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Blair Brown Biography

Birth Name:
Bonnie Blair Brown
Birth Place:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Profession
Actor, producer, director, voice-over actor

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

  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1987Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1984Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1982Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated

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