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Mary McDonnell


Mary Eileen McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and raised in Ithaca, New York. After graduating from the State University of New York at Fredonia, she attended drama school and joined the Long Wharf Theatre Company on the East Coast. It was not until 20 years after working on the theater stage that she had her breakthrough role in Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves (1990). Her other films include Sneakers (1992), Passion Fish (1992), Independence Day (1996), and Donnie Darko (2001). She has since received two Academy Award nominations for Dances with Wolves and Passion Fish. She also received an Emmy Award nomination for her role as Eleanor Carter on the television series “ER” (1994). She is best known as President Laura Roslin on the re-imagined television series “Battlestar Galactica” (2004). She is currently starring in the hit TNT drama “Major Crimes” as Captain Sharon Raydor, the head of the LAPDs most elite murder division. She lives in Pacific Palisades, California with her husband, actor Randle Mell, and their two children: Olivia Mell and Michael Mell.



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