Carolyn Hennesy

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Carolyn Hennesy
Carolyn Hennesy 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards.jpg
Hennesy at the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards
Born (1962-06-10) June 10, 1962 (age 55)
Encino, California, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actress, writer; marine park and zoo advocate
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Donald Agnelli
(m. 2007; div. 2013)
Partner(s) Nathan Carlson (1994-2000)
Parent(s) Dale Hennesy
Website Personal Website

Carolyn Lee Hennesy (born June 10, 1962) is an American soap opera actress, author, and zoo advocate. She is known for her role as Diane Miller on the daytime television series General Hospital, for which she earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination. Miller's 2011 novel The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli, featuring characters from General Hospital, reached #16 on the New York Times Best Seller list. She is also known for her work promoting AZA zoos and aquariums, and accredited marine parks like SeaWorld.

Early life[edit]

Hennesy was born on June 10, 1962, in Encino, California.[1] She is the daughter of production designer and art director Dale Hennesy,[2] who won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage.[3]



Hennesy starred as Mrs. Valentine on the teen drama Dawson's Creek in the 2000–2001 season, and she had supporting roles in the films Global Effect (2002), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde (2003), Click (2006), The Heat Chamber (2003) and Cougar Club (2007). She made three appearances on That '70s Show and has guest-starred on Reba as the mother of Reba's son-in-law, Van. She made a guest appearance on Drake & Josh as Mrs. Abernathy, the boss of the Ball & Vance Fish Corp. Additionally, she appeared as Judith Haven in an episode of What I Like About You and she voiced Blair Lansfield in the video game Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. Currently, she stars as Rosalyn Harris in the fifth season of HBO hit series True Blood. In 2016, she joined the cast of the Netflix production Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Since 2006, Hennessy has played Diane Miller on the daytime soap opera General Hospital. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for the role in 2010.[4]

In October 2011, Hennesy appeared on Jessie as Mrs. Chesterfield, and in November 2011 as Myrna in the "That Still Small Voice" episode of Once Upon a Time. She also guest starred in Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures.

In 2016, Hennesy appeared in the soap opera web series The Bay as Karen Blackwell. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for the role.[5]


Hennesy has written a series of children's books based on the character Pandora. The first one, called Pandora Gets Jealous, was released January 2008. The sequel, Pandora Gets Vain, was released August 2008. The third book in the series, Pandora Gets Lazy, released March 2009. Book four, Pandora Gets Heart, was released in January 2010. The fifth book, Pandora Gets Angry, was released in February 2011. Book six, Pandora Gets Greedy, was released in June 2012. Book seven, Pandora Gets Frightened, was released in 2013.

Hennesy wrote the 2011 novel The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli featuring characters from General Hospital.[6] The novel reached #16 on the New York Times Best Seller list.[7]

Wildlife conservation and zoo advocacy[edit]

Hennesy is a wildlife conservationist and zoo animal welfarist. She is an outspoken critic of PETA and anti-zoo proponents. The actress became a staunch advocate of the zoo and aquarium industry after visiting several prominent zoological facilities and researching their science and education programs. In 2015, she defended SeaWorld during the California Coastal Commission's hearings regarding the fate of the captive born and reared orca housed as SeaWorld parks.

Animal Magnetism[edit]

Hennesy is also the producer and host of Animal Magnetism, a radio program featuring zoo professionals. The program focuses on welfare and conservation issues and examines both the human-animal bond and the global increase in human-wildlife conflict resulting from human over-population growth and climate change.[8]

American Humane Association[edit]

In 2016, Hennesy was named an American Humane Association celebrity ambassador and spoke before a congressional committee on the organization's new humane conservation initiative.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Hennesy is a niece of actress Barbara Rush and cousin of Fox News reporter Claudia Cowan.[10] She lives in Los Angeles. In 2007, Hennesy married Donald Agnelli.[1][11] They divorced in 2013.[1][11] She is a trapeze artist.[1] When asked how she got involved with it, Hennesy revealed, “I got involved in it many years ago when I was at university and I was doing a production of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. Then I progressed to the flying trapeze and I never looked back. I have a static trapeze rig in my backyard, but my main love is still the flying trapeze.” [12] She has two brothers. Scott Hennesy works at Disney World as an imagineer.


