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Brenda Fricker
Brenda Fricker
(born 17 February 1945) is an Irish actress of theatre, film and television. She has appeared in more than 30 films and television roles. In 1989, she became the first Irish actress to win an Oscar, earning the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress for My Left Foot. As of July 2014, she has tentatively retired from acting.[1]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Quotes 5 TV and filmography 6 Selected theatre work 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Fricker was born in Dublin, Ireland.[2] Her mother, "Bina" (née Murphy), was a teacher at Stratford College, and her father, Desmond Frederick Fricker, was an officer in the Department of Agriculture and a journalist for The Irish Times.[3] In her teens, she aspired to follow her parents' footsteps into journalism.[4] Before becoming an actress, Fricker was assistant to the art editor of the Irish Times, with hopes to become a reporter. At age 19, she became an actress "by chance",[4] her feature film career began with a small uncredited part in the 1964 film Of Human Bondage, based on the 1915 novel by W. Somerset Maugham. She also appeared in Tolka Row, Ireland's first ever soap opera. Career[edit] One of Fricker's first TV roles was staff nurse Maloney in Coronation Street, debuting on 10 January 1977. Brenda's character attended on the birth of Tracy Barlow
Tracy Barlow
on 24 January 1977's episode. Fricker came to wider public attention in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
in another nursing role, as Megan Roach in the BBC One
BBC One
television drama series Casualty. Fricker bowed out as Megan in December 1990, after playing the character in 65 episodes, because she believed her character had "started off with a wonderful sense of humour, [but] lost it all and all she ever seemed to do was push a trolley around and offer tea and sympathy".[4] In February 1998 she appeared in two episodes, with Megan attending the wedding of her former colleagues Charlie Fairhead and Barbara 'Baz' Samuels. In 2007, she returned for a single episode for Red Nose Day. The episode was written by Richard Curtis.[5] Fricker's final appearance as Megan was in August 2010, when the character took a lethal cocktail of drugs to end her life. Fricker found international acclaim after she won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Christy Brown's mother in My Left Foot. In her acceptance speech, Brenda thanked Christy Brown "just for being alive" and also dedicated the Oscar to Mrs. Brown, saying "Anybody who gives birth twenty-two times deserves one of these." For her performance Brenda was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
and she won the Los Angeles Film
Film
Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress as well. She rejoined My Left Foot's writer/director Jim Sheridan to make the 1990 film The Field, starring alongside Richard Harris
Richard Harris
as Maggie McCabe (wife of Harris' "Bull" McCabe). She continued her television work during this period, starring in the Australian-produced short series Brides of Christ (1991). She then co-starred in the 1992 TV miniseries Seekers alongside Josette Simon, produced by Sarah Lawson. Buoyed by her Oscar win, Fricker went on to appear in several high-profile Hollywood films, most notably 1992's Home Alone 2: Lost in New York as the Central Park
Central Park
Pigeon Lady (arguably her most popular film role). In 1993, she portrayed May Mackenzie, the Weekly World News-obsessed Scottish mother of Mike Myers' Charlie Mackenzie, in So I Married an Axe Murderer, and then portrayed Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character's motherly caretaker Maggie in the 1994 family comedy Angels in the Outfield. One of her last Hollywood film roles came with A Time to Kill, as Ethel Twitty (loyal secretary to Matthew McConaughey's Jake Brigance), after which she has focused almost exclusively on film and television work in Canada
Canada
and the British Isles. In 2003, she played Bernie Guerin, mother of Veronica Guerin
Veronica Guerin
(played by Cate Blanchett) in the film of the same name. She then played nurse Eileen in the film Inside I'm Dancing. In 2007, she starred in How About You the film based on a short story about people living in a residential nursing home written by Maeve Binchy, playing Heather Nightangle. Other important roles were Omagh in 2004 as police Ombudsman Nuala O' Loan, as Graiine McFadden in the TV docudrama No Tears about the women treated with the blood product Anti D in the seventies who had been contaminated with Hepatitis C, and as Aunt Maeve in Durango in 1999, based on the novel by John B Keane. Fricker has appeared in Closing the Ring, Richard Attenborough's post- Second World War
Second World War
drama, also starring Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
and Mischa Barton. in 2012 a high-profile supporting role in Albert Nobbs
Albert Nobbs
earned Fricker an Irish Film
Film
Award nomination, and along with Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis
she became half of the first pair of Oscar-winning actors to play a same-sex couple in Cloudburst, a cultural milestone for the LGBT community that won awards worldwide Personal life[edit] Fricker currently lives in the Liberties in Dublin. She was previously married to director Barry Davies. She says that her loves include her pet dogs, drinking Guinness, reading poetry and playing snooker. (She once stated that she had taken on the whole crew of My Left Foot. "I played pool against 17 of them, and beat them all," Brenda said).[4] Quotes[edit]

