Andrea Thompson

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Andrea Thompson
Andrea Thompson by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Thompson in 2013.
Born Rebecca Andrea Thompson
(1959-05-22) May 22, 1959 (age 55)
Ohio
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) David Guc (1987 to 1990)
Jerry Doyle (1995 to 1997)
Children Alec (born 1992)

Rebecca Andrea Thompson (born May 22, 1959) is an American actress, known for her roles on the television series Falcon Crest, Babylon 5, JAG, 24 and NYPD Blue.

Early life[edit]

Thompson was born in May 22, 1959 in Dayton, Ohio.[1] When she was six her family moved to Australia. She left high school at 16, and after an extended period of travel she moved to New York City. She began modeling and studied acting at the Strasberg Studio and at the Herbert Berghof Studio under Uta Hagen.[2]

Career[edit]

Acting career[edit]

Thompson began her career as a voiceover artist, which continues today. Her first significant film role was in the 1987 film Wall Street. In 1989 she was cast on the soap opera Falcon Crest as the scheming Genele Ericson during the show's final season and in 1993 on the science fiction television series Babylon 5 as telepath Talia Winters. Thompson left the series at the end of its second season.

Thompson moved on to join the cast of JAG mid season as Commander Alison Krennick, an aide to the head of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy. She was among several actors who left the show when it was canceled by NBC after one season before CBS picked it up. She then went on to play Detective Jill Kirkendall on three seasons of crime drama NYPD Blue, leaving in April 2000 to pursue a career in journalism.[3]

Journalism career[edit]

Thompson started to prepare for her journalism career in 1999, by earning her GED and working arduously for one year with Jack Hubbard, associate director of Stanford University's News Service and a veteran journalist of CBS News.[4][5] During this time, she also took a writing seminar with KGO-TV's feature reporter Wayne Freedman.[6] She began her work with CBS affiliate KRQE in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a general assignment correspondent[7] for $26,000 per year.[8]

Thompson joined CNN Headline News as an evening anchor in June 2001.[9] CNN had laid off 400 of 4000 employees in January, and was refocusing on personalities to draw in younger viewers.[10] "A lot of people gave her credit for leaving her career to pursue journalism," said one CNN insider.[11] Her first words on-screen as anchor were "Hi, I'm Andrea Thompson, and unless you've been living in a cave, you probably already know that."[12] Her hiring generated controversy in journalism circles, mostly because Thompson had just one year of journalism experience at that point.[dead link][13] Nude pictures and videoclips of Thompson taken from her 1980s-era movies also began circulating on the Internet, causing some embarrassment for CNN.[dead link][14] Thompson left the network in March 2002. It was speculated at the time that the long days kept her from her 9-year old son.[15] During an appearance in January 2003, however, she made a statement that seems to indicate she left CNN because she disagreed with the way the news was handled, "Basically... you just give the viewers enough to scare the hell out of them, and not any real valuable information. And we saw so much of that after Sept. 11 that I thought was, frankly, irresponsible."[16]

After leaving CNN, she went to work for Court TV introducing episodes of NYPD Blue and Forensic Files, as well as narrating the documentary series The System.[dead link][17] She began hosting Psychic Detectives in 2003.[18]

Return to acting[edit]

Thompson had a recurring guest role as Doctor Nicole Duncan on the third season of the television series 24, first appearing on that show in November 2003.[19]

In 2007 she appeared in a late season 2 episode of Bones.[episode needed]

Personal life[edit]

Thompson was married to David Guc from 1987 to 1990, and to Babylon 5 costar Jerry Doyle from 1995 to 1997. She has a son named Alec, born in 1992.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Andrea Thompson Biography (1959-)". Film Reference. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "The Official Andrea Thompson Website". timem.com. Archived from the original on 16 October 2009. Retrieved September 6, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Moving From Fantasy To Facts", CBS News, May 17, 2000
  4. ^ Gliatto, Tom (March 19, 2001) "Copping a New Beat". People, Vol. 55 No. 11
  5. ^ Hanania, Joseph (May 21, 2000). "A Sultry New Reporter For the Nightly News". The New York Times
  6. ^ Lafayette, Jon (June 2000). "Blues" to news with mixed reviews, Electronic Media, 19 (26):3
  7. ^ CNN August 8, 2001 "CNN Headline News co-anchors Miles O'Brien and Andrea Thompson"
  8. ^ "The Biz: Court TV tries to spice up Saturday". Advertising Age, August 2002
  9. ^ Furman, Matt (April 24, 2001). "Reporter, Former NYPD Blue Star Andrea Thompson Joins CNN Headline News". Time Warner
  10. ^ Brook, Tom (August 10, 2001). "CNN sets sights on young". BBC
  11. ^ Johnson, Corey (April 27, 2001). "CNN Goes Ahead With Thompson Hire". The Industry Standard.
  12. ^ "Victory for old guard as actress quits TV news". The Independent, March 17, 2002
  13. ^ "CNN Goes Ahead With Thompson Hire". The Industry Standard April 27, 2001[dead link]
  14. ^ "The New CNN: All the Nudes Fit for Air". Fox News, May 3, 2001[dead link]
  15. ^ Darst, Elizabeth (March 15, 2002). "Andrea Thompson Quits As CNN Anchor". People
  16. ^ Coleridge, Daniel R. (January 14, 2003). "NYPD Blue Gal Meets Psychic Detectives". TV Guide
  17. ^ "Former 'NYPD Blue' Actor and CNN Anchor Andrea Thompson to host Saturday night programming block on Court TV". Court TV. May 28, 2002[dead link]
  18. ^ "NYPD Blue Gal Meets Psychic Detectives". TV Guide, January 14, 2003
  19. ^ Adalian, Josef. "Thompson garners '24' gig", Variety August 14, 2003

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