Fast Facts

  • Began a modeling career while still in high school; signed with Elite Modeling Agency and appeared on the covers of such magazines as Seventeen and Glamour.
  • Got her start on TV as Jenny Gardner Nelson on All My Children in 1981.
  • Was nominated for a 1983 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role for her work on All My Children.
  • Made her big-screen debut in 1985's That Was Then...This Is Now.
  • Her big break came in 1995 when she joined the cast of NYPD Blue as Det. Diane Russell.
  • Made headlines in 2011 when she delivered an awkward, rambling speech at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center and video of the incident went viral.
  • Has done charity work for breast-cancer awareness.

Awards

  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Jack Cortese — Son
  • Joan Delaney — Mother
  • Joseph Cortese — Ex-husband
  • Jack Delaney — Father
  • Alan Barnette — Ex-fiancé
  • John Delaney — Brother
  • Charles Grant — Ex-husband
  • Ed Delaney — Brother
  • Keith Delaney — Brother
  • Patrick Delaney — Brother

Details

  • Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA
  • Birthday: November 29, 1961, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Actor
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