Maura Tierney Biography

Birthday: 1965-02-03
Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts USA
Height: 5' 3" (1.60 m)
Wiki Biography: On the viewing horizon since the late 1980s, actress Maura Tierney has been a steady product of independent features, some hits and some misses, for close to a decade and a half. An odd and compelling beauty, she came from an upperscale Bostonian family and was raised in the Hyde Park district. Born February 3, 1965, the eldest child of three to a prosperous politician and city councilman father and real estate agent mother, Maura initially studied at New York University but left school prior to graduation when she hooked up with the Circle-in-the-Square theater school. Following some stage plays including "Baby with the Bathwater" and "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea," she moved to the West Coast in the late 1980s finding minor roles here and there in TV-movies and making the rounds on episodic shows such as "Growing Pains" (1985), "Family Ties" (1982) and "Law & Order" (1990). She met actor/husband Billy Morrissette after both were fired from the set of an eventually-scrapped Ralph Macchio series. After a few other failed pilots and a short-lived TV series, Maura made a minor film debut with The Linguini Incident (1991) and progressed to leading lady status in the B-movie spoof Dead Women in Lingerie (1991), which didn't go over well. She finally hit paydirt on TV when she won a female co-lead as smart but insecure newswriter Lisa Miller on the comedy series "NewsRadio" (1995). The show sailed along for a number of seasons due to the fine comedy instincts of Dave Foley, Andy Dick and the late "Saturday Night Live" (1975) player Phil Hartman. The show lost its oomph, however, as well as its audience after Hartman's tragic 1998 shotgun slaying, despite an assured replacement in fellow "Saturday Night Live" (1975) alumni Jon Lovitz. The show couldn't escape its bad aura, and it was gone the following year. Maura's work on the TV sitcom thrust her into the film comedy limelight with prominent roles in such films as the Jim Carrey vehicle Liar Liar (1997). She also showed up as sly, darker-edged femmes in the thriller Primal Fear (1996), Primary Colors (1998) and Instinct (1999). She received one of her best art-house roles as a heavy in her husband's feature Scotland, Pa. (2001)--he wrote and directed. It was back to steady TV work, however, into the millennium with the role of Abby, who was first a nurse and then a doctor, in the long-established and critically-acclaimed medical drama series "ER" (1994), where she still resides on the staff. The L.A.-based actress and her husband enjoy traveling in their spare time.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Van Dyke Show Jillian Ryan 1988 - 1988
NewsRadio Lisa Miller 1995 - 1999 Comedy
ER Nurse Abby Lockhart 1996 - 1997 Drama
The Station Lisa Miller 2009
The Whole Truth Kathryn Peale 2010
Diggers Gina 2013 Family
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
ER Nurse Abby Lockhart / ... 0000 Drama
The Linguini Incident 1991 Comedy, Crime
White Sands 1992 Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Temp Sharon Derns 1993 Drama, Thriller
Out of Darkness 1994 Drama
Primal Fear 1996
Mercy Simonet 1996 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Liar Liar Audrey Reede 1997 Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Primary Colors Daisy Green 1998 Comedy, Drama
Forces of Nature Bridget Cahill 1999 Biography
Instinct 1999 Drama
Oxygen 1999 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Scotland, Pa. 2001
Melvin Goes to Dinner 2003 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Welcome to Mooseport Sally Mannis 2004 Comedy, Romance
Diggers Gina 2007
Baby Mama Caroline 2008 0
Semi-Pro Lynn 2008 0
Semi Pro Lynn 2008 Comedy, Sport
Finding Amanda Lorraine Mendon 2011 Comedy, Drama
Nature Calls Janine 2012