Frances Conroy

Biography

Date of Birth 13 November 1953, Monroe, Georgia, USA Height 5' 8" (1.73 m) Mini Biography Frances Conroy is a graduate of the Juilliard Drama Division and a member of The Acting Company. She recently won a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the Broadway hit "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan." Her other Broadway credits include "Ring Round the Moon", "The Little Foxes", "The Rehearsal" (Drama Desk Nominee), "Broken Glass", "In the Summer House" (Drama Desk Nominee) and "The Secret Rapture" (Drama Desk Nominee). Conroy's numerous Off- Broadway plays include "The Dinner Party", "The Skin of Our Teeth", "The Last Yankee" and "Othello" (Drama Desk Nominee). Veteran stage actress Frances Conroy was introduced and encouraged by her parents to explore the elements of theater. Born in Georgia in 1953, she attended high school in Long Island and experienced classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse as a teenager. The pale, blue-eyed redhead also studied at Juilliard where she was taught by theater greats John Houseman and Marian Seldes. Following potent dramatic roles in such classical productions as "Mother Courage...and Her Children," "King Lear," "All's Well That Ends Well," "Measure for Measure" and "Othello" (as Desdemona) in the late 70s, she made her Broadway debut with "The Lady from Dubuque" in 1980. She went on to earn a well-respected name for herself under the Broadway and off-Broadway lights throughout the 1980s in such esteemed plays as "Our Town" (as Mrs. Gibbs), "The Little Foxes (as Birdie) and "In the Summer House." She also appeared with Seldes in the well-received plays "Ring Round the Moon" and "A Bright Room Called Day." She won a Drama Desk Award for "The Secret Rapture" and an Obie for "The Last Yankee." In 2000 she received the Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony nomination for "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan." An actress of subtle power, great depth and astonishing versatility, she has both an aloof serenity and faintly sad/sensitive ambiance that makes her all the more mysterious and intriguing. She came out to California in 1985 at the invitation of director Houseman and appeared in more theater plays, including "Richard III," at San Diego's Globe Theater. She also earned a sprinkling of generally overlooked film and TV parts, including small parts in Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979), En anden kvinde (1988) and Små og store synder (1989). Showing a distinct flair for the offbeat, nothing really pushed the envelope for her on screen quite like her series' turn as the dowdy, emotionally frail undertaker's widow in the cult hit TV series "Six Feet Under" (2001). During the five-season run she won both Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards and was nominated four times for an Emmy. Since then she has been offered a number of interesting, more prominent parts in such movies as Die, Mommie, Die! (2003), Catwoman (2004), The Aviator (2004) and Shopgirl (2005). In 1992 she married actor/husband Jan Munroe, an L.A. performance artist. After a six-year absence, Frances returned to the theater in a 2006 production of "Pyrenees" by David Greig at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles. Spouse Jan Munroe (1992 - present) Trivia Is of Irish and Latvian lineage. Was nominated for Broadway's 2000 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for Arthur Miller's "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan." Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Supporting Actress category for her performance in the film Catwoman (2004), she failed to receive a nomination however. Was good friends with Arthur Miller. Personal Quotes I guess you're happy if you have some kind of balance in you. I'm a human being. I have days when I feel paralyzed, days when I feel like a slug. Then I have days when I have good energy, I've read the newspaper and I've done different things. It's actually meditative to sit in a character for an extended period of time, realizing what your relationship is to who you're playing and then letting go, just being there.

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Birth Name

Frances Hardman Conroy

Birth Place

Monroe, Georgia, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

3/15/1953
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Joker

Penny Fleck

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Stone

Madylyn

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Waking Madison

Dolly

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Humboldt County

Rosie

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A Perfect Day

Camille

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Rocket Gibraltar

Ruby Hanson

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Ring of Fire

Maybelle Carter

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James vs. His Future Self

Dr. Rowley

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No Pay, Nudity

Andrea

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Mountain Rest

Ethel

Starring In
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Nimona

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The Power of the Dog

Old Lady

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Joker

Penny Fleck

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James vs. His Future Self

Dr. Rowley

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Mountain Rest

Ethel

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The Tale

Mrs. G - Older

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Tom & Jerry: Back to Oz

Auntie Em / Glinda (voice)

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No Pay, Nudity

Andrea

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Welcome to Happiness

Claiborne

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Chasing Ghosts

Dara

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Ring of Fire

Maybelle Carter

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Superman: Unbound

Ma Kent (voice)

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All-Star Superman

Ma Kent (voice)

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Tom And Jerry & The Wizard Of Oz

Auntie Em / Glinda (voice)

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Shelter

Mrs. Bernburg

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Stone

Madylyn

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Waking Madison

Dolly

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Bloodworth

Julia Bloodworth

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The Smell of Success

Agnes May

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Stay Cool

Mrs. Leuchtenberger

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Love Happens

Eloise's Mom

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New in Town

Trudy Van Uuden

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The Tale of Despereaux

Antoinette

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Humboldt County

Rosie

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The Seeker: The Dark is Rising

Miss Greythorne

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A Perfect Day

Camille

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The Wicker Man

Dr. T.H. Moss

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Ira & Abby

Lynne Willoughby

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Shopgirl

Catherine Buttersfield

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Broken Flowers

Dora

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A Perfect Day

Camille

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The Aviator

Mrs. Hepburn

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Catwoman

Ophelia

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Die Mommie Die!

Bootsie Carp

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Maid in Manhattan

Paula Burns

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Showboy

Herself

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Murder in a Small Town

Martha Lassiter

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The Crucible

Ann Putnam

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The Neon Bible

Miss Scover

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Angela

Anne's Mother (as Francis Conroy)

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Journey

Fiona

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One More Mountain

Peggy Breen

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Sleepless In Seattle

Irene Reed

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The Adventures of Huck Finn

Scrawny Shanty Lady

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The Adventures of Huck Finn

Scrawny Shanty Lady

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Scent of a Woman

Christine Downes

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Alex Haley's Queen

Mrs. Benson

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Billy Bathgate

Mary Behan

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Crimes and Misdemeanors

House Owner

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Lady from Palm Beach

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Another Woman

Lynn

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Rocket Gibraltar

Ruby Hanson

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In the Hands of the Enemy

Lyn Kessler

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Amazing Grace and Chuck

Pamela

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Falling in Love

Waitress

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Manhattan

Shakespearean Actress

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La Historia de Carlos y Diana

Mrs. Watson

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