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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!!!
Mary McDonnell Vault
your largest fansite dedicated to actress Mary McDonnell
December 30, 2017

“How long do you have to live, Karen?”
The best line, really. Welcome to Day 3 of 3rd Birthday of Mary McDonnell Vault with Deleted Scenes from season 3. You’d wonder why they didn’t make an episode of 1h to include all this good material, but then there’d be no DVD extras.

Television Series > Battlestar Galactica > Season 3 > DVD Extras – Videos
December 29, 2017

Welcome to Day 2 of Birthday Celebration, today as previously announced we dive into Season 2 DVD Extras with one video featurette and several deleted scenes. My favorite? Epiphanies of course, although the Commander calling Madam President “old friend”, LOL. Take a look and enjoy!

Television Series > Battlestar Galactica > Season 2 > DVD Extras – Featurette
Television Series > Battlestar Galactica > Season 2 > DVD Extras – Deleted Scenes
December 28, 2017

With Mary McDonnell, we welcome one of the top stars from the SF series Battlestar Galactica at FedCon 27. In her role as President Laura Roslin, she played the civilian leader of the fleet.

She is a two-time Oscar-nominated actress who is known for her dynamic character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles. McDonnell currently stars as Commander Sharon Raydor on the TNT’s hit drama series, Major Crimes, the spin-off of the series, The Closer where she originated the role and earned a Primetime Emmy Nomination.

McDonnell received her first Oscar nomination and Golden Globe Nomination, for her portrayal of ‘Stands with a Fist,’ a white woman raised by the Sioux Indians, in Kevin Costner’s 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 Passion FishMcDonnell’s extensive list of film credits include the Lawrence Kasdan films Grand Canyon and MumfordSneakers opposite Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier and Sir Ben Kingsley, Roland Emmerich’s smash Independence Day, with Bill Pullman and Will Smith, acclaimed art house cult-hit Donnie Darko and Margin Call”.

On the small screen, McDonnell starred in four seasons on the Syfy Network’s award-winning series, Battlestar Galactica in her critically-praised performance as the President of the Universe, Laura Roslin. The role earned McDonnell a Peabody Award and AFI deemed the series ‘TV Program of the Year’ for two years in a row. McDonnell garnered an Emmy nomination for her recurring guest role on the television series ER. Some of her other television credits include the 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.”

Born in Pennsylvania, Mary McDonnell has spent the first twenty years of her career playing preferred roles in a variety of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. On the FedCon the popular actress will have a lot of interesting stories to tell. Save tickets in our Ticket-Shop.


December 28, 2017

If you ask me, 3 years ago I had no idea I would make it past even the first year, and here we are three years after the opening moment celebrating this wonderful event!

So many things have happened during these years, and many traumatic and tragic ones during just the last few weeks, but nevertheless we have all been standing by Mary McDonnell’s side and supporting her. And it’s with the same spirit of support and celebration that, like any previous year, I will go on for 4 days with gifts.

As you all know it’s my intention to make of this site a corner of paradise for all Mary’s fans and build it as most complete as I can with the means I’m given. I don’t know how you all see it so far but I’m very proud of the achievements! I know, you will say, last year’s gifts were 12 days of Battlestar Galactica, true but the fact is that in the moments of darkness and loss I found in Laura Roslin my guiding light, and considering the previous weeks I have confided into her again and the series. So much can be still done to cover this particular project and I intend to at my best. So to conclude the 2017 in glory, and celebrate the fansite birthday each day I will be sharing and posting caps and videos from DVDs extras of Battlestar Galactica starting today with Season 1 and Miniseries. Enjoy and again Happy Birthday MMV! – Claudia

Television Series > Battlestar Galactica (Mini-Series) > DVD Extra: The Lowdown – Featurette
Television Series > Battlestar Galactica > Season 1 > DVD Extras – Featurette
Television Series > Battlestar Galactica > Season 1 > DVD Extras – Deleted Scenes
December 27, 2017

And here we are to the very end of this, the last appearance of Mary McDonnell on Major Crimes. I wish I could say we aren’t all bitter still, but it would be a lie, I’ve been talking to many of you for all these past 7 days and I can feel your anger, I can feel your sadness, I can feel your disappointment. I have been angry, I’m still sad and also disappointed, not by Mary though, or any other of the cast. Each one of them has been spectacular and this episode showed how much they have worked through trying honoring the Commander. The point is that for us, the fans, it’s not enough and it’s not okay, because we still have our vision on how we wanted the series to end in just 2 weeks, but it’s not to us to decide and what is done is done.
I was hoping this episode could give us a closure and an explanation, for me it hasn’t come, but other things have, things that before I saw differently and now I see them in line with what Mary told us in her last podcast (which you can hear on youtube if you haven’t yet!), so at least something good came out of it I guess.

With this post I conclude the category of Major Crimes, which I have been promoting and collecting since episode 13 of Season 3, when I opened this fansite 3 years ago! I will leave this post here with HD screencaptures and a transcript of Lt. Provenza (G.W. Bailey) eulogy for Commander Raydor, because I thought it was very beautifully written, acted and very much describing of the Sharon Raydor we all loved and supported all these years.

