The St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke has announced that the 60th recipient of the JFK National Award is award-winning actress and Holyoke native, Ann Dowd. The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Award is presented annually to an American of Irish descent who has distinguished themselves in their chosen field.
Ann Dowd’s acting career spans across film, television, and theatre. Ann’s film credits include Captain Fantastic, Collateral Beauty, The Informant, Marley & Me and Garden State. Her portrayal of Sandra in Compliance garnered her a National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress in a film as well as nominations for an Independent Spirit Award and a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Her television roles include the upcoming series The Handmaids Tale and Good Behavior; she also appeared in True Detective, Olive Kitteridge, Freaks and Geeks and Nothing Sacred. Ann was nominated for a 2015 Critics Choice Award for her performance in the HBO Series The Leftovers. She has also been seen on Broadway in The Seagull, Taking Sides and as Ms Prossy in Candida for which she won the Clarence Derwent Award for best Broadway debut.
A native of Holyoke, Ann is the daughter of John and Dolores Dowd and is one of seven children (siblings, Kathleen, John, Elizabeth, Clare, Deborah and Gregory). Ann is a 1978 graduate of Holy Cross College where in May 2016, she received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree; she also has an MFA from Depaul Theater School. Ann and her husband, actor Larry Arancio, have three children, Liam, Emily and Trust and they reside in New York City.
2017 Parade President, Michael Moriarty said “Ann Dowd’s accomplished and versatile career as a performing artist earns her place among the notable Irish Americans that been JFK National recipients. The Parade Committee takes special pride in recognizing the achievements and talents of fellow Holyokers. Ann is only the fifth Holyoke native to be recognized, and the first woman from Holyoke. We look forward to marching with Ann Dowd and her family on March 19th.”