now a Russian aristocrat. Mary McDonnell first rose to fame playing the Anglo-raised-by-Indians character inDances With Wolves, the 1990 film that earned her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. This month, McDonnell takes the stage at Malvern’s People’s Light & Theatre Company as another […]


    Mary McDonnell returns to Pa. roots for debut at People’s Light & Theatre

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Ticket People’s Light continues its 40th anniversary season with “The Cherry Orchard” by Anton Chekhov, one of Russia’s most important literary figures, Feb. 11 through March 8. Former King of Prussia resident and Academy Award nominee Mary McDonnell, returns to her Pennsylvania roots for her debut at People’s Light. “The Cherry Orchard” […]


    Strathairn and McDonnell reunite for ‘Cherry Orchard’ in Malvern

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from WHYY David Strathairn and Mary McDonnell have co-starred in films like “Passion Fish,” “Matewan” and “Sneakers.” Lately, Strathairn has been splitting his time among roles in movies, television, and on stage. McDonnell — the winner of an Obie award in 1981 — has not been on stage in decades. She currently stars […]


    Mary McDonnell Interview

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Act TWO Online Mary McDonnell solves Major Crimes as TV’s most arresting 62-year-old detective. How does she look so gorgeous? “I don’t walk around looking the way I do on Major Crimes,” she says. “My hair isn’t perfect. My lashes aren’t as long. Genetically, I do have good hair, but I’m like […]


    Oscar Nominees Strathairn And McDonnell Star In ‘Cherry Orchard’ At People’s Light In Malvern

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from philly.com SO, A COUPLE of Academy Award nominees are teaming up to do Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard.” Big deal, right? You can’t swing a rolled-up Playbill in New York’s theater district without hitting some big-time movie or TV star taking a huge pay cut to hit the boards. (Paging Bradley “Elephant […]


    Oscar Nominees Mary McDonnell & David Strathairn Will Lead THE CHERRY ORCHARD at People’s Light

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Broadway World People’s Light continues its 40th Anniversary Season with The Cherry Orchard. Academy Award nominees Mary McDonnell and David Strathairn join People’s Light company artists in Emily Mann’s acclaimed adaptation of Chekhov’s masterwork directed by Abigail Adams. People’s Light is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355. For tickets, call […]


    Major Crimes series makes Mary McDonnell a straight shooter

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from The Australian ANDRE Braugher was ready to bolt. After three seasons of playing icy loner Detective Frank Pembleton on Homicide: Life on the Street, the actor was ready to move on, until writers decided his character would suffer a stroke that would force him to learn how to walk — and bark — […]


    ‘Major Crimes’: Sharon and Andy will discover feelings for each other when Season 3 continues

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Zap2It Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) and Andy Flynn (Tony Denison) have one of those slow-burn television relationships that fans spend entire seasons shipping and waiting for the writers to make something of it. Now “Major Crimes”  Shandy fans will start to reap the rewards of their patience when the show returns Nov. 24 […]


    Mary McDonnell returns to ‘Major Crimes’

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Star Tribune Andre Braugher was ready to bolt. After three seasons of playing icy loner Detective Frank Pembleton on “Homicide: Life on the Street,” the actor was ready to move on — until writers decided his character would suffer a stroke that would force him to learn how to walk, and bark, […]


    ‘Major Crimes’ TNT News: Mary McDonnell Talks ‘Complicated’ Relationships As ‘Shandy’ Rumors Heat Up For Season 3

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from En Stars Mary McDonnell knows that people connect with her character Sharon Raydor on ‘Major Crimes.’ A huge fan hit on TNT, the show was just renewed for a fourth season and McDonnell said she likes that the show keeps “moving forward. Mary McDonnell knows that people connect with her character Sharon […]


    Antagonist/Protagonist – Both Sides Now: A Conversation with Major Crimes’ Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Daily Dragon Online Actress Mary McDonnell has once again returned to Dragon Con after a few years away. While she may always beBattlestar Galactica’s President Laura Roslin to many fans, I’m really enjoying her work on TNT’s Major Crimes where she plays Captain Sharon Raydor. McDonnell always brings a quiet power to […]


    Mary McDonnell talks about ‘Major Crimes,’ upcoming Dragon*Con appearance

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from AJC.com Mary McDonnell, who became a sci-fi darling on the acclaimed Syfy “Battlestar Galactica,” has found a second home  on cable TV on TNT’s “Major Crimes” as the steady, sturdy Capt. Sharon Raydor in L.A.’s Major Crimes division. The two audiences may not overlap much, but both fan bases will gravitate toward […]


    Mary McDonnell Previews Major Crimes’ Mother of a Clash: ‘Enough Is Enough!’

