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!!!
Feb 2024

The always sweet María donated some photos from last week-end when she met Mary in Vancouver and took part to her Q&A with fellow actress Michelle Hurd.
Enjoy the photos and go say thanks to our friend.

Feb 2024

The lovely Amy Susanne shared with us some photos from the Saturday panel of The Fall of the House of Usher at ATL Comic Convention. Enjoy!

Feb 2024

A very few but good images of Mary McDonnell in three movies: Independence Day, Sneakers and Dances with Wolves.

Jan 2024

Mary McDonnell is the real star of this red carpet. In a beautiful teal one-piece dress she shined on that runway like nobody else, and while she may have not won the award, she is THE ONE winner of it all to us.

Dec 2023

This is nine years check point, nine wonderful years. We’ve had fun, we suffered through hard times, characters loss and still stayed strong together for 9 years on here.
THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart. At this point you should know I’ve gifts for this yearly occasion and this is something I’ve been hunting for what feels like a lifetime, and I didn’t find much really, it was my sister-in-Bev who found something, little things but better than nothing.
So, enjoy TWO clips of Mary McDonnell in Mariette in Ecstasy.

Dec 2023

Con season is one of my favorites and especially when one of my friends goes on mission as official photographer for the site.
Thanks to Julia for her donations.

Nov 2023

Netflix’s The Fall of the House of Usher was packed with dynamic performances from a stacked cast of familiar faces in the Mike Flanagan universe. While audiences were thrilled to see returning favorites like Kate SiegelRuth Codd, and Rahul Kohli make their way back to the Flanaverse, they were equally thrilled to spot legends like Mary McDonnell and Mark Hamill joining the fold. Throughout the series, relationships are put to the test as a well-to-do family begins to crumble because of a decision made by its leaders decades ago. There are a lot of wonderful dynamics portrayed between the characters, but one, in particular, stood out to fans as something extra special. During a panel with Collider’s Maggie Lovitt at the San Francisco Fan Expo, McDonnell answered a fan question about her character’s connection to the mysterious woman who’s hell-bent on tearing the family apart.

For a brief refresher, McDonnell played Madeline Usher, the matriarch of the Usher family and sister of Bruce Greenwood’s Roderick Usher. For every brash move Roderick made throughout the years, Madeline remained calm and calculated in her decisions, revealing herself to be the real player out of the pair. In a flashback, the siblings are approached by a mysterious woman at a bar and given the opportunity of a lifetime to make billions of dollars – but at the eventual demise of their family. In these flashbacks, a young Madeline is played by Willa Fitzgerald with Roderick’s younger version played by Zach Gilford. There’s an electricity made apparent by Madeline’s first meeting with this stranger who the audience comes to know as Verna (Carla Gugino). Explaining this familiarity, McDonnell says,

She meets Verna originally and the way I saw that was like watching Willa’s performance combined with the brilliant writing… It’s like this combination of minds comes together in the art. And what I said was ‘Yes, that’s right,’ because what I could see in Willa was that there was something that she recognized about the truth of Verna’s otherworldness. She didn’t quite know what to do with it. I didn’t – Madeline – but she knew it was there. And so, I felt that there was some kind of implicit knowing. Whether or not it was a conscious historical knowing from god knows where or what, but I did feel like there was a familiarity. There was intimacy, obviously, in that moment in the bar.

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