Ann Dowd

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Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd Deauville 2012.jpg
Born1956
Holyoke, Massachusetts
OccupationActress
Years active1985–present
 
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Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd Deauville 2012.jpg
Born1956
Holyoke, Massachusetts
OccupationActress
Years active1985–present

Ann Dowd (born 1956) is an American film, television, and theatre actress. She appeared as Sandra in the movie Compliance for which she received the National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress. Dowd has played supporting roles in several films, including Philadelphia, Green Card, Lorenzo's Oil, Garden State, The Informant!, Marley & Me, The Manchurian Candidate and Flags of Our Fathers. Dowd was also a series regular on Nothing Sacred.

Early life[edit]

Dowd was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the daughter of John (1926–1974) and Dolores (née Clark) Dowd. She is one of seven children (siblings, Kathleen, John, Elizabeth, Clare, Deborah, and Gregory), who were raised by her single mother after her father died when she was a senior in high school. Her mother later re-married to Philip Dean (1929–2010), a doctor. Her brother, Gregory, is a doctor of veterinary medicine and another brother, John Dowd Jr., works for The Dowd Agencies, an insurance company started by her great-grandfather. Her paternal grandfather was James "Kip" Dowd, a former Major League baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dowd's family is Irish Catholic. She attended the Williston Northampton School, where she performed in school plays. Dowd became interested in acting at a young age but was dissuaded by her family at first because they did not approve of her pursuing an acting career. She graduated in 1978 from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass where much of Dowd's family also attended and she was a premed student and took acting classes. Dowd credits her instructors and roommate at that time for persuading her to forgo medical school and follow her passion for acting. She traveled to New York City to audition for the Goodman School of Drama at Depaul University in Chicago, where she received an MFA in Acting. While at Depaul, Dowd received a prestigious scholarship from the Sarah Siddons Society,[1] an award that had also gone to Carrie Snodgress. Dowd was classmates with Elizabeth Perkins and also worked as a waitress during this time.[2]

Dowd spent several years performing in regional theatre in the Chicago area, performing often at the Court Theatre, later deciding in 1988 to move to New York City to pursue a bigger stage. She pounded the pavement and her first acting gig there was with the Hartford Stage Company.

Film[edit]

Dowd starred in Shiloh (1997) and its sequels, Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season (1999) and Saving Shiloh (2006) as Louise Preston. She appears in the 1997 cult film All Over Me and in the 1998 film Apt Pupil, in which she played the mother of Brad Renfro. Dowd has acted in two films directed by Jonathan Demme, as Jill Beckett, sister of Tom Hank's character, Andrew Beckett, in Philadelphia (1993), and in The Manchurian Candidate (2004), starring Meryl Streep. Also in 2004, Dowd played the mother of Natalie Portman in Garden State and appeared in The Forgotten starring Julianne Moore. In 2005, she starred opposite Gretchen Mol in The Notorious Bettie Page, portraying Edna Page, Bettie Page's mother. She also played the role of Mrs. Strank in the 2006 Clint Eastwood film Flags of Our Fathers.

In 2008, Dowd appeared in Marley & Me starring Jennifer Aniston. She received rave reviews for her work in the 2012 movie Compliance, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In the film, Dowd plays Sandra, a fast food restaurant manager caught in a mysterious ethical nightmare. For this role, Dowd was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress and received the National Board of Review award. She has played supporting roles in two Steven Soderbergh films, The Informant! in 2009, and Side Effects in 2013 in which she played the mother of Channing Tatum's character.

Television[edit]

Dowd's first appearance was in the 1985 television movie First Steps with fellow Chicago actor Megan Mullally. She has appeared in many popular television shows including House and Louie, on both of which she played a nun. Other shows include Chicago Hope, The X-Files, Third Watch, NYPD Blue, Judging Amy and Freaks and Geeks, in which she played the mother of Busy Phillips. Dowd has also appeared in many episodes of the Law & Order franchise. In 1995 she portrayed Rose Long, Louisiana's first female senator, in the television movie Kingfish, opposite John Goodman. In 2008 she appeared in the television movie Taking Chance starring Kevin Bacon. Dowd was a series regular on Nothing Sacred, which was filmed in Los Angeles and aired for one season (97/98), in which she played a nun. For this role she was nominated for a VQT award for Best Supporting Actress.

Theatre[edit]

Dowd has appeared on Broadway three times. In 1993 she received the Clarence Derwent Award for her Broadway debut performance in the play Candida starring Mary Steenburgen. She next appeared in Taking Sides (1996) with Elizabeth Marvel, and Vera Farmiga, who was Dowd's understudy. In 2008 she appeared in The Seagull starring Carey Mulligan and Kristin Scott Thomas. Dowd has also won three Jeff Awards for her work in Chicago theatre, including a 1987 Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Emma Brookner in The Normal Heart.[3][4] In 2007, Dowd played the role of Sister Aloysius in Doubt at the George Street Playhouse. The New York Times described her performance as "..chilling..and ..masterful in this role.[5] In 2011, Dowd performed Off-Broadway in Blood from a Stone, playing the mother of Ethan Hawke.[6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Dowd and her husband both coach acting and are frequent collaborators.[9][10] Her husband is Lawrence "Larry" Arancio, a writer and acting chair for the CAP21 program who has also taught at the HB Studio and Columbia College Chicago. Arancio has worked with Lady Gaga as her acting coach.[11] Dowd and Arancio met while students in Chicago, Arancio being from New York City. They have three children, Liam, Emily, and Trust, and reside in New York City. Dowd is a foster care advocate.[12]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985First StepsDebby
1990Green CardPeggy
The Days and Nights of Molly DoddNurse Courtney
1992Lorenzo's OilPediatrician
1993PhiladelphiaJill Beckett
1994It Could Happen to YouCarole
The Cosby Mysteries
Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book IIIMaureen3 Episodes
1995Chicago HopeEleanor Robertson
BushwhackedMrs. Patterson
Kingfish: A Story of Huey LongRose Long
1996ShilohLouise Preston
1997All Over MeAnne
1997–1998Nothing SacredSister Maureen "Mo" BrodySeries Regular, 20 Episodes
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Q Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series
1998Apt PupilMonica Bowden
1999Shiloh 2: Shiloh SeasonLouise Preston
ProvidenceMary
The X-FilesMrs. Reed
2000NYPD BlueAnn Collins
Freaks and GeeksCookie Kelly2 Episodes
Judging AmyMrs. Schleewee2 Episodes
Family Law
2001Amy & IsabelleLenora
The Education of Max BickfordJean
2001–2009Law & Order: Special Victims UnitLouise Durning, Sally Wilkens, Lillian Siefeld3 Episodes
2002–2003Third WatchSgt. Beth Markham
2004Garden StateOlivia
HouseMother Superior
Law & Order: Criminal IntentLaurie Manotti
2005The Notorious Bettie PageEdna Page
2006Saving ShilohLouise Preston
Flags of Our FathersMrs. Strank
2007Alice Upside DownAunt Sally
Gardener of EdenMa Harris
The Living WakeLibrarian
The BabysittersTammy Lyner
2008Marley & MeDr. Platt
2009Taking ChanceGretchen
2011The Art of Getting ByMrs. Grimes
Pan AmMarjorie Lowrey
2012ComplianceSandraNational Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
Santa Barbara International Film Festival—Virtuoso Award
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated—IndieWire Critics Poll Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Village Voice Film Poll for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress

BacheloretteVictoria
2013Gimme ShelterKathy
Side EffectsMartin's Mom

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