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Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd
(born January 30, 1956)[1] is an American actress. She has played supporting roles in several films, including Green Card (1990), Lorenzo's Oil
Lorenzo's Oil
(1992), Philadelphia (1993), Garden State (2004), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Marley & Me (2008), Side Effects (2013), St. Vincent (2014), and Captain Fantastic (2016). Dowd appeared as Sandra in the thriller film Compliance (2012), for which she received the National Board of Review
National Board of Review
Award for Best Supporting Actress. Dowd was a series regular on the HBO
series The Leftovers (2014–2017), for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. In 2017, she began playing Aunt Lydia on the Hulu
series The Handmaid's Tale, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Film 2.2 Television 2.3 Theatre

3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 Theatre

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd
was born on January 30, 1956, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the daughter of John (1926–1974) and Dolores (née Clark) Dowd. She is one of seven children (siblings, Kathleen, John, Elizabeth, Clare, Deborah, and Gregory), who were raised by their mother after her father died when Ann was a senior in high school. Her mother later married Philip Dean (1929–2010), a doctor. Her brother Gregory is a doctor of veterinary medicine and another brother, John Dowd Jr., is president of The Dowd Agencies, an insurance company started by their great-grandfather. Her paternal grandfather was James "Kip" Dowd, a former Major League baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dowd's family is Irish Catholic. She attended the Williston Northampton School, where she performed in school plays. Dowd became interested in acting at a young age but was dissuaded by her family at first because they did not approve of her pursuing an acting career. She graduated in 1978 from College of the Holy Cross
College of the Holy Cross
in Worcester, Massachusetts where much of Dowd's family also attended and she was a premed student and took acting classes. Dowd credits her instructors and roommate at that time for persuading her to forgo medical school and follow her passion for acting. She traveled to New York City to audition for the Goodman School of Drama at Depaul University
Depaul University
in Chicago, where she received an MFA in Acting. While at Depaul, Dowd received a prestigious scholarship from the Sarah Siddons Society,[2] an award that had also gone to Carrie Snodgress. Dowd was classmates with Elizabeth Perkins
Elizabeth Perkins
and also worked as a waitress during this time.[3] Dowd spent several years performing in regional theatre in the Chicago area, performing often at the Court Theatre, later deciding in 1988 to move to New York City to pursue a bigger stage. She pounded the pavement and her first acting gig there was with the Hartford Stage Company. Career[edit] Film[edit] Dowd starred in Shiloh (1997) and its sequels, Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season (1999) and Saving Shiloh
Saving Shiloh
(2006) as Louise Preston. She appears in the 1997 cult film All Over Me and in the 1998 film Apt Pupil, in which she played the mother of Brad Renfro's character. Dowd has acted in two films directed by Jonathan Demme, as Jill Beckett, sister of Tom Hanks's character, Andrew Beckett, in Philadelphia (1993), and in The Manchurian Candidate (2004), starring Meryl Streep. Also in 2004, Dowd played the mother of Natalie Portman's character in Garden State and appeared in The Forgotten starring Julianne Moore. In 2005, she starred opposite Gretchen Mol
Gretchen Mol
in The Notorious Bettie Page, portraying Edna Page, Bettie Page's mother. She also played the role of Mrs. Strank in the 2006 Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
film Flags of Our Fathers. In 2008, Dowd appeared in Marley & Me starring Jennifer Aniston. She received rave reviews for her work in the 2012 movie Compliance, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In the film, Dowd plays Sandra, a fast food restaurant manager caught in a mysterious ethical nightmare. For this role, Dowd was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress and received the National Board of Review award. She has played supporting roles in two Steven Soderbergh films, The Informant!
The Informant!
in 2009, and Side Effects in 2013 in which she played the mother of Channing Tatum's character. Television[edit] Dowd's first appearance was in the 1985 television movie First Steps with fellow Chicago actor Megan Mullally. She has appeared in many popular television shows including House and Louie, on both of which she played a nun. Other shows include Chicago Hope, The X-Files, Third Watch, NYPD Blue, Judging Amy
Judging Amy
and Freaks and Geeks, in which she played the mother of Busy Philipps. Dowd has also appeared in many episodes of the Law & Order franchise. In 1995 she portrayed Rose Long, Louisiana's first female senator, in the television movie Kingfish, opposite John Goodman. In 2008 she appeared in the television movie Taking Chance
Taking Chance
starring Kevin Bacon. Dowd was a series regular on Nothing Sacred, which was filmed in Los Angeles and aired for one season (97/98), in which she played a nun. For this role she was nominated for a VQT award for Best Supporting Actress. Dowd also co-starred on The Leftovers as Patti Levin, leader of the group The Guilty Remnant. In 2017, Dowd began starring on the Hulu
series The Handmaid's Tale, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award. Theatre[edit] Dowd has appeared on Broadway three times. In 1993 she received the Clarence Derwent Award for her Broadway debut performance in the play Candida starring Mary Steenburgen. She next appeared in Taking Sides (1996) with Elizabeth Marvel, and Vera Farmiga, who was Dowd's understudy. In 2008 she appeared in The Seagull
The Seagull
starring Carey Mulligan and Kristin Scott Thomas. Dowd has also won three Jeff Awards for her work in Chicago theatre, including a 1987 Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Emma Brookner in The Normal Heart.[4][5] In 2007, Dowd played the role of Sister Aloysius in Doubt
at the George Street Playhouse. The New York Times described her performance as "chilling" and said she was "masterful in this role."[6] In 2011, Dowd performed Off-Broadway in Blood from a Stone, playing the mother of Ethan Hawke.[7][8][9] Personal life[edit] Dowd and her husband both coach acting and are frequent collaborators.[10][11] Her husband is Lawrence "Larry" Arancio, a writer and acting chair for the CAP21 program who has also taught at the HB Studio
HB Studio
and Columbia College Chicago. Arancio has worked with Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
as her acting coach.[12] Dowd and Arancio met while students in Chicago, Arancio being from New York City. They have three children, Liam, Emily, and Trust, and reside in New York City. Dowd is a foster care advocate.[13][14] Her alma mater College of the Holy Cross conferred an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree on her on May 27, 2016.[14] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1990 Green Card Peggy

