Gail O'Grady

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Gail O'Grady
Gail O'Grady (1994).jpg
Gail O'Grady at the Emmy Awards in 1994
BornGail Ann O'Grady
(1963-01-23) January 23, 1963 (age 51)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Richard Dasko (1981–1983)
Severin Wunderman (1987)
Jeffrey Byron (1990–1991)
Steve Fenton (1995–1996)
Anthony J. Pellegrino (1998–2000)
John Stamatakis (2004–2008)
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Gail O'Grady
Gail O'Grady (1994).jpg
Gail O'Grady at the Emmy Awards in 1994
BornGail Ann O'Grady
(1963-01-23) January 23, 1963 (age 51)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Richard Dasko (1981–1983)
Severin Wunderman (1987)
Jeffrey Byron (1990–1991)
Steve Fenton (1995–1996)
Anthony J. Pellegrino (1998–2000)
John Stamatakis (2004–2008)

Gail Ann O'Grady (born January 23, 1963), an American actress and producer, is best known for her roles on television. Her roles include Donna Abandando in the ABC police drama NYPD Blue, and Helen Pryor in the NBC drama series American Dreams. O'Grady is also well known for her lead roles in a number of television movies. She has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award three times.

Early life[edit]

O'Grady was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Jan and Jim O'Grady, a financial planner.[1] She was raised in Wheaton, Illinois, and graduated from Wheaton North High School in 1981. She appeared in a few commercials before moving to Los Angeles in 1986.[2]


O'Grady began her career as model for Montgomery Ward, and well making several commercials.[3] In one, she played the neighbor for whom Michael J. Fox's character chased down a Diet Pepsi. In time, she began making guest appearances, often as a villain.[4] She made her big screen debut in the 1988 romantic comedy She's Having a Baby, and later was cast in recurring role of ABC drama China Beach opposite Dana Delany. She also guest starred on several other shows, and appeared in made for television and independent movies.

Her first major role was as Donna Abandando on the ABC police drama NYPD Blue. O'Grady played the big-haired squad secretary from 1993 to 1996, and for each year received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.[3] Along with cast, she won Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 1995.[3] O'Grady left the series in 1996, and made a pilot for her own sitcom, The Gail O'Grady Project, but the show was not picked up by any of the networks.[5]

After leaving NYPD Blue, O'Grady began starring in numerous television movies for Lifetime and other networks, including The Three Lives of Karen (1997), Two Voices (1997), Every 9 Seconds (1997), Two of Hearts (1999), Another Woman's Husband (2000), Lip Service (2000), Hostage Negotiator (2001), Hope Ranch (2002), Lucky 7 (2003), Sex and the Single Mom (2003), and More Sex & the Single Mom (2005).[6]

From 2002 to 2005, O'Grady starred as Helen Pryor, in the NBC television series American Dreams, which depicted an all-American family living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the 1960s. The series was canceled after three seasons. In fall 2005, O'Grady was lead actress in the ABC comedy series Hot Properties. The series was canceled after 13 episodes. In 2006, she guest starred on Two and a Half Men, and in 2007 had a recurring role on Boston Legal as Gloria Weldon, a judge in a personal relationship with attorney Alan Shore. Also in 2007, she starred in the Hallmark Channel movie All I Want for Christmas.[7]

O'Grady had series regular roles on the short-lived CW series, Hidden Palms as Karen Hardy in 2007, and on Hellcats, playing Wanda Perkins, the mother of the main character from 2010 to 2011. In 2008, she had a recurring role on ABC series Desperate Housewives as Anne Schilling, woman who is having an affair with the character Porter Scavo (at that point a teenager).[8] She also has made appearances on Monk, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Mentalist, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Drop Dead Diva, Hawaii Five-0, and Castle.[9][10] She also was cast in major recurring role as Conrad's first wife on ABC primetime soap opera Revenge, opposite Madeleine Stowe.[11]

Personal life[edit]

O'Grady has been married six times.[5] After breaking up with artist Robert Claypool, she sought a restraining order against him in 1995, claiming he was stalking her, but did not obtain one.[12] He responded by suing her for defamation, libel, and slander.[13] In 2004, before her sixth marriage to John Stamatkis, O'Grady gave birth to her first child with Chris Byers, son Michael Colton O'Grady, named after her late brother.[citation needed]


