Linda Wallem

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Linda Wallem
Born (1961-05-29) May 29, 1961 (age 53)
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Occupation Actress, writer, producer
Spouse(s) Melissa Etheridge (m. 2014)
Partner(s) Liz Brixius (formerly)

Linda Wallem is a American actress, writer, and producer.


Wallem was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised in Rockford, Illinois.[1] She is also the sister of actor Stephen Wallem - who co-stars on her show Nurse Jackie, as a nurse named Thor Lundgren.[2]

Early career[edit]

Wallem began her career at Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She and fellow writer-performer Peter Tolan formed a double act called Wallem & Tolan and began performing on the cabaret circuit in New York City at such venues as the Manhattan Punch Line. Broadway veteran Martin Charnin caught the act and worked with the duo to present it as an Off Broadway called Laughing Matters in 1989.

Film and television[edit]

Wallem appeared in the 1993 film Sleepless in Seattle as the waitress from whom star Meg Ryan's character buys coffee on the road. On Seinfeld Wallem played Hildy, the waitress who refuses to serve Elaine Benes her customary "big salad" in the 1994 episode "The Soup." Young viewers are likely to recognize her voice as Doctor Paula Hutchison and Virginia Wolfe and other female characters on the Nickelodeon animated television series, Rocko's Modern Life (1993–1996).

Writing and producing[edit]

Wallem wrote for the Cybill Shepherd television situation comedy Cybill during its entire run from 1995 to 1998, also occasionally acting on the series. She then wrote for the sitcom That '70s Show from 1998 to 2000, serving as executive producer from 2000 to 2001 and then executive producing That '80s Show in 2002.

In 2007, Wallem and Liz Brixius created and produced a pilot called Insatiable for Showtime which was not picked up. In 2008, the duo (with writer Evan Dunsky) created the series Nurse Jackie, a half-hour drama about a "flawed" emergency room nurse in a New York City hospital.[3][4] Starring Edie Falco of The Sopranos, the series premiered on Showtime in June 2009, with Wallem and Brixius serving as showrunners for the series and sharing executive producer duties with Caryn Mandabach.[3][4]


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