Jessica Hecht

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Jessica Hecht
Born (1965-06-28) June 28, 1965 (age 52)
Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Adam Bernstein
(m. 1995–present)
Children 2

Jessica Hecht (born June 28, 1965) is an American actress and singer, known for numerous Broadway appearances and TV roles.

Early life and education[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 Lois & Clark, ER, Seinfeld, Once and Again, Law & Order, Breaking Bad, Bored to Death and The Good Wife; and in movies such as Sideways, Anarchy TV, and Kicking and Screaming. Hecht is known for her recurring role on Friends as 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 was also in Whatever Works (2009) directed by Woody Allen.

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 Schrieber, 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.

She also had a semi-recurring role as Gretchen Schwartz on the popular AMC drama series Breaking Bad and appeared in a guest role on Desperate Housewives in 2011.[6] In the TV drama Person of Interest, she played the role of Elizabeth Bridges in season 4, episodes 6 and 18. In 2015, she appeared in Marvel's Jessica Jones on Netflix. In the Amazon Prime original series, Red Oaks, she plays widower Rebecca Horowitz, foil to Paul Reiser's Doug Getty.

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;[7][8] she has stated that she is "Reconstructionist Jewish and I'm fairly spiritual."[9]



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


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Seinfeld Francie "The Couch", "The Gymnast"
1994 Party of Five Amanda "Something Out of Nothing"
1994–2000 Friends Susan Bunch Recurring role
1995 Wayans Bros., TheThe Wayans Bros. Agent Johnson "First Class"
1995 Heidi Chronicles, TheThe Heidi Chronicles Chloe TV film
1995–1996 Single Guy, TheThe Single Guy Janeane Percy-Parker Regular role
1996 Harvey Miss Ruth Kelly TV film
1996 Christmas Tree, TheThe Christmas Tree Sister Mary TV film
1996 Intimate Betrayal Katie TV film
1997 Promised Land Marie "Independence Day"
1997 Early Edition Abby "A Bris Is Just a Bris"
1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Sister Mary Catherine "Forgive Us Our Trespasses"
2001 What About Joan? Betsy Morgan Main role
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Meredith Breen "Undaunted Mettle"
2004 Century City Rose Krell "A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Lose"
2004 Jury, TheThe 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"
2008–2009, 2013 Breaking Bad Gretchen Schwartz Recurring role
2009 Law & Order Miriam Johnson "Chattel"
2009 Jesse Stone: Thin Ice Stephanie Morton TV film
2009 U.S. Attorney Dr. Amy Webber TV film
2010 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Carla Browning "Infamy"
2010 Medium Judy Bennette "The Match Game"
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Carly Beck "Cold Blooded"
2010 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"
2014 Manhattan Miriam Rubins "The Second Coming"
2014–2015 Person of Interest Beth Bridges "Pretenders", "Skip"
2015 Jessica Jones Audrey Eastman "AKA 99 Friends"
2015 Limitless Ubient Worker "Side Effects May Include..."
2016 Interestings, TheThe Interestings Lois Jacobson TV film
2016 Falling Water Miranda "Don't Tell Bill", "Monsters, Most Familiar"
2016 Red Oaks Rebecca Horowitz Recurring role

Video games[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Jessica Hecht Biography (1965-)". Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  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. ^ (August 19, 2011). Jessica Hecht to Guest Star on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, Broadway World
  7. ^ Michael Elkin (2010-01-14). "'Bridge' Works". Jewish Exponent. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  8. ^ Curt Schleier (2013-04-16). "Jessica Hecht Talks Broadway vs. Hollywood - The Assimilator –". Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  9. ^ "Jessica Hecht on Broadway’s ‘The Assembled Parties’ - Speakeasy - WSJ". 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 

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