Pauline Flanagan

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Pauline Flanagan (June 29, 1925 – June 28, 2003) was a County Sligo, Irish-born actress who had a long career on stage. American television audiences best knew her as Maeve Ryan's sister, Annie Colleary on the soap opera Ryan's Hope in 1979 and again in 1981. She later returned to the show as Sister Mary Joel.

Her family was deeply political and supported the Republican (anti-Treaty) side during the Irish Civil War. Both of her parents served as Lords Mayor of Sligo. She was good friends with fellow actresses Joan O'Hara (with whom she attended an Ursuline Convent school in Sligo) and the English-born Irish actress Paddy Croft, as well as British playwright Harold Pinter,[citation needed] whom she met while he was a young actor touring with the company of noted Shakespearean actor/manager Andrew McMaster.[1]


She starred in 1976 Broadway revival of The Innocents.


A resident of Glen Rock, New Jersey, she died at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey one day before her 78th birthday of heart failure following a battle with lung cancer.[2] She was survived by her husband, George Vogel (whom she had married in 1958) and her two children. She is also survived by one sister, Maura McNally.


In 1997 she won an award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in Jennifer Johnston's Desert Lullaby, at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

In 2001 she won an Olivier Award for her performance in Frank McGuinness' Dolly West's Kitchen.


  1. ^ "The Countess Cathleen". Sleeve notes. Topic. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  2. ^ Staff. "Final Curtain", The Irish Echo, May 6, 2003. Accessed September 17, 2011. "Actress Pauline Flanagan, one of the pillars of New York's Irish Repertory Theatre and 2001 winner of London's coveted Laurence Olivier Award, died in the early hours of last Saturday morning, after having suffered a massive stroke on June 23.... It was, in fact, in the midst of one of these sojourns, guest-starring in playwright Tom Stoppard's 'Indian Ink' at the Missouri Repertory Theatre in Kansas City, that the actress became sufficiently ill that she had to withdraw from the play a week before its closing performance and return to her home in Glen Rock, N.J., only a few weeks ago."

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