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Deanna Dunagan (born May 25, 1940) is a Chicago-based American actress. Although Dunagan has appeared on television and in films, she is most admired for her work as a stage actress. She is best known for her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Violet Weston in Tracy Letts' August: Osage County and for her portrayal of Nana in M. Night Shyamalan's 2015 film The Visit. More recently she has appeared in the recurring role of Mother Bernadette on the Fox television series The Exorcist. She portrays Dr. Willa Sipe in the upcoming 2018 film The Pages by writer Joe Chappelle.

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Filmography

3.1 Film 3.2 Television

4 Theatre 5 References 6 External links

Early life and education[edit] Dunagan was born and raised in Monahans, Texas, United States, the daughter of Kathlyn (Cosper) and John Conrad Dunagan.[1] The eldest of five children, her father was a Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola
bottler and president of the Texas Historical Association; her mother was a stay-at-home parent with an active presence in the community. In an interview, Dunagan light-heartedly described her extended family, "My heritage is a long line of Southern Baptist
Southern Baptist
and Methodist
Methodist
preachers. And aren't they all just frustrated actors?"[2] Dunagan earned a degree in music education from the University of Texas, Austin.[3] She married her high school sweetheart and gave birth to a son; but the marriage ended a few years later. Following her divorce, Dunagan's parents agreed to fund graduate studies at Trinity University, Texas through the Dallas Theater Center. While writing her Master's thesis, Dunagan lived in Mexico. She was engaged to a bullfighter, but they never married, and she went on to pursue her acting career in the United States.[2] Career[edit] Dunagan began her acting career touring in dinner theater and later performing in regional theaters such as the Asolo Repertory Theatre
Asolo Repertory Theatre
in Sarasota, Florida, and the Actors Theatre of Louisville
Actors Theatre of Louisville
before trying her luck in New York City. She made her Broadway debut in the 1979 production of George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman
Man and Superman
at Circle in the Square as an understudy for Ann Sachs. Sachs became ill at one point during the show's run and Dunagan filled in for her with great success. This exposure led to her to being signed with International Creative Management.[4] In 1981, Dunagan performed in the first national tour of Children of a Lesser God. While on this tour, Dunagan visited Chicago
Chicago
for the first time and immediately fell in love with the city. After the end of the tour, Dunagan moved to Chicago
Chicago
and has lived there ever since, performing in more than 30 theaters in the Chicago
Chicago
area. Her work on the Chicago
Chicago
stage has garnered her three Joseph Jefferson Awards and three After Dark Awards.[5] She has worked in films including, "The Visit",The Naked Face, Running Scared, Men Don't Leave, Losing Isaiah. She has also appeared in made for television movies, in the TV mini-series A Will of Their Own and Amerika, and as a guest star on the television shows Prison Break, What About Joan, and Missing Persons, "The Strain",[6] She has had recurring roles in "Unforgettable" and "The Exorcist." In 2007-2008, Dunagan returned to Broadway in the Steppenwolf Theatre's transplant production of Tracy Letts' August: Osage County. For her performance, Dunagan won a Tony Award, Theatre World Award a Drama Desk Award and an [(Outer Critics Circle Award]).[4] She went on to portray Violet Weston in productions in London's West End in 2009 and in Sydney, Australia in 2010. She returned to New York in 2017 to Playwrights Horizons Off-Broadway to perform in the world premiere of "The Treasurer." Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1984 Naked Face, TheThe Naked Face Mrs. Hadley

1986 Running Scared Sister Rebecca

1990 Men Don't Leave Fay

1995 Losing Isaiah Dr. Goldstein

2002 Janey Van Winkle Mom Van Winkle Short film

2007 Dimension Annabelle

2011 Mariachi Gringo Monica

2013 Cherokee Word for Water, TheThe Cherokee Word for Water Irene Mankiller

2015 The Visit Nana Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated— Fangoria
Fangoria
Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress

2018 The Pages Dr. Willa Sipe

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1982 American Playhouse Emily Dickenson Episode: "Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby Is a Friend of Mine"

1984 American Playhouse Various 3 episodes

1987 Amerika Betty Milford Episode: "Part VII"

1994 Two Fathers: Justice for the Innocent Janice Bradley Television
Television
movie

2000 What About Joan? Sandy Episode: "Quid Pro Quo"

2005 Prison Break Judy Pope 2 episodes

2008 Law & Order Estelle Adams Episode: "Zero"

2009 The Big D Donna Dupree Television
Television
movie

2009 Psych Myrtle Episode: "Let's Get Hairy"

2009 Cold Case Iris Keening Episode: "WASP"

2010 Ugly Betty Lee Episode: "Back in Her Place"

2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Helen Lakeland Episode: "Beaten/Cover Letter"

2011 Unforgettable Alice 5 episodes

2011 Have a Little Faith Sarah Television
Television
film

2012 Private Practice Dr. Vivienne Carlsmith Episode: "Apron Strings"

2014 House of Cards Susan Marbury Episode: "Chapter 18"

2016 The Strain Ancharia Episode: "First Born"

2016 The Exorcist Mother Bernadette 3 episodes

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1979 Man and Superman Understudy Circle in the Square
Circle in the Square
Theatre (Broadway)

1980 Sunset/Sunrise Diane Actors Theatre of Louisville
Actors Theatre of Louisville
(Louisville, KY)

1981 Children of a Lesser God Performer National Tour

1988 Stepping Out Performer Steppenwolf Theatre
Steppenwolf Theatre
Company (Chicago, IL)

1991 Still Waters Performer Victory Gardens Theater (Chicago, IL)

1991 Cariolanus Performer Next Theatre Company (Chicago, IL)

1992 Private Passage Performer Odyssey Theatre (Chicago, IL)

1992 Song of Jacob Zulu, TheThe Song of Jacob Zulu Performer Steppenwolf Theatre
Steppenwolf Theatre
Company (Chicago, IL)

