The View: Mary McDonnell Major Crimes Review & Oscar Lunch With Whoopi

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The View: Mary McDonnell And Whoopi Goldberg

Mary McDonnnell has been in Academy Award-winning films like Dances With Wolves and the critically adored The Closer. Now, Mary McDonnell is back for season two of her The Closer spinoff, Major Crimes. The first thing that Sherri wanted Mary to talk about was one about when her and Whoopi were both nominated for an Oscar, Mary for Dances With Wolves and Whoopi for Ghost.

When Whoopi won the award over the crew of Dances With Wolves, Mary McDonnell got a large bouquet of flowers and an invitation to go out to lunch from Whoopi soon after. The lunch was so good, said Mary, that they couldn’t even remember where they went to eat (wink wink).

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The View: Mary McDonnell Major Crimes Preview

The View: Mary McDonnell Major Crimes Review & Oscar Lunch With Whoopi

Mary McDonnell told us all about her new show, Major Crimes, and what she did to prepare for the role. (Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)

Major Crimes had record-breaking numbers when it aired, and has been renewed for a second season. When Mary McDonnell was first told that a spinoff was being made about her character, she was at first nervous at the difficult undertaking that it would be to move her character that was something of an antagonist in The Closer to a protagonist in Major Crimes. This anxiety was replaced by excitement, though, because she was very happy that she could continue to work with an ensemble she had been with for the last nine years.

The View: Mary McDonnell Character In Major Crimes

Mary McDonnell said that her character in Major Crimes is in a place in her life that is very similar to a place that she is at in her own life. What Mary meant by that was, while she is at the age where women like her generally retire, she has actually gone in the totally opposite direction of that by taking on even more work with her new role in Major Crimes. However, she felt that it was a blessing because she could approach the many new responsibilities with wisdom that she might not have had when she was younger.

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The View: Mary McDonnell & LAPD Detectives

To prepare for her role on Major Crimes, Mary McDonnell spent an afternoon with two very tough LAPD detectives, both of which were mothers. The thing that she found most extraordinary about the two female detectives was that they both head to work every day with the knowledge that this might be the day where their either have to put their life on the line, or potentially lose it. They have to prepare themselves for this potential scenario every time they go to work, and Mary admired that.

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