Fast Facts

  • Originally planned to pursue a career in medicine, but applied to the National Theatre School of Canada on a whim.
  • Made professional stage debut in the Canadian production of Love and Maple Syrup; honed her craft with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Company and regional theaters in productions that included The Merchant of Venice, A Doll's House and The Crucible.
  • First feature-film role was in 1973's hit The Paper Chase. 
  • Debuted on Broadway in 1976 in The Threepenny Opera. 
  • In the mid-'70s, was cast in the NBC miniseries Captains and the Kings and the award-winning ABC miniseries Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years.
  • Garnered critical acclaim for her sympathetic portrayal of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1983 miniseries Kennedy.
  • Star-making series role came in 1987, as titular divorced woman living in New York in the dramedy The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd; she also directed several episodes.
  • Starred as the first female in the Oval Office in the 1992 TV-movie Majority Rule. 
  • Forayed into voice-over work, during the 1990s and 2000s as narrator of several audio books, films and documentaries, including PBS's American Experience series.

Awards

  • 2000, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Winner
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1984, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Milton Henry Brown — Father
  • Richard Jordan — Ex-significant Other
  • Robert Jordan — Son
  • David Hare — Ex-significant Other
  • Elizabeth Ann Brown — Mother

College

  • Pine Manor Junior College, Chestnut Hill, MA; National Theatre School of Canada, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1967)

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Details

  • Birth Name: Bonnie Blair Brown
  • Birth Place: Washington, DC
  • Birthday: April 23, 1947, Taurus
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Director, Voice-over actor

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