Fionnula Flanagan

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Fionnula Flanagan
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Flanagan at a Sinn Féin meeting for the Save Moore Street campaign in May 2012.
BornFionnghuala Manon Flanagan
(1941-12-10) 10 December 1941 (age 72)
Dublin, Ireland
OccupationActress, political activist
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Garrett O'Connor
 
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Fionnula Flanagan
Fionnula Flanagan cropped 2.jpg
Flanagan at a Sinn Féin meeting for the Save Moore Street campaign in May 2012.
BornFionnghuala Manon Flanagan
(1941-12-10) 10 December 1941 (age 72)
Dublin, Ireland
OccupationActress, political activist
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Garrett O'Connor

Fionnghuala Manon "Fionnula" Flanagan (born 10 December 1941) is an Irish actress.

Early life and education[edit]

Flanagan was born and raised in Dublin, the daughter of Rosanna (née McGuirk) and Terence Niall Flanagan.[1] She grew up speaking both Irish and English fluently. Although her parents were not Irish speakers, they wanted Fionnula and her four siblings to learn the Irish language. She was educated in Switzerland and England. She trained extensively at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and travelled throughout Europe before settling in Los Angeles, California in early 1968.

Career[edit]

Flanagan came to prominence in Ireland in 1965 as a result of her role as Máire in the Telefís Éireann production of the Irish language play, An Triail, for which she received the Jacob's Award in Dublin for her "outstanding performance".[2] With her portrayal of Gerty McDowell in the 1967 film version of Ulysses, Flanagan established herself as one of the foremost interpreters of James Joyce.

She made her Broadway debut in 1968 in Brian Friel's Lovers, then appeared in The Incomparable Max (1971) and such Joycean theatrical projects as Ulysses in Nighttown (as Molly Bloom) and James Joyce's Women (1977). It was subsequently filmed in 1983, with Flanagan both producing and playing all six main female roles (Joyce's wife, Nora Barnacle, as well as fictional characters Molly Bloom, Gerty McDowell, etc.). A familiar presence in American television, has appeared in several made-for-TV movies, among them The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975) starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Mary White (1977), The Ewok Adventure (1984) and A Winner Never Quits (1986). She won an Emmy for her performance as Clothilde in the 1976 network miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man.

Flanagan's weekly-series stints have included Aunt Molly Culhane in How the West Was Won (1977), which earned her a second Emmy Award nomination. She did multiple appearances on Murder, She Wrote, one of them as Freida, a secretary aiding Jessica Fletcher in finding a murderer on the episode Steal me a Story (1987). She played Lt. Guyla Cook in Hard Copy (1987), and as Kathleen Meacham, wife of a police chief played by John Mahoney in H.E.L.P. (1990). Flanagan made guest appearances in three of the Star Trek spin-offs. She guest starred in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode Dax, the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Inheritance as Data's "mother", and she also appeared as the Vulcan Ambassador V'Lar in Star Trek: Enterprise. She guest starred in several episodes of Lost as Eloise Hawking, a recurring character.

She has appeared in numerous films, most notably The Others opposite Nicole Kidman, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood as the eldest Teensy, and Waking Ned. She appeared in television series and stage productions, including the Emmy-nominated miniseries, Revelations, starring Bill Pullman and Natascha McElhone, and in Transamerica, starring Felicity Huffman. From 2006–08, she played Rose Caffee, the matriarch of an Irish-American Rhode Island family on the Showtime drama, Brotherhood.

Personal life[edit]

