Judy Farrell

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Mike Farrell with Judy at Knott's Berry Farm in 1966

Judy Farrell (born May 11, 1938) is an American actress most noted for her role as Nurse Able on the television comedy series M*A*S*H. She performed small roles in several other television series, then later wrote 13 episodes for the soap opera Port Charles.

Farrell was born Judy Hayden and raised in Quapaw, Oklahoma.[1] She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a fine arts degree in theater. While studying for a master's degree at UCLA in 1961, she met actor Mike Farrell.[1] She worked as a high school English and Drama teacher at Laguna Beach High School in Laguna Beach, California.[2] In August 1963, she married Farrell with whom she subsequently had two children, Erin and Michael.[2] In the 1960s, she and Farrell performed together at the Laguna Playhouse.[1] They divorced in the early 1980s.[2]

The Farrells' marriage was worked into the show's script: In the episode "The Colonel's Horse," Mike's character B.J. Hunnicutt said his wife Peg (played by Catherine Bergstrom in two onscreen appearances and a few photographs) was from Judy's hometown of Quapaw, and that her father's name was Floyd Hayden.


  1. ^ a b c Hoover, Eleanor (April 9, 1979). "Mike Farrell of M*A*S*H and Wife Judy Insist Kids Aren't Apples: You Can't Spoil Them". People Magazine. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  2. ^ a b c Farrell, Mike (2007). Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist. Akashic Books/RDV Books. pp. 61–135. ISBN 9781933354484. 

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