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Pretty, blonde, full-figured actor of TV and several feature films who, after ending up on the editing room floor in her first feature, "Three Amigos" (1986), enjoyed the attention she received as the woman in a series of Diet Pepsi ads for whom Michael J. Fox almost literally goes through hell and high water. O'Grady kept busy in guest spots on a variety of TV shows including "Matlock," "Cheers" and "China Beach" (dueting on "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" with fellow guest star Nancy Sinatra) and played Chad Lowe's leading lady in the cross-dressing teen comedy, "Nobody's Perfect" (1989). TV-movies such as "Parker Kane" (1990) and "The Hit Man" (1991) began to come her way, and O'Grady got a break when she joined the cast of the controversial police drama series, "NYPD Blue" (1993-96) during its first season. Her warm-hearted secretary Donna eventually began an affair with Det. Medavoy (Gordon Clapp) and managed to avoid being pigeonholed as a stereotypical dumb blonde.
O'Grady enjoyed reliable television and film roles after her stint on "NYPD Blue" ended, appearing in such diverse films as the popular comedy "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" (1999) and the TV movie drama "Another Woman's Husband" (2000). In 2002, O'Grady was cast in the promising NBC 1960's drama "American Dreams," as the mother of a 15 year old daughter whose dream is to appear on American Bandstand.
Cast (Feature Film)
Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Moved to Los Angeles
Earliest TV appearances, "Matlock" (NBC)
First role in the "Three Amigos" was cut out of the film
Appeared in series of widely-seen Diet Pepsi commercials starring Michael J. Fox
First TV miniseries, "The Billionaire Boys Club" (NBC)
First actual feature film appearance, "She's Having a Baby"
First feature lead, "Blackout"
First leading role in a TV-movie, "The Hit Man"
Portrayed Grace Kelly in the HBO biopic, "The Josephine Baker Story" opposite Lynn Whitfield in the title role
Played Donna Abandando, the big-haired squad secretary on the ABC series, "NYPD Blue"; received three consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress
Appeared in the comedy feature "Celtic Pride"; co-scripted by Judd Apatow and Colin Quinn
Filmed a pilot for her own sitcom, "The Gail O'Grady Project"; show never picked up by any of the networks
Co-starred with Bette Midler and Dennis Farina in Carl Reiner's "That Old Feeling"
Had supporting role in the comedy "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo"
Played a singer with stage fright in the VH-1 movie "Out of Sync"
Starred opposite Michael Bowen in the USA Network movie "Hostage Negotiator"
Played the mother, Helen Pryor, in the NBC television series "American Dreams"
Cast in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Hot Properties"
Had a recurring role on ABC's "Boston Legal" as Gloria Weldon, a judge in a personal relationship with attorney Alan Shore
Joined the fifth season of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" as a recurring character