Today, Mary McDonnell was recognized by the Palm Springs Women in Film and Television with a Broken Glass Award. According to PSWIFT, “The Broken Glass Awards is a chance to honor women who, in a notoriously demanding industry, have not only succeeded in their respective crafts, but who have helped others along the way. More importantly, the women we celebrate have earned their stripes through personal strength, creativity and compassion, and so have emerged as individuals with beauty and power as well.”
Mary was recognized alongside author and actress Jane Seymour, actress and advocate Joyce Bulifant, model and businesswoman Beverly Johnson, and philanthropist Donna MacMillan. Previous honorees have included Alfre Woodard, Gale Ann Hurd, Shirley Jones, and Lindsay Wagner.
“The glass ceiling gets shattered again and again and again but it keeps coming back,” said Mary in her acceptance speech, “and it kind of moves in invisibly at times when we don’t expect it. And the only way we can identify that it’s there again is we do start losing our voice and we don’t offer an idea. We get frightened. So, thank you for your strength because these ceilings will be a little bit more visible to me after this day.”
There to support Mary were Major Crimes and Battlestar Galactica co-stars, her Team BAM colleagues, and family members. In her speech, Mary credited her parents and growing up with five sisters for her determination to succeed. “I asked [my brother] about my mother,” she recalled, “and he said that one of his favorite qualities of my mother was that she got infinitely better when the times get worse. I know that my mother taught me that, because I can feel it when it happens.”
This year marks the seventh annual ceremony and fundraiser. The Palm Springs Women in Film and Television seek to “empower, promote, and nurture women and men involved in the entertainment, communication, and media industries.”
Sending our congratulations and well-wishes to Mary for this well-deserved honor!