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Also Known As: Bonnie Blair Brown Died:
Born: April 23, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United States Profession: actor

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An intelligent, theatrically trained actress, Blair Brown already had an impressive list of credits by the time she achieved fame as the devoted wife of William Hurt in the bizarre "Altered States" (1980). She earned a Golden Globe nomination opposite John Belushi in "Continental Divide" (1981) and a Golden Globe nomination as well as a BAFTA nomination for playing the iconic Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the miniseries "Kennedy" (NBC, 1983). At the peak of her powers, she earned five Emmy nominations as the titular star of "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" (NBC, 1987-88; Lifetime, 1989-1991), a groundbreaking dramedy about an independent-minded divorceé. She won a 2000 Tony for her role in the physics-themed Broadway drama "Copenhagen" and essayed memorable supporting roles in the Johnny Depp thriller "The Astronaut's Wife" (1999), the Clint Eastwood action adventure "Space Cowboys" (2000) and Lars von Trier's "Dogville" (2003). She earned excellent reviews for her return to series television as Nina Sharp, the mysterious executive director of Massive Dynamic on the parallel universe series "Fringe" (FOX, 2008- ). An immensely respected veteran of stage, television and film, Blair Brown embodied...

An intelligent, theatrically trained actress, Blair Brown already had an impressive list of credits by the time she achieved fame as the devoted wife of William Hurt in the bizarre "Altered States" (1980). She earned a Golden Globe nomination opposite John Belushi in "Continental Divide" (1981) and a Golden Globe nomination as well as a BAFTA nomination for playing the iconic Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the miniseries "Kennedy" (NBC, 1983). At the peak of her powers, she earned five Emmy nominations as the titular star of "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" (NBC, 1987-88; Lifetime, 1989-1991), a groundbreaking dramedy about an independent-minded divorceé. She won a 2000 Tony for her role in the physics-themed Broadway drama "Copenhagen" and essayed memorable supporting roles in the Johnny Depp thriller "The Astronaut's Wife" (1999), the Clint Eastwood action adventure "Space Cowboys" (2000) and Lars von Trier's "Dogville" (2003). She earned excellent reviews for her return to series television as Nina Sharp, the mysterious executive director of Massive Dynamic on the parallel universe series "Fringe" (FOX, 2008- ). An immensely respected veteran of stage, television and film, Blair Brown embodied intelligent, quirky women and proved a fascinating addition to any genre or medium.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dark Matter (2007)
2.
 First Born (2007)
3.
4.
 Sentinel, The (2006)
5.
 Treatment, The (2006)
6.
 Loverboy (2005)
7.
 Dogville (2003) Mrs Henson
8.
 Follow the Stars Home (2001) Hannah
9.
10.
 Space Cowboys (2000) Doctor Anne Caruthers
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Milestones close milestones

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Professional stage debut in the Canadian production of "Love and Maple Syrup"
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Joined the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Company in Ontario, Canada
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Spent one season at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
1975:
TV acting debut, the Guthrie staging of "The School for Scandal" (aired on PBS)
1975:
Moved to NYC
1976:
NY stage debut in "The Threepenny Opera" at Lincoln Center
1976:
Co-starred in the NBC miniseries "Captains and the Kings"
1977:
Screen debut, "The Choirboys"
1980:
Appeared at the Arena Theater in David Hare's "Plenty"
1980:
First starring film role, "Altered States"
1981:
Played leading lady to John Belushi in the feature comedy "Continental Divide"
1983:
Portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy in the NBC miniseries "Kennedy"
1985:
Played the unsuspecting mother of a murderous child in the small screen remake of "The Bad Seed" (ABC)
1987:
Starred the series, "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" (NBC, 1987-1988; Lifetime, 1989-1991)
1989:
Directed by Hare in "Strapless"; role was written expressly for her by Hare
1989:
Played the leading role in the Off-Broadway production of "The Secret Rapture"; written by David Hare
1992:
Cast as the first woman to lead troops into combat in the Lifetime TV-movie "Majority Rule"
1992:
Last feature for six years, "Passed Away"
1994:
Debut as TV producer on the NBC movie "Moment of Truth: To Walk Again"; also co-starred
1995:
Co-starred in the Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia"
1995:
With Toukie Smith, co-hosted the Lifetime talk show "Talk It Over"
1995:
Hosted the National Public Radio series "The Poet's Voice"
1996:
Played the matriarch of a wealthy family in the CBS miniseries "A Season in Purgatory"
1997:
Returned to series TV as co-star of the short-lived CBS drama series "Feds"
1997:
Starred as the mother of a murder victim in the based-on-fact Lifetime movie "Convictions"
1998:
Succeeded Mary Louise Wilson as Frau Schneider in the acclaimed revival of the stage musical "Cabaret"
1999:
Returned to feature films in a supporting role in "The Astronaut's Wife"
1999:
Starred opposite Christopher Walken in the NYC stage musical "James Joyce's The Dead"
2000:
Won a Tony Award for her performance as the female lead in Michael Frayn's play "Copenhagen"
2000:
Played Gertrude in Campbell Scott's TV version of "Hamlet" (Odyssey)
2002:
Cast as Desiree in the Kennedy Center production of "A Little Night Music"
2004:
Played the lead role in "The Clean House," by playwright Sarah Ruhl
2006:
Co-starred with Kyra Sedgwick in the Kevin Bacon directed "Loverboy"; premiered at Sundance (lensed 2003)
2008:
Appeared in the murder drama, "Dark Matter" loosely based on the 1991 University of Iowa shootings
2008:
Cast as Nina Sharp in the FOX drama "Fringe"
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Education

Pine Manor Junior College: Chestnut Hill , Massachusetts -
Madeira School: McLean , Virginia -
National Theatre School of Canada: Montreal , Quebec - 1967 - 1970

Notes

"I had a hard time being the ingenue. I had the looks, but I was uncomfortable being so pleasant and pleasing." --Blair Brown quoted in The New York Times, April 27, 1995

"Blair has that leader quality. She can walk on a set. do nothing, and take control." --"Feds" co-excutive producer Arthur Forney to Entertainment Weekly, February 21-28, 1997

"I think that whatever aspect of my career hasn't happened has to do with the fact that when I was younger, I didn't think it was that important to play the game. I thought you didn't actually have to. I see now that's not the case. Still, I couldn't have done it differently. I couldn't actually deal, and I still can't, with that nonsense in California. I don't have the gift." --Brown quoted in The New York Times, April 27, 1995

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Richard Jordan. Actor. Met while filming "Captains and the Kings" (1976); separated; died of a brain tumor in August 1993 at age 56.
companion:
David Hare. Director, writer. Involved in late 1980s.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Milton Henry Brown. CIA operative. Died c. 1989.
mother:
Elizabeth Ann Brown. Retired teacher.
son:
Robert Jordan. Born in 1983; father, Richard Jordan.

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