With Mary McDonnell, we welcome one of the top stars from the SF series Battlestar Galactica at FedCon 27. In her role as President Laura Roslin, she played the civilian leader of the fleet.
She is a two-time Oscar-nominated actress who is known for her dynamic character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles. McDonnell currently stars as Commander Sharon Raydor on the TNT’s hit drama series, Major Crimes, the spin-off of the series, The Closer where she originated the role and earned a Primetime Emmy Nomination.
McDonnell received her first Oscar nomination and Golden Globe Nomination, for her portrayal of ‘Stands with a Fist,’ a white woman raised by the Sioux Indians, in Kevin Costner’s Oscar Winning film, Dances With Wolves. McDonnell 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. 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”.
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 of the Universe, Laura Roslin. The role earned McDonnell 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 critically acclaimed third season of FX’s Fargo, 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.
McDonnell began her career in theatre and has starred in a wide variety of both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. She received an Obie Award for her performance in Emily Mann’s “Still Life” and has starred in off-Broadway productions such as Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Buried Child,” John Patrick Shanley’s “Savage in Limbo,” John O’Keefe’s “All Night Long,” Michael Cristofer’s “Black Angel,” Kathleen Tolan’s “A Weekend Near Madison,” Paula Cizmar’s “Death of a Miner” and Dennis McIntyre’s “National Anthem.” Her Broadway credits include Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke,” the title role in Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Heidi Chronicles” and Emily Mann’s “Execution of Justice.”
Born in Pennsylvania, Mary McDonnell has spent the first twenty years of her career playing preferred roles in a variety of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. On the FedCon the popular actress will have a lot of interesting stories to tell. Save tickets in our Ticket-Shop.