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!!!
Back in 1989, Mary guest-starred in a show called A Man Called Hawk, a show developping around this man Hawk who’s called to protect and help those in need. In the 5th episode of season 5, Mary plays Mrs. Kirkpatrick.
I added screencaptures – sorry for the poor quality but that’s all I could find – to the gallery and a couple of clips to the video archive. Enjoy!
The Kirkpatricks hire Hawk to protect their family after the attempted kidnapping of their son. Hawk’s job is made harder when their son tries to understand why a kidnapping attempt was made.
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.
Read the whole article in our press library.
The always so lovely Dorthe Hansen and Michael S. Müller donated more beautiful goodies to the site from FedCon27 which took place in May 2018, what a marvellous event that was!
Enjoy the photos in all their (and Mary’s) prettiness.
The State University of New York at Fredonia will welcome two-time Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe-nominated actress Mary McDonnell, Fredonia Class of ’74, back to campus on Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 19-21.
She will join Department of Theatre and Dance Associate Professor Jessica Hillman-McCord at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Robert W. Marvel Theatre for, “An Afternoon with Mary McDonnell,” in what promises to be a lively and informal conversation about the actress’ life and career on the Broadway stage, in film and in television. Ms. McDonnell will also take questions from the audience.
Tickets are $5 for Fredonia students, $20 for the general public and $40 for a VIP ticket which includes a private reception with McDonnell at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Fredonia Ticket Office in the Williams Center on campus, by calling 673-3501 or online at http://www.fredonia.edu/tickets/
All proceeds from the event will be directed to the Department of Theatre and Dance Emergent Student Needs Fund established in the Fredonia College Foundation.
“You don’t need me to tell you that Mary McDonnell is an outstanding actor,” said Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Ralph Blasting. “But I was able to see her on stage in ‘The Cherry Orchard’ at People’s Light theatre a few years ago, and she was incredible. We are very happy that she’ll be visiting Fredonia and has agreed to donate her time to help us establish this new scholarship fund.”
McDonnell received her first Oscar nomination and Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of ‘Stands with a Fist,’ in Kevin Costner’s 1990 Oscar-winning film, “Dances with Wolves.” McDonnell 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 1992 “Passion Fish.” McDonnell’s additional 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; the 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.
Television viewers know her as ‘President of the Universe’ in “Battlestar Galactica,” and as ‘Captain Sharon Raydor’ on the TNT’s hit drama series “Major Crimes,” the spinoff series from “The Closer” where McDonnell originated the role and earned a Primetime Emmy nomination.
Her role in four seasons on the Syfy Network’s award-winning series as the President of the Universe, ‘Laura Roslin’ earned McDonnell a Peabody Award, and the American Film Institute deemed the series ‘TV Program of the Year’ for two years in a row. She also garnered an Emmy nomination for her recurring guest role on the television series “ER.” Other television credits include the critically acclaimed third season of FX’s “Fargo,” 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.”
McDonnell began her career in theatre and has starred in a wide variety of both Broadway and off-Broadway productions. She received an Obie Award for her performance in Emily Mann’s “Still Life” and has starred in off-Broadway productions such as Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Buried Child,” John Patrick Shanley’s “Savage in Limbo,” John O’Keefe’s “All Night Long,” Michael Cristofer’s “Black Angel,” Kathleen Tolan’s “A Weekend Near Madison,” Paula Cizmar’s “Death of a Miner” and Dennis McIntyre’s “National Anthem.” Her Broadway credits include Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke,” the title role in Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Heidi Chronicles” and Emily Mann’s “Execution of Justice.”
McDonnell was Fredonia’s keynote Commencement speaker in 1999 and in 1992 was the recipient of the alumni association’s Outstanding Achievement Award. She also received The Gena Award (named after actress Gena Rowlands) from The Palm Springs Women in Film Chapter at its Broken Glass Awards in 2016, and was honored by Women in Cable Telecommunications at its LEA Awards 2017 for her Leadership, Excellence and Advocacy. Most recently, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 PELL Awards at Trinity Repertory Theatre’s annual gala.
Hello there, I know again DragonCon 2014, but I like to end a circle before to be opening a new one and so I’m doing with more photos donated to MostlyMary and approved for reuploading here at Mary McDonnell Vault. These come from both Major Crimes and Battlestar Galactica and have been taken and kindly donated by Dorthe Hansen and Christina Christensen.
Also I found a few videos from the event which I added to the archive, one of which is the full panel of Battlestar Galactica with obviously Mary, Michael Hogan, Kate Vernon, Tricia Helfer and the late Richard Hatch. Enjoy these goodies and happy sunday!
Another bunch of photos coming from MostlyMary and Mary McDonnell Vault merging and these were taken by my wonderful friend Lauren. Take a look!
Hello everyone and welcome to version #5 of Mary McDonnell Vault, dedicated to Mary at events.
After focusing for the past 3 versions on her career, I decided to go for a change and since it’s no mystery that events are my most favorite part, I worked with it. Most of this, even the portraits, have all been taken during events and if you have a closer look, many are actually fan-made photos. I want to thank the people who allowed me to use the photos they took and donated to the site in the past: Julia, María, Christine, Annemari, Ana and Chelle.
As a designer, this has never been my style, but I enjoy trying new things and Mary, as beautiful and stylish as she is, is the perfect subject for my tries. Hope you are satisfied as much as I am. Enjoy!
Hey everyone. Sorry I have been a bit behind updating the site but in all honesty after coming back from London it has been difficult days for me and I did not feel much like being online, but here I am again. I thought to give a bit of time to try and complete the career material and added screencaptures and clips of Tiger Warsaw (1988), in which Mary played Paula Warsaw.
A former drug addict returns to the Pennsylvania hometown where he shot his father 15 years before.
Before leaving for LFCC I thought about making one last update dedicating to upgrade the quality of some and adding a few pics that were missing from different movies and Battlestar Galactica (series and mini-series). Take a look and enjoy!