Mary McDonnell

  1. Anne Archer, Patriot Games, 1991.     Her price went up after being Oscar-shortlisted for Dancing With Wolves, but Paramount would not play – or pay! Universal did – for Robert Redford’s Sneakers.
  2. Patricia Wettig, Me and Veronica, 1992.     Sisters struggle with being…  sisters. 
  3. Wendy Crewson, The Santa Clause,1994.   For the ex-wife of Tim Allen – the man who killed Santa! – Disney looked at Crewson, McDonnell, Kate Burton, Patrica Clarkson, Sally Field, Jennifer Grey, Goldie Hawn, Patricia Heaton, Angelica Huston, Nicole Kidman, Pamela Reed, Molly Ringwald, Julia Roberts and Ally Sheedy.Joe Dante, Richard Donner, even Steven Spielberg were Disney’s dream wishes to direct.
  4. Meryl Streep, The Bridges of Madison County, 1995.    A no-no notion;  Mary is just not a  star.  Or not until TV made her President Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica, 2004-2008.


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