Style Icon // Mary McDonnell

kazzified29:

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Unlike most girls my age when I was growing up and coming into my own, I didn’t look up to the likes of Keira Knightly, Victoria Beckham or Beyoncé to influence my own personal style. I was influenced and I continue to be influenced by my idols whose names continue to make those around me give me that confused look and ask, ‘Who?’. 

On my blog, I’ve started a series that will go through my style icons and explore what style tips I have learnt from them.

For the first instalment, I’m featuring Mary McDonnell, an Oscar and Emmy award nominee and one of my favourite actresses of all time.

The post is here at my blog page. 

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I loved it! Good job!

themagicm:

Happy 30th anniversary to Mary and Randy!
Taken from Olivia’s public Facebook page. 

Awww how adorbs! Happy Anniversary Randy & Mary ♥ Olivia is so cute. I love how she gives shout-outs to her parents on their special days….AWWW again!!!

themagicm:

Happy 30th anniversary to Mary and Randy!

Taken from Olivia’s public Facebook page. 

Awww how adorbs! Happy Anniversary Randy & Mary ♥ Olivia is so cute. I love how she gives shout-outs to her parents on their special days….AWWW again!!!

angelof9:

this testimonial was the most uncomfortable thing I ever watched x

Someone explain the negative comments on this. When a company wants a famous person to endorse their product, they ask them to say a few words. Usually an actor will write down bullet points that they want to discuss, and then you shoot them doing four or five takes, just in case they mess up on a word or run off on a tangent. This is what Mary did. This is what famous people do in every testimonial EVER.
I look at this and love it, because what I’m getting to see is Mary acting behind the scenes. This is much like watching Mary film a scene over and over on Major Crimes without any editing. Don’t you find it amazing how with just a little subtlety, her voice completely changes? The nuances are slightly different in each take. Forget what she is saying for a minute, and look at “how” she is saying it. Look at the looks she gives the camera, the little moments between takes, how she doesn’t even break character when the helicopter flies overhead! This woman has a job to do and she is doing it. I frakkin love this. It gives me great insight into Mary as an actress ♥
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angelof9:

this testimonial was the most uncomfortable thing I ever watched x

Someone explain the negative comments on this. When a company wants a famous person to endorse their product, they ask them to say a few words. Usually an actor will write down bullet points that they want to discuss, and then you shoot them doing four or five takes, just in case they mess up on a word or run off on a tangent. This is what Mary did. This is what famous people do in every testimonial EVER.
I look at this and love it, because what I’m getting to see is Mary acting behind the scenes. This is much like watching Mary film a scene over and over on Major Crimes without any editing. Don’t you find it amazing how with just a little subtlety, her voice completely changes? The nuances are slightly different in each take. Forget what she is saying for a minute, and look at “how” she is saying it. Look at the looks she gives the camera, the little moments between takes, how she doesn’t even break character when the helicopter flies overhead! This woman has a job to do and she is doing it. I frakkin love this. It gives me great insight into Mary as an actress ♥
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angelof9:

this testimonial was the most uncomfortable thing I ever watched x

Someone explain the negative comments on this. When a company wants a famous person to endorse their product, they ask them to say a few words. Usually an actor will write down bullet points that they want to discuss, and then you shoot them doing four or five takes, just in case they mess up on a word or run off on a tangent. This is what Mary did. This is what famous people do in every testimonial EVER.
I look at this and love it, because what I’m getting to see is Mary acting behind the scenes. This is much like watching Mary film a scene over and over on Major Crimes without any editing. Don’t you find it amazing how with just a little subtlety, her voice completely changes? The nuances are slightly different in each take. Forget what she is saying for a minute, and look at “how” she is saying it. Look at the looks she gives the camera, the little moments between takes, how she doesn’t even break character when the helicopter flies overhead! This woman has a job to do and she is doing it. I frakkin love this. It gives me great insight into Mary as an actress ♥
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angelof9:

this testimonial was the most uncomfortable thing I ever watched x

Someone explain the negative comments on this. When a company wants a famous person to endorse their product, they ask them to say a few words. Usually an actor will write down bullet points that they want to discuss, and then you shoot them doing four or five takes, just in case they mess up on a word or run off on a tangent. This is what Mary did. This is what famous people do in every testimonial EVER.

I look at this and love it, because what I’m getting to see is Mary acting behind the scenes. This is much like watching Mary film a scene over and over on Major Crimes without any editing. Don’t you find it amazing how with just a little subtlety, her voice completely changes? The nuances are slightly different in each take. Forget what she is saying for a minute, and look at “how” she is saying it. Look at the looks she gives the camera, the little moments between takes, how she doesn’t even break character when the helicopter flies overhead! This woman has a job to do and she is doing it. I frakkin love this. It gives me great insight into Mary as an actress ♥

joyful-voyager:

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[I don’t get why people like Janeway. Maybe I just watch too much SF Debris, but I get the impression that she shouldn’t be commanding a ship, especially one in Voyager’s predicament.]

