Christina Pickles

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Christina Pickles
Christina Pickles.jpg
Pickles at the Governor's Ball held immediately after the 39th Annual Emmy Awards telecast, 20 September 1987
Born Christine Pickles[1]
(1935-02-17) 17 February 1935 (age 80)
Yorkshire, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Victor Lobl (1962–1985) (divorced); 2 children
Children Oliver

Christina Pickles (born 17 February 1935) is an English character actress,[2] best known for her long-running role of Nurse Helen Rosenthal in the hospital drama St. Elsewhere, for which she was nominated for four Emmys,[3] and for her role as Judy Geller on Friends.

Life and career[edit]

Christine Marie Pickles was born in Yorkshire, England.[4] She is the daughter of Arthur Pickles, Liberal politician and Mayor of Halifax, and Gladys (née Crampton) Pickles. She is the niece of radio presenter Wilfred Pickles and the sister of judge James Pickles. Her niece, Carolyn Pickles, is also an actress.

She has appeared in such television shows as Roseanne, Matlock, Diagnosis: Murder and Murder, She Wrote, as well as the soap operas The Guiding Light and Another World, though it is her role in the NBC medical drama St. Elsewhere (1982–1988) with which she is most identified. She remained on St. Elsewhere for its entire six-year run and was nominated for four Emmy awards for her work on the series. She played the mother of Harmon Rabb in the television series JAG. She also appeared as "Judy Geller", the mother of Ross and Monica Geller (David Schwimmer and Courteney Cox), in the US sitcom Friends, making appearances throughout the ten-year run of the series. She received an Emmy nomination for this role in 1995.[4] Elliott Gould played her husband, Jack, on the show.[5] She was also a regular on the 1999-2000 series Get Real.

Pickles has appeared in many films, including Masters of the Universe, Rush It, The Wedding Singer, Sol Goode and George of the Jungle 2. She also appeared in 1994's Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love as Tippy. She memorably played Caroline Montague in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet. She voiced Elsie the Elasmosaurus in The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island. She also appeared on the show How I Met Your Mother as Lily Aldrin's grandmother in 2009 and 2011. Pickles is a frequent guest on the public radio programme Selected Shorts.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Pickles was married to producer/director Victor Lobl for 23 years, divorcing in 1985. She was romantically linked to actor Herb Edelman, who played her significant other on St. Elsewhere, from the mid-1980s until his death in 1996.[citation needed]



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