Margaret Colin

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Margaret Colin
Born (1958-05-26) May 26, 1958 (age 56)
Brooklyn, New York, USA[1]
Years active 1979 - Present
Spouse(s) Justin Deas (1988 - Present)

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

Early life[edit]

Margaret Colin was born in Brooklyn, New York 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.


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 prime time 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. More recently, she has appeared on the Law & Order spinoffs. In 2003, she appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Season 4 Episode 16) "Tortured". Colin played a mother/bakery owner who was later arrested for murder

From 2007 to 2013, Colin played Eleanor Waldorf, mother of Blair Waldorf, on the television show Gossip Girl. In the pilot episode, Eleanor was played by OLTL actress Florencia Lozano.

Colin has also been in a number of movies, 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.



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  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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