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In 2003, however, she became a household name as [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Laura Roslin]] in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. Thanks to her talent for simultaneously portraying iron strength and heartbreaking vulnerability, [=McDonnell=] became one of the show's best-loved characters and a pillar of the series. Furthermore, her genuine, believable chemistry with Edward James Olmos resulted in an on-screen romance between Laura Roslin and William Adama that has been hailed as one of the greatest in television history. When not even Website/TelevisionWithoutPity can bring itself to snark at you... well.

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In 2003, however, she became a household name as [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Laura Roslin]] in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. Thanks to her talent for simultaneously portraying iron strength and heartbreaking vulnerability, [=McDonnell=] became one of the show's best-loved characters and a pillar of the series. Furthermore, her genuine, believable chemistry with Edward James Olmos Creator/EdwardJamesOlmos resulted in an on-screen romance between Laura Roslin and William Adama that has been hailed as one of the greatest in television history. When not even Website/TelevisionWithoutPity can bring itself to snark at you... well.


Mary Eileen [=McDonnell=] (born April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barrie, Pennsylvania) rose to fame as Stands-with-a-Fist in ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' opposite Creator/KevinCostner, a role that earned the actress her first [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] nod. She went on to give acclaimed performances in both film and television, including ''Passion Fish'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and ''Series/{{ER}}''.

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Mary Eileen [=McDonnell=] (born April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barrie, Pennsylvania) rose to fame as Stands-with-a-Fist in ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' opposite Creator/KevinCostner, a role that earned the actress her first [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] nod. She went on to give acclaimed performances in both film and television, including ''Passion Fish'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/DonnieDarko'', ''Film/MarginCall'', and ''Series/{{ER}}''.


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Mary Eileen [=McDonnell=] (born April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barrie, Pennsylvania) rose to fame as Stands-With-A-Fist in ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' opposite Creator/KevinCostner, a role that earned the actress her first Oscar nod. She went on to give acclaimed performances on both film and television, including ''Passion Fish'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and ''Series/{{ER}}''.

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Mary Eileen [=McDonnell=] (born April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barrie, Pennsylvania) rose to fame as Stands-With-A-Fist Stands-with-a-Fist in ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' opposite Creator/KevinCostner, a role that earned the actress her first Oscar [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] nod. She went on to give acclaimed performances on in both film and television, including ''Passion Fish'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and ''Series/{{ER}}''.


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Mary Eileen [=McDonnell=] (born April 28, 1952) rose to fame as Stands-With-A-Fist in ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' opposite Creator/KevinCostner, a role that earned the actress her first Oscar nod. She went on to give acclaimed performances on both film and television, including ''Passion Fish'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and ''Series/{{ER}}''.

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Mary Eileen [=McDonnell=] (born April 28, 1952) 1952 in Wilkes-Barrie, Pennsylvania) rose to fame as Stands-With-A-Fist in ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' opposite Creator/KevinCostner, a role that earned the actress her first Oscar nod. She went on to give acclaimed performances on both film and television, including ''Passion Fish'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and ''Series/{{ER}}''.


She is also noted as one of the nicest, most grounded people in Hollywood, and is [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor highly unlikely]] to [[ThrownOutTheAirlock airlock]] [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 anybody]].

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She is also noted as one of the nicest, most grounded people in Hollywood, and is [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor highly unlikely]] unlikely to [[ThrownOutTheAirlock airlock]] [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 anybody]].


Mary Eileen [=McDonnell=] (April 28, 1952-) rose to fame as Stands-With-A-Fist in ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' opposite Creator/KevinCostner, a role that earned the actress her first Oscar nod. She went on to give acclaimed performances on both film and television, including ''Passion Fish'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and ''Series/{{ER}}''.

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Mary Eileen [=McDonnell=] (April (born April 28, 1952-) 1952) rose to fame as Stands-With-A-Fist in ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' opposite Creator/KevinCostner, a role that earned the actress her first Oscar nod. She went on to give acclaimed performances on both film and television, including ''Passion Fish'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and ''Series/{{ER}}''.



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->''"Actors are part of a certain percentage of people on this planet who have an emotional vocabulary as a primary experience. It's as if their life is experienced emotionally and then that is translated intellectually or conceptually into the performance."''


Since ''Battlestar Galactica'' finished, her most notable role has been as the cool, collected Captain Sharon Raydor, head of the Force Investigation Division, on {{TNT}}'s crime drama ''Series/TheCloser''. She earned her PromotionToOpeningTitles in season 7, and went on to take increasingly prominent role in the storyline - to put it mildly.

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Since ''Battlestar Galactica'' finished, her most notable role has been as the cool, collected Captain Sharon Raydor, head of the Force Investigation Division, on {{TNT}}'s Creator/{{TNT}}'s crime drama ''Series/TheCloser''. She earned her PromotionToOpeningTitles in season 7, and went on to take increasingly prominent role in the storyline - to put it mildly.


