Cynthia Geary

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Cynthia Geary
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Geary in 1993
Born (1965-03-21) March 21, 1965 (age 57)
Years active1982–present
Robert Coron
(m. 1994; div. 2018)

Cynthia Geary (born March 21, 1965) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Shelly Tambo on the television series Northern Exposure (1990–1995), which earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

Early life[edit]

Encouraged at an early age by her mother (a voice and music teacher), Geary studied ballet, voice, and piano. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.[citation needed]


Her acting career began with a series of national commercials, including spots for Coca-Cola and General Motors. She soon had numerous guest starring roles on a variety of television programs, made-for-television movies and independent films, including a small part in Smoke Signals, a film based on the short stories of Native American author Sherman Alexie. Geary played the mother of the Olsen twins in their 1992 made-for-TV movie To Grandmother's House We Go, appeared in the 1997 movie When Time Expires, and is the female lead in 8 Seconds. She received Primetime Emmy nominations—two years in a row (1992, 1993)--for Best Supporting Actress, based on her role in Northern Exposure (1990-1995), an ensemble comedy set in rural Alaska. She voiced the character of Katia Anderson in the second game of the Professor Layton video game series, Professor Layton and the Diabolical/Pandora's Box.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Geary married real estate broker Robert Coron in 1994. They divorced in 2018.[citation needed] They have two daughters.[3][4]



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Young Doctors in Love Girl with broken nose Uncredited[5]
1988 Dangerous Curves Pageant Girl
1990 Rich Girl Sorority Girl #1
1994 8 Seconds Kellie Frost
1997 When Time Expires June Kelly
1998 Smoke Signals Cathy the Gymnast
1998 The Killing Grounds Janice Harper
1998 Break Up Emergency Operator
2002 The Business of Fancydancing Teresa
2002 Mulletville Jiffy
2006 Expiration Date Funeral Home Representative
2009 Crimes of the Past Agent Cotton
2012 Switchmas Libby Wilson
2013 Nothing Against Life Barbara Anker
2014 Muffins Woman 1 Short film
2015 Signs Everywhere Wife Short film
2016 Apotheosis Eve Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1990–1995 Northern Exposure Shelly Marie Tambo Regular role, 110 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1992–93)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
1990 The New Adam-12 Marine Bride Episode: "Immunity"
1991 Us Crystal Television movie
1992 To Grandmother's House We Go Rhonda Thompson Television movie
1995 The Awakening Sara Television movie
1998 You're the One Lindsay Metcalf 3 episodes
1998 The Outer Limits Teryl Bouton Episode: "Mary 25"
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave The Twins Episode: "It Takes Two to Tango"
1998 Fantasy Island Pamela Louis Episode: "Dying to Dance"
1999 Dead Man's Gun Dr. Megan Jane Price Episode: "The Oath"
2012 Bigfoot Sueanne Television movie


  1. ^ Shinkai, Tatsuya (2007-11-29), Reiton kyôju to Akuma no hako (Adventure, Family, Mystery), Jock Blaney, Mark Carr, Cynthia Geary, Christopher Robin Miller, Level-5, retrieved 2020-11-02
  2. ^ "Katia Anderson". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  3. ^ "Chilling Out". People. December 24, 2001.
  4. ^ Nomura, Gabrielle (May 3, 2011). "Daughters of 'Northern Exposure' actress take the stage with Bellevue Youth Theatre". Bellevue Reporter.
  5. ^ "Cynthia Geary". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-11-02.

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