Annabeth Gish

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Annabeth Gish
Born Anne Elizabeth Gish
(1971-03-13) March 13, 1971 (age 43)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Wade Allen (m. 2003)

Annabeth Gish (born March 13, 1971) is an American actress. She has played roles in films Shag, Hiding Out, Mystic Pizza, The Last Supper and Double Jeopardy. On television, she played Special Agent Monica Reyes on The X-Files, Elizabeth Bartlet Westin on The West Wing, Eileen Caffee on Brotherhood, and as Charlotte Millwright on The Bridge.

Early life and education[edit]

Gish was born Anne Elizabeth Gish in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the daughter of Judy and Robert Gish.[1] When she was two, her family moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she grew up with her brother Tim and sister Robin. Her father was an English professor at the University of Northern Iowa; her mother was an elementary school teacher.[1]

Gish went to Northern University High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa where she graduated in 1989. She attended Duke University, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and focused her energies on the drama program, film studies and women's studies. She received a B.A. in English in July 1993.


Gish's first starring role was in the 1986 teen film Desert Bloom. In 1987, she starred in the film Hiding Out with Jon Cryer. She played the sister of Julia Roberts' character in 1988's Mystic Pizza. In 1989, Gish got her first major TV film role in When He's Not a Stranger as rape victim Lyn McKenna. Gish portrayed Anne Hampton, the doomed second wife of Rhett Butler in 1994 in the TV mini series Scarlett.

Gish also had a major part in the 1989 comedy, Shag, starring Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, Page Hannah, Jeff Yagher and Scott Coffey. The film's title refers to 1960s Carolina shag dancing and Beach life in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In 1994's Wyatt Earp, starring Kevin Costner, she played Urilla Sutherland, Wyatt's childhood sweetheart and eventual wife. The next year, she appeared in Oliver Stone's Nixon as Julie Nixon. In 1996, Gish played the girlfriend Tracey in Beautiful Girls. In 1997, Gish received her first starring role in a movie, portraying Susan Sparks opposite Shaquille O'Neal in the movie adaptation of DC Comics superhero Steel. In 1997, she starred in the TV movie True Women as Euphemia Ashby alongside Dana Delany and Angelina Jolie. In 1998, Gish starred in SLC Punk!, released September 24, 1998, as a head shop owner named Trish.

In 2001, Gish joined the cast of The X-Files as Special Agent Monica Reyes after series star David Duchovny announced his intention to leave the show. During the eighth and ninth seasons, Gish and fellow newcomer Robert Patrick became the show's principal characters and it was presumed that the two could carry on the show even after Gillian Anderson left. While it is generally agreed their performances were good, ratings continued to drop with the departure of Duchovny and his dynamic partnership with Gillian Anderson; the ninth season of The X-Files became the show's last.

In 2003, Gish guest-starred on The West Wing playing Elizabeth Bartlet Westin, eldest daughter of President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen). She appeared several times over the following seasons.

In 2006, Gish played the role of Julia in the independent movie The Celestine Prophecy and costarred in Candles on Bay Street alongside Eion Bailey and Alicia Silverstone.

Also in 2006, Gish began a major role in the Showtime drama Brotherhood, as Eileen Caffee. She appeared in 29 of the 33 episodes in the series's three-season run.

Gish played Jo Noonan in the A&E TV miniseries Stephen King's Bag of Bones in 2011. Also in 2011, she played the role of Anne Sullivan, a mysterious therapist in Pretty Little Liars.[2]

In 2012, Gish made a guest appearance in 12th season of the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[3]

In 2012, Gish co-starred on the ABC drama pilot Americana as the mother of Ashley Greene's character. However, the pilot was not picked up.[4]

From 2013 until 2014, Gish was part of the main cast in the FX series The Bridge, in which she played Charlotte Millwright, a widow who discovers that her recently deceased husband had secrets on both sides of the US-Mexican border.[5]

In 2014, she has a guest-starring role on Sons of Anarchy as Lt. Althea Jarry of the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.

Humanitarian efforts[edit]

Gish is a supporter of CARE International, and more recently, of Students Rebuild and One Million Bones. On behalf of these organizations she filmed a short Public service announcement video in April, 2012.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Gish has said that she is "from different branches of the same family tree" as early silent film actress sisters Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish.[7]

Gish is married to former The X-Files stunt man Wade Allen and they are the parents of two sons: Cash Alexander Allen (born January 12, 2007) and Enzo Edward Allen (born October 25, 2008).


