Fionnula Flanagan

Fionnula Flanagan was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. From an early age she grew up speaking both English and Irish on a daily basis. Her parents weren't native Irish speakers but wanted Fionnula and her four siblings to learn the language. Her mother used to say, "A nation without a language...

Born on December 10, 1941

Dublin, Ireland

Height 1.57m / 5' 2"

Biography

Fionnula Flanagan was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. From an early age she grew up speaking both English and Irish on a daily basis. Her parents weren't native Irish speakers but wanted Fionnula and her four siblings to learn the language. Her mother used to say, "A nation without a language is a nation without a soul". Fionnula has said she will be forever grateful to them for that. She was educated at the Abbey Theatre School in Dublin and in Switzerland. She moved to Los Angeles in 1968 and lives with her husband, psychiatrist Dr. Garrett O'Connor, in Beverly Hills. Of her enormous body of work, including stage, television and film, she might be most well-known for James Joyce's Women (1985), in which she plays six different women who had a profound influence on James Joyce's life. Besides giving an award-winning performance, she also wrote, adapted and produced the piece for the stage, and subsequently as a feature film. She believes Joyce is the most important writer in the English language, most notably for "Ulysses", "Finnegan's Wake" and "The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man". When she was growing up she thought the much lauded author was a good friend of her parents, because they were always saying, "Joyce said this, Joyce said that". When she was finally old enough to read Joyce for herself, the characters were like old friends.Read More

Known For

Trivia

Nominated for Broadway's 1974 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "Ulysses in Nighttown".

Is an accomplished violinist, a talent she used in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Inheritance", in which her character plays violin with Data, her android "son".

In her youth, she was a favorite to play James Joyce's controversial Molly Bloom, a character that created quite a sexual stir on stage in New York.

Eldest of five children.

Was educated at Scoil Mhuire Marlborough Street, at Sandymount High School and at Scoil Caitriona, Dominican College.

Studied languages in Switzerland at the Universite de Fribourg and worked as an interpreter and translator in Italy.

Maintains homes in both Southern California and Dublin.

She has recorded all three of Maeve Binchy's three novels, Circle of Friends, The Copper Beech and The Glass Lake as well as two collections of short stories for Bantam Doubleday Books-on-Tape.

Daughter of a veteran Irish nationalist who also fought in the Spanish Civil War.

After moving to the United States to work in theater in the 1960s, she met and married Dr. Garrett O'Connor, the cousin of actor Carroll O'Connor.

Quotes

I'm Irish and always will be, but America has taught me so much. Maybe it's here in the U.S. that we find a healing, for in the broader melting pot we get to look at some of these self-destructive attributes that we bring to bear upon our own quarrels and begin to solve them in ways other than just splitting apart.

The image of Ireland is projected as a male image in the acting world, similar to the way that the word of Ireland is male dominated.

I think Irish women are strong as horses, incredibly loyal and for the most part, funny, witty, bright and optimistic in the face of devastating reality.

People think we are such great talkers, but there is so much silence in Ireland about certain issues.

When I first came to Hollywood, I could not break into movies.