1986, 1990MatlockJulia McCulloughEpisodes: "The Sisters" and "The Kidnapper"
1987WerewolfVictim in VWEpisode: "Werewolf"
1987Billionaire Boys ClubJudyTelevision film
1988She's Having a BabyLaura
1988In the Heat of the NightPauline SladeEpisode: "Road Kill"
1988China BeachGeorgia LeeEpisodes: "Pilot" and "Chao Ong"
1988BlackoutCaroline Boyle
1989SuperboyVictoria LetourEpisode: "Hollywood"
1989Nobody's PerfectShelly
1990CheersLaura WaltonEpisode: "Finally!: Part 1"
1990Anything But LoveEpisode: "Three Men on a Match"
1990People Like UsRebecca BaileyTelevision film
1990HardballEpisode: "Prescription for Murder"
1990Parker KaneCindy EllisTelevision film
1991The Hit ManSaraTelevision film
1992Murder, She WroteRobin DishmanEpisode: "Badge of Honor"
1993Time TraxKristenEpisode: "Fire and Ice "
1993Designing WomenKiki KearneyEpisodes: "Gone with a Whim: Part 1" and "Gone with a Whim: Part 2"
1993Silk StalkingsBetty Whitburn-MarksEpisode: "Crime of Love"
1994Burke's LawPatricia StoneEpisode: "Who Killed the Anchorman?"
1995She Stood Alone: The Tailhook ScandalLt. Paula CoughlinTelevision film
1995Trial by FirePaulette GillTelevision film
1995Nothing Lasts ForeverDr. Page TaylorTelevision film
1996Celtic PrideCarol O'Hara
1996Promised LandPam RileyEpisode: "The Prodigy"
1993-1996, 1999NYPD BlueDonna AbandandoSeries regular, 58 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1994–96)
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1997)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1996–97)
1996The Gail O'Grady ShowGailTV pilot
1997That Old FeelingRowena
1997The Three Lives of KarenKaren Winthrop / Emily Riggs / Cindy LastTelevision film
1997Two VoicesKathleen AnnekenTelevision film
1997Every 9 SecondsJanetTelevision film
1997Medusa's ChildVivian HenryTelevision film
1999Two of HeartsMolly SaundersTelevision film
1999Deuce Bigalow: Male GigoloClaire
1999Walking Across EgyptElaine Rigsbee
2000Another Woman's HusbandSusan MillerTelevision film
2000Out of SyncMaggie StanleyTelevision film
2001Ally McBealHelena FisherEpisode: "Home Again"
2001Hostage NegotiatorTheresa FoleyTelevision film
2002Hope RanchJune AndersenTelevision film
2003Lucky 7Rachel MyerTelevision film
2003Sex and the Single MomJess GradwellTelevision film
2004The Sure Hand of GodMolly Bowser
2004Sleep Easy, Hutch RimesOlivia Wise
2005More Sex & the Single MomJess GradwellTelevision film
2002-2005American DreamsHelen PryorSeries regular, 61 episodes
Nominated - Young Artist Award for Most Popular Mom & Pop in a Television Series (2004)
2005MaydayAnne Metz
2005Hot PropertiesAva SummerlinSeries regular, 13 episodes
2006Two and a Half MenMandiEpisodes: "Golly Moses, She's a Muffin" and "Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Burro"
2007Hidden PalmsKaren HardySeries regular, 8 episodes
2002, 2007MonkMiranda St. Claire3 episodes
2007While the Children SleepMeghan EastmanTelevision film
2007CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMrs. TowneEpisode: "The Case of the Cross-Dressing Carp "
2007Las VegasErin HudsonEpisode: "It's Not Easy Being Green"
2007Boston LegalJudge Gloria WeldonRecurring role, 7 episodes
2007CaneSenator FinchEpisode: "The Exile"
2007All I Want for ChristmasSara ArmstrongTelevision film
2008The MentalistJuniper TolliverPilot episode
2008An American CarolJane Wagstaffe
2008CSI: MiamiDr. Rachel MarshEpisode: "And How Does That Make You Kill?"
2008Desperate HousewivesAnne SchillingRecurring role, 4 episodes
2009Empire StateLaurel CochraneTV pilot
2009The House That Jack BuiltHannah
2009Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRuth WalkerEpisode: "Selfish"
2009Living Out LoudEmily MarshallTelevision film
2009Ghost WhispererKaren WestenEpisode: "Endless Love"
2009True Jackson, VPSophie GirardEpisode: "Back to School"
2009CSI: NYMillie TaylorEpisode: "Blacklist"
2010The ForgottenKerry DenverEpisode: "My John"
2010Drop Dead DivaMrs. ThomasEpisode: "Bad Girls"
2010CircleDr. Green
2010After the FallDr. Susan MilesTelevision film
2010The Deep EndSusan OppenheimTV pilot
2010-2011HellcatsWanda PerkinsSeries regular, 19 episodes
2011Memphis BeatChloe ArcherEpisode: "Ten Little Memphians"
2011ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2Nancy
2011Necessary RoughnessAnne MarieEpisode: "Baggage Claim"
2011Hawaii Five-0Sharon ArcherEpisode: "Alaheo Pau'ole"
2013Shadow on the MesaMona EastmanTelevision film
2013CastleMargo GowerEpisode: "Reality Star Struck"
2013Rules of EngagementJoanEpisode: "Cupcake"
2013Major CrimesAnne BrandEpisode: "Boys Will Be Boys"
2013The Minister's WifeSusan ParkerTelevision film
2013The Crazy OnesHannah SharplesEpisode: "Pilot"
2013The Mystery CruiseAlvirah MeehanTelevision film
2014RevengeStevie GraysonRecurring role
2014Enough About JackGailTelevision film
2014Mothers of the BrideDebra Wolf
2015Justice ServedDr. Helen Florentine


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  2. ^ Dan Snierson, A Siren of Substance; Entertainment Weekly, October 7, 1994.
  3. ^ a b c "Gail O'Grady Biography". Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  4. ^ Dan Snierson, A Siren of Substance, Entertainment Weekly, October 7, 1994.
  5. ^ a b "Gail O'Grady Biography". 1963-01-23. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  6. ^ "Shows A-Z - more sex and the single mom on lifetime". Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  7. ^ "Trio gets 'Christmas' wish". The Hollywood Reporter. 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  8. ^ TV Exclusive: 'Desperate Housewives' Welcomes Gail O'Grady!
  9. ^ Sa'ad702 (2012-12-13). "Gail O'Grady to Play Wife of Wall Street on Castle". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  10. ^ ' + data.results.personName + ' (2013-02-11). "‘Castle’ interview: Gail O’Grady talks about going full-‘Housewives’ in ‘Reality Star Struck’ - Zap2it". Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  11. ^ "Revenge Casting Scoop: NYPD Blue Star to Play Conrad's First Wife With Secrets That Will Blow You Away | E! Online UK". Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  12. ^ Gail O'Grady,
  13. ^ MONITOR, Entertainment Weekly, April 14, 1995.

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