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Gail O'Grady

Multiple Emmy-nominee Gail O'Grady has starred in every genre of entertainment, including feature films, television movies, miniseries and series television. O'Grady will next star in Hellcats, The CW's new fall series, as Wanda Perkins, mother and life long embarrassment to Marti (Aly Michalka).

Recently, O'Grady starred in a recurring role on Desperate Housewives as a married woman having an affair with the teenaged son of Felicity Huffman's character. On Boston Legal, her multi-episode arc as the sexy and beautiful Judge Gloria Weldon, James Spader's love interest and sometime nemesis, garnered much praise.

Starring series roles include the series Hidden Palms, which starred O'Grady as Karen Miller, a woman tormented by guilt over her first husband's suicide and her son's subsequent turn to alcohol. O'Grady also starred as Ava in the comedy Hot Properties. Prior to that, she starred as Helen Pryor in the critically acclaimed series American Dreams. But O'Grady will always be remembered as the warm-hearted secretary Donna Abandando on the series NYPD Blue, for which she received three Emmy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series.

O'Grady has made guest appearances on some of television's most acclaimed series, including Cheers, Designing Women, Ally McBeal and China Beach. She has also appeared in numerous television movies and miniseries. Most recently, she starred in Hallmark Channel's All I Want for Christmas and Lifetime's While Children Sleep and Sex and the Single Mom, which was so highly rated that it spawned a sequel in which she also starred. Other television credits include The Mentalist, Vegas, CSI, Two and a Half Men, Monk, Two of Hearts, Nothing Lasts Forever and Billionaire Boys Club.

In the feature film arena, O'Grady has worked with some of the industry's most respected directors, including John Landis, John Hughes and Carl Reiner, and has starred with several acting legends. She appeared in Walking Across Egypt with Ellen Burstyn, That Old Feeling with Bette Midler, She's Having a Baby with Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern, and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo opposite Rob Schneider.

Born in Detroit, O'Grady now resides in Los Angeles.

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Gail O'Grady Facts

BirthdayJanuary 23, 1963 (61)
BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA
Height5' 3" (1m60)  How tall is Gail O'Grady compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Monk: The Complete Series
Mothers of the Bride
Mr. Monk and the Candidate
Monk: Season 1
She's Having a Baby
Tempest In a C-Cup
American Dreams
Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo
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