Katherine LaNasa

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Katherine LaNasa
Katherine LaNasa 1990.jpg
LaNasa at 1990 Academy Awards
Born (1966-12-01) December 1, 1966 (age 52)
OccupationActress, dancer, choreographer
Years active1989–present
Dennis Hopper
(m. 1989; div. 1992)

French Stewart
(m. 1998; div. 2009)

Grant Show
(m. 2012)

Katherine LaNasa (born December 1, 1966)[citation needed][1] is an American actress, former ballet dancer and choreographer.[2] She starred in films Jayne Mansfield's Car, The Campaign and The Frozen Ground. On television, LaNasa had a leading role in the NBC sitcom Three Sisters (2001–2002), appeared in recurring roles on Judging Amy, Two and a Half Men, Big Love and Longmire, and also starred in the short-lived dramas Love Monkey (2006), Deception (2013), Satisfaction (2014-15) and Imposters (2017-18).

Early life[edit]

LaNasa at premiere of Jayne Mansfield's Car in 2012

LaNasa was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of Anne (née Hardin) and Dr. James J. LaNasa Jr., a surgeon.[3]

She began dancing at the age of 12, and at the age of 14, she was accepted to the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[2] After an apprenticeship with Milwaukee Ballet, LaNasa danced with Salt Lake City's Ballet West and the Karole Armitage Ballet.[2]


LaNasa assisted John Carrafa with the choreography for the 1989 film Rooftops.[2] She made her feature film debut with a small role in the 1990 film Catchfire and in following years appeared in supporting roles in film and television.

LaNasa guest starred on number of television series, including Seinfeld, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Touched by an Angel, and The Practice, and in 2001 landed the lead role of Bess Bernstein-Flynn Keats in the NBC comedy series Three Sisters (2001–2002) opposite Dyan Cannon, A. J. Langer, and Vicki Lewis.[4] The series was cancelled after two seasons in 2002.[5] She later had recurring roles in Judging Amy as Yvonne Dunbar, as Kim McPherson on The Guardian, and as Michelle Colohan on NYPD Blue. Her other television credits include guest roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Grey's Anatomy, ER, House M.D., Justice, and Two and a Half Men.[6] LaNasa also had series regular roles in short-lived CBS comedy-drama Love Monkey (2006), playing Karen Freed, and on HBO comedy 12 Miles of Bad Road, as Juliet Shakespeare.[7] LaNasa also appeared as Beverly Ford on Big Love from 2009 to 2011.

LaNasa appeared in a number of motion pictures during her career. In 2011, after a decade of making various television appearances, she had roles opposite Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis in the 2012 political comedy The Campaign, and 2013 thriller The Frozen Ground.[8] Before this, she had a role in Billy Bob Thornton's drama film Jayne Mansfield's Car, originally created for Robin Wright.[8] Her other film credits include Kiss & Tell (1996), Schizopolis (1996), Alfie (2004), and Valentine's Day (2010).

In 2012, LaNasa was cast as Socialite Sophia Bowers in another NBC series Deception, which premiered as a mid-season replacement during the 2012–13 television season.[9] The soap-type series was canceled after single season, ending it on a cliffhanger, in May 2013.[10] She also appeared in a recurring role as Lizzie Ambrose on A&E series Longmire from 2012 to 2013. In November 2013, LaNasa was cast as Adrianna, a madam who has a male escort service, in the USA Network drama Satisfaction opposite Matt Passmore.[11] The series premiered on July 17, 2014 and was canceled after two seasons in 2015. In October 2014, she was cast alongside Ana Ortiz, Jeremy Sisto and Tyler Blackburn in the gay-drama, Love is All You Need?, based on the 2011 short film with the same name.[12][13]

In 2016, LaNasa had a recurring role in the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids. From 2017 to 2018, she was series regular on the Bravo comedy series, Imposters. In 2018, LaNasa joined the cast of the CW prime time soap opera Dynasty playing villainous criminal mastermind Ada Stone during the second season. In 2019, she will appear in the Apple TV drama series Truth Be Told opposite Octavia Spencer.[14] She also was cast as a series regular on the CW series Katy Keene.[15]

Personal life[edit]

LaNasa, at the age of 22, married 53-year-old actor Dennis Hopper in June 1989;[2] the couple divorced in April 1992. Hopper and LaNasa had a son, Henry Lee Hopper (born 1990).[16]

