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Lee Purcell was plucked from obscurity to co-star alongside a promising young actor named Michael Douglas in a tale of hippie-era alienation called "Adam at Six A.M." It was the North Carolina native's first-ever role, and while the movie didn't launch her to stardom, she maintained a solid career as a character actress in film and television. A copper-haired cutie with a wide smile, Purcell had an impressive ability to change her looks to suit her roles--in 1978, at the age of 31, she convincingly starred as a high schooler in the episodic teen comedy "Almost Summer," and only five years later, she was entirely believable as a seductive suburban mom--a sort of proto-cougar--in the Generation X touchstone "Valley Girl." Purcell gracefully aged into maternal and professional roles in the '80s and '90s, including a recurring role on the cult favorite police action-comedy "Due South" as the antagonistic State Attorney Louise St. Laurent. She also works regularly in made-for-TV movies, and garnered Emmy nominations for her roles in the dramas "Long Road Home" and "Secret Sins of the Father."

Lee Purcell was plucked from obscurity to co-star alongside a promising young actor named Michael Douglas in a tale of hippie-era alienation called "Adam at Six A.M." It was the North Carolina native's first-ever role, and while the movie didn't launch her to stardom, she maintained a solid career as a character actress in film and television. A copper-haired cutie with a wide smile, Purcell had an impressive ability to change her looks to suit her roles--in 1978, at the age of 31, she convincingly starred as a high schooler in the episodic teen comedy "Almost Summer," and only five years later, she was entirely believable as a seductive suburban mom--a sort of proto-cougar--in the Generation X touchstone "Valley Girl." Purcell gracefully aged into maternal and professional roles in the '80s and '90s, including a recurring role on the cult favorite police action-comedy "Due South" as the antagonistic State Attorney Louise St. Laurent. She also works regularly in made-for-TV movies, and garnered Emmy nominations for her roles in the dramas "Long Road Home" and "Secret Sins of the Father."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Tao of Surfing (2014)
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 Malaika (1999) Molly Demornay
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 Secret Sins of the Father (1994) Ann Thielman
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 Joke, The (1992) Jane
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 Long Road Home (1991) Bessie Robertson
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 To Heal a Nation (1988) Sandie Fariol
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 Betrayed by Innocence (1986) Sharon Deleon
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