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from TV Line This Monday at 9/8c, TNT’s Major Crimes serves up a finale so dense with drama, it just might give you a heart attack. (Sorry, Fritz.Too soon?) For as the MCD’s investigation into the disappearances of a string of young girls leads to a turf battle with the S.O.B., Rusty’s mom pops […]


    Mary McDonnell: Exclusive Interview for Women of Upstate New York Magazine

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Women of upstate New York Magazine scans in gallery Mary McDonnell is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable leading ladies. Nominated for two Oscars — one in 1991 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Dances With Wolves, she was again a nominee in 1993 for Best Actress in a Leading Role for […]


    Actress Mary McDonnell Says “It’s Time For a Female President!”

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Closer Weekly After playing the first lady in Independence Day and the first female president in Battlestar Galactica, Mary McDonnell tells Closer Weekly that she would like to see a real-life woman president — and she’d love if it were Hillary Clinton. “It would be extraordinary for everyone if Hillary runs and […]


    Hero Complex Film Festival: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ tribute hits emotional note

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from the Los Angeles Times Speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival on Friday, the cast and creator of “Battlestar Galactica” emphasized the emotional connection they still felt to the groundbreaking Sci Fi Channel (now Syfy) show that went off the air in 2009. “As far as I’m concerned, this is […]


    Major Crimes Season 3: The Closer Descendant from TNT Gets an Inception-Like Spin-Off

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Movie News Guide Fans of the hit crime procedural series are on a role after receiving some great news before the upcoming season 3 return of TNT’s “Major Crimes.” According to TV Line, the network is now thinking of having an “Inception-like” new show spin-off of “Major Crimes.” If ever the spin-off […]


    Mary McDonnell: At 60, Stardom Strikes

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Life Reimagined “I was at a certain age where I wondered if Hollywood would ever let me work again.” “There’s babe, district attorney and Driving Miss Daisy,” fumes Goldie Hawn’s character in The First Wives Club, uttering the much-quoted line lamenting the three stages for actresses. Mary McDonnell says that line speaks […]


    Patricia Sheridan’s Breakfast With … Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Born in Wilkes-Barre Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell has enjoyed a career on stage and screen that has spanned nearly 45 years. Her first Academy Award nomination came for playing Stands With a Fist in the 1990 epic film “Dances With Wolves.” The second was for “Passion Fish.” At 61, she […]


    Mary McDonnell on Spinoff Shows and Playing Someone Who Isn’t “Likable”

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Slate When the Kyra Sedgwick police procedural The Closer came to an end in August 2012, most of the show’s characters became part of a new series, Major Crimes. Leading the Major Crimes squad is Capt. Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell), who first appeared on The Closer as a meddling investigator from internal […]


    Mary McDonnell on Battlestar Galactica and going mute in front of Robert Redford

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article take from A.V. Club Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about. The actor: Mary McDonnell got her start in the theater, earning acclaim for her stage performances before ever stepping in […]


    VIP: Mary McDonnell talks success and humility

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from USA Today ‘Major Crimes’ star dishes out advice on living life to fullest. With a sense of humor and a lot of humility, success in both your personal and professional life is yours for the taking, says Mary McDonnell, now starring on TNT’s Major Crimes, returning Monday (9 p.m. ET/PT). The Oscar-nominated […]


    Age part of role for ‘Major Crimes’ star Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 18, 2020

    Article taken from Dispatch When a Hollywood actress turns 40, the stream of job offers can turn into a trickle. Mary McDonnell hasn’t faced such an experience. The actress, whose film breakthrough came in Dances With Wolves (1990) and who is also known forIndependence Day (1996), is 61. She’s not only still working, she’s starring […]


    Major Crimes Season 2: What to Expect

    - Posted on September 17, 2020

    Article taken from TV Fanatic One year ago, Major Crimes premiered as a spinoff to the uber-popular The Closer, with fans wondering whether it would maintain the same audience levels and as its predecessor. With the answer now a strong affirmative, I stopped by the show’s set in Los Angeles recently to see what we’ll […]


    MAJOR CRIMES Intel: Mary McDonnell Talks Tom Berenger Joining Cast and Teasers for Season 2

    - Posted on September 17, 2020

    Article taken from The TV Addict Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell)  has always been a bit of an enigma on the TNT drama series MAJOR CRIMES.  But as she took the orphaned Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin) under wing, we began to see a softer-side of the by-the-book police captain.  Looking to peel back yet another […]


    She’s the cool head of ‘Major Crimes’

    - Posted on September 17, 2020

    Article taken from philly.com “ONE OF the nice things about me,” Los Angeles Police Capt. Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) tells a new assistant D.A. in tonight’s season premiere of TNT’s “Major Crimes,” “is that when I’m really unhappy about something, people never have to ask.” The line’s delivered in the beautifully modulated but very specific […]


