Friday, April 10, 2009

Mary Catherine McCormack Biography

Mary Catherine McCormack (born February 8, 1969) is an American actress.

Personal life
McCormack was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. She is the daughter of clinical therapist Norah and car dealership and ice cream parlor owner William McCormack.[1] Her parents divorced in 1990. She has a sister Bridget, a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School and an actor brother William.

McCormack graduated from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, New Jersey in 1987 and went on to attend Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, majoring in English and painting.

McCormack married Brothers & Sisters producer Michael Morris in July 2003. They have daughters Margaret (3 September 2004) and Rose (15 May 2007).

McCormack began her acting career at age 12 performing in Gian Carlo Menotti's Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors. She continued her stage work in many more musicals, and finished an acting program at the William Esper Studio. She has worked in many New York theater productions, including The Atlantic Theater Company, Alice's 4th Floor and Naked Angels, where she appeared in Jon Robin Baitz's A Fair Country.

McCormack is appearing in a new television series for the USA Network, In Plain Sight. Her previous television roles include Justine Appleton on Murder One (1995–1997); and Kate Harper on The West Wing (2004–2006). She also starred in the HBO series K Street, which aired for only ten episodes.

McCormack was nominated for the 2008 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for the role of Gretchen in the 2008 Broadway revival of Boeing Boeing.

* Miracle on 34th Street (1994) - Myrna Foy (not listed in the credits)
* Private Parts (1997) - Alison Stern
* Murder One (1995-1996) - Justine Appleton
* Deep Impact (1998) - Andrea "Andy" Baker
* Mystery, Alaska (1999) - Donna Biebe
* The Big Tease (1999) - Monique
* The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000) - Anne
* Madison (2001) - Bonnie McCormick
* K-PAX (2001) - Rachel Powell
* High Heels and Low Lifes (2001) - Frances
* Full Frontal (2002) - Linda
* K Street (2002) - Maggie Morris
* ER (2003) - Debbie (two episodes: "The Lost" and "Makemba")
* Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) - Grace Finney
* The West Wing (2004–2006) - Kate Harper
* Traffic (2004) - Carole McKay
* Right at Your Door (2006) - Lexi
* 1408 (2007) - Lily Enslin
* In Plain Sight (2008) - Mary Shannon
* Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Contract, 2008 episode) - Mary Shannon

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