sexual orientation: a middle aged woman leaning over a desk

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“One of the things I learned from Laura Roslin was that - and I think is true for a lot of women - we vastly underestimate what we are capable of.  Because somewhere, culturally, we’ve gotten a mixed message since the day we were born…and she taught me that there’s far more in us that we’re capable of as women than we even knew. That is the biggest thing she taught me.” (x) - Mary McDonnell on what she learned from Laura Roslin

sexual orientation: older woman wearing pantsuit and heels, in position of power

I remember years ago, somebody once said to me ‘Oh, you’re one of those angry women.’ Well, how can you not be angry in this world? I mean, I’m very angry, but anger can be very creative.
—  Mary McDonnell, 1993
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Laura Roslin: (…) I’m going to be slipping away from this life very soon. And I’ve gotten kind of curious as to what that’s going to be like, and so I did some research. And there are some people who say that when people are getting closer to their death, they just don’t care as much about rules and laws and conventional morality.
Gaius Baltar: Are you threatening me?
Laura Roslin: No, I’m just saying have a quiet life, and I’ll die a quiet little death, and everyone will be happy. It’s just that I’m not in the mood any longer to indulge you. And that’s… all.