    Mary McDonnell Talks Major Crimes Season 2 Premiere

    - Posted on September 17, 2020

    Article taken from TV Web TNT’s hit series The Closer aired its final episode last year after seven hit seasons, but a majority of the cast reprised their roles for the spin-off Major Crimes. Mary McDonnell joined the cast of the final season, to set up this new series as Captain Sharon Rayder, who has […]


    ‘Major Crimes’: Mary McDonnell says Raydor ‘deepens’ in Season 2

    - Posted on September 17, 2020

    Article taken from Los Angeles Times Capt. Sharon Raydor, one of the highest-ranking women in a fictional TV version of the Los Angeles Police Department, is the ultimate “Lean In” type of gal. Played by two-time Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell on TNT’s hit drama “Major Crimes,” this top cop spends her days putting away bad […]


    Mary McDonnell Previews Major Crimes Season 2, Introduction of Sharon’s Ex-Husband

    - Posted on September 17, 2020

    Article taken from TV Fanatic I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mary McDonnell of Major Crimes in anticipation of tomorrow’s Season 2 premiere of the TNT drama. And while our time was short, the actress offered some fascinating insights into various characters and how she successfully transitioned from one hit (The Closer) to another. […]


    Mary McDonnell opens up about her early years of struggle

    - Posted on September 17, 2020

    Article taken from Fans Share Mary McDonnell has been in the acting industry for many years She started out as a struggling actress on the Broadway stage Mary says that her struggles are what made her career It is probably fair to say that actress Mary McDonnell became known, following her role in the movie […]


    Interview: Mary McDonnell Is the Woman in Charge

    - Posted on September 17, 2020

    Article taken from Celebrity Extra Mary McDonnell and the rest of her crew are back on TNT June 10, when “Major Crimes” begins its second season. A successful spin-off of the equally successful “The Closer,” “Major Crimes” follows Mary’s Capt. Sharon Raydor, who took over the major crimes division last year when Dep. Chief Brenda […]


    Celebrity Extra Q and A

    - Posted on September 17, 2020

    Article taken from Celebrity Extra Q: I am so happy it’s summer, because that means all of my favorite TNT dramas are returning. I am particularly excited for “Major Crimes.” Can you give me any scoops on the upcoming season? — Gina R., via e-mail A: Well, I spoke with series star Mary McDonnell, and […]


    Mary McDonnell Up-Close

    - Posted on September 17, 2020

    Article taken from American Profile It’s been 22 years since Kevin Costner’s Oscar-winning movie “Dances with Wolves,” but actress Mary McDonnell still gets recognized as Stands with a Fist, her character from the film. “People say, ‘There’s the girl from the Indian movie,’” says McDonnell, 61, with a boisterous laugh. “I’m not exactly a girl […]


    MAJOR CRIMES: Mary McDonnell Interview at WB Mondo

    - Posted on September 17, 2020

    Article taken from The TV Watchtower Carrying the weight of transitioning a successful television series as it spins off into a new series is no easy feat.  Yet star Mary McDonnell made the transition between the TNT hit series THE CLOSER to MAJOR CRIMES look seamless. With a strong team of actors and characters aiding […]


    The Big Ask with Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 17, 2020

    Article taken from the Herald Sun MARY McDonnell shot to prominence in the Kevin Costner classic Dances with Wolves. She has since made an impression in Sneakers, Independence Day and Donny Darko. More recently, McDonnell has turned her talents to TV, playing Captain Sharon Raydor in The Closer. Major Crimes takes the squad of detectives […]


    Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell tackles new crime drama

    - Posted on September 17, 2020

    Article taken from Hello Magazine American actress Mary McDonnell can boast a wealth of acting experience, including two Oscar nominations for Dances with Wolves and Passion Fish, and she’s currently winning critical acclaim for her starring role in US TV drama Major Crimes. Mary, 60, didn’t always find the actor’s life so easy, and can […]


    Mary McDonnell Major Crimes Interview

    - Posted on September 17, 2020

    Article taken from Female First Major Crimes set new ratings records for American channel TNT in the States and now the Mary McDonnell starring crime show hits UK screens as itstarts tonight on The Universal Channel. From biting the bullet all too soon in Hollywood extravaganza Independence Day to helping Kevin Costner become one with […]


    Mary McDonnell savors her star role, but must work to reshape it, in ‘Major Crimes’

    - Posted on September 14, 2020

    Article taken from Daily News Millions dream of becoming the star of a major network drama, but for one actress, the dream come true led to some bittersweet moments. With the first season of “Major Crimes” under her belt, two-time Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell is now the star of one TNT’s most-watched dramas. But she’s […]


    Mary McDonnell Previews Major Crimes Finale, Shares Why Season 2 News Brought Such Relief

