Frances Conroy

Actress, Gift shop employee (at NYC's Museum of Modern Art)
Classically trained and extremely versatile, actress Frances Conroy crafted a wide-ranging career as a supporting player in an admirable array of films, television projects, and live stage productions. After graduating ... Read more »
Born: 11/13/1953 in Monroe, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (68)

American Horror Story 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cosby 1998 - 1999, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Married 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Grand Design 2014 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Waking Madison 2014 (Movie)

Dolly (Actor)

Welcome to Happiness 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Making the Rules 2013 (Movie)

Abby's Mother (Actor)

Ring of Fire 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Royal Pains 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Sequin Raze 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

6 Souls 2011 (Movie)

Mrs. Birnberg (Actor)

Bloodworth 2011 (Movie)

Julia Bloodworth (Actor)

Love Bites 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stay Cool 2011 (Movie)

Mrs Leuchtenberger (Actor)

The Mentalist 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Smell of Success 2011 (Movie)

Agnes May (Actor)

Happy Town 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stone 2010 (Movie)

Madylyn (Actor)

How I Met Your Mother 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Happens 2009 (Movie)

Eloise's Mom (Actor)

New in Town 2009 (Movie)

Trudy Van Uuden (Actor)

Desperate Housewives 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Humboldt County 2008 (Movie)

Rosie (Actor)

The Tale of Despereaux 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Antoinette (Actor)

Ira & Abby 2007 (Movie)

Lynne Willoughby (Actor)

The Seeker 2007 (Movie)

Miss Greythorne (Actor)

The Wicker Man 2006 (Movie)

Dr Moss (Actor)

Broken Flowers 2005 (Movie)

Dora (Actor)

Shopgirl 2005 (Movie)

Catherine Buttersfield (Actor)

Six Feet Under 2000 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Catwoman 2004 (Movie)

Ophelia (Actor)

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

Mrs. Hepburn (Actor)

Die Mommie Die! 2003 (Movie)

Bootsie Carp (Actor)

Maid in Manhattan 2002 (Movie)

Paula Burns (Actor)

Developing 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Stark Raving Mad 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Green Room 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1990, 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder in a Small Town 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Crucible 1996 (Movie)

Ann Putnam (Actor)

The Neon Bible 1996 (Movie)

Miss Scover (Actor)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

Irene Reed (Actor)

The Adventures of Huck Finn 1993 (Movie)

Scrawny Shanty Lady (Actor)

Scent of A Woman 1992 (Movie)

Christine Downes (Actor)

Billy Bathgate 1991 (Movie)

Mary Behan (Actor)

Just Like in the Movies 1990 (Movie)

Simone Kassler (Actor)

Our Town 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 (Movie)

House Owner (Actor)

Another Woman 1988 (Movie)

Lynn (Actor)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 1988 (Movie)

Lady From Palm Beach (Actor)

Rocket Gibraltar 1988 (Movie)

Ruby Hanson (Actor)

Amazing Grace and Chuck 1987 (Movie)

Pamela (Actor)

The Joy That Kills 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Falling in Love 1984 (Movie)

Waitress (Actor)

Kennedy 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Manhattan 1979 (Movie)

Shakespearean Actress (Actor)

A Perfect Day (TV Show)

Actor

Journey (TV Show)

Actor

Keeping On (TV Show)

Actor

LBJ: The Early Years (TV Show)

Actor

One More Mountain (TV Show)

Actor

Queen (TV Show)

