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A dark, striking leading lady of TV, Mel Harris is a former model who, after a few false starts in feature films ("Wanted: Dead or Alive" 1986, "Cameron's Closet" 1988) and TV ("Harry's Hong Kong" 1987), lent an understated sincerity and authority to the role of Hope, a woman attempting to juggle marriage, children and a career, in ABC's acclaimed, not-for-yuppies-only serial "thirtysomething." Harris tried a change of pace with her next series, the sitcom "Something So Right" (NBC, 1996-97; ABC, 1997-1998), in which she played a thrice-married woman coping with her new husband and their respective children.
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Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Gave up modeling to pursue acting studies and career
Played bit parts in TV series, "Rags to Riches" and "The Wizard"
Made film debut in "Wanted: Dead or Alive" opposite Rutger Hauer
Appeared in first TV-movie, "Harry's Hong Kong", opposite David Soul
Played Madge Oberholtzer in NBC miniseries about the Ku Klux Klan, "Cross of Fire"
Made NYC stage debut at the Circle Repertory Company in "Empty Hearts"; played opposite then-husband Cotter Smith