    - Posted on September 14, 2020

    Article taken from TV Line TNT’s Major Crimes ends Season 1 with a bang this Monday at 9/8c, when a sniper vexes the combined resources of Major Crimes and the FBI. Yet in doing so, the intense case brings Captain Sharon Raydor’s team closer than they’ve been since a certain Southern belle’s exit. TVLine invited […]


    Mary McDonnell on ‘Major Crimes’

    - Posted on September 14, 2020

    Article taken from Crave The star of TNT’s new spinoff from “The Closer” tells us what we can expect from Captain Raydor. When Mary McDonnell joined the cast of “The Closer,” she seemed like a thorn in Brenda Johnson’s side. But when “The Closer” ended and Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda departed, McDonnell became the star of the […]


    Mary McDonnell on Battlestar Galactica popularity: ‘I’m not surprised’

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Digital Spy Mary McDonnell compares Battlestar Galactica to “a good wine”. Mary McDonnell has said she is not surprised by the lasting popularity ofBattlestar Galactica. McDonnell played cancer-riddled President Laura Roslin in the critically-acclaimed sci-fi series, which ended in 2010 after four seasons and two television movies. “I’m not surprised [at the […]


    Mary McDonnell On “Major Crimes” & “Battlestar Galactica” Interview

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Buzzy Mag Mary McDonnell looks very much at home on one of the sets forMAJOR CRIMES at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles. In fact, the set is the home of her character, LAPD Captain Sharon Raydor. It’s one of the new ones that’s been built for the series, which is in its […]


    Major Crimes’ Mary McDonnell on Turning Capt. Raydor into the Hero

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from TV Guide Major Crimes star Mary McDonnell still isn’t exactly sure how she ended up as the star of TNT’s newest cop drama. The Battlestar Galactica alum first stepped into Capt. Sharon Raydor’s shoes during The Closer‘s fifth season, when her Internal Affairs investigation put her at odds with Brenda Leigh Johnson […]


    Profile | Mary McDonnell: ‘Closer’ spinoff yields a meatier role

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from The Columbus Dispatch When Mary McDonnell first appeared on The Closer three years ago, her character, Capt. Sharon Raydor of internal affairs, had one simple job — and not a nice one. “My sole purpose was to be a thorn in Brenda Leigh Johnson’s side,” McDonnell said. That series, starring Kyra Sedgwick, […]


    ‘Major Crimes’: Mary McDonnell on Taking Over From Kyra Sedgwick and Unexpected Challenges (Q&A)

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from The Hollywood Reporter McDonnell, who played Captain Raydor for three seasons on “The Closer,” spoke to THR about leading a new show, a possible Kyra Sedgwick appearance and what to expect in the coming episodes. Mary McDonnell is now in charge. The Closer may be over, but spinoff Major Crimes is keeping […]


    Mary McDonnell: ‘Major Crimes’ Has Kicks for ‘Closer’ Fans

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from AArp Now that the baton has been passed from “The Closer” to “Major Crimes,” will the new show maintain good momentum, or fade as the weeks go by? If we are to believe star Mary McDonnell, it will run its own race with lots of kicks ahead for fans. We caught up […]


    Mary McDonnell: High Hopes for 2nd Season of ‘Major Crimes’; Richard Benjamin’s Shifting View of ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Creators With a debut that scored 7.2 million viewers for her “The Closer” spinoff, “Major Crimes” star Mary McDonnell is looking forward optimistically to word of a Season 2 sometime soon. “I can’t commit the network, because I don’t run it,” she says with a laugh. “But I will say TNT has […]


    ‘Major Crimes’ carries on ‘The Closer’s’ legacy

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Sioux City Journal LOS ANGELES — When “The Closer” ended and “Major Crimes” started, insiders wondered if there’d be a noticeable shift. “But it wasn’t any different,” says Raymond Cruz, who plays Detective Julio Sanchez.  “Major Crimes is “‘The Closer’ on steroids.” Most of the cast is the same; many of the […]


    James Duff and Mary McDonnell on Shifting From THE CLOSER to MAJOR CRIMES

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Give Me My Remote For THE CLOSER fans, tonight is going to be bittersweet — the long-running TNT series ends its run after seven years, but literally immediately after the finale ends, MAJOR CRIMES, THE CLOSER’s spinoff, debuts. And while the transition might seem natural — after all, THE CLOSER is going […]


    ‘Major Crimes’ premiere: Mary McDonnell picks up where Kyra Sedgwick’s ‘The Closer’ leaves off

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Zap2It What would “The Closer” be like without the closer? Viewers are about to find out: Literally on the heels of the finale of the much-acclaimed Kyra Sedgwick police saga — one of the top-rated dramas in basic cable history — TNT launches the spinoff series “Major Crimes” Monday, Aug, 13. The […]


