Charlotte Ross

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Charlotte Ross
Charlotte Ross 2014.jpg
Ross in 2014
Born (1968-01-21) January 21, 1968 (age 46)
Winnetka, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress; singer
Years active 1986-present
Spouse(s) Michael Goldman (2003-2010)
Children Maxwell Ross Goldman (b. 2004)
Website
www.charlotteross.com

Charlotte Ross (born January 21, 1968) is an American actress, best known for her roles as Eve Donovan on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of our Lives from 1987 to 1991, and Det. Connie McDowell on the ABC police drama series NYPD Blue from 2001 to 2004.

Early life[edit]

Ross was born and raised in Winnetka, Illinois. Her parents are Debbie Ross Kullby, who is retired and living in Colorado; and Peter Ross (d. 2009), a financial advisor.[1] Charlotte has one younger brother, George, a hedge fund-analyst. "When we were little I used to beat him up," she recalls with a laugh, "but now we're close." Her first on-screen performance was in My First Mouthpiece; she was 8 years old. She moved on to performing in various hometown theater productions.

Career[edit]

After graduating from New Trier High School, Charlotte moved to Los Angeles, which her father opposed.[2] She tried out for the role of Kelly Bundy on Married... with Children, but was the producers' second choice behind Christina Applegate who she lost the role to, before being cast in the role of Eve Donovan on Days of our Lives. Four years later, Ross co-starred with Katey Sagal ("Peg Bundy") in the movie Violation of Trust (aka She Says She's Innocent). The year after that, she guested on Married...with Children as one of Bud Bundy's sexier classmates.

Ross's run on Days of our Lives lasted from 1987 to 1991, earning her two Emmy nominations. Her other television credits include The Heights (where she sang on the Billboard Number One hit "How Do You Talk to an Angel"), The 5 Mrs. Buchanans, Drexell's Class, Pauly, Law & Order, Trinity, Beggars and Choosers, Frasier, Savage Land, Jake in Progress, Fall Into Darkness and A Kiss So Deadly (which reunited her with Days co-star Charles Shaughnessy). She also co-starred in the 2007 Lifetime Television films Montana Sky and Christmas in Paradise.[3] She earned a Gold record in 1992 for her work on the soundtrack album to the The Heights, famous for the song "How Do You Talk To An Angel".[2]

Ross is also known for her role as Connie McDowell in the ABC police drama series NYPD Blue from 2001 to 2004.[4] On February 25, 2003, Ross appeared in an NYPD Blue episode entitled "Nude Awakening", which featured shots of her buttocks as she prepared to step into the shower.[2][5] As a result, the FCC fined each of the 52 ABC stations with a $27,500 fine for broadcasting "indecent material" between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. However, on January 4, 2011, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously revoked the fine, stating that the FCC's enforcement of its indecency rules was "unconstitutionally vague and chilling." ABC, Inc., et al. v. Federal Communications Commission, No. 08-0841-ag(L) (2nd Cir.).

In 2006, Ross joined Billy Blanks to co-host a series of Tae-Bo infomercials. In 2011, Ross appeared as Candy in Summit’s 3D film Drive Angry, alongside Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard.[6] In 2009, Ross began a recurring role on the Fox series Glee as Judy Fabray, the mother of Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron). She appeared in 4 episodes. In 2013, Ross began starring in the VH1 series Hit the Floor .[7] In 2014, Ross passed on an offer to return to Days of our Lives as Eve Donovan, and her role was recast with Kassie DePaiva because she was too busy with other acting projects.[8] Along with this news, Ross made a guest appearance on the ABC musical drama series Nashville.[8]

Personal life[edit]

On October 18, 2003, Ross married Michael Goldman and gave birth to one child: son Maxwell Ross Goldman (whose name combines Charlotte's and her mother's maiden names). She and Michael Goldman separated in 2008 but "remain best of friends in raising our son." She resides in Los Angeles.[9]

Activism[edit]

In 2002, Ross supported PETA's anti-fur campaign by appearing naked in advertisements captioned "I'd Rather Show My Buns Than Wear Fur".[10]

In 2014, Ross signed on her support to the Animal Legal Defense Fund campaign "National Justice for Animals Week" by filming a video.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Touch and Go Courtney's Girlfriend
1994 Foreign Student Elizabeth 'Sue Ann' Baldridge
1994 Love and a .45 Mary Ann
1994 Savage Land Mandy
1998 Looking for Lola Debbie
2007 Moola Nora
2007 Live! Jennifer
2011 Drive Angry Candy
2011 Street Kings 2: Motor City Beth Kingston
2011 Umpire, TheThe Umpire Billie Satriano Short film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987-1991 Days of our Lives Eve Baron Donovan Series regular, role from July 16, 1987 to July 12, 1991
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (1990-1991)
1991 She Says She's Innocent Justine Essex TV movie
1991 Reasonable Doubts Meredith Little Episode: "Dicky's Got the Blues"
1992 Empty Nest Antoinette Episode: "Sayonara"
1992 Drexell's Class Janet Episode: "The Resentments"
1992 Married... with Children Darlene Episode: "Teacher Pets"
1992 Heights, TheThe Heights Hope Linden Series regular, 12 episodes
1994 Birdland Ronnie Episode: "Crazy for You"
1994-1995 5 Mrs. Buchanans, TheThe 5 Mrs. Buchanans Bree Buchanan Series regular, 17 episodes
1995 Murder One Stephanie Lambert Episode: "Chapter 8"
1996 Murder One Stephanie Lambert Episode: "Chapter Seventeen"
1996 ER Angel Episode: "The Right Thing"
1996 Minor Adjustments Amy Episode: "Baba-Doo-Wang"
1996 Kiss So Deadly, AA Kiss So Deadly Amanda Blake TV movie
1996 Fall Into Darkness Ann Price TV movie
1997 Pauly Dawn Delaney Series regular, 7 episodes
1998 Will of their Own, AA Will of their Own Susan Peterson TV miniseries
1998 Trinity Fiona McCallister Series regular, 10 episodes
1998 NYPD Blue Laurie Richardson Episodes: "The One That Got Away" and "I Don't Wanna Dye"
1999 Kidnapped in Paradise Megan Emerson TV movie
1999 Beggars and Choosers Lori Volpone Episodes: "The Mountainmen: Part 1" and "The Mountainmen: Part 2"
2000 Beggars and Choosers Lori Volpone Episode: "Hello, Dalai!"
2001 Frasier Monica Episode: "Sliding Frasiers"
2001-2004 NYPD Blue Det. Connie McDowell Series regular, 70 episodes
2006 Jake in Progress Annie 3 episodes
2007 Law & Order Judith Barlow Episode: "Talking Points"
2007 Montana Sky Tess Mercy TV movie
2007 Christmas in Paradise Dana Marino TV movie
2008 Ring of Death Mary Wyatt TV movie
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sabrina Owen Episode: "If I Had a Hammer..."
2009-12 Glee Judy Fabray Episodes : "Ballad", "Journey to Regionals, "Prom Queen, and "Goodbye"
2013 Hit the Floor Olivia Vincent Series regular
2014 Nashville Ruth Bennett

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