They Portrayed 20 Of The All-Time Greatest Nurses In TV History

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Michael Learned
Actress, The Waltons
Four-time Best Actress Emmy Award winner Michael Learned was born on April 9, 1939 in Washington, D.C. The oldest of six daughters of a U.S. State Department employee, she was raised on her family's farm in Connecticut. The family moved to Austria when she was age 11, and it was while attending boarding school in England that she fell in love with the theater and decided to become an actress...
 
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Dana Delany
Actress, China Beach
Dana Welles Delany was born on March 13, 1956, in New York City and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. Dana knew early in life that she wanted to be an actress. Following graduation from Wesleyan University, this tall (5'7") beauty moved to New York and developed her skills working in daytime television and theater...
 
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Loretta Swit
Actress, M*A*S*H
Equally versatile at comedy and drama, Loretta Swit's parents, Polish immigrants who settled in Passaic, New Jersey, were not in favor of her making a stab at a show business career. Performing on stage from age 7, however, nothing and nobody could deter her. A natural singer who trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before finding work in repertory companies...
 
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Julianna Margulies
Actress, The Good Wife
Julianne Margulies was born on June 8, 1966 in Spring Valley (near New York City), as the youngest of three daughters of Francesca (Goldberg), a teacher and dancer in American Ballet, and Paul Margulies, an advertising writer and philosopher. She is of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage (from Romania, Austria...
 
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Maura Tierney
Actress, ER
On the viewing horizon since the late 1980s, actress Maura Tierney has been a steady product of independent features, some hits and some misses, for close to a decade and a half. An odd and compelling beauty, she came from an upperscale Bostonian family and was raised in the Hyde Park district. Born February 3...
 
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Madge Sinclair
Actress, The Lion King
Madge Sinclair was born Madge Dorita Walters on April 28 1938 in Kingston, Jamaica, married young and had two sons. Madge worked as a teacher in Jamaica until she was 30. She left her two boys with their father and went to New York City to be an actress. She began modeling and later acted with the New York Shakespearean Festival and at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre...
 
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Jada Pinkett Smith
Actress, Collateral
Jada Koren Pinkett Smith was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Robsol Grant Pinkett, Jr., a contractor, and Adrienne Banfield-Jones, a nurse. They divorced after only a few months of marriage. Her father is of African-American descent and her mother is of Afro-Caribbean ancestry (from Barbados and Jamaica). Jada majored in dance and choreography at the Baltimore School for the Arts...
 
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Linda Cardellini
Actress, ER
Linda Edna Cardellini was born in Redwood City, California, to Lorraine (Hernan) and Wayne David Cardellini, a businessman. She is of Italian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish (from her mother), German, English, and Scottish descent. Linda grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, California, the youngest of four children...
 
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Park Overall
Actress, Empty Nest
Originally from Greeneville, Tennessee, Parker Overall toured East Tennessee with a children's theater group before heading to New York and a career on the professional stage. Numerous off-off-Broadway productions of such plays as "The Seagull" and "The Skin of Our Teeth" preceded her performance as "Becky Lou" in the Hartford Stage Company's production of Sam Shepard's "The Tooth of Crime"...
 
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Edie Falco
Actress, The Sopranos
Edith Falco, called Edie, was born on July 5, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith Anderson, an actress, and Frank Falco, a jazz drummer. She is of Italian (father) and Swedish, English, and Cornish (mother) descent. Edie grew up on Long Island and attended SUNY Purchase, where she was trained in acting at the prestigious Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film...
 
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Julie London
Actress, Emergency!
Julie London was born Julie Peck on September 26, 1926 in Santa Rosa, California. She was an actress and sultry singer who starred in a number of movies in the 1940s and 1950s before beginning a popular singing career, but is probably best remembered for her role as Nurse Dixie McCall on Emergency! in the 1970s...
 
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Josh Coxx
Josh Coxx is an American Actor and Director. He was born in New York City and graduated from the prestigious Actor Training Conservatory at S.U.N.Y. Purchase College alongside fellow classmate Edie Falco. His fellow alumni include Stanley Tucci, Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames, Melissa Leo & Steven Weber...
 
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Audrey Totter
Actress, The Set-Up
One is certainly hard-pressed to think of another true "bad girl" representative so closely identifiable with film noir than hard-looking blonde actress Audrey Totter. While she remained a "B"-tier actress for most her career, she was an "A" quality actress and one of filmdom's most intriguing ladies. She always managed to set herself apart even in the most standard of programming...
 
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Judy Reyes
Actress, Scrubs
 
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Gail Strickland
Gail Strickland attended acting courses at the University of Florida, then studied with Sanford Meisner. She made her debut on television in the series 'As the World Turns' and she landed her first theatrical role (as the schoolteacher who has all the answers) in Donald Driver's 'Status Quo Vadis' (1971-1972)...
 
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Roxanne Hart
Actress, Highlander
Roxanne Hart was born July 27, 1952 in Trenton, New Jersey, to Joan Irene (McKee) and Edward J. Hart, Jr. Her father was a teacher who later became the school principal at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York. Roxanne graduated from Greeley in 1969. She appeared in several Broadway productions before she made her film debut performance in The Verdict...
 
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Elena Verdugo
Most baby-boomers remember actress Elena Verdugo from her pleasant, plain but rather dowdy Emmy-nominated role as "Consuelo Lopez", the altruistic assistant and sometime aide-de-camp to Robert Young's general practitioner for several seasons on the popular Marcus Welby, M.D. dramatic series. However...