|Born||Frances Hardman Conroy
November 13, 1953
Monroe, Georgia, U.S.
|Education||Juilliard School (1977)|
|Spouse(s)||Jan Munroe (m. 1992)|
Frances Hardman 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 the older version of the character Moira O'Hara on season 1 of 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, Myrtle Snow, and Gloria Mott on the next three seasons of the show, Asylum, Coven, and Freak Show, respectively. For her performance in Coven, she was nominated again for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
Conroy was born in Monroe, Georgia, the daughter of Ossie Hardman (née Ray) and Vincent Paul Conroy. Her father, who was of Irish descent, was a business executive and her mother also worked in business. During the 1971–72 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 Kevin Conroy, 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 1988 she appeared as the elder daughter of Burt Lancaster's dying patriarch in Rocket Gibraltar. Also in 1988 she appeared in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as a lady from Palm Beach
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.
2001–05: Six Feet Under
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.
Along with many guest appearances on television in the mid-2000s, she was cast in a recurring role on How I Met Your Mother, as Barney Stinson's mother Loretta Stinson. 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.
2011–present: American Horror Story and return to recognition
In 2011, she was cast in a new drama series for FX entitled American Horror Story: Murder House. Conroy was one of two actresses, 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 The Angel of Death in a multi-episode arc. And in 2013, she guest starred on Royal Pains; portraying Blythe Ballard. She also co-starred in the television movie Ring of Fire, where she played Maybelle Carter. Conroy was once more cast for American Horror Story's third season during this time, Coven, being promoted to series regular, playing Myrtle Snow, a member of the Witches Council in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was subsequently nominated for a sixth Primetime Emmy Award and her second nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. In 2014, she returned for the fourth season of the series, entitled Freak Show, as Gloria Mott, a wealthy woman whose son wants to join the freak show.
|1984||Falling in Love||Waitress|
|1988||Dirty Rotten Scoundrels||Lady from Palm Beach|
|1988||Rocket Gibraltar||Ruby Hanson|
|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|
|2013||Superman: Unbound||Martha Kent||Voice role|
|2014||Making the Rules||Mother|
|2015||No Pay. Nudity||Andrea||Post-production|
|2015||Welcome to Happiness||Claiborne||Post-production|
|1978||All's Well That Ends Well||Diana||TV movie|
|1982||American Playhouse||Mother||Episode: "Echoes and Silences"|
|1984||3-2-1 Contact||Kate||Episode: "Earth: Building Models"|
|1986||The Twilight Zone||Ellen Pendleton||Episode: "The Library"|
|1987||Remington Steele||Gladys Lynch||Episode: "Steele Hanging in There: Part 1"|
|1987||Crime Story||Mrs. Jankowski||Episode: "The Battle of Las Vegas"|
|1988||Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami||Lyn Kessler||TV movie|
|1989||Great Performances||Mrs. Gibbs||Episode: "Our Town"|
|1990||Law and Order||Elizabeth Hendrick||Episode: "Prisoner of Love"|
|1993||Alex Haley's Queen||Mrs. Benson||2 episodes|
|1998||Cosby||Elizabeth||Episode: "Judgement Day"|
|1999||Law & Order||Rosa Halasy||Episode: "Disciple"|
|2001–05||Six Feet Under||Ruth Fisher||63 episodes|
|2007–08||ER||Becky Riley||2 episodes|
|2008||Desperate Housewives||Virginia Hildebrand||3 episodes|
|2009–14||How I Met Your Mother||Loretta Stinson||9 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"|
|2010–13||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"|
|2011–14||American Horror Story||Moira O'Hara||11 episodes (Murder House)|
|Shachath: The Angel of Death||5 episodes (Asylum)|
|Myrtle Snow||10 episodes (Coven)|
|Gloria Mott||8 episodes (Freak Show)|
|2012||Beautiful People||Lydia||TV movie|
|2013||Ring of Fire||Maybelle Carter||TV movie|
|2013||Royal Pains||Blythe Ballard||6 episodes|
|1980||The Lady from Dubuque||Jo|
|1988–89||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|
|1996–97||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||Mark Taper Forum|
Awards and nominations
||This article uses bare URLs for citations, which may be threatened by link rot. (February 2015)|
- 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.
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