The Info List - Fionnula Flanagan

Fionnghuala Manon "Fionnula" Flanagan (born 10 December 1941) is an Irish actress and political activist.


1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Awards and recognition 6 References 7 External links

Early life and education[edit] Flanagan was born and raised in Dublin, the daughter of Rosanna (née McGuirk) and Terence Niall Flanagan.[1] Her father was an Irish Army officer and Communist who had fought in the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War
Spanish Civil War
against Franco.[2] Although her parents were not Irish speakers, they wanted Fionnula and her four siblings to learn the Irish language, thus she grew up speaking English and Irish fluently. She was educated in Switzerland
and England. She trained extensively at the Abbey Theatre
Abbey Theatre
in Dublin
and travelled throughout Europe before settling in Los Angeles in early 1968. Career[edit] Flanagan came to prominence in Ireland in 1965 as a result of her role as Máire in the Telefís Éireann production of the Irish language play An Triail, for which she received the Jacob's Award
Jacob's Award
in Dublin
for her "outstanding performance".[3] With her portrayal of Gerty McDowell in the film version of Ulysses (1967), Flanagan established herself as one of the foremost interpreters of James Joyce. She made her Broadway debut in Brian Friel's Lovers (1968), then appeared in The Incomparable Max (1971) and such Joycean theatrical projects as Ulysses in Nighttown
Ulysses in Nighttown
(as Molly Bloom) and James Joyce's Women (1977; toured through 1979), a one-woman show written by Flanagan and directed for the stage by Burgess Meredith. It was subsequently filmed in 1983, with Flanagan both producing and playing all six main female roles (Joyce's wife, Nora Barnacle, as well as fictional characters Molly Bloom, Gerty McDowell, etc.). A familiar presence in American television, Flanagan has appeared in several made-for-TV movies including The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975) starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Mary White (1977), The Ewok Adventure (1984) and A Winner Never Quits
A Winner Never Quits
(1986). She won an Emmy Award for her performance as Clothilde in the 1976 network miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man. Her weekly-series stints have included Aunt Molly Culhane in How the West Was Won (1977), which earned her a second Emmy Award nomination. She did multiple appearances on Murder, She Wrote, one of them as Freida, a secretary aiding Jessica Fletcher in finding a murderer on the episode Steal me a Story (1987). She played Lt. Guyla Cook in Hard Copy (1987), and as Kathleen Meacham, wife of a police chief played by John Mahoney
John Mahoney
in H.E.L.P. (1990). She made guest appearances in three of the Star Trek
Star Trek

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Dax" The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Inheritance", in which she played Data's "mother" The Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Fallen Hero", playing the Vulcan Ambassador V'Lar

Flanagan guest-starred in several episodes of Lost as Eloise Hawking, a recurring character. She appeared in such films as The Others opposite Nicole Kidman, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood as the eldest Teensy, and Waking Ned. She appeared in television series and stage productions including the Emmy-nominated miniseries Revelations, starring Bill Pullman
Bill Pullman
and Natascha McElhone, and in Transamerica, starring Felicity Huffman. From 2006 to 2008, she played Rose Caffee, the matriarch of an Irish-American Rhode Island
Rhode Island
family on the Showtime drama Brotherhood. Personal life[edit] Flanagan appeared with Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
in Some Mother's Son, written and directed by Terry George, as the militantly supportive mother of a Provisional Irish Republican Army
Provisional Irish Republican Army
hunger striker in 1981. Subsequently, she spoke at a memorial hosted by Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
at the Citywest Building in Dublin
for Irish republicans
Irish republicans
and their kin who were killed during the latest instalment of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.[citation needed] Flanagan and her late husband Dr. Garrett O'Connor, an Irish nationalist from Dublin,[4] were known to host parties at their Hollywood Hills
Hollywood Hills
home for people in the Irish community. In July 2009, she joined Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
president Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
for a series of lectures across the USA supporting Irish unity. In October 2011, she announced her support for Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
politician Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness
in his unsuccessful bid in Ireland's 2011 presidential election.[5] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1967 Ulysses Gerty MacDowell

