Frances Conroy Biography (1953-)

Born November 13 1953, in Monroe, GA; father, a business executive; mother, in business; married Jonathan Furst, 1980 (divorced); married Jan Munroe (an actor and mime), 1992; children: one. Addresses: Agent: Paul Martino, International Creative Management, 40 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

Birth Details
November 13, 1953
Monroe, Georgia, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Measure for Measure, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1976
  • Kattrin, Mother Courage and Her Children, Acting Company, AmericanPlace Theatre, New York City, 1978
  • Cordelia, King Lear, Acting Company, American Place Theatre, 1978
  • Amy Lowell, Sappho, Mary Shelley, Nelly Dean, and Dorothea Brooke, TheOther Half, Acting Company, American Place Theatre, 1978
  • Diana, All's Well That Ends Well, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, Public Theatre, 1978
  • Desdemona, Othello, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, Public Theatre, then Alliance Theatre Company, Atlanta, GA, both 1979
  • Measure for Measure, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1979-1980
  • Jo, The Lady from Dubuque, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Woman in skirt, Girls, Girls, Girls, Other Stage, Public Theatre,New York City, 1980
  • "Sally and Marsha," Winterset, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1980-1981
  • Miranda, The Tempest, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, 1981
  • Dona Elvire, Don Juan, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, 1981
  • Ethan Frome, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, 1981-1982
  • Julia, Zastrozzi, Other Stage, Public Theatre, 1982
  • Mags Church, Painting Christmas, South Street Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Sonya, Uncle Vanya, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club Annex, New York City, 1983
  • Kevin, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, Circle in the Square, NewYork City, 1984
  • Elmire, Tartuffe, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1984
  • Louisa May Alcott, Romance Language, Playwrights Horizons Theatre,New York City, 1984-1985, then Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1985-1986
  • Kate, The Taming of the Shrew, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1985
  • Elizabeth, Richard III, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1985
  • Mrs. San Francisco, Mrs. California, Mark Taper Forum and CoronetTheatre, both Los Angeles, 1985-1986
  • Corinna Stroller, The House of Blue Leaves, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 1987
  • Ann Whitefield, Man and Superman, Roundabout Theatre Company, Union Square Theatre, New York City, 1987-1988
  • Samantha, Zero Positive, New York Shakespeare Festival, LuEsther Hall, Public Theatre, 1988
  • Mrs. Gibbs, Our Town, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1988-1989
  • Marion French, The Secret Rapture, Public Theatre, then Ethel Barrymore Theatre, both New York City, 1989
  • Frankie Lewis, Some Americans Abroad, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, then Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center, both New York City, 1990
  • Sasha Lebedev, Ivanov, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1990
  • Agnes Eggling, A Bright Room Called Day, LuEsther Hall, Public Theatre, 1990-1991
  • Hesione Hushaby, Heartbreak House, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA, 1991
  • Catherine Forrest, Two Shakespearean Actors, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1992
  • Sally Truman, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Lucille Lortel Theatre,New York City, 1992
  • Patricia Hamilton, The Last Yankee, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II, New York City, 1993
  • Mrs. Constable, In the Summer House, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center, 1993
  • Margaret Hyman, Broken Glass, Longworth Theatre and Booth Theatre,both New York City, 1994
  • Mary Ann, Booth, York Theatre Company, Theatre at St. Peter's Church, New York City, 1994
  • "B," Three Tall Women, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1994-1995
  • Lenore, Arts and Leisure, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, 1996
