Michele Greene

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Michele Greene
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Michele Greene at the 1990 Emmy Awards
Born (1962-02-03) February 3, 1962 (age 52)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Actress, singer, songwriter, author
Years active 1979–present
Website
michelegreene.com

Michele Dominguez Greene (born February 3, 1962, in Las Vegas, Nevada) is an American actress, singer/songwriter and author. She is perhaps best known for her role as attorney Abigail "Abby" Perkins on the TV series L.A. Law from 1986 to 1991 (and reprised the role in the 2002 TV reunion film L.A. Law: The Movie).

Early years[edit]

Greene attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles where she picked up a taste for acting after enrolling in a high-school drama class; she had chosen the class to help her overcome her extreme shyness. She then attended University of Southern California,[1] where she auditioned for and was accepted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, entering on a scholarship and beginning her formal training as an actor. During her college years she began working in television, appearing in numerous guest shots and television movies.

Career[edit]

Shortly after graduation, she landed the role of Judy Nuckles in the short-lived Steven Bochco series Bay City Blues (1983). When that was cancelled, Bochco kept her in mind and offered her the role of Abby Perkins on L.A. Law in 1986.[1] The show was a critical and commercial success, winning multiple Emmys and garnering Greene a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category in 1989.[2] Together with Amanda Donohoe her character participated in what was reported to be U.S. primetime television's first lesbian kiss in 1991. Greene appeared on L.A. Law for five seasons, leaving in 1991 to pursue her musical career and stretch her acting challenges.[3][4]

After leaving L.A. Law, Greene had acting roles in a number of popular television series including Bones, CSI, CSI: Miami, Cold Case, Crossing Jordan, Diagnosis: Murder, JAG, Judging Amy, Nip/Tuck, The Outer Limits, Six Feet Under, Stargate SG-1 and The Unit. Greene also appeared in an episode of Brothers and Sisters on ABC-TV in March 2009 as a fictional Governor of California. She had a recurring role on HBO's Big Love as a TV reporter.

Greene has recorded two bilingual CDs, Ojo de Tiburon[5] and Luna Roja. She has also written two young adult novels, Chasing the Jaguar: A Martika Gálvez Mystery[6] and Keep Sweet.[7][8]


Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Dark End of the Street Marlene
1981 The Dozens Michelle
1988 Going to the Chapel Margo
1994 The Unborn II Catherine Moore
1994 Stranger by Night Lisa Video (as Michelle Green)
1996 Daddy's Girl Barbara Mitchell
1997 Her Married Lover Brenda Slagel
1997 Stranger in the House Joanna Winters
1999 Fugitive Mind Robyn Video
2000 Alcatraz Avenue Lisa
2001 A Family Affair Reggie Abravanel
2002 Determination of Death Katie Williams
2003 A Woman Hunted Gloria Parker
2005 The Legend of Lucy Keyes Sheila Travers

