Anita Finlay

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Anita Finlay
Occupationactress, author

Anita Finlay is an American film and television actress who played the recurring role of Dr. Nora Thompson on The Young and the Restless for seven years. Born, raised and trained as an actress in New York, Finlay's television credits include guest appearances on Grey's Anatomy, Perception, Castle, Brothers and Sisters, 24, Gilmore Girls, Judging Amy, The Guardian, Melrose Place, Matlock, L.A. Law and Hannah Montana.[1] Finlay starred in a number of feature films and made-for-television movies including "Alternate Endings", "The Last Place on Earth", "Two Voices", "Prison of Secrets" and Visions of Murder. In addition, Finlay has done scores of commercial campaigns and worked in the theatre as a solo artist, writing and performing "The Devil Takes a Wife" to acclaim in Los Angeles theaters. She has also performed in regional theatres throughout the United States and had long running spokesperson contracts for a number of Fortune 500 companies.[2]

Finlay is the author of Dirty Words on Clean Skin: Sexism and Sabotage, a Hillary Supporter's Rude Awakening published in March 2012. Dirty Words on Clean Skin was a #1 bestseller on Amazon's Women in Politics books for 16 weeks and is part of the Clinton Presidential Library.

In March 2015, Anita Finlay became the co-host of Dare We Say, a nationally syndicated web-talk series. Finlay is also a commentator for The Jerry Doyle Show, America's Radio News Network, and Newsmax/Midpoint with Ed Berliner and a principal contributor at EPIC TIMES. Her articles have been featured on Real Clear Politics, MemeOrandum, MediaBistro/DC Fishbowl, xoJane, and Knoxville Journal. She was chosen as a 2014 BlogHer Voice of the Year, where her work is repeatedly Editors' Choice.

Speaking primarily on women's empowerment, Anita is a media critic and commentator on many other syndicated radio and TV programs around the country. Anita Finlay has also spoken before such groups as MENSA, NAPW, VFA, the Women's Leadership Forum, NOW and colleges such as USC, UCLA and Pasadena City College, where her book Dirty Words on Clean Skin is part of the curriculum. Finlay also taught seminars on Marketing Yourself As An Actor: Presentation, Personality and Performance at UCLA Extension, In The Act, UC San Diego as well as guest lecturing at various acting schools and studios in Los Angeles.[3]

Finlay started Queens College at age 16, after attending Hunter College High School. She took a leave of absence from Queens College after her second year in order to work in a law firm. After a one-year sabbatical she went back and completed her B.A., graduating Magna Cum Laude.[4]

A supporter of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008, Finlay blogged extensively for Larry Johnson's No Quarter blog and Uppity Woman. Her work has been featured on Real Clear Politics, Memeorandum and several other widely read political blogs. She is currently on the writing staff of The New Agenda,[5] a bi-partisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls.[6]


Year Film Role Other notes
2013 Grey's Anatomy Marion Strong TV Series
2012 Naughty or Nice Mrs. Harris Feature Film
2012 Perception Martha Baker TV series
2011 Brothers & Sisters Judge Marsha Forrest TV series Oliva's Choice Award
2010 Reformed Tramp Brenda Short
2009 Castle Margo Falcigno TV series
2008 Hannah Montana Jeanette Harris TV series
2008 Days of Our Lives Dr. Janet Elman / Dr. Whitney TV series
2008 Alternate Endings Susan Short
2007 Girlfriends Charlotte McDonald TV series
2006 Vanished Joan McInerney TV series
1999–2006 The Young and the Restless Dr. Nora Thompson TV series
2006 Pepper Davis Liezel TV series
2006 24 Wendy Brown TV series
2004 Boston Legal Helen Poole TV series
2004 The Division Dallas Kazlowski TV series
2003 A. USA Elizabeth 'Taffy' McCarthy TV series
2003 Aftermath Female Therapist TV movie
2002 The Guardian Marilyn Thomas TV series
2002 Gilmore Girls Marie Springsteen TV series
2002 Six Feet Under Female Coke User TV series
2002 For Your Love Linda Linley TV series
2002 The Last Place on Earth Kelly Baskin
2001 Judging Amy Caroline Bishop TV series
2000 Talk to Taka Second Woman with Relationship Problems short
1999 Melrose Place Social Worker TV series

External links[edit]


  1. ^ IMDb
  2. ^ "About the Author | Dirty Words on Clean Skin | Anita Finlay | Hillary Clinton". Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  3. ^ Anita Finlay Bio 2012
  4. ^ Personal interview with Anita Finlay April 2012
  5. ^ The New Agenda
  6. ^ "About the Author | Dirty Words on Clean Skin | Anita Finlay | Hillary Clinton". Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-19.