Margaret Colin

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Margaret Colin
Born (1958-05-26) May 26, 1958 (age 56)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Justin Deas (m. 1988)
Children 2

Margaret Colin (born May 26, 1958)[1] is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Margo Hughes on As the World Turns and as Eleanor Waldorf-Rose on Gossip Girl.

Early life[edit]

Margaret Colin was born in Brooklyn, New York City and raised on Long Island. She is of Irish descent and was raised in a Roman Catholic family;[2] her father was a New York City police officer.[3] She graduated from Baldwin Senior High School in 1976.

Career[edit]

After graduating from Hofstra University, Colin began her acting career in the soap opera The Edge of Night, playing an heiress and former terrorist. In seven months on that show, her character survived seven murder attempts and ended up marrying her stepbrother. She followed that role with a longer stint on As the World Turns, originating the role of Margo Montgomery, a character that endured nearly 30 years.

She has appeared on a number of primetime television shows, starting with Foley Square, Leg Work, and several early episodes of Chicago Hope. She played Lisa Wiseman on the 1999 series Now and Again, with Eric Close and Dennis Haysbert. In 2003, she appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit titled "Tortured", playing a mother/bakery owner who was later arrested for murder.

From 2007 to 2012, Colin played the recurring role of Eleanor Waldorf, mother of Blair Waldorf, on the teen drama television series Gossip Girl. In the pilot episode, Eleanor was played by One Life to Live actress Florencia Lozano.

Colin has also been in a number of films, the most well-known of which are probably Something Wild (1986), Three Men and a Baby (1987), The Butcher's Wife, Independence Day (1996), Unfaithful (2002), and First Daughter (2004). She also appeared in the play Jackie: An American Life, in which she played Jacqueline Kennedy.

During her 2003 performance of the English play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg on Broadway, Colin smoked her way through the second half of the show and dedicated the performance to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in defiance of the state's smoking ban. After the play finished its run, she gave up smoking.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Colin met actor Justin Deas when he played her love interest, Tom Hughes, on As the World Turns. They were married in January 1988. The couple have two sons, Sam and Joe, and Colin is stepmother of her husband's daughter from his first marriage. The family moved to Upper Montclair, New Jersey in the late 1990s.[5]

She is a pro-life activist and is the honorary co-chair of Feminists for Life, an organization opposed to abortion.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Pretty in Pink English teacher
1986 Something Wild Irene
1987 Return of Sherlock Holmes, TheThe Return of Sherlock Holmes Jane Watson Television film
1987 Warm Hearts, Cold Feet Amy Webster Television film
1987 Like Father Like Son Ginnie Armbruster
1987 Three Men and a Baby Rebecca
1989 True Believer Kitty Greer
1989 Traveling Man Joanna Reath Television film
1990 Martians Go Home Sara Brody
1990 Goodnight Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston Michelle Caruso
1991 Butcher's Wife, TheThe Butcher's Wife Robyn Graves
1993 Amos & Andrew Judy Gillman
1994 Terminal Velocity Joline "Jo" Uncredited
1995 In the Shadow of Evil Dr. Molly Nostrand Television film
1996 Independence Day Constance Spano
1996 Milk & Money Lorraine
1997 Devil's Own, TheThe Devil's Own Sheila O'Meara
1997 Time to Say Goodbye? Kristen Hamstra
1998 Adventures of Sebastian Cole, TheThe Adventures of Sebastian Cole Joan Cole
1999 Hit & Run Joanna Kendall Television film
1999 Swing Vote Linda Kirkland Television film
2001 Private Lies Ellen Television film
2001 Familiar Stranger, TheThe Familiar Stranger Elizabeth "Peachy" Welsh Television film
2001 Wedding Dress, TheThe Wedding Dress Madeline Carver Television film
2002 Blue Car Diane
2002 Unfaithful Sally
2004 First Daughter Melanie MacKenzie
2006 Broken Sole, AA Broken Sole Nan
2007 Happenstance Beth Short film
2008 Deception Ms. Pomerantz
2008 iMurders Carol Uberoth
2009 Missing Person, TheThe Missing Person Lana Cobb
2012 Camilla Dickinson Mona Rowan
2012 Backwards Mrs. Brooks
2014 Kelly & Cal Janice
2014 You Must Be Joking Linda Schwartz
2015 Stealing Chanel Constance Borden Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1979 Edge of Night, TheThe Edge of Night Paige Madison 21 episodes
1980–83 As the World Turns Margo Hughes Role held: July 1980 – October 1983
1985–86 Foley Square Asst. D.A. Alex Harrigan Main cast; 14 episodes
1987 Leg Work Claire McCarron Main cast; 10 episodes
1988 Magnum, P.I. Connie Northrop Episode: "Legend of the Lost Art"
1991–92 Sibs Audie Ruscio Main cast; 22 episodes
1994 Related by Birth Audie Ruscio Television special
1994 Chicago Hope Dr. Karen Antonovich 5 episodes
1995 Wright Verdicts, TheThe Wright Verdicts Sandy Hamor Main cast; 6 episodes
1999–2000 Now and Again Lisa Wiseman Main cast; 14 episodes
2000 Madigan Men Vonda Madigan Episode: "Pilot"
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mrs. Krug Episode: "Tortured"
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Eloise Barnes Episode: "Shrink-Wrapped"
2007–12 Gossip Girl Eleanor Waldorf-Rose 33 episodes
2009 Royal Pains Lucy Everett Episode: "Strategic Planning"
2010 Law & Order Mary Markson Episode: "Four Cops Shot"
2010 Medium Kelly Shuler Episode: "It's a Wonderful Death"
2012 Blue Bloods Melanie Maines Episode: "Women with Guns"
2012 Nurse Jackie Trish 2 episodes
2013 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Rochelle Episode: "The Seven Day Rule"
2013 Elementary Natalie Gale Episode: "Blood Is Thicker"
2014 Gotham Taylor Reece Episode: "Viper"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.tv.com/margaret-colin/person/2676/summary.html
  2. ^ "Margaret Colin:Biography". MSN. Retrieved 2010-05-12. "Born in Brooklyn to a large Irish-Catholic family and raised on Long Island, Colin began acting in elementary school." 
  3. ^ Margaret Colin Biography (1957?-)
  4. ^ New York Post, April 4, 2003
  5. ^ Klein, Alvin. "Baldwin Girl Finds Camelot (on Broadway)", The New York Times, February 22, 1998. Accessed January 26, 2008. "A year and a half ago the couple, married 10 years, and their sons, Sam, 8, and Joe, 4, moved from an apartment in Manhattan to a mansion for the money in Upper Montclair, New Jersey."

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