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Tess Harper


Attended Arkansas State University at Beebe, Arkansas, where she had leading roles in the musical "Little Mary Sunshine" and "Arsenic and Old Lace." During the late 1960s, she did "street" acting in the theme parks, Dogpatch, USA, in Jasper, AR, and Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. She was discovered while doing theater work in Dallas, TX. See full bio »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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 2014 Hello, My Name Is Frank (completed)
Aunt Flossie
 2014/II Surprise (Short) (completed)
Linda
 2014 True Detective (TV Series)
Mrs. Kelly
- Seeing Things (2014) ... Mrs. Kelly
 2014/II Frank
Frank's Mom
 2013 Nikki & Nora: The N&N Files (TV Series)
Mary Delaney (2013)
 2013 Sunlight Jr.
Kathleen
 2013 Straight A's
Mother
 2012 The Christmas Heart (TV Movie)
Elizabeth
 2012 Revenge (TV Series)
Carole Miller
- Grief (2012) ... Carole Miller
- Absolution (2012) ... Carole Miller
 2011 A Christmas Wish (TV Movie)
Trudy Willis
 2011 Private Practice (TV Series)
Charlotte's Mother
- Something Old, Something New (2011) ... Charlotte's Mother
 2008-2010 Breaking Bad (TV Series)
Mrs. Pinkman
- Down (2009) ... Mrs. Pinkman
- Grilled (2009) ... Mrs. Pinkman
- Cancer Man (2008) ... Mrs. Pinkman
 2010 Proposition 8 Trial Re-Enactment (TV Series documentary)
Sandy Stier
 2009 Cold Case (TV Series)
Sharon Lertola '09
- November 22 (2009) ... Sharon Lertola '09
 2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Mrs. Hallander
- Stranger (2009) ... Mrs. Hallander
 2009 Fatal Secrets
Naomi
 2008 Ghost Whisperer (TV Series)
Ellen Wilkins
 2007 Judy's Got a Gun (TV Movie)
Susan Lemen
 2007 Brothers & Sisters (TV Series)
Beth Ridge
 2007 Kiss the Bride
Barbara
 2007 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Mrs. Spade
- At Rest (2007) ... Mrs. Spade
 2006/I Broken
Clare
 2006 Broken Bridges
Dixie Rose Delton
 2006 Jesus, Mary and Joey
Liz O'Callahan
 2006/I Jam
Ruby
 2006 Karla
Molly Czehowicz
 2005 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Barbara Nissman
- Sorry I Missed You (2005) ... Barbara Nissman
 2005 Loggerheads
Elizabeth Austin
 2004 Angel in the Family (TV Movie)
Mrs. Nelly Tomkins
 2004 Jack & Bobby (TV Series)
Karen Carmichael / Former Vice President Karen Carmichael
- An Innocent Man (2004) ... Karen Carmichael
- Pilot (2004) ... Former Vice President Karen Carmichael
 2004 Lonely Place (Short)
 2004 One Tree Hill (TV Series)
May Scott
- Crash Course in Polite Conversations (2004) ... May Scott
 2003 Studio City (Short)
Linda Little
 2003 The Division (TV Series)
Polly Danko
- Oh Mother, Who Art Thou? (2003) ... Polly Danko
 2002 No Prom for Cindy (Short)
Cindy's Mom
 2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Julia Barrett
- Bully for You (2001) ... Julia Barrett
 2001 Morning
Margaret
 2001 The Rising Place
Rebecca Hodge
 2000 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Betsy Baxter
- The Empty Chair (2000) ... Betsy Baxter
 2000 The In Crowd
Dr. Amanda Giles
 1998-2000 Early Edition (TV Series)
Lois Hobson
- Time (2000) ... Lois Hobson
- Snow Angels (2000) ... Lois Hobson (voice, uncredited)
- Home Groan (1999) ... Lois Hobson
 1997 Cracker: Mind Over Murder (TV Series)
Lea Ann Garner
- An American Dream (1997) ... Lea Ann Garner
 1997 The Jackal
The First Lady
 1997 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Katie Malloy
- Sons of Thunder (1997) ... Katie Malloy
 1997 Gun (TV Series)
Virginia
- Ricochet (1997) ... Virginia
 1997 A Child's Wish (TV Movie)
Joanna Chandler
 1997 Grace Under Fire (TV Series)
Joan
- Matthew's Old Lady (1997) ... Joan
 1997 The Secret (TV Movie)
Tina DeCapprio
 1996/I Dirty Laundry
Beth Greene
 1996 A Stranger to Love (TV Movie)
Linda Grant
 1996 The Road to Galveston (TV Movie)
Julia Archer
 1995 Legend (TV Series)
Heron Twin #2
- The Gospel According to Legend (1995) ... Heron Twin #2 (as Tesa Harper)
 1995 Death in Small Doses (TV Movie)
Asst. D.A. Jerri Sims
 1994 Christy (TV Movie)
Fairlight Spencer
 1993 The Hidden Room (TV Series)
Dede
- After the Crash (1993) ... Dede
 1992 Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story (TV Movie)
Verna Heath
 1992 My New Gun
Kimmy Hayes
 1992 In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (TV Movie)
Vickie Singer
 1991 Black or White (Video short)
Mother
 1991 The Man in the Moon
Abigail Trant
 1990 thirtysomething (TV Series)
Nancy's Sister Deborah
- Post-Op (1990) ... Nancy's Sister Deborah
 1989 Incident at Dark River (TV Movie)
Betty McFall
 1989 Her Alibi
Sally Blackwood
 1989 Unconquered (TV Movie)
Mrs. Mary Flowers
 1988 Far North
Rita
 1988 Little Girl Lost (TV Movie)
Clara Brady
 1987 Ishtar
Willa
 1987 Daddy (TV Movie)
Ann Burnette
 1987 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Patricia Pittman
- Sparky Brackman R.I.P. ????-1987 (1987) ... Patricia Pittman
 1987 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Irene Rutledge
- Simon Says, Color Me Dead (1987) ... Irene Rutledge
 1986 Crimes of the Heart
Chick Boyle
 1986 Reckless Disregard (TV Movie)
Meredith Craig
 1986 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Sarah (segment "Quarantine")
- Welcome to Winfield/Quarantine (1986) ... Sarah (segment "Quarantine")
 1985 Promises to Keep (TV Movie)
Gwen Palmer
 1985 George Burns Comedy Week (TV Series)
- The Smiths (1985)
 1985 A Summer to Remember (TV Movie)
Jeannie Wyler
 1984 Flashpoint
Ellen
 1984 Celebrity (TV Mini-Series)
Susan French
- Part 3 (1984) ... Susan French
- Part 1 (1984) ... Susan French
 1983 Silkwood
Linda Dawson
 1983 Chiefs (TV Mini-Series)
Carrie Lee
- Part 3 (1983) ... Carrie Lee
- Part 2 (1983) ... Carrie Lee
- Part 1 (1983) ... Carrie Lee
 1983 Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (TV Movie)
Janet Briggs
 1983 Kentucky Woman (TV Movie)
Lorna Whateley
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She worked so hard to get rid of her Arkansas hillbilly accent and of course what does she often play... a country lady. See more »

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