Flanagan, Fionnula 1941- (Fionnuala Flanagan, Fionnula Flannagan)

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Flanagan, Fionnula 1941- (Fionnuala Flanagan, Fionnula Flannagan)


Full name, Fionnghuala Manon Flanagan; born December 10, 1941, in Dublin, Ireland; immigrated to the United States, 1968; daughter of Terence Niall and Rosanna (maiden name, McGuirk) Flanagan; married Garrett O'Connor (a psychiatrist and producer), November 26, 1972; children: two stepsons. Education—Attended the University of Fribourg; trained for the stage at the Abbey Theatre School, Dublin, Ireland. Avocational Interests: Playing the viola.


Agent—IFA Talent Agency, 8730 Sunset Blvd., Suite 490, Los Angeles, CA 90069; Don Buchwald and Associates, 6500 Wilshire Ave., Suite 2200, Los Angeles, CA 90048-4942. Publicist—Guttman Associates Public Relations, 119 South Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Actress, producer, director, and writer. Rejoycing Company, president, beginning 1978; Usual Suspects (production company), cofounder. Study Center for Organization and Leadership Authority, fellow, beginning 1976.


Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, Irish Actors' Equity Association.

Awards, Honors:

Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best supporting or featured actress in a play, 1974, for Ulysses in Nighttown; Emmy Award, outstanding single performance by a supporting actress in a comedy or drama series, 1976, for Rich Man, Poor Man; DramaLogue Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, and San Francisco Theatre Critics Award, all 1977, for James Joyce's Women; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actress in a drama series, 1978, for How the West Was Won; DramaLogue Award, 1988, for Freedom of the City; Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by a cast, 1999, for Waking Ned; Saturn Award, best supporting actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, and Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role, drama, International Press Academy, both 2002, for The Others; Imagery Honors, Sonoma Valley Film Festival, 2004; Golden Satellite Award nomination, best actress in a supporting role in a series, miniseries, or movie made for television, 2006, for Brotherhood.


Film Appearances:

Gerty McDowell, Ulysses, Continental Distributing, 1967.

Penelope, Sinful Davey, United Artists, 1969.

The sister (a nun), In the Region of Ice (short film), American Film Institute, c. 1976.

Abadaba, Mr. Patman (also known as Crossover), Film Consortium of Canada, 1980.

Voyager from the Unknown, 1982.

Charlotte Lawless, Reflections, Artificial Eye, 1984.

Diane Carmody, A State of Emergency (also known as Chain Reaction), Morning Star Productions, 1985.

Nora Joyce, Sylvia Beach, Harriet Shaw Weaver, Gerty MacDowell, washer woman, and Molly Bloom, James Joyce's Women, Universal, 1985.

Miss McGill, Youngblood, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1986.

Flo, P. K. and the Kid, Castle Hill, 1987.

Mrs. Hill (Jenny's mother), Mad at the Moon, Republic Pictures, 1992.

Mrs. Coyle, Money for Nothing (also known as The Joey Coyle Story), Buena Vista, 1993.

Annie Higgins, Some Mother's Son (also known as Sons and Warriors), Sony Pictures Releasing, 1996.

Annie O'Shea, Waking Ned (also known as Waking Ned Devine, A la sante de Ned, and Vieilles canailles), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998.

Paperlily, 1998.

Irene, With or without You, Miramax, 1999.

Il gioco (also known as Deceit and Commedia), 1999.

Mrs. Bertha Mills, The Others (also known as Les autres and Los otros), Dimension Films, 2001.

Melissa "Teensy" Whitman, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Warner Bros., 2002.

Sister Grace, Tears of the Sun (also known as Hostile Act, Hostile Rescue, Man of War, and Rules of Engagement), Columbia/TriStar, 2003.

J. Lloyd Samuel, Blessed (also known as Samantha's Child), DEJ Productions, 2004.

Mary Kuhlmann, One of the Oldest Con Games (short film), 2004.

Olivia, Man about Dog, Redbus Film Distribution, 2004.

Elizabeth, Transamerica, IFC Films/The Weinstein Company, 2005.

Evelyn Mercer, Four Brothers, Paramount, 2005.

The Payback (also known as Checkmate), Thema Production, 2006.

Slipstream, Blue Sky Media, 2007.

Some sources cite an appearance in The Pornographer (also known as Family Values), c. 1994.

Film Work:

Executive producer and coproducer, James Joyce's Women, Universal, 1985.

Director and producer, Hidden Fire (training film), 1994.

Additional voices, Quest for Camelot (animated; also known as The Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot), Warner Bros., 1998.

Television Appearances; Series:

Aunt Molly Culhane, How the West Was Won, ABC, 1978-79.

