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Also Known As: Rena S Sofer Died:
Born: December 2, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Arcadia, California, USA Profession: actor, model

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An attractive, pouty-lipped, raven-haired player, Rena Sofer first came to prominence through her work in daytime dramas. The California-born, New Jersey-raised actress was still a teenager when she was spotted by a talent agent who helped her land a modeling contract. After working in TV commercials, industrial and student films (notably the award-winning NYU picture "Theresa") and music videos. Sofer landed the role of Joyce Abernathy on NBC's "Another World" in the late 1980s. She shot to stardom, though, as the tough-talking romantic heroine Amelia 'Rocky' McKenzie on the ABC drama "Loving" on which she appeared from 1988 to 1991.

An attractive, pouty-lipped, raven-haired player, Rena Sofer first came to prominence through her work in daytime dramas. The California-born, New Jersey-raised actress was still a teenager when she was spotted by a talent agent who helped her land a modeling contract. After working in TV commercials, industrial and student films (notably the award-winning NYU picture "Theresa") and music videos. Sofer landed the role of Joyce Abernathy on NBC's "Another World" in the late 1980s. She shot to stardom, though, as the tough-talking romantic heroine Amelia 'Rocky' McKenzie on the ABC drama "Loving" on which she appeared from 1988 to 1991.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Rock Slyde (2010)
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 Carrie (2002) Miss Desjarden
7.
 Traffic (2001) Helena's friend
8.
 Keeping the Faith (2000) Rachel Rose
9.
 Nightmare Street (1998) Penny
10.
 Stepsister, The (1997) Darcy Canfield
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in California
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Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and North Bergen, New Jersey
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Acted in NYU student films, including "Theresa"
1988:
Made TV acting debut in recurring role of Joyce Abernathy on the NBC soap opera "Another World"
1988:
Had regular role of Amelia 'Rocky' McKenzie on the ABC serial "Loving"
1992:
Acted in "A Stranger Among Us", directed by Sidney Lumet
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Portrayed Lois Cerullo on the ABC daytime drama "General Hospital"; won 1995 Daytime Emmy
1995:
Had small role in the direct-to-video release "Twin Sitters" (filmed in 1993-1994)
1996:
Starred in the Lifetime cable movie "Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story"
1997:
Starred in USA Network movie "The Stepsister"
1998:
Joined cast of Fox's "Melrose Place" as Eve Cleary
1999:
Had featured role in the ensemble comedy "Oh, Grow Up" (ABC)
2001:
Teamed with former "General Hospital" co-star Sean Kanan in the independent feature "March"
2001:
Played recurring role of a prosecuting attorney in episodes of the NBC series "Ed"
2006:
Cast in recurring roles on Fox's "24" playing the wife of shady power broker Graham (Paul McCrane) and NBC's "Heroes" as the wife of aspiring politician Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar)
2010:
Landed a recurring role on the CBS drama "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service"
2010:
Cast opposite Natasha Henstridge and Tom Everett Scott in the Lifetime Movie Network crime drama "The Devil's Teardrop"
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Notes

"I hate when actors only give soap operas their due as being a 'training ground'. I don't like to just blow off daytime as a training ground. I don't think that's fair to the people who choose them as a career, or fair to the people who produce them and write them and direct them and work on them.

"Soap operas are not there for us to just 'go to school' and then graduate. Some people want to work there forever and it's a great place to do that. If you stay on a soap forever, does that mean you've failed? Of course not!" --Rena Sofer quoted in New York Vue (Daily News), October 24, 1998.

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husband:
Wallace Kurth. Actor, singer. Married on March 31, 1996 in Big Sky, Montana; his second marriage; has daughter from previous marriage; separated in January 2000; divorced.
companion:
Sanford Bookstaver. Director. Works mostly in TV; dating as of 2001; engaged as of February 2003.

Family close complete family listing

brother:
David Sofer. Born in 1967.
step-daughter:
Meghann Kurth. From husband's first marriage.
daughter:
Rosabel Kurth. Born in fall 1996.

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