1992 Lorenzo's Oil Pediatrician

1993 Philadelphia Jill Beckett

1994 It Could Happen to You Carole

1995 Bushwhacked Mrs. Patterson

1996 Shiloh Louise Preston

1997 All Over Me Anne

1998 Apt Pupil Monica Bowden

1999 Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season Louise Preston

2001 Amy & Isabelle Lenora

2004 Garden State Olivia

2004 The Manchurian Candidate Congresswoman Beckett

2005 The Notorious Bettie Page Edna Page

2006 Saving Shiloh Louise Preston

2006 Flags of Our Fathers Mrs. Strank

2007 Alice Upside Down Aunt Sally

2007 Gardener of Eden Ma Harris

2007 The Living Wake Librarian

2007 The Babysitters Tammy Lyner

2008 Familiar Strangers Dottie Worthington

2008 Marley & Me Dr. Platt

2009 The Informant! FBI Special
Agent Kate Medford

2011 The Art of Getting By Mrs. Grimes

2012 Compliance Sandra

2012 Bachelorette Victoria

2013 Gimme Shelter Kathy

2013 Side Effects Mrs. Taylor

2014 St. Vincent Shirley

2014 The Drop Dottie Stipler

2015 Our Brand Is Crisis Nell

2016 Captain Fantastic Abigail Bertrang

2016 Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer Carol Raskin

2016 Collateral Beauty Sally Price

2017 Hedgehog Joan

2018 American Animals

2018 Nancy Betty

2018 Tyrel

2018 Hereditary Joan

2018 A Kid Like Jake Catherine


Year Title Role Notes

1985 First Steps Debby Television movie

1990 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Nurse Courtney Episode:" Here's a Rare Photo Opportunity"

1991 Law & Order Teresa Franz Episode: "Sonata for Solo Organ"

1994 Law & Order Dorothy Baxter Episode: "Breeder"

1994 Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III Maureen 3 episodes

1994 The Cosby Mysteries N/A Television movie

1995 Chicago Hope Eleanor Robertson Episode: "Growth Pains"

1995 Kingfish: A Story of Huey Long Rose McConnell Long Television movie

1996 Law & Order Patricia Smith Episode: "Pro Se"

1997–1998 Nothing Sacred Sister Maureen "Mo" Brody 20 episodes

1999–2000 Judging Amy Mrs. Schleewee 2 episodes

1999 Providence Mary Episode: "Home Again"

1999 The X-Files Mrs. Reed Episode: "Rush"

2000 NYPD Blue Ann Collins Episode: "Along Came Jones"

2000 Freaks and Geeks Cookie Kelly 2 episodes

2000 Family Law N/A Episode: "Love and Money"

2001–2002 The Education of Max Bickford Jean 3 episodes

2001 Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit Louise Durning Episode: "Victims"

