Kathleen Noone (born January 8, 1945) is an Emmy Award winning American film, stage and television actress, best known roles for Ellen Shepherd Dalton on the daytime drama All My Children (1977–1989), Claudia Whittaker on the primetime drama Knots Landing (1990–1993) and Bette Katzenkazrahi on the daytime drama Sunset Beach (1997–1999).
Attended Ithaca College and West Virginia University.
Earned a BFA degree from Ithaca College and West Virginia University as well as a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Southern Methodist University. Recently, she went back to school and received a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology, studying with Jean Houston, a renowned scholar and best selling author in the field of human potential. Upon receiving this degree, she started her own company called "Kathleen Noone's Emotional Fitness" under which she conducts "The Vent Room" where she helps students develop skills to deal with the challenges of the industry, and the weekend "Emotional Fitness" and "Creating and Sustaining a Successful Career in Theatre and the Entertainment Industry" seminars.
In her free time, she enjoys softball (her father was a Brooklyn Dodger) and spending time with friends and family.
Prior to her television career, she spent 13 years in repertory companies, off-Broadway, was a co-founding member of the Scott Repertory Theatre, the Globe Theatre (both in Texas), and the acclaimed Colonnaides Theatre in New York City, where she co-produced and developed plays with founder/director Michael Lessac. She is currently a member of the Playwrights Kitchen Ensemble at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles, which helps introduce playwrights to the Hollywood community through play readings in which she performs and directs.
She began her career as a singer in nightclubs and performed in musicals while simultaneously studying.