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!!!
TNT’s summer gets under way on Monday, June 8, with the season-four premiere of Mary McDonnell-fronted drama “Major Crimes” and the season-two bow of “Murder in the First” — two shows that were also paired on Monday a year ago. “Murder,” from Steven Bochco and starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson, will again focus on a single murder investigation throughout the course of the season.
It is with my deepest pride I’m making this post today. Thanks to the complicity of my friend Stef I was able to grab the copy of the one magazine that features Mary and it’s an old TV Guide copy from 2009 on Battlestar Galactica which I bought and my friend scanned for us. So run to the gallery and enjoy HQ scans of it!
Magazine & Scans > 2009 > TV Guide (USA) – March 16/22
Since Mary is on a pause after the extraordinary weeks in theatre, I’ve gone far with capping her career projects and today I conclude the “Crime of Fashion” series with DVD Screencaptures from Hostile Makeover where she reprised her role of Rose Smithsonian, the protagonist’s mother, and this time she was a lot more present in the movie and so much amazing in it. Enjoy the caps in gallery!
Featured Films > Hostile Makeover > Movie Screencaptures
Donnie Darko is a truly weird movie. The first time I saw it I totally disliked (but could have been cause I was only 14 and the rabbit crapped me out!) but re-watching it recently it got a great potential of a good horror movie. No need to say Mary was of course exceptional and this playing a little snob-worried mom it was great to me.
I added to the gallery HD screencaptures from director’s cut bluray edition of the movie and while I attempt to find a complete interview segment, you can enjoy a youtube video with a small glimpse of it.
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.
Featured Films > Donnie Darko > Movie Screencaptures
I found more rehearsal photos of Mary in The Cherry Orchard. They are so pretty! Enjoy them!
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 is captured in spades by director Abigail Adams and her extraordinary team of actors and designers.
Set at the turn of the 20th century, in the pivotal time that saw the decline of the aristocracy, the rise of the bourgeoisie following the abolition of serfdom in 1861, and the fulmination of the Russian Revolution of 1917, Chekhov’s story revolves around the auction sale of an aristocratic estate, with its extensive cherry orchard, to pay off the family’s delinquent mortgage and growing debt. Lyubov Ranevskaya, the widowed mistress of the house, returns from five years in Paris with her daughter Anya, after having spent lavishly there on the latest French fashions and on the “worthless scoundrel” she loves. She is met back home by family, friends, and servants, who catch up with each other on marriage proposals, deaths, travels, finances, and bygone days—most notably the impending loss of her ancestral property and the changing socio-political direction of her homeland.
From Mary’s words The Cherry Orchard is giving a good succeess and we couldn’t be happier because both she and her daughter deserves this all. Appereantly people are facing bad weather to see them, and I’m so very much thrilled to find little glimpse of it in stills. Today I add one new still to the gallery of Mary and her daughter Olivia. Enjoy!
Stage Productions > The Cherry Orchard > Promotional Stills
The Oscar-nominated actress stars with David Strathairn in ‘The Cherry Orchard.’
Stands 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 strong-willed woman with a unique name: Lubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya, the lead in Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.
The production runs Feb. 11 to March 8 and also features fellow Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominee David Strathairn, who starred in Good Night & Good Luck and co-starred in Lincoln, The Bourne Legacy and a host of other films and TV shows. This is the second time McDonnell and Strathairn have worked together. The first was in the 1992 film,Passion Fish, which netted McDonnell two more Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.
For the past seven years, McDonnell has played Los Angeles police Capt. Sharon Raydor—first on TV’s The Closer, then in her own show, Major Crimes. The latter is one of the most watched cable series of all time.