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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 29, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, producer, model

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A willowy brunette who segued from soap star to primetime performer, Kim Delaney began her career as a model while still attending high school in her native Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating, she headed to NYC to try her hand at a career and was signed by the prestigious Elite Modeling Agency. Soon, her face was decorating the covers of such popular magazines as Seventeen and Glamour. At the same time, Delaney was training for a crossover career in acting, studying with well-known NYC teacher William Esper. Her determination paid off when she landed the role of the virginal teen heroine Jenny Gardner on the long-running ABC daytime serial "All My Children" in 1981. Over the course of her three years on the show, her character, who was from the wrong side of the tracks, underwent numerous trials as she attempted to hook up with her true love, the all-American Greg Nelson (portrayed by Laurence Lau). Not one to stay put for very long, Delaney was chafing under the confines of her contract and the rigors of working in daytime. Although she had appeared in the CBS movie "First Affair" in 1983 and earned a Daytime Emmy nod, the actress opted to walk away from "All My Children" while her...

A willowy brunette who segued from soap star to primetime performer, Kim Delaney began her career as a model while still attending high school in her native Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating, she headed to NYC to try her hand at a career and was signed by the prestigious Elite Modeling Agency. Soon, her face was decorating the covers of such popular magazines as Seventeen and Glamour. At the same time, Delaney was training for a crossover career in acting, studying with well-known NYC teacher William Esper. Her determination paid off when she landed the role of the virginal teen heroine Jenny Gardner on the long-running ABC daytime serial "All My Children" in 1981. Over the course of her three years on the show, her character, who was from the wrong side of the tracks, underwent numerous trials as she attempted to hook up with her true love, the all-American Greg Nelson (portrayed by Laurence Lau).

Not one to stay put for very long, Delaney was chafing under the confines of her contract and the rigors of working in daytime. Although she had appeared in the CBS movie "First Affair" in 1983 and earned a Daytime Emmy nod, the actress opted to walk away from "All My Children" while her character was at the height of her popularity. When Jenny was killed by a deranged stalker, fans mourned, but Delaney had already set her sights on feature films.

Delaney made an auspicious debut in Hollywood as the girl who comes between friends Emilio Estevez and Craig Sheffer in the teen drama "That Was Then ... This Is Now" (1985) but the film proved only modestly intriguing to its target audience. Having been raised Catholic, it was perhaps not much of a stretch for her to play a nun in "The Delta Force" (1986; interestingly, her ex-husband Charles Grant also acted in the film). Like a lot of actresses, though, she had a hard time finding juicy roles, instead relegated to genre fare like the college comedy "Campus Man" (1987). Delaney did land one intriguing part, that of a woman who picks up a hitchhiker and after a night of passion, finds herself unable to be rid of him in the low-budget thriller "The Drifter" (1988).

Returning to the small screen, Delaney landed a 1987 recurring role on the hit NBC series "L.A. Law" in the first four episodes of the show's second season. Several unexceptional TV-movies followed before the actress co-starred with Joe Cortese (who would become her second husband) in the NBC sci-fi miniseries "Something Is Out There" in 1988. The following year, she was hired for the recurring role of journalist Alex Devlin in the Vietnam-set drama "Tour of Duty" but left the series when she became pregnant with her son.

After time out for motherhood, Delaney was again cast as a reporter, this time one on the trail of a undercover agent suspected of murder in the short-lived spy drama "The Fifth Corner" (NBC, 1992). She offered a strong performance opposite Jimmy Smits in the based-on-fact drama "The Broken Cord" (ABC, 1992), about a couple who adopt a Native American child born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She rounded out that year cast in the title role in the NBC miniseries adaptation of "Jackie Collins' Lady Boss".

Delaney then got sidetracked in number of subpar projects (like 1994's direct-to-video "Temptress" and "Darkman II: The Return of Durant"). She caught a break landing the role of alcoholic cop Diane Russell in a four-episode arc on "NYPD Blue" in 1995. Again cast opposite Smits (as Det. Bobby Simone), the actress sizzled in the part and the producers made overtures to the actress to have the character return on a regular basis. While Delaney had been prone to walking away from success in the past, she made the commitment and joined the permanent cast of the popular police drama in the fall of 1995. Over the course of her six-year run on the drama, Russell coped with her relationship with Simone, his untimely death and other troubles. In 1997, she received the Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. While working on the show, she managed to find time to appear in several telefilms, including "The Devil's Child" (ABC, 1997), a spin on "Rosemary's Baby" that marked her debut as a producer.

Producer Steven Bochco recognized that Delaney's talents weren't always being given a proper forum in an ensemble-driven series like "NYPD Blue", so when she opted to leave at the end of her contract in 2001, he created the ABC legal drama "Philly" expressly for her. The role Bochco wrote was a dream part for any actress -- a divorced woman juggling raising a son as well as maintaining a high-powered law practice. Delaney tore into her first series lead and proved more than capable of carrying a drama series. In 2002, she co-starred with David Caruso in the CBS crime series "CSI: Miami."

