Learned, Michael 1939–

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Learned, Michael 1939-


Born April 9, 1939, in Washington, DC; raised in Connecticut and Austria; father worked for U.S. Department of State; married Peter Donat (an actor), September 8, 1956 (divorced February 14, 1972); married Glenn Chadwick (a stagehand), October 18, 1974 (divorced, 1977); married William Parker, December 18, 1979 (marriage ended); married John Doherty (a producer and director), 1991; children: (first marriage) Caleb, Christopher, Lucas. Education: Trained at American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA.


Agent—Gage Group, 14724 Ventura Blvd., Suite 505, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403; (voice work) Cunningham/Escott/Slevin & Doherty Talent Agency, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 140, Los Angeles, CA 90025.


Actress. American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, worked as apprentice; American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA, member of company; performer with resident and touring companies, including Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and San Diego Shakespeare Festival, San Diego, CA.

Awards, Honors:

Emmy Awards, 1973, 1974, 1976, Emmy Award nominations, 1975, 1977, 1978, all outstanding lead actress in a drama series, and Golden Globe Award nominations, best actress in a television drama, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, all for The Waltons; Photoplay Award, 1974; Emmy Award nomination, 1981, and Emmy Award, 1982, both outstanding lead actress in a drama series, for Nurse.


Television Appearances; Series:

Olivia Walton, The Waltons, CBS, 1972-79.

Mary Benjamin, Nurse, CBS, 1981-82.

Dr. Marie Teller, Hothouse, ABC, 1988.

Miss Patricia "Trish" Carlin, Living Dolls, 1989.

Mrs. Wilk, a recurring role, Scrubs, NBC, 2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Janet Walters, It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy, ABC, 1974.

Lee Jackson, Hurricane (also known as Hurricane Hunters), ABC, 1974.

Lynn Caine, Widow, NBC, 1976.

Eleanor "Teach" Tennant, Little Mo, NBC, 1978.

Hughlene Johansen, Off the Minnesota Strip, ABC, 1980.

Zoe Jensen, A Christmas Without Snow, CBS, 1980.

Olivia Walton, Mother's Day on Walton's Mountain, NBC, 1982.

Rachel Kirby, The Parade (also known as Hit Parade), CBS, 1984.

Ann Behrens, A Deadly Business, CBS, 1986.

Skipper, Mercy or Murder? NBC, 1987.

Amelia Parker, Roots: The Gift, ABC, 1988.

Mike Yardner, Gunsmoke: The Last Apache, CBS, 1990.

Irene Colburn, Aftermath: A Test of Love (also known as The Other Side of Murder), CBS, 1991.

Judy Smart, Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story, CBS, 1991.

Marion Mahoney, Keeping Secrets, ABC, 1991.

Olivia Walton, A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion, CBS, 1993.

Olivia Walton, A Walton Wedding, CBS, 1995.

Olivia Walton, A Walton Easter, CBS, 1997.

Edna Humphreys, A Father for Brittany (also known as A Change of Heart), CBS, 1998.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Dean Martin's California Christmas, 1975.

Sara Bache, The Statesman, 1975.

The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1978.

The Television Annual: 1978-1979, 1979.

The Night of 100 Stars, ABC, 1982.

Kate Keller, All My Sons, PBS, 1986.

ABC's Comedy Sneak Peek, ABC, 1989.

Voice of Abigail Adams, The American Revolution, Arts and Entertainment, 1994.

Presenter, The 48th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1994.

TV Moms at Home, Home and Garden Television, 1999.

CBS at 75, CBS, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Nina Eden, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot: Parts 1 & 2," Wojeck, 1968.

Mrs. Keitlinger, Police Story, NBC, 1973.

Mike Yardner, "Matt's Love Story," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1973.

May Lassiter, "A Game of Death … an Act of Love: Parts 1 & 2," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1973.

Match Game 73 (also known as Match Game), CBS, 1973.

Linda Keitlinger, "Love, Mabel," Police Story, 1974.

Sister Millicent Domenica, "Playing God: Parts 1 & 2," St. Elsewhere, 1984.

Sergeant Kate Keller, "All My Sons," American Playhouse, PBS, 1987.

Trish Carlin, "Living Dolls," Who's the Boss?, ABC, 1989.

