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  • Real name : Fionnghuala Manon Flanagan
  • Place of birth : Dublin
  • Date of birth : 10/12/1941

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  • Fionnuala Flanagan
  • Flanagan
  • Fionnula
  • Flanagan Fionnula

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Fionnula Flanagan (1941)

Fionnghuala Manon Flanagan

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Fionnghuala Manon Flanagan is an Irish actress who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television.

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 early life
Flanagan was born and reared in Dublin, the daughter of Rosanna (née McGuirk) and Terence Niall Flanagan. She grew up speaking both Irish and English fluently. Although her parents were not native Irish speakers, they wanted Flanagan and her four siblings to learn their indigenous language. Flanagan was educated in Switzerland and England. She trained at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and travelled throughout Europe before settling in Los Angeles in 1968.

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Flanagan came to prominence in Ireland in 1965 as a result of her role as Máire in the Telefís Éireann production of the Irish Language play, An Triail. For her "outstanding performance" in the part, she won a Jacob's Award at the annual presentation ceremony in Dublin. With her portrayal of Gerty McDowell in the 1967 film version of Ulysses, Flanagan established herself as one of the foremost interpreters of James Joyce. She made her 1968 Broadway debut in Brian Friel's Lovers, then appeared in The Incomparable Max and such Joycean theatrical projects as Ulysses in Nighttown and James Joyce's Women . It was subsequently filmed in 1983, with Flanagan both producing and playing all six main female roles (Joyce's wife, Nora Barnacle, as well as fictional characters Molly Bloom, Gerty McDowell, etc.). A familiar presence in American television, has appeared in several made-for-TV movies, among them The Legend of Lizzie Borden starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Mary White , The Ewok Adventure and A Winner Never Quits . She won an Emmy for her work as Clothilde in the 1976 network miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man.

Flanagan's weekly-series stints have included Aunt Molly Culhane in How the West Was Won , which earned her a second Emmy Award nomination. She did multiple appearances on Murder, She Wrote, one of them as Freida, a secretary aiding Jessica Fletcher in finding a murderer on the episode Steal me a Story . She played Lt. Guyla Cook in Hard Copy and Kathleen Meacham, wife of a police chief played by John Mahoney in H.E.L.P. . Fionnula Flanagan is also well known for her guest appearances in three of the Star Trek spin-offs. She guest starred in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode Dax, the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Inheritance as Data's "mother", and she also appeared as the Vulcan Ambassador V'Lar in Star Trek: Enterprise. She also recently guest starred in several episodes of Lost playing recurring character Eloise Hawking.

Flanagan has also appeared in numerous films, most notably The Others opposite Nicole Kidman, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood as the eldest Teensy, and Waking Ned. She has also done television series and stage productions including the Emmy-nominated miniseries, Revelations, starring Bill Pullman and Natascha McElhone, and in Transamerica starring Felicity Huffman. From 2006 to 2008, Flanagan played Rose Caffee, the matriarch of an Irish-American Rhode Island family on the Showtime drama Brotherhood.

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