Charlotte Ross

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Charlotte Ross
Charlotte Ross 2014.jpg
Ross in 2014
Born(1968-01-21) January 21, 1968 (age 46)
Winnetka, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress; singer
Years active1986-present
Spouse(s)Michael Goldman (2003-2010)
ChildrenMaxwell Ross Goldman (b. 2004)
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Charlotte Ross
Charlotte Ross 2014.jpg
Ross in 2014
Born(1968-01-21) January 21, 1968 (age 46)
Winnetka, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress; singer
Years active1986-present
Spouse(s)Michael Goldman (2003-2010)
ChildrenMaxwell Ross Goldman (b. 2004)

Charlotte Ross (born January 21, 1968) is an American actress, best known for her roles as Eve Donovan on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of our Lives from 1987 to 1991, and Det. Connie McDowell on the ABC police drama series NYPD Blue from 2001 to 2004.

Early life[edit]

Ross was born and raised in Winnetka, Illinois. Her parents are Debbie Ross Kullby, who is retired and living in Colorado; and Peter Ross (d. 2009), a financial advisor.[1] Charlotte has one younger brother, George, a hedge fund-analyst. "When we were little I used to beat him up," she recalls with a laugh, "but now we're close." Her first on-screen performance was in My First Mouthpiece; she was 8 years old. She moved on to performing in various hometown theater productions.


After graduating from New Trier High School, Charlotte moved to Los Angeles, which her father opposed.[2] She tried out for the role of Kelly Bundy on Married... with Children, but was the producers' second choice behind Christina Applegate who she lost the role to, before being cast in the role of Eve Donovan on Days of our Lives. Four years later, Ross co-starred with Katey Sagal ("Peg Bundy") in the movie Violation of Trust (aka She Says She's Innocent). The year after that, she guested on Married...with Children as one of Bud Bundy's sexier classmates.

Ross's run on Days of our Lives lasted from 1987 to 1991, earning her two Emmy nominations. Her other television credits include The Heights (where she sang on the Billboard Number One hit "How Do You Talk to an Angel"),[3] The 5 Mrs. Buchanans, Drexell's Class, Pauly, Law & Order, Trinity, Beggars and Choosers, Frasier, Savage Land, Jake in Progress, Fall Into Darkness and A Kiss So Deadly (which reunited her with Days co-star Charles Shaughnessy). She also co-starred in the 2007 Lifetime Television films Montana Sky and Christmas in Paradise.[4] She earned a Gold record in 1992 for her work as a singer on the soundtrack album to the The Heights, famous for the song "How Do You Talk To An Angel".[2]

Ross is also known for her role as Connie McDowell in the ABC police drama series NYPD Blue from 2001 to 2004.[5] On February 25, 2003, Ross appeared in an NYPD Blue episode entitled "Nude Awakening", which featured shots of her buttocks as she prepared to step into the shower.[2][6] As a result, the FCC fined each of the 52 ABC stations with a $27,500 fine for broadcasting "indecent material" between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. However, on January 4, 2011, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously revoked the fine, stating that the FCC's enforcement of its indecency rules was "unconstitutionally vague and chilling." ABC, Inc., et al. v. Federal Communications Commission, No. 08-0841-ag(L) (2nd Cir.).

In 2006, Ross joined Billy Blanks to co-host a series of Tae-Bo infomercials. In 2011, Ross appeared as Candy in Summit’s 3D film Drive Angry, alongside Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard.[7] In 2009, Ross began a recurring role on the Fox series Glee as Judy Fabray, the mother of Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron). She appeared in 4 episodes. In 2013, Ross began starring in the VH1 series Hit the Floor .[8] In 2014, Ross passed on an offer to return to Days of our Lives as Eve Donovan, and her role was recast with Kassie DePaiva because she was too busy with other acting projects.[9] Along with this news, Ross made a guest appearance on the ABC musical drama series Nashville.[9] Later in this year she was cast as Felicity Smoak's mother in The CW series, Arrow.[10]

Personal life[edit]

On October 18, 2003, Ross married Michael Goldman and gave birth to one child: son Maxwell Ross Goldman (whose name combines Charlotte's and her mother's maiden names). She and Michael Goldman separated in 2008 but "remain best of friends in raising our son." She resides in Los Angeles.[11]