Year Film Role Notes
1992 I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore Bowling Alley Waitress Credited as Carolyn Henessey
1993 Lightning in a Bottle Marsha Timmons
2001 Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation Rose (voice: English version)
The Elite Elaine
2002 Surprise Whitney Short film
Global Effect Meredith Tripp
Engaging Peter Vivian
2003 Wave Babes Maureen Straight-to-video
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Rich Woman
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Congresswoman with Haircut
2004 The Second Degree Chrissy Le Matin
2005 Appleseed Athena Aerios Voice, Feature film, credited as Lee West
The Heat Chamber Lila
Off the Hook The Enchilada Short film
2006 Outta Sync Phaedra Lee
Bambi II Bambi's Mother Voice, Straight-to-video
Click Kathy O'Doyle
The Emerald Sun Major Danes Short film
Conversations with God Sharon Parker
2007 Sublime Cheryl Straight-to-video
Feeding Carolyn Short film
Cougar Club Judge Margaret Emerson
Believers Lina Vance Straight-to-video
Til Death Does His Part God Short film
2008 I Yes Ms. Cummings Short film
Shattered! Adrienne
Necessary Evil Carole Fielding
Boob Jobs & Jesus Jody Short film
2009 Half Truth Soap Actress Short film
It's Not Me, It's You Therapist Short film
Scream of the Bikini Ronda Voice
2010 Annie in the Aisle of Irma Marsha Short film
2011 I Love You Like Crazy Dr. Sing Short film
2014 Platinum the Dance Movie Mary
2015 Hybrids Aradia
Mothers of the Bride Kelly Court
You're Killing Me Candice
A Kind of Magic Maggie
2016 Courting Des Moines Gov. Joanna Sampson
The Holy Man Betty Rodriguez
Better Criminal Police Chief Ackerman
Year Series Role Notes
1993 Dark Justice Jill Episode: "Pygmalion"
1995 Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare USDA Representative Made-for-TV-Movie
Grace Under Fire Gloria Episode:"Jimmy Goes Away
1995 Night Stand with Dick Dietrick Layla Episode: "The Fame Show"
1996 Night Stand with Dick Dietrick Amanda Episode: "Sexaholics"
1997 Wings Flight Attendant Episode: "Just Call Me Angel"
Party of Five Alice Episode: "Leap of Faith"
The Naked Truth Flight Attendant Episode: "We Almost Had Paris"
1997–1998 Jenny Chase Gardner Recurring
1998 Encore! Encore! Barbara Episode: "The Diary"
1999 That '70s Show Sharon Singer 2 episodes
It's Like, You Know... Cathy Episode: "Pilot"
Thanks Henrietta Randolph Episode: "Tobacco"
The Big O Vera Ronstadt Contract role: Season 2 only
2000 Moesha Dr. Miller Episode: "He Doth Protest Too Much"
2000–2001 Dawson's Creek Mrs. Valentine Recurring
2001 Strip Mall Caroline Cantwell Episode: "Barry Boinks Caroline"
Reba Mrs. Montgomery Episode: "Tea and Antipathy"
2002 Any Day Now Phyllis Episode: "Boys Will Be Boys"
The Young and the Restless Penelope Quinlan Episode: "Episode #1.7351"
Judging Amy Louise Rodericks Episode: "Come Back Soon"
Bram and Alice Patricia Episode: "Goody Two Shoes"
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Kago's Mother (voice: English version) Episode: "Testation"
2003 Android Kidaider Chigusa Sakamoto (voice: English version) Unknown episodes
Half & Half Mrs. Scranton Episode: "The Big Sexy Shame Episode"
Recipe for Disaster Mrs. Devries Made-for-TV-Movie
What I Like About You Dr. Judith 'Judy' Haven Episode: "When Holly Met Tina"
Significant Others Realtor Episode: "The Right House, the Wrong Gender & a Turn"
That '70s Show Patty Ryals Episode: "Winter"
2005 Barbershop Mrs. Kane Episode: "Debates and Dead People"
2006 Girlfriends Melora Stewart Episode: "The Music in Me"
Commander in Chief TV Interviewer Episode: "Wind Beneath My Wing"
Drake & Josh Mrs. Abernathy Episode: "I Love Sushi"
2006–present General Hospital Diane Miller 419 episodes
2007 General Hospital: Night Shift Diane Miller Episode: "Falling Star"
2008 Little Miss CEO Ms. Rivers Made-for-TV-Movie
Mother Goose Parade Herself 61st Annual in San Diego County's City of El Cajon
2009 Penny Dreadfuls Carolyn Episode: "Feeding"
2009–2012 Cougar Town Barb Recurring
2009 Penny Dreadfuls Dorothy Episode: "All Tomorrow's Parties"
2010 Everyone Counts Sheila 2 episodes
Better People Ivy Made-for-TV-Movie
2011 Everyone Counts Sheila 2 episodes
Shameless Mrs. Neidereiter Episode: "But at Last Came a Knock"
Once Upon a Time Myrna Episode: "That Still Small Voice"
2011–2015 Jessie Mrs. Rhoda Chesterfield Recurring
2012 Bucket and Skinner's Epic Adventures R.J. Caldwell Episode: "Epic Cuffs"
True Blood Rosalyn Contract role: Season 5
2013 The Middle Connie McDonald Episode: "Winners and Losers"
2014 Devious Maids Mrs. Parker Episode: "You Can't Take It With You"
Revenge Mrs Ellis Recurring
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Toni 2 episodes
The Bay Karen Blackwell Web series
Video games
Year Game Role Notes
2000 Jump Start 1st Grade Ms. Nobel Credited as Carolyn Hennessy
Casper: Friends Around the World Casper the Friendly Ghost
2001 Star Trek: Away Team Aloram Vas (voice) Credited as Carolyn Hennessy
2002 Star Trek: Bridge Commander Captain Eina Zeiss/Captain Elizabeth Haley/Captain Torenn (voice) Credited as Carolyn Hennesey
.hack//Infection Gardenia (voice: English version)
.hack//Mutation Gardenia (voice: English version)
.hack//Outbreak Gardenia (voice: English version)
2003 .hack//Quarantine Gardenia (voice: English version)
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Blair Lansfeld/Julee Garrand (voice: English version) Uncredited
2005 Tales of Legendia Additional Voices (voice: English version) Uncredited
2007 Golden Axe: Beast Rider (voice)
Ghost Rider Lilith (voice)
2009 '"World in Conflict: Soviet Assault (voice)
2010 Metro 2033
2016 The Technomancer Seeker, Angela


