The first and second parts of the film “Home Alone” have long become New Year’s classics for many viewers. However, few of us pay attention to minor characters, do we? So, today the heroine of our material will be Brenda Fricker, who played the role of the bird lady in the park in the film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York . After all, we might never see such a talented actress. But first things first.
Brenda Fricker was born on February 17, 1945 in Dublin into a family of journalists. Before starring in the sequel to Kevin McCallister’s New Year’s adventures and receiving an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, the Irishwoman worked as an assistant editor at a local newspaper. You see, initially the future actress was going to follow in the footsteps of her parents.
The high point with the drama “My Left Foot” and “Home Alone 2” was just around the corner. However, few people knew what hardships Brenda had to endure over the years. Long-term depression, childhood trauma and even 32 attempts to commit suicide… It seems that the role of the bird lady who saved Kevin was written personally for Fricker. After all, she was the same recluse, in a depressed state.
Beatings, marriage and the fight against depression
The mother of the future movie star played a significant role in this. The woman often hit Brenda and her younger sister in the face. And so that the father would not notice the beating, the mother struck him under the knees. Girls then wore knee socks, and it was impossible to suspect anything. Moreover, a close friend of the family once dishonored the still young Fricker. “Be that as it may, this happened to me,” the celebrity said, ashamed of the bad mention of her mother.
The actress was unlucky to find her female happiness. So, Brenda Fricker was married only once. In 1979, she married director Barry Davis. After 9 years, the couple separated. According to the movie star, the reason was her husband’s love for strong drinks. And in 1991, Davis passed away. Brenda was unable to say goodbye to her ex-husband due to filming in Australia, from which the filmmakers refused to let her go. “I don’t know where he is buried. And I don’t want to know.”
Sessions with a psychotherapist help Brenda deal with depression and her past. Your favorite job also plays an important role. For example, in 2023, the actress’s loyal fans shared pictures online with Fricker from the filming of a new project. The celebrity also receives support from her partner Joe. Together they currently live in Bristol.