Bonnie Blair Brown or Blair Brown, as she is known is an American television and film actress, and a theater artist. She is renowned for her roles in television series such as Fringe, "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd," and for her Broadway play "Copenhagen" for which she was the recipient of a Tony Award. Born in Washington D.C. to Milton Brown and Elizabeth Anne, Blair pursued her graduation at the Madeira School in Virginia. She also attended the National Theater School of Canada in 1969 to study drama. It was at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival that Brown started getting noticed for her talent, and she spent a few years polishing her talent. Brown's debut film "The Paper Chase" was bestowed with an Oscar in the year 1973. But the 1977 film "The Choirboys" saw her in a major role.
Alfred State, Stealing Home, One Trick Pony are some of Brown's earlier films. The year 1981 saw her in "Continental Divide" where she was cast as John Belushi's love interest. Brown was the recipient of a Golden Globe Award nomination for her role in the film. Strapless, The Astronaut's Wife, Space Cowboys, "Dogville," The Sentinel, and "Loverboy" constitute some of Blair's film. The 1980s featured Blair in prominent roles in television series such as that of Jacqueline Kennedy in "Kennedy," and "A Season in Purgatory" for which she received nominations for a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA award. She also portrayed Anna Roosevelt in a television film revolving around the story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. From 1987 to 1991,
Brown featured in "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" for which she was presented with five Emmy Award nominations consecutively for each season as the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Blair has also made brief appearances in other television series such as Kojak, Smallville, The Rockford Files, Frasier, ER, Ed, and Touched by an Angel. Blair Brown has been an active theater artist ever since her college days and her efforts paid off when she was cast in the New York Shakespeare Festival's adaptation of
The Comedy of Errors. She has also worked with Joe Papp and Richard Foreman in "The Threepenny Opera." Brown's Broadway breakthrough came with David Hare's "Secret Rapture" in 1989. She also featured in adaptations of Arcadia, Cabaret, Copenhagen, and The Cleanhouse. Brown also provided voice-overs for popular audio books such as Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, The Client by
John Grisham, Rose Madder By
Stephen King, and Olive Ocean by Kevin Henkes, just a to name a few. She has also done voice-overs for documentaries such as American Experience, The Secret Life of the Brain and The Buddha.