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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 Broken Flowers

Broken Flowers

2005 R

After being dumped by yet another girlfriend, serial bachelor Don vows he'll be alone forever. But when an anonymous letter informs him he has a 19-year-old son, Don sets out on a cross-country journey to confront his past -- and a few old flames.

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