O'Grady, Gail 1963–

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O'GRADY, Gail 1963–


Born January 23, 1963, in Detroit, MI (some sources say Chicago, IL); raised in Wheaton, IL; daughter of Jim (a financial planner) and Jan O'Grady; married Richard Dasko, 1981 (divorced, 1983); married Severin Wunderman (in business), 1987 (divorced, 1987); married Jeffrey Byron (an actor; divorced); married Steve Fenton (a producer and manager), August 12, 1995 (divorced, July, 1996); children: Michael Colton. Avocational Interests: Collecting perfume bottles.

Addresses: Agent—Agency for the Performing Arts, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Manager—N2N Entertainment, 9348 Civic Center Dr., Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Shelter Entertainment, 9255 Sunset Blvd., Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Career: Actress. Appeared in television commercials; also worked as a model. Volunteer for AIDS charities and animal rights groups.

Awards, Honors: Screen Actors Guild Award (with others), outstanding ensemble performance in a drama series, 1994, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, 1994, 1995, and 1996, Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, miniseries, or motion picture made for television, International Press Academy, 1997, and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, 1997, all for NYPD Blue; Young Artist Award nomination (with Tom Verica), most popular mom and pop in a television series, Young Artist Foundation, 2004, for American Dreams.


Television Appearances; Series:

Donna Abandando, NYPD Blue, ABC, 1993–96.

Helen Pryor, American Dreams (also known as Bandstand, Miss American Pie, and Our Generation), NBC, 2002–2005.

Ava Moore, Hot Properties, ABC, beginning 2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Judy, The Billionaire Boys Club, NBC, 1987.

Rebecca Bailey, People Like Us, NBC, 1990.

Dr. Paige Taylor, Sidney Sheldon's "Nothing Lasts Forever" (also known as Nothing Lasts Forever), CBS, 1995.

Vivian Henry, Medusa's Child, ABC, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Cindy Kane, Parker Kane, NBC, 1990.

Grace Kelly, The Josephine Baker Story, HBO, 1991.

Sara, The HitMan (also known as The Hitman and The Hit Man), ABC, 1991.

Lieutenant Paula Coughlin, She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal (also known as Tailhook), ABC, 1995.

Paulette Gill, Trial by Fire, ABC, 1995.

Cindy/Emily Riggs/Karen Winthrop, The Three Lives of Karen, USA Network, 1997.

Janet, Every 9 Seconds (also known as A Call for Help), NBC, 1997.

Kathleen Anneken, Two Voices (also known as Two Small Voices), Lifetime, 1997.

Molly Saunders, Two of Hearts (also known as Le mariage de mon ex), Fox Family Channel, 1999.

Maggie Stanley, Out of Sync (also known as Lip Service), VH1, 2000.

Susan Miller, Another Woman's Husband, Lifetime, 2000.

Elaine Rigsbee, Walking across Egypt, The Hallmark Channel, 2001.

Olivia Wise, Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes, Showtime, 2001.

Theresa Foley, The Hostage Negotiator, USA Network, 2001.

Jess Gradwell, Sex & the Single Mom, Lifetime, 2003.

Rachel Myer, Lucky 7 (also known as Lucky Seven), ABC Family Channel, 2003.

June Anderson, Hope Ranch, Animal Planet, 2004.

Molly Bowser, The Sure Hand of God (also known as Sinners Need Company), Lifetime, 2004.

Anne Metz, Mayday, CBS, 2005.

Jess Gradwell, More Sex & the Single Mom, Lifetime, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Host, Lifetime Applauds: The Fight against Breast Cancer, Lifetime, 1995.

(Uncredited) Herself, Inside "NYPD Blue": A Decade on the Job (documentary), ABC, 2002.

Sexiest Moments in Film, Bravo, 2004.

Herself, NYPD Blue: A Final Tribute, ABC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The Fifth Annual Family Television Awards, The WB, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Julia McCullough, "The Sisters," Matlock, NBC, 1986.

Victim in Volkswagen, Werewolf, Fox, 1987.

Georgia Lee, "Chao Ong," China Beach, ABC, 1988.

Pauline Slade, "Road Kill," In the Heat of the Night, NBC, 1988.

Victoria Letour, "Hollywood," Superboy, syndicated, 1989.

Julia McCullough, "The Kidnappers," Matlock, NBC, 1990.

"Finally: Parts 1 & 2," Cheers, NBC, 1990.

"Prescription for Murder," Hardball, Fox, 1990.

"Three Men on a Match," Anything but Love, ABC, 1990.

Robin Dishman, "Badge of Honor," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1992.

Betty Whitburn-Marks, "Crime of Love," Silk Stalkings, CBS and USA Network, 1993.

Kristen, "Fire and Ice," Time Trax, syndicated, 1993.

"Gone with a Whim: Parts 1 & 2," Designing Women, CBS, 1993.

Patricia Stone, "Who Killed the Anchorman?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1994.

Colonel Klingman, "Stardust," Space: Above and Beyond, Fox, 1996.

Pam Riley, "The Prodigy," Promised Land (also known as Home of the Brave), CBS, 1996.

Herself, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher (also known as Politically Incorrect), ABC, 1997.

Herself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1997.

Donna Abandando, "Mister Roberts," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1999.

Helena Fisher, "Home Again," Ally McBeal, Fox, 2001.

Herself, The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2003.

Herself, "Tournament 3, Game 5," Celebrity Poker Showdown, Bravo, 2004.

My Coolest Years, VH1, 2004.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Georgia Lee, China Beach, ABC, 1988.

Gail O'Grady Pilot, Fox, 1996.

Faith, Better Days, CBS, 1998.

Helen Pryor, American Dreams (also known as Bandstand, Miss American Pie, and Our Generation), NBC, 2002.

Miranda St. Claire, "Mr. Monk and the Candidate: Parts 1 & 2," Monk, USA Network, 2002.

Ava Moore, Hot Properties, ABC, 2005.

Television Work; Pilots:

(With others) Executive producer, Gail O'Grady Pilot, Fox, 1996.

Film Appearances:

(Scenes deleted) Three Amigos, Orion, 1986.

Caroline Boyle, Blackout (also known as The Attic and Dark Secrets), Ambient Light, 1988.

Laura, She's Having a Baby, Paramount, 1988.

Shelly, Nobody's Perfect, Moviestore Entertainment, 1989.

Jackie, Spellcaster, Empire Pictures/Taryn Productions, 1992.

Carol O'Hara, Celtic Pride, Buena Vista, 1996.

Rowena, That Old Feeling, Universal, 1997.

Claire, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Buena Vista, 1999.

Jane, Tricks, Dog & Pony Productions/Museum Bank Pictures, 2003.

Herself, Special Thanks to Roy London (documentary), Traction Media, 2005.

Film Producer:

Tricks, Dog & Pony Productions/Museum Bank Pictures, 2003.



Entertainment Weekly, October 7, 1994, p. 62.

People Weekly, April 17, 1995, pp. 132-34; May 6, 1996, p. 137; May 13, 1996, p. 146; April 21, 1997, pp. 72-73; May 26, 1997, pp. 15-16.

Woman's Day, September 1, 2004, p. 91.

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