Kate Walsh (actress)

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Kate Walsh
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Walsh at the 2011 Voice Awards
Born Kathleen Erin Walsh
(1967-10-13) October 13, 1967 (age 46)
San Jose, California, U.S.
Residence Encino, Los Angeles
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Alex Young (m. 2007–10)
Partner(s) Chris Case (2011–present)
Website
www.katewalsh.com

Kathleen Erin "Kate" Walsh (born October 13, 1967) is an American film and television actress, best known for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC dramas Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. She is currently starring in the DirecTV original series Full Circle.

Early life[edit]

Walsh was born in San Jose, California, the daughter of Angela C. (née Bochetto) and Joseph P. Walsh.[1] She grew up in Tucson, Arizona. Her father was Irish, being a native of Navan, in County Meath, Ireland, and her mother was of Italian descent.[2][3][4] Her mother lives in Nevada. Walsh has four older siblings, two sisters and two brothers, Sean and Joe, who are film-makers. Walsh graduated from Catalina Magnet High School and later studied at the University of Arizona for a while,[5] where she got involved in regional theater. She now lives in Los Angeles. She was raised Roman Catholic.[6]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Before modeling, Walsh worked at Burger King and Dairy Queen. She began as a model in Japan in the 1980s where she also taught English. Later she moved to Chicago and worked with the Piven Theatre Workshop. She also performed on National Public Radio in the production of the radio play Born Guilty. Walsh later moved to New York City and joined the comedy troupe Burn Manhattan on June 27, 1987, performing in a number of Off-Broadway plays.

Television roles[edit]

After playing Cathy Buxton in the Homicide: Life on the Street episode "Stakeout" in 1996 and Navy Lieutenant Kirstin Blair in the Law & Order episode "Navy Blues". Her first major television appearance was in 1997, when she appeared on The Drew Carey Show as Drew Carey's love interest, Nicki Fifer. She wore a fatsuit in some episodes of the show, as the Nicki character was a formerly obese woman who lost weight and slowly started to gain it back. She went on to portray Carol Nelson in HBO's The Mind of the Married Man television series, and played Norm Macdonald's romantic interest in the sitcom The Norm Show. Walsh also made a guest appearance on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Mimosa, a transsexual. She sometimes appeared in sketches on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. She had a recurring role on Karen Sisco as Detective Marley Novak in 2003 and 2004. In 2005, she was cast in the ABC series, Grey's Anatomy, as Dr. Addison Montgomery, the estranged spouse of Derek Shepherd ("Dr. McDreamy", played by Patrick Dempsey).

It was announced in February 2007 that Walsh's Grey's Anatomy character would be in a spin-off of Grey's Anatomy that began airing in September 2007. Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, Amy Brenneman, Chris Lowell, and Audra McDonald were cast in the spin-off, Private Practice.[7][8] Walsh returned to Seattle Grace as a special guest star for episode thirteen in Season 4 and episodes 15 and 16 in Season 5 of Grey's Anatomy. She also briefly returned for one episode in season 6 and two episodes in the seventh and eighth seasons.

Walsh at the HBO Post-Emmys Party in September 2008

She continued playing the character of Addison Montgomery on the fourth season of Private Practice, for which ABC has ordered a full season of episodes.[9] On January 10, 2011 ABC picked up Private Practice for the 2011–2012 fall season (5th season). Walsh guest-starred in "Song Beneath The Song", a musical episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Beginning in September 2007, Walsh has appeared in television commercials for the 2008 Cadillac CTS.[10] She is also the current spokeswoman for Caress' Exotic Oil Infusions body wash.[11] On June 12, 2012, Walsh announced that the sixth season of Private Practice would be her final season.[12] However, she mentioned she'd be open to reprise her role in Grey's Anatomy for a few guest spots.

In 2013 Walsh appeared in Full Circle, a 10-episode ensemble drama series created by Neil LaBute and airing on DirecTV's Audience Network channel.[13] Walsh is currently playing in the television series Fargo as Gina Hess.

