Jessica Hecht

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Jessica Hecht
Born (1965-06-28) June 28, 1965 (age 54)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1994–present
Adam Bernstein (m. 1995)

Jessica Hecht (born June 28, 1965) is an American actress and singer, who played Gretchen Schwartz on Breaking Bad, Susan Bunch on Friends and has made numerous Broadway appearances.

Early life[edit]

Hecht was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of Lenore, a psychotherapist, and Richard Hecht, a physicist.[1] When she was three, Jessica moved with her parents and her sister to Bloomfield, Connecticut. Following the divorce of her parents, her mother remarried when Jessica was twelve and her sister Elizabeth was fourteen. They were brought up by her mother and her step-father Howard Iger, a psychiatrist, who had custody of his children, Andrea, age five, and Russell, age three. In 1987, Hecht graduated from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama.


Hecht has made appearances in television shows such as "Dickinson", "Bored To Death", "Red Oaks","Jessica Jones" and "Succession." In 2020,she played Sonya Barzel on The Sinner and was nominated for an Emmy in 2019 for her role as Karen in the Netflix series "Special." Hecht is known for her role as Gretchen Schwartz on "Breaking Bad" onFriends she played Susan Bunch, the wife of Ross Geller's ex-wife, Carol Willick.[2] She was also a featured cast member in the Jonathan Silverman sitcom The Single Guy.[3][4] Hecht had the supporting role of Amy Burns in the comedy-drama Dan in Real Life (2007), with Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche. She also appeared in Whatever Works directed by Woody Allen, "Sideways", "The Loudest Voice in the Room" and "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood."

Hecht was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress for her role in A View from the Bridge on Broadway with Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber, which wrapped on April 4, 2010. In 2012, she performed on Broadway with Jim Parsons in Harvey.[5] In 2016, Hecht performed the role of Golde in the 2015 Bartlett Sher-directed revival of Fiddler on the Roof at the Broadway Theatre and The Price , opposite Mark Ruffalo, in 2017. In 2018 she won an Obie for her performance in "Admissions" at Lincoln Center.

With producer Jenny Gersten, she runs The Campfire Project A theatre based wellness project that creates plays in refugee camps.

Personal life[edit]

Hecht has been married to Adam Bernstein, a film director, since 1995. They have two children together, Stella and Carlo Bernstein. Hecht was raised in a "pretty secular" Jewish household;[6][7] she has stated that she is "Reconstructionist Jewish and ... fairly spiritual".[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Joe's Rotten World Annie
1998 Anarchy TV Natalie
1999 Jump Carol
2004 Saving Face Randi
Sideways Victoria
The Forgotten Eliot
2005 At Last Laura
2006 Rabbits Wife Short
2007 Starting Out in the Evening Sandra Bennett
Dan in Real Life Amy Burns
2008 Quid Pro Quo Edie
Calling It Quits Cynthia
2009 The Winning Season Stacey
Reunion Beth
Whatever Works Helena
2010 Helena from the Wedding Lynn
Fair Game Sue
My Soul to Take May Hellerman
2011 J. Edgar Emma Goldman
The Sitter Sandy Griffith
2012 The Arm Mrs. Bearmush Short
The Magic of Belle Isle Karen Loop
The Composer Piccolo Player Short
Good Sister Helene Shuster Short
2013 Northern Borders Liz Kittredge
Space Cadet Linda Agnello
The English Teacher Principal Trudie Slocum
2014 Le Refuge Gemma Short
The Sisterhood of Night Sue Parris
2015 Anesthesia Jill
2018 Write When You Get Work Ellen Hazard
2019 The Sunlit Night Mirela
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Lila Vogel