On May 19, 1998, she married comedic actor French Stewart. They met when she made a guest appearance on a 1996 episode ("Green-Eyed Dick") of 3rd Rock from the Sun.[17] The two later divorced. In July 2012, LaNasa became engaged to actor Grant Show, marrying him a few weeks later, on August 18.[18][19] She gave birth to the couple's first child, daughter Eloise McCue, on March 21, 2014.[20][21]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Catchfire Waitress
1992 Brain Donors Dancer #1
1992 The Heart of Justice Hannah Television film
1994 Flashfire Monica Ambrose
1994 Jack Reed: A Search for Justice Tiffany Television film
1994 Mortal Fear Carol Donner
1994 Honey, I Shrunk the Audience Reporter Short film
1995 Nothing But the Truth Susie Marsh Television film
1996 Shattered Mind Television film
1996 Twilight Man Kathy Robbins Television film
1996 Always Say Goodbye Blonde Woman
1996 The Destiny of Marty Fine Amy
1996 The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson Cathy
1996 Kiss & Tell Georgia Montauk
1996 Schizopolis Diane
1997 Take a Number Victoria
2000 Murder at the Cannes Film Festival Kaki Lamb Television film
2004 Alfie Uta
2008 The Lucky Ones Janet
2010 Valentine's Day Pamela Copeland
2012 Jayne Mansfield's Car Donna
2012 The Campaign Rose Brady
2013 Buttwhistle Mrs. Confer
2013 The Frozen Ground Fran Hansen
2015 The Squeeze Jessie
2016 Love Is All You Need? Vicki Curtis Executive producer


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Under Suspicion Episode: "Arson/Murder Story"
1995 Seinfeld Cathy Episode: "The Beard"
1995 The Marshal Penny Episode: "Buy Hard"
1996 The Crew Ariel Episode: "My Mother, My Sister"
1996 3rd Rock from the Sun Kate Episode: "Green-Eyed Dick"
1996 The Big Easy Zelda Riley Episode: "Murder in Mind"
1996 The Sentinel Monique Brackley Episode: "Deep Water"
1996 Sliders Dr. Olivia Lujan Episode: "The Dream Masters"
1996 Touched by an Angel Fran Episode: "The Homecoming: Part 1"
1996–1997 Almost Perfect Allison Episode: "Shelf Doubt", "K.I.S.S.", "The Laws"
1997 The Practice Sheila Episode: "Trial and Error"
1999 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Joy Daly Episode: "Lost"
2001–2002 Three Sisters Bess Bernstein-Flynn Keats Series regular, 33 episodes
2002 ER Janet Wilco Episode: "Walk Like a Man"
2002 NYPD Blue Michelle Colohan Episodes: "One in the Nuts", "Meat Me in the Park", "Death by Cycle"
2002–2003 The Guardian Kim McPherson Recurring role, 4 episodes
2003 Greetings from Tucson Lucy Episode: "A Brand New Car"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ginger Episode: "Precious Metal"
2003 The Division Episodes: "Hearts & Minds", "Acts of Betrayal"
2003 Miss Match Amy Jensen Recurring role, 4 episodes
2003–2005 Judging Amy Atty. Yvonne Dunbar Recurring role, 9 episodes
2004 The Deerings Tricia TV pilot
2005 CSI: Miami Carla Marshall Episode: "Cop Killer"
2005 Grey's Anatomy Vera Kalpana Episode: "Deny, Deny, Deny"
2006–2011 Two and a Half Men Lydia Recurring role, 4 episodes
2006 Love Monkey Karen Freed Series regular, 8 episodes
2006 Pepper Dennis Nadia Vadinava Episode: "True Love Is Dead: Film at Eleven"
2006–2007 Justice Suzanne Fulcrum Recurring role, 6 episodes
2006–2008 12 Miles of Bad Road Juliet Shakespeare Series regular, 6 episodes
2007 Boston Legal Pat Ontario Episode: "Tea and Sympathy"
2008 Ghost Whisperer Betty Episode: "Save Our Souls"
2009 Cold Case Leigh Feldman / Foster Episode: "Witness Protection"
2009 Burn Notice Shannon Park Episode: "Signals and Codes"
2009 House Melissa Episode: "Wilson"
2009–2011 Big Love Beverly Ford Recurring role, 5 episodes
2010 Justified Caryn Carnes Episode: "The Collection"
2010 Make It or Break It Leslie Episode: "If Only..."
2010 Lie to Me Laura Cross Episode: "The Royal We"
2010–2011 The Defenders Linda Cole Episodes: "Nevada v. Dennis" and "Nevada v. Donnie the Numbers Guy"
2011 Normal Susan TV pilot
2012–2013 Longmire Lizzie Ambrose Recurring role, 6 episodes
2013 Deception Sophia Bowers Series regular, 11 episodes
2014–2015 Satisfaction Adriana Series regular, 20 episodes
2016 Devious Maids Shannon Greene Recurring role, season 4, 4 episodes
2017 Imposters Sally Series regular, 14 episodes
2018 Dynasty Ada Stone Recurring role, 6 episodes
2019 Future Man Athena / Dr. Hogeveen Recurring role, 5 episodes
2019 Truth Be Told Noa Havilland Recurring role, 8 episodes
2020 Katy Keene Gloria Grandbilt Series regular


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