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Overview (3)

Born in Dallas, Texas, USA
Birth NameTracey Renee Needham
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (2)

As the only girl in a family of four children, Tracy Needham found that her height gave her a leg up whenever she would play football with the boys. I grew up being very competitive with guys", says Needham, who is 5'11". "I was always jumping into football games and wanted to be treated equally and not have boys take it easy on me because I was a girl. But I usually ended up with my nose bloody". Needham was born on a March 28 in Dallas, Texas, where her father was a home builder. When she was 8, the Needhams moved to Denver, and her father's work dictated that the family move back and forth between the two cities. Needham was fully grown by the eighth grade, and later, when she took to heart a high-school theater director's snippy advice that she was too tall to appear on stage, she worked on the technical crew instead. After her high-school graduation, Needham traveled through Europe and Australia. In 1988, she went to Los Angeles to study acting and audition for roles. She made her TV acting debut on Jake and the Fatman (1987). After a few more acting classes, she landed the part of "Paige Thatcher", the big sister on Life Goes on (1989) (1989-93), beginning in the series's second season. Life Goes on (1989), I learned for the first time how to hit a mark, developed confidence, and became comfortable with myself," she says.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Tracey Needham called on her own past experiences with her three brothers and playing football to play the strong but feminine Lieutenant, Junior Grade Megan "Meg" Austin (USN) in the first season of JAG (1995). As the female star of a military action-adventure series, Needham portrayed a Navy Judge Advocate General attorney who was also a computer-weapons expert. "Meg is a bright, strong woman constantly trying to prove herself in a largely male environment", she says. When Tracey was a child, the Needham family moved from Dallas, Texas, her place of birth, to Denver, Colorado, she was eight years old but, due to her father's work, they had to shuttle back and forth between the two cities.

Needham had grown to her full statuesque (5'11") height by 8th grade. After she took a strong interest in theater she unfortunately took to heart her high school theater director's ignorant and hurtful suggestion that she was too tall to appear onstage (the theatre director apparently never heard of Sigourney Weaver, Nancy Marchand, and other successful tall actresses) and worked behind the scenes on the technical crew, instead. After her graduation from high school, she traveled through Europe and Australia. In 1988, aged 21, she arrived in Los Angeles to model, study acting, and audition for roles. She made her TV acting debut in the drama series Jake and the Fatman (1987). After a few more acting classes, she got her first big break on the critically acclaimed ABC drama Life Goes on (1989), playing free-spirited big sister Paige Thatcher.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: COINTELPRO77 <cointelpro77@my-dejanews.com> (updated by R.M. Sieger)

Family (2)

Spouse Tommy Hinkley (1 January 1995 - present)  (1 child)
Children Katie

Trivia (7)

As a result of her family moving back and forth between Dallas, Texas, and Denver, Colorado, she attended both Cherry Creek High School in Denver, Colorado, and Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas.
Discovered by a talent agent at a gas station.
Daughter, Katie, born in 1999 with husband Tommy Hinkley.
Was cast in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) as Beth Willams, the wife of Tommy Williams (Gil Bellows), but her scenes were never filmed due to time constraints.
Working on the feature film project Justice (1999), about a lawyer who runs from the Colombian mafia and corrupt U.S. marshals and attorneys assigned to protect them. Costars include JoBeth Williams and Tony Plana; the film is written and directed by Jack Ersgard (Mandroid (1993)). [1998]
No relation to stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham, despite a popular misconception.
Open a children's acting school in Denver, Colorado with her husband [July 2021].

Personal Quotes (1)

[About her role on The Division (2001)] "Sometimes I think I'm the only actress in town who wants to play a wife or girlfriend, because I'm always an information-spouting cop. This part is a great opportunity --I get to do action and have a personal life."

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