"If you're doing a scene and you think you're doing it wrong, just swear in the middle of it and then the director can't use it. It's an arrogant way of doing it, but unfortunately it's the only way of self-protection. You have to be a bit anarchic sometimes." [citation needed] "When you are lying drunk at the airport, you're Irish. When you win an Oscar, you're British." [citation needed] (on her character in Casualty) "Megan was the mother we all want, full of love and understanding. I'm none of that – I'm not a mother and never will be and I wasn't even a very good wife; I'm not even a good nurse to my father, now he's old and frail. I'm much more rebellious than Megan. I couldn't do her job ever. Just go down to the hospital and watch what they do for an eighth of the salary I earned pretending to be a nurse. It makes you blush. You break your heart with people being kicked in the teeth by life. I couldn't handle it. I'd be reduced to tears." [4] "Of all the films I’ve made, only three do I remember where I felt I’d moved forward as an actress: Cloudburst, My Left Foot and The Field." [6]

TV and filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1964 Of Human Bondage

Uncredited

1969 Sinful Davey

Uncredited

1975 Upstairs, Downstairs

Uncredited (extra)

1978–79 The Quatermass Conclusion Alison Thorpe Television
Television
series

1979 The Music Machine Mrs. Pearson

1980 Bloody Kids Nurse

1982 Ballroom of Romance, TheThe Ballroom of Romance Bridie

1985 Woman Who Married Clark Gable, TheThe Woman Who Married Clark Gable Mary

1986–90, 1998, 2007, 2010 Casualty Megan Roach Television
Television
series

1989 My Left Foot Mrs. Brown

Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress Boston Society of Film
Film
Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress Los Angeles Film
Film
Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Montreal World Film
Film
Festival Jurisdiction Award Nominated — Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Nominated — National Society of Film
Film
Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated — New York Film
Film
Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress

1990 The Field Maggie McCabe

1991 Brides of Christ Sister Agnes

1992 Sound and the Silence, TheThe Sound and the Silence Eliza Television
Television
series

1992 Utz Marta

1992 Seekers Stella Hazard Television
Television
series

1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Central Park
Central Park
Pigeon Woman

1993 So I Married an Axe Murderer May Mackenzie

1993 Deadly Advice Iris Greenwood

1994 Man of No Importance, AA Man of No Importance Lily Byrne

1994 Angels in the Outfield Maggie Nelson

1995 Journey Lottie Television
Television
film

1996 Moll Flanders Mrs. Mazzawatti

Time to Kill, AA Time to Kill Ethel Twitty Nominated — Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Worst Supporting Actress

Swann Rose Hindmarch Nominated — Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1997 Masterminds Principal Claire Maloney

1998 Painted Angels Annie Ryan

Resurrection Man Dorcas Kelly

Pete's Meteor Lily

1999 Resurrection Clare's mother Television
Television
remake of 1980 original

Durango Aunt Maeve

2000 Cupid & Cate Willie Hendley

2001 The War Bride Betty Nominated — Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

2002 The Intended Mrs. Jones

2003 Conspiracy of Silence Annie McLaughlin

Veronica Guerin Bernadette "Bernie" Guerin Nominated — Irish Film
Film
& Television
Television
Award for Best Supporting Actress - Film

Watermelon Teresa Ryan

2004 Trauma Petra

Omagh Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan Television
Television
film

Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss Madame Alex Television
Television
film

Inside I'm Dancing Eileen Nominated — Irish Film
Film
& Television
Television
Award for Best Actress - Film

Razor Fish Molly

2005 Milk Nan

Tara Road Mona

2007 How About You

Closing the Ring Grandma Reilly

2008 Stone of Destiny Mrs. McQuarry

Beautiful People Narg Episode: "How I Got My Beads"

2010 Locked In Joan

2011 Cloudburst Dot

Albert Nobbs Polly Nominated — Irish Film
Film
& Television
Television
Award for Best Supporting Actress - Film

2013 A Long Way from Home Brenda

Forgive Me (TV series) Mrs. Smith

Selected theatre work[edit]

At the National Theatre

The Plough and the Stars Lavender Blue

At the Royal Court Theatre

Within Two Shadows A Pagan's Place

At the Geffen Playhouse

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Other[4]

Typhad Mary Macbeth Outskirts TV Times The Accrington Pals The Irish Play Lost World The Weeping of Angels

See also[edit]

List of people on stamps of Ireland

References[edit]

^ http://www.herald.ie/news/i-wont-be-doing-any-more-films-brenda-fricker-30428395.html ^ " Brenda Fricker
Brenda Fricker
Biography" at Biography.com ^ The Sunday Times, November 2, 2008, "Profile: Brenda Fricker, the star who makes Home Alone true" ^ a b c d e f holby.tv Casualty Brenda Fricker
Brenda Fricker
Archived October 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Brenda's Red Nose return ^ Barnard, Elissa (11 December 2012). "Actress hails Cloudburst". The Chronicle-Herald. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 

External links[edit]

