Ann Dowd

Movie Actress

Ann Dowd was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States on January 30th, 1956 and is the Movie Actress. At the age of 68, Ann Dowd biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, movies, TV shows, and networth are available.

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Date of Birth
January 30, 1956
United States
Place of Birth
Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
68 years old
Zodiac Sign
Actor, Film Actor, Stage Actor, Television Actor
Ann Dowd Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 68 years old, Ann Dowd has this physical status:

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Ann Dowd Religion, Education, and Hobbies
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Williston Northampton School, College of the Holy Cross
Ann Dowd Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Lawrence Arancio (1984-Present)
Dating / Affair
Lawrence Arancio (1984-Present)
Father -John Dowd, Dolores Clark
Kathleen Dowd (Sister) (Casting Director), John Dowd Jr. (Brother) (President of The Dowd Agencies), Clare Dowd (Sister) (Executive Director of the Creative Action Institute), Elizabeth Dowd (Sister) (Developmental Therapist, Parenting Coach), Gregory Dowd (Brother) (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), Deborah Dowd (Sister) (Psychotherapist)
Other Family
Philip Dean (Step-Father) (Doctor), James Kip (Paternal Grandfather) (Former Major League baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates)
Ann Dowd Life

Ann Dowd (born January 30, 1956) is an American actress.

She has appeared in numerous films, including Green Card (1990), Lorenzo's Oil (1992), Garden State (2004), St. Vincent (2004), Captain Fantastic (2016), and Hereditary (2018).

Dowd appeared in the thriller film Compliance (2012), for which she received the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress. Dowd was a series regular on HBO's The Leftovers (2014-2017), for which she was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

She began playing Aunt Lydia on the Hulu film The Handmaid's Tale, for which she received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2017.

Early life

Ann Dowd was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, on January 30, 1956, the daughter of John and Dolores (born Clark) Dowd. She was one of seven children raised by their parents after her father died when Ann was a senior in high school. She mother married Philip Dean, a physician, later. Kathleen (Kate) Dowd is a casting director based in London; brother John Dowd Jr. is president of The Dowd Agencies, an insurance company established by their great-grandfather; sister Elizabeth Dowd is a licensed psychotherapist and parenting specialist; and brother Gregory Dowd is a professor of Veterinary medicine. James "Kip" Dowd, a former Major League baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was her paternal grandmother.

Dowd's family is an Irish Catholic. She attended Williston Northampton School, where she appeared in school plays. Dowd became interested in acting at a young age, but her family was dissuaded first because they did not accept her ambitions for a career in acting. She graduated from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where a large portion of Dowd's family attended and was an acting student. Dowd praises her teachers and roommate for persuading her to leave medical school and pursue her passion for acting. She travelled to New York City to attend the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University in Chicago, where she earned an MFA in Acting. Dowd received a prestigious scholarship from the Sarah Siddons Society while dePaul, an award that also went to Carrie Snodgress. Dowd was a student at Elizabeth Perkins and also served as a waitress at this time.

Dowd spent many years in regional theatre in the Chicago area, appearing regularly at the Court Theatre in 1988 and then deciding to relocate to New York City to pursue a bigger stage. She pounded the pavement and performed with the Hartford Stage Company, her first acting gig.

Personal life

Dowd and her partner, Lawrence "Larry" Arancio, are both educators and regular collaborators. Arancio, a writer and acting chair for the CAP21 program who has also taught at the HB Studio and Columbia College Chicago. He has served as her acting coach for Lady Gaga. When students in Chicago, Dowd and Arancio first met. They have three children, Liam, Emily, and Trust, and they live in New York City. Dowd is a foster care advocate. On May 27, 2016, her alma mater College of the Holy Cross bestowed an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree.


Ann Dowd Career


Dowd appeared in Shiloh (1997) and its sequels, including as Louise Preston in Shiloh (1999) and Saving Shiloh (2006). She appears in the 1997 cult film All Over Me and in the 1998 film Apt Pupil, in which she played Brad Renfro's mother. Dowd appeared in two films directed by Jonathan Demme as Jill Beckett, the sister of Tom Hanks' character, in Philadelphia (1993), and in The Manchurian Candidate (2004), starring Meryl Steep. Dowd appeared in The Forgotten starring Julianne Moore in Garden State earlier in 2004. Edna Page, Betty Page's mother, appeared in The Notorious Betty Page in 2005. Mrs. Strank appeared in the Clint Eastwood film Flags of Our Fathers, which she also appeared in.

Dowd appeared in Marley & Me starring Jennifer Aniston in 2008. She received raves for her role in the 2012 film Compliance, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Dowd plays Sandra, a fast food restaurant manager trapped in a mystic cultural nightmare in the film. Dowd was nominated for the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress in this role, and for this role. She has appeared in two Steven Soderbergh films, The Informant! In 2009, and Side Effects in 2013, in which she played Channing Tatum's mother. In the 2018 horror film Hereditary, she appeared as Joan the supporting cast member.

Dowd's first appearance in the 1985 television film First Steps starring fellow Chicago actor Megan Mullally. She has appeared on several popular television shows, including House and Louie, in which she appeared as a nun. Also on television, Chicago Hope, The X-Files, Third Watch, NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, and Freaks and Geeks, in which she played Busy Philipps, appear. Dowd has appeared in several episodes of the Law & Order franchise. In 1995, she portrayed Rose Long, Louisiana's first female senator, opposite John Goodman in the television film Kingfish. She appeared in Kevin Bacon's television film Taking Chance in 2008. Dowd appeared on Nothing Sacred, which was shot in Los Angeles and aired for one season (97/98), in which she appeared as a nun. She was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award by the VQT for this role. Dowd appeared on The Leftovers as Patti Levin, the group's leader. Dowd debuted on the Hulu version The Handmaid's Tale in 2017, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award.

Edna Garrett appeared on ABC's third installment of Live in Front of a Studio Audience, starring both Diff'rent Strokes and the spin-off The Truth of Life.

Dowd has appeared on Broadway three times. In 1993, she was given the Clarence Derwent Award for her debut in the play Candida starring Mary Steenburgen. Elizabeth Marvel and Vera Farmiga, Dowd's understudy, appeared in Taking Sides (1996). Carey Mulligan and Kristin Scott Thomas appeared in The Seagull's 2008 film. Dowd has received three Jeff Awards for her performances in Chicago, including a 1987 Best Supporter Actress Award for her role as Emma Brookner in The Normal Heart. Dowd performed Sister Aloysius in Doubt at the George Street Playhouse in 2007. The New York Times described her appearance as "chilling" and said she was "masterful in this role." Dowd appeared in Blood from a Stone in 2011, portraying the mother of Ethan Hawke.


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