Mary Bridget Moynahan, Bridget Moynahan’s Late Mother; Details On her Life And Death

By Anuja Uprety | Published on: February 29, 2024 | Updated on: February 29, 2024
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Mary Bridget Moynahan is the late mother of an American actress and former model Bridget Moynahan. The celebrity mom is no longer alive as of now. So, what was the cause behind her death? How was her relationship with her daughter?

Mary’s daughter Bridget is famously known for her role as Erin Reagan in the police drama series Blue Bloods.

Key Takeaways

  • The celebrity mom, Mary Bridget Moynahan is no longer alive. She died in 2019.
  • Mary was a history teacher by profession. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Emmanuel College in 1961.
  • Mary was married to Edward Bradley Moynahan, a scientist and former administrator at the University of Massachusetts the Amherst. He died in 2018.
  • Together with her late hubby, she shared three children Andy, Sean, and Kathryn. Her daughter Kathryn is a notable actress in American Entertainment Industry.
  • She was a grandmother of five.

Died Unexpectedly In 2019; What Happened?

Bridget Moynahan’s mother, Mary is no longer alive in the world. She passed away at the age of 79 on July 10, 2019. Just a month before her demise, she was happy and healthy, and enjoying her day with her daughter in New York.

On June 7, 2019, actress Bridget shared a picture with her mom Mary on her Facebook where she was seen absolutely happy and healthy. In the caption, she wrote,

My beautiful mom on a gorgeous night after a great day.#nyc #moments #appreciation #family

A month later, she suddenly died but the reason behind her death is yet to surface in the media. Post her death, her funeral service was held in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and the obituary was published by the Republican.

Early Life And Parents

The late celebrity mom, Mary was born ‘Mary Moriarty Moynahan’ on December 21, 1939, in Massachusetts, the United States. She was the daughter of John Joseph Moriarty Jr., and Irene Katherine Hourihan of Easthampton, Massachusetts.

Similarly, she spent most of her early life in her hometown alongside her family. As for education, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Emmanuel College in 1961.

Besides, the celebrity mom belonged to Irish ethnic background and was an American citizen.

Her Family Background

Her paternal grandparents were John Joseph Moriarty Sr. (1869-1944) and Bridget Griffin (1870-1966).

Likewise, her maternal grandfather was Daniel Hourihan and her grandmom was Ellen McCarthy.

Was A Teacher By Profession

After she graduated from Emmanuel College, Mary started teaching History in school. On the other hand, her daughter Kathryn (aka Bridget Moynahan) is a well-known face in the American showbiz industry.

Bridget first started her career in the glam world as a model, and then slowly, she started her acting journey. Bridget made her TV debut as Natasha in HBO’s romantic comedy Sex and the City in 1999 and since then she has been continuously working as an actress.

Her most famous stint was in Blue Bloods where she worked alongside Andrew Terraciano, Tony Terraciano, Abigail Hawk, Marisa Ramirez, Steve Schirripa, and others.

Mary’s Daughter Bridget’s TV Shows And Movies

As per IMDb, Bridget has a total of 29 acting credits. Let’s have a look at some of her acting projects.


  • Row Your Boat (1999)
  • Trifling with Fate (2000)
  • The Sum of All Fears (2002)
  • Prey (2007)
  • Battle Los Angeles (2011) & Others

TV Series 

  • Sex and the City (1998-2000)
  • Going To California (2001)
  • Six Degrees (2006-2007)
  • Eli Stone (2008)
  • And Just Like That… (2021)
  • Blue Bloods (2010-2023)

Was Wife To Edward Bradley Moynahan

The Massachusetts native Mary was married to her husband Edward Bradley for several years. Her hubby was a scientist and former administrator at the University of Massachusetts the Amherst. Further, Edward was also a chemist at GAF, Rexham, and UMass.

Mary's husband with their daughter
Mary’s husband with their daughter. Source: Facebook

Now, moving back to their marriage, though the information on their marital details they tied the knot sometime in the 1960s. The couple had a great marriage and they lived together as a husband and wife until the death of Edward in 2018.

Mary’s Spouse Edward Is No Longer Alive; When Did He Die?

Edward died almost a year before his wife Mary’s death. He passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. At the time of his death, he was 80 years old.

Mary’s better half was born on November 5, 1938, in Lowell, Massachusetts. The retired chemist was the son of the late Andrew J. and Helen Bradley Moynahan.

Was A Mother Of Three

Together with her late spouse Edward, Mary welcomed two sons Andy Moynahan, and Sean B. Moynahan, and a daughter Kathryn Bridget Moynahan.

Her first child, Andy was born ‘Andrew J Moynahan’ in September 1968 which makes him 54 years of age in 2023. Likewise, Sean is her youngest child who arrived into this world in August 1972 and is currently 50 years old. Both her sons stay away from the limelight.

Mary and her daughter Bridget
Mary with her daughter Bridget. Source: Facebook

Further, her daughter Kathryn, 52, was born on April 28, 1972. As earlier mentioned, she is a renowned actress. She has been married to her husband Andrew Frankel since 2015.

Mary Has A Grandson From Her Daughter Bridget’s Relationship with Tom Brady

Her daughter Bridget has a son John “Jack” Edward Thomas Moynahan together with her ex-boyfriend and NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady. Jack was born out of wedlock on August 22, 2007, at St. John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica, California. As of 2023, he is 15 years of age.

Besides Jack, she has four other grandchildren from her son’s side, Kyle, Jared, Maeve, and Clare. 

Had A Great Interest In Tennis

Besides her career and household, Mary used to enjoy playing tennis. Back in 2010, in one interview, her famous daughter Bridget opened up about her interest in sports in an interview when she was asked if her parents are sporty, she answered,

My mother has played tennis her whole life and is still on a tennis team. My parents always had us involved in some sort of activity

The John Wick actress also stated that it was due to her mom that she and her siblings became interested in sports among all the other kids in their surroundings.