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Passion Fish (1992)

Mary McDonnell as "May-Alice Culhane"

After soap opera actress May-Alice Culhane (Mary McDonnell) has a car accident, she is paralyzed and forced into a wheelchair. She retreats to her family's vacant home in Louisiana and indulges in alcohol and self-pity. When nursing aides come to help, May-Alice unleashes her anger, prompting each to quit. Chantelle (Alfre Woodard), a nurse who desperately needs the job, arrives determined to change May-Alice's outlook. As the two women become friends, they help each other cope with challenges.

Academy Award (1992) Nominated Best Actress
Golden Globe (1992) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Mary McDonnell as "Stands With a Fist"

A Civil War soldier develops a relationship with a band of Lakota Indians. Attracted by the simplicity of their lifestyle, he chooses to leave his former life behind to be with them. Having observed him, they give the name Dances With Wolves. Soon he is a welcomed member of the tribe and falls in love with a white woman who has been raised in the tribe. Tragedy results when Union soldiers arrive with designs on the land.

Academy Award (1990) Nominated Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (1990) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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