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Strickland in trailer to "The Drowning Pool" (1975)
May 18, 1947 |
Birmingham, Alabama, Alabama, U.S.
Life and career
Strickland was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of Theodosia and Lynn Strickland, who owned a tire shop. She had featured roles in 1970s films such as Bound for Glory, The Drowning Pool and Norma Rae.
In a memorable Drowning Pool scene, Strickland and Paul Newman are trapped in a room filling with water from floor to ceiling, stripped to their underwear, with no apparent escape.
Strickland appeared on the U.S. Navy series JAG first season episode "War Crimes". She played Ambassador Bartlett, the U.S. ambassador to Peru.
Gail played a struggling rancher's daughter in the 1987 "Highway to Heaven" episode "A Dream of Wild Horses," alongside legendary actor, Richard Farnsworth.
She also had a memorable appearance on the television series M*A*S*H as Captain Helen Whitfield, a nurse in an ongoing battle with alcoholism. She appeared in 11 episodes of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman from 1993-94 as the character Olive Davis.
She played Esther MacInerney, the wife of A.J. MacInerney (Martin Sheen), Chief of Staff for President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas), in the 1995 blockbuster movie The American President, which also starred Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox, and Richard Dreyfuss.
Strickland was a cast member in the brief run of the 2002 CBS television series First Monday, playing a Supreme Court justice.
- Dark Shadows (1966) (TV series) (1969)
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973) (TV series)
- Hawaii Five-O (1974) (TV series)
- The Bob Newhart Show (1974) (TV series)
- The Drowning Pool (1975)
- Bound for Glory (1976)
- The Bob Newhart Show (1976) (TV series)
- The Gathering (1977) (TV movie)
- One on One (1977)
- Lou Grant (1978) (TV series)
- Norma Rae (1979)
- M*A*S*H*: Bottoms Up (Season 9) (1981) (TV series)
- Darkroom (1981) (TV series)
- My Body, My Child (1982) (TV movie)
- Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (1983) (TV)
- Uncommon Valor (1983)
- Oxford Blues (1984)
- Protocol (1984)
- The Insiders (1985) (TV series)
- What a Country! (1986) Principal Joan Courtney
- Highway to Heaven (1987)
- The Man in the Moon (1991)
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993) (TV series)
- Three of Hearts (1993)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) (TV series)
- Seinfeld (season 6) (1994-1995) (TV series)
- When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
- How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
- JAG (1995) TV series
- The American President (1995)
- Walker, Texas Ranger (1997) TV series
- First Monday (2002) (TV series)
- Quality Time (2008)