Lieutenant Guyla Cook, Hard Copy, CBS, 1987.

Kathleen Meacham, H.E.L.P., ABC, 1990.

Fiona McGrail, To Have & to Hold, CBS, 1998.

Rose Caffee, Brotherhood, Showtime, 2006.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Mary Smiling, Cold Comfort Farm, BBC, c. 1968, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, beginning c. 1971.

Felicia, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ABC, 1973.

Clothilde, Rich Man, Poor Man (also known as Rich Man, Poor Man—Book I), ABC, 1976.

Molly Culhane, How the West Was Won, ABC, c. 1977.

Bridget Durack, Kings in Grass Castles, Seven Network (Australia), 1997.

Mother Francine Mai, Revelations, NBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Virginia, The Godchild, ABC, 1974.

Bridget Sullivan, The Legend of Lizzie Borden, ABC, 1975.

(As Fionnuala Flanagan) Dulcie, Nightmare in Badham County (also known as Nightmare), ABC, 1976.

Sallie White, Mary White, ABC, 1977.

Audrey Gibson, Young Love, First Love, CBS, 1979.

Dr. Frances Muller, Through Naked Eyes, ABC, 1983.

Catarine Towani, The Ewok Adventure (also known as Caravan of Courage and Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure), ABC, 1984.

Margaret, Scorned and Swindled, CBS, 1984.

Mrs. Wyshner, A Winner Never Quits, ABC, 1986.

Louise, Columbo: Murder—A Self-Portrait (also known as Murder: A Self-Portrait), NBC, 1989.

Crista Westfield, Death Dreams, Lifetime, 1991.

Pearl Morton, Final Verdict, TNT, 1991.

Genna Karas, White Mile, HBO, 1994.

Brighty, 919 Fifth Avenue (also known as Dominick Dunne's "919 Fifth Avenue"), 1995.

Drucilla Fitzgerald, A Secret Affair (also known as Barbara Taylor Bradford's "A Secret Affair"), CBS, 1999.

Sally, For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (also known as The Arturo Sandoval Story), HBO, 2000.

Margaret Byrne, Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle, CBS, 2003.

Grandmother, Sexual Life, Showtime, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Eileen, "Why Aren't You Famous?," The Wednesday Play, BBC, 1966.

Mona, "A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer's Assistant," The Wednesday Play, BBC, 1967.

Herself, A Look Inside: The Others (short), 2001.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, Second Irish Film and Television Awards, IFTN (Ireland), 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Rena Clarke, "Goodbye, Nobby Clarke," Callan, Independent Television (England), 1967.

(As Fionnuala Flanagan) Elizabeth "Meg" Dundee, "Heritage of Anger," Bonanza (also known as Ponderosa), NBC, 1972.

Gloria Paget, "The Crimson Halo," Mannix, CBS, 1972.

(As Fionnuala Flanagan) Sarah Morgan, "The Drummer," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1972.

"Dinner of Herbs," Marcus Welby, M.D. (also known as Robert Young, Family Doctor), ABC, 1972.

Maggie, "A Joyful Song," Marcus Welby, M.D. (also known as Robert Young, Family Doctor), ABC, 1973.

"The Case of the Horoscope Homicide," The New Perry Mason, CBS, 1973.

"To Trump an Ace," Marcus Welby, M.D. (also known as Robert Young, Family Doctor), ABC, 1973.

Judy Karcher, "Trial by Doubt," The Rookies, ABC, 1974.

Louise, "The Murder Machine," Shaft, CBS, 1974.

Nellie, "Only Birds and Fools," Hec Ramsey, NBC, 1974.

Mrs. Hansen, "The Company Man," Police Story, NBC, 1975.

Ellen Simms (some sources cite Emma Simms), "Requiem for Murder," The Streets of San Francisco, ABC, 1976.

Karen, "Child of Conflict," Medical Center, CBS, 1976.

Molly Braddock, "A Summer Madness," Kojak, CBS, 1976.

(As Fionnuala Flanagan) Rita Maloney, "Every Man Must Pay His Dues," Serpico, NBC, 1976.

Tammy Dalton, "Road to Nashville," The Bionic Woman, ABC, 1976.

Sabrina, "Roadhouse," Palmerstown, U.S.A. (also known as Palmerstown), CBS, 1981.

"Is There a Doctor in the Big House?," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1981.

Molly Brown, "Voyagers of the Titanic," Voyagers!, NBC, 1983.

Arlene Crenshaw, "The Clinic," Cagney & Lacey, CBS, 1984.

Dr. Pettibon, "Sheer Will," Fame, syndicated, 1984.

Dr. Rita Price, "John Doe," Simon & Simon, CBS, 1984.