Filmography

Gunsmoke Gunsmoke SarahMorgan(1episode,1972)
Bonanza Bonanza Elizabeth'Meg'Dundee(1episode,1972)
The Wednesday Play The Wednesday Play Eileen/...(2episodes,1966-1967)
The Hollywood Squares The Hollywood Squares GuestAppearance(1episode,1979)
Callan Callan RenaClarke(1episode,1967)
Mannix Mannix GloriaPaget(1episode,1972)
Marcus Welby, M.D. Marcus Welby, M.D. BarbaraBrendan/...(3episodes,1972-1976)
Medical Center Medical Center Karen(1episode,1976)
Cold Comfort Farm Cold Comfort Farm MarySmiling(1episode,1968)
Hec Ramsey Hec Ramsey NellieO'Shea(1episode,1974)
The Rookies The Rookies JudyKarcher(1episode,1974)
The Streets of San Francisco The Streets of San Francisco EllenSimms(1episode,1976)
Kojak Kojak MollyBraddock(1episode,1976)
The New Perry Mason The New Perry Mason NancyAddison(1episode,1973)
Police Story Police Story ArleneHansen(1episode,1975)
Shaft Shaft LouiseQuayle(1episode,1974)
Movin' On Movin' On LauraBrown(1episode,1975)
The Godchild  The Godchild  Virginia(asFionnualaFlanagan)
The Legend of Lizzie Borden  The Legend of Lizzie Borden  BridgetSullivan
The Bionic Woman The Bionic Woman Tammy(1episode,1976)
Rich Man, Poor Man Rich Man, Poor Man Clothilde(1episode,1976)
Serpico Serpico RitaMaloney(1episode,1976)
Nightmare in Badham County  Nightmare in Badham County  Dulcie(asFionnualaFlanagan)
Mary White  Mary White  SallieWhite
How the West Was Won How the West Was Won MollyCulhane(21episodes,1978-1979)
Benson Benson RoseSullivan(1episode,1982)
Trapper John, M.D. Trapper John, M.D. WardenClayton(1episode,1981)
Young Love, First Love  Young Love, First Love  AudreyGibson
Simon & Simon Simon & Simon Becky/...(2episodes,1984-1988)
Cagney & Lacey Cagney & Lacey ArleneCrenshaw(1episode,1985)
Fame Fame Dr.Pettibon(1episode,1984)
Voyagers! Voyagers! MollyBrown(1episode,1983)
P.K. and the Kid  P.K. and the Kid  Flo
Voyager from the Unknown  Voyager from the Unknown  MollyBrown
Hunter Hunter MaureenDelaney(1episode,1989)
Murder, She Wrote Murder, She Wrote EileenO'Bannon/...(4episodes,1987-1995)
Riptide Riptide MelissaBelancourt(1episode,1984)
The Ewok Adventure  The Ewok Adventure  Catarine
Reflections  Reflections  Mrs.CharlotteLawless
Scorned and Swindled  Scorned and Swindled  Margaret
James Joyce's Women  James Joyce's Women  HarrietShawWeaver
James Joyce's Women  James Joyce's Women 
Youngblood  Youngblood  MissMcGill
Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast JessicaWebb(2episodes,1990)
Hard Copy Hard Copy Lt.GuylaCook(4episodes,1987)
Star Trek: The Next Generation Star Trek: The Next Generation Dr.JulianaTainer(1episode,1993)
Father Dowling Mysteries Father Dowling Mysteries MotherMargaret(1episode,1990)
Murder, a Self Portrait Murder, a Self Portrait Louise
H.E.L.P. H.E.L.P. KathleenMeacham(6episodes,1990)
Reasonable Doubts Reasonable Doubts Mrs.Hooper(1episode,1992)
Death Dreams  Death Dreams  PsychicPhysician
Final Verdict  Final Verdict  PearlMorton
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Heart(1episode,1994)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Star Trek: Deep Space Nine EninaTandro(1episode,1993)
Money for Nothing  Money for Nothing  Mrs.Coyle
Chicago Hope Chicago Hope JudgeRobinO'Hara(1episode,1999)
White Mile  White Mile  GenaKaras
Legend Legend JuliaGrant(1episode,1995)
919 Fifth Avenue  919 Fifth Avenue  Brydie
Poltergeist, les aventuriers du surnaturel Poltergeist, les aventuriers du surnaturel TheOlderWoman/...(3episodes,1998-1999)
Nothing Sacred Nothing Sacred HelenReyneaux(1episode,1998)
The Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot  The Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot  AdditionalVoices(voice)
To Have & to Hold To Have & to Hold FionaMcGrail(13episodes,1998)
Here's Boomer Here's Boomer Bronnie(1episode,1980)
Waking Ned Devine  Waking Ned Devine  AnnieO'Shea
Paperlily  Paperlily 
Kings in Grass Castles Kings in Grass Castles BridgetDurack(2episodes,1998)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Law & Order: Special Victims Unit SheilaBaxter(1episode,2003)
A Secret Affair  A Secret Affair  DrucillaFitzgerald
The Others  The Others  Mrs.BerthaMills
For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story  For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story  SallyLewis
Star Trek: Enterprise Star Trek: Enterprise VulcanAmbassadorV'Lar(1episode,2002)
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood  Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood  Teensy
Tears of the Sun  Tears of the Sun  SisterGrace
HBO First Look HBO First Look Herself(1episode,2002)
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards  The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards  Herself-Nominated:OutstandingLeadActressinaDramaSeries&Presenter:OutstandingLeadActorforaSingleAppearanceinaDramaorComedySeries
Nip/Tuck Nip/Tuck SisterRita-Claire(1episode,2004)
Man About Dog  Man About Dog  Olivia
Blessed  Blessed  J.LloydSamuel
Revelations Revelations MotherFrancine(4episodes,2005)
Transamerica  Transamerica  Elizabeth
Lost Lost Eloise'Ellie'Hawking/...(7episodes,2007-2010)
Broome Stages Broome Stages Maud(3episodes,1966)
Four Brothers  Four Brothers  EvelynMercer
Tubridy Tonight Tubridy Tonight Herself(1episode,2007)
2nd Irish Film and Television Awards  2nd Irish Film and Television Awards  Herself-Presenter
Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde  Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde 
Brotherhood Brotherhood RoseCaffee(25episodes,2006-2008)
The Payback  The Payback  Galina
A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer's Assistant A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer's Assistant Mona
Slipstream  Slipstream  BetteLustig
Legacies Legacies JessicaWebb
The Reckoning The Reckoning JessicaWebb
Road to Nashville Road to Nashville Tammy
Heritage of Anger Heritage of Anger Elizabeth'Meg'Dundee(asFionnualaFlanagan)
Matthew 12:25 Matthew 12:25 RoseCaffee
Mark 8:36 Mark 8:36 RoseCaffee
The Clinic The Clinic ArleneCrenshaw
Goodbye, Nobby Clarke Goodbye, Nobby Clarke RenaClarke
The Circus The Circus Heart
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