Film roles[edit]

The crime drama Normal Life marked her film debut; she played the sister of a bank robber played by Luke Perry. She portrayed a kleptomaniac in the film Peppermills. Walsh also appeared in the cult movie, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Part 2. She had her first significant role in a major Hollywood production as Will Ferrell's wife in the family comedy, Kicking & Screaming, alongside Robert Duvall and Mike Ditka. Walsh has also appeared in several other films with Ferrell, including Bewitched (also with Nicole Kidman) and an "alternate film" to Anchorman titled, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie. In 2003, Walsh appeared in Under the Tuscan Sun, with Diane Lane and Sandra Oh. She played the partner of Sandra Oh's character. Regarding her various lesbian roles, Walsh said: "Do I give off a girl-on-girl vibe, I wonder? Or is it because I’m tall? I guess the chicks just dig me!"[14]

Walsh was also set to star opposite John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in the supernatural thriller 1408, but she had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.[15] Walsh starred alongside Dennis Quaid and Paul Bettany in the biblical horror film Legion, that was released on January 22, 2010.[16] She played the mother of Charlie (Logan Lerman) and Candice (Nina Dobrev) in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012).

Theatre[edit]

In May 2010, Walsh made her off-Broadway debut opposite Paul Sparks in Atlantic Theater Company's world premiere of Stephen Belber's Dusk Rings a Bell. The new play began previews on May 19 and opened May 27 at Atlantic Stage 2 and played through June 26. The New York Times called it "a sublime, beautifully acted drama."[17] She also had a long theater career in Chicago, which included roles in Happy Birthday Wanda June, The Danube, Moon Under Miami and Troilus and Cressida. In New York, Walsh was a member of the improvisational comedy troupe Burn Manhattan and the New York City Players theater ensemble.[18]

Fashion[edit]

Kate Walsh at the HBO Post-Emmys Party in September 2008

Walsh founded Boyfriend LLC, a beauty and lifestyle company in 2010. The company launched its first product in November 2010: a perfume called "Boyfriend".[19] HSN, a leading multichannel retailer, and Walsh partnered to launch the "Boyfriend" fragrance with live appearances by the actress/entrepreneur on HSN, November 11 and 12.[20] Walsh's fragrance train case, including Boyfriend eau de perfume, pulse point oil and votive candles, sold out on day one exceeding sales expectations.[21]

Leading up to the launch of Boyfriend, Walsh released 8 webimercials written and directed by the actress herself, relaying the sentiments the Boyfriend scent was developed to evoke. Launched via various social media channels, including Twitter, YouTube and select blogs, the Boyfriend webimercials have been viewed more than 200,000 times to date and were released by Walsh prior to her appearance on HSN to drive excitement and anticipation. On July 9, 2012, Kate Walsh launched her newest fragrance called "Billionaire Boyfriend" which has become a huge hit across the world.

Personal life[edit]

In April 2007, Walsh began dating 20th Century Fox movie executive Alex Young. They were first spotted having lunch together on April 26, and then went public with their relationship on April 28 by attending a Barack Obama fund-raiser in Los Angeles, which was co-hosted by Young. Young proposed to Walsh during a trip to San Francisco in May.[22] They later married on September 1, 2007 at the Ojai Presbyterian Church in Ojai, north of Los Angeles.[23] On December 11, 2008, Young filed for divorce after 15 months of marriage citing irreconcilable differences; the official date of separation in the divorce petition was listed as November 22.[24] On December 24, 2008, Walsh counterfiled for divorce, contesting the date of separation listed in Young's divorce papers.[25] The divorce was finalized February 5, 2010.[26]

Walsh dated Neil Andrea in 2009.[27] In September 2009, Walsh launched her official website.[28] She has been dating writer Chris Case since February 2011.[29] The pair currently reside in Encino, Los Angeles with their 2 dogs, 2 cats and Case's sons.

Social and political activism[edit]

Since the summer of 2007, Walsh has been the spokesperson for Narcolepsy Network, working to promote national awareness of narcolepsy through infomercials and DVDs.[30] In January 2008, Walsh participated in a video for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama called, "Yes We Can", produced by will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas.[31] She also campaigned for Obama in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.[32] In July 2008, Walsh was nominated as a candidate on the Unite for Strength slate for a place on the national governing board of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in elections scheduled for 18 September 2008.[33] On September 18, 2008, Walsh was elected to serve on the SAG board for a three-year term. Walsh ran as a candidate with the Unite for Strength party who won six of the 11 Hollywood Division seats which were up for contention in the recent Screen Actor's Guild National Board elections.[34]