Flanagan appeared with Helen Mirren in Some Mother's Son, written and directed by Terry George, as the militantly supportive mother of a Provisional Irish Republican Army hunger striker in 1981. Subsequently, she spoke at a memorial hosted by Sinn Féin at the Citywest Building in Dublin for Irish republicans and their kin who were killed during the latest installment of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Flanagan and her husband (since 1972), Dr. Garrett O'Connor, an Irish nationalist from Dublin,[3] are known to host parties at their Hollywood Hills home for people in the Irish community. In July 2009, she joined Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams for a series of lectures across the USA supporting Irish unity. In October 2011, she announced her support for Sinn Féin politician Martin McGuinness in his unsuccessful bid in that country's 2011 presidential election.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1967UlyssesGerty MacDowell
1969Sinful DaveyPenelope
1973The Picture of Dorian GrayFelicia
1975The Legend of Lizzie BordenBridget Sullivan
1976Rich Man, Poor ManClothilde
1976In the Region of IceThe Sister
1977Mary WhiteSallie White
1980Mr. PatmanAbadaba
1983Through Naked EyesDr. Frances Muller
1984ReflectionsMrs. Charlotte Lawless
1984Scorned and SwindledMargaret
1984The Ewok AdventureCatarine Towani
1985James Joyce's WomenHarriet Shaw Weaver
1986YoungbloodMiss McGill
1986A Winner Never QuitsMrs. Wyshner
1986A State of EmergencyDiane Carmody
1987P.K. and the KidFlo
1991Death DreamsPsychic Physician
1991Final VerdictPearl Morton
1992Mad at the MoonMrs. Hill
1993Money for NothingMrs. Coyle
1994White MileGena Karas
1996Some Mother's SonAnnie Higgins
1998Waking NedAnnie O'SheaNominated–Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1999With or Without YouIrene
1999A Secret AffairDrucilla Fitzgerald
1999Deceituncredited
2000For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval StorySally
2001The OthersMrs. Bertha MillsSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2002Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"Teensy" Whitman
2003Tears of the SunSister Grace
2004BlessedJ. Lloyd Samuel
2004Man About DogOlivia
2005TransamericaElizabeth SchupakIrish Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actress - Film
2005Sexual LifeGrandmother
2005Four BrothersEvelyn Mercer
2007SlipstreamBette Lustig
2008Yes ManTillie
2009The Invention of LyingMartha
2009A Christmas CarolMrs. Dilber
2010Kill the IrishmanGrace O'Keefe
2010The GuardEileen BoyleIrish Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actress - Film
2011Coming & GoingIrma
2013Angels SingMa
2013Life's a Breeze

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1972GunsmokeSarah MorganEpisode: "The Drummer"
1976Rich Man, Poor ManClothildeEpisode: "Part II: Chapters 3 and 4"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
1976The Streets of San FranciscoEmma SimmsEpisode: "Requiem for Murder"
1978-1979How the West Was WonMolly Cullhane12 episodes
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1987Murder, She WroteFreida SchmidtEpisode: "Steal Me a Story"
1989ColumboLouiseEpisode: "Murder: A Self Portrait"
1990Beauty and the BeastJessica Webb2 episodes
1993Star Trek: Deep Space NineEnina TandroEpisode: "Dax"
1993Star Trek: The Next GenerationJuliana O'DonnellEpisode: "Inheritance"
1993Murder, She WroteFiona Griffith"A Killing in Cork"
1993Dr. Quinn: Medicine WomanHeartEpisode: "The Circus - The Queen of Hearts"
1995Murder, She WroteEileen O'Brannon2 episodes
1998-1999Poltergeist: The LegacyOlder Woman3 episodes
2002Star Trek: EnterpriseV'LarEpisode: "Fallen Hero"
2003Law & Order: Special Victims UnitSheila BaxterEpisode: "Escape"
2003Murder, She WroteMargaret Byrne"The Celtic Riddle", TV movie
2004Nip/TuckSr. Rita ClaireEpisode: "Agatha Ripp"
2005RevelationsMother Francine5 episodes
2007PaddywhackeryPeig Sayers6 episodes
Nominated–Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Television
2006-2008BrotherhoodRose Caffee25 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated–Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role - Television
Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2007-2010LostEloise Hawking7 episodes
2013DefianceNicolette "Nicky" Riordan5 episodes

Awards and recognition[edit]

[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fionnuala Flanagan profile at FilmReference.com
  2. ^ The Irish Times, "Television awards presented", 9 December 1965
  3. ^ How they met
  4. ^ Fionnuala Flanagan endorsement of Martin McGuinness from Youtube
  5. ^ "Flanagan to receive IFTA honour". RTÉ Ten (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 10 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 

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