WEEK IN WOMEN: Cardellini’s Star Turn in LA LLORONA – Brandy McDonnell reports

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In her more than two-decade acting career, Linda Cardellini has earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her guest stint on the prestige drama Mad Men, co-starred in Oscar-winning films like “Green Book” and “Brokeback Mountain” earned cult TV status on the classic series Freaks and Geeks and played a supporting role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

But the underrated performer didn’t get the chance to play a leading role in a studio movie until the new horror movie The Curse of La Llorona. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.