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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 13, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Monroe, Georgia, USA Profession: actress, gift shop employee (at NYC's Museum of Modern Art)

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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...

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.

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 Ring of Fire (2013)
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 Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz (2011) Glinda the Good Witch
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 Waking Madison (2011)
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 Stone (2010)
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 Bloodworth (2010)
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 6 Souls (2010)
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 New in Town (2009)
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Raised on Long Island in New York
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Was a member of The Acting Company under John Houseman
1976:
Made stage debut in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Measure for Measure"
1978:
Essayed the role of Cordelia in The Acting Company production of "King Lear" at American Place Theatre
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"
1980:
Broadway debut as Jo in Edward Albee's "The Lady from Dubuque"
1982:
Had a small role in the CBS TV-movie "The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana"
1985:
Joined the acting company at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California
1987:
Cast in a small role in Mike Newell's "Amazing Grace and Chuck" starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Gregory Peck
1987:
Appeared in the TV-movie, "LBJ: The Early Years" (NBC)
1988:
Appeared in the film "Rocket Gibraltar" opposite Burt Lancaster and Kevin Spacey
1988:
Cast as Mrs. Gibbs in the Lincoln Center production of "Our Town" (reprised role for the PBS production a year later)
1988:
Again collaborated with director, Woody Allen for "Another Woman"
1989:
Third film with Woody Allen, "Crimes and Misdemeanors"
1990:
Won acclaim for her performance in David Hare's "The Secret Rapture"
1991:
Cast in the Broadway production of "Two Shakespearean Actors"
1992:
Had a small role in "Scent of a Woman" starring Al Pacino
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"
1994:
Portrayed Margaret Hyman in Miller's Broadway play "Broken Glass"
1995:
Co-starred in the feature "Angela" directed by Rebecca Miller (Arthur's daughter)
1996:
Played Ann Putman in the film version of "The Crucible" (Miller adapted his play for the screen)
1997:
Essayed the role of Birdie Hubbard in "The Little Foxes"
1998:
Appeared in NYSF production of "The Skin of Our Teeth" opposite former "Roseanne" star John Goodman
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"
2000:
Nominated for Tony when she reprised her role for the Broadway production of "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan" (again opposite Stewart)
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)
2004:
Starred as Ophelia Powers in "Catwoman" opposite Halle Berry in the title role
2005:
Cast opposite Claire Danes and Steve Martin in "Shopgirl" (adapted by Martin from his novella)
2006:
After a six-year absence, returned to the theater in David Greig's "Pyrenees"
2007:
Cast as Jennifer Westfeldt's (Abby) mother in "Ira and Abby," a comedy feature written and produced by Westfeldt
2008:
Co-starred in "Humboldt County" a film about a community of counterculture pot farmers
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Education

Dickinson College: Carlisle , Pennsylvania -
The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York - 1977

Notes

On the necessity of actors to constantly look for work, even while employed, Frances Conroy told TheaterWeek (October 30-November 5, 1989): "It's almost as if you're not allowed to savor something before you start going out on interviews for other things."

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husband:
Jan Munroe. Actor, mime. Married in 1992.

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