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.
2000, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Winner
1982, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
1987, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
1989, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
1988, 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
1991, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
1990, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
Richard Jordan — Ex-significant Other
Robert Jordan — Son
David Hare — Ex-significant Other
Elizabeth Ann Brown — Mother
Milton Henry Brown — Father
Pine Manor Junior College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, United States; National Theatre School of Canada, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1967)
Birth Name: Bonnie Blair Brown
Birth Place: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Profession: Actor, Producer, Director, Voice-over actor