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Dorothy Margo 2 episodes
1979 Laverne & Shirley Vicki Episode: "Bad Girls"
1980–81 Eight is enough Jill 5 episodes
1981 The Miracle of Kathy Miller Sherrie Movie
1982 Desperate Lives Julie Jordan Movie
1982 The Dukes of Hazzard Bobby Lee Jordan Episode: "Coy meets Girl" (5.4)
1983 For Love and Honor Joy Episode: "For Love and Honor" (pilot) (1.1)
1983 Andrea's Story: A Hitchhiking Tragedy Andrea Cranston ABC Afterschool Specials
1983 Bay City Blues Judy Nuckles 8 episodes
1984 Highway to Heaven Sara Higgins Episode: "Song of the Wild West" (1.5)
1985 Simon & Simon Lisa Brơoks Episode: "Mummy Talks" (4.20)
1985 Seduced Thunder Thighs Movie
1985 The Best Times Stacey Emery Episode: " The Narc" (1.3)
1986 American Playhouse Kevin's Friend (as Michelle Greene) Episode: "The Little Sister" (5.9)
1986 Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun Sister Margaret Movie
1987 Matlock Laura Gordon Episode: "The Billionaire" (2.1)
1988 Double Standard Virginia Movie
1989 The Pat Sajak Show Herself Episode: (1.6)
1990 In the Best Interest of the Child Nora Movie
1990 Nightmare on the 13th Floor Elaine Kalisher Movie
1990 Cop Rock Abby Perkins Episode: "Potts Don't Fail Me Now" (1.8) (uncredited)
1990 To My Daughter[9] Julie Carlston Movie
1986–91 L.A. Law Abby Perkins Seasons 1–5
1991 Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories Janet Janeway Movie
1992 Jack's Place Suzanne Episode: "Everything Old Is New Again" (1.4)
1993 Silent Victim Bonnie Jackson Movie
1993 Moment of Truth: A Child Too Many Patty Nowakowski Movie
1993 Picket Fences Patty Henley Episode: "Duty Free Rome" (2.2)
1994 Heart of a Child Karen Schouten Movie
1994 How the West Was Fun Laura Forester Movie
1996 She Woke Up Pregnant Connie Loftis Movie
1997 Badge of Betrayal Annie Walker Movie
1997 The Outer Limits Joan Garrison Episode: "The Awakening" (3.10)
1997 Lost Treasure of Dos Santos Willa Movie
1998 Captive Lily Hunter Movie
1999 Twice in a Lifetime Jenny Parnell / Dr. Karen Lantz Episode: "The Gift of Life" (1.14)
2000 Stargate SG-1 Laira Episode: "A Hundred Days" (3.17)
2000 Entertainment Tonight Presents: L.A. Law - Secrets of the Firm Herself Special
2000 Wild Grizzly Rachel Harding Movie
1997
2001
Diagnosis Murder Rachel Wơdrall
Carrie Langford Adams
"Must Kill TV" (5.9)
"Sins of the Father" Parts 1 & 2 (8.12, 13)
2001 The Perfect Wife Felicia Laurel Movie
2001 Lightning: Fire from the Sky Barbara Dobbs Movie
2002 Redeemer Sharon Davidson Movie
2002 JAG Lt. Col. Sara Coffey Episode: "Head to Toe" (7.15)
2002 NBC 75th Anniversary Special Herself
2002 Weakest Link Herself "L.A. Law Edition" (game)
2002 L.A. Law: The Movie Abby Perkins Reunion
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jan Branson Episode: " Blood Lust" (3.9)
2002 TV's Most Censored Moments Herself Special
2003 Miracles Travis's Aunt Episode: "The Bone Scatterer" (1.5)
2003 Killer Flood: The Day the Dam Broke Natalie Powell Movie
2003 Strong Medicine Pam Sherr Episode: "Rash Decisions" (4.4)
2004 Judging Amy Beth Benfield Episode: "Christenings" (5.11)
2004 Crossing Jordan Pam Oakley Episode: "Missing Pieces" (3.7)
2004 Threat Matrix Anne Colt Episode: "19 Seconds" (1.15)
2005 Six Feet Under Dr. Fraker Episode: "Ecotone" (5.9)
2005 Nip/Tuck Illana Manning Episode: "Hannah Tedesco" (3.9)
2006 The Unit Cynthia Burdett 4 episodes
2007 McBride: Dogged Judy Murray Movie
2007 Cold Case Tessie Bartram '07 Episode: "Justice" (5.10)
2008 Bones Amanda O'Rourke Episode: "The Man in the Outhouse" (4.2)
2009 Brothers & Sisters Governor Eve Kern Episode: "Troubled Waters" Part 1 (3.16)
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sue Schiff Episode: "The Gone Dead Train" (9.22)
2009 Brothers & Sisters Governor Eve Kern Episode: "Breaking the News" (4.2)
2009 Three Rivers Judge Glynn Episode: "A Roll of the Dice" (1.10) (as Michelle Greene)
2010 Big Love Reporter Sheila Jackson White 3 episodes
2011 The Defenders Judge Glynn Episode: "Nevada v. Donnie the Numbers Guy" (1.13)
2011 CSI: Miami Connie Faber Episode: "A Few Dead Men" (10.9)
Michele Greene

Discography[edit]

Year Album title Label Notes
2002 Ojo De Tiburon Appleseed Recordings
2003 Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol.3 Appleseed Recordings The song "From Way Up Here"
2003 Spanish In My Heart: Songs of the Spanish Civil War Appleseed Recordings The songs, "En la Plaza de Mi Pueblo" and "Tu Que Brillas"
2006 Luna Roja Appleseed Recordings

Literature[edit]

Year Book Publisher Notes
2006 Chasing the Jaguar Rayo HarperCollins Hardcover / Paperback
2010 Keep Sweet Simon & Schuster Paperback

Awards/Nominations[edit]

Awards
Year Award Category Production Result
1989 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series L.A. Law Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Joanne Kaufman and Michael Alexander, "With Her New Look, Her New Home and a Bright Future, Michele Greene Is L.A. Law's Mouse That Soared", People, April 4, 1988.
  2. ^ "Michele Greene", at Emmys.com (accessed 2014-01-13).
  3. ^ "Greene ends 5-year stint on 'L.A. Law'", Chicago Sun-Times, June 22, 1991  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  4. ^ Virginia Rohan, "Life After L.A. Law", The Record, April 25, 1996  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  5. ^ Sandra Barrera, "U Ought to Know; New Appeal; Greene Leads a Musical Life After 'L.A. Law'", Los Angeles Daily News, October 6, 2002.
  6. ^ "Greene, Michele 1962- (Michele Dominguez Greene)", Contemporary Authors, January 1, 2007  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  7. ^ Review of Keep Sweet, Publishers Weekly, February 15, 2010.
  8. ^ Lauren Beale, "Actress-author Michele Greene sells Hollywood Dell home", Los Angeles Times, November 10, 2011.
  9. ^ Patricia Brennan, "Greene breaks 'L.A. Law' routine with 'Daughter'", Chicago Sun-Times, November 26, 1990  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).

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