Trish Curtis/Carlin, "Life's a Ditch," Who's the Boss?, 1989.

Maria Hudson, "Trevor Hudson's Legacy," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989.

Rachel, "Point of No Return," Wiseguy, 1990.

Rachel, "Dead Right," Wiseguy, 1990.

Voice, "Appelemondo's Dreams," Reading Rainbow, 1994.

Ghost of Paradise Valley, "The Secret," The Secret World of Alex Mack (also known as Alex Mack), 1995.

Helen Walters, "Victims of Victims," Profiler, NBC, 1998.

Helen Walters, "Birthright," Profiler, NBC, 1998.

Helen Walters, "Ties that Bind," Profiler, NBC, 1998.

Dolly Carstens, "The Secret of Bluestem," Promised Land (also known as Home of the Brave), CBS, 1998.

So Graham Norton, Channel 4, 2000.

Congresswoman Benedict, "Article 32," Pensacola: Wings of Gold, 2000.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 2000.

Candace Lamerly, "Privilege," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2003.

TV Total, 2004.

Judge Turner, All My Children (also known as AMC), ABC, 2005.

Judge Turner, One Life to Live, ABC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Mary Benjamin, Nurse, CBS, 1980.

Dr. Marie Teller, Hothouse, ABC, 1988.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

The Other Man, 1963.

CBS: On the Air, 1978.

Television Appearances; Other:

Rosemary Sidney, Picnic, Showtime, 1986.

Mattie, Mattie's Waltz, 1992.

Stage Appearances:

Alkmena, A God Slept Here (double-bill with Enemies Don't Send Flowers), Provincetown Playhouse, New York City, 1957.

The Three Sisters, Fourth Street Theatre, New York City, 1959.

Masha, The Three Sisters, American National Theatre and Academy Playhouse, New York City, 1969.

Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Stuart, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1980.

Natalya, A Month in the Country, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1982.

Richard III, Mark Taper Forum, 1982.

A Night of 100 Stars, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1982.

Gabarielle and Ilona, The Loves of Anatol, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1985.

Cynthia Decker, Sally's Gone, She Left Her Name, Perry Street Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Rosemary Sydney, Picnic, Ahmanson Theatre, 1986.

Leona Samish, The Time of the Cuckoo, York Theatre Company, Paul Mazur Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, Canon Theatre, Los Angeles, 1990.

Sara Goode, The Sisters Rosensweig, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City 1993-94.

Three Tall Women, Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA, 1995, then Mark Taper Forum, 1996.

The Ride Own Mount Morgan, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1996.

Safe As Houses, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1998.

Alice Russell, The Best Man (also known as Gore Vidal's "The Best Man"), Virginia Theatre, New York City, 2000.

The mistress, All Over, McCarter Theatre, 2001-2002, then Roundabout Theatre Company, Gramercy Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Title role, Elizabeth the Queen, Folger Theatre, Washington, DC, 2003.

Avis, A Body of Water, Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, 2005.

On Golden Pond, 2006.

Also appeared as Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra, and in The Merchant of Venice, all American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA, then Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA; appeared in Adaptation/Next, Deedle Dumpling, Hapgood, My Son, God, The Rose Tattoo, and The Tavern, all American Conservatory Theatre; appeared in Ancestral Voices, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, and The Good Doctor, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA; also appeared in productions of Dear Liar, The Importance of Being Earnest, Looking for Normal, Miss Margarida's Way, Private Lives, Tartuffe, Under Milkwood, and Woman in Mind.

Major Tours:

Toured in productions of Love Letters and Three Tall Women.

Film Appearances:

Dr. Bell, Touched By Love (also known as To Elvis, with Love), Columbia, 1980.

Narrator, Politics of Poison, 1982.

Governor Andrea Stannard, Power, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986.

Vivian Emery, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Universal, 1993.

Beth Hudler, Life During Wartime (also known as The Alarmist), Lions Gate Films, 1997.

Mary Lou, For the Love of May, 2000.

Sheridan Bellamy, Loggerheads, 2005.

Elsa, Lethal Eviction, Asylum Home Entertainment, 2005.

The innkeeper, The Killer (short film), New Rebel Films, 2007.



The Best of "So Graham Norton," United Film & Television Productions, 2004.

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