In 2002, Ross supported PETA's anti-fur campaign by appearing naked in advertisements captioned "I'd Rather Show My Buns Than Wear Fur".[12]

In 2014, Ross signed on her support to the Animal Legal Defense Fund campaign "National Justice for Animals Week" by filming a video.[13]



1986Touch and GoCourtney's Girlfriend
1994Foreign StudentElizabeth 'Sue Ann' Baldridge
1994Love and a .45Mary Ann
1994Savage LandMandy
1998Looking for LolaDebbie
2011Drive AngryCandy
2011Street Kings: Motor CityBeth Kingston
2011Umpire, TheThe UmpireBillie SatrianoShort film
2014Rita Mahtoubian Is Not A TerroristLanaShort film


1987-1991Days of our LivesEve Baron DonovanSeries regular, role from July 16, 1987 to July 12, 1991
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (1990-1991)
1991She Says She's InnocentJustine EssexTV movie
1991Reasonable DoubtsMeredith LittleEpisode: "Dicky's Got the Blues"
1992Empty NestAntoinetteEpisode: "Sayonara"
1992Drexell's ClassJanetEpisode: "The Resentments"
1992Married... with ChildrenDarleneEpisode: "Teacher Pets"
1992Heights, TheThe HeightsHope LindenSeries regular, 13 episodes
1994BirdlandRonnieEpisode: "Crazy for You"
1994-19955 Mrs. Buchanans, TheThe 5 Mrs. BuchanansBree BuchananSeries regular, 17 episodes
1995Murder OneStephanie LambertEpisode: "Chapter 8"
1996Murder OneStephanie LambertEpisode: "Chapter Seventeen"
1996ERAngelEpisode: "The Right Thing"
1996Minor AdjustmentsAmyEpisode: "Baba-Doo-Wang"
1996Kiss So Deadly, AA Kiss So DeadlyAmanda BlakeTV movie
1996Fall Into DarknessAnn PriceTV movie
1997PaulyDawn DelaneySeries regular, 7 episodes
1998Will of their Own, AA Will of their OwnSusan PetersonTV miniseries
1998TrinityFiona McCallisterSeries regular, 10 episodes
1998NYPD BlueLaurie RichardsonEpisodes: "The One That Got Away" and "I Don't Wanna Dye"
1999Kidnapped in ParadiseMegan EmersonTV movie
1999-2001Beggars and ChoosersLori VolponeSeries regular, 42 episodes
2001FrasierMonicaEpisode: "Sliding Frasiers"
2001-2004NYPD BlueDet. Connie McDowellSeries regular, 70 episodes
2006Jake in ProgressAnnie3 episodes
2007Law & OrderJudith BarlowEpisode: "Talking Points"
2007Montana SkyTess MercyTV movie
2007Christmas in ParadiseDana MarinoTV movie
2008Ring of DeathMary WyattTV movie
2009CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationSabrina OwenEpisode: "If I Had a Hammer..."
2009-12GleeJudy FabrayEpisodes : "Ballad", "Journey to Regionals", "Prom Queen", and "Goodbye"
2013Hit the FloorOlivia VincentSeries regular
2014NashvilleRuth BennettEpisode: "Guilty Street"
2014ArrowDonna Smoak [14]Episode: "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak"


  1. ^ "Charlotte Ross Biography (1968-)". Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  2. ^ a b c "Charlotte Ross Biography". Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  3. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book Of Number 1 Hits (5 ed.). Billboard Books. p. 812. ISBN 0-8230-7677-6. 
  4. ^ Beauty Charlotte Ross Will 'Drive Angry'
  5. ^ "Charlotte Ross". 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  6. ^ "Court Nixes NYPD Blue Nudity Fine - Today's News: Our Take". 2011-01-05. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  7. ^ The Next to Drive Angry - Charlotte Ross
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  9. ^ a b "Charlotte Ross on DAYS' Eve Donovan Recast: "Had to Pass on Reprising My FAVE Role" | Daytime Confidential". Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  10. ^ "Arrow Casts Felicity's Mother — For Real, or For Flashback?". TVLine. August 1, 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Charlotte Ross (charlotteross) on Twitter". charlotteross. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  12. ^ "When Fur Offends". Lucire. 2002. 
  13. ^ "Charlotte Ross for National Justice for Animals Week". 2014. 
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