'Law and Order' actress Mary Mara died after an apparent drowning: Complete story here!
Known for her recurring role in Law and Order and ER, actress Mary T. Mara is dead at 61. Mary's cause of death is suspected to be from drowning as the New York State police's official reports the actress's body was discovered in Cape Vincent, N.Y., on Sunday. Mara was reportedly residing at her sister's summer home when the alleged unfortunate accident occurred. "When Troopers, along with Cape Vincent Fire and Ambulance, arrived on the scene, they discovered a female deceased in the St. Lawrence River," an official's statement read.
Reports so far suggest no foul play, but no official cause of death has been confirmed yet. The Law and Order star's body has reportedly been sent to Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office, where an autopsy will determine the official cause. Born in Syracuse, New York, Mara was an alumna of the Francisco State University and Yale School of Drama. She kickstarted her acting career with the television film The Preppie Murder in 1989.
Mara's body was discovered in Cape Vincent on Sunday. Photo Source: Instagram
Although Mary never achieved staggering success in the field, the New York-born went on to garner over 80 screen credits. Aside from her recognizable work in ER, Law and Order, and Ray Donovan, Mara also appeared in NYPD Blue, Ally McBeal, The West Wing, Shameless, Dexter, Criminal Minds, Love Potion No. 9 (her film debut), Prom Night, and The Hard Way. Mara was also an experienced theatre actress and has performed for prestige New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club and Yale Repertory Theatre productions.
Remembring, the veteran actress as a talented and a vibrant star, Mara's manager Craig Dorfman put out a statement to the CBS News. "Mary was one of the finest actresses I ever met," Dorfman said, adding, "I still remember seeing her onstage in 1992 in 'Mad Forest' off Broadway. She was electric, funny and a true individual. Everyone loved her. She will be missed."
Mara had over 80 screen credits under her belt. Photo Source: Instagram
Mara's obituary, exclusively obtained by the People, lauds the actress's portrayal of troubled characters. "She specialized in complex portrayals of often-troubled characters, perhaps the most familiar was her recurring role in the 1990s of Loretta Sweet, a sympathetic, down-and-out prostitute and single mother on the NBC series ER," read the eulogy. Mara had briefly taken a hiatus before but continued her work shortly. The deceased actress's last known credit was in the 2020 film Break Even.
The 'Law and Order' actress is survived by her two sisters and a stepdaughter. Source: Discovery Channel
Fans have since taken to the actress's old Instagram posts to mourn her and pay tributes. The actress is survived by her sisters Martha Mara and Susan Dailey, brother-in-law Scott Dailey, nephew Christopher Dailey, and stepdaughter Katie Mersola.