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Frances Conroy in 2012
November 13, 1953 |
Monroe, Georgia, U.S.
|Education||Juilliard School (1977)|
Frances Conroy (born November 13, 1953) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Ruth Fisher on the television series Six Feet Under. Her work on the show won her acclaim and several awards, including a Golden Globe and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is also known for playing Moira O'Hara on the television anthology series American Horror Story, which garnered Conroy her first Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television nomination, and as well an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. Conroy subsequently portrayed the Angel of Death and Myrtle Snow on the next two seasons of the show, Asylum and Coven respectively.
Conroy was born in Monroe, Georgia to a business executive father and a mother who also worked in business. During the 1971-1972 school year she was a student at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Mermaid Players and appeared in college theatrical productions. She moved to New York City to study drama at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Juilliard School. She was a member of Juilliard's Drama Division Group 6 (1973–1977) which also included Kelsey Grammer, Harriet Sansom Harris, and Robin Williams.
During the 1970s, she performed regularly with regional and touring theatrical companies (most notably The Acting Company), and appeared as Desdemona at the Delacorte Theatre in a production of Othello with Richard Dreyfuss and Raul Julia. One of her first film appearances was as a Shakespearean actress in Woody Allen's 1979 classic, Manhattan. In 1980, she made a very well received Broadway debut in Edward Albee's The Lady From Dubuque. She focused primarily on her stage career for the next two decades, appearing in such productions as Our Town, The Little Foxes, and The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, receiving one Tony and four Drama Desk Award nominations (including a Drama Desk win for The Secret Rapture). Conroy had a small role in the 1984 movie Falling in Love, as a waitress in a swanky restaurant.
In 1992, Conroy became friends with playwright Arthur Miller, which led to her involvement in many of his productions on both stage and screen. During this period, she also appeared on television shows, miniseries, and made-for-TV movies, and met and married fellow actor Jan Munroe.
Six Feet Under (2001-2005)
She is best known for her critically acclaimed work on HBO's original drama series Six Feet Under, which she starred in from 2001 and the series' end in 2005, playing the emotional family matriarch Ruth Fisher. During the series' run, Conroy won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2004. She was also nominated for four Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series awards, without ever winning. Along with the cast of the show, they were awarded two times in 2003 and 2004 the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, as well as Conroy winning the individual 2004 award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. The series ended in 2005, having aired 63 original episodes.
Beyond Six Feet Under (2007-2010)
In 2008, she landed a guest role in ABC's Desperate Housewives as Virginia Hildebrand, a rich woman who tries to buy the Solis family's love. But Eva Longoria's character, Gabrielle Solis, declines Virginia's motives, despite being open to receiving her entire fortune.
Along with many guest appearances on television in the mid-2000s, she was cast in a recurring role on How I Met Your Mother, a role in which she has played in 6 episodes since 2009. And in 2010, Conroy portrayed the character Angie Dinkley in the animated show Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
In 2010, Conroy played Madylyn, the wife of Robert De Niro's character Jack Mabrey, in the John Curran thriller Stone. In the same year, Conroy played the recurring role of Peggy Haplin in the short-lived ABC drama series Happy Town created by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg.
Return to mainstream television (2011-present)
In 2011, she was cast in a new drama series for FX entitled American Horror Story: Murder House. Conroy was one of two actress, the other being Alexandra Breckenridge, playing a woman named Moira O'Hara. When the season came to an end in 2011, it was announced that the show was intended to be an anthology series, in which each season would be completely different with new characters each season. During this time, Conroy was nominated for a fifth Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie category.
For the second season, dubbed Asylum, Conroy re-joined the cast playing the Angel of Death in a multi-episode arc. And in 2013, Conroy once again was cast in the third season, Coven, this time part of the main cast, playing Myrtle Snow, a member of the Witches Council in New Orleans, Louisiana.
