Mary McDonnell

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Quotes (4)

  • Mary McDonnell: (about the film Donnie Darko) When I got the script, I'd read ten pages, then walk around the house – the top floor of my house; I don't have a big house – and when I finished it, I started crying. And I thought, "Damn, I have to do another film for no money!" And I told Randall [her husband] I had to do it, and he said, "Are you sure?" I had to leave while we were on vacation. I had to leave my family at the lake. But I had to do the film.

  • Mary McDonnell: I find it interesting how people emerge at different points in their life given a project everyone will see.

  • Mary McDonnell: A lot of actors in New York who do remarkable works on the stage do soap work to maintain their lives.

  • Mary McDonnell: I never spent that much time with sci-fi, though I was quite taken with the Dune books. I think such fictional places are a world that is very real to me -- perhaps that's why I don't read a lot of it. I'm thrilled to be more attached to it, because I'm quite taken with it when I watch it.

Trivia (22)

  • In 2002, Mary received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role on ER.

  • While attending college, Mary studied acting in Manchester, England as part of an exchange program.

  • Mary appeared on Broadway in the following: Playing Alma Winemiller in Summer and Smoke Playing Heidi Holland in The Heidi Chronicles Playing Mary Ann White in Execution of Justice

  • Mary wrote the forward for the book Coping with Lyme Disease: A Practical Guide to Dealing with Diagnosis and Treatment.

  • Some of Mary's favorite television shows include 24, Brothers & Sisters, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The West Wing.

  • The glasses Laura Roslin wear are Mary McDonnell's actual glasses. She had them on when she got the role, and they decided they liked them for Laura Roslin.

  • She played Rose Darko (Donnie's mother) in the cult classic film Donnie Darko.

  • She was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1990" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 42.

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