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Mary Mara, ‘ER’ and ‘Law and Order’ Actor, Dies at 61 in Apparent Drowning


Mary Mara, the actor greatest recognized for her recurring roles in “ER” and “Law & Order,” died in Cape Vincent, N.Y. Sunday from an obvious drowning. She was 61.

In a report printed Monday, the New York State Police confirmed that Mara was found within the St. Lawrence River in Cape Vincent round 8:10 p.m. on Sunday by numerous officers. According to a press release from a consultant, Mara was staying on the summer season home of her sister Martha. A preliminary investigation instructed Mara died by drowning whereas swimming. Her physique has been transported to Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office, the place an post-mortem will likely be carried out to find out an official reason behind dying.

In a press release to Variety, Mara’s supervisor Craig Dorfman confirmed her dying.

“Mary was one of the finest actresses I ever met,” Dorfman wrote. “I still remember seeing her onstage in 1992 in ‘Mad Forest’ off Broadway. She was electric, funny and a true individual. Everyone loved her. She will be missed.”

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Mara was born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y. earlier than occurring to check at San Francisco State University and Yale. She started her movie and TV profession within the 1989 with the tv film “The Preppie Murder,” and would go on to amass over 80 display screen credit. Her notable productions embrace “ER,” which noticed her play recurring affected person Loretta Sweet, and police procedural “Nash Bridges,” which noticed her act in the primary solid as inspector Bryn Carson. Other notable tv credit embrace “NYPD Blue,” “Ally McBeal,” “Farscape,” “Law & Order,” “The West Wing,” “Monk,” “Shameless,” “Ray Donovan,” “Dexter” and “Criminal Minds.”

Onstage, Mara appeared in a New York Shakespeare Festival manufacturing of “Twelfth Night” with Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff Goldblum, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Gregory Hines. In 1990, she co-starred with William Hurt in a Yale Repertory Theatre manufacturing of Anton Chekhov’s “Ivanov.”

Mara made her movie debut in 1992 with “Love Potion No. 9,” and appeared that very same 12 months as Billy Crystal’s daughter in “Mr. Saturday Night.” Other credit embrace “Bound,” “A Civil Action,” “K-Pax,” “Gridiron Gang” and “Prom Night.” After showing within the 2020 movie “Break Even,” Mara retired from performing and returned to dwell in Syracuse.

Mara is survived by her stepdaughter Katie Mersola, sisters Martha Mara and Susan Dailey, brother-in-law Scott Dailey and nephew Christopher Dailey.

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