Mimi Kennedy

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Mimi Kennedy
BornMary Claire Kennedy
(1948-09-25) September 25, 1948 (age 65)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s)Larry Dilg
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Mimi Kennedy
BornMary Claire Kennedy
(1948-09-25) September 25, 1948 (age 65)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s)Larry Dilg

Mimi Kennedy (born September 25, 1948)[1] is an American actress, author, and activist.

Early life[edit]

Kennedy was born Mary Claire Kennedy in Rochester, New York, the daughter of Nancy Helen (née Colgan) and Daniel Gerald Kennedy.[2] She got her start in theater with the Rochester Community Players, appearing in Agatha Christie's Spider Web in October 1960 when she was 12 years old. Mimi was raised in the Browncroft neighborhood of Rochester. She was a 1966 graduate of Our Lady of Mercy High School. In the 1970s she was in a musical production called Rhinegold, featuring songs by her friend Jim Steinman.


Kennedy made her television debut in March 1977 in the short-lived television variety series 3 Girls 3, with Debbie Allen and Ellen Foley as the other two "girls". Her most notable television roles, however, were as Dharma's mother, Abby O'Neil, on the series Dharma & Greg and as Ruth Sloan on Homefront.

She appeared in the Broadway and road companies of the show Grease. In 2009, she was seen at Pasadena Playhouse and the Cleveland Play House as the newspaper advice columnist Ann Landers in David Rambo's play The Lady with All the Answers.

Activism and political involvement[edit]

Kennedy is involved in several progressive activist causes, including Progressive Democrats of America for which she serves as Chairperson of the Board. Her mid-life memoir, Taken To The Stage: The Education of an Actress, was published by Smith&Kraus in 1996 with praise from advice columnist Abigail "Dear Abby" Van Buren (Ann Landers' sister) and playwright Wendy Wasserstein, who called it "one of the great theatrical memoirs."

Kennedy is a signatory to the 9/11 Truth Statement. She was a charter member of Artists United to Win Without War and a leading supporter of Dennis Kucinich’s anti-war presidential campaign in 2004. Kennedy has worked on human rights, environmental and labour issues.

Personal life[edit]

Kennedy and her husband, Larry Dilg, met while attending college. Mimi went to the sister college of Larry's, where they were both matched up in a computer dating service. They have two children, Cisco and Molly.

She is friends with Lynn Marie Latham and Bernard Lechowick, and has worked with them on three different series.


Television credits[edit]

  • 3 Girls 3 (1977) TV Series (unknown episodes)
  • Getting Married (1978) (TV) .... Jenny
  • Stockard Channing in Just Friends (1979) TV Series .... Victoria (unknown episodes)
  • Family .... Karen (1 episode, 1979)
  • The Big Show (1980) TV Series .... Herself (unknown episodes, 1980)
  • Battle of the Network Stars XI (1981) (TV) .... Herself - CBS Team Contestant
  • Thin Ice (1981) (TV) .... Arlene
  • The Two of Us (1981) TV Series .... Nan Gallagher
  • The Tonight Show .... Herself (1 episode, 1982)
  • I've Had It Up to Here ... (1982)
  • Popular Neurotics ... (1984)
  • Spencer (1984) TV Series .... Doris Winger (unknown episodes)
  • St. Elsewhere .... Lois Wegener (2 episodes, 1984)
  • Robert Kennedy & His Times (1985) (mini) TV Series .... Pat Kennedy
  • Night Court .... Patty Douglas (1 episode, 1985)
  • Tall Tales and Legends .... Ben's Mom (1 episode, 1985)
  • ABC Weekend Specials .... Mrs. Gridley (2 episodes, 1986–1990)
  • Mr. Boogedy (1986) (TV) .... Eloise Davis
  • The Twilight Zone .... Christie Copperfield (1 episode, 1986)
  • Bride of Boogedy (1987) (TV) .... Eloise Davis
  • Baby Girl Scott (1987) (TV) .... Jane
  • Family Man (1988) TV Series .... Andrea Tobin
  • Tales from the Crypt .... Distraught Woman (1 episode, 1989)
  • Major Dad .... Cassandra Loomis (1 episode, 1990)
  • A Promise to Keep (1990) (TV) .... Annie
  • Sins of the Mother (1991) (TV) .... Karen
  • Knots Landing .... Doris (1 episode, 1991)
  • Dinosaurs .... Glenda Molehill (1 episode, 1991)
  • Homefront .... Ruth Sloan (41 episodes, 1991–1993)
  • Joe's Life (1993) TV Series .... Barb (unknown episodes)
  • Second Chances .... Real Estate Agent (1 episode, 1993)

Screenwriting credits[edit]


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