Brenda Fricker
Brenda Fricker
on IMDb MSN Movies profile Fricker at HOLBY.TV

Awards for Brenda Fricker

v t e

Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress

1936–1950

Gale Sondergaard
Gale Sondergaard
(1936) Alice Brady
Alice Brady
(1937) Fay Bainter
Fay Bainter
(1938) Hattie McDaniel
Hattie McDaniel
(1939) Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell
(1940) Mary Astor
Mary Astor
(1941) Teresa Wright
Teresa Wright
(1942) Katina Paxinou
Katina Paxinou
(1943) Ethel Barrymore
Ethel Barrymore
(1944) Anne Revere
Anne Revere
(1945) Anne Baxter
Anne Baxter
(1946) Celeste Holm
Celeste Holm
(1947) Claire Trevor
Claire Trevor
(1948) Mercedes McCambridge
Mercedes McCambridge
(1949) Josephine Hull (1950)

1951–1975

Kim Hunter
Kim Hunter
(1951) Gloria Grahame
Gloria Grahame
(1952) Donna Reed
Donna Reed
(1953) Eva Marie Saint
Eva Marie Saint
(1954) Jo Van Fleet
Jo Van Fleet
(1955) Dorothy Malone
Dorothy Malone
(1956) Miyoshi Umeki
Miyoshi Umeki
(1957) Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller
(1958) Shelley Winters
Shelley Winters
(1959) Shirley Jones
Shirley Jones
(1960) Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
(1961) Patty Duke
Patty Duke
(1962) Margaret Rutherford
Margaret Rutherford
(1963) Lila Kedrova
Lila Kedrova
(1964) Shelley Winters
Shelley Winters
(1965) Sandy Dennis (1966) Estelle Parsons
Estelle Parsons
(1967) Ruth Gordon
Ruth Gordon
(1968) Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn
(1969) Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1970) Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
(1971) Eileen Heckart (1972) Tatum O'Neal
Tatum O'Neal
(1973) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1974) Lee Grant
Lee Grant
(1975)

1976–2000

Beatrice Straight (1976) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1977) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1978) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1979) Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenburgen
(1980) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1981) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(1982) Linda Hunt
Linda Hunt
(1983) Peggy Ashcroft
Peggy Ashcroft
(1984) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(1985) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1986) Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis
(1987) Geena Davis
Geena Davis
(1988) Brenda Fricker
Brenda Fricker
(1989) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Marisa Tomei
Marisa Tomei
(1992) Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin
(1993) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1994) Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino
(1995) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
(1996) Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger
(1997) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1998) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1999) Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden
(2000)

2001–present

Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly
(2001) Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones
(2002) Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
(2003) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2004) Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
(2005) Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
(2006) Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton
(2007) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
(2008) Mo'Nique
Mo'Nique
(2009) Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo
(2010) Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer
(2011) Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
(2012) Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o
(2013) Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
(2014) Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander
(2015) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2016) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(2017)

v t e

Boston Society of Film
Film
Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress

Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenburgen
(1980) Mona Washbourne
Mona Washbourne
(1981) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(1982) Linda Hunt
Linda Hunt
(1983) Peggy Ashcroft
Peggy Ashcroft
(1984) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(1985) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1986) Kathy Baker
Kathy Baker
(1987) Joan Cusack
Joan Cusack
(1988) Brenda Fricker
Brenda Fricker
(1989) Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
(1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1992) Rosie Perez
Rosie Perez
(1993) Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
(1994) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1995) Courtney Love
Courtney Love
(1996) Sarah Polley
Sarah Polley
(1997) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1998) Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny
(1999) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2000) Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz
(2001) Toni Collette
Toni Collette
(2002) Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson
(2003) Laura Dern/ Sharon Warren (2004) Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener
(2005) Shareeka Epps (2006) Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan
(2007) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
(2008) Mo'Nique
Mo'Nique
(2009) Juliette Lewis
Juliette Lewis
(2010) Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy
(2011) Sally Field
Sally Field
(2012) June Squibb (2013) Emma Stone
Emma Stone
(2014) Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
(2015) Lily Gladstone (2016) Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf
(2017)

v t e

Los Angeles Film
Film
Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress

Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1977) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
/ Mona Washbourne
Mona Washbourne
(1978) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1979) Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenburgen
(1980) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1981) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1982) Linda Hunt
Linda Hunt
(1983) Peggy Ashcroft
Peggy Ashcroft
(1984) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(1985) Cathy Tyson / Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1986) Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis
(1987) Geneviève Bujold
Geneviève Bujold
(1988) Brenda Fricker
Brenda Fricker
(1989) Lorraine Bracco
Lorraine Bracco
(1990) Jane Horrocks (1991) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1992) Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin
/ Rosie Perez
Rosie Perez
(1993) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1994) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1995) Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey
(1996) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(1997) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1998) Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny
(1999) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2000) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2001) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(2002) Shohreh Aghdashloo
Shohreh Aghdashloo
(2003) Virginia Madsen
Virginia Madsen
(2004) Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener
(2005) Luminița Gheorghiu (2006) Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan
(2007) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
(2008) Mo'Nique
Mo'Nique
(2009) Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
(2010) Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
(2011) Amy Adams
Amy Adams
(2012) Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o
(2013) Agata Kulesza
Agata Kulesza
(2014) Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander
(2015) Lily Gladstone (2016) Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf
(2017)

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