Today we honor Commander Sharon Raydor. The cops’ cop, an exceptional mother, a loving wife and a great good friend. She was also a person of faith, she believed in rules, in law and God. These believes gave her the strength to lead and compelled to uphold the values by which we live.
Those of us gathered here today feel her passing as a personal tragedy, for which we will mourn for the rest of our lives. But to the community in which she lived, and the civilization she struggled to defend, her death is nothing short of calamity.
In moments like this, we often hear it’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness; and so in my heart, I light a candle in Sharon’s honor. But I curse the darkness also, this awful shadow falling across our hearts, the cloud darkening the principles for which she stood.
I ask that, with Sharon as our example, that we leave here today recommitted to the rule of law and dedicated to the cause of justice for which she sacrificed her life.

December 23, 2017

It took me a while, I know. It hasn’t been easy to process it all and if not enough it feels like I lost Sharon twice because I had to sort through this all after watching. But I’m in a much better peace at heart about the episodes and so I decided to go through it. Nonetheless though, I’ve preferred to not leave her last moments as the preview images on top of the site display, for a matter of sensitivity towards everyone’s feelings. I hope that soon you’ll be at the place I am now of understanding and peace of mind with what happened.

December 22, 2017

For those of you who have been following me for the past (almost!) 3 years, you know I do not review episodes, nor I comment too much on the site, because I have always firmly believed that a fansite owner needs to be super partes, and always keep things controlled and never expressed for this or that. But the recent events just didn’t pass over me, and it hurts, oh if it hurts.

I have let these days passing, I have tried to understand, sometimes I re-watched glimpses to make it more clear, but I’m still not at that point and maybe I will never be. I do respect the creative decision, and even if feeling some sort of betrayal in the decision from James Duff, I do not hold any grudge against him, or no one else involved. For sure I don’t with Mary, in accord or not with him, she played this character majestically from the start until the end, and I can only imagine how hard it must have been for her to carry on this secret all these months. And I wish it didn’t have to be like this because I wish her nothing but beautiful things in life.

And is in the deepest respect of this decision that I express my opinion and say that I do not agree. Not on the thought and not on the inevitable end it took. I do not agree that Commander Raydor’s death was the only way to end this series, and to be honest it would have ever been, not only in this way but in any other too. She didn’t have to die. She had to save Rusty from Stroh and be given the chance to live happily ever after with the man she had just married and chose to be with for the rest of their lives. I know it sounds cheesy, but the idea that drama is only made for you to cry and suffer and kill characters, in my opinion, is very wrong. The drama can be set in many ways to remain so and still have a happy ending. If not entirely happy then I accept a decent joy in it.

If she had died protecting Rusty from Stroh, by bringing the latter down with her, I would have accepted, still not liked to see her dead, but accepted because she would have died for real for what she loved the most: her family! The Sharon Raydor they presented us in the beginning of Major Crimes, is a Sharon who was a mother before being a cop, who took on a young scared boy to protect him from a serial killer, and who better than a mother can protect a child from the bad of the world and love him unconditionally, even if she didn’t give birth to him? And she did. And then she adopted him.
With the same spirit of love, Sharon has ultimately discovered that she could allow herself the sin of love with a man, she lived with Andy, she married him and before this she was also so much concerned about her health to be a chain holding Andy’s happiness and to have a wife he doesn’t have to take care of. This woman is not a woman who would push the button too hard to her death, and the fact that she had confessed before to him she wished she had died, it’s a simple “weakness” of sick people which is intended to underline, once again, how much far she would go on herself in order to protect the feelings of those she loves. Even if of course her death is a painful weight on their hearts. This way even more.

I have been mad, multiple times, I have been reading articles and interviews, justifications on what the fans would have not wanted, if it was another plot. And it made me very angry, because I am a fan and I know what I wanted. I wanted that the character I have loved for 9 years hadn’t died like this or at all. I wanted that the series I campaigned for 6 years effortlessly would have given the dignity of the hero to her end. I just wanted Sharon Raydor on my screen for those missing 4 episodes to the series finale, fading into an epic end that would have gratified us all and say “Wow that was an amazing tv-show”.

But in the grieving of the events I found peace, and anger is slowly fading away, it comes back at times but mostly I can control it. And is in this peace that I have realized that for all these years, all of us, have played a little Jack Raydor taking her for granted and focusing on celebrating Laura Roslin, because Sharon Raydor was always there. It is in the same spirit now that I hope you will join me, and instead of crying and letting anger take on us, we will celebrate Sharon and show them, on every social, that we will never forget her and that no matter what she will always live in each one’s heart, for everything she taught us and for how much better she made us feel. Don’t do it for them, but do it for Mary McDonnell because for all these 9 years of Sharon Raydor she has been faithful to her character, donating once again and extraordinary performance.

This is what I mean to do from now on, I mean to remember Sharon Raydor: the captain/commander, the woman, the fiancée/wife and the mother. And I start now with stills from episode 8 of season 6!

December 16, 2017

When viewers first met Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell), she was an antogonist, not the leading lady. Tasked with investigating officers and even auditing the Major Crimesdivision on “The Closer,” the Warner Bros. crime drama for TNT starring Kyra Sedgwick, the intense law enforcement professional spent the better part of four years in that role.

But something interesting happened in 2011 when Warner Bros. struck a deal with TNT to produce a spinoff entitled “Major Crimes,” with McDonnell starring as the new head of the division.

When the show premiered a year later, in August 2012, suddenly audiences got to see things from Sharon’s point of view, and they embraced the character for six seasons and now 100 episodes.


For McDonnell, getting to play a character whose sense of morality and ethics became so “alive” for her was key.

Read the whole article in our press archive.