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Seinfeld Lindsay "The Couch", "The Gymnast"
Party of Five Amanda "Something Out of Nothing"
1994–2000 Friends Susan Bunch Recurring role; 12 episodes
1995 The Wayans Bros. Agent Johnson "First Class"
The Heidi Chronicles Chloe TV film
1995–96 The Single Guy Janeane Percy-Parker Regular role; 22 episodes
1996 Harvey Miss Ruth Kelly TV film
The Christmas Tree Sister Mary TV film
Intimate Betrayal Katie TV film
1997 Promised Land Marie "Independence Day"
Early Edition Abby "A Bris Is Just a Bris"
1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Miss Kreutzer "Uncivilized"
Homicide: Life on the Street Sister Mary Catherine "Forgive Us Our Trespasses"
2001 What About Joan? Betsy Morgan Main role; 13 episodes
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Meredith Breen "Undaunted Mettle"
2004 Century City Rose Krell "A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Lose"
The Jury Mrs. Sheridan "Three Boys and a Gun"
2005 ER Stephanie Lowenstein "Man with No Name", "Wake Up"
2006 3 lbs Rebecca Ellis "Heart Stopping"
2008 Eleventh Hour Mrs. Beatrice Brown "Cardiac"
2008–09; 2013 Breaking Bad Gretchen Schwartz Recurring role; 5 episodes
2009 Law & Order Miriam Johnson "Chattel"
Jesse Stone: Thin Ice Stephanie Morton TV film
U.S. Attorney Dr. Amy Webber TV film
2010 The Good Wife Carla Browning "Infamy"
Medium Judy Bennette "The Match Game"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Carly Beck "Cold Blooded"
Bored to Death Dr. Donna Kenwood "Make It Quick, Fitzgerald!", "The Gowanus Canal Has Gonorrhea!", "The Case of the Grievous Clerical Error!"
2011 Nurse Jackie Mimi "Enough Rope"
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jillian Webster "Vanity's Bonfire"
2013 Elementary Patricia Ennis "The Deductionist"
2013–15 Person of Interest Beth Bridges / Psychiatrist "The Devil's Share", "Pretenders", "Skip"
2014 Manhattan Miriam Rubins "The Second Coming"
2015 Limitless Ubient Worker "Side Effects May Include..."
Jessica Jones Audrey Eastman "AKA 99 Friends"
2016 The Interestings Lois Jacobson TV film
Falling Water Miranda "Don't Tell Bill", "Monsters, Most Familiar"
2016–17 Red Oaks Rebecca Horowitz Recurring role; 10 episodes
2017 Madam Secretary Julia MacDonald "Persona Non Grata"
2018 High Maintenance Laurie "Ghost"
Blindspot Dr. Margaret Palmer "Fix My Present Havoc"
2019 Special Karen Hayes Main cast
The Loudest Voice Nancy Erika Smith Miniseries, 1 episode
Succession Michelle Pantsil "Hunting", "Safe Room"
Dickinson Aunt Lavinia "There's a Certain Slant of Light", "I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire Wendolyn


Year Title Role Venue
1990 Othello Biana Classic Stage Company
1997 Plunge Val Nyquist Playwrights Horizons
The Last Night of Ballyhoo Lala Levy Helen Hayes Theatre
1998 Stop Kiss Callie The Public Theater
1999 Lobster Alice Alice Horowitz Playwrights Horizons
2002 The Fourth Sister Wiera Vineyard Theater
2003 Flesh and Blood [9] Susan New York Theatre Workshop
2004 After the Fall Louise American Airlines Theater
2006 The House in Town Amy Hammer Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
2005 Julius Caesar Portia, Ensemble Belasco Theater
2007 Howard Katz Jess Laura Pels Theater
2009 Brighton Beach Memoirs Blanche Morton Nederlander Theater
2010 A View From the Bridge Beatrice Cort Theater
2011 Three Sisters Olga Prozorov Classic Stage Company
2012 Harvey Veta Louise Simmons Studio 54
2013 The Assembled Parties Julie Bascov Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
2014 Stage Kiss She Playwrights Horizons
King Lear Reagan Delacorte Theater
2015 Fiddler on the Roof Golde Broadway Theater
2017 The Price Esther Franz American Airlines Theater
2018 Admissions Sherri Rosen-Mason Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater


  1. ^ "Jessica Hecht Biography (1965-)". Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  2. ^ (May 21, 2010). Jessica Hecht Buys Flat in Landmark Building, The New York Times
  3. ^ Kolson, Ann (September 28, 1997). Up & Coming: Jessica Hecht; Working All the Time Is Her Idea of Fun, The New York Times
  4. ^ Keveney, Bill (February 1, 1996). Jessica Hecht's Got Double Vision, Star-News
  5. ^ Isherwood, Charles (June 14, 2012). "Hope Is a Thing With Long, Fuzzy Ears: 'Harvey,' With Jim Parsons, at Studio 54". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Michael Elkin (January 14, 2010). "'Bridge' Works". Jewish Exponent. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Curt Schleier (April 16, 2013). "Jessica Hecht Talks Broadway vs. Hollywood – The Assimilator –". Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "Jessica Hecht on Broadway's 'The Assembled Parties' – Speakeasy – WSJ". April 17, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  9. ^ "Flesh and Blood". New York Theatre Workshop. Retrieved May 9, 2018.

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