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Kathleen Noone

Born Name: Kathleen O'Meara
Date of Birth: January 8, 1945
Place of Birth: Hillsdale, New Jersey, United States
Education: University of Miami, Southern Methodist University, Ithaca College
Occupation: Actress
Spouse(s): Bill Noone (May 1967 - 1976) (divorced)

Kathleen Noone (born Kathleen O'Meara; January 8, 1945) is an American actress. She began her career as a singer in nightclubs and performed in musicals in off-Broadway stage, before making her television debut in the CBS daytime soap opera, As the World Turns (1975–76).

From 1977 to 1989, Noone played Ellen Shepherd Dalton on the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children. For this role, she won Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1987. In 1990, Noone moved to prime time, starring as villainous Claudia Whittaker in the CBS series, Knots Landing (1990–1993). She returned to daytime television as Bette Katzenkazrahi on NBC's Sunset Beach (1997–1999), for which she received another Daytime Emmy Award nomination. She also has had the recurring roles on L.A. Law, Party of Five, According to Jim, and Dexter.

Life and career
Noone was born in Hillsdale, New Jersey to a professional baseball player father. She graduated from University of Miami and Southern Methodist University, and the following years performed on off-Broadway stage. She co-founded member of the Scott Repertory Theatre, the Globe Theatre in Texas, and the Colonnaides Theatre in New York City, where she co-produced and developed plays with Michael Lessac.

Noone has made her screen debut playing Margaret Porter in the CBS daytime soap opera As the World Turns from 1975 to 1976. In 1977, she was cast as recently divorced Ellen Shepherd on the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children, a role she played from 1977 to 1989. Her character was counter to the naughty Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). In 1987, she won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series after nomination in 1980 in same category. She also received three Soap Opera Digest Awards nominations.

After leaving All My Children, Noone, in her early 40s, moved from New York to Los Angeles for a career in Hollywood. After guest starring roles on Quantum Leap and Empty Nest, in 1990 Noone, was asked to play the new character of Claudia Whittaker, elder sister of Greg Sumner (William Devane) in the CBS primetime drama Knots Landing. She played the role from 1990 until the show was ended in 1993. Noone's character became an antagonist for the last three seasons after Donna Mills's leaving in 1989. In 1992, Noone received Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Actress: Prime Time for her performance as Claudia.

During the 1990s, Noone appeared in a number of television series, movies, and specials. She guest-starred in an episode of the NBC sitcom Frasier, playing the role of Aunt Patrice in 1993. That same year she was a guest judge at Miss Teen USA 1993 held in Biloxi, Mississippi. She had recurring roles on L.A. Law and Party of Five, and guest starred on Ned and Stacey, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Ellen. She had a supporting role in the 1996 comedy film Citizen Ruth starring Laura Dern and Swoosie Kurtz.

In 1997, Noone returned to daytime television playing the role of Gossip Columnist Bette Katzenkazrahi on the new NBC series Sunset Beach, produced by Aaron Spelling. The series aired only three years, Noone signed a new contract with the serial in August 1999, she also incorrectly predicted that Sunset Beach would not be axed by NBC. In 1998 and 1999, for her portrayal of Bette, Noone was nominated in the category of "Female Scene Stealer" at the Soap Opera Digest Awards. In 1999, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Noone has had guest starring roles on Any Day Now, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Supernatural, and The Unit. From 2001 to 2005, she had the recurring role of Courtney Thorne-Smith's mother in the ABC sitcom According to Jim. From 2002 to 2008, she also played the role of Edna Wallace on the NBC soap opera, Passions. She joined the show in June 2002 and, after her storyline dried up, the actress was bumped to recurring status in 2005, but she continued making recurring appearances on the show until its end in August 2008.

In 2010, Noone had the recurring role in the Showtime drama series, Dexter playing Maura Bennett. She also appeared in two episodes on Showtime comedy-drama United States of Tara in 2010. She also has appeared in the 2011 independent comedy film About Fifty starring Wendie Malick. Noone also is a member of the Playwrights Kitchen Ensemble at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles.

Personal life
Noone was married to Bill Noone for nine years beginning in 1967. The couple divorced in 1976 but Noone kept her married name as her professional name.

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