2002–2003 Third Watch Sgt. Beth Markham 3 episodes

2003 Law & Order Dr. Beth Allison Episode: "Compassion"

2003 Touched by an Angel Paula Episode: "Song for My Father"

2003 Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit Sally Wilkens Episode: "Soulless"

2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Laurie Manotti Episode: "Inert Dwarf"

2004 House Mother Superior Episode: "Damned If You Do"

2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Karen Ames Episode: "Truth or Consequences"

2009 Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit Lillian Siefeld Episode: "Lead"

2009 Taking Chance Gretchen Television movie

2010 Louie Nun Episode: "God"

2011 Pan Am Marjorie Lowrey Episode: "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"

2013–2014 Masters of Sex Estabrook Masters 7 episodes

2014 True Detective Betty Childress Episode: "Form and Void"

2014 Love's a Bitch Wes' Mom Episode: "Family Time"

2014 The Divide Ida Bankowski 2 episodes

2014–2017 The Leftovers Patti Levin 21 episodes

2014 Olive Kitteridge Bonnie Newton 4 episodes

2014 Big Driver Ramona Norville Television movie

2016 Quarry Naomi 4 episodes

2016–2017 Good Behavior FBI Agent Rhonda Lashever 7 episodes

2017 Girls Phaedra Episode: "Goodbye Tour"

2017–present The Handmaid's Tale Aunt Lydia 7 episodes


Year Title Role Notes

1987 The Normal Heart Dr. Emma Brookner Ivanhoe Theatre, Chicago

1993 Candida Miss Proserpine Garnett

1996 Taking Sides Tamara Sachs

2007 Doubt Sister Aloysius George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick

2008 The Seagull Polina

Awards and nominations[edit]

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Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.

1998 Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series Nothing Sacred Nominated

2012 Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Compliance Nominated

National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Won

St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Won

Utah Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated

2013 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female Nominated

Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated

Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated

Toronto Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated

2015 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film The Leftovers Nominated

2016 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

2017 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Handmaid's Tale Won

Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [15]

2018 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won

2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated


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Theatre Credits and Profile". Abouttheartists.com. Retrieved May 2, 2017.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 15, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012.  ^ Marion Kabaker (February 20, 1987). "Romance Behind The Scenes In Chicago". Articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved May 2, 2017.  ^ "Lawrence Arancio - CAP21 Conservatory". Cap21.org. Retrieved May 2, 2017.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 27, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012.  ^ "FPA-Foundation-The People's Movement". Fpafoundation.org. July 22, 2016. Retrieved May 2, 2017.  ^ a b "Honorary Degree Citation – Ann Dowd". College of the Holy Cross. May 27, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2017.  ^ Bradley, Laura (January 8, 2018). "Golden Globes 2018: See Laura Dern's Inspiring Acceptance Speech". Vanity Fair. Retrieved January 8, 2018. 

External links[edit]

Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd
on IMDb
Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database

