Blair Brown

Blair Brown

Infobox actor
name = Blair Brown

birthdate = April 23, 1947
birthplace = Washington, D.C.
tonyawards = Best Featured Actress in a Play
2000 "Copenhagen"

Bonnie Blair Brown (born April 23, 1947) is an American theater, film, and television actress. She has had a number of high profile roles, including a Tony Award winning turn in the play "Copenhagen" on Broadway, as well as a run as the title character in the television comedy-drama "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd", which ran from 1987 to 1991. [ Blair Brown - Trailer - Showtimes - Cast - Movies - New York Times ] ]

Early life

Brown pursued secondary education at the National Theatre School of Canada. She gained notice as a participating actor at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and spent several years honing her work on the stage.



Brown's first feature film role was in the 1973 film "The Paper Chase"; her first major starring role was in "The Choirboys" in 1977. Among her other film credits were "Altered States" (opposite William Hurt), "One Trick Pony", the film "Stealing Home" (opposite Mark Harmon), "A Flash Of Green", and arguably her highest profile film role to date, the romantic lead opposite John Belushi in "Continental Divide". Brown's most recent appearance in a feature film as a performer was the 2006 film "The Sentinel (2006 film)".


Brown appeared in several television movies and miniseries, primarily during the 1980s. Among the appearances was a high-profile role as Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1983 TV miniseries "Kennedy". She also appeared in several other programs about the Kennedys, including the 1996 miniseries "A Season in Purgatory", which was a thinly veiled portrait of the family, as well as an appearance as Anna Roosevelt in a telefilm about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Brown appeared in the primetime series "The Rockford Files", "Kojak", "Frasier", "Smallville", " Touched by an Angel", "ER", and "Ed", among others.

Brown is perhaps best known for her five-year run (1987-1991) on the Emmy Award-winning comedy-drama "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd". The show spent two years on NBC, then moved to the Lifetime cable channel for the remainder of its run. Brown played the title role, and she, and the show, earned a small but dedicated following.

In 2008 Brown was cast as Nina Sharp in "Fringe", which premiered on September 9, 2008 on FOX.


Brown has been involved with theater since the launch of her career. Among her earlier roles was a run as Lucy Brown in the 1976 production of Brecht & Weill's "The Threepenny Opera", produced by Joe Papp and directed by Richard Foreman. She left the production for film work, but after being away from the production for eight months, Ellen Greene, who was playing the part of Jenny, fell ill. Brown astounded the stage manager of the production by coming in and, with one hour of rehearsal, put on a "brilliant" performance as Jenny. [ [ BLAIR BROWN; To the Rescue - New York Times ] ]

Brown's first major appearance on the Broadway stage came in 1989, in the play "Secret Rapture", written by David Hare; she and Hare were a couple at the time.

Once "Molly Dodd" concluded, Brown became a prolific Broadway actress, appearing in a number of roles. Among them were roles in Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" at Lincoln Center, two separate runs as Frau Schneider in the revival of "Cabaret", and "The Comedy of Errors" for the New York Shakespeare Festival. She won a Tony Award in 2000 for her appearance in the play "Copenhagen". Brown also appeared in productions of the Wendy Wasserstein play "Heidi Chronicles", "A Little Night Music", and "The Threepenny Opera".

Most recently, Brown played the lead role in "The Clean House", by playwright Sarah Ruhl. She has also expressed an interest in directing new plays, and will direct the New York premiere of Sarah Treem's play "A Feminine Ending" in fall 2007.


In the 1990s, Brown expanded her career from performance into voiceover work. Brown has narrated a number of books, as well as being a narrator in films and documentaries.

She has been the narrator for a number of audiobooks, including John Grisham's The Client, Lois Lowry's Number the Stars, Stephen King's Rose Madder, and, more recently, Kevin Henkes' Olive's Ocean and Sue Miller's 2005 novel "Lost in the Forest". Brown has narrated numerous documentaries, especially for PBS's "American Experience" series. Most recently she has narrated the 2007 PBS series "The Mysterious Human Heart". Other documentary narrations include the scientific series "The Secret Life of the Brain", the documentary on Aimee Semple McPherson, aired in April 2007, and a 2006 PBS documentary about Marie Antoinette.

Personal life

Brown was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Elizabeth Ann (née Blair), a teacher, and Milton Henry Brown, a U.S. intelligence agent. [ [ Blair Brown Biography (1946?-) ] ] In addition to her relationship with Hare, Brown had a relationship with noted actor Richard Jordan. The two met during the filming of the miniseries "Captain and the Kings" in 1976. The couple lived together from 1976 to 1985, and they had one son, Robert, born in 1983. [ [ Blair Brown - Biography ] ]


External links

* [ Performance] "Working in the Theatre" video, by the American Theatre Wing, September 1989
* [ Blair Brown] "Downstage Center" radio interview, by the American Theatre Wing, December 2006
* [ Leading Ladies] "Working in the Theatre" video, by the American Theatre Wing, December 2006

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