1969 Sinful Davey Penelope

1973 The Picture of Dorian Gray Felicia

1976 In the Region of Ice The Sister

1977 Mary White Sallie White

1980 Mr. Patman Abadaba

1983 Through Naked Eyes Dr. Frances Muller

1984 Reflections Mrs. Charlotte Lawless

1984 Scorned and Swindled Margaret

1984 Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure Catarine Towani

1985 James Joyce's Women Harriet Shaw Weaver

1986 Youngblood Miss McGill

1986 A State of Emergency Diane Carmody

1987 P.K. and the Kid Flo

1991 Death Dreams Margaret Neuberger

1991 Final Verdict Pearl Morton

1992 Mad at the Moon Mrs. Hill

1993 Money for Nothing Mrs. Coyle

1994 White Mile Gena Karas

1996 Some Mother's Son Annie Higgins

1998 Waking Ned Annie O'Shea Nominated–Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

1999 With or Without You Irene

1999 A Secret Affair Drucilla Fitzgerald

1999 Deceit uncredited

2000 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Sally

2001 The Others Mrs. Bertha Mills Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood "Teensy" Whitman

2003 Tears of the Sun Sister Grace

2004 Blessed J. Lloyd Samuel

2004 Man About Dog Olivia

2005 Transamerica Elizabeth Schupak Irish Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actress – Film

2005 Sexual Life Grandmother

2005 Four Brothers Evelyn Mercer

2007 Slipstream Bette Lustig

2008 Yes Man Tillie

2009 The Invention of Lying Martha

2009 A Christmas Carol Mrs. Dilber

2010 Kill the Irishman Grace O'Keefe

2010 The Guard Eileen Boyle Irish Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actress – Film

2011 Coming & Going Irma

2013 Angels Sing Ma

2013 Life's a Breeze Nan

2014 Song of the Sea Granny / Macha Voice

2016 Trash Fire Violet

2016 Havenhurst Eleanor Mudgett

2016 Little Secret Barbara


Year Title Role Notes

1972 Gunsmoke Sarah Morgan Episode: "The Drummer"

1972 Bonanza Meg Dundee Episode: "Heritage of Anger"

1972 Mannix Gloria Paget Episode: "The Crimson Hero"

1975 The Legend of Lizzie Borden Bridget Sullivan

1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Clothilde Episode: "Part II: Chapters 3 and 4" Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

1976 The Streets of San Francisco Emma Simms Episode: "Requiem for Murder"

1976 Kojak Molly Braddock Episode: "A Summer Madness"

1978–1979 How the West Was Won Molly Cullhane 12 episodes Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

1983 Voyagers! Molly Brown Episode: "Voyagers of the Titanic" – Episode 15

1986 A Winner Never Quits Mrs. Wyshner

1987 Murder, She Wrote Freida Schmidt Episode: "Steal Me a Story"

1989 Columbo Louise Episode: "Murder: A Self Portrait"

1990 Beauty and the Beast Jessica Webb 2 episodes

1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Enina Tandro Episode: "Dax"

1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation Juliana Tainer Episode: "Inheritance"

1993 Murder, She Wrote Fiona Griffith "A Killing in Cork"

1993 Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman Heart Episode: "The Circus – The Queen of Hearts"

1995 Murder, She Wrote Eileen O'Brannon 2 episodes

1998–1999 Poltergeist: The Legacy Older Woman 3 episodes

2002 Star Trek: Enterprise V'Lar Episode: "Fallen Hero"

2003 Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit Sheila Baxter Episode: "Escape"

2003 Murder, She Wrote Margaret Byrne "The Celtic Riddle", TV movie

2004 Nip/Tuck Sr. Rita Claire Episode: "Agatha Ripp"

2005 Revelations Mother Francine 5 episodes

2007 Paddywhackery Peig Sayers 6 episodes Nominated–Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Television

2006–2008 Brotherhood Rose Caffee 25 episodes Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated–Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role – Television Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

