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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 17, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dublin, IE Profession: actor, journalist

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This frumpy, maternal, Irish character actress gained experience in Irish theatre and with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Court Theatre Company in Great Britain. Brenda Fricker received great acclaim for her Oscar-winning supporting performance as the determined mother of a son afflicted with cerebral palsy in "My Left Foot" (1989). Venturing to Hollywood in the 1990s, she played a homeless woman befriended by kid-on-the-loose Macaulay Culkin in the sequel "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992) and followed up with a more zany mother role in the little-seen "So I Married an Axe Murderer" (1993). Having acted on English TV on the BBC series "Casualty," Fricker began conquering US TV with roles in the "American Playhouse" presentation "Lethal Innocence" (1991) and the miniseries "The Sound and the Silence" (1993). Fricker offered memorable support as Albert Finney's exasperated sister in "A Man of No Importance" (1994) and appeared in support of Robin Wright in Pen Densham's "Moll Flanders" and as Matthew McConaughey's secretary in Joel Schumacher's "A Time to Kill" (both 1996).

This frumpy, maternal, Irish character actress gained experience in Irish theatre and with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Court Theatre Company in Great Britain. Brenda Fricker received great acclaim for her Oscar-winning supporting performance as the determined mother of a son afflicted with cerebral palsy in "My Left Foot" (1989). Venturing to Hollywood in the 1990s, she played a homeless woman befriended by kid-on-the-loose Macaulay Culkin in the sequel "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992) and followed up with a more zany mother role in the little-seen "So I Married an Axe Murderer" (1993). Having acted on English TV on the BBC series "Casualty," Fricker began conquering US TV with roles in the "American Playhouse" presentation "Lethal Innocence" (1991) and the miniseries "The Sound and the Silence" (1993). Fricker offered memorable support as Albert Finney's exasperated sister in "A Man of No Importance" (1994) and appeared in support of Robin Wright in Pen Densham's "Moll Flanders" and as Matthew McConaughey's secretary in Joel Schumacher's "A Time to Kill" (both 1996).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 How About You (2008)
3.
 Stone of Destiny (2008)
4.
 Closing the Ring (2007)
5.
 Tara Road (2007)
7.
 Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004) Cast
8.
 Conspiracy of Silence (2003) Annie Mclaughlin
9.
 Veronica Guerin (2003) Bernie Guerin
10.
 Intended, The (2002) Mrs Jones
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1996:
Acted in the feature film "Moll Flanders"
1985:
Acted in the Irish short film, "The Woman Who Married Clark Gable", opposite Bob Hoskins
1996:
Appeared as a secretary in "A Time to Kill"
1994:
Appeared with Albert Finney in "A Man of No Importance"
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As a teenager, was seriously injured in car accident
1995:
Co-stared in the NBC miniseries "A Woman of Independent Means", starring Sally Field
2000:
Co-starred in a second "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production, "Cupid and Cate" (CBS)
1990:
Co-starred with Richard Harris in "The Field"
1969:
Film debut in small role in "Sinful Davey"
1991:
Had featured role in the Australian-produced miniseries "Brides of Christ"; aired in 1993 in USA
1986:
Played Megan Roach on the popular BBC hospital drama series, "Casualty"
1991:
US television dramatic debut on the PBS "American Playhouse" presentation, "Lethal Innocence"
1993:
Cast as the mother of Mike Myer's character in the comedy "So I Married an Axe Murderer"
2002:
Co-starred with Janet McTeer and Olympia Dukakis in "The Intended," directed by Kristian Levering
2001:
Had featured role in "The War Bride"
1979:
Had regular role in the British TV series "Quartermass"
2005:
Portrayed 'Big Mama' in Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Geffen Playhouse
1989:
Breakthrough screen role as Mrs. Brown in "My Left Foot"; received Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress
2003:
Cast opposite Cate Blanchett in "Veronica Guerin"
2004:
Featured in the made for TV movie "Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss"
1992:
First American film, "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"
1999:
Had co-starring role in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "Durango" (CBS)
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Spent childhood summers in County Kerry
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Still a teenager, suffered the loss of kidney
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Worked extensively on the Irish stage before moving to London
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Acted with the National Theater in plays including "The Plough and the Stars" and "Lavender Blue", with the Royal Court Theater in "Within Two Shadows" and "A Pagan's Place" and with the Royal Shakespeare Company in works including "TV Times" and "The Irish Play"
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Contracted tuberculosis in her teens
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Raised in Dublin, Ireland
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Ventured into acting while employed as a journalist for <i>The Irish Times</i>
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Notes

Reportedly Fricker has suffered severe bouts of depression over the course of her life.

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