Hecht, Jessica 1965–

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Hecht, Jessica 1965–


Born June 28, 1965, in Princeton, NJ; raised in Bloomfield, CT; daughter of Richard (a physicist) and Lenore (a psychotherapist) Hecht; married Adam Bernstein (a director and producer), 1995. Education: Attended Connecticut College; New York University, B.F.A., 1987; studied acting with David Mamet and Larry Arrick, Stella Adler Conservatory; studied dialect and speech with Bruce Adolph, Chuck Jones, and Robert Perillo. Avocational Interests: Vegetarian cooking.

Addresses: Agent—Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Career: Actress. Classical Theatre Lab, Los Angeles, member. Worked as a personal trainer, New York City, c. 1988–93, and as a nanny for actor George Wendt's children, Los Angeles, c. 1993.


Television Appearances; Series:

Susan Bunch-Willick, a recurring role, Friends, NBC, between 1994 and 2000.

Janeane Percy-Parker, The Single Guy, NBC, 1995–96.

Betsy Morgan Ludlow, What About Joan, ABC, 2001.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Chloe, The Heidi Chronicles, TNT, 1995.

Ruth Kelly, "Harvey," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1996.

Sister Mary, The Christmas Tree, ABC, 1996.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Marie, "The Couch," Seinfeld, NBC, 1994.

Lindsay Enright, "The Gymnast," Seinfeld, NBC, 1994.

Amanda, "Something Out of Nothing," Party of Five, Fox, 1994.

Female staffer, "Madame Ex," Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (also known as Lois & Clark and The New Adventures of Superman), ABC, 1994.

Agent Johnson, "First Class," The Wayans Bros., The WB, 1995.

Marie, "Independence Day," Promised Land (also known as Home of the Brave), CBS, 1997.

Abby Rogers, "A Bris Is Just a Bris," Early Edition, CBS, 1997.

Sister Mary Catherine Foster, "Forgive Us Our Trespasses," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide), NBC, 1999.

Miss Croitzer, "Uncivilized," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 1999.

"The Plague Year," The Agency, CBS, 2002.

Meredith Breen, "Undaunted Mettle," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2003.

Rose Krell, "A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Lose," Century City, CBS, 2004.

Mrs. Sheridan, "Three Boys and a Gun," The Jury, Fox 2004.

Stephanie Lowenstein, "Man with No Name," ER, NBC, 2005.

Stephanie Lowenstein, "Wake Up," ER, NBC, 2005.

Appeared as Rachel's friend, "Dominatrix," Aphrodisia; also appeared in an episode of You Wrote It, You Watch It, MTV.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Under the Hood (also known as The George Wendt Show), CBS, 1995.

Film Appearances:

Ticket woman, Kicking and Screaming, Trimark Pictures, 1995.

Annie, Joe's Rotten World, Joe Films, 1995.

Katie, Intimate Betrayal, Arrow Releasing, 1996.

Natalie, Anarchy TV, Red Hot Productions, 1997.

Carol, Jump, Arrow Films International, 1999.

Architect's receptionist, Seven Girlfriends, 1999.

Man's wife, The Grey Zone, Lions Gate Films, 2001.

Randi, Saving Face, Sony Pictures Classics, 2004.

Victoria, Sideways, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2004.

Eliot, The Forgotten (also known as Stranger), Columbia, 2004.

Laura, At Last, Anything for Love, 2005.

Boy's mother, Stay, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

Bianca, Othello, Theatre for a New Audience, Classic Stage Company Theatre, New York City, 1990.

The Heidi Chronicles, Center Theatre Group, Ahman-son Theatre, James A. Doolittle Theatre, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991.

Wife, Explosions, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York City, 1992.

Lydia, Any Place but Here, Intar Theatre, New York City, 1992.

(Broadway debut) Lala Levy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1997–98.

Val Nyquist, Plunge, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1997.

Callie, Stop Kiss, New York Shakespeare Festival, Susan Stein Shiva Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1998.

Alice Horowitz, Lobster Alice, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, 1999.

Wiera, The Fourth Sister, Vineyard Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Talley's Folly, Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, NY, 2002.

Susan, Flesh and Blood, New York Theatre Workshop, New York City, 2003.

Louise, After the Fall, Roundabout Theatre Company, American Airlines Theatre, New York City, 2004.

Portia, Julius Caesar, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 2005.

Marlene, Top Girls, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 2005.

The House in Town, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 2006.

Addictions (three one-acts), Promenade Theatre, New York City, 2006.

Appeared as Sela, An Altar to Himself, and as Birute, When Lithuania Ruled the World, both La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club; as Johanna, Baal, Second Stage Theatre, New York City; as Margot, The Cost of Doing Business, MET Theatre; as Anna, Don Juan in Vegas, Playwrights Festival; as Chrysothemus, Elektra, Ivy Substation; as Lola, Failure to Thrive, Padua Hills Theatre; as the mummy, The Ghost Sonata, Westbeth Theatre; as lady in waiting, Hamlet, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT; as Paula, Life in the Trees, GeVa Theatre, Rochester, NY; as Florina, The Mad Forest, Matrix Theatre; as Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lincoln Center Institute; in Light Up the Sky and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, both Williams-town Theatre Festival; and in benefit performances.

Major Tours:

Understudy, The Heidi Chronicles, U.S. cities, 1991–93.


Video Games:

Voice, The Dark Eye, 1995.



Back Stage, July 18, 1997, p. 33.

Entertainment Weekly, December 1, 1995, p. 58.

New York Times, September 28, 1997.

People Weekly, February 19, 1996, p. 59.


Playbill Online, http://www.playbill.com, January 18, 2000.