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A prolific character actress from the mid-1980s into the 21st century, Ann Dowd worked steadily if largely anonymously in television and features like "Philadelphia" (1993), "Garden State" (2004) and "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006) before breaking out with a stellar supporting turn in the grueling indie feature "Compliance" (2012). She began her career in Chicago theater, netting several awards for her stage work before moving into television and features in 1985. Dowd worked her way up from bit roles to supporting turns, often as mothers with varying degrees of warmth, before winning critical accolades as a fast food restaurant manager who appeared to blindly acquiesce to an unseen caller's cruel demands upon her workers in "Compliance." The performance vaulted Dowd to national attention, and signaled what seemed to most as the beginning of a new phase in her career.

A prolific character actress from the mid-1980s into the 21st century, Ann Dowd worked steadily if largely anonymously in television and features like "Philadelphia" (1993), "Garden State" (2004) and "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006) before breaking out with a stellar supporting turn in the grueling indie feature "Compliance" (2012). She began her career in Chicago theater, netting several awards for her stage work before moving into television and features in 1985. Dowd worked her way up from bit roles to supporting turns, often as mothers with varying degrees of warmth, before winning critical accolades as a fast food restaurant manager who appeared to blindly acquiesce to an unseen caller's cruel demands upon her workers in "Compliance." The performance vaulted Dowd to national attention, and signaled what seemed to most as the beginning of a new phase in her career.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Big Driver (2014)
2.
 Gimme Shelter (2014)
3.
 X/Y (2014)
4.
 Animal Rescue (2014)
5.
 WildLike (2013)
6.
 Discoverers, The (2013)
7.
 Side Effects (2013)
8.
 Bachelorette (2012)
9.
 Goodbye Baby (2010)
10.
 Informant, The (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

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Decided to pursue acting career while a premed student at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA
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Studied at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, IL
1985:
Made TV acting debut in CBS movie "First Steps"
1990:
Feature film debut, "Green Card" opposite GĂ©rard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell
1993:
Won Clarence Derwent Award for her performance in the play "Candida"
1993:
Acted alongside Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington in "Philadelphia"
1997:
Co-starred on ABC series "Nothing Sacred" as Sister Maureen 'Mo' Brody
2003:
Played supporting role in Lucille Ball TV biopic "Lucy" (CBS)
2005:
Portrayed title character's mother in HBO film "The Notorious Bettie Page"
2006:
Directed by Clint Eastwood in "Flags of Our Fathers"
2008:
Cast alongside Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson in feature adaptation of "Marley & Me"
2009:
Played an FBI agent in Steven Soderbergh directed "The Informant!"
2012:
Co-starred in the dark drama "Compliance" as the manager of a fast-food restaurant
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