Ann Dowd ’74

Award-winning Television, Film, and Stage Actress

What advice would you give to a girl graduating from Williston today?   

Stay open, alert, aware.

Stay humble, grateful.

Lead with compassion. Love.

Follow your heart.

Trust the gifts you’ve been given, use them, respect them.

Commit with everything you’ve got.

Seek joy.

Acknowledge fear, move right past it.

Tell us about a woman who is your hero and why?

My Mother, Dolores Dowd Dean

Acceptance of life, gratitude, humility, chooses the positive way forward, kindness, humor, generosity, her faith.

What do you think is next for women in your professional field?

Everything imaginable.

What motivates you in your work and life?


What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Follow your heart. Acknowledge the gifts you’ve been given and respects them. Stay humble, grateful. Commit with everything you’ve got.  The rest will take care of itself.