    Kyra Sedgwick Says Goodbye To ‘The Closer;’ Mary McDonnell Makes Her Debut

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from The Huffington Post Kyra Sedgwick remembers how, in 2005, she almost did not take the role of Brenda Leigh Johnson on TNT’s hit crime series “The Closer.” Now, seven years and one Emmy later, Sedgwick is bidding goodbye to the role that changed her career and the careers of other actresses in […]


    Mary McDonnell: ‘I had chemistry with Kyra Sedgwick on The Closer’

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Digital Spy Mary McDonnell reflects on her time on The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick. Mary McDonnell has confessed that she will miss working with Kyra Sedgwick on The Closer. The actress, whose Closer character is moving on to the spinoff series Major Crimes upon the former’s end, reflected on the pair’s close […]


    Mary McDonnell, ‘Major Crimes’ Take Their Place at Last

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from AArp So, the long goodbye is almost over.  After a year of talking about the end of “The Closer” and the beginning of “Major Crimes” — the departure of  Kyra Sedgwick and the promotion of Mary McDonnell — the transition finally is taking place tomorrow night (8/13).  Beginning at 9 o’clock, “The […]


    ‘Major Crimes’: Mary McDonnell goes from outsider to insider on TNT’s ‘Closer’ spinoff

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Zap2It Sharon Raydor was a thorn in the side of the Major Crimes squad on “The Closer.” She’s still a thorn in the squad’s side now — she just happens to be their boss too. Last week’s debut of “Major Crimes,” which spun off from “The Closer” to big ratings, saw Raydor […]


    Major Crimes interview w/Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Fellowship of Fools The FoF particpated in an interview with Mary McDonnell regarding her new show, Major Crimes.  Major Crimes premieres on TNT, August 13 at 10 pm Easter Time/Pacific on TNT. Question:  Now obviously you’ve been a part of this group for a while, and Major Crimes has a built-in audience. […]


    We Shine the Spotlight on Mary McDonnell, Who Dishes on THE CLOSER Coming to an End and What Fans Can Expect From Her MAJOR CRIMES Spin-Off

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from The TV Addict Taking the helm of the new TNT drama series MAJOR CRIMES as it spins-off from THE CLOSER, Mary McDonnell embraces the challenge. In a recent press conference call, Mary talked candidly about both series and what to expect as THE CLOSER wraps and MAJOR CRIMES prepares for its debut. […]


    Same show, different closer

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from New York Post There’s a new closer in town. She’s diligent, brusque and tough — maybe too tough. After Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson’s last case is filed next month, she’ll be succeeded by the cold, meddling thorn in her side, Capt. Sharon Raydor, played by Mary McDonnell, on “Major Crimes,” the […]


    ‘Major Crimes’ Mary McDonnell: ‘Dances With Wolves’ stardom was ‘fascinating’

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Zap2It Mary McDonnell is grateful to continue playing a police captain, since she knows she could have been cast as frontier women for a long time. The actress’ Oscar-nominated breakthrough part, as Stands With a Fist in Kevin Costner‘s award-winning 1990 movie “Dances With Wolves,” planted a certain image of her in […]


    Sci-Fi Blast From The Past – Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica)

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from SciFiAndTvTalk In today’s Sci-Fi Blast From The Past, the always lovely and incredibly talented Mary McDonnell talks about Laura Roslin’s involvement in Seasons One and Two of Battlestar Galactica. Not long ago, Laura Roslin was Secretary of Education for the Twelve Colonies of Kobol. That was before the Cylons launched a devastating surprise […]


    Scoop from The Closer’s 100th Episode Celebration

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from TV Guide A dark cloud looms over The Closer, as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) continues her work with the overhanging threat of a lawsuit that has already put her at odds with her colleagues. But even as we get much anticipated closure at the end of Season 7, some […]


    Mary McDonnell says the “Battlestar Galactica” legacy lives on

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from HollywoodLife.Com HollywoodNews.com: Speaking of Emmy dress plans, nominee Mary McDonnell (“The Closer”) reports, “As a matter of fact, I’m in the thick of it right now. I think we’ve found a stylist we’ll be working with. As I’m sure you’re well-aware, there’s a whole series of events that go on in a […]


    Sci-fi women more than hot babes

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from CNN “Women and men of the fleet: This is your president. We have come to a crossroads in our long and painful journey,” Laura Roslin tells the survivors of humanity’s near-destruction while a mutiny rages on. That women get addressed first, and that a woman has authority over the last human population, […]


    The Closer’s Dark Twist: Mary McDonnell Dishes on What’s Next and Brenda/Raydor Bonding

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from TV Line TNT’s The Closer (Mondays at 9/8c) closed its seventh season opener with a jaw-dropper, capping an already intense hour by having Chief Delk (played by Courtney B. Vance) suddenly gasp, twitch and collapse to the squad room floor. While devastating in its own right, the downed officer also came on […]