Melissa Belancourt, "Peter Pan Is Alive and Well," Riptide, NBC, 1984.

Freida Schmidt, "Steal Me a Story," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1987.

Dr. Barbara Bryson, Lydia, and Becky, "A Firm Grasp of Reality," Simon & Simon, CBS, 1988.

Maureen Delaney, "Shallalagh," Hunter, NBC, 1989.

Jessica Webb, "Legacies," Beauty and the Beast, CBS, 1990.

Jessica Webb, "The Reckoning," Beauty and the Beast, CBS, 1990.

(As Fionnula Flannagan) Mother Margaret, "The Undercover Nun Mystery," Father Dowling Mysteries (also known as Father Dowling Investigates), ABC, 1990.

Mrs. Pearl Hooper, Reasonable Doubts, NBC, 1992.

Dr. Juliana Tainer, "Inheritance," Star Trek: The Next Generation (also known as The Next Generation and Star Trek: TNG), syndicated, 1993.

Enina Tandro, "Dax," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (also known as Deep Space Nine, DS9, and Star Trek: DS9), syndicated, 1993.

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

Heart, "The Circus," Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, CBS, 1994.

Eileen O'Bannon, "Nan's Ghost: Parts 1 & 2," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1995.

Julia Grant, "Legend on His President's Secret Service," Legend, UPN, 1995.

Helen Reyneaux, "The Coldest Night of the Year," Nothing Sacred, ABC, 1998.

Narrator, "The Darkside," Poltergeist: The Legacy, Showtime and syndicated, 1998.

Judge Robin O'Hara, "Big Hand for the Little Lady," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1999.

Narrator, "Double Cross," Poltergeist: The Legacy, Sci-Fi Channel and syndicated, 1999.

The older woman, "The Traitor," Poltergeist: The Legacy, Sci-Fi Channel and syndicated, 1999.

"The Anniversary/Lady, Are You Rich?/Where's My Kiss, Then?," Chicken Soup for the Soul, PAX TV, 1999.

Vulcan ambassador V'Lar, "Fallen Hero," Enterprise (also known as Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Series V, and Star Trek: Untitled Fifth Series), UPN, 2002.

Sheila Baxter, "Escape," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2003.

Sister Rita-Claire, "Agatha Ripp," Nip/Tuck, FX Channel, 2004.

Ms. Hawking, "Flashes before Your Eyes," Lost, ABC, 2007.

Appeared as Bronnie in "Vigil," an episode of Here's Boomer (also known as Here's Johnny), NBC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Noreen Doyle, The Doyles, ABC, 1997.

Fiona McGrail, To Have & to Hold, CBS, 1998.

Stage Appearances:

Mag, Winners, produced with Losers as part of Lovers, Gate Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, then Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, and Music Box Theatre, both New York City, 1968.

Library attendant and Mrs. Blake, The Incomparable Max, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1971.

Molly Bloom, Mrs. Bellingham, Mary Driscoll, Stephen's mother, apple woman, and crone, Ulysses in Nighttown, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1974.

Nora Joyce, Sylvia Beach, Harriet Shaw Weaver, Gerty MacDowell, Molly Bloom, and washer woman, James Joyce's Women (solo show), Los Angeles, 1977.

Mrs. Alving, Ghosts, Roundabout Theatre Company, Union Square Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Happy Days, 1991.

Countess Cathleen, 1992.

Unfinished Stories, 1992.

Summerhouse, 1994.

Stage Director:

Freedom of the City, Theatre West, Los Angeles, 1988.

Faith Healer, 1989.

Away Alone, Court Theatre, Los Angeles, 1991, then Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, 1992.

A Secret Affair, 1999.

Havana Nocturne, 2000.



Maeve Binchy, Circle of Friends, Random House Audio, 1991.

Binchy, The Copper Beech, Random House Audio, 1994.

Binchy, The Glass Lake, Random House Audio, 1995.

Binchy, This Year It Will Be Different, Random House Audio, 1995.

Binchy, The Maeve Binchy Collection: The Copper Beech, Circle of Friends, and The Glass Lake, Random House Audio, 1998.

Binchy, The Return Journey, Random House Audio, 1998.

Patricia Reilly Giff, Maggie's Door, Listening Library, 2003.


Writings for the Stage:

James Joyce's Women (solo show; based on the work of James Joyce), Los Angeles, 1977.


James Joyce's Women (based on the work of James Joyce), Universal, 1985.



Back Stage West, December 3, 1998, p. 8.

Celebrity Sleuth, Volume 4, number 9, 1991, pp. 76-77.

Hello!, November 20, 2001, pp. 110-12.

Irish America, January, 1997, pp. 20-25, 52, 57.

James Joyce Quarterly, fall, 1996, p. 13.