Year Award Result Category Series Ref.
2000 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Won Outstanding Comedic Actress Career [13]
2004 Ovation Award Won Featured Actress in a Play "The Fan Maroo"
2007 TV Guide's "Best of 2007" Awards Won Best Supporting Actress General Hospital [14]
2009 Canadian Spirit Award Won General Hospital
2010 Daytime Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital [4]
2017 Daytime Emmy Award Won Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series The Bay [5]
2017 Indie Series Award Won Best Guest Actress — Drama The Bay [15]


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  2. ^ Rollins, Scott (August 23, 2015). "The Art of Dale Hennesy: Masterful Production Designer/Art Director of FANTASTIC VOYAGE, LOGAN'S RUN, DIRTY HARRY, ANNIE, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN & More". Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The 39th Academy Awards (1967) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-07-23. 
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  5. ^ a b "The 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Fiction Review: The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli by Diane Miller". Publishers Weekly. 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  7. ^ "Best Sellers - The New York Times". 2011-04-24. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  8. ^ "Animal Magnetism - Universal Broadcasting Network". 
  9. ^ "Board Member & Celebrity Advisory Committee Chair - Carolyn Hennesy". 
  10. ^ "Carolyn Hennesy Bio". Soap Opera Digest. United States. American Media, Inc. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Carolyn Hennesy - Flying High". About General Hospital. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  12. ^ Cushman, Dustin (March 21, 2017). "Interview: Carolyn Hennesy discusses Diane Miller, horror, the trapeze". SheKnows Soaps. Retrieved September 20, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Bio". Carolyn Hennesy. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  14. ^ Newcomb, Roger (December 31, 2007). "ABC Press Release: Ratings For Week of December 17–21". We Love Soaps. Archived from the original on December 31, 2007. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  15. ^ "8th Annual Indie Series Awards Winners". Indie Series Awards. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 

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