HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mary McDonnell!
Mary Eileen McDonnell was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on April 28th 1952.
McDonnell was raised in Ithaca, New York and graduated from the State University of New York before attending drama school and joining Long Wharf Theatre Company.
Aside from her work on the stage, McDonnell started her career with the TV movie, Money on the Side, in 1982 but it wasn't until 1990 that her big break came, starring alongside Kevin Costner in Dances With Wolves.
McDonnell's other movie credit includes Grand Canyon, Passion Fish, Blue Chips, Independence Day, 12 Angry Men, Mumford, Donnie Darko, Margin Call and Scream 4.
Starting her first big role in TV on E/R in 1984, McDonnell went on to star in High Society, ER, Touched By An Angel, and Grey's Anatomy.
Mary McDonnell received two Academy Award nominations for Dances with Wolves and Passion Fish as well as an Emmy Award nomination for her role as Eleanor Carter on the television series, ER. and countless other nomination and win for her role on Battlestar Galactica.
FUN FACT: Has played alongside a non-human character named Boomer twice; a dog in Independence Day and a Cylon in Battlestar Galactica.
Now here are my two all time favourite Mary McDonnell roles (if you hadn't guessed by the titles omitted from the above lists!).
THE CLOSER (2009-2012) / MAJOR CRIMES (2012 - ?)
My Mum and I would always watch The Closer, then Major Crimes, and I was happy to see Mary McDonnell return to my TV screen again.
The thing about both shows are the strong lead female characters, including Captain Sharon Raydor, as well as all the other characters and the ability to be funny without ruining the seriousness of the show.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (2003-2009)
President Laura Roslin was, for me, the reason I started watching Battlestar Galactica.
Slowly, as the series went on, I was watching for the exceptional cast and the story but President Roslin was still alway my favourite to watch including scenes with Edward James Olmos.
That series finale though - always bring a tear...or two...or more to my eyes.