    The Sunday Conversation: Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from the Los Angeles Times When TNT’s crime drama “The Closer” returns for its seventh season on Monday, Oscar-nominated film, stage and TV actress Mary McDonnell, 59, comes back as a series regular — the crisp internal affairs officer Capt. Sharon Raydor. The Emmy-winning series starring Kyra Sedgwick as LAPD Deputy Chief Brenda […]


    The Closer Spin-Off: “The Dynamics Are Going to Change”

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from TV Guide Brenda Leigh Johnson is by no means done squeezing confessions out of criminals on The Closer, but already the TNT show, which premieres its seventh and final season on July 11, is setting the scene for its new spinoff, Major Crimes. “We’ve talked about Major Crimes on the episodes we’ve […]


    Mary McDonnell Talks On Lyme Disease

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from LymeBites.Com A friend posted this on facebook tonight, Mary is the spokesperson for the Lyme Disease Association (www.lymediseaseassociation.org).  I really love the way she discusses the grief of Lyme disease.  When she talks about going from being in charge of million dollar budgets to not being able to Target I can relate.  Until […]


    ‘Battlestar’ star Mary McDonnell’s leadership isn’t just an act

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from LEXGO Even if you don’t immediately equate the name of Mary McDonnell with that of Battlestar Galactica‘s President Laura Roslin, you’ve surely seen her. The hard-working actress has been seen everywhere. She was on Oscar ballots twice in the ’90s, including her role as Stands With a Fist, opposite Kevin Costner, in […]


    A Conversation with Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from The Rambler The Rambler arranged for me to speak with this year’s Kenan Lecturer, Mary McDonnell, an actress best known for her role as Laura Roslin on Battlestar Galactica. We spoke about her experiences working in television and the opportunities that have arisen from it, a discussion which became one of the […]


    Mary McDonnell Tangles With Kyra Sedgwick On The Closer

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from HairBoutique.Com Kyra Sedgwick who is spectacular as Chief Brenda Lee Johnson recently had a hard day on the most recent episode of TNT’s fabulous series the Closer. In the episode dated June 22, 2009 – Red Tape – guest star Mary McDonnell (President Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica) played an internal affairs […]


    A message from the President before Fan Expo

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from NOW Toronto Battlestar Galactica (BSG) lovers checking out Fan Expo Canada (Aug. 28-30 at the Metro Convention Centre, 222 Bremner) may want to aim for Friday or Saturday. That’s when Mary McDonnell, President Laura Roslin on the lauded series – which wrapped its fourth and final season this past spring – will […]


    “The Heart of the Female Warrior” – A Sitrep Interview with Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Galactica Sitrep For the third in the Sitrep’s exclusive series of interviews with the participants in this Friday’s panel Battlestar Galactica: Cyborgs on the Horizon, I had the opportunity to speak with the brilliant Mary McDonnell. By way of introduction, all I’ll say is this: Mary McDonnell is President Roslin. She really […]


    Interview: Mary McDonnell [Battlestar Galactica]

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from SciFi Now Battlestar is drawing to a close now of course, but have you been happy with the progression of your character? I have, truly. And surprised quite often, you know what I mean? That’s part of why I’m so happy, that things would emerge from the writers that I hadn’t really […]


    Battlestar Galactica’s Mary McDonnell saw hope in series’ end

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Blastr Battlestar Galactica star Mary McDonnell, who played Laura Roslin, told SCI FI Wire that she found her character’s fate in the series finale on Friday to be “very eloquent, very hopeful and very necessary.” (Big spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the finale!) Roslin finally succumbed to her disease in the […]


    Mary McDonnell Talks ‘Battlestar’ Finale

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Page Six By now we’ve all seen how “Battlestar Galactica” ends — what did you think? Like, love or loathe? Personally, I found the two hours to be a triumph as far as series’ finales go. Sure, there were about 8 million endings, but with so many loose threads to be tied […]


    See you on the other side: ‘Battlestar Galactica’s’ series finale, ‘Daybreak’

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from the Chicago Tribune (check this for full article report and more info) Remarks by Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Ron Moore and David Eick after the finale screening on March 16. I have not transcribed every single word of this panel. Because at this stage, my fingers are in danger of falling […]


    Battlestar Galactica: Watched The Finale? Still Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers!