Mary [=McDonnell=] (April 28, 1952-) rose to fame as Stands-With-A-Fist in ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' opposite Creator/KevinCostner, a role that earned the actress her first Oscar nod. She went on to give acclaimed performances on both film and television, including ''Passion Fish'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and ''Series/{{ER}}''.

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Mary Eileen [=McDonnell=] (April 28, 1952-) rose to fame as Stands-With-A-Fist in ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' opposite Creator/KevinCostner, a role that earned the actress her first Oscar nod. She went on to give acclaimed performances on both film and television, including ''Passion Fish'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and ''Series/{{ER}}''.


'''Mary [=McDonnell=]''' (April 28, 1952-) rose to fame as Stands-With-A-Fist in ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' opposite Creator/KevinCostner, a role that earned the actress her first Oscar nod. She went on to give acclaimed performances on both film and television, including ''Passion Fish'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and ''Series/{{ER}}''.

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'''Mary [=McDonnell=]''' Mary [=McDonnell=] (April 28, 1952-) rose to fame as Stands-With-A-Fist in ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' opposite Creator/KevinCostner, a role that earned the actress her first Oscar nod. She went on to give acclaimed performances on both film and television, including ''Passion Fish'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and ''Series/{{ER}}''.


'''Mary [=McDonnell=]''' (April 28, 1952-) is an actress who rose to fame as Stands-With-A-Fist in ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' opposite Creator/KevinCostner, a role that earned the actress her first Oscar nod. She went on to give acclaimed performances on both film and television, including ''Passion Fish'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and ''Series/{{ER}}''.

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'''Mary [=McDonnell=]''' (April 28, 1952-) is an actress who rose to fame as Stands-With-A-Fist in ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' opposite Creator/KevinCostner, a role that earned the actress her first Oscar nod. She went on to give acclaimed performances on both film and television, including ''Passion Fish'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and ''Series/{{ER}}''.


In 2003, however, she became a household name as [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Laura Roslin]] in ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''. Thanks to her talent for simultaneously portraying iron strength and heartbreaking vulnerability, [=McDonnell=] became one of the show's best-loved characters and a pillar of the series. Furthermore, her genuine, believable chemistry with Edward James Olmos resulted in an on-screen romance between Laura Roslin and William Adama that has been hailed as one of the greatest in television history. When not even Website/TelevisionWithoutPity can bring itself to snark at you... well.

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In 2003, however, she became a household name as [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Laura Roslin]] in ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''.''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. Thanks to her talent for simultaneously portraying iron strength and heartbreaking vulnerability, [=McDonnell=] became one of the show's best-loved characters and a pillar of the series. Furthermore, her genuine, believable chemistry with Edward James Olmos resulted in an on-screen romance between Laura Roslin and William Adama that has been hailed as one of the greatest in television history. When not even Website/TelevisionWithoutPity can bring itself to snark at you... well.



She is also noted as one of the nicest, most grounded people in Hollywood, and is [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor highly unlikely]] to [[ThrownOutTheAirlock airlock]] [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined anybody]].

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She is also noted as one of the nicest, most grounded people in Hollywood, and is [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor highly unlikely]] to [[ThrownOutTheAirlock airlock]] [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 anybody]].

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'''Mary [=McDonnell=]''' (April 28, 1952-) is an actress who rose to fame as Stands-With-A-Fist in ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' opposite Creator/KevinCostner, a role that earned the actress her first Oscar nod. She went on to give acclaimed performances on both film and television, including ''Passion Fish'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and ''Series/{{ER}}''.

In 2003, however, she became a household name as [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Laura Roslin]] in ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''. Thanks to her talent for simultaneously portraying iron strength and heartbreaking vulnerability, [=McDonnell=] became one of the show's best-loved characters and a pillar of the series. Furthermore, her genuine, believable chemistry with Edward James Olmos resulted in an on-screen romance between Laura Roslin and William Adama that has been hailed as one of the greatest in television history. When not even Website/TelevisionWithoutPity can bring itself to snark at you... well.

Since ''Battlestar Galactica'' finished, her most notable role has been as the cool, collected Captain Sharon Raydor, head of the Force Investigation Division, on {{TNT}}'s crime drama ''Series/TheCloser''. She earned her PromotionToOpeningTitles in season 7, and went on to take increasingly prominent role in the storyline - to put it mildly.

She started off in ''The Closer'' pretty much as a walk-on role in Season 5, and two years later, she took the helm of the Major Case Squad in a {{spinoff}} titled ''Series/MajorCrimes.'' She's just that good.

She is also noted as one of the nicest, most grounded people in Hollywood, and is [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor highly unlikely]] to [[ThrownOutTheAirlock airlock]] [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined anybody]].
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