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Margaret Colin, the daughter of a NYC policeman, came to the attention of TV audiences during the early 1980s with her portrayal of crusading cop Margot Montgomery Hughes on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns" (1979-82). She also appeared as a tough NYPD detective who liked to gamble on the short-lived series "The Wright Verdicts" (CBS, 1995). Truth is, she doesn't even know how to drive a car and while starring in "Leg Work," a 1987 primetime CBS series, had to be towed in a Porsche. She was also on the side of the law as a dedicated assistant district attorney in the sitcom "Foley Square" (CBS, 1985-86). Based in New York, where her husband, Justin Deas, is an award-winning soap opera actor, Colin commuted to L.A. for the short-lived "Sibs" (ABC, 1991-92), in which she was the neurotic middle sister to Marsha Mason and Jamie Gertz, and a recurring role as a terminally ill doctor romanced by Dr. Aaron Shutt (Adam Arkin) on "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994). She has also appeared sporadically in TV-movies, including "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (CBS, 1987), "Warm Hearts, Cold Feet" (CBS, 1987) and "In the Shadow of Evil" (CBS, 1995).
While TV has captured most of this attractive brunette's time during her career, Colin has appeared on the New York stage and in supporting roles in such films as "Pretty in Pink" (1986), as Molly Ringwald's English teacher, "Like Father, Like Son" (1987), as the sensual wife of Dudley Moore's boss who makes a play for Moore, and "Three Men and a Baby" (also 1987). Colin was also featured in the sci-fi hit "Independence Day" (1996), as a presidential press secretary helping in the fight against an alien invasion. She next teamed with Harrison Ford as a married couple who unwittingly harbor an Irish terrorist (Brad Pitt) in Alan J. Pakula's "The Devil's Own" (1997). Taking a brief respite from films, Colin made her Broadway debut as former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the short-lived comedy "Jackie."
Cast (Feature Film)
Joined cast of "Edge of Night" (ABC) as Paige Madison
Played Margo Montgomery on CBS soap "As the World Turns"; co-starred opposite Justin Deas whom she later married
Stage debut in "Marathon '84" at Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC
Film acting debut in Jonathan Demme's "Something Wild"
Portrayed the English teacher in "Pretty in Pink"
Starred in short-lived CBS series "Leg Work"
TV-movie debut, "The Return of Sherlock Holmes"
Appeared in short-lived sitcom "Sibs" (ABC)
Starred with Tom Conti in "The Wright Verdicts" on CBS
Played featured role in "Independence Day"
Made Broadway debut in title role of "Jackie", portraying Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Co-starred in the CBS drama series "Now and Again"
Co-starred in the CBS TV-movie "The Wedding Dress"
Acted Off-Broadway in the NYC premiere of Australian playwright Andrew Bovell's drama "Speaking in Tongues"
Had featured role in the Sundance-screened "Blue Car"
Cast opposite Diane Lane in Adrian Lyne's thriller "Unfaithful"
Starred as the First Lady opposite Michael Keaton and Katie Holmes in "First Daughter"