Ann Dowd, who is a native of Holyoke, Mass. (born on January 30, 1956) and has a family home at New Hampshire's Lake Sunapee, is the talk of Hollywood now even though she has been in the business for decades.
The 58-year-old has found herself at the center of several hot television series nearly all at once, including HBO's "The Leftovers," although her high-profile character on the show - Patti - the leader of a cult group called the "Guilty Remnant," is killed just before the season finale. She also played a highly disturbing character on HBO's finale of the Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson creeper, "True Detective."
But that's not all that Dowd has done.
Here's a breakdown:
Not only has she made a splash in the HBO market but she appeared in seven episodes of Showtime's "Masters of Sex."
She is one of the few actors to make a guest appearance on all four of the Law & Order franchises.
She has appeared in the films, "Compliance," (for which she received critical acclaim) "Side Effects" and "Marley & Me."
She played Kristy's mother in the television series, "The Babysitter's Club" way back in 1990 and more recently, Kim Kelly's mother on "Freaks and Geeks."
She has appeared in the WE TV television series, "The Divide," this year too. But that's not all. In 2014, Dowd filmed three movies, "Gimme Shelter," "The Discoverers" and "The Drop," with James Gandolfini.
It's safe to say her star is not just rising, but truly shining now. At age 58, she won the role of her career as Patti in "The Leftovers," but now that her character has left the building, her path seems limitless.
She rose again in the 2014 Lifetime movie, "Big Driver," based on the book by Stephen King, in which she appeared with an all-star cast including Maria Bello, Olympia Dukkakis and Joan Jett.
Dowd, who is one of seven children, was a pre-med student at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester but she found theatre and discovered joy in acting. After her acting teacher encouraged her to pursue it, she landed at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago.
She and her husband, Larry Arancio, who chairs the acting program at the CAP (Collaborative Arts Project) 21, live in New York City with their three children.