|1984||Falling in Love||Waitress|
|1988||Dirty Rotten Scoundrels||Lady from Palm Beach|
|1989||Crimes and Misdemeanors||House Owner|
|1991||Billy Bathgate||Mary Behan|
|1992||Scent of a Woman||Christine Downes|
|1993||Sleepless in Seattle||Irene Reed|
|1993||The Adventures of Huck Finn||Scrawny Shanty Lady|
|1995||The Neon Bible||Miss Scover|
|1995||Angela||Anne's mother||credited as Francis Conroy|
|1996||The Crucible||Ann Putnam|
|2002||Maid in Manhattan||Paula Burns|
|2003||Die, Mommie, Die!||Bootsie Carp|
|2004||The Aviator||Mrs. Hepburn|
|2006||Ira and Abby||Lynn Willoughby|
|2006||The Wicker Man||Dr. T.H. Moss|
|2006||A Perfect Day||Camille Bailey|
|2007||The Seeker: The Dark is Rising||Miss Greythorne|
|2008||The Tale of Despereaux||Antoinette||Voice role|
|2009||Love Happens||Eloise's mom|
|2009||New in Town||Trudy Van Uuden|
|2009||Stay Cool||Mrs. Leuchtenberger|
|2011||Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz||Aunt Em/Glinda||Voice role|
|2011||All-Star Superman||Martha Kent||Voice role|
|2012||Beautiful People||Lydia||Television movie|
|2013||Superman: Unbound||Martha Kent||Voice role|
|2013||Ring of Fire||Maybelle Carter||Television movie|
|2013||Abby in the Summer||Mother||Post-production|
|1982||American Playhouse||Mother||Episode: "Echoes and Silences"|
|1984||3-2-1 Contact||Kate||Episode: "Earth: Building Models"|
|1987||Remington Steele||Gladys Lynch||Episode: "Steele Hanging in There: Part 1"|
|1987||Crime Story||Mrs. Jankowski||Episode: "The Battle of Las Vegas"|
|1989||Great Performances||Mrs. Gibbs||Episode: "Our Town"|
|1990||Law and Order||Elizabeth Hendrick||Episode: "Prisoner of Love"|
|1998||Cosby||Elizabeth||Episode: "Judgement Day"|
|1999||Law & Order||Rosa Halasy||Episode: "Disciple"|
|2001–2005||Six Feet Under||Ruth Fisher||63 episodes|
|2007–2008||ER||Becky Riley||2 episodes|
|2008||Desperate Housewives||Virginia Hildebrand||3 episodes|
|2009–2013||How I Met Your Mother||Loretta Stinson||8 episodes|
|2010||Nip/Tuck||Jane Fields||Episode: "Sheila Carlton"|
|2010||Happy Town||Peggy Haplin||7 episodes|
|2010||Grey's Anatomy||Eleanor||Episode: "Can't Fight Biology"|
|2010–2013||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Angie Dinkley||15 episodes|
|2011||United States of Tara||Sandy Gregson||2 episodes|
|2011||Love Bites||Faye Strathmore||Episode: "How To..."|
|2011||The Mentalist||Elspeth||Episode: "The Red Mile"|
|2011||American Horror Story: Murder House||Moira O'Hara||11 episodes|
|2012–2013||American Horror Story: Asylum||Angel of Death||6 episodes|
|2013||Royal Pains||Blythe Ballard||6 episodes|
|2013||American Horror Story: Coven||Myrtle Snow||5 episodes|
|1980||The Lady from Dubuque||Jo|
|1988-1989||Our Town||Mrs. Gibbs|
|1989||The Secret Rapture||Marion French|
|1990||Some Americans Abroad||Frankie Lewis|
|1992||Two Shakespearean Actors||Catherine Forrest|
|1993||In the Summer House||Mrs. Constable|
|1994||Broken Glass||Margaret Hyman|
|1996-1997||The Rehearsal||The Countess|
|1997||The Little Foxes||Birdie Hubbard|
|1999||Ring Round the Moon||Capulat|
|2000||The Ride Down Mt. Morgan||Theo|
|2010||The Subject Was Roses||Nettie Cleary|
Awards and nominations
- Frances Conroy Biography (1953-). filmreference.com
- "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. October 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
- "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
- "Golden Globes, USA (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
- "The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Winners and Nominees". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
- "Primetime Emmy Awards (2012)". IMDb. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
- "A Perfect Day (TV 2006)". IMDb. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- Frances Conroy at the Internet Broadway Database
- Frances Conroy at the Internet Movie Database
- Frances Conroy at AllRovi