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Biography #2Mary McDonnell previously starred in Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon. In 1991, McDonnell received both Oscar® and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Stands With A Fist in Kevin Costner's Dances With Wolves. She received her second Academy Award nomination in 1993 for her performance (opposite Alfre Woodard) in John Sayles' Passion Fish. Her feature credits also include the mega-blockbuster Independence Day, as well as Sneakers, Blue Chips and John Sayles' Matewan.
On television, she recently starred in Two Small Voices, for Lifetime Television, and in the CBS movie Replacing Dad. Other television roles include TNT's acclaimed production of Arthur Miller's The American Clock and the CBS series High Society. McDonnell has also played a wide variety of leading roles both on and off- Broadway, as well as in many of the country's most renowned regional theatres.
Her New York debut was in Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winner Buried Child. She has worked steadily ever since playing the classics as well as the works of leading contemporary playwrights. She starred in the title role in the Broadway production of Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Heidi Chronicles, and more recently, starred in Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke. In 1981, McDonnell received an Obie Award for her performance in Emily Mann's Still Life. Her leading role in Darrah Cloud's adaptation of Willa Cather's Oh, Pioneers was filmed for American Playhouse on PBS.
Bio courtesy Touchstone (01-Jan-2000)