  • The countess, The Rehearsal, Roundabout Theatre Company, CriterionCenter Stage Right Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Birdie Hubbard, The Little Foxes, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, LincolnCenter, 1997
  • Theo, The Ride down Mount Morgan, New York Shakespeare Festival, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1998, then Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • Mrs. Antrobus, The Skin of Our Teeth, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, Public Theatre, 1998
  • Capulat, Ring 'round the Moon, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1999
  • The Dinner Party, Mark Taper Forum, 1999-2000
  • Macbeth, Acting Company, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ, 2000
  • Appeared as Christine in Sorrows of Stephen; also appeared in Broadway.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Ruth Fisher, Six Feet Under, HBO, beginning 2001
  • Miniseries
  • Jean Smith, Kennedy, NBC, 1983
  • Mrs. Benson, Queen (also known as Alex Haley's Queen), CBS,1993
  • Movies
  • Mrs. Watson, The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana, CBS, 1982
  • Jacobo Timerman: Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number, NBC, 1983
  • LBJ: The Early Years, NBC, 1987
  • Lynn Kessler, Terrorist on Trial: The United States versus Salim Ajami (also known as Hostile Witness, In the Hands of the Enemy,Terrorist on Trial, The Trial, and The United States versusSalim Ajami), CBS, 1988
  • Peggy Breen, One More Mountain (also known as One More Mountain: An American Epic), ABC, 1994
  • Mrs. Byrne, Thicker Than Blood (also known as Stand Up Tragedy), TNT, 1998
  • Martha Lassiter, Murder in a Small Town, NBC, 1999
  • Also appeared in The Mustache.
  • Specials
  • Diana, All's Well That Ends Well, 1978
  • Mother and Lilian Steichen, Carl Sandburg: Echoes and Silences, PBS, 1982
  • "Keeping On," American Short Story, PBS, 1983
  • Louise Mallard, "The Joy That Kills," American Playhouse, PBS, 1985
  • "Eugene O'Neill: A Glory of Ghosts," American Masters, 1985
  • Mrs. Gibbs, "Our Town," Great Performances, PBS, 1989
  • Fiona, "Journey," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1995
  • The Green Room, Bravo, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Newhart, CBS, 1986
  • Ellie Pendleton, "The Library," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1986
  • "Falling from Grace," Hill Street Blues, 1986
  • Gladys Lynch, "Steele Hanging in There: Part 1," Remington Steele,1987
  • Mrs. Jankowski, "Battle of Las Vegas," Crime Story, 1987
  • Rosa Halasy, "Disciple," Law & Order, NBC, 1988
  • Elizabeth Hendrick, "Prisoner of Love," Law & Order, NBC, 1990
  • Beverly Rose, "The Pigeon," Stark Raving Mad, NBC, 2000
  • Also appeared as Elizabeth in an episode of Cosby, and as Claire in an episode of Developing.
  • Film Appearances
  • Shakespearean actress, Manhattan, United Artists, 1979
  • Desdemona, Othello, New York Shakespeare Festival, 1979
  • Waitress, Falling in Love, Paramount, 1984
  • Pamela Murdock, Amazing Grace and Chuck (also known as Silent Voice), TriStar, 1987
  • Ruby Hanson, Rocket Gibraltar, Columbia, 1988
  • Lynn, Another Woman, Orion, 1988
  • Lady from Palm Beach, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Orion, 1988
  • House owner, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Orion, 1989
  • Mary Behan, Billy Bathgate, Buena Vista, 1991
  • Christine Downes, Scent of a Woman, Universal, 1992
  • Scrawny shanty lady, The Adventures of Huck Finn (also known as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), Buena Vista, 1993
  • Irene Reed, Sleepless in Seattle, TriStar, 1993
  • Miss Scover, The Neon Bible (also known as La Biblia de neon), Strand Releasing, 1995
  • Angela, Tree Farm Pictures, 1996
  • Ann Putnam, The Crucible, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Paula Burns, Maid in Manhattan, Sony Pictures Releasing, 2002
  • Bootsie, Die Mommie Die, Aviator Films, 2003
  • Nonfiction
  • Contributor to nonfiction texts, including Actors on Acting, edited by Holly Hill, Theatre Communications Group, 1993.

Further Reference


    • Entertainment Weekly, March 25, 2003
    • Interview, April, 1989, pp. 77, 126

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