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Discover Magazine Earlier this week in New York,Battlestar Galactica‘s co-creators David Eick and Ron Moore, along with cast membersMary McDonnell(President Roslin) and Edward James Olmos (Admiral Adama), sat down with the press for a Q&A session following a screening of the last episode. We were just as brimming with questions as you […]


    ‘Battlestar Galactica’: Presenting the president, Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Los Angeles Times From fledging and reluctant politician to ballot-box-stuffing strongwoman, Mary McDonnell’s Laura Roslin has grown during “Battlestar Galactica,” possibly more than any other character. Suffering through cancer before our eyes while trying to help lead humanity to the promised land, the president of the colonies was a journey for McDonnell, […]


    President Roslin Speaks — Q&A With ‘Battlestar Galactica’s’ Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Zap2It Tonight’s cuppa: decaf Irish breakfast tea With only a few episodes left of Sci Fi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica,” airing Fridays, fans will soon know the ultimate fates of all the characters — and one of the most interesting is likely to be that of President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell). Simultaneously battling […]


    The Night Battlestar Galactica Took Over The U.N.

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from io9 Last night, I sat among the Twelve Colonies with Admiral Adama and President Roslin at the United Nations’ ECOSOC Chamber, to talk about human rights issues, and fill the space with “So Say We All.” Backed by the bizarre red-and-white U.N. curtains, Ronald D. Moore, Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell and […]


    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Exclusive: Mary McDonnell’s Secret Revealed!

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Entertainment Weekly If you suspected there was a twist surrounding Mary McDonnell’s three-episode Grey’s Anatomy arc, congratulations, you were right. Turns out her character, a celebrated cardiac surgeon brought in to boost Seattle Grace’s national ranking beginning Nov. 13, is living with Asperger’s syndrome. “Shonda [Rhimes] thought it would be interesting to […]


    ‘Battlestar Galactica’ President Mary McDonnell Talks Laura Roslin, Lee, Adama and More

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Zap2It After seeing Battlestar Galactica‘s epic mid-season finale last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mary McDonnell (pictured left) to discuss her character’s presidency, her relationships and how she, as an actor, sees the overall story. She also gave up a tease or two about what we can expect […]


    Battlestardom: Conversations with Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Flow Journal On March 2, 2007, Brown University had the honor of hosting Mary McDonnell, the acclaimed actress who portrays President Laura Roslin on Battlestar Galactica, at a panel discussion entitled “(Re)Producing Cult TV“. Following an introduction by Lynne Joyrich and short talks by Melanie Kohnen, Alanna Thain, David Bering-Porter, and Julie Levin […]


    Transcript: Our chat session with Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Los Angeles Times The Emmy candidacy of Mary McDonnell is one of the most intriguing mysteries this year. Putting things into an astrological context, her Emmy stars have lined up perfectly. If she’s ever going to break into those awards big time, it’s now. TV critics have been gushing and cheering “Battlestar […]


    “Galactica” stars talk about the shocking finale!

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Entertainment Weekly See how ”Galactica” stars Mary McDonnell and Edward James Olmos reacted to the series finale’s shocking twists, and what exec producer Ronald Moore says about the future, including ”Pegasus” and ”Caprica” If you didn’t see Battlestar Galactica’s mind-blowing season finale last night, stop reading right now, because this Q&A — […]


    Mary McDonnell: Will Galactica’s Prez Get Emmy’s Vote?

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from TV Guide the topics are vipers, U.S. presidents, and whether a show such as BSG— and herself, in particular — can ever convert Emmy buzz into grabbable gold. TV Guide: You seem to have a flair for playing women who persevere in the face of extraordinary personal hardships — Passion Fish, Dances […]


    Event Horizon: ‘Battlestar Galactica’

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Backstage Battlestar Galactica, Sci Fi Channel’s gritty reimagining of the 1970s classic, is known for sinking its teeth into big, soul-altering issues — life, death, religion, war — and exploring the darkest corners of the human heart. The show somehow manages to rip our guts out each and every week, and yet […]


    A season of ‘Galactica’ proportions ready for launch

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from USA Today Last season’s finale of Battlestar Galactica, the Sci Fi series that takes place after a war between Cylon robots and humans, was a shocker. President Laura Roslin lost her office to mad scientist Gaius Baltar, who promised settlement on the planet New Caprica. Then the show jumped a year to […]


    The Other Within: David Eick, Mary McDonnell, and James Callis on Battlestar Galactica, Season Three

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Slant Magazine For Battlestar Galactica‘s cast, the storylines of the show’s third season (which starts Friday night at 9 p.m. Eastern) caused some soul-searching. In one thread, the human citizens of New Caprica, which is occupied by their robotic Cylon enemy, consider forming an insurgency, and contemplate the use of suicide bombers. “I […]


    Battlestar Galactica 2K cast interview

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Trip Hammered (check the source for more BSG actors’s Q&A) Do you want Laura to turn out to be a cylon? I don’t think about it much. I prefer not to think about it. It’s being asked of me more and more, because now, of course, she does have cylon DNA in […]


    Fundraiser with Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Lyme Disease Association The Lyme Disease Association and the Greenwich Lyme Disease Task Force are hosting Time for Lyme in New York on October 18 at Manhattan’s Sky Club at 200 Park Ave. on the 56th floor. The event will raise funds for Lyme disease research and education, and will consist of […]