I know, right? Any of the other Captains – any of them – would have been better suited to Voyager’s unique situation.
Take Sisko, for example. Didn’t want to take command of DS9 because of his history with the Borg. They killed his beloved Jennifer, after all, and left him a single father with a motherless son. Sisko would never have made that alliance in “Scorpion” that allowed Voyager to survive Species 8472. And he would surely have spaced Seven of Nine before the Doc even managed to remove a single implant.
Or Picard. God, Picard! Kept himself so perfectly isolated from his crew that he couldn’t even tell the love of his life that he cared about her until they were more or less bonded by the Kes/Prytt and she could read his mind. No way Picard would have looked Bev in the eye and told her that he couldn’t imagine a day without her, or played along with a young officer’s Holodeck game. Nah, Picard was much too aloof to allow his crew to become family when they were out there by themselves, the only Starfleet ship in the whole Delta quadrant, even if it was the only thing that would keep them sane.
As for Kirk. Wow. No comparison there, right? Kirk would have blasted his way from one end of the Delta quadrant to the other. He would never have undergone a dicey sacred rite to save the soul of one of his… Ah, okay, bad example. Wait, wait, I’ve got it: He would never have barreled in, guns blazing, to save a couple of junior officers when they were separated from the… Um, all right. He wouldn’t have hidden his telepathic officers and feigned an affair with a minor government functionary in order to… Oh, hell. Ummmm…when stranded on a deserted planet with his tall, dark, and handsome First Officer, Kirk would have…
Shit.
Well, he definitely wouldn’t have changed the timeline to save someone he loved.

You’ve certainly got me there.

^^^ Yes to all of this, and how can you  say “I don’t know why people like this person?” Uhm, Does everyone think like you? Does anyone on this planet have free will? Last I checked, yes they do, and that means everyone likes different people. Did Janeway get her people and ship home? Yes. Did she study and learn invaluable things about the Delta Quadrant that will help future expeditions to that Quadrant? Yes. Did she successfully combine Starfleet and Maquis in a positive way? Yes. Did she make everyone feel valued and needed? Yes. Did she successfully get home without compromising her values/beliefs/morals? Yes (not even Ransom can say that!). What else do you want in a Captain? Because if you are expecting sanity, clarity, unemotional decisions, and absolute perfection, then none of the Star Fleet Captains are good enough to meet your criteria. Just sayin.

joyful-voyager:

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[I don’t get why people like Janeway. Maybe I just watch too much SF Debris, but I get the impression that she shouldn’t be commanding a ship, especially one in Voyager’s predicament.]

I know, right? Any of the other Captains – any of them – would have been better suited to Voyager’s unique situation.

Take Sisko, for example. Didn’t want to take command of DS9 because of his history with the Borg. They killed his beloved Jennifer, after all, and left him a single father with a motherless son. Sisko would never have made that alliance in “Scorpion” that allowed Voyager to survive Species 8472. And he would surely have spaced Seven of Nine before the Doc even managed to remove a single implant.

Or Picard. God, Picard! Kept himself so perfectly isolated from his crew that he couldn’t even tell the love of his life that he cared about her until they were more or less bonded by the Kes/Prytt and she could read his mind. No way Picard would have looked Bev in the eye and told her that he couldn’t imagine a day without her, or played along with a young officer’s Holodeck game. Nah, Picard was much too aloof to allow his crew to become family when they were out there by themselves, the only Starfleet ship in the whole Delta quadrant, even if it was the only thing that would keep them sane.

As for Kirk. Wow. No comparison there, right? Kirk would have blasted his way from one end of the Delta quadrant to the other. He would never have undergone a dicey sacred rite to save the soul of one of his… Ah, okay, bad example. Wait, wait, I’ve got it: He would never have barreled in, guns blazing, to save a couple of junior officers when they were separated from the… Um, all right. He wouldn’t have hidden his telepathic officers and feigned an affair with a minor government functionary in order to… Oh, hell. Ummmm…when stranded on a deserted planet with his tall, dark, and handsome First Officer, Kirk would have…

Shit.

Well, he definitely wouldn’t have changed the timeline to save someone he loved.

You’ve certainly got me there.

^^^ Yes to all of this, and how can you say “I don’t know why people like this person?” Uhm, Does everyone think like you? Does anyone on this planet have free will? Last I checked, yes they do, and that means everyone likes different people. Did Janeway get her people and ship home? Yes. Did she study and learn invaluable things about the Delta Quadrant that will help future expeditions to that Quadrant? Yes. Did she successfully combine Starfleet and Maquis in a positive way? Yes. Did she make everyone feel valued and needed? Yes. Did she successfully get home without compromising her values/beliefs/morals? Yes (not even Ransom can say that!). What else do you want in a Captain? Because if you are expecting sanity, clarity, unemotional decisions, and absolute perfection, then none of the Star Fleet Captains are good enough to meet your criteria. Just sayin.

noordinarygirl2:

it-is-bugs:

Just love the face acting in this scene.  
Escape Velocity: Battlestar Galactica 2003


IKR? Their facial expressions were filled with unspoken words. Gah, these two really make me feel some kinda way. *sigh*

Love this! Can’t stop looking at it. Kind of mesmerizing ♥

noordinarygirl2:

it-is-bugs:

Just love the face acting in this scene.  

Escape Velocity: Battlestar Galactica 2003

IKR? Their facial expressions were filled with unspoken words. Gah, these two really make me feel some kinda way. *sigh*

Love this! Can’t stop looking at it. Kind of mesmerizing ♥

I have to admit several of my recent fashion purchases are inspired by Mary (more so Sharon Raydor). I’ve been investing…

IKR? Like the whole peplum dress she did for the beginning of Season 3, and then peplum dresses just skyrocketed a few weeks later? I thought that was hysterical! I think the character is very fashion forward. I love checking out all the tweets from the designers and artists from Major Crimes. You never know what you might learn!