|Brenda Fricker Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||February 17, 1945|
Brenda Fricker is an Irish actress who has appeared in many films and TV series since the start of her career in 1964, but was best known for being the 1st Irish actress that won an Oscar at the Academy Awards event on March 26, 1990, in the category of “Best Supporting Actress”, for playing Mrs. Brown in My Left Foot (1989), a mother who had to take care of a son with cerebral palsy. After the success of the movie, she ventured out to Hollywood as well as theatre, starring in prominent plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Irish National Theatre, and Court Theatre Company in the United Kingdom.
Brenda also had notable roles in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) alongside Macaulay Culkin, and then as May Mackenzie in So I Married an Axe Murderer in 1993, Maggie Nelson in Disney’s 1994 film Angels in the Outfield with Matthew McConaughey and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, followed by A Time to Kill, a crime drama film from 1996, starring Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, and Kiefer Sutherland. In 2014, Brenda announced she would retire from acting, but came back for 1 final episode of a drama TV series Forgive Me in 2015.
The Liberties, Dublin, Ireland
- Father – Desmond Frederick Fricker (Journalist, Officer)
- Mother – “Bina” (née Murphy) Fricker (Teacher)
- Siblings – Grainne Fricker (Sister)
Brenda Fricker is represented by Cassie Mazer in London, England, United Kingdom.
5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm
70 kg or 154.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Brenda Fricker has dated –
- Barry Davis (1979-1988) – She met and fell in love with Barry, who was a director, while he was still going through a divorce from his previous marriage. As soon as the divorce was finalized, in 1979, Brenda and Barry got married. They had no children even though Brenda was pregnant for a total of 6 times since all pregnancies, unfortunately, ended in miscarriage. In 1988 Brenda filed for divorce citing his heavy drinking and moody behavior, but the pair got back together in 1990 as Barry’s unhealthy habits improved. Unfortunately, he fell down the stairs in 1991, after which their relationship subsequently ended. In an interview in 2010, she said that if she could marry him again, she would, because he was the love of her life.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Irish descent.
Due to advancing age, her hair turned ‘Grey’.
- Large physique
- Curly hair
- Chubby Cheeks
Best Known For
- Winning an Oscar in 1990 for her role of Mrs. Brown in a biography drama film My Left Foot (1989)
- Playing a character of Maggie Nelson in Angels in the Outfield (1994)
- Starring in So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) as a character named May Mackenzie
- Playing a character of Ethel Twitty in A Time to Kill (1996)
- Starring in TV series such as Brides of Christ (1991), Casualty (1986-2010), and Forgive Me (2013-2015)
Brenda Fricker made her first theatrical film appearance as an uncredited character in the drama film Of Human Bondage in 1964.
Later in 1979, she made her credited theatrical film debut in the film The Music Machine as Mrs. Pearson in a credited role.
First TV Show
Brenda Fricker made her first TV show appearance as Joan Broderick in the 1st Irish soap opera series Tolka Row in 1964.
Brenda Fricker Favorite Things
- Animal – Dog
- Activity – Reading Poetry, Drinking Beer, Playing Snooker (Pool)
- Beer Brand – Guinness
- Her Movies – My Left Foot (1989), The Field (1990), Cloudburst (2011)
- Personal Quote – “If you’re doing a scene and you think you’re doing it wrong, just swear in the middle of it and then the director can’t use it. It’s an arrogant way of doing it, but unfortunately, it’s the only way of self-protection.”
Brenda Fricker Facts
- She had numerous health problems throughout her life – she was in a car accident as a teenager, which took her 2 years to recover from, had her kidney removed, suffered a case of Tuberculosis, and became a diabetic at one point of her life.
- Brenda strived to become a journalist and was an assistant for the art editor working in Irish Times magazine.
- Brenda became an actress by chance. She simply had to find a job as she needed money and is one of a few actresses that won an Oscar Award because they acted out of labor.
- She starred in a well known Irish TV series Casualty as Megan Roach for 72 episodes in a span of 24 years, from 1986 to 2010. Her co-stars were actors Suzanne Packer, Derek Thompson, Ian Bleasdale, and Tony Marshall.
- Brenda starred alongside Albert Finney and Michael Gambon in A Man of No Importance (1994), which was greatly praised for its LGBT community representation, along with Cloudburst (2011), where Brenda played Olympia Dukakis’ gay partner.
- She had a notable role of Eleanor Riley in Closing the Ring in 2007, which was a post-World War 2 romantic drama starring Stephen Amell and Mischa Barton in lead roles.
- In 2003, Brenda played the mother of Cate Blanchett‘s character of Veronica in Veronica Guerin, a biographical crime film from 2003.
- Brenda posed for a fully naked painting created by Daniel Mark Duffy in 2010. He had been asking her for a photograph that he would use as inspiration for a painting for months, and because they were good friends, she eventually accepted, after which Daniel said it was his best piece of work.
- She admitted in an interview in 2010 that she was psychically and physically abused by her mother, Bina. Brenda said that her mom was probably bipolar, manic depressive and very violent towards her and that she would cover Brenda’s scars from beating by saying those were from hockey injuries. On the contrary, she only had great things to say about her father and cited that he probably wasn’t aware of the abuse going on.
- Due to her childhood trauma, Barry, her husband, waited for about 1 year before they consummated their marriage, and Brenda praised his patience and understanding for her anxiety.
- Brenda cited that one of her biggest regrets is not having children.
- Despite having multiple flings with other men, she felt connected to Barry, her ex-husband, even after his death.
- She fell down a set of 69 cement steps in 2006, similarly to the situation that led to her husband’s untimely death. Fortunately, she survived but ended up with a broken shoulder and a fractured wrist that took more than 3 years to heal.
- She was diagnosed with clinical depression, but official psychotherapy and medicine haven’t helped her at all. After losing hope, Brenda discovered a guy that treats such such mental issues with positive thinking, the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and resting in peace. Brenda said that the sessions cured her and helped her find inner peace after decades of suffering, after which she recommended it to at least 5 other friends who achieved the same success.
- She was prone to self-harm during her depression and seriously tried to take her life at least 2 or 3 times in the past.
- Brenda believes in assisted suicide and doesn’t want to live until she’s 100, and barely able to walk or talk.
- She is not on social media.
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