Mary McDonnell

American actress

Mary Eileen McDonnell (born April 28, 1952)[1][2][3] is an American movie, theatre and television actress.

Mary McDonnell
McDonnell at the 2019 GalaxyCon Raleigh
Mary Eileen McDonnell

(1952-04-28) April 28, 1952 (age 72)
EducationState University of New York at Fredonia
Years active1977–present
Randle Mell
(m. 1984; sep. 2021)

She got Academy Award nominations for her roles as Stands With A Fist in Dances with Wolves and May-Alice Culhane in Passion Fish.

McDonnell is well known for her performances as President Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica, First Lady Marilyn Whitmore in Independence Day, and Rose in Donnie Darko.

She featured as Captain Sharon Raydor during seasons 5–7 of the TNT series The Closer and starred as Commander Sharon Raydor in the spin-off series Major Crimes on the same network.

In 2023, she had a main role as Madeleine Usher in the horror limited series The Fall of the House of Usher by Netflix.

She was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.


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  3. Hellmann, Paul T. (2006). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. New York: Routledge. p. 952. ISBN 978-1-135-94859-7.

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