Walsh supports pet adoption and frequently campaigns for the cause. On February 7, 2008, she cut the ribbon to a new dog adoption center named Pedigree(R) Dogstore in Times Square.[35] In 2005, Walsh joined the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)'s Board of Advocates, and in 2008 received the PPFA Maggie Award for an Artist who Stands Up for Reproductive Health and Freedom. She has participated in numerous Planned Parenthood activities, including national fundraisers, local Planned Parenthood affiliate events, the PPFA Awards Gala, and lobby day on Capitol Hill promoting the need for comprehensive sex education. In January 2009, she spoke at the Planned Parenthood Presidential Inauguration Brunch in Washington, D.C.[36]

As announced in late 2009, Walsh partnered with the ocean conservancy and advocacy group Oceana to call for increased sea turtle protections. She joined experts from the group on a trip to the Virgin Islands to witness the turtles' hatching and moving to the sea. In her own words: "I want to get the word out and make people aware about the challenges facing sea turtles. I also want to help get legislation enacted to keep harmful fishing techniques to a minimum and help protect the sea turtles."[37]

Walsh referenced Oceana during a September 16, 2010 appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She told Jay Leno that her dress was covered in sushi and sashimi as an homage to a dress made of beef worn by Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. While she claimed it was sustainable seafood, Walsh later admitted via her Twitter account that the sushi was fake.[38] She attended a meeting on Capitol Hill in which they marked the one year anniversary since the BP oil spill.[39] On November 3, 2012, Walsh spoke in Dubuque, IA during one of President Obama campaign stops days before Election Day.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Normal Life Cindy Anderson
1997 Peppermills Lena
Night of the Lawyers Pressie Brooks (Biker)
1998 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Part II Cricket
Three Below Zero Moirat
1998 Heaven Diner
2000 Family Man, TheThe Family Man Jeannie
2002 Anatomy of a Breakup Lorra
Day in the Life of Nancy M. Pimental, AA Day in the Life of Nancy M. Pimental Kate Direct-to-DVD
2003 Under the Tuscan Sun Grace
2004 After the Sunset Shelia
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Sue Direct-to-DVD
2005 Kicking & Screaming Barbara Weston
Inside Out Tyne
Bewitched Sexy Waitress
2009 One Way to Valhalla Raina
2010 Legion Sandra Anderson
2011 Angels Crest Roxanne
2012 Perks of Being a Wallflower, TheThe Perks of Being a Wallflower Mrs. Kelmeckis
2013 Scary Movie 5 Mal
2014 Dermaphoria Morell Post-production
Just Before I Go Kathleen Morgan Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Homicide: Life on the Street Cathy Buxton 1 episode
1996 Swift Justice Paula "Paulie" Goddard 1 episode
1997 Law & Order Lt. Kirstin Blair 1 episode
1997–2001 Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show Nicki Fifer 21 episodes
1998 Cupid Heidi 1 episode
1999 Turks Terry
1999 Mike O'Malley Show, TheThe Mike O'Malley Show Marcia
2000 Cursed Stace 1 episode
2000–01 Norm Show, TheThe Norm Show Jenny 5 episodes
2001 Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive Agent Eve Hilliard 3 episodes
2001 Mind of the Married Man, TheThe Mind of the Married Man Carol Nelson 3 episodes
2003–04 Karen Sisco Marley Novak 2 episodes
2004 Joint Custody Florence
2004 Men's Room, TheThe Men's Room Karen 3 episodes
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mimosa 1 episode
2004 Complete Savages Maggie 1 episode
2005 Bobby Cannon London Television film
2005 Eyes Kendall Judd 1 episode
2005–2012 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Addison Montgomery Main cast (Season 23);
occasional guest appearances (1, 48);
59 episodes
2007–2013 Private Practice Dr. Addison Montgomery Main role; Season 16
111 episodes
2008 Upright Citizens Brigade: Asssscat Guest Monologist Television film
2009 King of the Hill Kat Savage 1 episode
2011 Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen Roaster 1 episode
2013 Full Circle Trisha Main Cast Member DirecTV Original Series
2014 Fargo Gina Hess 4 episodes
2014 Bad Judge Rebecca Wright Lead Role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Series
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominated Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy (Shared with cast)
2007 Won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy (Shared with cast)
2008 Nominated Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy (Shared with cast)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Grey's Anatomy' Hits Close To Home". CBS News. 
