Frances Conroy, center, along with Michael C. Hall and Peter Krause, are shown in a scene from the hit HBO series "Six Feet Under," in which Conroy plays an undertaker's widow. The series received 23 Emmy nominations in 2002, including Conroy's for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
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Actors Frances Conroy, Peter Krause, Rachel Griffiths, Lauran Ambrose and Michael C. Hall pose backstage during the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 20, 2002. "Six Feet Under" won the award for Best Television Series -- Drama.
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Frances Conroy attends the world premiere of the third season of HBO's "Six Feet Under" in New York on Feb. 19, 2006. Before appearing on the show, Conroy made a name for herself as a respected stage actress, attending Julliard and earning a Tony nomination for her performance in "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan."
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Frances Conroy attends the 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on March 9, 2003, where "Six Feet Under" won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
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Frances Conroy accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series -- Drama for her work on HBO's "Six Feet Under" at the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 25, 2006.
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Winners for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, from left, Lauren Ambrose, Frances Conroy, Justina Machado and Rachel Griffiths, of "Six Feet Under," pose backstage at the 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, 2004.
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Frances Conroy attends the premiere of "The Aviator" at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Dec. 1, 2004. Conroy plays Mrs. Hepburn in the film about Howard Hughes' early career.
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Frances Conroy arrives to the premiere of HBO's "Six Feet Under" at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on May 17, 2005. Conroy earned a 2006 Emmy nomination for Best Actress for her work on the show, which has finished its final season.