Thursday, March 12, 2009


Anna Manahan died at the age of 84 in Waterford, Ireland. Although she did a lot of television and a few movies, she was best known as a stage actress. Ms. Manahan played roles in the works of Ireland's greatest playwrights and some were even created for her, like "Big Maggie" by John B. Keane. Perhaps her most famous role was as Mag, the psychologically brutal old lady in "The Beauty Queen Of Leenane", for which she won the Tony Award in 1998.

"Fair City" .... Ursula Cruise (2004-200)

"The Clinic" .... Brendan's Nan (2004)

Black Day at Black Rock (2001) (TV) .... Mrs. Long

"Lovejoy" .... Irish Lil (1993)
- Swings and Roundabouts (1993)

"The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" .... Old Woman at GPO
- Ireland, April 1916 (1993)

The Treaty (1991) (TV) .... Woman 2

"The Bill" .... Mrs. Kavanagh
- Grace of God (1989)

"Small World" .... Nosy neighbour
- April Is the Cruellest Month (1988)

"The Irish R.M." .... Mrs. Cadogan

The Country Girls (1984) (TV) .... Mrs. Burns

"Leave It to Mrs. O'Brien" (1984) .... Mrs. O'Brien

"ITV Playhouse"
- The Glory Hole (1982) .... Mary Higgins
- Lucky (1974) .... Mother

"The Ballyskillen Opera House" (1981) .... Theresa Halligan

A Tale of Two Cities (1980) (TV) .... The Vengeance

Juno and the Paycock (1980) (TV) .... Mrs. Madigan

"Play for Today" .... Maggie Donoghue
- Katie: The Year of a Child (1979) .... Maggie Donoghue

"Me Mammy" .... Mrs. Kennefick (1968-1971)

"Comedy Playhouse" .... Mrs. Kennefick
- Me Mammy (1968)

"Sanctuary" .... Mrs. O'Reilly
- Change of Heart (1968)

"Z Cars" .... Mrs. Boswell
- A Right to Live: Part 2 (1967)
- A Right to Live: Part 1 (1967)

"Theatre 625" .... Harriet Reilley
- Esther's Altar (1965)

"The Wednesday Play" .... Mrs. O'Brien
- The Man Without Papers (1965)

"ITV Play of the Week" .... Widow Quin
- Playboy of the Western World (1958)

I know she also worked on 'The Riordans' at some point in its run from 1965 to 1979, but the doesn't mention it.

Good night, and may God bless...

Toby O'B

1 comment:

peter said...

Dearest Anna, a wonderful actress with whom I worked when she appeared at the Royal National Theatre in the Shaughrauhn. Always full of fun.. RIP Anna