Awards for Ann Dowd

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Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Christina Hendricks
Christina Hendricks
/ Margo Martindale
Margo Martindale
(2011) Christina Hendricks
Christina Hendricks
(2012) Monica Potter
Monica Potter
(2013) Bellamy Young
Bellamy Young
(2014) Lorraine Toussaint
Lorraine Toussaint
(2015) Constance Zimmer
Constance Zimmer
(2016) Thandie Newton
Thandie Newton
(2016) Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Barbara Hale
Barbara Hale
(1959) Pamela Brown (1962) Glenda Farrell
Glenda Farrell
(1963) Ruth White (1964) Lee Grant
Lee Grant
(1966) Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehead
(1967) Barbara Anderson (1968) Susan Saint James
Susan Saint James
(1969) Gail Fisher
Gail Fisher
(1970) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1971) Jenny Agutter (1972) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(1973) Joanna Miles
Joanna Miles
(1974) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(1975) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(1976) Kristy McNichol
Kristy McNichol
(1977) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1978) Kristy McNichol
Kristy McNichol
(1979) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1980) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1981) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1982) Doris Roberts
Doris Roberts
(1983) Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard
(1984) Betty Thomas
Betty Thomas
(1985) Bonnie Bartlett
Bonnie Bartlett
(1986) Bonnie Bartlett
Bonnie Bartlett
(1987) Patricia Wettig
Patricia Wettig
(1988) Melanie Mayron (1989) Marg Helgenberger
Marg Helgenberger
(1990) Madge Sinclair
Madge Sinclair
(1991) Valerie Mahaffey
Valerie Mahaffey
(1992) Mary Alice
Mary Alice
(1993) Leigh Taylor-Young
Leigh Taylor-Young
(1994) Julianna Margulies
Julianna Margulies
(1995) Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
(1996) Kim Delaney
Kim Delaney
(1997) Camryn Manheim
Camryn Manheim
(1998) Holland Taylor
Holland Taylor
(1999) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(2000) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(2001) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(2002) Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
(2003) Drea de Matteo
Drea de Matteo
(2004) Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner
(2005) Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner
(2006) Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl
(2007) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(2008) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(2009) Archie Panjabi
Archie Panjabi
(2010) Margo Martindale
Margo Martindale
(2011) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2012) Anna Gunn
Anna Gunn
(2013) Anna Gunn
Anna Gunn
(2014) Uzo Aduba
Uzo Aduba
(2015) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2016) Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd

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National Board of Review
National Board of Review
Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nina Foch
Nina Foch
(1954) Marjorie Rambeau
Marjorie Rambeau
(1955) Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds
(1956) Sybil Thorndike
Sybil Thorndike
(1957) Kay Walsh
Kay Walsh
(1958) Edith Evans
Edith Evans
(1959) Shirley Jones
Shirley Jones
(1960) Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
(1961) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1962) Margaret Rutherford
Margaret Rutherford
(1963) Edith Evans
Edith Evans
(1964) Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell
(1965) Vivien Merchant (1966) Marjorie Rhodes
Marjorie Rhodes
(1967) Virginia Maskell
Virginia Maskell
(1968) Pamela Franklin
Pamela Franklin
(1969) Karen Black
Karen Black
(1970) Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
(1971) Marisa Berenson
Marisa Berenson
(1972) Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney
(1973) Valerie Perrine
Valerie Perrine
(1974) Ronee Blakley
Ronee Blakley
(1975) Talia Shire
Talia Shire
(1976) Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
(1977) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1978) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1979) Eva Le Gallienne
Eva Le Gallienne
(1980) Mona Washbourne
Mona Washbourne
(1981) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1982) Linda Hunt
Linda Hunt
(1983) Sabine Azéma
Sabine Azéma
(1984) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(1985) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1986) Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis
(1987) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(1988) Mary Stuart Masterson
Mary Stuart Masterson
(1989) Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder
(1990) Kate Nelligan (1991) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1992) Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder
(1993) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1994) Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino
(1995) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
/ Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas
(1996) Anne Heche
Anne Heche
(1997) Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci
(1998) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(1999) Lupe Ontiveros
Lupe Ontiveros
(2000) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2001) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(2002) Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson
(2003) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2004) Gong Li
Gong Li
(2005) Catherine O'Hara
Catherine O'Hara
(2006) Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan
(2007) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
(2008) Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick
(2009) Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
(2010) Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley
(2011) Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd
(2012) Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer
(2013) Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
(2014) Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
(2015) Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris
(2016) Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf

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Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(1996) Ellen Barkin
Ellen Barkin
(1997) Rita Wilson
Rita Wilson
(1998) Julia Ormond
Julia Ormond
(2001) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2002) Justine Bateman
Justine Bateman
(2003) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(2004) Lisa Edelstein
Lisa Edelstein
(2005) Julie Benz
Julie Benz
(2006) Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
(2007) Fionnula Flanagan
Fionnula Flanagan
(2008) Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch
(2009) Brenda Vaccaro
Brenda Vaccaro
(2010) Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
(2011) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2012) Laura Prepon
Laura Prepon
(2013) Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
(2014) Rhea Seehorn
Rhea Seehorn
(2015) Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman
/ Rhea Seehorn
Rhea Seehorn
(2016) Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd

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