birthname = Fionnghuala Manon Flanagan
birthdate = birth date and age|1941|12|10
spouse = Garrett O'Connor
emmyawards = Outstanding Supporting Actress - Miniseries/Movie
Rich Man, Poor Man"
Fionnula Flanagan (born
December 10 1941) is an Irish Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actress who has appeared on American TV in "Rich Man, Poor Man" and " Murder, She Wrote", among others, and in various feature films.
She was born Fionnghuala Manon Flanagan in
Dublin, where she was raised, the daughter of Rosanna (née McGuirk) and Terence Niall Flanagan. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/70/Fionnula-Flanagan.html Fionnula Flanagan Biography (1941-) ] ] She grew up speaking both Irish and English fluently. Although her parents were not native Irish speakers, they wanted Flanagan and her four siblings to learn their indigenous language. Flanagan was educated in Switzerlandand England, and she trained at the Abbey Theatrein Dublin, and travelled throughout Europe before settling in Los Angelesin 1968.
Flanagan came to prominence in Ireland in 1965 as a result of her role as Máire in the Telefís Éireann production of the
Irish Languageplay, " An Triail". For her "outstanding performance" in the part, she won a Jacob's Awardat the annual presentation ceremony in Dublin. ["The Irish Times", "Television awards presented", December 9, 1965] With her portrayal of "Gerty McDowell" in the 1967 film version of "Ulysses", Flanagan established herself as one of the foremost interpreters of James Joyce. She made her 1968 Broadway debut in Brian Friel's " Lovers", then appeared in such Joycean theatrical projects as " Ulysses in Nighttown" (as "Molly Bloom") and "James Joyce's Women" (1977). The last-named project earned her Critic's Circle awards in Los Angelesand San Francisco; it was subsequently filmed in 1988, with Flanagan repeating her portrayal of "Harriet Shaw Weaver". A familiar presence in American television, Flanagan has appeared in several made-for-TV movies, among them " The Legend of Lizzie Borden" (1975) starring Elizabeth Montgomery, "Mary White" (1977), "" (1984) and " A Winner Never Quits" (1986). She won an Emmyfor her work as "Clothilde" in the 1976 network miniseries " Rich Man, Poor Man".
Flanagan's weekly-series stints have included "Aunt Molly Culhane" in "How the West Was Won" (1977), which earned her a second
Emmy Awardnomination. She played "Lt. Guyla Cook" in " Hard Copy" (1987) and "Kathleen Meacham", wife of a police chief played by John Mahoneyin " H.E.L.P." (1990). Flanagan is also well known for her guest appearances in three of the " Star Trek" spin-offs. She guest starred in the ' episode "Dax", the ' episode "Inheritance" as Data's "mother", and she also appeared as the Vulcan"Ambassador V'Lar" in "". She also recently guest starred in the episode " Flashes Before Your Eyes" of "Lost".
Flanagan has also appeared in numerous films, most notably "The Others" opposite
Nicole Kidman, and " Waking Ned Devine", as well as television series and stage productions - most recently in the Emmy-nominated miniseries, " Revelations", starring Bill Pullmanand Natascha McElhone, and in "Transamerica" starring Felicity Huffman. In 2006, Flanagan began a continuing major role in the eleven-episode Showtimedrama "Brotherhood". She plays "Rose Caffee", the mother of fictional Rhode Island State Representative Tommy Caffeeand gangster Michael Caffee. "Brotherhood" has been picked up for a second season of 10 episodes to air in the summer of 2007, and Flanagan is slated to reprise her role in the drama. She currently resides in Hollywood Hills, California.
Flanagan appeared with
Helen Mirrenin " Some Mother's Son", written and directed by Terry George, as the militantly supportive mother of a Provisional Irish Republican Armyhunger striker in 1981. Subsequently, she spoke at a memorial hosted by Sinn Féinat the Citywest Building in Dublinfor Irish republicansand their kin who were killed during the latest installment of " the Troubles" in Northern Ireland.
Flanagan and her husband (since 1972), Dr. Garrett O'Connor, also an Irish nationalist, are known to give lavish parties at her
Hollywood Hillshome for people in the "Irish community".
Paddywhackery" (2007) - Peig Sayers
*"Slipstream" (2007) - Bette Lustig
Brotherhood" (2006) - Rose Caffee
*"Four Brothers" (2005) - Evelyn Mercer
*"Transamerica" (2005) - Elizabeth Osbourne
*"The Others" (2001) - Mrs. Bertha Mills
*"Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" (2002) - Aimee Malissa "Teensy" Whitman
Waking Ned Divine" (1998) - Annie O'Shea
*"" (1984) - Catarine Towani
In the Region of Ice" (1976) - The Sister
*imdb name|id=0001217|name=Fionnula Flanagan
* [http://www.ibdb.com/person.asp?id=86999 Fionnula Flanagan at the Internet Broadway Database]
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