    Actress Mary McDonnell Dances with Lyme Fundraiser

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Lyme Disease Association Oscar-nominated Actress Mary McDonnell will serve as honorary chairperson of a benefit dinner to raise money to create the first Lyme disease research center of its kind in the United States at Columbia University. The Time for Lyme benefit dinner, which is open to the public, will be emceed […]


    TV? Movies? That’s Old Hat

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Los Angeles Times Most of the actors in the young LA Stage & Film company have already made it to Hollywood. What they really want to do is perform onstage. Either the place was a destination for the hungry hordes or a waiting room for heaven. The room Mary McDonnell is sitting […]


    Prime Time: Never The Ingenue, Mary Mcdonnell Gives Dark Side A Different Wrinkle

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from the Chicago Tribune LOS ANGELES — “As a culture, we’re afraid of women who don’t behave properly,” says actress Mary McDonnell. “I find that a trap as a woman, and it’s certainly a trap as an artist because you don’t really get full expression.” McDonnell, who came to prominence with her Oscar-nominated […]


    Acting Her Age: For Mary Mcdonnell, Being Unglamorous Is Paying Off

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Chicago Tribune LOS ANGELES — “Big hair!” she screams-sotto voce because the CNN crew is still packing up in the next room-and grabs her cropped cranberry-colored tresses, winging them out. “The worst in high school, right?” Standing next to the room service tray pulling raviolis off a plate with her fingers, Mary […]


    Hollywood’s Late Bloomer: Shy At First, Mary Mcdonnell Has A Blossoming Film Career

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from the Chicago Tribune It’s a given in the movie industry that Hollywood’s endangered species is the actress aged 35 to 45-at least in terms of work opportunities. But here’s Mary McDonnell, defying the odds, blossoming at 40. Her latest movie is “Passion Fish,” which audiences and critics have applauded. The Foreign Press […]


    Mary McDonnell is one of those increasingly rare performers…

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from UPI HOLLYWOOD — Mary McDonnell is one of those increasingly rare performers who come to Hollywood from Broadway to become movie actresses as opposed to movie stars. Artistic pretentions aside, the New York theater is a better place to steep performers in the refinements of acting than is TV, which transforms a […]


    At the Movies

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from The New York Times McDonnell After ‘Wolves’ “It’s been great, really,” said Mary McDonnell. “I’ve been reading lots and lots of scripts.” The actress — a nominee for an Academy Award as best supporting actress for her portrayal of Stands With a Fist, the settler’s daughter brought up by Indians in Kevin […]


    MARY MCDONNELL: Stands With the Pioneers

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from Los Angeles Times Mary McDonnell has gone from the plains of South Dakota to the plains of Nebraska. The 37-year-old actress won acclaim and an Oscar nomination for her performance in Kevin Costner’s “Dances With Wolves,” as Stands With a Fist, a white woman raised by the Sioux. Now McDonnell is starring […]


    Mary McDonnell Builds a Bridge Across Cultures

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from New York Times Mary McDonnell had played many kinds of women on stage and film — a boarding house proprietor, a lesbian feminist, a social worker, a beleaguered yuppie — but how would she perform as a white woman who had lived virtually all her life on the prairie with the Lakota […]


    The Metabolism of Mary McDonnell

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from donshewey.com Even when the plays at the annual O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference don’t excite anyone, the actors often do. One of the stars of this summer’s conference, playing three different brands of Italian womanhood, was Mary McDonnell, an actress previously unknown even to many of her colleagues at the O’Neill. To those who […]


    A Bitter Role Brings This Actress Sweet Acclaim

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Article taken from philly.com NEW YORK — Back in 1987, shortly after John Sayles’ Matewan was released, the director talked to Mary McDonnell, who played Emma Radnor in his mining-town drama, about an idea he had for another film. It was a vague something-or-other about ”this woman who is very bitter – that was practically […]


    Tavis Smiley: Full Transcript

    - Posted on September 12, 2020

    Transcript taken from Tavis Smiley’s site. The two-time Oscar nominee talks about her role as Capt. Raydor, first seen in The Closer and now in the spin-off series, Major Crimes. Long known for her work in the theater and on both the big and small screens, Mary McDonnell has an impressive array of credits. Her extensive film work […]


    Behind the Curtain with Mary McDonnell: Reddit, Product Placement, and Her Message to Millennial Feminists

    - Posted on September 11, 2020

    Article taken from Mostly Mary. Mary McDonnell is a busy woman. The second season of her hit show on TNT, Major Crimes, was just extended to 19 episodes. She’ll be shooting through Thanksgiving of this year, leaving her little time to join her fellow BSG alums on the convention circuit. She’s finding new ways to stay connected with […]