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Patricia Wettig Biography

Actor, writer, producer

Fast Facts

  • Early in career, worked as a personal dresser for Shirley MacLaine
  • First met Ken Olin on a train to New England before the two were slated to appear in a Portsmouth, NH, production of A Streetcar Named Desire; they were married a few months later
  • Son Clifford went to preschool with producer Marshall Herskovitz's daughter Lizzie; Wettig and Olin were later cast in Herskovitz and Edward Zwick's hit thirtysomething
  • A 2005 finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, honoring outstanding work by female playwrights, for her play My Andy


  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: winner
  • 1991Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: winner
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: winner