  2. ^ Stated in a commercial interview that Walsh did for Cadillac; "Kate Walsh "The Elegant, Sexy and Luxurious CTS"". mycadillacstory.com. 
  3. ^ "Kate Walsh: Interview with the Private...". Chatelaine.com. 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  4. ^ Melby, Leah. "Kate Walsh Hair and Makeup Interview - Kate Walsh Spring Summer Beauty 2012". Real Beauty. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Kate Walsh : People.com". 
  6. ^ "Private Practice - Interview Festival TV Monte Carlo 2009 - Partie 1". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  7. ^ "Grey's Anatomy" Spin-Off Planned, Dr. Addison Shepherd to Leave Seattle Grace, WSBTV.com, March 5, 2007
  8. ^ Edward Wyatt (April 28, 2007). "Well-Known Secret: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Spinoff for ABC". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  9. ^ "Kate Walsh Biography", Total-Babe.com Wiki (October 26, 2008)
  10. ^ Garfield, Bob (2007-10-01). "Taking Cadillac from Stodgy to Sexy: Kate Walsh". adage.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  11. ^ "Grey's Anatomy's Kate Walsh Stars in 21st Century Fairytale Webisodes". ivnnetwork.com. 2008-11-15. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  12. ^ Harnick, Chris (2012-06-12). "Kate Walsh Leaving 'Private Practice': Actress Says Season 6 Will Be Her Last (VIDEO)". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  13. ^ Cheney, Alexandra (October 9, 2013). "Kate Walsh Comes 'Full Circle'". WSJ.com. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ Walls, Jeannette (2006-11-01). "Notes from all over". msnbc.msn.com. 
  15. ^ Mohr, Ian (2009-08-13). "'1408' books a new tenant". variety.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  16. ^ Fleming, Michael (2008-03-27). "Quaid, Walsh join Stewart's 'Legion'". variety.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  17. ^ "Dusk Rings A Bell". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  18. ^ Private Practice Star Kate Walsh and Paul Sparks to Star in Dusk Rings a Bell at the Atlantic
  19. ^ "Official website of BOYFRIEND perfume". yourboyfriend.com. 
  20. ^ "Actress Kate Walsh Partners With HSN for Exclusive Launch of Sensual New Beauty Line Called 'BOYFRIEND'". hsni.com. 2010-10-15. 
  21. ^ "HSN and Kate Walsh Sell Out 'Boyfriend' at Launch". hsni.com. 2010-11-17. 
  22. ^ Serpe, Gina (2007-05-16). "Kate Walsh Bags a McFiance". eonline.com. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  23. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (2007-09-01). "Grey's Anatomy's Kate Walsh Marries Movie Executive". people.com. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  24. ^ "Kate Walsh Splits From Husband". people.com. 2008-12-11. Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  25. ^ "Kate Walsh & Ex Disagree on Date of Split". people.com. 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  26. ^ Lee, Ken. "Kate Walsh and Ex to Flip Coin over Furniture in Divorce - Kate Walsh". People.com. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  27. ^ WANG, CYNTHIA (2009-09-22). "A New Man for Kate Walsh". people.com. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  28. ^ "KateWalsh.com". katewalsh.com. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  29. ^ "Kate Walsh Has a New Man in Her Life". people.com. 2011-08-18. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  30. ^ "Actress Kate Walsh Partners With The Narcolepsy Network To Raise Awareness Of Narcolepsy". prnewswire.com. 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  31. ^ "will.i.am's "Yes We Can Song" Video Awarded Emmy for New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment". reuters.com. 2008-06-16. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  32. ^ Walsh discussed this in an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman (February 11, 2008)
  33. ^ "Hollywood actors' union faces internal rift". Reuters. 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  34. ^ McNary, Dave (2008-09-18). "SAG power shifts". variety.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  35. ^ "KATE WALSH- WALSH OPENS DOG ADOPTION CENTER". contactmusic.com. 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  36. ^ "Board of Advocates". Plannedparenthood.org. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  37. ^ "Oceana Newsletter Fall 2009: Kate Walsh Wants to Get Sea Turtles Off The Hook". Na.oceana.org. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  38. ^ "Twitter / Opgeschort". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  39. ^ "Actress Kate Walsh: Americans Who Support Offshore Drilling Are 'Misinformed'". YouTube. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 

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