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Hero in the Family Jessie
Desert Bloom Rose Chismore
1987 Hiding Out Ryan Campbell
1988 Mystic Pizza Kat Arujo Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama
1989 Shag Pudge
When He's Not a Stranger Lyn McKenna Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama
1990 Coupe de Ville Tammy
1991 The Last to Go Lydia
1992 Lady Against the Odds Sylvia Raffray
1993 Silent Cries Hazel Hampton
1994 Wyatt Earp Urilla Sutherland
1995 The Last Supper Paulie
Nixon Julie Nixon Eisenhower Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1996 Beautiful Girls Tracy Stover
Don't Look Back Michelle
What Love Sees Jean Treadway Holly
1997 True Women Euphemia Ashby
Mayday—Flug in den Tod Maria Philips
Steel Susan Sparks
1998 SLC Punk! Trish
To Live Again Karen Holmes
1999 Double Jeopardy Angie
God's New Plan Claire Hutton
Different Hope Goodell
Sealed with a Kiss Robbie
1999 No Higher Love Claire Hutton/Young
2001 The Way She Moves Amie
Pursuit of Happiness Marissa Slamdunk Film Festival for Best Actress
Morning Lily
Race to Space Dr. Donni McGuinness
2002 Buying the Cow Nicole
A Death in the Family Mary Follet
2004 Knots Greta Siegel
Life on Liberty Street Denise Di Fiori
2005 Detective Cynthia Ernst
2006 Gillery's Little Secret Gillery
The Celestine Prophecy Julia
Mojave Phone Booth Beth
Desperation Mary Jackson
Candles on Bay Street Lydia
2008 Of Murder and Memory Sally Linden
2009 An American Girl Chrissa Stands Strong Meg Maxwell
2010 At Risk Det. Delma Sykes
The Letter Beth
2011 The Chaperone Lynne
Commerce Beth
Texas Killing Fields Gwen Heigh
Home Run Showdown Michelle
2014 Somnia Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Scarlett Anne Hampton TV miniseries
1995 Courthouse Lenore Laderman 11 episodes
1996 Chicago Hope Amy Peletier Episode: Three Men and a Lady
2001–2002 The X-Files Monica Reyes 23 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
2004 CSI: Miami Wendy Decker Episode: Not Landing
2003–2006 The West Wing Elizabeth Bartlet Westin 6 episodes
2008 The Cleaner Barbara Hoffler Episode: Meet the Joneses
2006–2008 Brotherhood Eileen Caffee 29 episodes
Nominated—Prism Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series
2010 Criminal Minds Rebecca Hodges Episode: Parasite
FlashForward Lita 3 episodes
2011 Lie to Me Ilene Episode: Saved
Against the Wall Chief Julie Carmen Episode: A Good Cop
Bag of Bones Jo Noonan TV miniseries
2011–2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laura Gabriel 3 episodes
2012 Americana Rachel Clarke Unsold TV pilot
2012 Once Upon a Time Anita Episode: Child of the Moon
2011–present Pretty Little Liars Dr. Anne Sullivan Recurring role; 8 episodes
2013–2014 The Bridge Charlotte Millwright Main cast
2013 Parks and Recreation Stephanie Wyatt Episode: Partridge
2014 Parenthood Ms. York (Ryan's Mom) Episode: The Pontiac
2014 Sons of Anarchy Lieutenant Althea Jarry, San Joaquin County Sheriffs Department, Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Charming, CA Recurring role


  1. ^ a b Yahoo. "Annabeth Gish- Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Annabeth Gish joins 'Pretty Little Liars'" April 8, 2011, Digital Spy
  3. ^ "CASTING: Annabeth Gish Guest Stars" October 18, 2011, CSI blog
  4. ^ Nellie andreeva (March 2, 2012). "‘Cougar Town’s Dan Byrd Gets Lead In CBS Comedy Pilot, Two ABC Dramas Add Casts". Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 8, 2012). "Demian Bichir, Annabeth Gish, Ted Levine Join FX Drama Pilot 'The Bridge'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ Students Rebuild. "Annabeth Gish makes a bone". YouTube. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ Who's News: Annabeth Gish

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