Emmy Award-nominated actress Gail O'Grady has starred in every genre of entertainment, including feature films, television movies, miniseries and series television. In The CW's new drama "Hidden Palms," O'Grady stars as Karen Miller, a woman tormented by guilt over her first husband's suicide and her son's subsequent turn to alcohol.
O'Grady most recently starred as Ava in the comedy "Hot Properties." Prior to that, she starred as Helen Pryor in the critically acclaimed series "American Dreams." O'Grady will also always be remembered as warm-hearted secretary Donna Abandando on the series "NYPD Blue," for which she received three Emmy Award nominations in the category of Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series. She has made guest appearances on some of television's most acclaimed series, including "Cheers," "Designing Women," "Ally McBeal" and "China Beach."
O'Grady has appeared in numerous television movies and miniseries. She starred in the television movie "Sex and the Single Mom," which was so highly rated that it spawned a sequel, in which she also starred. She received critical praise for her leading role as Lt. Paula Coughlin in "She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal," and appeared with Sally Kirkland in "Another Woman's Husband." Her other television credits include "Medusa's Child," "Monk," "Two of Hearts," "The Three Lives of Karen," "Trial by Fire," "Nothing Lasts Forever" and "Billionaire Boys Club."
O'Grady has worked with some of the most respected directors in feature films, 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. Her other feature credits include "Tricks" and "Celtic Pride."
Born in Detroit, Michigan, O'Grady now resides in