2007–2010 Lost Eloise Hawking 7 episodes

2013 Defiance Nicolette "Nicky" Riordan 5 episodes

2017 Redwater[6] Agnes Byrne

2017 American Gods Essie's Grandmother/Old Essie Macgowan Episode: "A Prayer for Mad Sweeney"

Awards and recognition[edit]

IFTA Lifetime Achievement gong at the 9th Irish Film and Television Awards.[7]


^ " Fionnula Flanagan
Fionnula Flanagan
Biography (1941–)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 22 December 2016.  ^ RTE One, My Story: Fionnula Flanagan. Retrieved 14 June 2016 ^ The Irish Times, "Television awards presented", 9 December 1965 ^ How Flanagan and O'Connor met, People. Retrieved 21 July 2014. ^ Fionnuala Flanagan endorsement of Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness
on YouTube ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (11 April 2016). "EastEnders spinoff Redwater casts Lost and The Others star Fionnula Flanagan
Fionnula Flanagan
in main part". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 April 2016.  ^ "Flanagan to receive IFTA honour". RTÉ Ten. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 

External links[edit]

Fionnula Flanagan
Fionnula Flanagan
on IMDb Fionnula Flanagan
Fionnula Flanagan
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Fionnula Flanagan
Fionnula Flanagan
at AllMovie

Awards for Fionnula Flanagan

v t e

Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Zohra Lampert
Zohra Lampert
(1974) Fionnula Flanagan
Fionnula Flanagan
(1976) Beulah Bondi
Beulah Bondi
(1977) Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
(1978) Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard
(1987) Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight
(1988) Kay Lenz
Kay Lenz
(1989) Viveca Lindfors
Viveca Lindfors
(1990) Peggy McCay
Peggy McCay
(1991) Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
(1993) Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway
(1994) Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight
(1995) Amanda Plummer
Amanda Plummer
(1996) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1997) Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
(1998) Debra Monk
Debra Monk
(1999) Beah Richards
Beah Richards
(2000) Sally Field
Sally Field
(2001) Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson
(2002) Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard
(2003) Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone
(2004) Amanda Plummer
Amanda Plummer
(2005) Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson
(2006) Leslie Caron
Leslie Caron
(2007) Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
(2008) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(2009) Ann-Margret
(2010) Loretta Devine
Loretta Devine
(2011) Martha Plimpton
Martha Plimpton
(2012) Carrie Preston
Carrie Preston
(2013) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(2014) Margo Martindale
Margo Martindale
(2015) Margo Martindale
Margo Martindale
(2016) Alexis Bledel
Alexis Bledel

v t e

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

v t e

Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress

Ida Lupino
Ida Lupino
(1974/75) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1976) Susan Tyrrell
Susan Tyrrell
(1977) Dyan Cannon
Dyan Cannon
(1978) Veronica Cartwright
Veronica Cartwright
(1979) Eve Brent
Eve Brent
(1980) Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
(1981) Zelda Rubinstein
Zelda Rubinstein
(1982) Candy Clark (1983) Polly Holliday
Polly Holliday
(1984) Anne Ramsey
Anne Ramsey
(1985) Jenette Goldstein (1986) Anne Ramsey
Anne Ramsey
(1987) Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney
(1988) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1989/90) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Isabella Rossellini
Isabella Rossellini
(1992) Amanda Plummer
Amanda Plummer
(1993) Mia Sara (1994) Bonnie Hunt
Bonnie Hunt
(1995) Alice Krige
Alice Krige
(1996) Gloria Stuart
Gloria Stuart
(1997) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1998) Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson
(1999) Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (2000) Fionnula Flanagan
Fionnula Flanagan
(2001) Samantha Morton
Samantha Morton
(2002) Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres
(2003) Daryl Hannah
Daryl Hannah
(2004) Summer Glau
Summer Glau
(2005) Famke Janssen
Famke Janssen
(2006) Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden
(2007) Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton
(2008) Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver
(2009) Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis
(2010) Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt
(2011) Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
(2012) Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
(2013) Rene Russo
Rene Russo
(2014) Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
(2015) Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton

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