Multiple Emmy(r)-nominee Gail O'Grady stars in new drama Hellcats as Wanda Perkins, the well-meaning but irresponsible mother of Marti (Aly Michalka).
O'Grady, who has starred in every genre of entertainment, including feature films, television movies, miniseries and series television, recently starred in a recurring role on hit television series Desperate Housewives as a married woman having an affair with the teenaged son of Felicity Huffman's character. On Boston Legal, her multi-episode arc as the sexy and beautiful Judge Gloria Weldon, James Spader's love interest and sometime nemesis, garnered much praise.
O'Grady also had several series regular roles, starring in the series Hidden Palms, as Karen Miller, a woman tormented by guilt over her first husband's suicide and her son's subsequent turn to alcohol; the comedy Hot Properties, as Ava; and critically acclaimed series American Dreams, as Helen Pryor. O'Grady will also live on in viewers' memories as the warm-hearted secretary Donna Abandando on the series NYPD Blue, for which she received three Emmy(r) Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series.
O'Grady has also made guest appearances on some of television's most acclaimed series, including Cheers, Designing Women, Ally McBeal and China Beach. She has appeared in numerous television movies and miniseries, most recently starring in Hallmark Channel's All I Want for Christmas and Lifetime's While Children Sleep and Sex and the Single Mom, which was so highly rated that it spawned a sequel in which she also starred. Other television credits include The Mentalist, Vegas, CSI, Two and a Half Men, Monk, Two of Hearts, Nothing Lasts Forever and Billionaire Boys Club.
In the feature film arena, O'Grady has worked with some of the industry's most respected directors, including John Landis, John Hughes and Carl Reiner, and has starred with several acting legends. She appeared in Walking Across Egypt with Ellen Burstyn, That Old Feeling with Bette Midler, She's Having a Baby with Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern, and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo opposite Rob Schneider.
Born in Detroit, O'Grady now resides in Los Angeles.