Appearing: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress, who is known for her character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles.
After 20 years after working in theater, she had her breakthrough film role, in Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves (1990), playing Stands with a Fist, a white woman raised by the Sioux Indians. McDonnell received an Academy Award nomination for the role and also garnered a Best Actress Academy Award® nomination and Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of a paraplegic soap opera star in John Sayles’ critically acclaimed Passion Fish (1992).
McDonnell’s extensive list of film credits include the Lawrence Kasdan films Grand Canyon and Mumford; Sneakers, opposite Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier and Sir Ben Kingsley; Roland Emmerich’s smash Independence Day, with Bill Pullman and Will Smith; acclaimed art-house cult-hit Donnie Darko; and Margin Call, opposite Kevin Spacey, which also earned her the Robert Altman Award at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards. On the small screen, McDonnell starred in four seasons on the Syfy Network’s award-winning series Battlestar Galactica in her critically praised performance as the President Laura Roslin. The series earned a Peabody Award, and AFI deemed the series TV Program of the Year for two years in a row. McDonnell garnered an Emmy nomination for her recurring guest role on the television series ER. Some of her other television credits include the ABC hit series Grey’s Anatomy, the CBS series High Society, TNT’s adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The American Clock, the critically acclaimed CBS movie Behind The Mask and Lifetime’s Two Small Voices.
Mary stars as Captain Sharon Raydor on the TNT’s hit drama series Major Crimes, the follow-up to The Closer, in which McDonnell originated the role and for which she earned a Primetime Emmy® nomination.