Actor

Thicker Than Blood (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Classically trained and extremely versatile, actress Frances Conroy crafted a wide-ranging career as a supporting player in an admirable array of films, television projects, and live stage productions. After graduating from the prestigious Juilliard School, she performed in several New York Shakespeare Festival productions prior to making early appearances in films like "Manhattan" (1979) and "Falling in Love" (1984). The increasingly in-demand actress juggled TV guest spots on shows like "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1985-87), with turns in such films as "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (1988), as well as award-winning performances in Broadway productions like "The Secret Rapture" (1989). In the early 1990s, Conroy began a fruitful working relationship with American playwright Arthur Miller, starring in a number of his stage efforts over the decade, as well as in the screen adaptation of his classic work, "The Crucible" (1996). However, Conroy would become best known for her role as the emotionally distant matriarch of a troubled family of morticians on the acclaimed cable drama "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2000-05). For her role as the frustratingly naïve Ruth Fisher, Conroy would be nominated for an Emmy for each season of the show, in addition to winning a Golden Globe for her portrayal. Post-"Six Feet Under" work found her making several noteworthy appearances on the hit series "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012), and sharing screen time with Robert De Niro in the crime drama "Stone" (2010). Though seldom receiving top-billing in her numerable projects, Conroy nonetheless became one of the most respected working actresses during her time on stage and screen.

Relationships

Jan Munroe

Husband
Married in 1992

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1977
Studied under John Houseman

Dickinson College

Carlisle , Pennsylvania

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
Began taking weekend classes while still in high school

Milestones

2008

Co-starred in "Humboldt County" a film about a community of counterculture pot farmers

2007

Cast as Jennifer Westfeldt's (Abby) mother in "Ira and Abby," a comedy feature written and produced by Westfeldt

2006

After a six-year absence, returned to the theater in David Greig's "Pyrenees"

2005

Cast opposite Claire Danes and Steve Martin in "Shopgirl" (adapted by Martin from his novella)

2004

Starred as Ophelia Powers in "Catwoman" opposite Halle Berry in the title role

2001

Starred as the matriarch of a family that runs a mortuary in the HBO series "Six Feet Under"; earned four Best Actress Emmy nominations (2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006)

2000

Nominated for Tony when she reprised her role for the Broadway production of "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan" (again opposite Stewart)

1999

Replaced Blythe Danner in role of Theo, one of Patrick Stewart's two wives, in Miller's Off-Broadway, "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan"

1998

Appeared in NYSF production of "The Skin of Our Teeth" opposite former "Roseanne" star John Goodman

1997

Essayed the role of Birdie Hubbard in "The Little Foxes"

1996

Played Ann Putman in the film version of "The Crucible" (Miller adapted his play for the screen)

1995

Co-starred in the feature "Angela" directed by Rebecca Miller (Arthur's daughter)

1994

Portrayed Margaret Hyman in Miller's Broadway play "Broken Glass"

1993

Appeared in the first of four Arthur Miller works in "The Last Yankee"

1993

Played a small role in the Nora Ephron directed "Sleepless in Seattle"

1992

Had a small role in "Scent of a Woman" starring Al Pacino

1991

Cast in the Broadway production of "Two Shakespearean Actors"

1990

Won acclaim for her performance in David Hare's "The Secret Rapture"

1989

Third film with Woody Allen, "Crimes and Misdemeanors"

1988

Cast as Mrs. Gibbs in the Lincoln Center production of "Our Town" (reprised role for the PBS production a year later)

1988

Appeared in the film "Rocket Gibraltar" opposite Burt Lancaster and Kevin Spacey

1988

Again collaborated with director, Woody Allen for "Another Woman"

1987

Appeared in the TV-movie, "LBJ: The Early Years" (NBC)

1987

Cast in a small role in Mike Newell's "Amazing Grace and Chuck" starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Gregory Peck

1985

Joined the acting company at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California

1982

Had a small role in the CBS TV-movie "The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana"

1980

Broadway debut as Jo in Edward Albee's "The Lady from Dubuque"

1979

Won acclaim for her performance as Desdemona opposite Raul Julia and Richard Dreyfuss in the Central Park production of "Othello"

1979

One of her first film roles was playing a Shakespearean actress in Woody Allen's "Manhattan"

1978

Essayed the role of Cordelia in The Acting Company production of "King Lear" at American Place Theatre

1976

Made stage debut in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Measure for Measure"

Raised on Long Island in New York

Was a member of The Acting Company under John Houseman

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