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Finding a Family (2011)
2.
 Infidelity (2004) Danielle Montet
3.
 Love and Treason (2001) Kate Timmons
4.
 Mission to Mars (2000) Maggie Mcconnell
5.
 All Lies End in Murder (1997) Meredith Sciallo
6.
 Devil's Child, The (1997) Nikki Demarco
7.
 Force, The (1995)
9.
 Serial Killer (1995)
10.
 Temptress, The (1995) Karin Swann
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in the Roxborough area of Philadelphia
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Began modeling while still in high school
1981:
Signed as client by the Elite Modeling Agency; appeared on covers of <i>Seventeen</i> and <i>Glamour</i>
1981:
Had regular role of the virginal Jenny Gardner on the ABC daytime serial "All My Children"; earned Daytime Emmy nomination in 1983
1983:
TV-movie debut in "First Affair" (CBS)
1985:
Feature film debut in "That Was Then ... This Is Now"
1986:
Co-starred in "The Delta Force" playing a nun; first husband Charles Grant (then billed as Charles Floye) was also in the cast
1986:
Made guest appearance on the CBS series "The Equalizer"
1987:
Played female lead in "Campus Man"
1987:
Had recurring role on the popular NBC legal series "L.A. Law"; Jimmy Smits was featured in the cast
1988:
Starred opposite future second husband Joe Cortese in the NBC miniseries "Something Is Out There"
1988:
Joined cast of the CBS Vietnam-era series "Tour of Duty," playing journalist Alex Devlin; left in 1989 when she became pregnant
1992:
Had regular role on the short-lived NBC spy drama "The Fifth Corner"
1992:
Starred opposite Jimmy Smits in the fact-based ABC movie "The Broken Cord," about fetal alcohol syndrome
1992:
Acted opposite then-husband Joe Cortese in the NBC miniseries "Jackie Collins' Lady Boss"
1995:
Starred in the USA Network thriller "Tall, Dark and Deadly"
1995:
Had title role in the direct-to-video release "Temptress"
1995:
Joined "NYPD Blue" in recurring role of Detective Diane Russell in spring; became regular as of the 1995-1996 season; teamed romantically onscreen with Smits; left show in spring 2001
1996:
Portrayed a wheelchair-bound author in the Lifetime movie "Closer and Closer"
1997:
Debut as co-executive producer on the ABC movie "The Devil's Child"; also starred
:
Was a spokesperson for Revlon Ultima II cosmetics
2000:
Had featured role in "Mission to Mars"
2001:
Portrayed the wife of a naval officer who turns in her husband after discovering he was selling military secrets in the CBS drama "Love and Treason"
2001:
Starred in the Steven Bochco-produced ABC legal drama "Philly"; debuted in fall; role of feisty lawyer Kathleen Maguire created for her by Bochco
2002:
Co-starred in the CBS drama mystery "CSI: Miami" but was dropped from the cast after shooting just 10 episodes; network thought Delaney's character was becoming less integral to the series; speculations that friction between Delaney and co-star David Caruso was the real cause of her departure; also speculation circulated around Delaney's use of alcohol in the wake of her 2002 DUI arrest
2004:
Starred in the NBC disaster miniseries "10.5"
2005:
Joined cast of "The O.C." during the 2004-05 season
2007:
Co-starred on the Lifetime ensemble drama "Army Wives"
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Education

J.W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -
William Esper Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

"Kim has an unabashed sexuality." -- David Milch, co-creator and executive producer, "NYPD Blue"

About some of her choices in film roles, Delaney explained to USA Today (November 14, 1995): "Some movies you do, you know they're terrible, but you do them for a reason -- money."

"She's got this charisma. She became outrageously popular with the public." -- Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin on "All My Children") in People, December 18, 1995.

"I've never paid that much attention to the press or what people say to me -- producers, boyfriends -- that 'for all the stuff you've done, they don't really know you'." --Delaney quoted in the Daily News' TV insert New York Vu, February 18-24, 1996.

On her role as Det. Russell on "NYPD Blue", Delaney told Entertainment Weekly (December 13, 1996): "I've been waiting for years to play a character like this."

"There are moments sometimes when [life] feels like a lot to handle. But I know that if I don't fall apart, then I'll be able to do it all." --Kim Delaney quoted in Us, February 1999.

In January 2002, Delaney was arrested on suspicion of driving with intoxicated outside her Malibu home. She received probation and sentenced to attend a safe-driving course after pleading no contest to reckless driving. The court ruled that there was insufficient evidence to charge her with drunk driving.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Charles Grant. Actor. Born in 1957; married in 1981; divorced in less than a year.
husband:
Joe Cortese. Actor. Born in 1949; married in 1989; divorced in 1994.
companion:
Alan Barnette. TV producer. Met in 1992 when both worked on "The Broken Cord" (ABC); announced engagement in February 1997; has son Cameron (born c. 1989) from previous marriage.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Jack Delaney. Union official. Retired head of United Auto Workers local.
mother:
Joan Delaney. Homemaker.
brother:
Ed Delaney. Sports producer. Older.
brother:
John Delaney. Attorney. Older.
brother:
Patrick Delaney. Bartender. Younger.
brother:
Keith Delaney. Accountant. Younger.
son:
Jack Cortese. Born in 1990; father, actor Joe Cortese.
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