Veronica Hamel

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Veronica Hamel
Born(1943-11-20) November 20, 1943 (age 68)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Spouse(s)Michael Irving (1971-1981) (divorced)
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Veronica Hamel
Born(1943-11-20) November 20, 1943 (age 68)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Spouse(s)Michael Irving (1971-1981) (divorced)

Veronica Hamel (born November 20, 1943, in Philadelphia) is an American actress.



After Hamel graduated from Temple University, she worked as a secretary for a company that manufactured ironing board covers. She began a fashion modeling career after being discovered by Eileen Ford. In her first film role, she played a model in 1971's Klute, followed by roles in the disaster films Beyond the Poseidon Adventure and When Time Ran Out.

She was the model in the last cigarette commercial televised in the U.S. (for Virginia Slims, aired at 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Day 1971 on The Tonight Show).[1] Hamel had been a model in print ads not just for Slims, but also for Pall Mall Gold cigarettes.[2]

Hamel started appearing in TV series in 1975. She was considered for the role of Kelly Garrett on Charlie's Angels, but reportedly declined the role. Producer Aaron Spelling cast Jaclyn Smith instead.

Hamel is probably best remembered for playing Joyce Davenport, the hard-driving public defender and love interest of police captain Frank Furillo, on the long-running TV series Hill Street Blues from 1981 to 1987. She was a five-time Emmy nominee for that role.

Alan Alda's 1988 film A New Life cast Hamel in a leading role as his doctor and love interest. She was cast as Elizabeth, the wife of Charles Grodin's character in the movie Taking Care of Business in 1990.

She was named on Us magazine's "Best Dressed" list for 1983.

Hamel portrayed Lily Munster in the 1995 Halloween telefilm Here Come the Munsters in which Yvonne De Carlo had a cameo.

In 2002, she also appeared on Hill Street Blues creator Steven Bochco's legal drama Philly.

In recent years, Hamel had a recurring role in the NBC television series Third Watch and appeared as Margo Shephard, Jack's mother, in the ABC series Lost.


1971KluteModel (uncredited)
1975Kojak (TV series)Elenora
1976Joe Forrester (TV series)Fashion Mart
Apple PieArtist
The Bob Newhart Show (TV series)Rosemary
Switch (TV series)Nabilla
Cannonball!Linda Maxwell
The Rockford FilesMarcy Brownell / Sandy Lederer
1977Family (TV series)Vicki Webber
Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue (TV mini-series)Laura Koshko
The Gathering (TV movie)Helen Thornton
1978Starsky and Hutch (TV series)Vanessa
Ski Lift to Death (TV movie)Andrea Mason
Beyond the Poseidon AdventureSuzanne Constantine
The Gathering, Part II (TV movie)Helen
1980When Time Ran Out...Nikki
1981Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (TV movie)
1985Kane & Abel (TV Mini series)Kate Kane
1981–1987Hill Street Blues (TV series)Joyce Davenport
1988A New LifeKay Hutton
1989Twist of Fate (TV movie)Debora
1990Taking Care of BusinessElizabeth Barnes
1991Stop at Nothing (TV movie)Annette 'Nettie' Forbes
1993The Disappearance of Nora (TV movie)Nora Freemont
1994A Child's Cry for Help (TV movie)Dr. Paula Spencer
1995Here Come the Munsters (TV movie)Lily Munster
1997Home Invasion (TV movie)Georgia Patchett
1998The Last LeprechaunLaura Duvann
2002Determination of DeathVirginia 'Ginny' Halloran
Philly (TV series)Judge Marjorie Brennan
2002/2003Third Watch (TV series)Beth Taylor
2007Bone Eater (TV movie)Commissioner Hayes
2010LostMargo Shephard


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