Photo of Frances Conroy Frances Conroy

Born Nov. 13, 1953, in the small town of Monroe, Ga., Frances Conroy studied at New York City's prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse before blossoming into one of American theater's busiest thespians and becoming a favorite of playwright Arthur Miller.

After moving to California to play Louisa May Alcott on stage in "Romance Language," Conroy turned her attention to television and film. Among her numerous TV credits are "Newhart" and "The Twilight Zone," while her early movie roles include Rocket Gibraltar (1988), Scent of a Woman (1992) and Sleepless in Seattle (1993).

Conroy's portrayal of emotionally complex widow Ruth Fisher on the HBO drama series "Six Feet Under" brought not only critical acclaim for the red-haired actress but several Emmy nods and a Golden Globe Award in 2004. Other notable films on her résumé include The Aviator (2004) and The Wicker Man (2006).

Frances Conroy in American Horror Story

American Horror Story

2011 TV-MA

Exploring humankind's unsettling capacity for evil, this darkly twisted drama plays upon the power of supernatural fears and everyday horrors. Each season brings back familiar faces, but they're playing different characters in an all-new setting.

  • Frances Conroy in Scent of a Woman Scent of a Woman
  • Frances Conroy in Broken Flowers Broken Flowers
  • Frances Conroy in Welcome to Happiness Welcome to Happiness
  • Frances Conroy in The Aviator The Aviator
  • Frances Conroy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Frances Conroy in Superman: Unbound Superman: Unbound
  • Frances Conroy in Sleepless in Seattle Sleepless in Seattle
  • Frances Conroy in The Crucible The Crucible
  • Frances Conroy in Stone Stone
  • Frances Conroy in The Tale of Despereaux The Tale of Despereaux
  • Frances Conroy in All-Star Superman All-Star Superman
  • Frances Conroy in New in Town New in Town
  • Frances Conroy in Ira & Abby Ira & Abby
  • Frances Conroy in Love Happens Love Happens
  • Frances Conroy in Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Incorporated Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Incorporated
  • Frances Conroy in Six Feet Under Six Feet Under
  • Frances Conroy in Catwoman Catwoman
  • Frances Conroy in Shopgirl Shopgirl
  • Frances Conroy in The Wicker Man The Wicker Man
  • Frances Conroy in Rocket Gibraltar Rocket Gibraltar
  • Frances Conroy in Maid in Manhattan Maid in Manhattan
  • Frances Conroy in The Smell of Success The Smell of Success
  • Frances Conroy in Bloodworth Bloodworth
  • Frances Conroy in Tom and Jerry Back to Oz Tom and Jerry Back to Oz
  • Frances Conroy in No Pay, Nudity No Pay, Nudity
  • Frances Conroy in Humboldt County Humboldt County
  • Frances Conroy in 6 Souls 6 Souls
  • Frances Conroy in Stay Cool Stay Cool
  • Frances Conroy in Kennedy Kennedy
  • Frances Conroy in Alex Haley's Queen Alex Haley's Queen
  • Frances Conroy in Angela Angela
  • Frances Conroy in Innocent Victims Innocent Victims
  • Frances Conroy in Die, Mommie, Die! Die, Mommie, Die!
  • Frances Conroy in A Perfect Day A Perfect Day
  • Frances Conroy in The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
  • Frances Conroy in Waking Madison Waking Madison
  • Frances Conroy in Making the Rules Making the Rules