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Also Known As: Patricia Joanne O'Hara Died:
Born: February 24, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sonora, California, USA Profession: actor

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The older daughter of a theater-loving mother (who would follow her two children to NYC and found the Thirteenth Street Repertory Company), Jenny O'Hara got her first big break in the touring company for "Brecht on Brecht", appearing with the legendary Lotte Lenya. She made her Broadway debut as one of Dylan Thomas' lovers in the biographical play "Dylan" and her Broadway singing debut in "The Fig Leaves Are Falling", directed by George Abbott, before succeeding younger sister Jill in the role of Fran Kubelik in "Promises, Promises". She also played Sylvie in the female version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" and acted in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh", among her other Broadway productions.Primarily a supporting player in TV and movies, although she did star opposite Larry Hagman in NBC's "The Return of the World's Greatest Detective" (1976), O'Hara portrayed Emily Mahoney during the first season (1979-80) of "The Facts of Life" (NBC) and was a series regular as Pam Dawber's loyal assistant on "My Sister Sam" (CBS, 1986-87). Numerous guest spots on series like "Murphy Brown", "Law & Order", "ER" and "The Drew Carey Show" preceded her landing the regular role of Lottie, Sue...

The older daughter of a theater-loving mother (who would follow her two children to NYC and found the Thirteenth Street Repertory Company), Jenny O'Hara got her first big break in the touring company for "Brecht on Brecht", appearing with the legendary Lotte Lenya. She made her Broadway debut as one of Dylan Thomas' lovers in the biographical play "Dylan" and her Broadway singing debut in "The Fig Leaves Are Falling", directed by George Abbott, before succeeding younger sister Jill in the role of Fran Kubelik in "Promises, Promises". She also played Sylvie in the female version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" and acted in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh", among her other Broadway productions.

Primarily a supporting player in TV and movies, although she did star opposite Larry Hagman in NBC's "The Return of the World's Greatest Detective" (1976), O'Hara portrayed Emily Mahoney during the first season (1979-80) of "The Facts of Life" (NBC) and was a series regular as Pam Dawber's loyal assistant on "My Sister Sam" (CBS, 1986-87). Numerous guest spots on series like "Murphy Brown", "Law & Order", "ER" and "The Drew Carey Show" preceded her landing the regular role of Lottie, Sue Murphy's tough, unsentimental working class mother in the short-lived Fox sitcom "Costello" (1998). Among her feature film credits are "Heart Beat" (1979, her debut), "Angie" (1994, with Geena Davis) and "Wes Craven's Wishmaster" (1997). O'Hara also enjoyed a recurring role on CBS' daytime drama "As the World Turns", paired opposite her writer-actor husband Nick Ullett.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 BFFs (2014)
2.
 Sassy Pants (2012)
3.
 Devil (2010)
4.
 Extract (2009)
5.
6.
 Two Weeks (2006)
7.
8.
 Matchstick Men (2003) Mrs Schaeffer
9.
 Mystic River (2003) Esther Harris
10.
 Nancy Drew (2002) Hannah Gruen
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Raised in towns primarily in upstate New York and in Pennsylvania
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First big break, touring company production of "Brecht on Brecht", appearing with Lotte Lenya
1964:
Broadway debut, "Dylan"
1967:
Broadway musical debut, "The Fig Leaves Are Falling", directed by George Abbott
1971:
Acted role of Fran Kubelik (originated by sister Jill) in "Promises, Promises" on Broadway
1976:
Starred opposite Larry Hagman in NBC movie, "The Return of the World's Greatest Detective"
1979:
Feature debut, "Heart Beat"
1979:
Played Emily Mahoney during first season of "The Facts of Life" (NBC)
1979:
Acted in CBS movie "Letters From Frank", in which her fellow family members included Art Carney, Maureen Stapleton, Mike Farrell, Lew Ayres and Margaret Hamilton
1980:
Regular on short-lived primetime soaper, "Secrets of Midland Heights" (CBS)
1984:
Portrayed Sylvie in Los Angeles stage production of the female version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple"
1985:
Reprised "Odd Couple" role on Broadway; also understudied leading roles
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Played Pam Dawber's loyal assistant Dixie Randazzo in "My Sister Sam" (NBC)
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Made guest appearances on episodes of "Murphy Brown", "L.A. Law", "Empty Nest", "Law & Order" and "Beverly Hills, 90210"
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Had recurring role as Thelma, a secretary who was romanced by a butler (played by real-life husband Nick Ullett) on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns"
1994:
Acted in Martha Coolidge's feature "Angie"
1996:
Portrayed Margaret Desmond in NBC movie, "Robin Cook's 'Terminal'"
1996:
Appeared in "An Unexpected Family" and its sequel "An Unexpected Life" (1998) on the USA Network
1998:
Had regular role as Lottie, Sue Murphy's tough, unsentimental working class mother, in the Fox sitcom "Costello"
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Education

Carnegie Institute of Technology: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -

Notes

Of her experience working with Lotte Lenya: "She was incredible. She taught me how to knit German-style. We'd sit in bars after the show drinking beers and knitting like two Madame DeFarges." --Jenny O'Hara, from Touchstone Television PR for "Costello"

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husband:
Nick Ullett. Writer, actor. Appeared with wife on "As the World Turns"; married c. 1986; had son Luke from previous marriage.

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father:
John B O'Hara. Salesman. Died c. 1993.
mother:
Edith O'Hara. Artistic director. Founded Thirteenth Street Repertory Company (home of the longest-running off-off-Broadway play, Israel Horowitz's "Line") in 1972.
sister:
Jill O'Hara. Actor, singer. Born c. 1945; earned Tony nomination for "Promises, Promises" and succeeded in role by Jenny; released self-titled album "Jill O'Hara" c. 1998.
brother:
John Burton O'Hara Jr. Musician. Born in December 1947; his band, Eggs Over Easy, credited with introducing trend to England of bands playing in pubs.
step-son:
Luke Ullett. Born in April 1971.
daughter:
Sophie Ullett. Born c. 1988.
daughter:
Zoe Ullett. Born c. 1990.
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