1992 Inspecting Carol Performer Steppenwolf Theatre
Steppenwolf Theatre
Company (Chicago, IL)

1996 Touch of the Poet, AA Touch of the Poet Deborah Harford Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL)

1996 Washington-Sarajevo Talks, TheThe Washington-Sarajevo Talks Rhonda Victory Gardens Theatre (Chicago, IL)

1996 Slaughterhouse-Five Performer Steppenwolf Theatre
Steppenwolf Theatre
Company (Chicago, IL)

2001 Cahoots Gwendoline Victory Gardens Theatre (Chicago, IL)

2001 Glamour House, TheThe Glamour House Trudi Stein Victory Gardens Theatre (Chicago, IL)

2001 Butley Edna Shaft Writer's Theatre (Chicago, IL)

2002 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Performer Apple Tree Theatre (Chicago, IL)

2002 Lie of the Mind, AA Lie of the Mind Performer American Theatre Company (Chicago, IL)

2003 Wedding Band Herman's Mother Steppenwolf Theatre
Steppenwolf Theatre
Company (Chicago, IL)

2003 James Joyce's The Dead Aunt Julia Morkan Court Theatre (Chicago, IL)

2003 Bounce Ensemble Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL)

2004 Delicate Balance, AA Delicate Balance Performer Remy Bumppo (Chicago, IL)

2006 I Never Sang for My Father Margaret Steppenwolf Theatre
Steppenwolf Theatre
Company (Chicago, IL)

2006 Best Man, TheThe Best Man Performer Remy Bumppo (Chicago, IL)

2006 Ten Little Indians Emily Brent Drury Lane Oakbrook (Chicago, IL)

2007-2010 August: Osage County Violet Weston Chicago, London, Sydney & Broadway

2012 A Little Night Music Madame Armfeldt Writers' Theatre (Chicago)

2013 Other Desert Cities Polly Wyeth Goodman Theatre (Chicago)

2013 The North China Lover M Lookingglass Theatre Company

2015 Marvin's Room Aunt Ruth Shattered Globe Theater, Chicago

References[edit]

^ "Kathlyn Dunagan Obituary - Odessa, TX Odessa American". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2016-09-18.  ^ a b "Deanna Dunagan, Fresh Face Interview: Broadway.com Buzz". Broadway.com. 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2013-11-14.  ^ Lopez, Rich (2008-12-26). "Dunagan gets rave reviews in London - MRT.com: Top Stories". MRT.com. Retrieved 2016-09-18.  ^ a b "Deanna Dunagan, Star File: Broadway.com Buzz". Broadway.com. 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2013-11-14.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2008-05-19.  ^ "Deanna Dunagan". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 

External links[edit]

Deanna Dunagan on IMDb Deanna Dunagan at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress
Actress
in a Play

Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(1975) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1976) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1977) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1978) Constance Cummings
Constance Cummings
/ Carole Shelley
Carole Shelley
(1979) Pat Carroll (1980) Joan Copeland
Joan Copeland
(1981) Zoe Caldwell (1982) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1983) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1984) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1985) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(1986) Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
(1987) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Geraldine James (1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Laura Esterman (1992) Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander
(1993) Myra Carter (1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Zoe Caldwell (1996) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(1997) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1998) Kathleen Chalfant (1999) Eileen Heckart (2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2001) Lindsay Duncan
Lindsay Duncan
(2002) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2003) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
/ Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
(2004) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(2005) Lois Smith
Lois Smith
(2006) Eve Best
Eve Best
(2007) Deanna Dunagan (2008) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(2009) Jan Maxwell
Jan Maxwell
(2010) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2011) Tracie Bennett (2012) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(2013) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2014) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2015) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2016) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2017)

v t e

Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actress
Actress
in a Play

Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
/ Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1947) Judith Anderson
Judith Anderson
/ Katharine Cornell
Katharine Cornell
/ Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1948) Martita Hunt (1949) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1950) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1951) Julie Harris (1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1954) Nancy Kelly
Nancy Kelly
(1955) Julie Harris (1956) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1957) Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1958) Gertrude Berg
Gertrude Berg
(1959) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1960) Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
(1961) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1962) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1963) Sandy Dennis (1964) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1965) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1966) Beryl Reid
Beryl Reid
(1967) Zoe Caldwell (1968) Julie Harris (1969) Tammy Grimes
Tammy Grimes
(1970) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1971) Sada Thompson
Sada Thompson
(1972) Julie Harris (1973) Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(1974) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(1975) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1976) Julie Harris (1977) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1978) Constance Cummings
Constance Cummings
/ Carole Shelley
Carole Shelley
(1979) Phyllis Frelich (1980) Jane Lapotaire (1981) Zoe Caldwell (1982) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1983) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1984) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1985) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(1986) Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
(1987) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1992) Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn
(1993) Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg
(1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Zoe Caldwell (1996) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(1997) Marie Mullen (1998) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1999) Jennifer Ehle
Jennifer Ehle
(2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2001) Lindsay Duncan
Lindsay Duncan
(2002) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2003) Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
(2004) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(2005) Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
(2006) Julie White
Julie White
(2007) Deanna Dunagan (2008) Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden
(2009) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2010) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2011) Nina Arianda (2012) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(2013) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2014) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2015) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2016) Laurie Me

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